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Important Notices

Latest Covid-19 guidelines (27th January 2022)

To protect the safety and wellbeing of the bereaved, our teams and funeral director colleagues, we are closely monitoring government guidelines in England and continuing to maintain practices to ensure everyone’s safety:

 

  • For the continued safety of mourners, visitors and our colleagues, we are requesting (unless exempt) that face coverings are worn whilst inside the crematorium. Whilst face coverings are no longer legally required, this measure will help us keep our community safe.  
  • We continue to encourage the use of hand sanitiser in and around our buildings.
  • We continue to ensure that where possible, we have doors and windows open to allow for good airflow throughout our buildings.
  • There is no maximum cap on the number of attendees at funeral services, however we endeavour to avoid crowding, and therefore will not exceed a comfortable number of mourners within the chapel.
  • We ensure that regular cleaning is undertaken in between services to multi-touch points (e.g., door handles, lecterns, catafalques, backs of pews)
  • We carry out a deep clean of the chapel at the end of every working day so that our chapels are ready for the following day.
  • We continue to offer the use of the NHS Track and Trace posters to enable all visitors to ‘check-in’ at our premises, however, this is not a legal requirement for people to use it.
  • Singing is allowed in our chapels, although mourners are encouraged to keep face coverings on, where possible.
  • We offer the witness charging of coffins as normal (we would encourage wearing a face covering)
  • We allow for curtains to remain open and for mourners to walk up to the coffin to touch/place flowers.
  • We welcome donations and collections to be carried out by the Funeral Directors using their own donation boxes or encourage families to make use of online charitable giving sites.
  • We continue to offer web casting facilities at a discounted rate and encourage remote attendance to services.

 

Additionally, in line with government guidelines:

  • Mourners are asked to take lateral flow test before attending a funeral and self-isolate straight away if they tested positive.
  • Mourners traveling from abroad are asked to follow Covid-19 international travel requirements.

 

Memorials

We are fully open to assist you with enquiries regarding memorials.

Please download a digital version of our Memorial Brochure or complete the enquiry form on the Brochure Request page.

We would be delighted to talk to you over the telephone or meet you in person and show you our beautifully landscaped Garden of Remembrance.

 

Memorials update – 28 July 2021

Due to events beyond our control resulting from significantly delayed shipments from overseas, memorial orders are currently being received later than expected. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We are endeavouring to limit any disruption to a minimum.

If you are considering purchasing a memorial, we encourage you to place your order at the earliest opportunity to ensure its installation as early as possible.

Thank you for your understanding. If you have any enquiries, please contact the Crematorium Office.

 


Welcome to West Berkshire Crematorium

Opened in 2006, the crematorium offers a quiet and rural setting for the people of  West Berkshire.

Set in 10 acres of countryside, the building has been especially designed to blend into its natural surroundings. Landscaped with over 250 trees and built in Newbury red brick it closely resembles the appearance of a country house.

With the largest purpose built crematorium chapel in the county we are able to seat 96 people with standing space for a further 50.  Speakers are also located outside the chapel allowing larger parties to be catered for.

We feel that it is essential that you are able to hold the funeral of your choice and our chapel can be altered, with prior arrangement, to create a suitable environment for a service of any religion or belief.

Opening Times

Office Monday - Friday
9.00am - 5.00pm
Gardens April To October
8.00am - 6.00pm

Nov To March
8.00am - 5.00pm

Weekends & Bank Holidays
9.00am - 5.00pm
Memorial Sales Please contact our site office for further information and details. Saturday appointments are also available by arrangement.

Upcoming Events