Funerals and Churchyard

Arranging a funeral

If you are arranging a funeral, the best first step is to contact a company of funeral directors. You can tell them if you would like a funeral in church, or a service at a crematorium led by one of the clergy from St Mary’s. The funeral directors will then contact St Mary’s to discuss arrangements. Our clergy will then be in touch with you to talk about the service.

Of course we are always happy to help if you wish to get in touch directly with us. Our clergy officiate at funerals for those lived in the parish or have another link to the church.

Funerals in church can be followed by burial in the churchyard, where that is possible. Sometimes a church funeral is followed by a short service of committal at a local crematorium. On other occasions, the whole funeral service takes place in a crematorium or cemetery chapel.

The following guide can be downloaded for more details:

Our churchyards

There are several churchyards in St Mary’s grounds, ranging from the medieval churchyard surrounded the old church tower, to the new churchyard extension on the other side of Church Street, which is still open for burials.

Gravestones and other monuments

Please get in touch if you have any queries about our churchyards, including burial spaces and permission for gravestones and other monuments. It is very important that churchyard regulations are followed and it is legally necessary that written permission is obtained before any monuments or additional inscriptions are commissioned. Funeral directors and monumental stonemasons can assist in making arrangements and providing the necessary forms. Form CR1 is available here. The churchyard regulations can be read using the following link:

Search facility

We offer a search facility if you wish to find out details about someone buried in our churchyard whose information is in our registers and records. More details about this facility will appear on this website soon, meanwhile please contact us for more information. A fee is charged for this service, although this is waived in the case where a monument or inscription is being applied for.

By prior appointment with the parish office, the registers can be made available for you to search in them, for family history or other purposes. There are statutory fees, set nationally, for this.

Bereavement Café and All Souls’ Day

Each month we run a bereavement café, which is a space to talk about the pain of bereavement, and find mutual support and encouragement, when you need it most. Click here to find out more.

Every year on a Saturday near All Souls’ Day (2 November) we hold services at which the names of departed loved ones are read out and remembered. Keep an eye on our website, or contact us, to find out more.