GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE @stmarywarsash

We’re really fortunate at St Mary’s to have a large churchyard, the only “open” one locally. In Warsash local people can be buried or interred close to where their loved2016-08-31 (10) ones live, and there’s a steady stream of visitors to the churchyard, to care for the graves or just to reflect or pray. We value being able to serve our village community in this way. The purpose of this page is to explain the latest developments in the way forward for future use of our tranquil and very well used churchyard.

Sadly, as was mentioned in 2016, after 145 years of continuous use our churchyard is  almost full. We held a period of consultation on our proposals for keeping it open at the end of 2015, which included articles in the local press and even an interview on local cable TV! The proposals attracted only favourable comment and the good news is that the PCC’s proposals were approved by the Diocese and have now been implemented.

The major impact on the graveyard itself has been the creation of a beautiful new Garden of Remembrance (a Memorial Garden), for the perpetual interment of ashes. The design the PCC approved is a landscaped area at the end of the eastern path in the churchyard in the shape of a Celtic Cross.  There is a central circular bench with a tree in the middle so that people can rest and remember their loved ones in the heart of the Garden. The crowns of the surrounding trees have been raised to provide more light and space, and the accumulated earth and compost heaps that have previously formed a bank at the eastern end of the churchyard have been reduced. A small raised bank has been retained to provide some privacy from the football pitches.

A dedication of the new Garden of Remembrance took place during a 10am morning service in July 2017.  Ashes now will be interred in one of the four grassed segments without individual memorial tablets or any marking of where ashes have been placed.  Instead, people’s names will be recorded in a Book of Remembrance displayed in the church, which is open from 9am-5pm each day. Such books are now in common use in modern burial sites to make suitable records of those interred there. The Book is displayed in a custom-built display case which has been designed to make use of some of the wrought iron-work from the old choir pews, thus providing a nice link with the history of the church.

The work on the Garden of Remembrance was completed in March 2017.  The cost of providing this new facility was around £17k which was met by our worshipping community; St Mary’s has no other sources of income.  Many in the local community welcomed the opportunity to partner with us in financing this facility for the benefit of us all in the years to come. Our thanks to everyone who has contributed to this important project.

Download an Application Form to add a name to the Book of Remembrance here

What's On

Feb
27
Thu
2020
11:00 am Communion (BCP) @ Church
Communion (BCP) @ Church
Feb 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
1:30 pm Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Feb 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
 
6:00 pm Warsash Band @ Church
Warsash Band @ Church
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 
7:30 pm Wedding Meeting @ Church hall lounge
Wedding Meeting @ Church hall lounge
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
Mar
1
Sun
2020
all-day Lent 1
Lent 1
Mar 1 all-day
 
10:00 am Family Worship @ Church
Family Worship @ Church
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
 
5:45 pm Choir Practice @ Church
Choir Practice @ Church
Mar 1 @ 5:45 pm – 6:15 pm
 
6:30 pm Celtic Communion @ Church
Celtic Communion @ Church
Mar 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
 
Mar
2
Mon
2020
7:15 pm House Group (Bob) @ Church Hall
House Group (Bob) @ Church Hall
Mar 2 @ 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm
 
8:00 pm House Group @ Hall lounge
House Group @ Hall lounge
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 
Mar
3
Tue
2020
9:00 am Morning Prayer @ Church
Morning Prayer @ Church
Mar 3 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
 
10:00 am Coffee Pot @ Church Hall Lounge
Coffee Pot @ Church Hall Lounge
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
Mar
5
Thu
2020
11:00 am Communion (BCP) @ Church
Communion (BCP) @ Church
Mar 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
1:30 pm Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Mar 5 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
 
6:00 pm Warsash Band @ Church
Warsash Band @ Church
Mar 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 
Mar
8
Sun
2020
all-day Lent 2
Lent 2
Mar 8 all-day
 
10:00 am Sung Communion @ Church
Sung Communion @ Church
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
 
12:00 pm Baptism @ Church
Baptism @ Church
Mar 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
 
6:30 pm Evensong ( BCP ) @ Church
Evensong ( BCP ) @ Church
Mar 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
 
Mar
9
Mon
2020
6:00 pm meeting @ Hall lounge
meeting @ Hall lounge
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Mar
10
Tue
2020
9:00 am Morning Prayer @ Church
Morning Prayer @ Church
Mar 10 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
 
10:00 am Coffee Pot @ Church Hall Lounge
Coffee Pot @ Church Hall Lounge
Mar 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
7:30 pm PCC Meeting @ Church Hall
PCC Meeting @ Church Hall
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
 
Mar
11
Wed
2020
10:00 am Cafe Company @ Church Hall
Cafe Company @ Church Hall
Mar 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm