first_imgIt was always the wish of Joyce King to be buried with her parents in the churchyard of the village where she met her husband during the Second World War, according to her daughters. But King, who died in April last year at the age of 89, must now be exhumed after a series of mistakes by the clergy meant that strict burial rules were not properly followed. King was buried in the churchyard of St Mary’s in Polstead, Suffolk, after her daughters, Gloria Worman and Angela Munns, followed her request to be buried with her parents, William and Mary Haynes. Her ashes must now be removed from the grave after her estranged sister objected to the decision and a church court found that she should not have been buried there. Until her relatives can agree on a new burial site, the urn containing King’s ashes will remain in the church. The former HR manager was determined to be buried with her parents in the rural village where she met her husband Jack, Mrs Worman, 69, told The Telegraph.  Joyce King was buried in the churchyard of St Mary’s in Polstead, Suffolk In his consistory court judgement, Mr Etherington said they should have been consulted before the burial, but parish administrator Nicola Thorogood misunderstood the instructions of the Very Rev Martin Thrower, which said to follow the wishes of the “next of kin”. She thought this meant King’s next of kin, when in fact he meant the next of kin of the people originally buried in the grave, William and Mary Haynes. As their sole surviving daughter, this would have been Evelyn Julier. Instead staff thought they had to do what Mrs Worman and Mrs Munns wanted, and went ahead with the burial. To make matters worse, another priest, who had been in contact with Robert Haynes, the son of Mrs Julier, mislaid his number and was unable to tell him what was happening, leaving him “very angry”, according to Mr Etherington’s judgement. He said Mr Haynes and his family had been treated in a “cavalier” way and added: “I am not remotely surprised that he was very annoyed and would be very surprised if anyone in his position had reacted differently.”  “It’s been my mother’s intention since grandfather died that she was going to be buried there.”We are absolutely flabbergasted. We don’t know what to do now – those were her wishes,” she said. The sisters, who both live in Ontario, Canada, and are in their 60s, say they have been estranged from their mother’s sister, Evelyn Julier, and her sons since William Haynes died in 1982, when a row broke out over what to do with a cottage in the village which had been owned by him.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The churchyard at St Mary’s in Polstead, Suffolk Credit:John McLellancenter_img Joyce King was buried in the churchyard of St Mary's in Polstead, Suffolk Mrs Julier moved to Spain and King to Canada. Mrs Julier and her sons objected to the burial. Disturbing the grave, they maintained, would have been directly contrary to William Haynes’ wishes, which should be respected. But their objections were not heard, partly because of a series of mistakes by clergy. Burials are very rarely exhumed and this must only happen in specific circumstances, according to Church of England rules. David Etherington, QC, chancellor for the diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, said this was one of those occasions.  General view of St Mary's church in Volstead, Suffolk He concluded that Mrs Julier and her sons had been “wrongfully denied and through no fault of their own” the right to decide who was interred in the Haynes’ grave.last_img