UPDATE as at 7th August

Having received updated information from both the ICCM and local crematoria, with effect from Saturday August 8th it will now become mandatory for individuals to wear a face covering when attending services in crematoria chapels and churches.


There are some exemptions, if you would like information on these please do not hesitate to contact us. 

As the lockdown restrictions are gradually lifted throughout the Country we are pleased to be able to say that the guidance on how we conduct and carry out funerals has changed slightly too.

Church and Crematorium Services

a)  The number of mourners allowed to attend has increased to 30.

b) The singing of hymns is not advised for church services but is permissible at the     

    crematoriums at a low volume to prevent moisture droplets entering the atmosphere.

    Ministers, Celebrants and Funeral Directors should not sing.

    Professional and amateur soloists or groups are not allowed to perform.

c) A Track and Trace system, in line with Government instruction, has been implemented

    at some crematoriums.  Cards will be used to collect contact details of those attending 

    services. They will be held securely for 21 days.

Our Premises

a)  Please continue to make an appointment wherever possible if you need to attend for a

     face to face meeting.  We ask that only 2 people attend an appointment.

b)  Funeral arrangements can still be made via telephone and emails if you feel more

     comfortable with this arrangement.

c)  Our premises are cleaned and disinfected regularly.  We have hand sanitiser, wipes and

     pens for you to use. 


     Revised guidance as of July 23rd states that masks do not need to be worn in many 

     indoor premises, including funeral homes, provided that a distance of 2 mtrs can be 

     maintained. As this is not possible to social distance within our office you will be

     required to wear a face covering.  We can provide these if necessary - FREE of


d)  All visitors to the premises will have their details recorded for Track and Trace

     purposes.  These will be retained for 21 days.  

e)  Please be aware that as we still have a duty of care to our staff they will not be

     shaking hands, taking names or handing out Orders of Service as social 

     distancing cannot be maintained.

Social distancing MUST remain a priority at all times.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding any of the above information

please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our utmost to put your

minds at ease.


We are available 24 hours a day


Please call

Heather or Paul


01328 862686

or 07872 692875





Offices and Chapels of Rest

Bridge Street


NR21 9AY



Experiencing a Bereavement


The death of someone close to us is a very personal experience and is likely to be one of the most painful we will ever suffer, it can be also be one of life's greatest challenges.


The death may or may not be expected but nothing will prepare you for the emotional shock of losing someone close.  Dealing and coping with a death is never easy, it can be even harder when it feels impossible to talk about the practical issues that

accompany such a loss, you may feel lonely or isolated as if you're the only one taking responsibility, this is only natural and will be made easier with our help and guidance.

  This web site is a basic extension of the information that we can provide through our brochure, which is provided at your time of need,

but nothing can compare to a personal, friendly chat.

Arranging a Funeral


Our services to you begin with your first contact and extend, not only up to and

including the funeral but often way beyond. 


We understand how difficult it can be for you arranging a funeral for a loved one and

how important it is for a family to discuss and agree upon the funeral arrangements, especially with the many options and choices that are available.


Many questions will arise following the death of a loved one -

is there a will ?  are their final wishes known ?  is there a funeral plan ?


A funeral service can include several elements -

church or place of worship, crematorium or cemetery, hearse or alternative transport,

music, flowers, donations, obituaries, orders of service, funeral wake or tea 


These will all be brought together for you by us, through listening to your requests,

advising where needed and liaising with the parties concerned, thus ensuring that

the day runs as smoothly as possible.

Many families prefer to make the arrangements in the familiar and comfortable surroundings of their own home, we are happy to visit you in your own home.

Please click on the 'Dandelion' link for
a more comprehensive list of things you
may wish to consider.

Your donation will be accepted and administered by Paypal. If you are happy to proceed please click on the Donate button.  If you prefer donations may still be made by cash or cheque and sent to our office.


A variable processing fee is charged by your card provider and a fee of up to 3% is chargeable by Paypal * on all transactions. 

* All in memory / donation giving sites charge a % as a fee.

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Gowards Funeral Services Limited. Registered in England and Wales.

Company Registration Number: 04673959  Registered Office: 26 Market Place, Swaffham, Norfolk. PE37 7QH


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