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Charitable Donation to East Coast Hospice

In June 2019 Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium donated £8000 to East Coast Hospice to help “Raise the Roof” of the Margaret Chadd House.

This donation has been made possible by a charitable scheme run by the ICCM (Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management). Under the scheme, metal, from medical implants, is recycled after cremation, with the consent of the family of the deceased.

Twice a year the Institute asks its members to nominate local bereavement charities who would benefit from this donation.

This year, Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium are happy to have been able to make a donation to this worthwhile cause.

East Coast Hospice

East Coast Hospice was born out of the need to change the palliative care available for the people of Great Yarmouth & Waveney.

Margaret Chadd House is the most important medical establishment to be built in the East Norfolk/East Suffolk area for many years.

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Cheque Presentation to East Coast Hospice

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PRESS RELEASE: Service marks opening of new crematorium in Barnby Moor.

Barnby Moor Memorial Park and Crematorium. Pictured at the unveiling of the plaque to mark the opening of the Barnby Moor Memorial Park and Crematorium, are from left, humanist celebrant Pippa Pal, Ralph Heskett the Bishop of Hallam, the Rt. Rev. Tony Porter Bishop of Sherwood, CEO of Memoria Howard Hodgson, their head of planning Jamieson Hodgson, finance director Michael Hackney and manager Mark Alexander.

To mark the occasion at the Barnby Moor Memorial Park and Crematorium, a multi-faith service took place led by the Bishop of Sherwood, the Right Reverend Tony Porter, assisted by the Bishop of Hallam, the Right Reverend Ralph Heskett, Reverend Peter Sheasby from the Trinity Methodist circuit and Pippa Pal, a local humanist funeral officiant.

The congregation, which included funeral directors from the area, invited guests and clergy was welcomed by company CEO and founder Howard Hogdson.

Mr Hodgson, who has over 50 years’ experience in the funeral industry, remarked that although over the last few decades culturally we have witnessed a move away from the rather historic Victorian-type services normally associated with funeral providers, citing particularly the advent of more personalisation, direct cremation and the accelerated growth of pre-paid funeral plans – the one constant, however, that will always remain was the pain and loss we all collectively experience when we face a bereavement.

He said: “This is the 15th memorial park that we have built. And it is one we are very pleased with and we are pleased to be serving the community here.
“Bereavement is something which doesn’t change. At the end of it all we must remember, whether you are a member of a religion, have another sort of belief or it is a celebration of a service for the bereaved, we must remember that we all have to serve the bereaved.

“Funerals change but people and the feelings of the people we serve never change.

“We are trying very hard to cater for bereaved people to express and have a celebration of life.

“Taking into account religious beliefs and personal feelings and choice in an expression of life.

“It’s been a long journey.”

He went onto say that Memoria as a family-owned business, fully recognises this and to this end its mission statement is essentially built around focusing on trying to ease that pain as much as feasibly possible.

He said: “Memoria has a mission to provide exceptional standards of service and facility to the bereaved families that use its crematoria and gardens of remembrance. This is because it is not only commercially sensible to do so but also because it is an essential act of human decency towards people who have just lost a much-loved member of their family or friend.

“Bereavement is the price we must all pay for the joy of loving and being loved. The loss of a loved one is the most stressful, unhappy and traumatic experience that we will face in life.

“We at Memoria realise that we are unable to eradicate such pain but we also know it is our responsibility and duty to be as efficient, kind, respectful and polite as humanly possible to our clients at their time of grief, and thereafter when they return to remember their cherished relatives or friends.

“Therefore, it is our aim to provide immaculately clean and tidy facilities in tranquil and beautiful surroundings attended by people who are sincerely dedicated to our mission, and who take a great pride in their work as a result.”

The new site at Barnby Moor includes many industry firsts including the provision of one-hour service times which avoid families seeing other funeral corteges arrive and depart, plasma screens for photo dedications/eulogies, choice of advanced music system or live organ, all set in a tranquil countryside environment with water features and extensive gardens.

At the conclusion of the official service the congregation were led out to the chapel entrance area and the Bishop formally blessed the site and its grounds and unveiled a commemorative plaque to record the occasion, this coincided with the symbolic release of a dove by Mark Alexander, the site manager.


Official opening of the new Barnby Moor Memorial Park and Crematorium.

Manager, Mark Alexander releases a dove at the official opening of the Barnby Moor Memorial Park and Crematorium.

Source: Worksop Guardian

Charity Donation to Halesworth Men’s Shed

Halesworth Mens Shed

Richard Houston (second from left) Manager at Waveney Memorial Park & Crematorium is pictured presenting a cheque for £5,000 to members of the Halesworth Men’s Shed on Thu 21st Nov 18.

Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium, based in Ellough near Beccles, have presented local charity, Halesworth Men’s Shed, with a cheque for £5000 to be used to support men in Suffolk possible struggling after the death of a special person in their life.

The donation has been raised through a charitable scheme, operated by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), of which Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium is a member. Under the scheme metal from medical implants is recycled after cremation, with the consent of the family of the deceased. Twice a year the institute asks its members to nominate local charities, which help to support people to cope with the death of loved ones, to receive a donation.

For further information about the Halesworth Men’s Shed call 01986 835905 and leave a message, they will call you back, or go to their website – halesworthshed.org.uk or email – shedhalesworth@gmail.com

Charity Donation to Beccles Men’s Shed

Richard Houston, Manager of Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium presents a cheque for £5000 to Tony Rainbird and fellow shedders of Beccles Men’s Shed.

Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium, based in Ellough near Beccles, have presented local charity, Beccles Men’s Shed, with a cheque for £5000 to be used to support men in Suffolk possible struggling after the death of a special person in their life.

The donation has been raised through a charitable scheme, operated by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), of which Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium is a member. Under the scheme metal from medical implants is recycled after cremation, with the consent of the family of the deceased. Twice a year the institute asks its members to nominate local charities, which help to support people to cope with the death of loved ones, to receive a donation.

This is the first donation that the Memorial Park has given the Beccles Men’s Shed.

Men’s Sheds (or Sheds) are similar to garden sheds – a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending. The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary in nature while Men’s Sheds are the opposite. They’re about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter.

Sheds are about meeting like-minded people and having someone to share your worries with. They are about having fun, sharing skills and knowledge with like-minded people and gaining a renewed sense of purpose and belonging. As a by-product of all of that they reduce isolation and feelings of loneliness particular during bereavement, they allow men to deal with mental health challenges more easily and remain independent, they rebuild communities and in many cases, they save men’s lives.

Waveney Memorial Park & Crematorium Manager, Richard Houston said: ‘We are pleased to be able to support the work that the Beccles Men’s Shed aim to do at such an early stage of them setting up in this area.

Beccles Men’s Shed Chairman, Tony Rainbird said: ‘At Beccles Men’s Shed our primary purpose is to support the mental and physical well-being of men in the Beccles area. Holding our first meeting on 30th August 2017 and regularly have an attendance of 16 men.

The group is open to anyone over the age of 18, whether they are able-bodied or have a disability, although our focus could be men recently retired, made redundant or bereaved all of which can lead to depression without the right support. Men are known to be very bad at making friends and talking about themselves, particularly their feelings.

Within a Shed environment, working with other men, having a laugh and joke, these barriers can be broken down, balancing their mental health well-being. Working with local health providers and social partners we are currently supporting several men suffering social-isolation and depression following bereavement.

In November 2017 we moved to a temporary home, a stable block in the Hulver area and together with the very generous donations of used tools by the people of Beccles enables us to offer wood working, wood turning and wood carving.

We urgently need to move to a long-term home in Beccles making us more accessible to our members and those wishing to join. This extremely generous donation by Beccles Crematorium will help us in finding a new home’.

We currently meet between 10am and 2pm and Monday and Wednesday. Contact Tony Rainbird on 078 3355 8005 or email beccles.shed@gmail.com

Dying to know something? Talking about death won’t kill you!

Come and meet all types of industry professionals, break down the taboos and take the fear and mystery out of death and what happens surrounding a funeral.

Are there questions around death and the funeral industry that you have been dying to ask someone?

As part of the Dying Matters Awareness week (14th – 20th of May 2018), Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium (Warren’s Lane, Benacre Road, Ellough, Suffolk, NR34 7XE) are hosting a drop in community awareness event on Thursday 17th May from 6 to 8pm, providing information and the chance for people to ask questions and talk openly.

Through this free and open to the public event, you will be able to find out about the various options available and considerations to bear in mind. There will be suggestions of personal touches that families can arrange themselves to create a unique funeral service. Industry experts will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and will include funeral directors, funeral service leaders such as civil celebrants, bereavement counsellors, experts in cremation, traditional and natural burials, palliative care organisations and representatives from local solicitors and bereavement support groups. There will also be lots of information available from other industry related organisations that can help people think about what they would like for their own funeral. This is not a sales event; there will be space for informal discussions for anyone who just wants to start the conversation and think about their own wishes.

Richard Houston, Manager of the Memoria Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium in Ellough said, “This is a first for us, but we’ve seen, through the Dying Matters awareness campaign, all the other events taking place across the country and we think there is a need for open discussion here. Talking about death can be a bit awkward at first, but it is something we all have to face. We are proud to host this event and hopefully many big conversations will follow which, when had, will enable people to concentrate on living their lives to the full.”

For more information about the event please download this flyer or call 01502 477200.

Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium’s gift to Nelson’s Journey

Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium, based in Ellough near Beccles, have presented local child bereavement charity, Nelson’s Journey, with a cheque for £5000 to be used to support children in Norfolk struggling after the death of a special person in their life.

The donation has been raised through a charitable scheme, operated by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), of which Waveney Crematorium is a member. Under the scheme metal from medical implants is recycled after cremation, with the consent of the family of the deceased. Twice a year the institute asks its members to nominate local charities, which help to support people to cope with the death of loved ones, to receive a donation.

This is the third donation that the Memorial Park has given to Nelson’s Journey, with over £14,000 having been donated to the charity since 2016.

Nelson’s Journey was founded in 1997 and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017.

Since its launch the charity has recorded a significant rise in the number of children referred to them after the death of someone special. During 2017, Nelson’s Journey received 952 referrals and anticipates that the demand on their services will continue to grow.

Waveney Memorial Park & Crematorium Manager, Richard Houston said: ‘We are pleased to be able to support the work that Nelson’s Journey do. Locally, many families have used the service and we hope that this donation helps them to continue to provide that much-needed support for children coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.’

Gena Moore, Corporate Marketing and Funding Officer for Nelson’s Journey said, ‘We are so grateful for the support of Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium through it’s charitable scheme. To be the recipient of such a huge amount of money will go a long way in the help and support we can provide to children and young people in Norfolk who are dealing with the death of an important person in their life.

The money received through the scheme so far is enough to allow 57 children and young people to attend a therapeutic residential weekend where they can meet others who have had similar experiences, remember their special person and learn coping mechanisms to deal with their difficult emotions. We receive very little statutory funding, so donations like this from the local community help us to continue to meet the demands placed on our service.’

Cheque Presentation - Nelsons Journey April 2018
Richard Houston, Manager of Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium presents a cheque for £5000 to Gena Moore of Nelson’s Journey

About Nelson’s Journey

Nelson’s Journey aims to improve the emotional wellbeing of bereaved children by: increasing their confidence and self belief, providing education about the causes of death, enabling families to talk openly about their bereavement. We also provide opportunities to remember those who have died and help children to express and understand their emotions.

Nelson’s Journey endeavours to ‘Bring back smiles to bereaved children’.

Waveney Memorial Park & Crematorium Donates £5,000 to Local Charity

Suffolk Cruse has received a donation of £5,000 from Waveney Memorial Park & Crematorium at Ellough Nr Beccles. Suffolk Cruse is part of Cruse Bereavement Care, which was set up in 1959 to promote the wellbeing of bereaved people. Suffolk Cruse became an Area in 2009.

Their aims and objectives are to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and to cope with their loss. They also offer information, advice, education and training services.

Martin Sherry, manager at the park chose this year to donate a cheque for £5,000 to Suffolk Cruse as Memoria recognises the fantastic work that this organisation carries out in the local community. Martin said it was a great privilege to be able to support the charity as this money will make a real difference to so many people, not only today but also in the years ahead.

There are four branches within Suffolk, one in Ipswich, Suffolk Coastal, West Suffolk and North Suffolk & Great Yarmouth. Each branch has a telephone line that is operated by volunteers to take initial calls from the bereaved. Following this assessment telephone support and/or one to one support is offered.

Their services are free to clients and available no matter how or when their loved one died.

These services include one to one support, facilitated groups, telephone support and email support, giving advice, information, and help and providing education on bereavement to other agencies.

The beneficiaries of their organisation were 518 bereaved people who received one to one support last year throughout Suffolk by our volunteers (year ending 31st March 2017). During the last year Suffolk Cruse received nearly 1200 enquiries from people seeking advice, information, help and support to help themselves or their loved ones cope with bereavement., Of these, Suffolk Cruse has over 60 volunteers who gave nearly 12,000 hours of their time to help support the bereaved.

Their volunteers are highly trained and also are subject to enhanced DBS checks. They also have a specially trained service for Children & Young People that is based in Ipswich.

Further information can be found at www.suffolkcruse.co.uk

Suffolk Cruse Cheque Presentation
Suffolk Cruse Cheque Presentation

Suffolk Cruse Cheque Presentation

Family Owned Crematoria Company Celebrates After Winning Prestigious National Award

Crematoria operator Memoria are today celebrating after their South Oxfordshire Crematorium & Memorial Park was named as ‘Best Crematorium in the UK’ at the Good Funeral Awards. It was a great day for Memoria who also won an award in the ‘Best Low Cost Funeral Provider’ category.

The Awards which are organised by The Good Funeral Guide are widely renowned as ‘The Oscars of the Funeral Industry’ with this year’s awards taking place at an impressive ceremony at Porchester Hall in London and attracting the most talented individuals and companies in the industry. All of those present had been nominated for their outstanding services to bereaved families.

Memoria’s reputation as the leading provider of excellence in facilities and service was underlined after being shortlisted in this year’s awards 11 times and across 4 separate categories, more than double that of any other company nominated.

Memoria CEO Howard Hodgson said, “We are absolutely delighted to win the award for “Best Crematorium in the UK” along with a second award in the “Best Low Cost Funeral Provider” category. It is our mission to provide excellent facilities to bereaved families and with 282 crematoria in the UK, it is fantastically rewarding to see our Crematoria recognised as the very best by not just taking top spot but also dominating the category with 7 of the 13 shortlisted finalists coming from our sites”.

The award in the “Low Cost Funeral Provider” category came as a very topical one just a week after the release of the annual Royal London Funeral Cost Index Report revealed that after a “False Dawn” drop in the average funeral cost in 2016, prices have now risen sharply again.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Paul Reed – Managing Executive of Memoria’s Low Cost Funeral Ltd said “The findings in the Royal London Report of an over the rate of inflation (3%) increase in the average cost of funerals will come as a bitter pill to swallow for families who are struggling to meet the already significant financial requirements of a funeral. Memoria have shown here today that the very best standards of service and facility can be achieved without busting the bank and there is a real alternative for those families who want a 5-star service at a very affordable price”.

Good Funeral Guide Awards 2017
Memoria receiving the “Best Crematorium in the UK” award at the Good Funeral Guide Awards 2017

Delight as our Crematorium receives nomination for National Award in “The Oscars of the Funeral Trade”

Good Funeral Guide - 2017 Award NomineeWaveney Memorial Park & Crematorium are delighted to announce that after our recent nomination for a National Award as the ‘Best Crematorium in the UK’ we have just had news to inform us we have been shortlisted as a finalist into the elite few in this category. The Awards are held annually by the Good Funeral Guide and are recognised as the flagship awards ceremony in our industry. We are naturally very excited and truly humbled to be receiving a nomination for the awards which are largely made by members of the public.

These awards are seen by many as the ‘Oscars of the Funeral Trade’ and this year the awards will be held at a glittering lunchtime ceremony in central London on 7th September.

The Good Funeral Guide said: Since 2012 we’ve been recognising the great work of the country’s best gravediggers, embalmers and funeral directors. The awards ceremony is a bridge between the general public and the much-misunderstood funeral industry. We’ve championed the entrepreneurs, pioneers and progressives. Our winners have gone on to make media appearances and dispel some of the myths around what happens when we die. We listen to the general public and get their views on the standard of customer service. We collate their views, offer them to the judges for verification, and then draw up a list of nominees. Winning a Good Funeral Award is a sign that the public can come to you and enjoy the high-quality service they deserve”.

The Award nomination comes as one of many received in multiple categories by Memoria and demonstrates the recognition of our ethos of providing exceptional standards of service and facility to the bereaved families.

Memoria CEO Howard Hodgson said: “We are delighted to receive this nomination in one of the most prestigious awards within the industry. At Memoria, we always judge our success by the levels of our client’s satisfaction rather than by our levels of profit because we firmly believe the first leads to the second. Therefore, to be nominated as the ‘Best Crematorium in the UK’ is testament not only to the hard work of our dedicated staff but also to the opinion of our clients who really appreciate the professional people we have working for us and recognise that our teams strive to offer exceptional service to bereaved families at the time they need it most”.