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 it was confirmed that the graveyard at St. Wilfrids Church could not be extended so a meeting of rate-payers was held and seven were elected to form a Burial Board. 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, which is where it is now kept.

Volunteers

We need volunteers to help keep the cemetery neat and tidy. The workload is light and involves keeping the areas around the graves, particularly in the older areas of the cemetery,  free of weeds and other debris, removing self-seeded saplings and dead floral offerings and keeping the path edges weed-free and tidy.  Heavier jobs such as mowing and tree maintenance will remain the responsibility of our landscape contractors.

This role will appeal to those with gardening experience and who enjoy working with like-minded friends. The Committee will manage rotas and schedules, and will support your work.  If you would like to join us, please contact our Clerk.

The Clerk to the Joint Burial Committee is Christina Baker who can be contacted on 07760 482582 or by email at clerk@kibworthcemetery.org.uk