St Matthew’s has a large church yard which is an important place of remembrance for the whole community, it is a place of beauty and peace. St. Matthew’s Churchyard is a open to all visitors in daylight hours, but it is particularly special to those who have friends or family members buried here. We want to encourage you to enjoy visiting the church and churchyard, and to make St. Matthew’s a special place of memories.
Our churchyard is still open for burials and according to common law all parishioners and residents of the parish have a right to be buried within the churchyard, this includes the parishioners and residents of Doxford parish which was created from the historic parish of Silksworth. We also have a week kept garden of remembrance for the internment of ashes of parishioners and residents of the historical parish of Silksworth.
Following a bereavement and burial, many people wish to place some form of marker on a grave. The options available are very different in churchyards from those in public cemeteries ,if you would like further information please contact us using the form below or download a copy of the churchyard regulations. No further adornments or additions to places of burial are permitted outside of these regulations.
Over recent months we have received significant support from parishioners, residents and Community Payback resulting in the churchyard looking incredibly well kept and we seek to improve the churchyard as time goes on. If you feel able to help in any way please contact me using the form below.
If you have any concerns about the church yard please contact me so that we can continue to ensure our churchyard is made a special place for the whole community.
The Reverend David Tolhurst (Vicar)