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St Leonard's Churchyard - an update 26 Feb 2019 With no new burial spaces available, a proposal has been put forward to reuse the North West corner of the churchyard

With the existing St Leonard’s Churchyard having no new burial spaces available there has, for some time, been a considerable strain on space for burials in Eynsham, with no obvious solutions forthcoming. To provide an interim solution, in consultation with the Diocese of Oxford and the Parish Council, we have been exploring the possibility of reusing parts of the churchyard.

We have initially identified a suitable part of the churchyard, the northwest corner, where there have either been no previous burials or where the burials are over 100 years old and are unmarked.

In time we will look to free up more space by extending this area. Prior to doing so we will attempt to contact any existing descendants of marked graves. We will then apply to the Diocese for permission to remove the gravestones in this area, which will be respectfully placed at the side of the churchyard as a lasting memorial.

If you have any questions or concerns about our proposal please contact our administrator in the church office on 01865 883325 or [email protected]

A map of the churchyard showing the proposed area for reuse is attached.