Rasen pub’s transformation to funeral home

New Co-op Funeral Home in Market Rasen EMN-170309-155436001
New Co-op Funeral Home in Market Rasen EMN-170309-155436001

A site which has served the town as a pub for hundreds of year has been transformed into a state-of-the-art funeral home.

Lincolnshire Co-op has spent more than £300,000 on the conversion of the King Street building, formerly The Chase and previous to that The Greyhound.

New Co-op Funeral Home in Market Rasen EMN-170309-155458001

New Co-op Funeral Home in Market Rasen EMN-170309-155458001

The official opening was held last Thursday, along with a service of dedication led by the Rev Steve Johnson and the Rev Anne Coates.

Among the invited guests was Market Rasen’s Deputy Mayor Stephen Bunney, who praised Lincolnshire Co-op for the renovation of the site.

He said: “We welcome the investment of over £300,000 by the Co-op into one of the town’s most historic pub sites.

“They have done a very good job, and hopefully it will spur other landowners on to follow their example.

New Co-op Funeral Home in Market Rasen EMN-170309-155424001

New Co-op Funeral Home in Market Rasen EMN-170309-155424001

“As a council, we thank the Co-op for their continued interest and investment in the town.”

Lincolnshire Co-op chief executive Ursula Lidbetter was on hand to welcome everyone to the opening.

She said: “Lincolnshire Co-op has had a very long association with Market Rasen.

“We have owned this building for some time and have had many tenants here.

New Co-op Funeral Home in Market Rasen EMN-170309-155530001

New Co-op Funeral Home in Market Rasen EMN-170309-155530001

“We decided it was time for us to take it on and make it something to serve the community.”

The new funeral home includes an arrangement lounge, reception, and a chapel of rest.

There is also an extra room for families to spend private time together, plus state-of-the-art facilities for looking after clients’ loved ones

Continuing their community support, cheques for £250 were received by representatives from the town’s Bowling Club and Lions Club.

New Co-op Funeral Home in Market Rasen EMN-170309-155447001

New Co-op Funeral Home in Market Rasen EMN-170309-155447001

The new funeral home has created one job and has lead to the increase of hours for other employees.

It has also been announced Lincolnshire Co-op will be opening an arrangement office in Caistor later this year.

New Co-op Funeral Home in Market Rasen EMN-170309-155520001

New Co-op Funeral Home in Market Rasen EMN-170309-155520001

New Co-op Funeral Home in Market Rasen EMN-170309-155540001

New Co-op Funeral Home in Market Rasen EMN-170309-155540001