Refurbishment open day

On Saturday 12 December, R J Bray & Son held an open day at its new funeral home, the old Methodist Church in Wadebridge.

For the last two years, a major refurbishment and extensive alterations have taken place, including adding a link building between the old church and Wills Memorial Hall, and construction of a first floor throughout.

Before the doors opened, David Bray invited his mother and father to cut the Cornish tartan ribbon on the chapel doors. This chapel is named after Ron Bray and will seat 80 people for funeral services.

During the open day, more than 600 people arrived to look at the transformation, that, as well as the service chapel, also includes a function room, with catering facilities, offices, arrangement rooms, a coffin display room, Chapels of Rest, mortuary and garage.

As well as many locals from all parts of Cornwall, others attending included the National Presidents of both NAFD and BIFD, national representation from SAIF and the President of the Cornwall NAFD.

David said: “We are so thrilled to be in our new funeral home, and are overwhelmed with the good wishes we have received. Although we have altered a lot of the building, I’ve tried to keep some of the old chapel – such as the pews, altar, organ, clock and memorials. We have been contacted by a large number of people who were sadly unable to come to the open day, so if anyone wants to pop in anytime, we will gladly show them around.”

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