Faculty applications: Memorial plaques in churches

12 May 2023

Parishes often wish to commemorate deceased members of the local community through memorial plaques inside the church.

Such plaques require a faculty from the Chancellor. However, it is important that sufficient time has elapsed between the death of the person commemorated and the application for a commemorative tablet to allow for a measured reflection on the life and contribution to the church and community of the person concerned.

The Diocesan Advisory Committee has therefore decided that in future there will be a presumption that applications for plaques in churches will not be approved unless the person to be commemorated had been deceased for at least five years.

Applications in the faculty system before this decision will be considered individually on their merits.

Guidance on memorial plaques is attached. For any query on this subject, please email Nicholas Cannon, DAC Secretary or call 01603 882350.



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