Co-op celebrate opening of revamped funeral home following £700k investment in Derbyshire

Dozens of special guests were on hand to mark the relaunch of a funeral home in Derbyshire.

Staff at Central England Co-operative Funeralcare hosted a special dedication ceremony at the site in Nottingham Road, Ripley.

Funeral director Mark Worley and his team were joined by local clergy and members of the public to mark the occasion.

The event featured a service marking the opening of the revamped home followed by a guided tour of the premises for all attendees and refreshments.

Mark said: "Our first priority is to enhance memories and love for all of our families and we are very pleased to offer that at Central England Co-operative Funeralcare, in Ripley.

“We feel it reflects our commitment to providing excellent standards of care for our families during their time of bereavement.

"We would like to thank local clergy for leading the dedication service and coming along to officially open the site. We all appreciate the time they have put aside out of their busy schedules to help us mark this occasion. 

“Our guests had a tour of the funeral home and saw the range of options we offer which allow families to arrange a funeral reflecting the life and interests of their loved one.”

The investment in Ripley comes on the back of further development work at funeral homes in Swadlincote, Allenton and Heanor – resulting in a total of over £300,000 being invested in the area.

The funeral home offers a 24-hour service, seven days a week.  In addition to arranging funerals, Mark and his team are also able to offer advice on floral tributes, monumental masonry, funeral stationery, pre-paid funeral plans and probate advice.  The team can be contacted on 01773 570136.


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Picture caption: Funeral Director Mark Worley and colleagues mark the opening of the revamped Central England Co-operative funeral home, in Nottingham Road, Ripley



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 or visiting


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Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

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