Coronavirus - Government Advice for the Bereaved
The Government has published an advice leaflet for those who have suffered a bereavement during the current Coronavirus pandemic. The leaflet explains changes to funeral arrangements and gives various sources of help and advice for the bereaved. You can download the leaflet below:
Support for the Bereaved
85 Hadley Park Road
Telephone: (01952) 223418 (9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Monday - Friday)
Opening hours for visitors:
1st April – 31st August 8.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.
1st September – 31st March 8.00 a.m. – sunset
Visitors are reminded that there is no lighting inside the Cemetery and that paths and grassed areas may be uneven.
Hadley Cemetery is situated in Hadley Park Road, Hadley and is owned and managed by Hadley and Leegomery Parish Council. A full table of fees is available on this website (see below), from local Funeral Directors and Memorial Masons, or direct from Hadley and Leegomery Parish Council.
The Cemetery was opened in 1902, and the Council often receives enquiries from people who are tracing their family history. There is a non-denominational chapel in the cemetery which was restored in 2006 and may be used for funeral services.
The Council employs a full time Cemetery Manager who looks after the cemetery. All enquiries should be directed to the Cemetery Manager in the first instance, either in person at the cemetery or by telephone on (01952) 223418 during normal working hours (9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Monday – Friday).
Please do not disturb the Cemetery Manager outside these hours unless it is an emergency.
It is likely that you will be arranging a funeral at a very difficult time and that can naturally affect your decisions. Time pressures, cultural, family and other considerations may also be a factor. You will want to do the right thing, but that does not mean you have to spend more than you can afford; it is not wrong or disrespectful to give some thought to funeral costs.
In conjunction with Age UK
and the Money Advice Service
, the Competition and Markets Authority has produced advice for those who need to arrange a funeral. It explains the simple choices you can make about funeral arrangements that will help you select a funeral that is affordable, and feels right to you and for the person who has died.
You can download the information leaflet here: Advice for those arranging a funeral Burials
Spaces are allocated in the cemetery for full interments and for burial of cremated remains. Arrangements should be made through a funeral director in the first instance. Burials take place between 9.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. on Monday to Friday. If you would like a burial to take place outside these hours or at weekends every effort will be made to meet your requirements, although additional fees will be payable.
The Council will try to provide the bereaved with as much flexibility as possible in the choice of memorials and other items that will be permitted in the cemetery, but the Council also has to consider the overall appearance of the cemetery and balance the practical requirements of maintenance and the safety of its staff and members of the public. The Council therefore publishes a formal policy relating to memorials and other items that are permitted, and a copy is available on this website (see below).
To ensure that all memorials are safely installed to standards set by the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM), the Council operates a registration scheme for memorial masons who wish to carry out installations or work on memorials in Hadley Cemetery. To become registered the Memorial Masons must show that they meet those installation requirements, that they have adequate public liability insurance and that they offer suitable guarantees of their products and workmanship. A list of Memorial Masons who are currently registered to work in Hadley Cemetery is available on this website (see below). Inclusion in this register does not imply any recommendation by the Council of a particular firm. If you wish to instruct a Memorial Mason who is not currently on the list, they can apply to the Council at any time to become registered.