Cemetery

Dedicating Cullompton’s New Cemetery Gates

The new extension to Cullompton Cemetery has had new gates installed and a public ceremony to dedicate the gates took place on 10 September 2015. The ceremony was led by Reverends Edward Hobbs of St Andrew’s Church and Glen Graham of the Baptist Church. The gates were constructed using drawings made by Emily Nash, formerly of Cullompton Community College, as part of her GCSE Art project and capture the rolling hills surrounding Cullompton. A plaque has been engraved and installed on the central gate pillar giving Emily the credit she richly deserves.

The extension to Cullompton Cemetery is a £300,000 project and will extend the life of the cemetery well into the next century and local people are already being buried in the area, named Camellia. There is a separate area for cremated remains, named Magnolia, an area specifically for children, named Primrose and space in which natural burials can take place. In addition, a new accessible path has been installed providing access from the car park and the access from the existing part of the cemetery to the new, making accessibility less difficult for those with limited mobility.

The Town Clerk, Mrs Judy Morris, said “The extension to Cullompton Cemetery has been long in the design and construction stages but has now been opened and the new gates make a particularly impressive entrance to it. We are going to create a cemetery that is a fitting place for those who have passed on and for those who mourn them.”

Emily Nash by the cemetery gates she designed
Emily Nash with the gates she designed as part of her GCSE Art project.

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