BURIALS AT BISHOPSTOKE CEMETEREY AND CORONAVIRUS
Bishopstoke Cemetery remains open during the government lockdown restrictions.
The government have now put in place ongoing measures to reduce the risk of coronavirus, and following guidance received, Bishopstoke Parish Council would advise that, whilst these measures remain in place, the number of attendees at a burial should be limited to the following persons:
Members of the person’s household
Close family members
Or, if there are no members of the person’s household or close family members able to attend, then close friends may attend.
Other than funeral director staff, and a minister or celebrant if requested by the family, the number of attendees for a full burial** related to the family should be limited to 20 in total, in household clusters. In order to protect yourselves, your family, and those who are assisting you in the burial of your loved one, please observe the 2 metre (6 feet) social distancing rules between yourselves and other households, and between yourselves and those assisting you in the burial of your loved one. Whilst this guidance is in place we would advise that family members should not be permitted to carry the coffin.
**Any activity that is not part of a funeral is still subject to social distancing requirements. Please note that this means that a witnessed scattering or burial of ashes should only take place with a maximum of six people involved, in order to comply with the current Government guidance on social gatherings.
Anyone who is showing any symptoms of the coronavirus (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste and smell) must not attend a burial due to the risk they pose to others.
Mourners may attend the burial if they are self-isolating due to a possible case of coronavirus in their household, provided that they are not showing any symptoms themselves (including mild symptoms), and provided that the funeral director has put processes in place to minimise the risk of transmission. They should observe the 2 metre (6 feet) social distancing rules at all times and advise other mourners that they are otherwise self-isolating at home. They should ensure that they do not attend at the same time as another mourner who may be extremely clinically vulnerable. They are advised to use their own transport where possible, and to follow careful hygiene during funeral and burial arrangements, including washing hands more often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds or by using a hand sanitiser, to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth, and to cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue and then carefully dispose of the tissue.
Mourners who are clinically vulnerable or in a shielded group may also attend a burial, subject to the funeral director having put processes in place to minimise the risk of transmission. Mourners who are extremely clinically vulnerable are not advised to attend a burial if there are others attending who are currently self-isolating - if attending a burial they should ensure that they maintain a minimum distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from all other attendees at all times. Mourners who are clinically vulnerable or in a shielding group should adhere to the government guidelines on hand and respiratory hygiene at all times.
If you are self-isolating, clinically vulnerable, or in a shielded group, and wish to attend a burial, please discuss arrangements with your funeral director.
Mourners should also follow the advice on social distancing when travelling to and from the Cemetery. If using shared transport with others that they do not normally meet and where social distancing is not possible, they should consider wearing a face covering.
We understand that this will be very difficult for you and your family at this time, but these measures will help us all to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
This information will be updated as and when government measures are changed.
CEMETERY OPENING TIMES
Bishopstoke Cemetery is always open except on the rare occasions when it is necessary to temporarily close the gates for short periods whilst essential work is taking place. However, please bear in mind that there is no lighting in the Cemetery and the ground can be uneven, so you will find it best to visit during the good daylight hours. There is no car parking available inside the Cemetery grounds, however, there is a small car parking area available on Sewall Drive close to the Cemetery entrance.
Bishopstoke Parish Council now has an area set aside for memorials WITHOUT interment. If you wish to have a memorial plot in this designated area please contact Assistant Clerk Cheryl Taylor on 07521 735539 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The fees for a plot in this area will match burial grant requests (which grants the right to have a memorial) and will also be subject to the normal fee for a memorial application.
Bishopstoke Parish Council is responsible for running Bishopstoke Cemetery. It is situated on the edge of Stoke Park Woods, and was first opened by Eastleigh Borough Council in the mid 1950s, with the first burial taking place in November 1958. The total area of the cemetery is 1.2 hectares and contains areas for both full burials and for cremated remains.
The housing development known as The Chase is rapidly taking shape next door, and as a result of that development, a second cemetery will soon be handed over to the Parish Council. This will be known as Stoke Common Cemetery. The cemeteries are on Sewall Drive which is off Stoke Common Road (opposite Jockey Lane, which has the approximate postcode SO50 6DX). Sewall Drive has the postcode SO50 6JE but this postcode may not yet be recognised by navigation aids.
All the relevant forms and fee information can be found at the side in "Useful Links". Please note that burials can only be arranged through a funeral director and cannot be arranged directly with families. Should you wish to speak to someone in person to talk through available options, or for any queries that you may have, please contact Assistant Clerk Mrs Cheryl Taylor. Cheryl can be contacted either by emailing email@example.com or by telephoning 07521 735539.
All forms should be returned to us at:
Bishopstoke Parish Council
FAO Mrs Cheryl Taylor
Please note that currently Bishopstoke Parish Council does NOT allow the pre-purchase of plots.
For information about other Cemeteries in Eastleigh, click here. This will take you to Eastleigh Borough Council's cemetery page where there is a link to the EBC cemeteries searchable database. Please note that the Bishopstoke records contained in the database are only those that are more than 1 year old. For anything more recent please contact the Assistant Clerk, Mrs Cheryl Taylor, at the Office address above.
Transfer a Burial Grant
Cemetery Regulations (Bishopstoke)
Disclaimer for carrying a coffin
Form 18 (for Funeral Directors only)
Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management
Bereavement Services Portal
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