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Few events in life are as profound as the loss of a loved one. At St John’s we can help you through these difficult times and provide a peaceful setting for a funeral. Once you have decided that the funeral will take place at St John's, a priest will meet with you and help to ease any worries you may have as together you plan the most appropriate service to honour the life of your loved one and leave him or her safely in God's care.

If you need help to make arrangements for a funeral and/or bereavement support, please contact Revd Canon Anna Eltringham on 01883 712674 or via the Parish Office

Garden of Remembrance

Memorial-gardenSt John’s has a Garden of Remembrance where the cremated remains of parishioners can be buried, each plot being marked by a small square memorial stone. Many people visit the Garden to pause, reflect and remember their departed loved ones, or simply to enjoy the beauty and peace of the surroundings. While visiting the Garden you may also like to enjoy the peace and serenity inside the church where you can write a prayer or light a candle in memory of a loved one.

To maintain the dignity and tranquillity of the Garden there are some guidelines that we ask that you follow:

  • The memorial stone should not be surrounded by shingle or planted with bulbs or flowers as these interfere with mowing.
  • Free-standing ornaments, such as figures, statues and monuments are not permitted.
  • Only fresh flowers are allowed, placed on the stone and not on the grass. Glass vases should not be used as they may break.

In memory of your loved one, you may like to make a contribution to the part-time services of a paid gardener and volunteers who tend to the Garden of Remembrance throughout the year. If so, please donate via our Giving page.

For enquiries about the Garden of Remembrance please contact Revd Canon Anna Eltringham on 01883 712674 or via the Parish Office

Planning your Visit