18 November 2013
A new crematorium has opened in South Lincolnshire which will improve services for the bereaved.
South Lincolnshire Crematorium is off the A151, north of Surfleet, and is the only such service in South Holland. The new facility will mean that bereaved families will no longer have to face long journeys to reach crematoria in Boston, Peterborough or King’s Lynn.
Local firm D Brown (Building Contractors) Ltd, based in Moulton, carried out the construction work on the £2m project, which was developed by local businessmen Andrew Bowser and Andrew Butt.
Features of the new crematorium include:
Parkland setting with extensive landscaped grounds including a memorial lawn and a formal memorial garden.
A 2.5 acre wild flower meadow providing an area of bio-diversity.
The latest environmentally audited equipment, with fully filtered emissions.
The cremator will be able to take larger 44 inch coffins.
One hour service times will be offered which is longer than the allocation offered by many of the existing local crematoria. There will be capacity for up to 5 services a day.
Facilities will enable services to be streamed online to family and friends in faraway places, via restricted access links.
A chapel which can seat in excess of 100 people, with digital screens and sound in the entrance lobby for larger gatherings.
Covered flower court.
A book of remembrance.
Andy Bowser said:"We have completed the work on the crematorium on time and delivered a high quality facility that will serve the people of South Holland well for many years to come.
"The feedback we have received so far has been very positive due mainly to the extensive landscaping, the quality of the building and the emissions filtration system that minimises environmental impact. We hope the facility will provide a place of calm reflection for people at a difficult time."
Lincolnshire Co-op manages South Lincolnshire Crematorium and four staff have been employed to work at the facility. The Society, which is owned by its members, runs a variety of services across the trading area including 17 funeral homes and an arrangement office.
The crematorium will be open for use by all and will strongly welcome services organised by other county funeral directors.
There are around 60 privately-run crematoria in the country, in addition to those provided by local authorities. Many of these private facilities are run by funeral directors.
Lincolnshire Co-op's Head of Funeral Services David Dernley said: "We pride ourselves on the standard of care we provide for the bereaved in the communities we serve and we will deliver those high standards of service at South Lincolnshire Crematorium to all who use it."