Top award for Council's bereavement services team


Trafford Council’s bereavement services team won a top national award in the coveted Cemetery of the Year competition.

The team picked up the Silver award for Dunham Lawn Cemetery at the Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) Learning Convention in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

Led by Bereavement Services Manager Dave Jennings, the team have ensured the service is accessible, customer oriented and a safe and friendly environment for the bereaved, all this within the beautiful cemetery and gardens situated behind Altrincham Crematorium.

The Cemetery of the Year Award was open to any Burial Authority within the UK and the team won the silver award in the category of the Small/Medium Burial Grounds with up to 10,000 graves.

The award was picked up by Cllr Stephen Adshead, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Air Quality and Climate Change. Cllr Adshead said:

I am so proud of the team for getting this amazing award. They were up against the rest of the country and were just inches away from winning gold. Their hard work is a credit to them all .”

Philip Potts of the Memorial Awareness Board said:

The awards are an excellent opportunity to reward hard-working staff and demonstrate the central role cemeteries and church yards can play in the community. They provide places of peaceful contemplation and beauty, as well as their historical, social and ecological importance. The team at Dunham Lawn Cemetery performed exceptionally throughout the extensive judging period which is focused on Industry Standards, Good Practice and Freedom of Choice.”
The Cemetery of the Year Award has been supported and endorsed by leading industry Associations – Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM); The Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA); The Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC); British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons (BRAMM) and the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM).
Posted on Friday 27th September 2019