Kibworth Joint Burial Committee


Kibworth Cemetery is managed by a joint committee of parish councillors from Kibworth Beauchamp and Kibworth Harcourt. The Committee meets regularly at Kibworth Community Library, and members of the public are always welcome.  Members visit the cemetery every week to check its condition.

History

In 1891, a meeting of rate-payers elected seven residents to form a Burial Board because the churchyard was full and could not be extended.  The land for the cemetery was purchased from Merton College in May 1893.

The first phase of the cemetery was consecrated in the following month, and the first burial, of Florence May Kimbell, aged four years. took place in August of the same year.

The Lychgate was the gift of local builder Edward Woodford Mason and was completed in October 1894.  A year later, a wooden bier was presented by Mr Haymes. Originally, it was pulled by the village sexton, conveying the coffin from the deceased's house to the cemetery, passing through the lychgate where it is now kept.

Volunteers

Volunteers help us to keep the cemetery neat and tidy.   The workload is light and involves keeping the cemetery free of weeds and other debris, removing self-seeded saplings and old floral offerings and keeping the path edges weed-free and tidy.  Heavier jobs such as mowing and tree maintenance are undertaken by our landscape contractors.

This role appeals to those with gardening experience and who enjoy working with like-minded friends.  The Committee manages rotas and supports the work.  If you would like to join us, please contact us through our Contacts Page.

Please contact the Clerk, Sharon Sanderson, by email - kibworth.recreation@outlook.com.