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Slabs in the Memorial Garden at St Nicholas', Godstone

Please note that these regulations only apply to the Memorial Garden, where ashes are interred.  If you wish to add a memorial to a burial within the historic churchyard (rather than the Parish Council Burial Ground) then please get in touch.

1. These Regulations shall apply only where there are not in existence Churchyard Regulations adopted by the minister under the terms of the Instrument of Authorisation.

2. Subject to paragraph1, the minister may approve the introduction into a churchyard of any memorial if:

(a) at least six months have elapsed since the most recent of the deaths being commemorated;

(b) the form of the memorial is a horizontal stone slab

  • (i) which is 300 mm (1 ft) wide and 300 mm (1 ft) long, and

  • (ii) its upper surface is flush with the surrounding ground;

(c) made of

  • (i) natural stone (either sandstone, limestone, granite not darker than Rustenberg grey, or slate), and

  • (ii) it does not have a highly polished reflective finish;

(d) the inscription on the memorial contains at least:

  • (i) the name of the deceased;

  • (ii) the date of his or her death;

  • (iii) the date of birth or the age at death,

and any factual material in the inscription is accurate

(e) the inscription and any artwork is incised into the stone and, if painted, no more than one colour is used; and

(f) the memorial contains no advertisement or trademark other than the name or mark of the mason which, if included, shall be at the base of the side or rear face of the stone and no more than 13 mm (1/2 in) high.

3. Any other memorial shall only be introduced into a churchyard with the authority of a faculty.

4. Notwithstanding compliance with paragraph 2, the minister shall not approve a proposed memorial if he or she considers that it is:

  • (i) likely to be controversial for some reason;

  • (ii) is in any way inappropriate,

and in considering whether to approve a proposed memorial the minister shall have regard to the current version of the document Churchyard Memorials etc. Chancellor's Guidance.

5. "Minister" means the incumbent of the parish in which the churchyard is situated or, where rights of presentation are suspended, the curate licensed to the charge of that parish or the minister acting as priest-in-charge.

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