The council has a responsibility to ensure the safety of those who visit and work in its cemeteries.

In recent years a number of accidents – and at least three deaths – have occurred across the country due to unstable memorials.  For this reason the council carried out safety tests last autumn.

Responsibility for the safety of memorials lies with the family of the deceased.  Memorials which failed the safety test have been made safe on a temporary basis and where possible we have contacted the families concerned to request that any necessary work be undertaken as soon as possible.  We apologise for any distress that this action may cause but we hope people will understand why this is necessary.

Due to a lack of information we have been unable to contact a number of families of those interred in the cemetery whose plots feature unstable memorials or require advisory action.  These plots and the names of the deceased are listed below.  We would welcome any approach from a family member to take the necessary action required to safeguard the memorial.

Work on memorials in the council’s cemeteries must be carried out by a craftsperson affiliated to the Memorial Masons Registration Scheme  Registered Memorial Masons.

Memorials temporarily made safe by a stake and band that have not been re-instated in a safe manner by a registered memorial mason by 1st July 2017 will be re-installed at the grave by sinking a third of the headstone vertically in the ground using agreed methodology.  This action will be taken to ensure general safety as well as preventing damage to the headstone and avoiding trip hazards.  It will also assist in maintaining (particularly grass cutting) the cemetery.

 

Please contact Cemeteries Officer Rhian Jackson if you require help or further information: rhianjackson@monmouthshire.gov.uk or 01873 735852.

 

Grave No.           Those Interred                                                  Result of Test/ Findings

NSAA1                  Winifred and Joseph Griffiths                     advisory – headstone needs re-joining

NSD01                   William and Gwendoline Thompson        advisory – headstone needs re-joining

NSE02                   William and Maureen Charles                     advisory – headstone needs re-joining

NSJ02                    Raymond Albert Simmonds                         advisory – headstone needs re-joining

NSJ04                    Marjorie Ena Fussell                                       advisory – headstone needs re-joining

NSLL02                  Winifred and Walter Charles                       advisory – headstone needs re-joining

NSP04                   Violet May Hicks                                               advisory – headstone needs re-joining

NSZ04                   Lady Dorothy Brace                                         Staked and banded. Headstone loose, needs re-joining (action required)

RoF E19                Dora May Price                                                 advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

RoF F19                Edith Price                                                           advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

RoF G02               Annie Maria Read                                            advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

RoF G09               Olive Furney-Matthews                                advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

RoF J18                 James and Harriet Cook                                advisory – memorial under brambles

RoF J26                 John Kieman                                                      advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

RoF J31                 William and Margaret Charles                     advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

RoF K23                Thomas and Juliet Richards                          advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

RoF N17               Jessie Bowen                                                     advisory – ash and rose bushes within memorial

RoF N31               Ellen Furney                                                       advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

RoF Q16               Herbert and Alice Alvis                                  advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

RoF Q17               Mary and Bertrand Woodward                  advisory – overgrown rose bush within memorial

RoF R14                Gwendoline Beadle                                        advisory – elder suckers taking hold within memorial

RoF R15                Mary and William Davies                               advisory – ash and rose suckers taking hold within memorial

RoF R29                Kathleen Richards and Sarah Harris          advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

LoF A01                John Vizard                                                         cross totally loose – laid down

LoF A14                Francis and Adeline Cook                             advisory – headstone needs re-joining

LoF B10                 Ada and Albert Watkins                                Headstone already laid down

LoF B13                 George and Minnie Herbert                        Corner stone needs re-joining

LoF B17                 John Whale                                                        Cross Laid down – needs re-joining

LoF D01                Arthur Barry                                                       Cross already laid down

LoF D02                Winifred Barry                                                   Cross already laid down

LoF D18                Frederick Noberry                                           Memorial already laid down

LoF E20                 William and Edith Sterrett                            Cross already laid down

LoF H03                Evelyn and Sidney Bamford                         Headstone part buried. Dowels exposed – headstone needs re-joining (action required)

LoF I05                  Alice and Albert Goodwin                            advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

LoF I06                  Harry and Bertha Phillips                               advisory – headstone needs re-joining

LoF I10                  Henry and Susannah Reeves                      All kerbs have fallen

LoF I11                  Ernest Potter                                                     Cross already laid down

LoF I17                  John and Gwendoline Pitt                            advisory – Holly tree growing inside kerb set

LoF J10                  Ann and Thomas Castree                             Headstone already laid down

LoF J14                  Dennis Morgan                                                 Headstone already laid down

LoF J20                  Lillian Buffin                                                        Memorial has been laid flat

LoF K15                 Vivien Hudson                                                   Some kerbs already laid down

LoF K18                 Herbert and Nellie Smith                              advisory – headstone needs re-joining

LoF K20                 Dorothy Evans                                                   Memorial already laid down

LoF L01                 Maude Carre                                                     Cross already laid down

LoF L07                 Mary and William Bruten                              advisory – headstone needs re-joining

LoF L16                 Beatrice and Sydney Abbott                       Headstone already laid down

LoF M10               Elsie and Frank Hastings                                Headstone already laid down

LoF M16               Thomas and Mildred Morgan                     advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

LoF N01                Ethel Speak                                                        Cross laid down – bush growing in grave space

LoF N18                James and Beatrice Taylor                            staked and banded. Headstone loose, needs re-joining (action required)

LoF O09                Daisy Charlton                                                   Headstone already laid down

Lof O13                 Gertrude and Richard Roach                       advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

LoF OZA0006      Joan Drury                                                          advisory – headstone needs re-joining

LoF OZC0015      Trevor and Alice Morgan                              advisory – headstone needs re-joining

LoF OZC0017      Rev David Davies                                              cross missing

LoF P01                 Francis and Gertrude Jones                         staked and banded. Headstone loose, needs re-joining (action required)

LoF P06                 Cecil and Anne Woodman                            Headstone already laid down

LoF P16                 Blanche Palfrey                                                 advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

LoF P17                 William and Ethel Pritchard                          Already staked and banded (action required)

LoF Q01                John and Ruth Thomas                                  advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

LoF Q03                Edmund and Dorothy Leddington             advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

LoF Q21                Ronald O’Reilly                                                  advisory – headstone needs re-joining

Lof R01                 George and Annie Evans                              advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

LoF R03                 Frank and Violet Frost-Jones                      advisory – Corner of kerb needs re-joining

LoF R16                 William Goode and Patricia Waddicor      advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

LoF S02                 Annie and Thomas Jones                              advisory – ash suckers taking hold in memorial

LoF S16                 Edith and Charles Ibbetson                          advisory – headstone needs re-joining

LoF T04                 Edwin and Phyllis Ruck                                   advisory – Only base remaining  – dowels exposed and potential trip hazard

LoF T14                 Evelyn Stacey                                                    advisory – headstone needs re-joining

LoF W04               Bronislaw and Gertrude Precikowski       advisory – headstone needs re-joining

LoF W18               Alice and James Webb                                   advisory – headstone needs re-joining

LoF X03                 Leslie Lewis                                                        advisory – headstone needs re-joining

LoF X10                 Howard and Francis Gill                                 advisory – headstone needs re-joining

LoF X17                 Cyril and Lucy Powell                                      Memorial already laid down

LoF Y15                 Dorothy Wilce                                                   advisory – headstone needs re-joining

 

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Left side OS1 A1               Ivy Harold and Donald Timms     advisory – headstone needs re-joining