Easthampstead Park Crematorium

On Sunday 2nd September, Easthampstead Park Crematorium held their annual Open Air Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance and the staff from all the local funeral homes were invited. In total, 5 members of staff from Camberley & District FD, J.B. Halls FD, Lines Bannister FD and Bracknell Co-Operative Funeralcare Easthampstead were able to attend. Once again, the rain held off as it has done for the past 22 years (some may call it Divine Intervention). They were given VIP seats in the front row where they were able to enjoy the multi-denominational service in the beautiful and very peaceful surroundings of their grounds. Four local Ministers were invited to take part with the Lady Mayoress of Bracknell Forest Council reading a poem and then, with the help of two local scouts, set free 12 white doves (presumably one for each month).

The local Salvation Army Band and Choir were also invited to take part and their assistance in the playing and singing of the hymns proved invaluable. The Funeralcare staff were also treated to a performance of a local sextet – Occasions – singing a couple of poignant songs and then the traditional Celtic blessing at the close of the service.

Afterwards, everyone was invited to partake of the refreshments which were kindly donated by Camberley & District FD, J.B. Halls FD, Lines Bannister FD and Co-Operative Funeralcare Easthampstead. The retiring collection was for the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust which is the chosen charity of the Lady Mayoress and the grand total of £828.75 was raised on the day.