Grave concerns over ‘lost’ plots

Holy Trinity Church graves shortage. Rev Jim Percival in front of the last plots available.
Holy Trinity Church graves shortage. Rev Jim Percival in front of the last plots available.
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A VICAR has issued an urgent plea for help as a village church graveyard rapidly approaches capacity.

A substantial portion of land set aside for burials at Holy Trinity Church has been found to be unsuitable – and just 10 spaces remain.

The vicar, the Rev Jim Percival, has asked the village’s parish council to help him in trying to find suitable alternative land locally.

But if that proves fruitless, parishioners’ families will be left having to choose between burial in Lytham or cremation.

“We thought we had enough land set aside for many years of burials,” said Mr Percival.

“But after a parishioner alerted us to the fact that there might be air-raid shelters under the section concerned, experts from Lancaster University have confirmed that is the case and that the land is not suitable for burials.

“Cremated remains can be interred there but after the remaining 10 spaces are filled – and if no more land is available elsewhere – any burials would have to go to Lytham.”

Already burials have been limited to residents of the village and Mr Percival said: “Of course we have no way of knowing how quickly the remaining spaces will be taken.

“But we have to make plans for the future and inform people of the situation.

“I deal with more cremations than burials and that is the trend nationally, but there are a lot of farming families in this area and I find that they tend to prefer the traditional burials.

“We have asked the parish council for help with land before and none was available then, but hopefully some can be found this time.”

The plea for help is on the agenda for the Parish Council’s meeting in the village hall on Monday.