The Worshipful The Mayor of Havant, Cllr Paul Buckley cut the ribbon to officially open the new Co-operative Funeralcare branch in Cowplain (26 February), praising its contribution to the local neighbourhood.
He was joined by guests representing local businesses, the residents’ association, council and funeral profession, including Roddy McGinley, National President of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management and Steve Pearce, former President of the National Association of Funeral Directors. Families who have used the services of the new branch, which opened its doors just before Christmas, were also invited to join the celebration and Chapel of Rest dedication service. This was led by celebrants Felix Muscat and Reverend Canon Dr Paul Moore from St Wilfrid’s Church in Cowplain.
Cllr Buckley said: “It is really encouraging to see The Southern Co-operative Funeralcare expanding their services by opening a new funeral home in Cowplain. This improves accessibility to services required by the local community and contributes to the economy and wellbeing of the local area. I see this as a very positive contribution to the neighbourhood and was pleased to conduct the official opening.”
Funeral Co-ordinator Zoe Marriott, who is based at the Cowplain branch together with colleague Jackie Duthie, said: “It is a pleasure to work here in Cowplain and be able to provide a personal caring service for local families who have lost a loved one. We look forward to supporting the community and local charitable events too.” The Southern Co-operative, which runs a total of 46 funeralcare branches across the south, donated £500 to the Mayor’s Charities; Stroke Association, Combat Stress and Relate as a thank you for opening the new branch, located on London Road in Cowplain. www.funeralcare.co.uk