Churchyard Maintenance

By virtue of Section 214 of the Local Government Act 1972, Little Wolford Parish Meeting is a burial authority, with the power to provide a cemetery in which inhabitants of the parish may be buried; alternatively, it may contribute towards the expenses incurred by another body or person in providing or maintaining such a cemetery.

Little Wolford residents have a right to burial in the Churchyard of St Michael and All Angels, Great Wolford, the parish church of the ecclesiastical parish of Wolford. It is not necessary to be member of this (or, indeed, any) church to be buried here, merely a resident of the parish; indeed, an additional charge would be levied for burial elsewhere. Whatever one's feelings might be towards the fact that the parish cemetery happens to be a churchyard, it would be difficult to imagine a more tranquil or more fitting setting anywhere within the parish. 

Little Wolford Parish Meeting currently makes an annual contribution of £200 from the parish precept towards maintenance of the Churchyard; this is roughly equivalent, on a per capita basis, to the £400 contributed annually by Great Wolford Parish Council. A small number of families with relatives interred in the Churchyard also make voluntary contributions. The remainder of the cost of maintenance is borne by Wolford Parochial Church Council (PCC). 

In recent years, maintenance has consisted largely of mowing the grass. Consequently, the lovely views from the churchyard towards Little Wolford and Long Compton had all but disappeared behind fast-growing shrubs, brambles and nettles, which also threatened to engulf some of the memorial tablets along the eastern boundary. 

A start has now been made on restoring the eastern end of the Churchyard and the composting area to a fit state, but this has revealed major deterioration of the boundary wall: the cost of repairs is likely to run to several thousand pounds, which the PCC is unable to meet from current resources. Donations are therefore being sought, particularly from those with relatives buried in the churchyard, to ensure that the necessary work can be undertaken quickly and fully. 

If you would like to make a contribution towards the cost of this essential work, please contact the PCC Treasurer, Ann McKenna, on 674009 or email annmckenna@sky.com

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