Burial Service

Furze Lane Burial Ground

The Council operates a lawn Burial Ground in Furze Lane.

Please note that the old burial ground in Vicarage Road is not operated by the Council and any queries should be directed to the PCC through the Church Wardens.

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Please see detail of our Fees and the Rules and Regulations governing the cemetery in the links section of this page.

If you require any further information, please contact us.

Arranging a Burial

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We recommend that you use the services of a Funeral Director to arrange a burial. If you prefer to make the arrangements yourself, you will need to contact us to discuss the necessary health and safety requirements.

The services of a professional and approved grave digger must be used to excavate the grave. Ensure that you allow sufficient time for this to be done.

In addition to the burial fee, an Exclusive Right of Burial must be purchased. This gives the purchaser (Grant Holder) the right to say who can be buried, or have ashes buried or scattered in the grave, and give permission for a memorial to be erected or amended. It does not refer to the purchase of the land itself.

To arrange a burial we require the following information:

  • Proposed date and time
  • Details of deceased
  • Coffin/casket size (outside dimensions including handles to ensure the grave is dug to the correct size)
  • For existing graves only: plot number. This information can be found on the Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial Deed issued to the Grant Holder. We will check to see if there is sufficient space for another burial.

If the Grant Holder is the deceased they may be buried in the grave but there can be no further burials or memorials erected or amended until the Exclusive Right of Burial has been transferred to a new Grant Holder.

Paperwork required to carry out a burial:

  • Completed Notice of Interment Town Council form - available below
  • Signed Purchase of Exclusive Right of Burial Town Council form (new graves only) - available below
  • Green or white Certificate for Burial or Certificate for Disposal of Cremated Remains
  • Payment

The above paperwork is required a minimum of five working days before the burial. This is to ensure that we have sufficient time carry out the necessary administration.

Burials will normally only be permitted Monday to Friday (excluding Bank or other Public Holidays): 9am-2.30pm November-February; 9am-3.30pm March-October. It may be possible to arrange interments outside of these times subject to additional cost. Please contact us if a time outside of the permitted hours is required.

The responsibility for selecting the location of the burial plot lies with Winslow Town Council.

The details of all burials are recorded on our database and in the Burial Registers. We are happy to help with any searches, although please note a fee may apply.

Exclusive Right of Burial

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An Exclusive Right of Burial is a Deed purchased from the Council that gives the purchaser or Grant Holder the Right to say who can be buried, or have ashes buried or scattered in a grave and give permission for a memorial to be erected or amended.

A maximum of two people can jointly purchase an Exclusive Right of Burial for a grave space in Stroud Cemetery.

Exercising the Exclusive Right of Burial

All Grant Holders must sign to authorise their exercising of the Right.

If a Grant Holder does not sign, the grave cannot be opened for burial (with the exception of the burial of the Grant Holder), and no memorial can be erected or altered.

When the last remaining Grant Holder dies a transfer of Exclusive Right of Burial must take place before any further burial, memorial erection or amendments can take place

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When the last remaining Grant Holder is deceased a transfer via their estate must take place before any further burial or memorial erection or amendment can take place. Please note a fee will apply.

For the transfer to take place we will need to know if the deceased Grant Holder left a will and if Grant of Probate was obtained. If so, we will need to see and take a copy of the sealed Grant. If not, we will need to see and take a copy of the will and any codicils.

If the deceased Grant Holder did not leave a will we will ask if a Grant of Letters of Administration was obtained. If so, we will need to see and take a copy of the sealed Grant. If not, a Statutory Declaration signed in the presence of a Magistrate or Commissioner of Oaths by the lawful next of kin must be made.

A living Grant Holder can change ownership at any time.

Guide to Exclusive Right of Burial

An Exclusive Right of Burial is a Deed purchased from the Council which gives the purchaser (Grant Holder) the Right of Burial in a designated grave space.

Purchasing an Exclusive Right of Burial

When a grave is purchased it refers to the purchasing of the Right of Burial and not the land itself. This means that the Grant Holder does not own the land but has the Right, during the period stated, to say who can be buried, or have ashes buried or scattered, in the grave. The Grant Holder will be issued with a Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial Deed and have their details entered into a register. Only the Grant Holder can apply for permission for a memorial to be erected or altered It is important to keep the Deed in a secure place as it is the only legal document confirming the Grant Holder's entitlement to the Right. It is also important for the Grant Holder to notify the Council of any change of address.

Term of the Exclusive Right of Burial.

The Right is currently granted for a period of 99 years.

Can more than one person own the Right?

Two people can jointly own the Right. A Grant Holder can change ownership at any time by completing a form of assignment Exercising an Exclusive Right of Burial All Grant Holders must authorise their exercising of the Right with the exception of the burial of the Grant Holder.

What happens when the Grant Holder dies?

When the last remaining Grant Holder dies a transfer via their estate must take place before any further burial, memorial erection or amendments can take place.

Transferring the Exclusive Right of Burial

If the deceased Grant Holder left a will

If Grant of Probate was obtained the Exclusive Right of Burial can be transferred to the executor of the will. The executor can transfer the Exclusive Right of Burial to whomever they choose. If there was no Grant of Probate the process is more complicated and you should take advice.

It is important to note that a Transfer of Exclusive Right of Burial does not alter the expiry date of the original

Memorials

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Only the Grant Holder can apply for permission to erect a memorial or add an additional inscription to a memorial. This will usually be done on their behalf by a memorial mason. If the Grant Holder is deceased a transfer of Exclusive Right of Burial must be carried out before any permission can be given.

Depending on where the grave is located in the cemetery, permission to erect a permanent memorial may not be granted for up to one year from the date of burial. This is to allow time for the ground to settle. During this time a temporary timber cross, or other temporary marker, may be installed without permission, for a period up to 24 months.

Memorial Application form (Word Document, 1003 Kb)

Last updated: Mon, 16 Nov 2020 17:17