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Funerals and Churchyards
At the close of a person’s life on earth, the funeral service is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life and to commend the person into God's hands. The funeral service in church can be short and quiet with only a few members of the family present or a larger gathering. We can also offer a Service of Thanksgiving or Memorial Service following a quiet funeral for close family and friends. Details of the funeral service can be viewed here. A funeral service in church is normally arranged via the Funeral Directors.
Stubbings and Littlewick Green both have burial plots available in their churchyards (Hurley churchyard is full). Those who lived in the Parish at the date of death are entitled to be buried in the churchyards if that is what is desired.
A burial plot for those who lived outside the Parish at the date of death can occasionally be provided if they lived in the Parish for at least five years towards the end of their life or have been on the church electoral (membership) roll for at least five years. All three churches have plots available for the interment of ashes which, in some circumstances, can be made available for those who had other close connections with one or more of the churches. For further details please speak to the Vicar.
We have a team of pastoral visitors who have been commissioned to visit and offer spiritual support and friendship to people in the parish. This is organised through our Pastoral Care Co-ordinator Fiona Fieldhouse. Please contact Fiona on 01628 824574 for details.
Book of Commemoration
If you would like your loved ones remembered in this book and prayed for on the Sunday preceding the anniversary of their death, please contact the Parish Office and fill in the form for the 'Book of Remembrance'
In 2000, as a Millenium project, a group of volunteers completely surveyed the Hurley Churchyard, recording all of the headstones and footstones. All the legible inscriptions were recorded, together with photographs taken. These were then collated with the entries in the Burial Books of Hurley and all this information was collated together with maps etc into a 300 page book entitled "The Monuments of St Mary the Virgin, Hurley. A copy of this book is available for reference inside Hurley Church. Burial records prior to 2000 are kept in the Berkshire Record Office in Coley Ave, Reading. together with Baptism and Marriage Records. There are photocopies of most of these held by David Burfitt on 01628 823503.
St James the Less, Stubbings
Records of burials within the churchyard of St James the Less can be very helpful in the tracing of family histories. Some years ago Parish Churches were required to deposit old record books in the County Archives Office in Reading and you can access the older records, up to 1933, of Stubbings Church there. Please note that the front churchyard at Stubbings has been officially "closed" for burials for many years and that some of the memorial stones have been removed so it may not be possible to identify exactly where a person was buried, there are some details available but they are not complete.
However, the church has in its possession, burial register books for burials since 1934 and a data base exists for burials since this date with names, dates and positions on plans of the rear churchyard. Records are continually updated and these are available for inspection. Please contact the Parish Office by email if you would like any information from the data base. We request a donation to church funds in return for the answer. Visitors are, of course, very welcome to come to the churchyard to help make their research more satisfying.