St Luke’s churchyard is open at all times and is beautiful and peaceful. Churchyards have an important place in the hearts of people throughout the land, particularly for those who have loved ones buried in them. In order to retain their character, certain rules are followed, which in our case come from the Chancellor of Southwark Diocese. These regulations are there so that in future generations, people will be able to visit the churchyard and it will have the same atmosphere that it has today. It is impossible to insure the whole churchyard against theft or vandalism, but some people find it adds to their peace of mind to take out insurance on the plaque or headstone which is their special concern. Your Funeral Director will be able to give you names of such insurers. If you have a problem or a worry in connection with the churchyard, please contact the Churchyard Manager, who will be glad to help.
Occasionally requests are made for researching where burial plots are located within the churchyard. These are carried out by our Churchyard Manager. Please note these enquiries do incur a fee of £34 per hour.
Memorial Plaques/Tablets for Ashes Plots
The Churchyard Regulations also apply to all ashes plots. In addition, for the ashes plots in the Garden of Remembrance, we ask that the heathers and shrubs are not pruned or removed without contacting the Churchyard Manager. A non-breakable memorial vase may be placed close to the plaque.
These should be ordered through St Luke’s Church. Please contact Mrs A Pannett for all enquires and orders.
Change of Address
It is in your interest to let us know if you change your address so that we can keep you informed of any issues which arise concerning the care of the grave or ashes plot. We can also ensure you are invited to our annual memorial service.
We hold an annual memorial service where we remember loved ones who have died. This is usually in late October or early November. We invite the next of kin of those recently buried in the churchyard, and shall contact you about this a few weeks before the service. We hope you will find such a service helpful in dealing with bereavement.
Often one of our most important needs at the time of bereavement is to set up a lasting memorial to the person we care for. We would like to give you some information to help you in the decisions necessary to make this happen.