Since 2004 Monmouthshire County Council has undertaken mandatory headstone testing in Llanfoist Cemetery. The testing is to ensure that the memorials are secure, safe and do not move.  Some memorials have been found to be unsafe, and have been temporally made safe. The council has where possible informed families at the time of headstone testing, if memorials have failed families have been informed and have acted on the information.  

In Llanfoist Cemetery there are currently memorials that have been identified as unsafe and are temporally made safe. The council has a responsibility to make cemetery’s safe, and works with the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) guidance, which states the council  must make any remaining stake and banded memorials permanently safe. This entails burying the memorial at the head of the grave by approximately 1/3rd of the height of the memorial and backfilling to the existing surface level.

This programme of works is planned to commence Jan/Feb 2020 giving families extra time to contact us should they wish to undertake the reinstatement of their memorial themselves. In line with MCC’s Memorial Policy, reinstatement must be arranged using a MCC registered memorial mason and a list of registered memorial masons can be obtained, plus any further information, from the Cemeteries Officer on 01873 735852 / cemeteries@monmouthshire.gov.uk

Peter Davies, Chief Officer for Resources said:

“We recognises that there is a potential for family members to become upset in the event of a memorial being found to be unsafe, but we hope that by identifying those that need a little bit of attention will prevent any need for any extensive work in the future. Our aim is to ensure to make the cemetery safe for those visiting to pay respects to loved ones.  We would like to thank families in advance for their cooperation and understanding.”