Churchyard hazards real

PUBLISHED: 10:39 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 15 June 2010

I am sorry that Peter Herridge (Your Letters, September 3) and his mother were upset to receive a letter from us regarding decorations and memorials on graves. However, the St Michael's Churchyard regulations, based on wide experience within the Diocese,

I am sorry that Peter Herridge (Your Letters, September 3) and his mother were upset to receive a letter from us regarding decorations and memorials on graves. However, the St Michael's Churchyard regulations, based on wide experience within the Diocese, exist primarily to protect the general public and our staff and volunteers who maintain the churchyard. Glass and pottery containers represent a special hazard, particularly when placed away from the headstone. Experience shows that when these shatter, which they frequently do, the shards of glass and pottery lie in the grass waiting either for unwary fingers or for a strimmer to pick them up.Anyone who has seen, as I have, a sliver of pottery driven into someone's leg by a strimmer would hesitate to call the regulations "poppycock".Fortunately the victim in this case was not interested in suing the Parochial Church Council. May I also point out that next of kin always receive a pastoral letter, with a copy of the churchyard regu-lations, following the loss of a loved one? The letter to which Peter Herridge refers was only sent out to those who were ignoring the regulations.Rev Allan Sheath Honiton Team Ministry


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