Please do not come to the cemeteries, crematorium or any funeral services if you have any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating or are in a high risk category.
Our funeral procedures have been changed to keep you, our staff and the wider public safe at this difficult time. With your help, we can continue to provide the essential services of burial and cremation. These changes have been developed in line with guidance published by central government.
All cemetery and crematorium grounds will be open daily between 8am and 5pm.
We respectfully request that you only visit the cemetery when attending a service. All other visits should be put on hold for the duration of the coronavirus lockdown period.
Who can attend a funeral
As of Monday 17 May 2021, the following numbers of people can attend a service, depending on the size of the chapel being used:
- East Chapel - 60 people seated, with a maximum of 30 people standing in the chapel foyer (total of 90 people maximum)
- West Chapel - 40 people seated, with a maximum of 30 people standing in the chapel foyer (total of 70 people maximum)
- Burial Chapel - 36 people seated, with a maximum of 10 people standing at the rear of the chapel (total of 46 people maximum)
- Graveside - maximum of 60 people socially distancing
Capacities will be strictly maintained and no additional people will be admitted under any circumstances.
To minimise the risk of infection to our staff and others:
- no singing will be permitted during the ceremony indoors as this increases the risk of spreading coronavirus
- the organ will not be available for use
- everyone must sanitise their hands upon entry to the chapel
- mourners will not be allowed to touch or place flowers on the coffin
- orders of service will be permitted, but not encouraged, these must be taken away by the mourners at the end of the ceremony
- services times will be kept to a maximum of 30 minutes
- all attendees to ‘check in’ by scanning the NHS QR code on display as part of the Track and Trace scheme
It is mandatory to wear face coverings in all 3 of our chapels.
The exceptions are for those under 11 yrs or those with an underlying medical condition. Officiants taking the service or those doing a reading will not be expected to wear a face covering. For more guidance go to the face coverings page on GOV.UK.
Lateral flow tests
We strongly advise that those attending a funeral take a lateral flow test in advance. Find out more about rapid testing on the NHS website.
The hall of remembrance
Our hall of remembrance, where the book of remembrance is kept, is open from 8am to 4pm, 7 days a week. Face coverings must be worn and toilets will only open during service times.