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Aylesbury Vale Crematorium to spread cheer with Christmas service webcast Posted On 27 November 2020

Date set as organisers of annual carol and remembrance event turn to new technology

With COVID-19 restrictions still causing unease and confusion, the Westerleigh Group is to use its recently-installed webcasting equipment to spread some seasonal cheer.

The company behind the Aylesbury Vale Crematorium is to broadcast a one-hour Christmas Carol and Remembrance Service on Tuesday, December 8, at 3pm.

The Group usually hosts nationwide services at all 34 of its sites which people can attend in person. However, the coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of many live events, and with restrictions regarding mass gatherings still rigidly enforced, they decided to seek an alternative way to maintain their tradition.

And the new technology – installed earlier this year when plans to limit the number of mourners at funerals were announced – will now be used to broadcast the virtual service with its mixture of carols and readings.

Heather Dyson, the site manager at Aylesbury Vale Crematorium, said: “We wanted to make sure we could provide something this year that would definitely be able to take place, regardless of whatever lockdown restrictions may, or may not, be in place.

“We know it won’t be quite the same as our popular live services, which we very much hope to be able to return to hosting again next year.

“But Christmas is likely to be difficult for most people this year. And with so many other seasonal events being cancelled , such as live concerts and Christmas markets, we wanted to ensure we could still offer a way for people to join in a festive activity and to remember their loved ones at this time of year.”

And she added: “In some ways, the fact that it is going to be so different this year may make these webcast services even more memorable.”

A link to the service will be posted on the Aylesbury Vale crematorium website – www.aylesburyvalecrem.co.uk – to take people to the webcast on December 8 and it will then be available on-demand. There is no need to register in advance.

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