The rules outlined are to ensure that St Cuthbert's Churchyard and Garden of Remembrance is a special place where everyone feels close to God and their loved ones.

These rules are laid down by the Church of England and the St Cuthbert's Parochial Church Council and are designed to achieve the following :

To maintain the overall appearance of the Churchyard and Garden of Remembrance.

* Fresh flowers are preferred and should be removed when perished.  November - March silk flowers are allowed but must be removed if faded, unseasonal or not natural in colour.

Christmas wreaths are permitted and should be removed by January 31st.

Remembrance poppy wreaths are permitted but must be removed by November 30th.  

   Remaining wreaths will be removed and disposed of, after these dates.

Memorials must be approved by the Rector with the Parochial Church Council.  Full details should be provided including drawing, sizes, wording, etc.

* Plants the planting of any plants or shurbs loosely in the ground or the creation of a garden of any kind is not permitted.

Dogs are NOT allowed in the graveyard.

Objects and ornaments can weather badly or break as the Churchyard and Garden of Remembrance are open to the elements.  Some objects and ornaments might be acceptable to some and not to others.  The community aspect of the Churchyard needs to be considered.  Therefore we discourage the placing of objects and ornaments.


Safety of those working in the Churchyard and Garden of Remembrance

It is important that any vessel for flowers is made of NON breakable material.  Objects and ornaments can create problems with maintenance and broken objects may create a safety hazard.



The placing of any side stones, plastic or wooden decorative fencing around a grave or the use of any marble chippings are not permitted.


Any items, which need to be removed from graves, will be held for 1 month to be collected after the 11am Sunday Service from a Church Warden with the exception of damaged items which will be removed and disposed of immediately.

Thank you for your co-operation and contribution by maintaining your part of the Churchyard and adhering to the items above.


St Cuthbert's Church has employed a part time gardener to maintain the Churchyard.  However, St Cuthbert's receives no external funding, therefore this cost is being paid from the Sunday collections and donations.

Donations  towards the maintenance costs for the Churchyard and Garden of Remembrance would be greatly appreciated - Please visit our Just Giving page for futher details.


The above information was approved by the Rector and the Parochial Church Council on 14 March 2013.