A SAFETY INSPECTION OF THE MEMORIAL STONES IS BEING CARRIED OUT FROM THURSDAY 20TH MAY UNTIL FRIDAY 21ST MAY.   

 

Letter to Local Authorities from Local Government Minister Simon Clark – 23 April 2020

Local Government Minister Simon Clarke has written to local authorities urging them to continue allowing access to parks and public spaces.

He also highlights updated guidance to make clear that burial grounds and cemeteries may remain open, and that grounds surrounding crematoria may also remain open, including gardens of remembrance.  A copy of the letter can be found here 

 

UPDATE ON OTTERY ST MARY CEMETERY AS AT 6TH APRIL 2020

 

The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) of which the Council is a member has provided updated information today (6th April 2020) regarding cemeteries and crematorium which states the following:-

 

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that Section 5 (8) of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 requires those responsible for crematoria to close them except for funerals. This requirement to close would also include a cemetery if the crematorium is situated in the cemetery, which could then only be open for burials. The regulation does not apply to other cemeteries, which can stay open. 

 The chart below summarises the situation

 

Crematoria must close, and a cemetery if the crematorium is in a cemetery, except for funerals & burials

Cemeteries must close, except for funerals and burials

England

Yes

No

Scotland

Yes

No

Wales

Yes

No

Northern Ireland

Yes

Yes

 

THEREFORE THE COUNCIL`S CEMETERY CAN BE OPEN TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE

Christine McIntyre

CEO – Ottery St Mary Town Council

 

ICCM LogoOttery St Mary Town Council is a member of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) which is a national body, providing policy and best practice guidance to Burial and Cremation authorities since 1913. The aim of the ICCM is to raise standards for bereaved people, developing and promoting best practice in cemeteries and crematoria. This aim reflects the Council’s commitment to giving the best possible service to those buried in our cemetery, and those mourning their loss.

Ottery St Mary Town Council Cemetery is owned by Ottery St Mary Town Council, and managed by them. The cemetery has burials and interment of ashes from 1942 to the present day. The cemetery is located in Higher Ridgeway, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1DT. Click here to view a map of the town. The Cemetery has been identified by a red hashed area.

Any new memorials or additional inscription on an existing memorial must have the prior approval of the Town Council and must be installed by an appropriate contractor. Such requests can be made through a memorial mason.

Requests to reserve a plot may be made through the Town Clerk/Deputy Town Clerk but arrangements for a burial or interment of ashes is arranged through an undertaker. Both require the purchase of an Exclusive Right of Burial (EROB). To view our booklet entitled Grave Ownership and Deed Transferral click here.

As well as a Burial Register and a register for EROB purchases, we have a spreadsheet for all the burials and internments in our cemetery. Click here, and open the document that appears at the bottom of the screen, with personal; information removed. Names are arranged alphabetically and can be viewed alongside our Cemetery Plan by clicking here and opening the document that appears at the bottom of the screen.

The Cemetery Fees document can be downloaded here. These fees are regularly reviewed.

Click here to see the Cemetery Rules and Regulations. These have taken a great deal of time to put together and will be reviewed regularly.

If you have any queries about a possible burial or interment of ashes in the cemetery, which you cannot answer by looking at the documents above, please contact the Town Council between the hours of 10am and 1pm Monday - Friday.

The Council Offices are at

8 Broad Street, Ottery St Mary (adjoining the old Police Station), EX11 1BZ

Email:    admin@otterystmary-tc.gov.uk    

Tel:        01404 812252