Ral­ly­ing call on grave changes

Fam­i­lies an­gered at plans for lawns

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovette@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

See this week’s let­ters page for read­ers’ thoughts on the is­sue


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.

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Photo by Micki As­ton


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