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Cemeteries and crematorium

All our cemeteries and crematorium grounds are only open for reason set out in the The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020. We ask residents to please follow the social distancing guidance and keep 2 metres apart.

Face coverings must be worn in all buildings.

Crematorium office and Book of Remembrance room

The Crematorium Office is currently closed to the public but limited services are available over the phone 01323 761093 or 01323 766536. Or you can contact us by email using our online form

Only the Book Room and Main Chapel at Eastbourne Crematorium will re-open to the public on Weekends and Bank Holidays over Christmas and New Year.

Weekend Opening Dates are;

  • Sat 12th Dec and Sun 13th Dec
  • Sat 19th Dec and Sun 20th Dec
  • Sat 26th Dec and Sun 27th Dec
  • Sat 2nd Jan and Sun 3rd Jan
  • Sat 9th Jan and Sun 10th Jan

Weekend opening hours for the Book Room and Main Chapel are:   Sat and Sun: 9am to 1pm 

CHRISTMAS DAY the opening times are 10am to 12 noon only 

Bank Holidays -  In lieu of Boxing Day  -  Monday 28th Dec 2020 – 9am to 1pm 

New Years Day – Friday 1st Jan 2021 - 9am to 1pm

Please follow Covid Guidance on Social Distancing and Wearing of Masks whilst inside the buildings and please note that for your additional, safety just one family bubble at a time should enter the Book Room.

The office at the crematorium will be open 8.30am to 4.30pm on normal working days but closed on all Bank Holidays.

On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve the Office, Chapels and Book Room will close at 2pm.

Throughout the Christmas and New Year period, the Crematorium Grounds, Langney cemetery and Ocklynge cemetery will be open from 8am – 5.30pm. However, in extreme icy or snowy conditions access to the cemeteries and some areas of the crematorium gardens may be restricted at short notice.

Funerals

  • The number of mourners who can attend a funeral has been updated to a maximum of thirty in the Main Chapel and eleven in the Family Chapel. 
  • Family, and a small number of close friends can attend, provided the numbers do not exceed the chapel maximum. 
  • Test and Trace will be in operation under the conditions set out by the NHS and Government. 
  • Those attending funerals should practice social distancing in all areas and wash their hands regularly. Handwashing facilities are available and hand sanitiser is free to use at the entrance to the chapels. We ask that you sanitise your hands upon entering the chapels.
  • We request too, that used tissues and other waste items such as water bottles and used masks are taken home and disposed of safely by the individual. 

  • Those showing symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend funerals or any part of the cemetery or crematorium grounds

Those over 70, with an underlying health problem, or pregnant women are particularly encouraged to heed this advice. This may mean they may have to miss the funeral, or hold the funeral, or have a memorial service at a later date.