Course aims


To provide an understanding of the legal, administrative and financial duties of parish and town councils for the provision, management and maintenance of civil cemeteries and both closed and open Church of England churchyards. To provide an understanding of the legal and practical issues around the safety testing, repairs and reinstatement of memorials.


Who is the course for?


This event is aimed at parish and town clerks, administrators and councillors who currently have responsibility for burial services or who may be running out of new grave space. It could also be of benefit to full and part-time cemetery staff.


Course outline


  • Burial law and record keeping

  • Exclusive rights of burial – grants, transfers and extinguishing

  • Cemetery regulations and fees

  • Maximising burial space including grave re-use

  • New burial space provision in Neighbourhood and District Local Plans 

  • Burial arrangements for other faith groups

  • Closure and maintenance of Church of England churchyards

  • Grave digging – legal duties and good practice

  • Fixing, risk assessing and stability testing of memorials and monuments in cemeteries and churchyards


This course is led by Alan Fairchild MBE, FSLCC, Cemetery Advisor to 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).


Alan will be supported by Stuart Jones MA (Cantab), Diocesan Registrar for Norwich, and the Bishop’s Legal Secretary who will speak and answer questions regarding the legal issues around safety testing, temporary removal, repair and laying down of memorials in Church of England Churchyards.


During the afternoon, Keith Blake, BRAMM licensed fixer of H Brett and Son Memorial Masons, will take attendees on a visit to the nearby All Saints Churchyard to discuss safety repairs and reinstatement of memorials.

When and Where

This course was last held on 15 May 2018 at Weston Longville with a satisfaction rating of 98.6%. We plan to next run this course in 2019. 


£60 (20% discount for NPTS subscribers)


Course fee includes lunch and refreshments, handouts and an attendance certificate.

Clerks can gain 2 CPD points from attending this event.

Please let us know if you have any mobility issues as there is a planned visit to the Weston Longville churchyard.

Details of our booking process, payment and cancellation policy can be found on the Training page.

An absolutely excellent course.  Lunch was superb.  Many thanks.

Brilliant training session.  Very useful and informative with excellent selection of speakers.

Very informative.  Pitched at a level for everyone.

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