Rallying call on grave changes
Families angered at plans for lawns
Volunteers gather ahead of the Gerrards Cross Jumble Sale VILLAGERS and volunteers have Volunteers from around the helped an annual jumble sale village work in the run up to the raise record breaking amounts. event to sort through all of the
The Gerrards Cross Jumble items which have been donated, Sale took place at the end of last and to ensure that everything is in month over two days, and was place. organised by the Gerrards Cross Community Association Community Association. member Suzie Bower said: “The
The event eventually raised a amount we’ve raised is a record total of more than £25,000, with for us, so we’re really pleased. more than 1,200 people coming “The weather was very good along to the Memorial Centre to over the course of the two days, hunt for bargains. so that helped us a great deal.
The annual jumble sale is We had such a lot of help and thought to be one of the largest in there was so much enthusiasm the country, with an array of items for the jumble sale from people. on sale. “It’s a lot of hard work, but FAMILIES who are distressed by plans to grass over graves at a cemetery have rallied in a final attempt to stop the policy.
Chalfont St Peter Parish Council will implement ‘laid to lawn’ rules at The Garden of Rest on Monday.
One family has begun legal action against the council while several others have protested against the issue in letters to the Advertiser.
Paul Smith and Claire Richards of Hill Rise, Chalfont St Peter, who tend to the same plot, wrote: “Surely the heartless process of ripping up plants lovingly laid by relatives grieving their loved ones can serve no purpose. “Let’s hope common sense prevails.” The rules will affect the 58 plots in section K and all future plots bought at the cemetery.
The policy states 85 per cent of a plot must be grass, for ease of maintenance.
Kerbing around plots will be banned and there will be a planting area of 24 inches wide by 12 inches, most of which will be taken up headstone.
Liz Reed, whose father is buried at the cemetery, wrote: “I stated that my family opposes their plans as tending to my dad’s grave is extremely important in our family grieving process and that we wish to continue to tend to my dad’s grave.”
Twenty protesters handed over a petition of 463 signatures against the rules at the council’s offices in Gravel Hill two weeks ago on September 25. Mrs Reed attended the meeting. She wrote: “It was difficult to gauge how the councillors felt, as many of them sat with their backs to us for the duration of the meeting.”
The council argues all families signed a contract which stated the policy.
It has offered meetings with those who are upset and says it can not allow people to maintain the plots themselves due to an insurance clause.
The council said it was not willing to comment until after it held these meetings with the families, which are due to finish this week.
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a we’re really happy with the amount that we managed to raise.”
Money from the event goes to the community association, and will be spent on upkeep of the Memorial Centre, as well as on organising other events for the village to enjoy throughout the year.
Jumble was donated to the event throughout the year, and special items available on the two days of the sale included an array of bicycles, rare silver and china as well as designer handbags and jumpers.