Reserving a Grave and Grave Maintenance

Reserving a Grave and Grave Maintenance

If you would like to reserve a grave in a specific area in one of our cemeteries, please get in touch with Melvyn Hartog  (Tel: 020 8343 6283) who will discuss the options available to you.

Please remember, when you have reserved a burial plot or plots in any of our cemeteries (including in the US section in the Eretz HaChaim cemetery in Israel) it is on the clear understanding that you will maintain your US membership and continue your annual payments to the Funeral Expenses Scheme. If you leave the US membership then the reserved plot is lost and we will reimburse you for the cost of the plot or plots at the price that was paid for them.

Tombstone Cleaning and Regular Maintenance

The Cemeteries Maintenance Department provides a tombstone cleaning and regular maintenance service for members of the community - the United Synagogue Burial Society currently provides this service for some 15,000 memorials, which are cleaned by a number of internal dedicated skilled Stone Masons.

A new estimate for cleaning or maintenance can be received by either clicking the find a grave search image to the right of the page and find the grave you wish to clean or maintain, alternatively call the Cemeteries and Maintenance Department, 020 8950 7767, Option 2.

Those memorials already on our books or newly erected memorials fall under the Annual Cleaning Contract. The service provides two cleans per year plus any peripheral maintenance of the memorial.

  • The 2019 fee for this service is £121.00 for a double memorial and £85.00 for a single memorial, inclusive of VAT. If you would like to set up a direct debit, this service is £116.00 for a double memorial and £81.00 for a single memorial.

New Estimates

This refers to when a member of the public makes enquiries about having a memorial cleaned for the first time. The preliminary estimate sheet is filled out and passed onto the estimators. They inspect the memorial and submit the form back to the Cemeteries Maintenance Department. They in turn send out a quotation to the client. This can include some of the following:

● To thoroughly clean and stop up joints - to renovate the memorial using abrasive pads and grout the joints with the appropriate coloured cement.

● To lift level - level out memorial if it has subsided.

● Replace missing letters

● Re-black inscription - Re-paint the raised lead lettering black.

● Gold gild lettering

The client keeps one copy of the quotation and sends the other back with the remittance. The work is then carried out within a set period of time - usually within six weeks. On completion a letter is sent to the client informing them that the work has been done. The client will also have an option on the quotation to put the memorial onto the annual cleaning scheme. All quotations are inclusive of VAT.


    Extended Care Programmes

    This new programme allows a one off payment to cover the maintenance for a set number of years. The service provided is the same high level as all the Care Programmes. The benefit of this programme is that the length of care is calculated on the current annual rate and not subject to any increases in cost.

    Single Memorial - 10 Years - £834
    Single Memorial - 15 Years - £1,252
    Single Memorial - 20 Years - £1,668
    Single Memorial - 25 Years - £2,084
    Single Memorial - 30 Years - £2,500

    Double Memorial - 10 Years - £1,202
    Double Memorial - 15 Years - £1,802
    Double Memorial - 20 Years - £2,404
    Double Memorial - 25 Years - £3,004
    Double Memorial - 30 Years - £3,605

    Jubilee Care Programme

    There is also a Jubilee Care Programme available. Once the memorial is in a good order clients can request a “JCP” for a one-off payment. This ensures that the memorial stays on the maintenance contract (to be cleaned twice a year) for a period of 50 years. This includes keeping the memorials clean and in good order, but does not include the deterioration of the inscription through age. 

    The price for this is: 

    Single Memorial - £4,042.00 
    Double Memorial - £6,300.00

    Setting up a Direct Debit for Annual Maintenance 

    Many clients take up this option when managing the estate of a loved one. It gives the assurance that a memorial is being inspected and cleaned on a regular basis without the worry and expense of annual invoices.   For further information please contact the Cemeteries Maintenance Department, details below.

    For more information on the Cemeteries Maintenance Department please contact or download the brochure below:

      Tel: 020 8950 7767 (Select option 2)



      Memorial Care Programme Brochure