Blackburn & Darwen Council Cemeteries

Pleasington crematorium Darwen Old Cemetery

Off Tower Road
Blackburn
BB2 5LE

 
   
Pleasington cemetery

Darwen East Cemetery

Off Tower Road
Blackburn
BB2 5LE
 
   
Blackburn Cemetery  
Whalley New Road

Blackburn

 

Registration Scheme

Blackburn & Darwen Council are a BRAMM & RQMF registered Authority.  As a BRAMM registered company with our own BRAMM registered fixers we are permitted to work in Blackburn & Darwen cemeteries.

Cemetery Charges

 

Cemetery Fees (2012/13)  Updated 1st April 2012    
     
Description Cost  Notes
Admission of Memorial (Includes all Names) £172.00  
     
Replacement Memorial £23.00  

 

   

Additional Inscription (when adding name to existing memorial)

£23.00  

 

   

Admission of a Vase or Tablet

£39.00  

Permitted Sizes

Maximum Height = 42" (1050mm)

 

Maximum Width =  36" (915mm)

 

Maximum Depth = 12" (305mm)

Foundations

On the new sections at both Pleasington and Darwen Cemeteries, continuous concrete plinths are laid across each row so headstones can be fixed straight away.

 



New Graves are available at Pleasington cemetery and Darwen Eastern cemetery.

There are no new graves available in Blackburn cemetery or Darwen old cemetery, except for a section set aside for burial of cremated remains (ash plots).

Plinths

Under Construction

Kerb Sets

No Kerbs allowed.  The cemetery rules state that no edgings are permitted as they impede mowing and can create a trip hazard.This rule will be strictly applied on future new sections.

 

See Cemetery Regulations below

Additional Notes

Under Construction

Application Procedure

Send Applications to :

 

Blackburn With Darwen Borough Council
Cemeteries & Crematorium Office
West Park Lodge
West Park Road
Blackburn
BB2 6DG

 

Tel: 0845 6066612

 

Fax: 01254 588703

 

E mail : cemeteries@blackburn.gov.uk


Website : Bereavement Services

 

Cheques : Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Under Construction

Cemetery Regulations

Burial & Cremation Common Questions 

 

From Blackburn With Darwen web site - April 2012



Burial

Are new graves available in all the Council's cemeteries?

Graves are available at Pleasington cemetery and Darwen Eastern cemetery.

There are no new graves available in Blackburn cemetery or Darwen old cemetery, except for a section set aside for burial of cremated remains (ash plots).

How many burials can a grave accommodate?

Current ground conditions allow for graves for 3 people at Darwen and graves for 2 people at Pleasington.

Does the Council have a "green" burial site?

Yes.There is a woodland section at Pleasington Cemetery which offers a natural form of burial.Graves are for one person only and are set in a circular pattern with six graves around a tree.The body must not be embalmed and no varnish or preservative must be used on the coffin.

No memorials are permitted on this section. For further detail please contact bereavement services.

Can I do what I want with the grave space once I have purchased it?

No.When a new grave is purchased, it is not the land that is purchased but the rights to have burials in that particular space.Ownership of the land itself remains with the Council and the Council retains the right to make rules and regulations to benefit all cemetery users.

My grave has sunk. What should I do?

The Council will top up any grave that sinks within 12 months of a burial taking place, free of charge.After that, it is the grave owner's responsibility to maintain the space.You may wish to put some good top soil on the grave in any case, as after a burial the grave may have a very sandy appearance due to the nature of the soil, particularly at Pleasington.

After a burial, do I need to wait for the grave to settle before ordering a headstone?

If you have purchased a new grave, you will not need to wait.On the new sections at both Pleasington and Darwen Cemeteries, continuous concrete plinths are laid across each row so headstones can be fixed straight away.

How do I purchase a grave at my local church?

You need to contact the vicar of the church and make the necessary arrangements with him directly, obviously subject to there being available space.

The Council has no involvement with church yards or burials that take place there.

How do I buy a grave?

Your funeral director will arrange this for you, or you can deal directly with the bereavement services staff yourself, please use the link on the right for contact details.

Can I choose where I want the grave to be?

There are different sections according to religious denomination.Arrangements can be made via the bereavement services office to visit the cemetery, where a member of staff will show you the available sections.Please use the link on the right for contact details. You may choose only within the row currently in use on any given section.

Can I put edgings around the grave?

No.The cemetery rules state that no edgings are permitted as they impede mowing and can create a trip hazard.This rule will be strictly applied on future new sections.

After looking at the frequently asked questions about the service if you are still not able to obtain the answer to your question please contact us by clicking the appropriate link on the right.

Memorials

Do I need permission to erect a memorial?

Yes. Your memorial mason will need to send in a plan of the proposed memorial, detailing dimensions, type of stone and inscription, to the Council for approval. There is a fee to pay for the right to erect a memorial. For further details please contact the bereavement services office.

Can I buy a memorial from the mason of my choice?

Yes, provided that the mason is either on the British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons (BRAMM) or on the Register of Qualified Memorial Fixers (RQMF, administrated by the National Association of Memorial Masons). This is to ensure good working practice and secure fixing of memorials, to safeguard yourself and other cemetery visitors.

What memorials are available to remember someone who has been cremated?

There is a book of remembrance in the crematorium.

There is a memorial wall with the facility to place Lakeland slate plaques.

Subject to availability, you may be able to purchase a memorial tree at Pleasington cemetery.These are also available in Darwen Eastern cemetery.

"Ash plots" are available for burial of cremated remains and may be marked with a headstone subject to planning application and payment of fees.The bereavement services office will be able to supply details of all current schemes.

I would like to buy a memorial bench. Can I do this?

There is obviously a limit to the number of benches allowed in the grounds.

You would need to identify an area where you think a bench would be appropriate and make arrangements, via the bereavement services office, to meet the supervisor on site to discuss it with him.For further detail please contact bereavement services.

You are not permitted to buy a bench of your choosing.For health and safety reasons, benches available for public use must be of good and durable quality and for this reason, they can only be purchased through the council.

After looking at the frequently asked questions about the service if you are still not able to obtain the answer to your question please contact us by clicking the appropriate link on the right.

Cremations

Can I bury cremated remains in the grave?

Yes, if you are the grave owner.

However, you must not bury them in the grave yourself without authorisation from the Council - please contact the bereavement services office.An interment form must be completed and the grave deed produced, and arrangements will be made for the grave to be prepared for you.

If you require further full burials in the same grave in the future, the cremated remains will be buried at the head or foot end of the grave so that they will not be disturbed when the grave is next excavated.

An entry will be made in the graves register so that the burial is officially recorded.

Are there any religious groups which forbid cremation to their members?

All Christian denominations, including the Roman Catholic Church, allow cremation. Cremation is also acceptable to Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists but is forbidden by Orthodox Jews and Muslims.

Can I choose the music for the service?

Yes.The crematorium has a selection of music available, details of which are available at the crematorium, or you may prefer to supply your own CD or tape, which should be given to your funeral director in advance.

Must the curtains be drawn around the coffin at the committal?

No.You may choose to have the curtains left open if you wish.

What options are available for the disposal of cremated remains?

This is an important decision and there is no need to hurry.

Your funeral director should discuss the various options with you, prior to asking you to sign a form of authority advising the crematorium of your wishes.A leaflet is available from the bereavement services office detailing the various options available.

If you are undecided, ask your funeral director to collect the cremated remains from the crematorium and keep them until you are ready.

Can I scatter the cremated remains myself?

If you wish to scatter the remains in the Gardens of Remembrance, you are not permitted to do this on your own.Scattering appointments are available at set times, seven days a week.

An appointment must be arranged through the bereavement services office and a member of staff will assist you.There is a special device at the crematorium called a scattering urn, which disperses the cremated remains in a more reverent manner.Having witnessed the scattering, staff will then record the plot details so that future relatives / friends can trace the resting place of their family member / friend.

If you are taking the cremated remains elsewhere, you must follow procedures and seek permission of the landowner wherever this is possible.

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