Hip hip hooray for our 1,000th funeral home

it's opened in Ashtead, Surrey

There's so much positive Co-op news around at the moment, and we're delighted to celebrate some more with news of our 1,000th funeral home opening!

Yesterday marked the important milestone as we opened our doors in the lovely little village of Ashtead in Surrey, making ourselves available to help more local families across the country.

Dozens of people from the community joined Funeral Director Jan Neeson-Hicks, who seamlessly organised the day.

There was a huge feeling of community spirit as local catering company Truffles put on a spread for our attendees, while the local rotary club and bowls club went along  to show their support too.

Councilor Simon Ling unveiled the brand new '1,000th funeral home' plaque, Reverend Richard Jones blessed the new service chapel and a reading was given by Father John Inglis.

There was no time to rest as opera singer Karina Lucas sang a selection of stunning hymns, while our horse drawn hearse proudly trotted around the village.

Funeral Director Jan spoke of the day: “The opening of Ashtead was a great success and we hope that people will come to see us as a friendly ear in the community.

“Our team are very passionate about building relationships with local people, and I have no doubt that they’ll get stuck into many projects and charity events as the months go on.”

We're so pleased with how the day went and to welcome another funeral home to our family.

Well done to Jan and the rest of the team on a successful opening.

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Ashtead dove releaseOur Ashtead funeral homeHorse drawn hearsePlaque

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Lauren Pogson

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Catherine Turner

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