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Cremation – Bretby Crematorium

Bretby Crematorium is set in attractive woodland grounds adjacent to the A511 Leicester to Burton upon Trent road between Burton and Swadlincote.

Opening hours:

Office: Monday to Friday - 9am - 5pm.

Grounds and Book of Remembrance: Open every day of the year.

April to September - 9am - 8pm.
October to March - 9am - 5pm.

Funerals may take place at intervals of three quarters of an hour between 9am and 3.45pm on Monday to Friday. It is also possible for an hour-long funeral time to be reserved and for a funeral to take place on a Saturday morning.

Any individual requirements for the funeral service will be met whenever possible. Traditional funeral patterns do not have to be rigidly followed and it may be that no form of religious ceremony is desired.

Family and friends may wish to devise their own, very personal service and every effort will be made to accommodate their wishes. There is a pipe organ in the main Carnarvon Chapel. A compact disc player and tape deck are available in both chapels.

Should the family wish, it is also possible for a fixed camera video to be made of the service. This may help if , for whatever reason, there are family who are unable to attend the service. A video will only ever be recorded on the expressed wish of the next of kin.

Where it is the custom or wish of the bereaved to view the placing of the coffin in the cremator, it is possible for up to 10 people to be present. It is not possible, however, for the coffin to be placed in the cremator by the family; this can only be done by a member of the crematorium staff.

Staff are available 365 days a year to show people around the grounds. Visits can also be arranged to look around the crematorium facilities. The Carnarvon Chapel is open from 9.30am to 11.30am on Saturdays and Sundays for quiet contemplation.

An open day and memorial service is held once a year, usually on the first or second Sunday of September.

Book of Remembrance

The Book of Remembrance is the only form of memorial at Bretby Crematorium. It may, however, be possible to arrange for the purchase of a number of spring-flowering bulbs or a tree. The crematorium staff are available to advise on these and other memorial options in the area.

Book of Remembrance

The grounds are maintained as ‘natural woodland’ - there are no plaques, memorial stones or rose-beds. Ashes may be strewn or buried in the grounds and members of the family may be present for that occasion. Alternatively, the ashes may be taken away by the family for final disposal elsewhere.

The crematorium staff welcome any comments from members of the public which may help them to improve further the high standard of service provided.


Bretby Crematorium
Geary Lane
Burton upon Trent
DE15 0QE
Tel: 01283 221505
Fax: 01283 224846


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