The crematorium

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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

Our Chapel of Meditation, which holds our books of remembrance, will remain closed. 

Service chapel waiting rooms are closed until further notice.

Services

From Monday 11 May we'll be offering 30 minute service slots at Medway Crematorium East Chapel. This will allow us to offer more services throughout the day.

The new service times will be at quarter past and quarter to the hour. For example, 9.15am and 9.45am.

The first service will start at 9.15am. The last service will start at 3.15pm. 

There is currently no change to the West Chapel. One hour services are continuing.

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Attending a funeral

During these difficult times the only people who should be attending a funeral are immediate family members, or members of the same household. With this in mind we're offering free live webcasting of the funeral service. You'll need to arrange this through your funeral director.

More about funeral services

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

More coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Annual remembrance service

This year we are unable to host our annual remembrance service, which is usually on the last Sunday of June.

About the crematorium

The Medway Crematorium has served the people of Medway and the surrounding areas since 1959. It is owned and managed by Medway Council, and we are committed to maintaining and improving the facilities to make sure they benefit everyone who visits.

It sits on 14 acres of beautiful grounds of mixed woodland, shrub beds, formal planting and grass beneath large and stately trees.

The crematorium building and its grounds have benefited from lots of improvements:

  • increased capacity was provided for both chapels in 2015
  • 3 new cremators with state of the art emissions monitoring and filtration equipment were installed in 2018
  • installation of new monitors and cameras to provide visual tributes and webcasting during funeral services

Address

Robin Hood Lane
Blue Bell Hill
ME5 9QU

Opening times

Office hours

  • Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm
  • Friday: 9am to 4.30pm

Crematorium gardens

1 March to 31 October

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 6pm
  • Sunday: 11am to 5pm
1 November to 28 February
  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 4pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday: 11am to 4pm
All Bank Holidays: 11am to 4pm

Transport

Bus 142 from Chatham comes into Blue Bell Hill Village, then it’s a 10 minute walk (half a mile in distance).

The closest train station is Chatham or Rochester. But you would need to take a taxi as the journey to the crematorium is a 15 to 20 minute drive from these stations.

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Facilities

There is a free car park at the crematorium with a number of disabled bays.

There are toilets outside both chapels and a public toilet inside the office reception.

Rules and guidance for visitors

To be respectful to our visitors please:

  • dispose of any litter
  • do not disturb any mourners or services
  • only walk on the grass and clearly marked paths
  • be careful not to damage plants, buildings or memorials
  • only bring special assistance dogs and no other pet or animal
  • do not offer or advertise any goods without written council permission
  • do not pin or fix items to any trees or bury items as these will be removed

See also our guidance on flowers and tributes.