Tonbridge cemetery office

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Tonbridge Cemetery office is situated at Tonbridge Castle Council offices.

Given current national guidance in relation to Covid-19, we have made the following changes to services provided at Tonbridge Cemetery until further notice.

  • Mourners who have travelled to England from countries that are not exempt from the requirement to self-isolate (in the last 14 days) may attend the funeral
  • Whilst travelling to Tonbridge Cemetery mourners should also follow the advice on social distancing when travelling to and from the funeral gathering.
  • Face to face meetings for grave/vault selections are continuing- These meetings will be by Appointment only.  Family members from the same household may attend selection meetings.  One member of TMBC staff will attend.  Any attendees must adhere to social distancing at all times. Please contact Tonbridge Cemetery Office on 01732 876357 to book a meeting.
  • Interments of Ashes are being carried out subject to the restrictions applied to graveside services. Social distancing must be adhered to at all times.
  • Ashes Scatterings can be undertaken and a maximum of 15 people can attend. Ashes must be scattered by TMBC staff this prevents multiple people handling the scatterer.  Social distancing must be always adhered to.
  • Tonbridge Cemetery Chapel is available for bookings from Tuesday 6th April. Number of attendees is limited and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Social distancing seating plan will apply and will need to be provided to Cemetery staff 7 days before a service for use of the chapel to be approved- this will allow time for the plan to be reviewed and altered if necessary.  Attendees must wear face coverings and sanitise hands upon entry (sanitiser provided).  Entry and Exit music can be played, but in order to reduce the risk of asymptomatic transmission, singing is not permitted.  Anybody showing symptoms, even mild, must not attend.
  • Graveside services continue to be available - Members of household, close family or close friends (excluding Bearers and celebrants) are welcome to attend but numbers must be kept as low as possible.  All attendees must follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Facilitation for attendance of asymptomatic self-isolators and exceptionally vulnerable people - Updated National guidance states that local authorities can make necessary arrangements to allow the safe attendance of mourners in these two groups of people.  It is therefore vitally important that the Council is made aware if any attendees fall into these two categories to allow us to ensure that appropriate measures can be taken to maintain the safety of everybody who attends. These may include exceptionally vulnerable people standing further away from other mourners or attending at a slightly different time.  Anybody showing symptoms, even mild, must not attend.
  • All paperwork to continue to be digital where possible. This includes burial certificates and application for the exclusive right of burial.  The Council are unable to issues Deeds of Grant in digital format - these will continue to be printed and sent to grave owners.

Unfortunately, we are unable to allow members of the family to act as pallbearers at this time.

Updated 12/04/2021

If you have any queries regarding the above please do not hesitate to contact the Cemetery Office on 01732 876357.

Cemetery Registrar
Cemetery Office
Council Offices
Tonbridge Castle
TN9 1BG

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If you have any queries regarding the above please do not hesitate to contact the Cemetery Office on 01732 876357.

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