On the 25th of January 2012, The Southern Co-operative Funeralcare at 1 The Fairway, Lake officially opened the branch and held a dedication ceremony for their Chapel of Rest.
National Association of Funeral Directors’ President, Andrew Pargetter opened the proceedings saying: ‘The NAFD sets the standard of practice for its member funeral directors, and I would like to congratulate the team here on IOW and believe these premises will be of significant benefit to their clients. I wish this funeral home in Lake every success in the future.”
The dedication service was led by Reverend Nigel Porter, Reverend Tony Richards of Christchurch, Sandown and Pastor Jonathon Snell of the New Hope Christian Fellowship.
Chairlady of Lake Parish Council Sue Horton concluded the ceremony with: “Those who pass through Lake will know that this building has been disused for some time. In the dealings that I have had with The Co-operative Funeralcare thus far I have found the staff to be very helpful and compassionate. I would like to extend my welcome to The Co-operative Funeralcare in Lake.”
To celebrate the official opening and dedication of the branch at Lake, The Southern Co-operative Funeralcare donated £1,000 to the Playing Fields Association. Team Leader Sandy Taskas commented “We are delighted to be able to make this donation as we believe the work that the Isle of Wight Playing Fields Association do to promote sports and healthycommunities is of high importance.”
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the association was High Sheriff Susan Sheldon, who said: “I would like to offer my sincere thanks for this kind donation. I am delighted to be able to welcome a business who employs local people, and is exactly the sort of business we want on the Isle of Wight. I would like to wish the team every success.”