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Grave Matters - a guide to managing cemeteries and closed church yards

Grave matters – A guide to managing cemeteries and closed churchyards

Course aims - To provide an understanding of the legal, administrative and financial duties of parish and town councils for the provision, management, care and maintenance of civil cemeteries and closed Church of England churchyards

Who is the course for? - This event is aimed at parish and town clerks and councillors who have statutory responsibility for cemeteries and closed churchyards. It may also be of benefit to full and part-time cemetery staff of burial authorities

Course outline

  • Burial law and record keeping
  • Exclusive rights of burial – grants, transfers and extinguishing
  • Maximising burial space and grave re-use
  • Provision for other Faith groups
  • Closure and maintenance of churchyards
  • Grave digging – legal duties and good practice
  • Memorial safety

This course is led by Alan Fairchild MBE, FILCM Cemetery Advisor of the Society of Local Council Clerks, Member of the Ministry of Justice Burials & Cremation Advisory Group & Board Member of the British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons (BRAMM)

Date and time - Friday 17 June 2016. Duration 10:00 to 14:30 with lunch break at 12 noon.

Registration, tea/coffee from 09:30

Venue: Stretton Village Hall, Main Road, Stretton, nr Alfreton

Cost: £40 per member council delegate £120 per non delegate


All bookings by email are to be sent to Glen Ingham at admin@derbyshirealc.gov.uk

Please ensure that you have the council's agreement when booking a place, and that you are also following your council's own procedures.

All booked places will be confirmed with your Clerk.

Please note that sessions will only be run if there are sufficient bookings (usually from at least six delegates). Joining instructions will be sent two weeks (or more) before the event, and your booking is made as soon as we receive it (unless you are informed otherwise). Please note our cancellation policy (below).

If you wish to cancel your booking please give at least one weeks notice to avoid your Council being charged in full. In the event of any emergency on the day please telephone the office.