15 Feb
15Feb


News from St Faiths Crematorium!

Finally it feels like Spring is on it’s way! Our Gardens are starting to come to life with some colour. There is something about snowdrops and sunny daffodils on a bright February day that lifts the spirits!


Christmas Memorial and Carol Service

We had a lovely evening at our Memorial and Carol Service in December. We were delighted to welcome well over 100 people and apologise to those who did not manage toget a seat! The service was taken by Reverend Jack Branford of Gresham School and Norfolk Celebrant, Stuart Kenrick. It was a moving evening and also uplifting. A time to remember, a time to shed a tear and a time to share laughs together too. Children from St Faiths Primary School also joined us to sing some Carols they had been practising and what a fabulous job they did! An absolute credit to their parents and the school. We also managed to raise nearly £400 in the collection at the end of the service for charity. Thanks toeveryone who joined us.


Our Facilities

Whilst we offer a traditional Chapel setting for our funeral services, we also have state of the art technology in the Chapel which allows for live-streaming of services and playing of photo slideshows and tributes as part of the service. We are also happy to provide a venue for Celebration of Life Services. With the ever-increasing popularity of Unattended Funerals, a Celebration of Life or Memorial Service is an alternative way for those leftbehind to say goodbye and celebrate the life of the person they have lost. If this is something you would like more information on, please call our friendly office team on 01603 897727.

Four-Legged Friends

We have had enquiries lately about whether dogs are allowed to attend funeral services andvisit our Gardens. We are happy to confirm that we welcome well behaved dogs on leads at St Faiths. We know what a comfort they can be to bereaved families either at the service itself or when visiting our Gardens of Remembrance. Bins are provided throughout the grounds for dog owners to clean up after their pets.
Glassware and Large Ceramic Items

If you have visited our Gardens lately, you will see that we have put signs up asking families to remove glass and large ceramic items from memorial plots. This is in accordance with our Cemetery Policy and to avoid injury to our team and members of the public. On 4th March we will start to remove glass and large ceramic items. We will keep the items for four weeks for collection. If you have any questions or need more time to collect, please just give us a call.

Thank you for reading. If there is anything you would like more information on, please call our friendly office team on 01603 897727.


Debbie Leah

Business Leader


News from St Faiths Crematorium


Whilst we are all busy preparing for Christmas, it is worth remembering that Christmas isn’tsparkly for everyone. Whilst we embrace the forthcoming festivities, we are mindful ofthose who are preparing for their first Christmas without that special someone and othersare preparing for their last. We would also like to take a moment to thank all of our colleagues in the funeral industry who care for the bereaved throughout the year and who will be working throughout the Christmas period.

Christmas Opening Hours

Our Memorial Gardens are not gated and are open every day of the year for those who wishto visit their loved one’s resting place or just come for some quiet reflection. Our Chapel of Remembrance which houses our Books of Remembrance is open every day (including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day) from 10.00am till 4.00pm. You will also find Memorial Tags in the Chapel if you would like to place a Tag in memory of a loved one onour Tree. Our toilets are also open every day 10.00am till 4.00pm. Our office will shut at 5.00pm on Friday 22 nd December and reopen at 9.00am on Wednesday 27th December. The office will also be shut on Monday 1 st January, reopening on the 2nd.

We had a lovely evening at our Memorial and Carol Service on 13th December. We were pleased to welcome well over 100 people and apologies for those who did not manage toget a seat! The service was taken by Reverend Jack Branford of Gresham School and Norfolk Celebrant, Stuart Kenrick. It was a moving evening but also uplifting. A time to remember,a time to shed a tear and a time to share laughs together too. Children from St Faiths Church of England Primary School also joined us to sing some Carols they had been practising and what a fabulous job they did! An absolute credit to their parents and the
school! We also managed to raise nearly £400 in the collection at the end of the service for charity. Thanks for everyone who joined us.


Wishing you all the best possible Christmas!


Thank you for reading. If there is anything you would like more information on, please call our friendly office team on 01603 897727.
Debbie Leah

Business Leader


News from St Faiths Crematorium

And all of a sudden Christmas has come round again!!!! Our team at St Faiths, along with all of our colleagues in the funeral industry, understand what a difficult time of year this can be for some. Perhaps it is the first Christmas without that special someone? Every year we have a Christmas Tree in our Gardens dedicated to the memory of those we have lost. All are welcome to come and write a Memorial Tag to place on the tree and perhaps have some quiet time of reflection. The Christmas Tree will arrive this week and it will be situated to the right of our Chapel of Remembrance behind the Sunken Lawn. Memorial Tags are available from the office and will also be in the Chapel of Remembrance which is open every day of the year including Christmas Day.

Christmas Memorial and Carol Service – 13th December – 6.00pm

Just a reminder that we welcome you all to join us for our Christmas Memorial Service which is an evening of carols and remembrance of those who are not with us this Christmas. This year, we are delighted that we will be joined by some of the children of St Faiths Church of England Primary School who will sing two carols they have learnt as part of their music lessons. Rev'd Jack Branford of Gresham School and Celebrant Stuart Kenrick will take the service which we hope will be uplifting whilst still remembering those we have lost. Part of the Service will include an invitation to write Memorial Tags for our indoor Christmas Tree. All are welcome to complimentary hot drinks, mince pies and cakes after the Service.


Cherry Tree Dedication Service

On 23rd November we held a Tree Dedication and Memorial Service for our new cherry tree at the front of our chapel. This Cherry Tree commemorates members of our armed forces imprisoned in the Far East during the Second World War and several such war veterans have their ashes scattered beneath the tree. The Service was led by Pauline Simpson who is Chaplain to Far East POWs and all connected associations. Local families who have connections with FEPOW were also present as well as British Legion Standard Bearers. A minute’s silence was held in memory of these brave men and women and a new granite plaque was laid by local resident, David Lane. Thanks to all who attended and helped to create a moving tribute.

Donation to Local Bereavement Charity

At St Faiths Crematorium we participate in a nationwide not for profit metal recycling scheme administered by the Association of Private Crematoria and Cemeteries. The recycling scheme, operating with the consent of bereaved families, sees metals that have been recovered during the cremation process as well as metal plaques no longer wanted by families recycled and the profits donated to charity. We were happy to donate £6,500 from this scheme to local non-profit organisation Take Our Hand which supports and helps young people through grief. Take Our Hand is a charity with a mission to provide support and solace to young adults facing the challenging journey of bereavement. While conventional counselling services are offered by the charity, they also offer alternative therapies through activities such as music, art, drama and other activities as well as bereavement care packages. Pictured are Mark Bird, Memorial Consultant at St Faiths, Alex Curtis of Take Our Hand (centre) and Debbie Leah, Business Leader at St Faiths. If you or anyone you know would benefit from the help of this charity, please call 07707126650 or visit www.takeourhand.org.uk.

Launch of St Faiths Online Book of Remembrance

Last week saw the launch of our online Book of Remembrance. Pages of each Volume have been painstakingly photographed by Dominique (our Chapel Attendant) and we have loaded them online for viewing by family and friends in the comfort of their own home. This also gives friends and family who do not live locally the opportunity to view an entry at any time. Please follow this link to view https://www.remembrance-books.com/stfaiths/ 

There are two Volumes so if you do not see your loved one’s entry in Volume 1, please select Volume 2


Thank you for reading. If there is anything you would like more information on, please callour friendly office team on 01603 897727.


Debbie Leah - Business Leader @ St. Faiths Crematorium