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Cemeteries

This page provides information on the local cemeteries including opening times, details about purchasing a plot and other related issues.

We are responsible for the general management of two cemeteries. Oadby cemetery is situated on Wigston Road, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 5JE. Wigston cemetery is situated on Welford Road, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 3TE.

Opening hours

Both cemeteries are available for funerals throughout the week:

Monday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m to 3:45 p.m (last funeral 3:15 p.m)

Friday from 9:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m (last funeral 2:00 p.m)

Purchasing a plot

Grave and cremated remains plots are usually purchased at the time of a funeral, through the funeral director. Graves can also be purchased in advance at Wigston Cemetery. For more information click here to contact us.

When a plot is purchased, the purchaser receives a Grant of Right of Burial (known as 'the deed'). The purchaser and no one else, even if related to the deceased, then has certain rights over the plot including:-

  • Who is interred or whose cremated remains are scattered on the grave and
  • What memorial is installed
  • Whether to plant flowers and small shrubs within 18 inches of the memorial. (This only applies to burial plots and not cremated remains plots where planting is not permitted).

The Grant of Right of Burial can be transferred to a member of the family and should be recorded with a solicitor. The right to plant flowers is not passed on.

Burials

All new burials take place in the cemeteries lawn sections. In these areas the planting of flowers and shrubs around the graves is not permitted, except for the first 500 millimetres (18 inches) in front of the memorial. Cut flowers and wreaths are allowed immediately in front of the memorial (except for cremated remains plots, where they must be contained within the memorial bed provided).

Donations

Trees and shrubs, seats and litter bins can be sponsored in memory of a loved one. Plaques may be put under trees and shrubs provided these are no larger than 150 millimetres by 100 millimetres, which is six inches by four inches. The top of the plaque must be no more than 300 millimetres, which is 12 inches above ground level. Plaques can also be attached to sponsored seats and litter bins.

Memorials

The deed owner can install a memorial to the deceased. Applications are usually made through a funeral director or stonemason. Permission of the council is required before installation can take place and a fee is payable in some circumstances.

Voluntary organisations

The following organisations may be able to help with bereavement support:-

Cruse Bereavement Care

This organisation provides information, advice, counselling and support. Telephone their helpline on 0844 477 9400.

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society known as 'sands'

Members are all parents who have suffered the loss of a baby and can offer support through one-to-one or group meetings. Telephone their helpline on 020 7436 5881.

For further information about cemeteries within the borough of Oadby and Wigston please contact us using the contact panel on the right.

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