Adopted on 24th September, 1947
Revised on 28th April 2009
Further revised on 10th February 2015
The Members of the Committee for the time being of the Congregation of First Moneymore and the Members of the Committee for the time being of the Congregation of Second Moneymore constitute the Committee of Management of the Graveyard.
The Committee of Management may appoint a Graveyard Sub-committee to act on its behalf and a Registrar to oversee the day to day management of the Graveyard.
The Minister for the time being of the said Congregations is entitled to preside over all Meetings of the Committee of Management and of the Graveyard Sub-committee..
The upkeep and maintenance of the Graveyard is the joint responsibility of the Congregation of First Moneymore and the Congregation of Second Moneymore.
RULES and REGULATIONS
1. Every Purchaser of an exclusive right of burial will be furnished with a Certificate setting out the name and address of the Purchaser, the amount of purchase money paid, and a description of the burying place allotted to him, together with a copy of the Rules and Regulations then in force for the management and control of the Graveyard. An entry of the Purchaser’s name and address and a description of the burying place allotted to him shall be made in the Register of the Graveyard.
2. Every Purchaser of an exclusive right of burial and every subsequent holder of that right is hereinafter referred to as “the Proprietor”. Only one person shall be registered as Proprietor. Joint Proprietors are specifically prohibited.
3. The right of burial shall be continued as the real estate of the Proprietor, and may be conveyed by him in his lifetime or devised by his Will, and if not so conveyed or devised, shall, on his death, be the property of his next of kin. If a right of burial has been conveyed or devised to two or more persons concurrently or if it has passed on intestacy to two or more persons, the name of the first only shall be entered on the Register and he shall be regarded as the sole Proprietor.
4. No person claiming right to succeed to ownership on the death of a Proprietor shall be recognised, or have his name inserted in the Register as Proprietor, unless evidence shall have been adduced to the satisfaction of the Committee of Management that the claimant is entitled to succeed.
5. No Transfer by deed inter vivos shall have any strength or effect unless sanctioned by the Committee of Management, to whom such transfer must be presented within one month after the date thereof.
6. The documentation evidencing the passing on death of a right of burial must be recorded in the Register within twelve months after the death of the Proprietor; otherwise that documentation, in so far as regards such plot, shall be ineffectual, but the Committee of Management shall have power, if they see fit, to give effect to the same.
7. No person claiming a plot, either by succession or transfer, shall be recognised or have his name inserted in the Register without production of the Certificate or document granted to the original Proprietor, or such other evidence as may satisfy the Committee of Management and until he has paid the prescribed fee.
8. No plot named in any Certificate may be opened or re-opened for the interment of any person or the cremated remains of any person except by the order in writing of the Registrar.
9. An order for interment, stating where the interment is to be made, must be obtained from the Registrar, and delivered to the intended gravedigger, at least twenty-four hours before any interment can take place. Such order may be obtained on any day (Sundays excepted) between the hours of 10am and 5pm on notice to the Registrar, giving the name, place of residence, occupation, age, date and place of death of the deceased, and such other particulars as may be necessary for the registration of the burial, and on payment of the prescribed fee.
10. No plot named in any Certificate shall be opened for the interment of any person other than the Proprietor or his immediate family or the cremated remains of such person, except by the express authority in writing of such Proprietor.
11. Not more than two burials in a single plot or four burials in a double plot will be permitted
12. All graves shall be opened and dug by a gravedigger approved by the Registrar.
13. No plot shall be enclosed by any kerb, chain, or other boundary rail, nor shall any planting of trees, shrubs, flowers, or the like, be permitted thereon, nor shall stones, chips, or any other article or thing which might in anywise interfere with the growing of grass or the easy cutting thereof, be placed on or sunk into the surface of any plot, and anything erected, placed, or growing on any plot in contravention of this regulation shall be removed by the Committee of Management.
14. The Committee of Management do not encourage the use of glass wreaths, and only one glass wreath or globe may be placed on any grave, but the same may be removed by the Committee of the Management at any time after the expiration of twelve months from the date of the last interment in such grave, provided always that broken and dilapidated wreaths and globes may be removed by the Committee of the Management at any time they deem such removal necessary or desirable for the due order of the Graveyard.
15 (a). Two sketches of every Monument, Headstone, or other erection to be erected, with the dimensions marked thereon in plain figures, and a copy of the inscription intended to be inscribed, must be submitted to the Registrar for the approval of the Committee of Management, and no Monument, Headstone, or other erection, shall be erected or any inscription inserted without such approval. In default of such approval, such Monument, Headstone, or other erection may be removed by the Committee of Management.
15 (b). Inscriptions must be simple, reverend and theologically acceptable to the ethos and principles of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
16. No Monument, Headstone, or other erection, shall exceed three feet six inches in height.
17. No picture or pictorial representation of any kind will be permitted on any Monument, Headstone or other erection.
18. All Monuments, Headstones, or other erections must be erected on the foundations provided.
19. No hewing or dressing of stones, or any operation of a like nature, shall be permitted within the Graveyard.
20. All Monuments, Headstones and other erections must be kept in repair by the Proprietor, and if any Monument, Headstone or erection is not kept in proper repair, the Committee of Management may remove or alter it in any way they deem necessary or desirable for the due order of the Graveyard.
21. The fees to be charged for burial rights, interments, the erection of monuments, etc and other matters relating to the management of the Graveyard, shall be as follows:
FEES FOR BURIAL RIGHTS
Single Plots……………………………..£ 50.00
Fee for Permission to Erect a Headstone………….. £30.00
Fee for Registrar’s Order to Open Grave……….. £30.00
Fee for Registration of Change Ownership…….. £20.00
Single Plots……. £ 500.00
Double Plots……. £1000.00
Fee for Permission to Erect a Headstone………….. £125.00
Fee for Registrar’s Order to Open Grave……….. £125.00
Fee for Registration of Change Ownership…….. £ 50.00
22. If any difference or dispute shall arise as to the true intent and meaning of these Rules and Regulations, or in anywise regarding the management of the Graveyard, the same shall be taken up and disposed of by the Committee of Management, whose decision shall be final and binding.
23. The Committee of Management shall be at liberty, from time to time, to alter, or waive the application of, all or any of the Rules and Regulations and the Fees payable as they see fit and to enact others in their place.