All welcome to attend service tomorrow (Saturday) at the new Rowan Chapel in the crematorium in Barnstaple

The Bishop of Exeter, the Right Reverend Robert AtwellThe Bishop of Exeter, the Right Reverend Robert Atwell

The Bishop of Exeter will be dedicating the new chapel at North Devon Crematorium in Barnstaple tomorrow (Saturday).

The Right Reverend Robert Atwell will perform an Ecumenical (Christian) dedication service at the crematorium’s new 250 seat Rowan chapel.

The 2pm service is open to all, but numbers are limited to 300 and people are advised to arrive no later than 1.50pm.

It will be supported by The Voice Community Choir, followed by a commemorative rowan tree planting, light refreshments and an opportunity to view the facilities.

Bishop Robert said: “I am delighted to be invited to follow in the footsteps of a previous Bishop Robert and dedicate this beautiful new space for people to say goodbye to those they have loved and lost. It is particularly moving to do it now, in this season of Remembrance.”

The new chapel links to the existing crematorium building and is designed to accommodate large services. The original chapel has also been refurbished and is still available for smaller, more intimate services.

The project was funded by the North Devon Crematorium joint committee, which is made up of North Devon and Torridge District councillors.

Committee chairman Councillor Simon Inch, said: “The Rowan chapel opened in April and is a wonderful new facility for our local community.

“Normally we only visit the crematorium at times of great sorrow, so this is an opportunity to take a look at our new facilities and join in with our dedication service, which will be a service of thanks and remembrance, to which all are welcome.”