Burial Ground

The Burial Ground is a quiet peaceful place, tucked away behind The Walled Garden.

Image of Pavilion at Betchworth Burial Ground

This has recently been extended and re-fenced, and a Jubilee Pavilion erected to augment the seats which provide a tranquil place to sit and reflect, and to take in the views of the North Downs.

Families and their representatives may obtain further information regarding Burials and the Interment of Ashes from the Burial Ground Co-ordinator, Bernard Hawkins on 01737 843153.

BURIAL GROUND – GUIDELINES

Our Burial Ground is in a very beautiful place, situated 200m to the North-West of the Churchyard, with views over the surrounding countryside and towards The Surrey Hills. It is approached along a dedicated pathway running north from the Greensand Way. There are two sections – consecrated and non-consecrated, and special areas for Ashes, to cater for all.

So that this Burial Ground may remain as a quiet oasis and a place of tranquility befitting its rural location and to assist us in keeping it so, the Parish Council requires that the following regulations be observed:

Memorials or Headstones.
  • Should be in natural light stone or hardwood. Care should be taken to see that stones blend in with the rural setting and are of a traditional shape/design.
  • Should be in a matt or honed (satin) finish. Polished stone is not acceptable
  • Should not be larger than 750 mm (2’-6”) in total height and 535mm (1’-9”) in width. Dimensions that already exist do not set a precedent.
  • Where required, they may include a base incorporating a container for flowers
  • Ashes memorial plaque should not exceed 460mm (18”) x 305mm (12”) in area. It should be 51mm (2”) deep and be set level with the turf.

Examples of Acceptable Designs

Inscriptions

Should be of plain cut letters which may then be enamelled in black or filled with lead and flush with the surface or raised slightly beyond

Memorial Flowers/Plants

No planting/gardens are allowed on the plot or the surrounding area. Grave plots will be levelled and turfed as necessary within one year of a burial.

A maximum of two small free-standing pots which can be placed on the base (or on the ashes plaque).

Natural plants and flowers only for these pots (No synthetic/plastic/silk flowers)

Wreaths and floral tributes that have deteriorated or have been in situ for more than 8 weeks will be removed and disposed of.

All details of memorials (including dimensions), inscriptions, carvings, flower vases, etc. MUST BE APPROVED by the PARISH COUNCIL before orders are placed with memorial firms. Please submit full details to the Caretaker of the Burial Ground, in ample time.  Contact details are at the foot of this document.

The following will not be acceptable:
  • Non-traditional shapes such as hearts or statues
  • Highly polished surfaces
  • Red, black or dark grey stone, coloured marble, synthetic stone or plastic
  • Dark or coloured Granite or Slate
  • Gold, silver or coloured lettering
  • Portraits of the deceased
  • Kerbing memorials and full flat ledgers

Examples of unacceptable design

Explanatory notes

Kerbing memorials and full flat ledgers, which were previously permitted, are no longer allowed because of the difficulty in mowing.  Similarly plantings are no longer permitted as these make mowing and maintenance of the Burial Ground difficult. Designs that currently exist do not set a precedent. (More detailed burial regulations and procedures are available on request and on the Betchworth Council web site and on the Betchworth Council Web site)

Many ideal materials are to be found within the British Isles, including Portland limestone (Commonwealth war memorials are made from this material) and York stone. However Nabresina limestone which is pale cream in colour and mined in Italy is acceptable.  Traditional gravestones tend to be made from such materials and because of their unpolished surface will gradually weather and harmonise with their rural surroundings.

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL COPY OF THE DETAILED BURIALGROUND REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES.

Contact: Burial Ground Caretaker, Bernard Hawkins
57 Middle Street, Brockham, Betchworth RH3 7JT
 bernardh.betchworthpc@gmail.com

or write or email to the clerk at the address below for your message to be forwarded.

Clerk to the Council: Marion Hallett
West Cottage, The Stream, Old Road, Buckland, Betchworth RH3 7DS

clerk@betchworth-pc.gov.uk
Tel: 0785 861 7253

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