Central England Co-op celebrates official opening of revamped Shepshed funeral home with special event

Special guests will be marking the re-opening of a revamped funeral home in Shepshed on Tuesday, 11 June.

Colleagues at the Central England Co-operative Funeral Home on Belton Street will host an open day and a special rededication ceremony.

Funeral Director Maggie Bethell and her team will be joined by Mayor Elect of Charnwood Brenda Seaton, who will officially be reopening the home, local clergy, and invited guests.

The event will feature a blessing of the chapel of rest and prayers by Reverend John Bird.

The investment for the project to revamp the funeral home last year totalled £91,000.Maggie said: "We are here to look after families and enhance their memories and love. The major investment in the home last year reflects our commitment to providing excellent standards of care for our families during their time of bereavement.

"We are grateful to the local dignitaries and clergy for taking time out of their busy schedules to help us mark this occasion.” 

Maggie and Funeral Arrangers Rachel Babington and Tilly Middleton offer a 24-hour service, seven days a week.  In addition to arranging funerals, they are also able to offer advice on floral tributes, monumental masonry, funeral stationery, pre-paid funeral plans and probate advice.  They can be contacted on 01509 503234.

More details can be found at www.centralengland.coop/funeralcare


Notes to editors

Picture captions: 1: Funeral Director Maggie Bethell  2. The Shepshed Funeral Home following the £91,000 revamp.

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 

It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, and property.

The company’s funeral business consists of over 120 funeral homes across 16 counties, nine florists, masonry production and administration, Bretby Crematorium and Terry Smiths coffin factory.

Central England Co-operative has more than 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. 

The Society has an ambitious food store and funeral home development programme for 2019.

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop

For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, @mycooplife and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative

Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

Email – publicrelations@centralengland.coop