Memorandum by Mildenhall Parish Council
A first response to your key questions follows:
1. THE ENVIRONMENTAL,
The present cemetery in Mildenhall was established
following the purchase by Mildenhall Rural District Council of
a plot of land on the Thetford Road, Mildenhall in November 1959.
Mildenhall Parish Council purchased the land and took over the
administration of the Cemetery in May 1971. It is not certain
what provision was made before this date or why the Council chose
to create a burial ground of its own. It is thought that any parishioner
was entitled to be buried in the churchyard, albeit in the unconsecrated
Both the previous churchyards in Mildenhall
are now closed, but there is still two burial grounds in the West
Row ward of Mildenhall Parish, administered by the St Peter's,
West Row and the Baptist Church.
2. THE CONDITION
The present Cemetery is about half to two thirds
full and is maintained by the Parish Council's "Parish Keeper",
with some occasional assistance. It is generally agreed to be
kept neat and tidy, with clearly maintained paths, shrubbery and
simple buildings. The grass round the graves is kept short and
neat and the areas set aside for memorial stones set into the
ground for cremated remains are also kept in an orderly manner.
(Also see 5).
3. THE ROLES
DETR, AND OTHER
Although the size and depth of the graves follow
the suggested dimensions (see Arnold Baker), the running of the
Cemetery is regulated by the Council's own rules and conditions
(see 5), which are fully explained to prospective purchasers of
plots and are well known to the Funeral Directors in the district.
The DETR and other agencies do not play any part in the running
of the Cemetery.
Without going into details, the Council is currently
considering how it might establish further space, on the assumption
that the present cemetery will be full in (say) 10 to 15 years.
Some enquiries are in progress.
5. THE MANAGEMENT
A copy of the current (recently revised) regulations
is attached to this reply.
6. THE FUNDING
As far as we can tell the administration of
the Cemetery has been funded entirely from fees and the Parish
precept. There has never been any suggestion of external funding
and certainly not from the National Lottery.
7. OTHER MATTERS
We anticipate that there will be no other matters.
Cllr M K Smith
Chairman, General Purposes Committee
Cllr J Taylor
Vice Chairman, General Purposes Committee