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  • http://www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/docs/Rules and Regulations - Version 3.doc

    Date January 2013 Version: 3

    Hannah Park Cemetery Retford Road Cemetery

    Retford Cemetery

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    INFORMATION

    The Council manages and maintains 4 Cemeteries and 12 Closed Churchyards. The Council will excavate all graves prior to a burial and backfill immediately after the burial. Re-turfing will take place as soon as is practicable to allow for settlement of the ground. The Council will carry out maintenance of cemetery grounds, this will include cutting of boundary hedges and cutting of all grassed areas including grass on lawn section graves, and emptying litter bins as necessary. Christmas wreaths will be removed in February, other wreaths and sprays will be removed at the discretion of the Council (usually 2-3 weeks after funeral). Flower/shrub beds will be maintained to provide attractive displays. Accurate records will be kept of all interments at the Cemeteries Office, which is situated at: DSO Block Hundred Acre Lane Carlton Forest Tel: (01909) 533487 Worksop, S81 0TS Fax: (01909) 730586 The Cemetery Office is open Monday to Friday from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm, except Bank Holidays and the Councils concessionary holidays. Cemeteries provided by the Council are situated at:

    Hannah Park, Netherton Road, Worksop. This cemetery was opened in 1996 and offers new and re-opened graves in Lawn Sections, Traditional Sections, Woodland Section, Baby/Child Section and Cremated Remains Section. There is also provision for Muslim burials. Water taps are situated on-site. Retford Road, Manton, Worksop. This cemetery was opened in 1901. There is a Chapel available for burial services, and offers re-opened graves only in Lawn Sections, Traditional Sections and new graves on Baby/Child Section or new and re-opened graves on Cremated Remains section. Public toilets are available and water taps are situated on-site. Cemetery Road, Worksop. This cemetery was opened in 1868 and is available for re-openings only. This cemetery is adjacent to Worksop Priory, there are no taps available on-site.

    North Road/Babworth Road, Retford. This cemetery was opened in 1854 and offers new and re-opened graves in Lawn Sections, Traditional Sections, Woodland Section, Baby/Child Section and Cremated Remains Section. Water taps are situated on-site. To ensure the smooth running of the Cemeteries and to enable staff to effectively maintain the grounds for the benefit of all visitors, we have to impose a number of guidelines. This booklet outlines these guidelines in the form of Regulations.

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    1. Introduction

    2. Rules and Regulations for the Cemeteries

    3. Grant of Right of Burial

    4. Conduct in Cemeteries

    5. Burials

    6. Lawn Section Graves

    7. Traditional Kerb Grave Sections

    8. Woodland Grave Section

    9. Cremated Remains Section

    10. Childrens Section 11. Memorial Masons

    Environment & Housing Services BASSETLAW DISTRICT COUNCIL

    CEMETERIES

    Opening Times

    Open 9 am Daily

    Including

    Bank Holidays

    Closing Times

    January 4pm February 5pm

    March 6pm April 7pm May 8pm June 8pm July 8pm

    August 8pm September 7pm

    October 6pm November 4pm December 4pm

    Contact Numbers During working Hours 01909 533487 Out of Hours Number 01909 501999

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    1. Introduction 1.1 The Council has made Regulations for Cemeteries under the provisions of the Local

    Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977. 1.2 The Council reserves the right to alter, add to or amend the Regulations when

    necessary. 1.3 Throughout the regulations the following words and expressions shall have the

    meaning hereinafter respectively assigned to them.

    The Council Bassetlaw District Council

    The Cemeteries Hannah Park, Worksop Retford Road, Worksop Cemetery Road, Worksop North Road/Babworth Road, Retford.

    The Cemeteries Office The office of the Cemeteries Officer situated at DSO Block, Carlton Forest, or at any such other place as may be designated by the Council.

    Purchased Grave A grave or vault in which the Exclusive Right

    of Burial has been granted.

    Public Grave A grave in respect of which no Exclusive Right of Burial has been granted.

    Vault or walled Grave All walled underground burial places.

    Woodland Grave A grave for one person only in the appropriate section, where the only memorial allowed is a tree, which is planted on the grave space, and a plaque of a uniform size is placed on the memorial wall.

    Memorial Any monument, tomb, flatstone, headstone, foot stone, kerbstone, border stone, tablet, inscribed vase, railing, or any stone erected or placed upon any purchased grave.

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    2. Rules and Regulations for the Cemeteries. 2.1 Reservations for burials may be made by telephone during office hours or in writing.

    Reservations will be regarded as provisional until formal notice required by paragraphs 2.2 or 2.3 has been received.

    2.2 Notice of burial is accepted as confirmed when all forms and certificates required to

    fulfil statutory requirements, and those required by the Council, are received at the Cemetery Office no later than two clear working days before the proposed date of the funeral. Five clear days notice shall be given if a vault or brick grave is required. These periods of time are exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. Exceptions will be made to this in cases of epidemic diseases.

    Forms provided, or approved, by the Council must be used.

    2.3 The selection of all grave spaces will be subject to the approval of the Cemeteries Officer.

    2.4 For the burial of a stillborn child a Certificate in accordance with the Births & Deaths Registration Act 1953 must be delivered to the Cemetery office. For a Non Viable Foetus (NVF) a form signed by a Medical Practitioner in respect of a NVF must be supplied.

    2.5 Orders or instructions given by telephone shall be confirmed in writing. The Council

    will not accept responsibility for any delay or misunderstanding which may occur if instructions are given verbally or by telephone. Neither will the Council accept responsibility for any documents lost or delayed by the Post Office/Courier.

    2.6 Documents sent by Fax will only be accepted as temporary notification and must be

    confirmed by submission of originals. 2.7 The Council will not accept responsibility for, or loss of any remittances or instructions forwarded by post. 2.8 The Registrars Certificate for Disposal or a Coroners Order for Burial must be

    delivered to the Cemeteries Officer at the time of Burial. If either document is mislaid or lost, a declaration to the satisfaction of the Cemeteries Officer must be made by the person procuring the disposal of the body.

    2.9 Arrangements for priests, ministers, or other persons to officiate at the service are

    the responsibility of the Funeral Director or the person arranging the burial. 2.10 When it is intended to hold a burial service in the Cemetery Chapel, the Cemeteries

    Officer must be informed when the notice of interment is given. 2.11 The Funeral Director or person arranging the funeral is responsible for providing

    sufficient bearers to convey the coffin reverently from the hearse to the graveside. The Cemetery Staff are not allowed to assist with bearing.

    2.12 The Deed for the Exclusive Right of Burial must be produced in case of interments

    in a purchased grave.

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    2.13 All fees and charges must be paid at the Cemeteries Office. The fees and charges for any burial must be paid at the time of giving notice of booking and all other fees paid before the work to which they relate is started. These requirements do not apply to those who pay by account. Charges are in accordance with the Councils scale of fees for cemeteries.

    2.14 The fees charged include everything connected with the specified items in respect

    of which an official receipt is given. No one employed by, or on behalf of the Council is allowed to receive any gratuity.

    2.15 Burials may take place Monday to Fridays between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm. These

    times may be amended at the Councils discretion. 2.16 The Council reserves the right to retain any grave space for its own purposes. 2.17 The selection of all grave spaces will be subject to the approval of the Cemeteries

    Officer. The purchase of grave spaces beyond the current burial area will not be permitted.

    2.18 The sale of grave spaces in advance will be limited to three graves. With the

    exception of the Woodland Burial areas where the limit will be for two adjacent plots. Should such pre-purchased graves become unwanted before being used they can be sold back to the Council at the current price in the table of fees.

    2.19 No communal rotational grave shall be opened within three years after the burial

    of a person above the age of one month, unless to bury another member of the same family, The regulation shall not be deemed to apply to the burial of a stillborn

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