‘Get fundraising’ call to pay for new Chipperfield burial ground

Reopening of Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft . Grave of Edward Johnston in the graveyard of Ditchling Church. Photo Steve Robards
Reopening of Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft . Grave of Edward Johnston in the graveyard of Ditchling Church. Photo Steve Robards

Villagers are being called upon to come up with money spinning ideas to pay for a new burial ground.

Planning permission was granted last month to convert scrubland next to Chipperfield’s St Paul’s Church into a burial site.

No one has been laid to rest in the village since the churchyard became full in 2009.

Now the steering group of eight leading the project, which will provide a maximum of 200 burial plots, want the village to get behind them in a fundraising effort.

Steve Morrill from the group told a meeting of the village on Monday: “Yes, the sums appear large but Chipperfield has got quite a good history of raising money so we are not pessimistic on this.”

Dawn Bunker, who heads up the steering group, said: “If everyone works at it properly it will pull the village together.”

Herts county councillor for the area Richard Roberts has pledged funds from his 2014 locality budget towards the project. He has a £10,000 pot of cash allocated to spend on local projects.