***Cemetery News***


Dear All,

Please see the following update regarding the cemetery


We are pleased to inform you that a drainage specialist has recently visited our cemetery and conducted essential work to address and improve our flooding issues. The specialist’s efforts included detailed assessments and installation of new equipment.

As a result of this work, we anticipate significant improvements in managing and mitigating flooding in our cemetery. We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this period and are committed to continuing our efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of our community.


We also want to inform you that our previous gardener has left at short notice due to personal circumstances.

We now have a new gardener taking over the maintenance of our cemetery. We apologise for the current state of the grass and any inconvenience this may have caused.

Rest assured, our new gardener is working diligently to restore and maintain the serenity of our cemetery.

If you have any comments please contact the burial Clerk on huntingtonburialclerk@gmail.com or telephone 07517809989. Please refrain from speaking directly to the new gardener who is working under the instructions of the cemetery committee.

I will like to take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.


Malcolm Duncanson

Chair of Huntington Cemetery Committee




Minutes of the Huntington Cemetery Committee Meeting held on Tuesday 3 rd October 2023
commencing at 7:00 pm in Huntington Community Centre

Present; Councillor M. Duncanson (MD), Councillor D. Jobling (DJ), Councillor Y. Safder (YS), Councillor
A. Hawxby (AH), Councillor S. Rawlings (SR) and N. Fatima (Burial Clerk).
Members of the public; 6

1. To receive any apologies for absence
Apologies received from Councillor N. Watkins (NW) due to family commitments.
It was resolved to approve the apologies and reason for the absence.
2 2.1 To confirm the minutes of meeting held on 6th June 2023 as a true and correct record
It was resolved to approve the minutes of the 6th June 2023 meetings as a true and accurate record and
are signed and dated by the Chair.

2.2 To confirm the minutes of extraordinary meeting held on 13th June 2023, 27th June 2023 and
3rd August 2023 as a true and correct record
It was resolved to approve the minutes of the extraordinary meeting held on 13th June 2023, 27th June
2023 and 3rd August 2023 as a true and accurate record and are signed and dated by the Chair.
3. To approve the accounts for Q2 2023
The accounts for Q2 2023 / 2024 were presented. It was resolved to approve as a true and accurate
representation of the current financial status.
Action – NF to look into financial products which offer a better interest rate than is currently being
4. To receive the Clerks Report
The clerk provided an update on the management of the cemetery.
It was noted that between 07/06/2023 – 03/10/2023 there have been 10 cremated remains interment and
13 full burials.

5. To consider allowing non residents to pre purchase a plot
A discussion was had and it was agreed as the cemetery is managed by Huntington Parish Council only
residents of Huntington can pre purchase a plot. However, non-residents can continue to be buried at the

6. To consider opening the main gates to access to cars
A discussion was held where an agreement was reached to provide access for a 3-month trial period on
Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm, starting from 08.10.23. This arrangement will be reviewed at the next
7. To consider the procedure of removing cemetery benches
A survey was completed and 6 benches were identified as no longer fit for purpose.
It was agreed a notice will be added to each individual bench to allow next of kin to take the bench away.
After 3 months the plaque will be removed and the bench will be disposed of.
In the future the cemetery committee will provide benches at the end of each row and members of the
public will be able to purchase a plaque.
8. To receive an update on the tender process
NW is unable to undertake the tender document due to family commitments; the process will now be
undertaken by YS. The specification will be made available to review at the next meeting.
9. To receive an update on the implementation of Rule 10
The Rules and regulation document is currently being drafted by YS.
It was agreed a special meeting will be held to purely discuss Rule 10.
10. Correspondence
A member of the public has requested their plot to be reverted back to its condition before the decision to
impose Rule 10 was enforced. SR will contact the member of the public to discuss this further.
A complaint was received stating that the parking signs are seen as unsightly and aggressive. It was
discussed that the aim of the sign is to deter people that are not using the cemetery to park there. It was
resolved to review the wording and the location of the parking signs at the next meeting.

11. To confirm the date of the next meeting – TBC
The meeting closed at 8.40 pm

Signed……………………………………………………… Dated……………….