Crematorium’s first as drinks licence granted for Westerleigh site

January 31 2016

WESTERLEIGH Crematorium has been granted a licence to sell alcohol as it prepares to open a new hospitality suite.

Westerleigh Crematorium

WESTERLEIGH Crematorium has been granted a licence to sell alcohol as it prepares to open a new hospitality suite.
It is thought the facility is the first crematorium in the UK to be allowed to provide drinks – a service that will be available during funeral wakes.
Planning consent was given for the hospitality suite and a second chapel by South Gloucestershire Council in 2014.
It was told a new 40-seat chapel was needed to accommodate an increasing number of services and to provide a more intimate area for smaller funerals.
The original chapel can seat 90, with enough room for an even higher number of mourners, but it is sometimes too big for some families.
By having two chapels, the time between services can also be increased.
Building work on the expansion scheme started last May and the new hospitality suite and a café are set to open in February.
Richard Evans, the crematorium’s managing director, said: “For many families a wake or celebration after the service is a necessary event.
“It is not always convenient for them to set off again to meet in a hotel or pub, a point made by a local minister when supporting our planning application.
“The provision of a new hospitality suite will therefore cater for funeral parties who are looking for a simple, dignified event after the funeral, providing an onsite service which is comparable to the traditional funeral tea.”