CEMETERY OPENING HOURS
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT FROM 1ST APRIL 2019 THE CEMETERY GATES WILL NO LONGER BE LOCKED. IN LINE WITH ALL OTHER CEMETERIES IN NORTHUMBERLAND, BOTH EDGEWELL EAST (NEW)AND EDGEWELL WEST (OLD) WILL BE OPEN 24 HOURS.
Prudhoe Town Council is the burial authority for the local council area of Prudhoe and as such owns and manages Edgewell Cemeteries, exercising the powers granted by the Local Authorities’ Cemeteries Order 1977, SI 1977/204.
All maintenance is carried out under contract, in the main by Northumberland County Council.
Any issues or questions concerning Edgewell Cemetery should be made to Prudhoe Town Council.
The burial charges and other cemetery fees are set by Prudhoe Town Council in respect of the Edgewell Cemeteries.
All fees are fixed and settled pursuant to the Local Authorities’ Cemeteries Order 1977, SI 1977/204.
Cemetery fees were last reviewed in June 2019 and revised fees were effective from 1st August 2019.
Arranging a funeral is a very difficult time for those concerned. Many families use a funeral director to take care of funeral arrangements and we will liaise with the funeral director of your choice to ensure that things are managed as you wish them to be.
We can also deal directly with you, as a family, if you wish to have a low-key interment of cremated remains or scattering of ashes; family graveside services are becoming more common in this instance and we will support your choices.
Only licenced Memorial Masons are permitted to work in Edgewell Cemetery and only licenced Memorial Masons can carry out work on memorials.
Residents are requested to contact the Town Council prior to commissioning work with any memorial mason, so we can assure you that they are properly qualified and licensed. This is for your own protection; we have had instances where families have paid for memorialwork prior to contacting the Town Council, and the companies concerned have been less than reputable and therefore not able to carry out the work.
If you wish to have a memorial installed, please contact us in the first instance and we will talk you through the process and avoid any problems.
The Cemeteries are maintained as a lawned area and the Council is responsible for grass cutting. To ensure the Cemeteries are kept neat and tidy, and to facilitate the use of the machinery to cut grass and deter weed growth, the following are absolutely prohibited:
(i) Kerb sets
(ii) Decorative fencing of any kind, or other types of edging enclosing graves
(iii) The planting of flowers, trees, shrubs, bulbs, gravel, ornaments etc (except items placed on the memorial base/plinth)
As the Council appreciate that it is important to be mindful of people’s personal preferences and the grieving process, whilst also maintaining the cemeteries to a high standard, it was decided that families could opt to maintain their own graves, therefore, if grave holders contravene these regulations with additional planting, kerb sets and memorials they will be expected to maintain the grave themselves. This will include cutting and strimming the grass where the contractor is not able to cut easily. If graves are subsequently found to be poorly maintained we will contact you with a view to removing items.