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New crematorium includes electric charging point

Westerleigh Group opened its 32nd Crematorium late last year at Fladbury near Evesham in rural Worcestersire.

The Vale Crematorium provides a natural place for families to hold the dignified service of their choice, bordering the communities of Pershore and Evesham. The new facility has been especially designed to fit in with the local rural character so it blends into the countryside, offering a place of peace and seclusion.

The chapel is light and spacious, finished in natural stone with picture windows along one side to frame the magnificent views beyond, and set within what will be beautiful grounds as the full effects of the landscaping and planting works take shape during the spring and summer.

The crematorium is one of the most environmentally-friendly crematoria in the UK, says the group, fitted with the most modern FT 3 wide Cremator and also with FT NOx Abatement plant.

In another innovation, the facility offers an electric car charging station (one already exists at a cemetery near Milton Keynes). The sales of fully electric cars is expanding and it is expected that there will be a demand for charging points not just at supermarkets and car parks but also at crematoria and cemeteries.

The gentleman who was the first to have a service at the Vale Crematorium only lived a stones-throw away. Following the death of his wife early in 2018, he  said that if anything happened to him he wished to be cremated at the new crematorium. Sadly he died on 24 October so the predicted opening date of late November was too long to wait for a formal service.

The gentleman’s family however were keen to follow his wishes and so after the service at Fladbury Church his body was taken back into the care of the funeral directors who were able to book the first service on 11 December. The cremation service was attended by a large number of the gentleman’s family and friends, who were all impressed by the chapel and the views from the crematorium to Bredon Hill.

The funeral director concerned is delighted that the new facility is finally open. “I am sure the new crematorium will be of benefit to bereaved families and funeral directors alike. It has the most up to date facilities and has been aesthetically built to fit in to its surroundings. It will certainly cut down on waiting times at peak periods and will ease local people’s travelling times too.”

There will be a dedication service to mark the opening of the crematorium in the Autumn.

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