Borders Crematorium to host Christmas Service on site
The team at Borders Crematorium can’t wait to welcome local families back ‘in person’ for this year’s Christmas Carol and Remembrance Service, on Tuesday 7 December at 6pm.
The service provides a valuable opportunity for families and friends to come together and remember their loved ones in the run up to Christmas.
Covid-19 restrictions meant that people were unable to visit the on-site chapel for the annual flagship service last year, which had to be streamed on-line instead.
This year, families will have both options available; attend the event in person or, if they are not able to get to the crematorium, the service will also be webcast so that no one misses out.
Borders Crematorium is part of Westerleigh Group, the UK’s largest independent owner-operator of crematoria and cemeteries, with 35 sites across England, Scotland and Wales, all set within beautifully-landscaped gardens of remembrance which provide pleasant, peaceful places for people to visit and reflect.
The one-hour service will include a mixture of readings and popular Christmas Carols. The latest COVID-19 Government guidelines will be adhered to, and attendees will be required to wear face masks in the chapel.
The service will follow an open day, which runs between 10am and 4pm on Tuesday 7 December, to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Borders Crematorium.
Judith Emond, Site Manager at Borders Crematorium, said: “We are so pleased to be able to welcome families back into our chapel for the Christmas Carol and Remembrance Service this year.
“This event is always popular and while webcasting it last year meant that we were still able to share the seasonal service, it’s lovely that families can join us again in person.
“Of course, we know that this is not always possible, which is why we’re providing both options this year. For those who do want to come to the chapel and be part of the service, they can.
“But not everyone will be able to attend. Some may have health or mobility issues, or simply live too far away and not have any transport, so we will still be webcasting the service, too, so that everyone can join in and remember their loved ones in the run up to Christmas.
“Those who do wish to attend in person are being asked to book their place in advance, so that we can manage the numbers in the chapel.
“Attendees will have the ability to write personalised messages on memory tags which will be added to a Christmas tree in the chapel.”
If you would like to attend in person, please book your place by calling 01896 823 357 or emailing Borders@westerleighgroup.co.uk
If you wish to view the Webcast, visit https://events.obitus.com/, enter the username ‘Borders’ and the password ‘Tree’.
Judith added: “If you are unable to attend the Christmas event, we would be equally delighted to welcome you to our open day between 10am and 4pm.
“For many, it will be the first opportunity to see our chapel following its refurbishment, which took place this autumn.
“The new chapel carpets, curtains and chairs complement the understated welcoming and comforting atmosphere of Borders Crematorium.
“Whether you have visited the crematorium before or not, everyone is welcome to come and enjoy our grounds and the peaceful environment we have here.”