Albert Road Cemetery
Albert Road Cemetery serves the residents of Hedge End and provides an important amenity to the community and is the only open cemetery within the Parish.
The Town Council's Recreation & Amenities Committee administer the grounds and the duties of Burial Authority are undertaken by the Town Clerk, Sarah Jelley, who will also have overall responsibility for the Management Plan, monitoring and reviews. The Town Council prides itself in meeting the needs of the parishioner during the most sensitive and demanding times of bereavement by providing a concise Burial Authority Administration, and maintaining grounds that are a peaceful and tranquil environment, whilst also offering ecological and environmentally friendly practices.
A Management Plan has been in existence and its concepts implemented since 1st April, 2009.
The motivation of this plan is to maintain a high standard of service to the public, maintenance of the grounds and areas for improvements to designing new flower beds, green waste recycling, litter control, locating finger posts and giving a uniform image to all ancillaries, i.e. commemorative seating, flower holders, litter and green bins, signage, appropriate spoil removal and enclosure etc.A highly qualified and professional grounds team are involved in both the history of the site and its future. A highly qualified and professional grounds team are involved in both the history of the site and its future.
The Albert Road Cemetery site plan is available to view and download as a pdf document.
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Future of Albert Road Cemetery
The cemetery has been set out to provide interments for full burial and cremation plots and has blanket Christian Consecration on these areas for a wide variety of denominations/ faiths.
The first interment took place in 1931 at which time memorial and kerbed plots were permitted, as well as full planting. However, in 1981, the Town Council designated the site a Lawn Cemetery from Section C onwards with special conditions as outlined in Cemetery Regulations.
This Cemetery is complimented for the focal point it provides to the bereaved and visitors to the grounds. It benefits from the grounds covering a gradient, which even from its lowest point gives a magnificent vista, with Hedge End in the foreground to the far reaching horizon of the Portsdown Hills.
Three boundaries are flanked by residential properties and the tranquillity of the grounds are protected and screened with high fences, trees, shrubs and Prunes Laurel hedges. The fourth boundary, Albert Road, is screened with Silver Birch Trees, Evergreen Oak and Prunes Laurel hedges.
Full use of the Cemetery is anticipated to be reached within the decade and over the past 20 years it has become increasingly evident that the grounds have become extremely desirable to non-parishioners. As Burial Authority, the Town Council have endeavoured to protect the grounds and this essential amenity for the Parishioner, by increasing the fees for non-parishioners.
The Town Council's vision and aim is to maintain the highest quality service and provision to the Parishioner, not only for an essential amenity at the most sensitive and demanding times but also in providing a peaceful, and tranquil place of rest that can be visited for its beauty, wildlife and quiet contemplation.
Vision for Albert Road Cemetery
To maintain this vision, now and in the future, the Town Council will:
- Continue to serve the residents of Hedge End, by achieving the highest standards in Customer Care, as Burial Authority. Continue to maintain the grounds with correct Horticultural Practices and offer a sustainable burial service to Hedge End Parishioners.
- Continue to develop and maintain Albert Road Cemetery to guarantee its future as an appreciated place of rest, to which the bereaved may mourn, remember and respect those that they have lost.
- Continue to develop a Mapping & Data service from which the public may learn from a unique research Data Base, and enjoy the landscape, the history of interments and even genealogy research.
- Continue to maintain Best Practice in the services of its Burial Authority and provide ecologically sustainable facilities for the interment of the deceased whilst meeting the needs of the bereaved and visitors to the Cemetery.