St Andrew’s Stokeinteignhead, Churchyard
As you may be aware, the churchyard is almost at full capacity for burial. There
are only 2 to 4 plots available, the exact number being dependent upon the
presence or absence of tree roots causing obstruction in the ground. The
following are eligible for burial in the churchyard, irrespective of their faith:
- Residents of Stokeinteignhead parish
- Non-residents who are on the Electoral Roll of St Andrew’s Church
- Anyone who dies in the parish
The Church of England is not the legal burial authority so, when the churchyard
becomes full, burial space has to be provided by the Local Authority.
In common with many other parishes, the Parochial Church Council (PCC) is
planning to apply to the Coroner’s Office at the Ministry of Justice for a Closure
Order. This will transfer the responsibility for the provision and maintenance of
burial space to the Local Authority, which may be Teignbridge District Council or
Stokeinteignhead Parish Council. After closure, the churchyard can continue to
be used for:
– Burial in the remaining spaces (this will be noted in the application)
– Additional burials in existing family graves, subject to sufficient depth
– Interment of cremated remains
Currently the costs of maintenance of the churchyard are borne by the PCC with
a grant from the Parish Council covering about 60% and the remainder by
voluntary donations and fund-raising from the relatively small number of church
members. The PCC is of the view that the churchyard is a facility for the parish
as a whole, and should be appropriately supported by all residents.
Should the Local Authority wish to do so, it may procure additional land for
burial space. This can be consecrated and, if adjacent to the current churchyard,
access could be provided subject to a Faculty.
The PCC has had discussions with the Parish Council regarding the way forward.
We shall be offering a facility for parishioners to come to St Andrew’s Church
and ask questions on 14 March 2018 between 12:00 and 2:00pm and between
7:30 and 8:30pm
St Andrew’s Stokeinteignhead
Parochial Church Council