Important Notice – Funeral service mourner numbers
As from 6 July 2020, it is possible for a maximum of 15 people to sit on each side of the chapel (30 in total) and observe the revised social distancing rules during a funeral service. Please follow the directions of your Funeral Director and the chapel attendant on the day.
Please note that it will still be necessary to undertake cleaning in between services and your patience and understanding are requested.
Please ensure that you maintain social distancing guidelines within the burial grounds and follow all site rules which include no dog fouling, dogs on leads no longer than 2 metres at all times and no ball games.
Important Changes to our Services From 13 July 2020
Following changes the Coronavirus Act 2020, we can continue lifting certain restrictions at the crematorium. We can only do this by giving full consideration to everyone’s safety, so please adhere to the guidance;
- Whilst the crematorium office remains open during normal working hours for telephone and email enquiries, as from Monday 13 July you can make an appointment to visit the office staff (conditions apply)
- The Book of Remembrance room will be open from Monday 13 July 2020 (conditions apply)
- Please make appointments to attend the interment or scattering of loved ones (conditions apply)
- To support the NHS Track and Trace scheme ALL visitors will be asked to supply their names and contact details for this reason only.
Your funeral director will be able to advise you or you can contact our office. To make appointments and for all other enquiries please call 01785 242594 during normal office hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stone Cemetery is one of three sites operated by Stafford Borough Council. Tixall Road Crematorium being the main site and Stone Cemetery (ST15 0BQ) and Eccleshall Road Cemetery are the two ‘sister’ sites.
Stone is unique within the council’s three cemeteries in that it has a woodland site in which burials take place. After each interment a tree is planted; native species, such as oak and lime, are preferred as they are well suited to the soil and climatic conditions at Stone cemetery.
Many families desire to bring their loved ones back to Stone after cremation in Tixall Road Crematorium or elsewhere in the country and the demand for cremated remains graves continue to grow at Stone.
All the Stafford Borough Council cemeteries are supported by The Friends of Stafford Cemeteries. If you would like more information about the work of the Friends group, you can follow them on their Facebook page or you can contact Bereavement Services.
Sanctum - Above Ground Vault
Sanctums (above ground level) are now available at Stone.
The Sanctum is designed to accommodate two sets of Cremated Remains. It consists of an above ground vault with a polished granite plaque and a flower vase provided; the plaque can be inscribed with up to eleven lines of inscription.
The first four lines of inscription are included in the initial cost; the plaque may also accommodate an engraved motif or photo plaque. The container/s are placed within the vault and the inscribed plaque securely fixed to the front of the chamber.
Stone cemetery is currently the only Borough Council-owned site where the option of a woodland burial is available. It has now become an increasingly popular choice and a valued option for local people.
Trees marking grave sites
Stunning views from the woodland area
A Brief History
Stone Cemetery opened in 1903 and is a traditional cemetery. The first interment was in October of the same year.
Since opening, both the Urban and Parish Councils played their part in supplying grave spaces for the residents in Stone. This responsibility changed in 1971 when the whole site came under the responsibility of Stafford Borough Council. The cemetery has been in constant use and is currently still open for the sale of new graves both full earthen, and cremated remains.
We are very interested in the views of Stone residents regarding Stone Cemetery. We would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete this short survey.