Can Holbeach Parish Council stop parents’ tears?

Sharon Rudd was in tears in January when the council left a note saying ornaments must be removed from her toddler sons grave. SG27016-104TW
Sharon Rudd was in tears in January when the council left a note saying ornaments must be removed from her toddler sons grave. SG27016-104TW

Holbeach Parish Council will debate rules at its cemeteries, but it appears unlikely any changes will stem the tears of grieving parents.

Families who have lost children spoke out in January when the council enforced a rule stating they couldn’t leave ornaments along graves of loved ones – and all that was allowed was a headstone and a vase set within the headstone.

I would like them to be a little bit more sympathetic with the mums who have lost their children and babies.

Mum Sharon Rudd

Hundreds of people signed a petition to try to win a change of heart.

An extra ordinary parish council meeting will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, March 29 in Coubro Chambers, West End, to debate the rules.

Coun Martin Howard, who chairs the council cemeteries committee, said the meeting will look “at the rules in general”.

He says ornaments should be “on the headstone or near the headstone”, otherwise it makes it difficult for its groundsmen to maintain the cemeteries in Hall Gate and Park Road.

In January, tearful mum Sharon Rudd (44) said she was trying to get the parish council to understand how it was hurting people.

She lost her toddler son, Kyle, in September 2003 when he was 16-months-old and her family often leaves ornamental tributes on his grave – as well as maintaining the grave and cutting the grass.

After learning about the special meeting, Mrs Rudd said: “I would like them to be a little bit more sympathetic with the mums who have lost their children and babies.”

Previously

Holbeach cemetery ‘clean-up order’ leaves mum in tears

Review of cemetery ‘rules’ set to go ahead in Holbeach as parents protest