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Funerals, burials and cremations

In Bedford Borough we offer two sites for burial and cremation. Norse Road, and Foster Hill Cemetery. The information below will give you further information about both sites and fees. 

All Council buildings/premises in the Borough of Bedford require visiting members of the public to wear face coverings in line with Government guidance concerning mandatory face coverings in some enclosed public spaces, eg shops, supermarkets, public transport and hospitals (taking account of defined exceptions).

This decision was taken in order to offer clarity for members of the public in wearing coverings between different types of premises, to offer some additional protection to groups of individuals who would not normally meet in public places/premises, and to offer some additional protection to staff members working in public facing buildings/settings.

This does not replace social distancing and other control measures which are still required and are in place in all buildings/settings where employees and customers come into contact.

Funeral services

In line with the Government’s guidance to slow the spread of coronavirus, a modest number of close friends and family of the deceased may attend. A risk assessment has been completed and in order to observe social distancing 20 people can attend and be safely seated in the chapel. 

We offer options with regards to webcasting, for anyone wishing to record the service, or are unable to attend the service, and want to watch it from the comfort of their home through a secure website. For further information please speak with your Funeral Director.

We respectfully ask you to observe the following:

  • family groups that live together can sit or stand together at the service
  • if you don’t live together, you must make space to meet the social distancing guidelines
  • the chapel attendant or funeral director are on hand to make sure this is followed and to keep everyone safe
  • family members are currently not able to take part in singing, carrying, lowering or placing soil on the coffin

Read our guidance for funeral services at Norse Road Chapel 




Conducted tours

We are always ready to give conducted tours of the Crematorium and Cemetery. These tours can be for organisations or individuals.

Call the cemetery office on (01234) 718150 or email to make an appointment.

Memorial inspection programme 

This programme identifies memorials in need of repair. It is part of our duty to ensure a safe environment for staff and visitors. The memorial inspection programme covers:

  • all headstones at Foster Hill Road and Norse Road Cemeteries
  • closed graveyards we are responsible for

Funeral ash scattering 

Further information about funeral ash scattering in Bedford Borough

Reporting issues in our closed cemeteries

We inspect all memorials in our closed cemeteries to make sure they are safe and free of vandalism. Call 01234 718150 or email if you want to:

  • raise any concerns
  • report vandalism
  • have questions regarding our closed cemeteries across Bedford Borough