Diocese of Lichfield
The ART churchyards:
Anslow, Rolleston and Tutbury
We invite our communities to share in the care for our churchyards, which are places of serenity for those who are grieving, quiet spaces to reflect and havens for memories.
We continue to care for the bereaved, for those who visit and for those who maintain the Churchyards and dig the graves.
The church portion of the funeral fee (£306 for a grave or £124 for burial of ashes) is a one-off fee towards churchyard maintenance.
It does not buy the grave.
The local Churches receive no grants from the government or Diocese to maintain our buildings or Churchyards. We are totally dependent on donations of time and money. Sadly, there have been several incidences recently where volunteers have been injured by broken glass, plastic, pebbles and ceramics.
Therefore, between March and May 2021, we will be restoring the
3 local churchyards to diocesan guidelines which are a compromise between the uniformity of a military cemetery and a “free-for-all” expression of grief.
New headstones are to comply with the diocesan guidelines for colour, shape, size, fonts and inscriptions. See below.
May we remind everyone that the following are not permitted in Churchyards:
The Church reserves the right to remove withered or faded flowers at any time, and to remove burial, anniversary or seasonal wreaths and arrangements at 4 weeks of the occasion.
The burial of a loved one or their ashes in a churchyard, and subsequent permission for a headstone carries with it the agreement to adhere to the Churchyard Regulations.
We therefore invite families to work on their loved one’s graves restoring them to the guidelines by Easter, 4 April 2021 please.
For further information please contact the Rector, Revd Phyllis Bainbridge on 01283 814802 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the churchwardens – see the church notice boards.
The current guidelines for how Churchyards are managed can be found at https://www.lichfield.anglican.org/registry/guidance-on-churches-and-churchyards/general-information-about-churchyards/
We appreciate your involvement and commitment to keeping our Churchyards as special, significant and safe as possible.
NB: Headstone size
Any new upright memorial stone is to be within the following
Height: No more than 1220mm (4’) nor less than 762mm (2’6”)
Width: No more than 915mm (3’) nor less than 510mm (1’8”)
Thickness: No more than 152mm (6”) nor less than 76mm
Colour: Mid or Light Gray Granite or slate, with white or black font.