Behind the scenes at the crematoria


Efford and Weston Mill crematoria are throwing open their doors to the public again this weekend.

Residents are invited to take a behind-the-scenes look around the facilities and find out more about what happens and what is on offer to remember a loved one in the grounds.

There will also be a chance to view the proposals for a new crematorium and feed into the final designs.

The open days run on Saturday 18 August from 9am to 12 noon at Weston Mill and from 1pm to 4pm at Efford.

Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: “Whilst we often don’t like to think about bereavement during our everyday lives, this marks a great chance to have an inside peak at the work the team do.

“The fact that you will also be able to view the plans for the new crematorium and how Weston Mill and Efford will be a part of the future too is an added bonus.”

Site maps will highlight some interesting aspects in both cemeteries as well as a chance to see ‘beyond the curtain’ of the chapels.

The Council have earmarked nearly £12m million to spend on a new crematorium that will allow the city to create a modern facility that meets the need of bereaved families.

It will include two non-denomination ceremony spaces with flexible seating, waiting areas, offices and new cremators with the latest environmental protection equipment.

Reflective spaces will be created for memorialisation and scatterings alongside landscaping that embraces the local environment and ecology. It is also hoped that Plymouth’s first green burial option will be available at the new site.

As part of the plans, the Council’s existing sites at Efford and Weston Mill will continue to be active for burial and memorials with the chapels available for bookings.

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