Mum wants ceme­tery rules pub­li­cised more

Per­sonal items re­moved from grave of her son

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­

A BE­REAVED mother is urg­ing her parish coun­cil to warn peo­ple of its ceme­tery rules after or­na­ments were re­moved from her son’s grave.

Karen Fisher, 59, was up­set to find dec­o­ra­tive an­i­mal mod­els which she placed on her son’s plot at the Gar­den of Rest in Chal­font St Peter had been moved last week.

Chal­font St Peter Parish Coun­cil re­moved the items as they broke its ‘laid to lawn’ pol­icy, which means the plots in sec­tion K and fu­ture sec­tions at the ceme­tery will be largely grassed over.

The rules leave a plant­ing area of 24in by 12in, most of which is taken up by a plinth and head­stone.

Mrs Fisher, of Leachcroft, said: “I have got two inches after that plinth to plant any­thing and I found it ab­so­lutely dis­gust­ing we are treated like this. The parish coun­cil are sup­posed to look after the peo­ple and they are not do­ing this.

“I want them to tell peo­ple be­fore they bury rel­a­tives in Chal­font St Peter Gar­den of Rest what they can and can­not do with the graves.”

The po­lice col­lected the items, which in­cluded toys of a frog, chicken, bird and a plaque with words from the parish coun­cil of­fice, and re­turned them to Mrs Fisher.

The of­fice in­formed her the or­na­ments were avail­able for col­lec­tion.

Mrs Fisher, whose 36-year-old son Barry died three years ago on Box­ing Day, added: “I just can­not go up there any more. It is his an­niver­sary on Box­ing Day and we all go up there and have a drink with him but I can’t do it.

“They have left me with noth­ing.”

Mrs Fisher


the coun­cil promised to place signs dis­tin­guish­ing where the graves are so peo­ple do not step on them. The coun­cil de­nies promis­ing this but says it is look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity of signs.

Parish coun­cil­lor Karen Dick­son said Mrs Fisher is ‘one of only three who still ob­ject’ to the pol­icy and did not pur­chase the grave so did not agree to the rules.

She said the hay­war­den moved the or­na­ments back to the head­stone 13 times in three weeks be­fore re­mov­ing them.

Mrs Dick­son added: “I can as­sure you that the PC staff is han­dling this awk­ward is­sue as sen­si­tively and as pro­fes­sion­ally as we can.”

Pho­tos by Chris Berry www. buyapho­


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