Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council




Interment bookings

If you wish to organise an interment within any of our cemeteries, you need to book this through the Burials Office. All interment bookings will incur a chargeable fee.

The interment fee includes the following:

-the administration for the booking of the interment

-the preparation and completion of the interment at the time of committal

-the maintenance of statutory registers and records following the interment.

There are no restrictions on who can be interred within the cemeteries we provide. Those people who reside outside the district will be charged double the full fee for all services. Residents will be charged the full fee for all services.


Burials may take place Monday to Thursday between 10.00am and 2.30pm, and on a Friday between 10.00am and 1.30pm, subject to availability .

Interments of ashes may take place Monday to Thursday between 9.30am and 4pm, and on a Friday between 9.30am and 3pm, subject to availability.

You may use a funeral director for an interment of ashes, or you may deal with us directly.

To arrange a burial contact your chosen funeral director to make arrangements. Your funeral director will contact us on your behalf.

You can download the application form for burial or cremated remains interments: https://burnham-highbridge-tc.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/1_Notice_of_Interment-.docx 

When you purchase the Exclusive Right of Burial you do not own the plot, you are purchasing the rights to use your plot. Once we receive your application and purchase fee, you will be issued with an Exclusive Right of Burial Deed of Grant.

Your Deed of Grant is proof of your right of burial and must be kept safe for future needs. Reissuing mislaid or lost Deed of Grants incur an administration fee.

Up to a maximum of three people may be joint holders. All holders listed on the Deed of Grant will need to give consent to all future interments and memorial applications.

The purchase of the Right of Burial does not specify the number of burials that can be accommodated within the plot; this will be dependent upon the depth of the first interment, the size of coffin or casket and the ground conditions at the time of excavation.

The Deed of Grant will remain with the Holder(s) until the death of the last surviving person listed on the Deed. The Exclusive Right of Burial will then need to be transferred to the entitled claimant.

Whilst in your ownership, you may wish to make some changes to your right of burial. Some of these changes will incur an administration fee. Changes include the following situations:

  • requesting a change of details
  • re-issuing a lost or mislaid Deed of Grant
  • surrender your cemetery plot
  • transferring the right of burial to another
  • purchasing additional years when your Exclusive Right of Burial is soon to expire (currently 50 years).

If you wish to buy a cemetery plot or wish to find out more about buying a cemetery plot, email the Burials Office at burials@burnham-highbridge-tc.gov.uk or call 01278 788088

You can download the application form to purchase your cemetery plot below:


Proof of Residency

You will also be required to provide proof of residency to incur the resident fees. If required, you can download the Statutory Declaration as Proof of Residency form below:


Payment can be made by cheque or by BACS. All applications must be completed in full and returned to:

Burials Office,

Burnham and Highbridge Town Council,

The Old Courthouse,

Jaycroft Road,

Burnham on Sea,


Records Retention Schedule

Financial Risk Management Policy - March 2023

Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

Your organisation and contact details

What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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