Area of Cremated Remains

Requirements for Area of Cremated Remains.

Within the churchyard, to the west of the church, there are areas set aside for the burial of cremated remains.  Our aim is to maintain these areas as a shared haven of remembrance, harmony, and beauty.  We also try to be sensitive to the needs of bereaved families, within the context both of the needs of other families who have loved ones interred nearby, and of our responsibility to maintain an appropriate and dignified setting around the Church.  Visitors should also be aware that maintenance of the whole graveyard area involves mechanical grass cutters and strimmers, and it cannot be guaranteed that plants and cut flowers will be preserved when maintenance is carried out.

The cremated remains area will be administered according to the requirements shown below, which have been authorised by the Vicar and Parochial Church Council (PCC) and are also generally in accordance with guidelines issued by the Chancellor of Ely Diocese, the legal authority for the Church of England in our area.  All reference to the requirements, and requests for allocation of plots should be made to the Vicar (see contact details above).

  1. Interments may be carried out only with permission from the Vicar.  There is no guaranteed right of burial.

  2. Fees, as laid down nationally by the Church of England, are payable to 'Fenstanton Parish Church'.  Payment of fees is normally handled by the Funeral Director.  For further details contact the Vicar.

  3. Plots for interment are allocated in sequence. 

  4. Interment plots measure 700 mm x 600 mm.  Ashes may be buried without a container or in a degradable container.  The hole for cremated remains should be at the position indicated by an officer of the PCC and should be 350 mm deep where no container is used or the depth of the container plus 300 mm.  Scattering of ashes is not permitted in the churchyard.  A wooden marker bearing the name of the deceased may be placed at the top of the plot until the anniversary of the death or until such time as a stone memorial tablet is laid.  After this time it must be removed.

  5. A stone memorial tablet may be placed over the interred remains.  It shall be set 25 mm below ground surface level in a position agreed by the Vicar.  Stone tablets should measure 380 mm x 300 mm and should be of traditional native stone (such as Forest of Dean, Hornton Blue, Ketton, Nabresina, Portland or York limestone, Northumberland sandstone, or Welsh Black or Westmoreland Green slates).  Marble, polished stone finishes and coloured granites are not permitted.  Lettering may be painted black or white but plastic inserts are not permitted.  Holes for vases or integral flower containers are not now allowed. Inscriptions should be short, simple and reverent. Details showing the size of tablet, materials and inscription are subject to approval in writing by the Vicar.

  6. Immediately after an interment, small bouquets of natural flowers may be left within the interment plot before a stone tablet is laid but they must then be removed/or will be taken away when faded.

  7. Thereafter, small posies of cut flowers without wrapping may be laid within each interment plot.  All flowers should be disposed of as soon as they are withered.   Pot plants are permitted only in the area around the standing memorial and bench (see Item 11 below).

  8. No artificial flowers are permitted, apart from Remembrance Day Poppies, which may be placed during the month of November, and traditional Christmas wreaths, which may remain from the start of advent until Twelfth Night.

  9. Small early flowering spring bulbs (e.g. snowdrops and crocuses) may be planted within each interment plot but no other planting is permitted.

  10. Statues, figurines, toys, models or other artefacts or mementos are not permitted in the cremated remains area, and such items, if found, will be removed periodically by the PCC. 

An area around the standing memorial and bench to the south of the plots will be maintained, where items not permitted on the plots themselves (e.g. pot plants, wooden memorial crosses and larger bouquets of fresh flowers with discreet labels) may be placed.  Other items and flower containers that fall outside the above rules will be removed to the church porch for collection by relatives.  If not collected within a fortnight, they will be disposed of.