The Parish of Ponteland


For over a thousand years, men and women have come to church at the end of their lives. Our churches of St Mary's and Holy Saviour are there for that purpose. Even if the deceased was not a particularly regular churchgoer, they will still be welcome - and the church is a peaceful, special venue for a funeral (without the time pressures of the Crematorium).

After the service, we move on to a crematorium or graveyard for the committal. Usually it is the crematorium on the West Road in Newcastle, or the village cemetery at Prestwick (near the Airport). There is no space for burials in St Mary's graveyard, and we limit burials at Milbourne to those with a connection to the church or village. (On occasions the committal comes first, and then we come to church for a Memorial Service - usually on the same day, but sometimes later on).

Alternatively the whole service can take place at the crematorium, and the Vicar (or another cleric) will be willing to take it there.

Ashes can be buried in either churchyard, and a leaflet giving more details is available by clicking here.

It is normal that, after a death, the family will first contact a Funeral Director. The Funeral Director will then make the necessary arrangements with the Vicar, the Church, the Crematorium or Graveyard.

However, do not hesitate to contact the Vicar directly if we can be of any assistance or you have any questions. If you are coping with the serious illness or imminent death of someone you love, we are happy to listen, pray and visit (if you would like us to). If you need to talk - perhaps weeks, months or years after a bereavement - please contact us.

The Parish Centre can be hired as a venue for the wake, and we can recommend local catering firms if you do not wish to do all the work yourself.

For more information about funerals, click here for the Church of England’s website.


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