MANAGING CIVIL CEMETERIES AND CHURCHYARDS
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.
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.