Council compromise for baby's grave

A LONG-running feud over a baby's grave could soon be solved, thanks to a parish councillor who has volunteered to act as a mediator. The Winter family wanted to place photos on the headstone of their stillborn son, Billy, at St John the Baptist Church, C

A LONG-running feud over a baby's grave could soon be solved, thanks to a parish councillor who has volunteered to act as a mediator.The Winter family wanted to place photos on the headstone of their stillborn son, Billy, at St John the Baptist Church, Churchill, but was denied permission by the parish council, which owns the burial ground.Parish Clerk Lindsay Ireland said the rules for the village burial ground are the same as those for the churchyard, which does not allow photos.But at the village's annual parish meeting, Councillor Jeremy Pope offered to act as a peacemaker between the two parties.He said: "The current situation is totally unacceptable to everybody, and we need to work hard to find a compromise. There has to be flexibility on both sides. I am sure we can find some common ground."It was suggested a photo may be permitted on the plinth rather than the headstone.The Winters, of Duck Lane, Langford, have also suffered at the hands of vandals who removed items left at Billy's grave.Previously, the Winter family handed the parish council a 500-name petition signed by supporters.

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