Haven House Children’s Hospice
Haven House Children’s Hospice received a helping hand from the generosity of those attending our Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance on Sunday 9 October.
The interdenominational service is held twice a year in St Edward’s Church, Romford, Market Place, for families who have had a loved one cremated at South Essex Crematorium or buried in one of the Borough’s four cemeteries. The well attended service was led by the Revd. Vikki Bunce, Minister at Romford Baptist Church and members of St Edward’s church choir led the singing. The occasion offered an opportunity for reflection and for families to light a candle for their loved ones.
The retiring collection raised £341.42 for Haven House Children’s Hospice. Charlotte Terry Head of Community Engagement for the Hospice said:
The hospice needs to find £3.6m each year to run; only around 23% of which comes from government sources. This donation will make a real difference to the families that we support. On behalf of all the staff, volunteers, children and families at Haven House, a huge thank you to everyone who donated.”
The next memorial service will be held on Sunday 26 February 2017.
Havering’s Cemeteries celebrate a Gold Award in the London in Bloom Awards 2016! This year the tireless efforts of staff have ensured that Romford Cemetery retains its Silver Award, whilst Upminster Cemetery and South Essex Crematorium have been awarded the prestigious Gold Award, in recognition of an “outstanding” large cemetery.
Havering remembers casualties of the Blitz
Families gathered in Romford Cemetery on Tuesday 19 April to remember and honour the lives of ordinary men, women and children in Havering who were among approximately 17,500 London civilians who perished in air raids during World War Two.
The Mayor of Havering, Councillor Brian Eagling, laid a wreath at the foot of the granite memorial dedicated to Havering Civilians who lost their lives during the 1939-1945 conflict, followed by the Last Post and Reveille.
The Mayor of Havering said:
“The Last Post was an unusual, but fitting tribute for civilians, allowing us to remember them with the respect and dignity they deserved”
Head Teacher Mark Patient, whose pupils of Crownfield Junior School read the poem “We remember them”, said:
“It was a great privilege and honour to be asked to take part in this very special remembrance service. I was extremely proud of our pupils and our thoughts and prayers are with all the families that were affected by the bombings back in 1941.”
Those present, processed from the Cemetery Chapel to the Essex Road Memorial Garden led by Standard Bearers of the Royal British Legion, the Mayor of Havering, Cllr. Brian Eagling and the Mayor’s Chaplain the Revd. Canon David Banting. Amongst the procession were those who had experienced the enduring loss of family and friends and representatives of the rescue services including the London Fire Brigade. The graveside service was accompanied by members of the Salvation Army.
Award winning Cemeteries
Staff in Havering Cemeteries have once again received recognition in the London in Bloom Awards
, for their hard work and tireless efforts. South Essex Crematorium
and Upminster Cemetery
received a Silver Gilt Award for the second year running while in Romford Cemetery
, following a Bronze Award in 2014, staff were proud to receive a Silver Award, a worthy reflection of their enthusiasm and dedication.