About a thousand years ago, a group of local people set up a place of worship here. We don't know who they were, or even what kind of church they built. But they did lots of the same things that we do today at St Mary's. They prayed and worshipped God, they shaped their lives around the teachings of the Bible and they looked after each other in times of sadness and sorrow.
We may not have any trace of their building or know their names, but the ground that they chose to hallow for God is the ground on which we worship today.
So it was right for us to begin the lengthy process of obtaining the legal permissions for burials of cremated remains. Under a new policy not only church members, but residents of the parish, will be able to be have their ashes buried here, without mark or monument, save for a Book of Remembrance and the records that we keep.