CCDC BEREAVEMENT SERVICES
COVID 19 ARRANGEMENTS
During these difficult and upsetting circumstances our Bereavement Services team are working closely with Funerals Directors to provide families with a dignified funeral service within our cemeteries.
At the present time our cemeteries will remain open to the public but only if social distancing is adhered to. This may change in the coming weeks. Please also see the government link below.
Public Health England and the Department of Health & Social Care has issued updated guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic. This revised guidance applies in England.
The major updates include the following:
- Advice on the road map out of lockdown and activities that are permissible from stage 1b (29 March);
- Tweaks to advice on singing;
- Updates on international travel for those returning from non-red list and red list countries;
- Updated advice on the roles and responsibilities of venue managers, event organisers and lead mourners
Funerals are taking place in our cemeteries under the guidance of your Funeral Director who will conduct a grave side service with no more than 10 mourners present at the grave side with social distancing measures ( 2 metre distance) being adhered to at all times. We also advise that mourners do not shake hands at the end of the service. We are aware that this is a widely accepted practice at funerals however, by avoiding unnecessary contact we can, collectively, do our best to reduce the spread of the virus. We respectively ask families to leave the cemetery after the service. Funeral Directors or family members are welcome to stream the service.
We appreciate that during this difficult time you will have to make important decisions about the funeral you would like and if you would like any information or if you have any concerns please contact Bereavement Services on 01543 462621.
If you are experiencing financial difficulty with the cost of a funeral, you can access the funeral expenses payment scheme which is operated through the department of work and pensions. Please refer to https://www.gov.uk/funeral-payments for advice.
For further help and advice there are organisations which can help:-
Bereavement Services Association www.bsauk.org
Beyond Life www.beyond.life/help-centre
Cruse email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stile Cop Cemetery
Churchyards in the District
1st April to 30th September 9.00 am - 8.00 pm
1st October to 31st March 9.00am - 4.00pm
Rules, Leaflets and FAQ's
You can download the following leaflets and information sheets below.
- Cemetery Rules and Regulations
- Cemeteries - FAQ
- Bereavement Services - What We Do
- Your Rights & Responsibilties
- Burial on Private Land
For further information telephone Bereavement Services on 01543 462621 or email email@example.com
Fees and Charges
All fees are multiplied by two for non residents of Cannock Chase District (Exclusions apply).
The fees below are applicable from 1 April 2021
Purchase and Interment fees for Burials
Purchase of Grave Space - £895.20
Excavation of a grave for a child including interment - (under 18 or stillborn after 24 wks - No charge
Excavation of a grave for one including interment - £362.40
Excavation of a grave for two including first interment - £717.60
Re-open of purchased grave including interment - £598.00
Excavation of public grave - £444.50
Coffins over 6'8" in length - £74.30
Coffins over 28" in width - £74.30
Purchase and Interment fees for Cremated Remains
Purchase of Grave Space - £895.20
Excavation of a grave for cremated remains including
interment - £242.20
Re-open of purchased grave for cremated remains
including interment - £242.20
Purchase of Cremated Remains Plot - £444.10
Excavation and interment of cremated remains plot
for a child - No charge
Excavation and interment of cremated remains - £242.20
Re-open of purchased cremated remains plot including
interment - £242.20
Scattering of Cremated Remains - £97.60
Walled Graves, Vaults and American Style Caskets
Purchase of Grave Space - £1381.80
Excavation of a grave for one including interment - £553.00
Excavation of a grave for two including first interment - £831.50
Burial - Actual Cost
Cremated Remains - Actual cost
Failure to provide Interment Form 48 hours before the interment - £62.80
Transfer of Exclusive Right of Burial - £77.70
Extension of Exclusive Right of Burial for 30 years - £258.80
Searches of Burial Records (per hour) - £25.00
Supply and install approved Memorial Bench with plaque -price on application)
Supply plaque to Communal Memorial Bench - £127.30
Supply and plant Memorial Tree on a ten year lease - £388.90
Supply Memorial Plaque to existing Memorial Tree - £106.00
Maintenance of Graves
Clean, provide soil and top up - £84.90
Provide and lay turf - £42.40
Maintain soiled or turfed grave - £118.90
Maintain and plant once per year - £169.10
Maintain and plant twice per year - £217.20
Headstone or other approved memorial - £247.80
Cremated Remains Plaque - £166.30
Stone Vase - £132.40
Additional Inscription - £101.90
Additional Charge for Memorial Work (headstones only) - £20.30
Memorial Trees and Benches
Stile Cop Cemetery has a limited number of both semi- mature and recently planted trees available as living memorials. The trees are leased for a period of ten years, after which you have the option to renew the lease. Each tree is situated within a gravelled square allowing you to place personal memorials around the base of the tree. The cost of the lease also includes a commemorative plaque wih an inscription of your choice. For the cost of leasing a memorial tree please contact Bereavement Services on 01543 462621.
Our distinctive memorial benches are made of recycled plastic, which has the benefits of being long lasting, durable and maintenance free. Each bench is supplied with a flush fitting stainless steel plaque with an inscription of your choice. The benches may be placed in a suitable position following a discussion with cemetery staff. For the cost of purchasing a memorial bench, please contact Bereavement Services on 01543 462621.
Memorials are not permitted on public graves, but may be erected on private graves subject to the permission being granted by the Council Officer to an approved memorial mason. Approved memorial masons are defined as memorial masons who have signed up to the Council’s Memorial Registration Scheme (list of these memorial masons is available from Bereavement Services). Notice must be given to the council officer on the approved form before carrying out any work in connection therewith. The Council may remove memorials from private graves when the period of the right of burial has expired. No grave mound, kerbing or other surround will be permitted in any section of a cemetery declared to be a ‘Lawn Section’ whilst the Council realise the need for personalized memorialisation this will not be permitted for an indefinate period and will be removed from graves. Any personal memorials/items put on the grass will be removed. Grave spaces will be turfed at ground level as soon as possible after an interment
1. Drawings and specifications of all memorials or alterations thereto and any inscription thereon shall be submitted on the form A2 obtainable from the Civic Centre.
Memorials on lawned sections must not exceed 915mm (3’) in height, 915mm (3’) wide, 455mm (18’’) depth and sited on a base not exceeding 1065mm (42’’) Cremated remains plaques must be a standard size of 125mm (5’’) in height, 305mm (12’’) wide and 455mm (18’’) depth. Block vases are permitted on the plaques but must be 150mm (6’’) high giving an overall height of 279mm (11’’). On approval, a permit will be issued via the Bereavement Services Office.
2. Memorials and vases of quarried materials shall have the number of the grave space cut conspicuously on the bottom right hand corner of the back of the memorial, the expense thereof being borne by the applicant. Trade inscriptions other than the supplier’s name and district will not be permitted. Only stones made from quarried materials of memorial quality will be permitted. The Council has the right to request a sample of the stone prior to the production of the headstone-memorial. Laser engraved images are permitted but cannot exceed 20% of the overall front of the memorial. Photographs of the deceased may be fixed to memorials provided they do not exceed an overall size of 100mm by 75mm. The inscription must be set out in full on the application form and if it is any other language than English, a full translation must be provided. The inscription will be at the discretion of the Council Officer. No inscriptions or images will be permitted on the back of memorials. Memorials will be in keeping with the type of memorials already in-situ.
3. A vase of quarried material bearing a personal inscription shall be regarded as a memorial and be subject to the fee payable.
4. Headstones – Lawn Sections
Vertical headstones only may be erected on payment of the appropriate fee. Headstones must be erected in the position indicated by the Council Officer. In sections where the Council has not provided foundations, memorials must be fixed on foundations, in accordance with the latest industry guidelines, currently the National Association of Memorial Masons.
5. Memorials and Monuments
All memorials and monuments in sections of the Cemetery not designated as ‘Lawn Sections’ may be erected only on payment of the appropriate fee in the position indicated by the Council Officer. Memorials must be fixed on appropriate foundations (as above).
6. Execution of Works
Works may not be commenced at the Cemeteries until any fees payable to the Council have previously been paid, when a receipt will be issued, with a permit for the execution of works. Stonemasons will only be admitted into the Cemetery upon prior request being made to Bereavement Services. All refuse, surplus soil, rubbish and materials shall be removed at the completion of the work to the satisfaction of the Cemetery Supervisor. No works may be executed on Saturdays, Sundays or other public or bank holiday and any other day set aside by the Council as a holiday without prior arrangement with the Council. Failure to comply with any of these regulations will amount to a warning under The Memorial Masons Registration Scheme, a copy of which is available from the Civic Centre.
Using A Funeral Director
A funeral director can advise you and help you make the necessary arrangements The majority of people choose to use a professional funeral director.
They can take control of all necessary arrangements for you and advise you about the options available. This can help at what is generally a stressful time.
Most funeral directors will provide the following services as a minimum:-
· Arrange for burial or cremation as appropriate.
· Care for the deceased prior to the funeral
· Make all the necessary arrangements
· Provide appropriate staff
· Provide a hearse to the nearest cemetery or crematorium
· Provide a suitable coffin
· Provide a coffin or casket if required
· Transfer the deceased from the place of death to the funeral directors premises
· Help you decide if applicable, where the body should stay until the funeral i.e. the chapel
of rest or even your own premises if so desired.
Local Funeral Directors
Chase Funeral Services
3 Wynns Venture Centre
Staffs WS11 0XL
Maguire Funeral Services
75 Broadhurst Green
Staffs WS12 4LA
Phillip Emery Funeral Directors
15 Bow Street
Staffs WS15 2BT
William Emery & Sons
13 County Road
Stafford ST16 2PU
Halliwell Funeral Services
68/72 Hednesford Road
Staffs WS12 3EA
Middleton & Wood of Burntwood
10-12 Rugeley Road
Staffs WS7 9BA
Norton Canes Funeral Directors
1 Shaw Court
Staffs WS11 9TD
70 Church Street
Staffs WS11 1DH
John Short & Son
3 High Street
Staffs WS7 3XE
30 Greenheath Road
Staffs WS12 4AR
F.M. & J. Wait
25 Bird Street
Staffs WS13 6PW
33 Market Street
Staffs WS15 2JH
West Midlands Co-operative Funeral Service
49 Park Road
Staffs WS11 1JN
West Midlands .Co-operative Funeral Service
17 Main Road
Staffs WS15 1DN
History of the Cemeteries
Cannock Cemetery was opened in 1882. The cemetery is approximately five hectares in size and is situated one mile from Cannock town centre. The main entrance to the site is gained off Pye Green Road, which leads directly into the cemetery, passing floral displays and the chapel. Off the main driveway are numerous feeder paths which allow access to all areas of the grounds. The cemetery is now closed for new burials but there are spaces available for new cremated remains interments.
Stile Cop Cemetery
Stile Cop Cemetery was opened in 1984. The cemetery is approximately 5.8 hectares. The cemetery is situated one mile outside of Rugeley town centre. The main entrance to the site is gained off Stile Cop Road which leads directly into the cemetery with a car park to the right. The main drive passes by floral displays with a summer house situated on the right. The cemetery is available for new interments in the Established, Roman Catholic,Childrens and new Cremated Remains sections.
Stile Cop Cemetery is a Green Flag Cemetery. This is the quality award for Parks, Cemeteries and Open Spaces. .
Wolseley Road Cemetery, Rugeley was opened in 1884. The cemetery is approximately 2 hectares in size and is situated one mile outside of Rugeley town centre. The main entrance to the site is gained off Wolseley Road, which leads into the cemetery following the driveway to the car park which has spaces for 5 cars. Off the driveway are feeder paths which allow access to all areas of the grounds. The cemetery is now closed for new burials and new cremated remains interments.
Bereavement Services also maintains the grounds of six closed churchyards.
- St. Peter's Churchyard, Hednesford (part of)
- St. Augustine's Churchyard, Rugeley
- Old Chancel, Rugeley
- St. James Churchyard, Norton Canes (part of)
- St. Luke's Churchyard, Cannock
- St. Joseph and St. Etheldreda, Rugeley
Bereavement Service Standards
What you can expect from us
Funerals – we will
Meet with you to offer help and advice if you are planning a funeral, showing you the different options and facilities that are available. Please make an appointment by contacting Bereavement Services on 01543 462621.
Provide services which meet the Charter for the Bereaved of which we are members. This helps to ensure all funerals are dignified and personal.
Host a memorial service once a year at Stile Cop and Rugeley cemeteries to remember all those buried in the cemeteries. We will display the dates in the cemetery notice board.
Cemetery grounds – we will
- Display our opening times in the cemeteries and on the website.
- Open the cemeteries every day of the year in order that members of the public may visit including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and any other day set aside as a bank holiday.
- Ensure that the grounds are kept neat and tidy. We will make available our cemetery grounds maintenance standards.
Cemetery grounds maintenance standards – we will
- Cut the grass on the Lawn Sections at least every 21 days during the growing season.
- Graves will be levelled as and when required / requested by the grave deed holder.
- After grass cutting has been completed, any cuttings on the paths will be blown onto the grassed areas.
- All shrubs, trees and hedges will be pruned and cut back in accordance with their seasonal requirements.
- Leaf clearance will be completed by end of January.
Memorials – we will
- Process memorial permit applications within 7 days. All memorial work must be to the National Association of Memorial Mason’s Code of Working Practice, and meet cemetery regulations.
- Have a programme of work to check and make sure memorials are not dangerous.
- Contact owners, where up to date details are known, to let them know if their memorial needs to be made safe.
Staff and administration – we will
- Respond to enquires in a timely manner.
- Provide information leaflets and prices of the different services available.
- Keep our website pages up to date.
What you can do help us – please
- Do not put any personal memorials on the grass.
- Do not scatter or bury cremated remains in the cemetery without permission.
- Use the cemetery bins provide for litter and recycling material.
- Do not put turf or other heavy objects into the litter bins.
Contact the Bereavement Services Team
The Council offices are open Monday to Friday from 9.00am until 5.00pm excluding public holidays, Christmas and New Year.
Telephone 01543 462621
Last Updated: 05/10/2021