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Eastbourne Crematorium chapel undergoes transformation

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Crem manager Gill Steadman and Councillor Alan Shuttleworth in the new chapel
Crem manager Gill Steadman and Councillor Alan Shuttleworth in the new chapel

Eastbourne Crematorium’s main chapel has undergone a transformation.

The refurbishment was much-needed as little had changed since the chapel originally opened in January 1960. The work, which took five weeks, is now complete and the chapel has re-opened.

Dark wood panelling and dated fittings were removed and replaced with clean fresh walls and light oak furniture. New bench seating, curtains and lighting have been installed and a new ramp leading to a raised platform has been constructed, allowing wheelchair users to reach the lectern easily.

Heating and ventilation in the chapel has also been improved with more efficient radiators and remote controlled window openers on both sides of the room.

Audio and visual facilities were also upgraded, and steps are in place to enable video and photographic tributes to be shown during funeral services. 

Crematorium manager & registrar, Gill Steadman, said: “It was time for the chapel to have an upgrade and we are all delighted with the transformation. The chapel now has a much more modern and welcoming feel throughout and we’ve already received lots of positive feedback from our visitors.”

The Crem team worked closely with two local firms - RSP Architects, regarding the design features and finishes, and Ellis Builders, who carried out the work.

Published on 28 November, 2018