The Town Clerk is happy to assist families who may have a loved one buried at the cemetery, or who might be considering purchasing a plot in the cemetery or may be researching their families who may be interred in the cemetery. A full copy of fees for the cemetery are available from the Town Clerk or visit this page.
A plan of the cemetery is included in this leaflet. Entrance to the cemetery is by the side gate. The main gate is unlocked on Sundays during the Summer and for funerals. The main gate can be opened at any other time, please contact the Town Clerk to arrange this. The cemetery is divided into 7 sections A – F and J Tablet Memorial area for interred ashes. Earlier burials (i.e. from 1910 onwards) have taken place in Section A – D . Sections E – H are more recent burials. Part of Section E is unconsecrated. For a full plan of the cemetery visit this page
The Town Council is responsible for the maintenance of the cemetery, and this arranged through our appointed contractors. It is the responsibility of the next of kin to ensure that memorials are kept in good order and that mowers and machinery are not obstructed by incorrectly positioned vases, containers and other items. We undertake memorial inspections every five years and in the event of a memorial being found to be unstable we will endeavour to contact relatives to ask them to repair the memorial. It is only as a last resort that we lie memorials down.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
A full copy is displayed on the notice board near to the cemetery side gate. A copy is also available from the Town Clerk or for more information visit this page.
The main points to note are:
- Memorials may not be erected without written permission from the Council
- Flowers on graves should be placed on the memorial plinth
Exclusive Rights of burial may be purchased for a period of up to 100 years. This is often done by people who may wish to reserve a grave next to a loved one. It entitles the purchaser to determine who shall be interred in the grave, and it also gives the family the right to erect a memorial. Please note however that the grant of such rights does not confer on the owner any rights of title to the land, the grave itself remains at all times the property of the Council
Town Clerk: Elaine Oliver Telephone or Fax 01263 712149 e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Office, Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6DN.
(Office Hours 9.00 – 12.00 midday. Monday / Wednesday / Friday)
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT CEMETERY
You may well be aware that, unfortunately Holt Town Council has recently laid several memorial stones, in the cemetery, flat due to serious concerns about public safety.
It may be that the grave of your love one has been affected and we apologise. However we thought it would be helpful to outline the events which triggered this action.
- On a routine visit to the cemetery, it was found, by chance, two stones that looked at risk.
- We duly topple tested them and they were severely loose and wobbled far more than the standard 5 degrees that is deemed safe.
- They were then laid flat to make them safe.
- Being concerned and aware that the next routine inspection was not due for approximately 2 years, two members of staff arranged to carry out an immediate emergency inspection of area G in the cemetery.
- We duly carried out the emergency inspection on the memorials in this area and found, to our horror, 48-50 stones/memorials that were severely loose, unsafe and therefore had the potential to cause severe if not fatal injury.
- The stones/memorials identified, as unsafe and a potential risk were duly laid down to mitigate the risk of public injury.
- This was done until all owners of the impacted graves can be identified and the necessary repairs to the stones/memorials are carried out by the grave owners.
- Topple tests should be undertaken every 5 years as part of the routine Cemetery inspections. We are into the third year of this period and were not expecting such a large scale problem.
- It would be common practice just before a routine inspection, to put notices in the press and cemetery informing people the inspection is due to take place and any unsafe memorials would be made safe and the grave owners notified, where possible, requesting that they carry out the required repairs.
- All further areas will be tested in the coming weeks.
- In this case this was not possible as it was an emergency inspection, instigated due to the chance discovery of dangerous headstones.
- The Town Council could not ignore the risk to public safety and an urgent decision had to be made as and when we found the loose and dangerous stones.
- All dangerous stones were laid down with due care and respect.
- Notices were immediately put up on the cemetery notice boards.
- Followed by individual staked notices on each grave affected.
- All impacted grave owners are being advised, where possible, that all memorials must be re-erected in accordance with the British Standard 8415. Notifications are difficult, time consuming and sometimes impossible due to the historical difficulties in identifying and then locating the present grave owner.
- Historically it has been HTC policy to lay dangerous memorials flat. The clerk has now researched and duly invested in a strapping machine so that in future any memorials tested as dangerous can be staked and strapped rather than laid flat to minimise distress.
If you have any further concerns or wish to discuss this further please ‘phone the Clerk on 01263 712149, or email email@example.com