New cemetery is consecrated by bishop after years of hard work
New Ancaster cemetery is consecrated by Bishop of Lincoln
The cemetery, on Church Lane, near St Martin’s Church, was consecrated by the Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Rev Christopher Lowson, following a service in St Martin’s Church where a choir from Ancaster Primary School also sang.
The development of the new cemetery has taken several years. Project manager Andrew Newton said it has been decided to put 900 tonnes of top soil over the area so that the archaeology in the area would not be disuturbed by burials.
The new cemetery has room for 176 burials and 200 cremations.
Mr Newton said the land had been bought by Natural England and gifted to the council. He thanked Heritage Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, which helped the council on the project, and also Allison Hire for its assistance.
The chairman of Ancaster Parish Council, David Sayer, said: “It was very well attended and the sun shone. I think the important thing is that, as the bishop said, people should have the right to be buried in their parish and that is what we have allowed to happen.”
Coun Sayer said that a significant amount of money and time had been spent on preparing the new cemetery. He said there was potentially a lot of archaeology under the ground, but by putting a new layer of soil over it so as not to disturb it, a lot of time had been saved in completing the project.
He added: “The new cemtery is excellent and and I am very pleased it has been completed.”
Coun Sayer thanked Mr Newton for all the hard work he had put in as project manager.