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Churchyards and Memorials

This page provides detailed guidance on all aspects of churchyard maintenance, safety and regulations.

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PCCs are legally responsible for the active management of safety in their churchyards. Even if a churchyard is closed and maintained by the local authority, PCCs still have a duty to ensure that the local authority takes all reasonable action on potentially dangerous memorials. New guidance (January 2009) is available from the link to the Ministry of Justice website below. Clearly, any laying down of memorials needs to be handled sensitively and proportionately, with due consultation with all interested parties. Detailed guidance is available in the Local Government Ombudsmen’s Special Report: Memorial Safety in Local Authority Cemeteries . Some parishes have found it cost effective to use contractors to undertake memorial testing (often called “topple testing”) in their churchyards. Parishes can choose to do this work themselves but must first have received appropriate training. If they require training it is recommended that they organise sufficient numbers of potential trainees locally and approach a suitable training provider. The main provider in Chester Diocese is Dunn & Co (contact: Ron Dunn 0151 353 1829). Useful links:

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The DAC Office - The office of the Diocesan Advisory Commitee (DAC) has responsibility for progressing faculty applications and providing policy advice on church building matters.  The answer to most popular enquiries will be available via these web pages but do contact the DAC Office if not.  Where appropriate, the DAC Office can put you in touch with churches who have undertaken similar work to any scheme you might be proposing yourself.