June Newsletter

June 4, 2024

The Bereavement Services team is very proud of the high standards provided to all service users, connected to that we have decided that it would be helpful to provide a regular update on Cemetery & Crematorium related issues and we have therefore created a ‘Newsletter’.

It is hoped that this will become a regular feature within this section of our website.


¨ To those of you who attended our ’Open Day’ on 11th May, we hope that you found it interesting and informative, the overwhelmingly positive comments that we received certainly gave that impression. We’re already looking forward to the next one in 2026.

¨ The memorial safety testing programme began on Monday 8th April. There has been some recent media activity regarding the attachment of yellow warning tags to memorials that have failed the stability test. Regretfully, it is a legal requirement and once a risk has been identified a tag has to be attached to the memorial to alert all staff, contractors and visitors to that risk. Letters will soon be sent to last known grave owners advising what to do next. If you action repairs to your memorial in the meantime please make the Office aware.

¨ Unused available grave searches are continuing in the old part of the cemetery. If you would like to be buried near to existing family members please get in contact or let your Funeral Director know, we can’t promise anything but we will definitely look into it for you. We have already identified some graves in Sections OO, GG & HH.

¨ We have recently carried out a process called air spading to the heavily compacted bare areas behind the Beech trees in the Gardens of Remembrance. This will improve the overall health of the trees and enable us to sow some shade tolerant grass seed to hopefully improve the appearance in those areas.

¨ The project to lay a new perimeter road in OBG has now gone out to tender, in the meantime a temporary fix will be carried out on the 12th June to infill the worst patches.

¨ Two new pergolas have been installed providing access to our newly created ‘Secluded Gardens’, featuring a lovely bronze coloured statue kindly donated by East of England Cooperative Funeral Services.

¨ We are currently reviewing quotes to digitise the Books of Remembrance so that all entries can be viewed online.

¨ We will soon be commencing a project to turn the currently empty large raised circle on the flower patio into a memorial rockery bed, watch this space.

¨ We have a new memorial brochure which largely copies the information shown on our website,  colchestercrematorium.co.uk . Some of the local Funeral Directors have a supply, alternatively they are available in the Office reception area.

¨ Our website also contains some helpful information regarding the grave ownership transfer process and have staff available to assist families through what can look a complicated process.

¨ With over 1100 trees spread across our 70acre site we have a quite comprehensive ongoing tree inspection and maintenance programme. This will require essential crown raising and in some cases the removal of trees. Despite this ongoing programme unexpected issues still occur such as the large Cedar branch that recently came down with no warning.

¨ If anyone has a bit of spare time and would like to join our existing volunteer in carrying out some litter picking around the Cemetery please get in contact with us.



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