Closure of St. Luke's Churchyard

Many of you will be aware that the churchyard at St. Luke’s is full and that since 2009 burials have been carried out in the Trinity Churchyard a little further down Sophurst Lane from the church. The PCC have decided to apply to have the St. Luke’s Churchyard formally closed and to transfer responsibility for its maintenance to either the Parish Council or the Borough Council. This will mean we only have to maintain the Trinity Churchyard.

Notice

Notice is hereby given that it is the intention of the Secretary of State for Justice, acting on an application by the incumbent and churchwardens, to apply to the Privy Council for an Order requiring the discontinuance of burials in the above churchyard.

Provision would be made for the following exceptions:-

a. in any vault or walled grave in the churchyard, burial may be allowed but every coffin in such vault or grave must be separately enclosed by stonework or brick work properly cemented;

b. in any existing earthen grave in the churchyard, the burial may be allowed of the body of any member of the family of the person or persons previously buried in that grave, but no part of the coffin containing the body shall be less than one metre below the level of the surface of the ground adjoining the grave; and

c. in any grave space in which no interment has previously taken place, the burial may be allowed of any person for whom, or any member of the family for which that grave space has been reserved and appropriated, with the exclusive right of burial there, but no part of the coffin containing the body shall be less than one metre below the level of the surface of the ground adjoining the grave.

Any representations about the proposed closure should be sent to the Coroners and Burials Team, Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France, London SW1H 9AJ (quoting reference CC/MAY21/001) within 21 days of this publication. Tom Trinder Churchwarden, St. Luke’s Churc