An official ceremony to mark the opening of Cam Valley Crematorium took place last week. The service of dedication was led by the Right Reverend Alan Hopes, Bishop of East Anglia, who was joined by representatives from across a range of beliefs and faiths. Cam Valley crematorium opened in January this year and has already held almost 500 funerals from across the region. The crematorium is the closest and most natural choice for families from north Hertfordshire and south Cambridgeshire. Set in more than 13 acres of grounds, families have all the time and facilities they need to hold a private funeral. Hourly intervals are allowed for each funeral to avoid the bottlenecks that affect other crematoria and ensuring that each service is afforded the dignity that is required to ensure a unique and personal event.
The Bishop emphasised the benefit the new crematorium would provide in ensuring every funeral was carried out as individual occasion and how the bereaved can draw comfort from the beautiful, natural surroundings.
PICTURE: In the photograph L/R:
Alan Jose (Westerleigh Group Ambassador) William Wells (Chairman UDC Consort) Cllr Lesley Wells (Chairman Uttlesford District Council) Sofia Allan ( Deputy President Institute of Crematorium and Cemetery Management) Cllr Julie Redfern, Julie Dunk (Chief Executive ICCM) Sharon Breen (President National Association of Memorial Masons) Cllr Paul Fairhurst (Mayor of Saffron Walden) Alun Tucker (President SAIF) The Bishop of East Anglia The Right Reverend Alan Hopes, Richard Evans (CEO The Westerleigh Group) Rev’ John Goddard (Saffron Walden Baptist Church) Rev’ Caroline Rodden ( Saffron Walden URC) Harvey Thomas (Chairman The Cremation Society of Gt Britain) Debra Heywood ( Civil Celebrant) Rev Alex Jeewan (Saffron Walden & Villages Team Ministry) Claire Butcher (Crematorium Manager) Miriam Deacon (Chief Executive The Cremation Society of GB) Kate Waller ( Editor Resurgam – Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities)