Wokingham Free Church Burial Ground
Wokingham Free Church Burial Ground is a Charity managed by Trustees appointed by the Wokingham Baptist and Methodist Churches. There are four Trustees from each church plus their respective Ministers, Revd Nick Hudson from the Baptist Church and Revd Catherine Bowstead from the Methodist Church. The first interments took place in 1921 and to date just over 1000 people have been interred there. There are separate areas for both grave and ashes plots. Initially, only members of the Methodist and Baptist churches were buried at the Ground, but now permission for burial may be granted for anyone who was resident in Wokingham, provided their families agree to the current regulations. The Secretary to the Trustees liaises with local funeral directors on plot availability, dates and costs. Funeral Directors are able to provide booklets giving full details.
Anyone is welcome to visit at any time during the day, except when an interment is taking place. Do please close the gate as you leave.
The grounds are off the Reading Road past St Paul's Church, just beyond Skew Bridge. They are well maintained by the groundsman and provide a peaceful spot for those visiting and reflecting.
Dorothy Adams – Secretary and Trustee 0118 9789605
Annual Report (February 2018)
Maintenance of the Burial Ground is an important concern for the Trustees and we have been looking into the possibility of providing a new path in the area where Ashes are interred. The large Glebelands plot, which was formerly cared for under separate contract, is now being looked after by our own groundsman, following the sale of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Trust's care home last summer. We often receive messages of thanks from visitors for the way in which the whole area is tended and it is a peaceful and quiet place to visit and remember loved ones.
A large number of new memorial stones and headstones have been placed recently. There have been four full burials and eight ashes interments in the past year, which have included several of our own church members.