Stowupland Lawn Cemetery is located in the centre of the village on Church Road(A1120) opposite the Village Hall(SATNAV - IP14 4BQ).
It was founded in 1907, there are two main burial areas to the cemetery, incorporating two styles of graves – lawn and traditional. There are separate areas for Cremated remains internment and Infant graves. It also features a War Memorial, a Wall of Remembrance and contains two Commonwealth War Graves.
March 2018 - There is a little more tree work to do before the leaves break. The two trees behind the cemetery building are to be taken down to open up that area.When you look at the building under all that green there is a very pretty building with patterned brickwork. During the year we hope to clean the building so we can all appreciate it. The side that has been cleared of Laurel will need spraying and clearing of small stumps during the year ready for seeding later in the year. There is always something that needs doing so I was sad that no one has come forward to volunteer to help with the occasional odd job. Do try to give an hour or two occasionally if you can please. Every year, in both the cemetery and churchyard, the Parish Council has to test every head stone to make sure they are firmly fixed. Colloquially it is called the “topple test” but is taken very seriously because these headstones are heavy and could cause serious harm if one was to fall on someone. Although it is the responsibility of the Parish Council to test them it is, under the Parish Council Cemetery Policy, the responsibility of the owners of the headstone to repair them. Failure to repair them and make safe means the Parish Council has the right to remove them. There were so many headstones identified this year as needing repair that the Parish Council has taken the unusual step of paying to have them all done at their cost. This is a one off and I take this opportunity to remind families visiting both the cemetery and churchyard to keep an eye on headstones and indeed edging kerbs and check for stability. Over time there seems to have been a proliferation of glass jars, and ceramic pots appearing on graves and ashes burial plots. This is potentially dangerous for our grass cutter as well as visitors as they are easily broken. The Parish Council will go through a process to have all these types of things removed. The Cemetery is designated as a Lawn Cemetery and all stone vases and flowers should be set on the plinth at foot of the head stone. If you have a loved one in the cemetery please will you remove any glass, ceramic or metal from the grave and place all flowers at the headstone by the end of April. After that date the Parish Council will remove containers and any other objects which contravene our Cemetery Policy.
Fees and Charges
Details of Burial fees and charges levied by Stowupland Parish council from 13th December 2018
The death of a loved one is a distressing experience. The purpose of the Cemetery Policy is to provide guidance and support families with both the initial and the long term care of their loved one’s grave space in the Lawn Cemetery. It ensures visitors and those who maintain the Lawn Cemetery are kept safe. Printed copies of the Policy are available from the Parish Clerk
Deed of Grant
Our village Lawn cemetery is where we remember those who have passed before us, but they are in need of help to maintain and take good care of their resting place.
If you are looking for an opportunity to make a valuable contribution to our community and could you spare a few hours to help with the some of the following:
Collecting fallen debis
Cutting back overgrown vegetation
Tidying forgotten graves
Planting and maintaining shrubs
Renovating the Cemetery Building
Then please contact the parish clerk
Tel: 01449 677005