Crematorium and Cemeteries

All cemeteries reopened to the public on 21 April.
To comply with the latest government initiatives to combat the spread of Covid-19, the following decisions have been taken:
 

  • the number of mourners to be as low as possible to ensure a safe distance of at least 2 metres (6 ft) can be maintained between individuals, alongside the Funeral Director, Chapel Attendant, and funeral staff only the following should attend:

    • members of the person's household

    • close family members

    • or if the above are unable to attend, close friends

    • attendance of a celebrant of choice, should the bereaved request this

  • mourners should follow the advice on social distancing when travelling to and from the funeral gathering

  • mourners who are self-isolating for 14 days due to someone in their household being unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) but are not symptomatic themselves may  attend the funeral in person should they wish to do so, with processes put in place to minimise the risk of transmission. Please inform your Funeral Director prior to the service so arrangements can be made

  • mourners who are clinically vulnerable or in a shielded group should also be facilitated to attend, with processes put in place to minimise the risk of transmission, again please inform your Funeral Director prior to the service so arrangements can be made in advance.

  • any mourner who is showing coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms (a new continuous cough or a high temperature) should not attend the funeral as they pose a risk to others; remote participation should be considered

  • Webcasting of funeral services is available for those who cannot attend, please ask your funeral director.

  • We cannot offer to witness charging of the coffin at this time.

  • We are suspending or postponing witnessed burials or scattering of ashes and other similar services until further notice.

  • Collection of ashes from the crematorium office is suspended until further notice. There will be no charge to families for storage. If you wish your funeral director to collect, please make arrangements directly.

  • Please note their may be delays in completing the transfer of ownership of graves due to solicitors offices not opening. Priority will be given to those cases which require a grave to be transferred prior to the full burial and not for the installation of memorials.

The Crematorium office is closed but can be contacted by telephone 0118 937 2200 or by email cem.crem@reading.gov.uk. Funeral services are still taking place with a request that families try to limit attendees. We will update as soon as we have any further information.

Reading Cemetery
Reading Cemetery

There are three cemeteries in Reading that are managed by the Council:

The crematorium is at our Henley Road site along with both of our chapels where services are held, the larger South Chapel and the smaller West Chapel.

Directions

Reading Bus 23 will take you to Henley Road. It is a short walk from the bus stop to the Cemetery on all Hallows Road.  

Henley Road Cemetery - Google Maps

Caversham Cemetery - Google Maps

Reading Old Cemetery - Google Maps

Opening hours

All cemetery grounds are open:

  • 9am to 5pm (October to March)
  • 9am to 8pm (April to September)

Last entry to the grounds is 15 minutes before closing time.

The Cemetery and Crematorium Office (Henley Road)

We are pleased to announce that our new purpose built offices are open to the public. The new office has two meeting rooms offering privacy to visitors a large, bright and welcoming reception area and a display of  memorial products that may be purchased.

Opening hours

  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am to 5pm
  • Wednesday: 10am to 5pm
  • Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm

The office is closed on weekends and Bank Holidays. 

New office - front
New office - front
New office - inside
New office - inside

Visitor facilities 

We have a waiting room adjacent to the chapels with toilet facilities, seating and a hot beverage vending machine for visitors' use. 

Accessibility 

Access to the South Chapel is level. Access to the West Chapel is via a slope. Ramping to the Hall of Remembrance ensures accessibility for disabled visitors. 

Parking

There are three car parks within the Henley Road Cemetery, all with designated spaces for blue badge holders. Disabled parking spaces are located to the left of the West Chapel, in the main car park adjacent to the Hall of Remembrance, in the overflow car park and next to Mayfield.

Induction loops 

Induction loops are provided for the benefit of hearing aid users in both chapels.

Braille

Funeral service books are available in Braille.

Toilets 

Toilets with access for disabled users are located next to the West Chapel. New public toilets including a disabled toilet can be found behind the new office building.

 

In case of emergency please contact Provide Security on 0118 336 5949

 


 

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