Church of England Diocese of Ely Fincham

Churchyard and Memorials

Fincham churchyard has space both for new burials and the interment of ashes. Ashes are interred in the south eastern corner of the churchyard at the front of the church, and the ‘new’ burial area is behind the church. The churchyard is a special place which exists both for the living and the dead. Together with the church building it is the responsibility of the Priest in Charge as consecrated ground and is set apart for the reverent and Christian burial of parishioners.

To ensure that churchyards are available for the benefit of the current generation as well as the those of the future, the Church of England has a set of rules (Churchyard Regulations) that encourage good practices in order to create and maintain a place of peace, dignity and respect for the departed. This means that there are guidelines on the colour, and style used for memorials. Stonemasons should be familiar with the regulations and to be able to offer guidance, but more details can be found in this link

https://www.elydiocese.org/department/dac/guidance-notes-and-policies-search-our-database/churchyards-and-memorials.php

Churchyard Memorial Application Form

https://www.elydiocese.org/content/pages/documents/15687303611700602101.pdf

Applications for Memorials should be sent to

Mrs Louise Vigus,

Mission Administrator

West Norfolk Priory Group

Church Office

27/29 Bridge Street

Downham Market

PE38 9DW


The grass is cut by contractors appointed by the Parish Council, although we are hoping to work with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust to create an area that is cut less frequently to provide wild flowers. Additional help in the churchyard has come from the community payback team who help with weeding and other tasks.