“Let not your hearts be troubled.
Believe in God; believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many rooms.
If it were not so,
would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?"
Churchyards are special places, Each one contains a unique history and holds untold memories of the families who use them. Some of our churchyards will probably have been fully used several times over the centuries. All Saints Church, Somerford Keynes for example has Saxon fragments so people have been buried there since the 11th Century at the latest. We are custodians of these special places and maintain them to be available to everyone who lives here with all their different views and interests.
Recognising the importance of these places every Diocese has a set of Churchyard Regulations. These govern what kind of memorial may be placed in a churchyard with permission from the local minister (Rector or Vicar or Priest in Charge). The regulations have enough breadth for individuality and personal preference whilst maintaining the traditional feel of the churchyard. Any memorial that meets these regulations will be permitted in our churchyards.
Follow this link if you would like more information about churchyards from the Diocese of Gloucester.
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