March Newsletter

April 5, 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.


  • Our new Bereavement Services website was launched on Monday 11th March, it’s not perfect, but it is a huge improvement on the old one, and with editorial permissions we can update it as and when required. The website contains lots of information about the Cemetery & Crematorium, the Gardens of Remembrance and the team responsible for providing such a professional and caring service.
  • We have a memorial safety testing programme beginning on Monday 8th April, so far we haven’t received any enquiries following all the signs on display throughout the cemetery and the article that was published in the Gazette. However if required a session can be arranged through us, with the Contractor to demonstrate and explain the testing process.
  • 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 are pleased to announce that we will be hosting an ‘Open Day’ on Saturday 11th May, 10am—2pm, to coincide with Dying Matters Awareness Week. Further news will be displayed on our numerous noticeboards and on the ‘News’ page of our Website.
  • Following the crown raising of numerous Beech trees in the Gardens of Remembrance, we will be carrying out some further ground works and grass seeding in the worst and previously overgrown and shaded areas.
  • The external repairs and maintenance project on the Anglican Chapel has been completed, another project will follow in due course to address internal repairs and maintenance ahead of discussions into its future use.
  • The mesh surface used in the installation of the perimeter road in the Oxford Burial Ground has unfortunately failed. We are currently obtaining quotes for a new surface to be laid.
  • The new Private Gardens in the recently designed Queen Elizabeth Memorial Gardens are being repeated in an area called the ‘Secluded Gardens’ near to where the limousines park giving families a second and perhaps more private area to remember a loved one.
  • To help brighten the floral court area we have recently planted eight flowering cherry trees that are already displaying white and pink blossom.
  • We are in the process of obtaining quotes for the installation of CCTV for the Crematorium and digitising the Books of Remembrance so that entries can be viewed online.
  • We now have a comprehensive grave transfer process and are able to assist families through the process, there is also some helpful initial information on our Website.



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