Visiting Chelmsford Cemetery at Writtle Road
Following government guidance given on Saturday 20 April, Chelmsford Cemetery on Writtle Road is now open again for people to visit graves of loved ones.
Social distancing and restrictions on unnecessary travel still apply.
You can visit the Cemetery from Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, excluding weekends and bank holidays. The crematorium buildings, memorial chapel, toilets and bereavement services office are still closed.
We will continue to take care of the cemetery grounds, but the staff you may see on site can’t help with enquiries at the moment. Please respect social distancing and don’t approach staff or walk within two metres of anyone on site.
The water system in the cemetery is switched on, but watering cans and flower flutes for public use are not available at this time.
We apologise for any inconvenience that these measures may cause, but we feel that it is vital to protect our community, as well as to make sure that the service can continue with minimal disruption.
These measures will be in effect from Wednesday 22 April at 10am.
Crematorium and burial services
The Crematorium is only open for funeral services. Burial services also continue in the Cemetery grounds. There are restrictions on attendance and overall numbers.
Currently, only the following relatives are able to attend a service:
- Spouse or partner
- Parents or carers
- Brothers or sisters
- Children and their partners
To help everyone to stay safe, we have limited the capacity and numbers of immediate family attending funeral services. Seating will allow a maximum of 20 people (South Chapel) or 10 people (North Chapel), spaced out to allow appropriate social distancing. There is no standing room.
Seating in the South and North Chapels has been laid out to provide a two-metre personal distance between different household groups and ministers/celebrants conducting services.
You can find out about how our other services are affected by coronavirus on this page.
Memorial Chapel closed
In line with the latest government advice, the memorial chapel is now closed to public visits until further notice.
You can still view the Book of Remembrance.
Chelmsford Cemetery and Crematorium office closed
We have made a slight change to our Cemetery and Crematorium service in the light of the coronavirus outbreak.
The bereavement service will continue operating as normal.
However, to ensure that this vital function can continue and to protect staff and residents as much as possible, the Crematorium office on Writtle Road is closed to customer visits in person with immediate effect (from Thursday 19 March).
The service will still respond to any enquiries by telephone and email. You can contact the Bereavement Office by phone on 01245 605630 or email email@example.com
Any updates in relation to our other services will be posted to this page.