Cemeteries in Solihull

COVID-19 update

Update on funerals and cemeteries (Thursday 9 July 2020)

As the government continues to relax the restrictions on gatherings and activities, the council is keeping the arrangements for funerals and cemeteries under review. The ongoing challenge is to balance the importance of enabling people to pay their respects to friends and family, whilst maintaining a safe environment for mourners and employees.

Here are the current arrangements and planned changes from Monday 13 July.

Visits to cemeteries

Widney Manor:

  • Weekdays: open from 9.00am - 6.00pm
  • Saturdays: open from 9.00am - 6.00pm
  • Sundays: open from 10.00am - 6.00pm

Robin Hood/Woodlands:

  • Weekdays: open from 4.00pm - 6.00pm
  • Saturdays: open from 9.00am - 6.00pm
  • Sundays: open from 10.00am - 6.00pm

Social distancing guidance should be followed when visiting a cemetery and people should not gather in groups. Visits should normally be limited to an hour, to prevent congestion and allow others to visit.

Attendance at funerals - burials

Attendance at a graveside for a burial has increased to 30 mourners, with effect from Monday 13 July.

NB: if there is a preceding service at an onsite chapel, the number of mourners for this must be adhered to (see below). Social distancing guidance should be followed when gathering at the grave and during/after the service.

Attendance at funerals - cremations

The number of mourners at cremations (in the chapels at Woodlands and Robin Hood) has to be more restrictive, as the service is inside and the chapel has to be sanitised between each service. The limit on the number of mourners will increase to 20 mourners at both Robin Hood and Woodlands chapels, in line with the governments 'one metre plus' guidance.

In addition, a further ten mourners are welcome to attend and can listen to the service from outside the chapel via loudspeaker.

Social distancing guidance should be followed in the chapel, and before/after the service.

Mourners are welcome to use mobile phones to film and share funeral services with those not able to attend, using media platforms such as Facebook Live provided they have permission from the funeral applicant and the officiant/minister. We are also offering free webcasting at Robin Hood and Woodlands until 31 August.

NB: the government has set a legal limit on attendance at funerals of 30 people. It is up to each council to determine what the specific maximum is, in line with social distancing guidance.

Scatterings and cremated remains interments can be booked through your funeral director.

Memorial headstone permits are being processed and stonemasons should email these to robinhoodcemetery@solihull.gov.uk We are sorry but we are unable to accept postal applications at this time.

Memorial sales and buying graves in reserve continue to be suspended until further notice.

You can find answers to some Frequently Asked Questions here.

We have 3 cemeteries in Solihull, all cemetery grounds are open every day of the year.

Opening times

Cemetery grounds are open:

  • November to January - 9.00am to 4.15pm
  • February, March and October - 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • April to September - 9.00am to 6.00pm

Sundays and Bank Holidays open at 10.00am and close at the same times as above.

  • Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day - 10.00am to 2.30pm

For office opening hours see How to contact us.

Cemeteries Grounds Maintenance

The wet weather conditions during the autumn and winter have caused some flooding in our cemeteries, particularly in the Garden of Remembrance at Woodlands Cemetery. We fully appreciate how distressing this is for our visitors and we sincerely apologise. We would also like to reassure you that we are working to find a solution.

Cemetery and Crematorium bookings

Bookings should be made through your funeral director.

Robin Hood Cemetery and Crematorium

Streetsbrook Road
Shirley
Solihull
B90 3NL

Opened in 1917, the cemetery covers an area of 45 acres, a Cemetery Chapel was constructed in 1931, the extensive grounds consist of ancient woodland, with traditional graves, lawn graves, cremated remains graves, remembrance gardens set aside for the scattering of cremated remains and specialised memorial areas where a wide range of memorials are available.

The Crematorium was opened in 1958 and the chapel was modified and extended in 2017. The chapel can accommodate up to 80 people seated and 120 people standing.

Music is supplied by Wesley Media. There is an organ available for use, but there is not an onsite organist. Standard chapel services are for 30 minutes, extra time in the chapel can be arranged.

Woodlands Cemetery and Crematorium

Birmingham Road
Coleshill
North Warwickshire
B46 1DP

Opened in 1984 the grounds consist of lawn graves, children’s graves, cremated remains graves and remembrance gardens set aside for the scattering of cremated remains. The cemetery has an extensive woodland area containing an ancient decoy pool.

In 2000 the existing cemetery chapel was modified and extended to make provision for the Crematorium. The style and architecture was carefully planned to match the existing building and is sympathetic to its rural location. The chapel can accommodate up to 60 people seated and 60 people standing.

Music is supplied by Wesley Media. There is an organ available for use, but there is not an onsite organist. Standard chapel services are for 30 minutes, extra time in the chapel can be arranged.

Widney Manor Cemetery

Widney Manor Road
Bentley Heath
B93 9AA

Opened in 1992 and situated in a rural setting. The cemetery consists of traditional graves, lawn graves, Muslim graves for Solihull residents, Greek Orthodox graves, Coptic Christian graves, children’s graves, cremated remains graves and a remembrance garden set aside for the scattering of cremated remains.

Dedicated memorials

We have memorials commissioned by Solihull SANDS at all of our cemeteries dedicated to babies who have died around the time of their birth.

At Woodlands Cemetery we have memorials dedicated to children and to members of the armed forces commissioned by The Friends of Woodlands Cemetery.

How to contact us

All bookings should be made through your funeral director

All enquiries about the maintenance of the cemetery grounds can be be made to Solihull Connect

All other enquiries can be made to the Cemeteries and Crematoria Office.

Cemeteries and Crematoria Office Central Depot Moat Lane Solihull B91 2LW

Office hours are:

  • Monday - 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Tuesday - 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Wednesday - 10.30am to 4.00pm
  • Thursday - 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Friday - 9.00am to 4.00pm

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