Co-op opens brand new £100,000 funeral home in Peterborough

Central England Co-operative Funeralcare has officially opened a new and innovative funeral site in Peterborough.

The new Funeral Booking Office is based in Bretton Court, Bretton, and a total of £100,000 has been invested in the new venture.

The new site will offer a vastly superior look and feel for families including modern colours and new furniture.

The decision to open the new site comes following a successful trial and then roll-out of the smaller booking office style of funeral home in Peterborough last year.

Funeral Director Joanne Mease said: “This is a very exciting time for my team and we are proud to be part of the community in Bretton.

“At Central England Co-op we are dedicated to supporting our families during difficult times by offering them the very best care and support from the first moment that we meet them.

“We feel our new booking office in Bretton reflects our commitment to providing excellent standards of care and ensures that we can help people in the local area during their time of need.”

To mark the opening, local clergy, representatives from nearby businesses and members of the public were given a guided tour of the premises and refreshments.

Joanne added: “We were proud to welcome dignitaries to our official opening and to show them around our new booking office – it was the perfect way to show people that we are always here for them.”

In addition to arranging funerals, Joanne and her 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 01733 942987.

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Picture caption: Funeral director Joanne Mease marks the opening of the new Central England Co-operative Funeralcare, in Bretton.

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 the Society’s principal areas of activity being 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 2018.


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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