A new funeral home for funeral director Alan Greenwood and Sons officially opened for business in Knaphill Broadway on Friday 15 June.
Employing a horse drawn hearse pulled by two stallions, the event was attended by councillor Will Forster, mayor of Woking.
The interfaith blessing of the funeral home and chapel of rest was carried out by Roman Catholic parish priest of Knaphill, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith, Methodist minister Rev David Faulkner, retired Church of England minister Rev Chris Denham and Buddhist Monk representing the Wat Phra Dhammakaya Temple in Brookwood.
Speaking to the guests, Alan Greenwood praised his staff for their commitment to the company, which has expanded over the last 30 years to over 25 funeral homes across Surrey.
He said “The ethos of care and compassion is a core value, providing families a professional yet personal service at their time of need. Every funeral is treated as a unique and personal occasion with an emphasis on the importance of tailoring every arrangement to the individual requirements and circumstances of the family.”
Greenwood and his family will be directly involved in the daily running of the company.
The current manager of the Knaphill office is Niki Handover, who has lived in the village since she was a year old and is well known by many for her work as a carer for the elderly and her involvement in a bereavement group which she runs in the local area. Handover has worked in the funeral profession for 31 years.