Historic church provides new premises
A family-run firm of funeral directors from Wadebridge in Surrey has given a new lease of life to one of the town’s most beautiful buildings.
RJ Bray and Son Funeral Directors has bought the Methodist Church on Egloshayle Road, also known as Trinity Chapel, which was put up for sale last year after it fell into disrepair.
David Bray said the building would allow the firm to provide chapels of rest, arrangement rooms, offices and ample parking outside.
"With so much change in and around the town we are intending to keep the outside of the building pretty much as it is," he added.
"Our plans include keeping part of the existing building as a chapel, where we can hold services, seating up to 80 people. The existing Wills Memorial Hall, which was used to hold functions – such as receptions after funerals for families – will also remain, but this facility will be moved upstairs into the main building."
David also hopes to restore the old, dilapidated organ.
“There is still a lot of hard work ahead with the building, but when it's finished it will be a huge benefit to the local area. Our main priority has always been to give the families we care for the best possible service.”
Reverend Peter Smith, the Methodist Church minister, said the firm had shown “such understanding and sympathy” that the chapel could not have gone to better use. “As a church we are so very pleased the building will continue to serve the community,” he added.
(Pictured above, from left): Ron, Beth and Jean Bray, Phil Trevena, Julie, Daisy and James Bray, Sue Hancock, David Bray and Charles Kestell
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