Cemeteries in Solihull

Turfing

The Spring Turfing programme of works will start on 1 April 2024 across all 3 cemeteries, and is scheduled to take up to 12 weeks to allow for any delays caused by the weather. To enable the grounds staff to carry out the works and to safeguard any decorations that you have placed onto the grave mound, would you please remove these by 31 March 2024.

Decorations can be placed upon the slabs, concrete, or gravelled area at the head of the grave. If you are not able to remove the decorations yourself the grounds staff will move smaller items to the head of the grave. Any grave frames in place will be disposed of as we do not have sufficient space to store them.

Please be aware that we cannot take responsibility for any damage, loss or breakages so if you are concerned about the welfare of any item it is advisable that you remove this yourself. Once the turf has been laid items of any type will not be permitted on the grassed area of the grave.

This includes frames surrounding the grave.  The freshly laid turf is likely to be soft underfoot for the first 10 days and needs time to form a new root system. If possible, do not walk on the turf for the first 10/14 days. We carry out turfing during the Spring as this is the optimum time for the turf to successfully grow with the mixture of sunshine and rain.

Unfortunately, we are not able to supply exact dates for when turf will be laid on a particular plot as the laying of turf is dependent on weather conditions.

Health and safety in our cemeteries

Mourners are reminded that items which are considered to be a health and safety concern should not be left in the grounds. Items such as glass, shepherd’s crooks and alcohol will be removed in line with our rules and regulations along with any other items that could be a health and safety concern, as soon as they have been identified. 

If you think you may have left items on the grave of your loved one that could be a health and safety concern and would like to arrange a collection, please contact us by email at robinhoodcemetery@solihull.gov.uk, providing the following information:

  • cemetery
  • grave number
  • name of the deceased
  • items removed
  • your name
  • your telephone number

We have three cemeteries in Solihull.

Attendance at funerals for burials

Attendance at a graveside is unlimited.

Attendance at funerals for cremations

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

The Book of Remembrance Room and waiting rooms are now open.

Memorial headstone permits are being processed and stonemasons should email these to robinhoodcemetery@solihull.gov.uk

Cemetery and Crematorium bookings

Bookings should be made through your funeral director.

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.

Works are currently being carried out between LAWN 1 and the Olton Road gate entrance in Robin Hood Cemetery which has resulted in the footpath being excavated to allow access to pipework. The footpath will not be accessible during this time.

Streetsbrook Road

Shirley

Solihull

B90 3NL



You can view an accessibility guide for the cemetery at AccessAble

Visiting the cemetery:

  • November to March: open from 9.00am - 4.30pm
  • April to October: open from 9.00am - 6.00pm
  • Sundays and Bank Holidays: open from 10.00am - 2.00pm.
  • Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day: open from 10.00am - 2.00pm

About the cemetery

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.

Please be aware that we will be carrying out improvement works to our chapel and waiting room at Woodlands Crematorium. We will be installing fire alarms in the chapel, waiting room and office areas.

In an effort to keep disruption to a minimum this work will be carried out at evenings and weekends only and is due to commence on Monday 29 February 2024 and is scheduled to last for approximately 6 weeks.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.

Birmingham Road

Coleshill

North Warwickshire

B46 1DP

You can view an accessibility guide for the cemetery at AccessAble

Update to Sinkhole

The stage 1 works have been completed to the underground collapse.  This will self-consolidate until approximately April 2024 when we will complete Stage 2 of the repair works.  Stage 2 will include topsoil and grass seeding.  The stone is currently settling and is under continual review.

You can find the location of the sinkhole here.

Visiting the cemetery:

  • November to March: open from 9.00am - 4.30pm
  • April to October: open from 9.00am - 6.00pm
  • Sundays and Bank Holidays: open from 10.00am - 2.00pm.
  • Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day: open from 10.00am - 2.00pm

About the cemetery

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 Road

Bentley Heath

B93 9AA

You can view an accessibility guide for the cemetery at AccessAble.

Visiting the cemetery:

  • November to March: open from 9.00am - 4.30pm
  • April to October: open from 9.00am - 6.00pm
  • Sundays and Bank Holidays: open from 10.00am - 2.00pm.
  • Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day: open from 10.00am - 2.00pm

About the cemetery

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

View our full list of fees and charges.

Within our fees and charges, we mention ‘resident’ and ‘non-resident’ fees. A resident is someone who pays council tax to Solihull Council or lived within Solihull up to the last 2 years of their life. If our social care team placed the deceased in a care home outside of Solihull, they will still be treated as a ‘resident’. 

Your proof of residency could be:

  • a council tax bill dated within the last 2 years
  • a driving licence that lists an address responsible for paying council tax to Solihull Council - you can check this at GOV.UK
  • a utility bill for a property within the Solihull borough dated within the last 2 years
  • medical correspondence or correspondence from any government department addressed to you at a property in Solihull dated within the last two years

 

Under the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984, when a resident passes away (excluding in hospital) the Council has a duty to make arrangements for the funeral, if living relatives cannot be found or they are unable/unwilling to make the funeral arrangements.

Our Public Health Funeral Policy is the guidance that we use arranging Public Health Funerals.

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: Bereavement Service Support Team, Solihull Register Office, Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3QZ

Office hours are:

  • Monday - 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Tuesday - 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Wednesday - 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Thursday - 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Friday - 9.00am to 5.00pm

Phone lines are open 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Face to Face appointments are by appointment only, please call 0121 709 7009 to make an appointment.