The Parish Council is the burial authority for Wye. As such, it has managed the new burial ground, adjacent to the churchyard since 1981, in partnership with the Parochial Church Council. The burial ground wall marks the boundary of both the historic parish churchyard and the Wye Conservation Area. , it is managed to give the informal appearance of a peaceful country churchyard and wildlife haven and a place for quiet reflection.
The burial ground is not consecrated land: individual plots are consecrated as needed, as part of the burial service.
In summary, the common law position regarding rights of burial is that every parishioner and inhabitant has the right of burial in the churchyard or burial ground of the parish in which (s)he resides... S.6(1) of the Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure 1976 provides additionally that a person, who otherwise would have no right of burial, shall have a right of burial in the churchyard or other burial ground of the parish if at the date of his or her death their name is entered on the church electoral roll of the parish.
Extracts from the Pastoral Measure Code of Practice Annex 6 December 2009
The Parochial Church Council is responsible for the burial of cremated ashes in the main churchyard and the lower churchyard.
For more information please contact the Parish Council's Burial Clerk here.