Area of Cremated Remains

 Area of Cremated Remains - St Mary's Fen Drayton and St Peter & St Paul, Fenstanton.

Within both churchyards, 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 regulations 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 Rector, Rev Rosie 01480 467393.

  1. Interments (burial of ashes) may be carried out only with permission from the Rector.  There is no guaranteed right of burial.

  2. Statutory Fees, as laid down nationally by the Church of England, are payable and normally handled by the Funeral Director.  For further details contact the Rector.

  3. Plots for interment are allocated in sequence. 

  4. Ashes may be buried without a container or in a degradable container.  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.  Holes for vases or integral flower containers are not allowed. Inscriptions should be short, simple and reverent. Details showing the size of tablet, materials and inscription are subject to approval in writing from the Rector, usually submitted by the stonemason using the Churchyard Memorial Application Form.  

  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.   No artificial flowers are permitted. 

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

  9. 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.