The offices (inside the cemetery, in Town Lane, Wooburn) are open to parishioners every weekday between 9:00am and 5:00pm, handling as wide a selection of queries as there are residents in the Parish. Telephone messages left outside these hours are recorded and actioned the following morning.
There are currently six members of staff:
Malcolm Silver, the Clerk, Mark Ellis, Deputy Clerk, Penny Baron, Roland Carson, Shane Read and Tom Enticknap.
Malcolm’s responsibilities range from liaising with Councillors, providing advice on statutory procedures, preparing agendas and minutes, authorising burials, providing all areas of risk assessment and insurance, to overseeing staff, lighting contractors and grass cutting. The Clerk and Deputy are employed by the Council full time.
Mark is responsible for all Burial enquiries from Funeral Directors and the public for funerals at Wooburn Cemetery. He maintains the Burial Records, paperwork and maps showing the location of each grave, along with arranging ashes interments and grave tablet wording and recording. He is also responsible for maintaining the website.
Penny is employed as part-time Office Assistant/Receptionist. Her duties include: dealing with phone and walk-in queries from members of the public, funeral directors, stone masons, Councillors, facility users, outside organisations and local authorities. She is responsible for day-to-day office work, purchase orders, post, recording incoming invoices.
Roland, our Groundsman, has been joined by Shane and Tom, and together they are responsible for ensuring all Council owned land, facilities and machinery are maintained and where possible, improved, in accordance with the Council’s wishes. Since the Parish Council no longer employ contractors to cut the grass in the open spaces, Roland, Shane and Tom take pride in keeping the park, the green, all the play areas and the cemetery looking well groomed. They also empty the litter bins, repair the play equipment where possible, and make sure agendas and posters are displayed and up-to-date in all 5 Parish notice boards.