Please be aware that, as part of the periodic maintenance of our church burial grounds, a general schedule of clearing has (or will) include the removal of the following from graves:
- all memorials and shrubbery placed without permission
- all flower containers or tributes that are not made of stone; - including those made of plastic, glass, china, porcelain, terracotta or cloth material
- all wire, nylon or plastic netting
- all artificial flowers
- grave borders of wood or metal
- and, after a year, all earth mounds or extensions beyond the footprint of an authorised memorial.
Small tokens placed at the foot of a memorial stone may be left for a short while (for example, to mark special anniversaries) but these are not allowed to be placed permanently, so in due course they may be removed without further notice.
Whereas some leeway is given to the recently bereaved, after a year all votives, memorials and floral tributes must be within Diocesan regulations, a copy of may be obtained from the Parish Office, or at: http://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/uploads/Churchyard-Handbook.pdf
This work is done for the overall appearance of our much-loved country churchyard, as well as for the safety of those who have to maintain it and to visit it. If you have any cause for concern about a particular grave, please contact the Parish Office