Crematorium in Horam to open later this year

11th January

Turf cutting at Horam crematorium

Wealden Cllrs Bob Standley, Chris Hardy and Susan Stedman cutting the turf at the new crematorium

Local businesses such as florists, funeral homes and pubs should all benefit from the new crematorium in Horam that should be open by late 2018.

Wealden District Council wanted to provide a crematorium and garden of remembrance within the District to offer a local service for bereaved families.

Work started on the site on 19th October and landscaping and nature conservation work has been well in hand since Wealden District Council purchased the site at Horeham Flat Farm, Horam. Site contractor Baxall Construction from Paddock Wood, Kent, was appointed to lead on the project.

One of the first tasks is constructing a new entrance for the crematorium from the A267.  Once completed, construction will begin on the non-denominational chapel, flower court, garden of remembrance, car parking and other facilities.

“Once the work to the new entrance has been completed, work will then continue within the extensive grounds of the site,” said Councillor Bob Standley, Leader of Wealden District Council. “We are keeping in touch with local funeral directors, clergy, celebrants, councillors and service providers and we have been encouraged by the levels of support and commitment for the scheme.

Ana O’Kill, Manager of The Cuckoo Flower Company in Horam said: “It’s an unfortunate fact that in our industry we often meet bereaved families. We take great pride in providing flowers for all occasions and it’s always an honour to be trusted to create designs for such an important reason. It’s lovely that there will be somewhere so local where people can go to remember their loved ones, we have been so well supported by residents of Horam and surrounding areas that we hope that we can be just as supportive at a time of their need.”

Wealden says there is a need within the District to provide for some 1,200 cremations a year. The facilities at the new multi-faith crematorium include car parking for 160 vehicles. It will be able to hold services five days a week.  A dedicated audio-visual facility will also allow for services to be shared around the world.”

The single-storey building will sit unobtrusively in the landscape among existing trees and new planting. Public access will remain in place to allow local people to enjoy the benefits of the 31 acre site part of which will continue to be used as pasture and managed in a sustainable way.