Kibworth Joint Burial Board
Clerk - Sara Barrett (Kibworth Harcourt Parish Council)
Telephone: 07519 003206 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kibworth Joint Burial Board has recently undertaken a significant memorial safety inspection at the cemetery. This is in order to ensure the safety of those using and working at the cemetery..
The Joint Burial Board was formed in 1892 and currently comprises up to seven members, being up to four Councillors from Kibworth Beauchamp and up to three from Kibworth Harcourt.
The JBB meets bi-monthly to approve memorials that are put forward and to recommend any expenditure for the upkeep of the ground, as well as dealing with any matters that may arise.
Following new audit regulations, both parish councils were advised in 2017 that joint committees holding bank accounts, assets and employing their own clerks, were no longer permitted. Following elections in May 2019, processes were set in motion to draw up an initial Memorandum of Understanding in 2019 that set about moving all assets, bank accounts for joint burials to be the responsibility of Kibworth Harcourt Parish Council, but with representatives of Kibworth Beauchamp Parish Council helping to make decisions about joint burial and cemetery matters. The new arrangements took effect on 1 April 2020 and the name of the committee changed to the Kibworth Joint Burial Board.
The Board comprises representatives from Kibworth Beauchamp Parish Council (currently Councillors Amanda Bland, Christopher Lee, and Caroline Abbott and from Kibworth Harcourt Parish Council (Councillors Kevin Feltham (Chairman), John Tillotson and Jane Tallett). Some 5 or 6 private meetings are held each year in Kibworth Grammar School Hall or the Lychgate with additional meetings called if necessary. Recommendations for financing projects from meetings are ratified at the following Kibworth Harcourt Parish Council public meeting and the joint work summarised at both parish council meetings.
The old records for the cemetery are kept at Wigston Record Office and more recent records are kept with the Parish Clerk. The details of the more than 3,200 graves are currently being entered into an Edge Epitaph database and it is intended that one day this could be made available for online family history research.
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