New funeral home opens in Scunthorpe after £500,000 investment

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 2 Jan 2019

A new funeral home has opened in Scunthorpe following a £500,000 investment by the Lincolnshire Co-op.

The Oswald Road facility includes a private arrangement lounge, a reception area and a chapel of rest, all of which have been tastefully decorated.

The building was formerly used as the offices of North Lincolnshire Council's housing advice team but had stood empty before the development by the Co-op.

It has also been given a fresh look outside with new signage and stained glass detail added to the windows as part of the project.

It was officially opened on Wednesday, December 19 and began serving families on Friday, December 21.

Peter Riley, branch manager, said: "The new funeral home is going to offer the community of Scunthorpe first-class facilities.

Lincolnshire Co-op Scunthorpe Funeral Home branch manager Peter Riley, mayor of North Lincolnshire Councillor John Briggs, Lincolnshire Co-op president Steve Hughes and chief executive Ursula Lidbetter, pictured at the opening of the new funeral home on Oswald Road (Image: Lincolnshire Co-op)

"We have a fantastic team here and they’re eager to help people. Whether they need to make arrangements, ask questions or simply have a chat over a cup of tea, our colleagues are ready to assist."

The branch is the Lincolnshire Co-op's first funeral home in Scunthorpe and its 22nd overall, while the society also operates Westcliff Pharmacy and the Willoughby Road Food Store and Post Office in the town.

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The official opening included a service led by local clergy members and was attended by guests including the mayor of North Lincolnshire, Councillor John Briggs.

A plaque was unveiled by Lincolnshire Co-op president Steve Hughes and donations of £250 were presented to Lindsey Lodge Hospice and the Rainbow Cafe.

Tom Moody, fundraising co-ordinator at the hospice, said: "The money is an amazing gesture, and not only will it help us to run our services, it’s also important for us to have a good relationship with funeral homes.

"The money we need to run our free service is immense so any donation to us is greatly received.

The new Lincolnshire Co-op funeral home has opened on Oswald Road in Scunthorpe (Image: Lincolnshire Co-op)

"It’s a brilliant facility here and it’s a terrific addition for the community."

The funeral home also has a display of the handiwork of the Lincolnshire Co-op's memorial masons, who use state-of-the-art technology and hand carving skills to create special tributes.

The branch is now fully open and people can pop in to ask about funeral plans, get advice on arrangements or ask any questions.

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