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Open day at The Oaks Crematorium

PUBLISHED: 12:28 13 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:28 13 February 2015

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The public are being invited to see behind the scenes and find out more about how The Oaks, Havant Crematorium is run at an open day on Saturday 25 April from 10am-2pm.

Guided tours will show visitors around the whole crematorium, including the service hall and behind the scenes cremators inside and memorial courtyard and gardens outside. The Oaks, which is run by The Southern Co-operative, can accommodate up to 200 people for a funeral. Roddy McGinley, The Southern Co-operative’s Crematorium and Cemeteries Manager, said: “We accommodate traditional religious or secular funeral services here for any culture and ethnicity as well as any other alternative forms of farewell; making it a celebration of a life well lived, rather than the death that has just occurred.”

Roddy added: “Whilst it may seem a little unusual to host an open day at a crematorium, we want to demystify and dispel any myths about cremation and give visitors the opportunity to ask questions, talk to myself and the team who work here and fulfil their curiosity. Usually the only time someone visits is when they are grieving the loss of a loved one, so we hope that our open day will give visitors an interesting and reassuring insight into cremation.” Colleagues from The Bereavement Centre, which offers free bereavement counselling and hosts support and friendship groups, will also be available to meet informally over coffee and cake. Visitors can also watch flower arranging demonstrations given by The Co-operative Florist and pick up tips and guidance from the florists.

The Oaks, which was opened in December 2013, was built to the highest environmental standards. It employs the latest techniques in cremation and clean technology to prevent pollution to the air and surrounding environment. Built from oak and local flint, its contemporary low-rise design incorporates a living green sedum roof. From its conception, The Southern Co-operative has been working with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to protect and enhance the environment and wildlife in the grounds. Visitors will be invited to join a walk and talk tour of the grounds to find out about the conservation work and see wildflower meadow, natural pond and ancient woodland, all of which creates a tranquil environment for visitors.

The Oaks open day, on Saturday 25 April from 10am -2pm, is free to attend.

The Oaks is located in Bartons Road, Havant, Portsmouth PO9 5NA. To find out more, visit havantcrematorium.co.uk or call 023 92 222 648.

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