St Margaret's Chapel

The sun shone down brightly on Lyndhurst Cemetery on Saturday 8 April when Lyndhurst Parish Council opened the Cemetery and St Margaret’s Chapel to the public.

The main purpose was to show everyone the electricity supply in the Chapel which has been used to provide lighting and heating thus making the building a far more comfortable and welcoming place in which to hold funerals, marriage blessings and christenings.  Although a small building it provides a cosy ambiance in the winter months and is cool and airy during the summer.

At the same time we were able to show our newly produced Cemetery maps as well as all the old historic registers, which enabled people to come along and, with the aid of our Locum Clerk and Councillors, to find some long lost relatives.  Our mapping service has been provided entirely by voluntary work from local resident Michael Grant.

Councillor Angela Trend, who also happens to be a local historian, was on hand with a small exhibition, all beautifully displayed, inside the Chapel which brought a great deal of interest.

Our Chairman, Mark Rollé, and Vice Chairman, the Revd Dr Caroline Wilkins were on hand to answer questions and welcome everyone.

Also, we cannot forget Paul Boyes, a previous Cemetery Committee Chairman, whose knowledge of the Cemetery is second to none.  Paul’s maintenance skills and sheer perseverance enabled the Parish Council to have one of the finest maintained cemeteries in the area and we really believe that he knows every inch of the ground.

The last word must be for the present Cemetery Committee Chairman, Adrian Wiltshire, who was determined right from the start to ensure that the Cemetery electricity was in place in time for the open day.

Future plans will include new maintenance facilities and possibly a toilet as well as ensuring that our Cemetery is kept to the same high standards that our residents have come to expect and enjoy..