Cemetery opened

PUBLISHED: 12:36 27 September 2007 | UPDATED: 15:16 12 May 2010

From left: cemetery committee chairman Mike Sherwen, past chairmen Colin Charter and Ann Sherwen, and parish council chairman Rosemary Gatward

From left: cemetery committee chairman Mike Sherwen, past chairmen Colin Charter and Ann Sherwen, and parish council chairman Rosemary Gatward

Melbourn Parish Council officially opened its new cemetery on Saturday. The cemetery, off New Road, was opened by parish council chairman Rosemary Gatward. Mike Sherwen, chairman of the cemetery committee, said: About 40 people attended the opening cerem

Melbourn Parish Council officially opened its new cemetery on Saturday.

The cemetery, off New Road, was opened by parish council chairman Rosemary Gatward.

Mike Sherwen, chairman of the cemetery committee, said: "About 40 people attended the opening ceremony, all of whom have been closely involved with bringing about this important feature of the parish."

The cemetery has been landscaped from a sloping field near the site where Anglo-Saxon remains were found ten years ago.

These are currently being analysed by scientists, but it is hoped they will be re-interred.

Mrs Gatward unveiled a plaque with an adjacent Judas tree which has been planted to commemorate the occasion.

Mr Sherwen said: "Other trees have already been planted and more are planned in due course."

Former parish councillor and village stalwart Terry Rolt, who was heavily involved in the design and establishment of the cemetery, and who died earlier this year, is buried in the ­cemetery, in accordance with his wishes.

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