Cemeteries and funerals during the COVID-19 outbreak

With Coronavirus (COVID-19) now affecting many areas of our services to the residents and businesses of Amber Valley, we are keen to keep you right up-to-date with the changes we are being forced to make. Read more about your council services.

In line with the updated government direction on social distancing, we have taken the decision to open our cemeteries to members of the public with immediate effect, this is restricted to pedestrians only. Please be aware that parking facilities at the cemeteries remain closed.

When visiting the cemeteries please adhere to the government guidelines on social distancing.

Amber Valley Borough Council cemeteries are listed below.

  • Alfreton cemetery - Rodgers Lane Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7FF
  • Leabrooks cemetery - Cemetery Road Leabrooks Alfreton Derbyshire DE55 1LD
  • Belper cemetery - Matlock Road Broadholme Belper Derbyshire DE56 2JE
  • Heanor cemetery - Ilkeston Road Heanor Derbyshire DE75 7DT
  • Ripley cemetery - Cemetery Lane Ripley Derbyshire DE5 3JG
  • Crosshill cemetery - Crosshill Codnor Derbyshire DE5 9SR

Funeral arrangements

Following updated government directives, the following people are authorised to attend a graveside funeral:

  • Mourners restricted to the immediate family of the deceased (up to a maximum of 10)
  • Minister or officiate for the ceremony/service
  • Funeral director

This applies to funerals, memorial services and gatherings at any cemetery within the local authority area.

Further from this:

  • Appointments for the burial and scattering of ashes are temporarily suspended – until further notice.
  • Appointments to fix memorial plaques into place with family present are also suspended – until further notice.

This decision has not been taken lightly but is necessary for the safety, health and consideration of the local and wider community. It is essential to continue to follow this practice until further government advice is given.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841565 or email cemeteries@ambervalley.gov.uk