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New crematorium to open in the West Midlands

Waseley Hills Crematorium is being developed by Westerleigh Group, which currently owns 35 sites across England, Scotland and Wales

A new crematorium is being built to serve the communities of South Birmingham, Bromsgrove and North Worcestershire, and is due to open in January 2022.

Waseley Hills Crematorium is being developed by Westerleigh Group, which currently owns 35 sites across England, Scotland and Wales.

The crematoria and cemeteries operator said the new crematorium will “enjoy uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape of rolling open hills, hedgerows, pastures and pockets of woodland, providing a peaceful and special setting for services”.

A landscaped Garden of Remembrance will also be on site, to offer families the “perfect place for a loved one’s memorial”.

The first site manager of Waseley Hills Crematorium is Joy Edgington, who previously managed another crematorium for 10 years, and before that worked as a trainer in the same company’s head office client service centre for a further ten years.

Edgington said: “It’s a unique opportunity, being the first manager of a brand-new crematorium. We have the chance to make the right impression from the start which is invaluable towards ensuring the success, and a positive reputation.

“I know my team and I have very high standards and we are looking forward to working with the community so that our very differently-designed facility will soon become the crematorium of choice within the local community and for people from further afield.” 

She added that once open, Waseley Hills will operate an open-door policy. 

She said: “We want families to know we are here for them not only on the day of a funeral but before and after too. 

“We’re keen to support our local community and we also want to help the environment as well. The infinity roof on our chapel is to be a growing roof, which means it will be covered in wild planting, making it invisible from the sky, but also full of flowers for local bees.”  

She added: “While we provide the utmost excellence in grounds development, the surrounding undeveloped land will be allowed to naturally grow to provide habitat for local wildlife. We’ve even got plans to have a nature trail and information posts to let visitors know what to look out for.

“It means visiting our site will enable focused reflection and downtime for families and individuals who just want to escape from the world for 15 minutes or so.” 

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