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Weddings, ceremonies and birth registrations

Birth registrations are currently taking place. Death registrations are being made by phone.

Following the latest government announcement, weddings and civil partnership ceremonies should not take place except in exceptional circumstances, for example where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover ('deathbed wedding') or due to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery. These weddings are limited to six people. 

Our registration service is open, including Medway Register Office.

Funerals and cremations 

Medway Crematorium grounds and memorial garden are open. You should follow government guidance on social distancing when you visit.

There is a limit of 30 people attending a funeral.

Our Chapel of Meditation, which holds our books of remembrance, is open.

Service chapel waiting rooms are closed until further notice.

20-minute service slots are available at Medway Crematorium East Chapel for the remainder of February 2021.

From 1 March both chapels will run 30-minute service slots. 11am in the West Chapel and 2pm in the East Chapel will be a 50-minute service slots. 

This short term measure will be reviewed in April 2021. 

Read the latest advice on attending the crematorium and cemeteries, including advice on social distancing.

Face coverings

You must wear a face covering in all our venues. This includes Medway Register Office and the crematorium chapels. Find out more about face coverings.

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