The borough council has recently completed major refurbishment works to Weymouth Crematorium. To mark the official re-opening, there will be an open day and re-dedication service at the Crematorium from 10am on Saturday 24 September.
Government legislation means that where possible crematoriums must upgrade their inner workings to meet new environmental standards. Whilst this essential work was carried out, the council also made several improvements to the facility both inside and out, to make it more accessible and more welcoming for users.
Improvements include creating a larger, wheelchair friendly entrance lobby with opening windows into the main chapel. As well as being redecorated throughout, the chapel now benefits from new covers for the cushioned seating and improved lighting. To improve sound quality for deaf people, the lectern has been repositioned on the raised platform and a new loop system installed. The area where the floral displays are viewed is now protected by a covered canopy with better lighting, creating a more weather resistant area.
Residents are invited to come along and see the work for themselves. At 1pm there will be a welcome from Weymouth and Portland’s mayor Graham Winter followed by a re-dedication service by the Arch Deacon of Sherborne and Mr Leslie Scrase Humanist minister.
A local firm, Matrix, was used to carry out the work on behalf of the council, helping to boost the local economy and provide work in Weymouth & Portland.
Andy Blackwood, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Culture, Tourism and Community Facilities, said:
“Improving and maintaining local facilities to meet the needs of residents is a priority for the borough council. I have seen for myself that this is a project that has modernised the Crematorium in a way that is tasteful, welcoming and, most importantly, user friendly. Hopefully these improvements will make this important community facility a more welcoming and relaxing atmosphere, helping to make what can be a difficult experience a bit easier for residents.”