Central England Co-op Funeralcare invests £235,000 in revamping crematorium in Derbyshire

Central England Co-operative Funeralcare has officially opened its refurbished crematorium in Derbyshire.

The new look Bretby Crematorium will offer a vastly superior environment for families after a total of £235,000 was invested by owners Central England Co-operative.

The work has included state-of-the-art audio and visual technology being installed in both chapels, which will include the ability to broadcast services over the internet.

Both chapels have also been redecorated and waiting rooms now have new carpets, furniture and lighting.

Visitor amenities have also been upgraded and the reception area and family room have been given a makeover.

Crematorium Manager Nick French said: “This is a very exciting time for my team and we are proud to be part of the community in Derbyshire.

“Our first priority is to enhance memories and love for all of our families and we are very pleased to offer that at Bretby Crematorium.

“We feel the improvements reflect our commitment to providing excellent standards of care for our families during their time of bereavement and also showcase how we can help people say goodbye to their loved ones in a way that is personal to them.

“Bretby Crematorium provides a peaceful haven for quiet contemplation and remembrance and all of these improvements will ensure that our families can come together to say goodbye in the very best surroundings.”

The crematorium is made up of two chapels, each with a separate area and covered floral tribute area.

The grounds are maintained as natural woodland, with no plaques, memorial stones or rose beds, and are open to families 365 days a year.

More information about Nick and his team at Bretby Crematorium is available by visiting https://www.centralengland.coop/funeralcare/bretby or calling 01283 221505.


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Picture caption: Crematorium Manager Nick French and Crematorium Officers Daryll Broadhurst and Helen Clarke celebrate the refurbishment of Bretby Crematorium.


About Central England Co-operative


Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with projected gross sales of £927million for 2016/17. The Society’s principal areas of activity are food, funeral services, and property. The company’s funeral business consists of over 120 funeral homes across 16 counties, 10 florists, masonry production and administration, Bretby Crematorium and Terry Smiths coffin factory.


Central England Co-operative has more than 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store and funeral home development programme for 2017.


Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.


Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop


For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, @mycooplife and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative

Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

Email – publicrelations@centralengland.coop