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St Paul’s Congregation's call to help raise funds for new Chipperfield burial site
Permission has been granted to extend a Chipperfield burial site into nearby scrubland but the group behind the development lacks the necessary funds to carry out the work.
Villagers and members of St Paul’s Congregation are being encouraged to help fundraise and donate in order to pay for a new burial ground.
Since 2009 no one has been laid to rest in the burial site, which is situated in the grounds of the Chipperfield church, because it is currently full.
Planning permission was granted last month to convert the scrubland next to St Paul’s Church into a burial site.
Chipperfield Project Group are the driving force behind the developments, which will provide a maximum of 200 burial plots, and submitted the application to Dacorum Borough Council.
Tony Briselden, of the Chipperfield Project Group, said: "It started about three years ago when the village was told there was no more room for burials, not for graves anyway. This was of great concern for people who have lived in the village for generations because they want to be buried with their family and in their village. That’s what started it all. There was someone in the village, Dawn Bunker, whose family has lived here for some time, who was a prime mover in starting up what is now the Chipperfield Project Group."
The group found that the site next to the existing burial ground was the most suitable location for a new one. However, it will technically be a separate burial ground to the existing churchyard. The group have been granted planning permission from Dacorum Borough Council but they still need to purchase the land as it belongs to the borough council.
Mr Briselden said he is "not concerned" about acquiring the land.
Now the steering group want the village to get behind them in a fundraising effort.
In the application, the group said: "Although it is common knowledge that there are a large number of residents who want burials to continue in the village. In addition a number of individuals in the village have indicated their willingness to help with any clearance and preparation of the proposed site. This work would be carried out at no cost."
Mr Briselden said the current estimated cost of the project is around £20,000, although he is "hopeful that it comes in at below that figure".
He added: "I am reasonably confident about getting the money that we need. We have had a very positive reaction from villagers and I think if people believe in something, they will contribute."
The Chipperfield Project Group also plans to write to the parish council about a grant.
Mr Briselden said: "If you don’t ask you don’t get."
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