Located close to the village of Charing, on the A20 Maidstone to Ashford Road and set within 18 acres of woodland Charing Crematorium which was opened in 1936 offers a traditional but multi faith chapel with a feature stained glass window.

An integrated state of the art media system provides an almost infinite music library whilst a Wyvern organ is available for more traditional services. All forms of live music are welcomed by prior arrangement and our team will be pleased to offer any advice you may require.

Privately owned Charing Crematorium aims to provide an exemplary level of service. Our manager and team are available to help in any way possible so please do not hesitate to contact them.

The traditional chapel seats 120 people which includes a gallery with additional standing room for a further 50. Speakers are located in the entrance lobby and outside allowing for large attendances to be catered for.

We offer a range of services throughout the week to provide more choice to the families we serve. For service information, visit this page.

We feel that it is essential that families are able to arrange a Funeral of their choice and the chapel is available for a service for any religion or belief.

The floral tribute area is set within the covered cloisters offering an opportunity to gather with friends and family after the service. Floral tributes remain in place for a minimum of two nights unless otherwise instructed. There are approximately 60 allocated parking spaces with three accessible parking spaces close to the chapel entrance.

1. Crematorium Rules & Regulations


1. The following regulations have been designed and formulated for the control and use of Charing Crematorium.

2. All correspondence should be addressed to:
Charing Crematorium
Newcourt Wood
Kent TN27 0EB

Tel: 01233 712443
Fax: 01233 713501
e Charing@westerleighgroup.co.uk

3. Crematorium opening times:
Office- Weekdays 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Grounds - April - September: 9am - 8pm (daily)
October - March: 9am - 5pm (daily)
Chapel of remembrance - 9am - 4pm (daily)

4. Children Those below 15 years of age, will not be permitted to enter the crematorium unless accompanied by a responsible adult.

5. Dogs Shall not be permitted in the garden of remembrance except for service dogs

6. Vehicles. Cars are allowed in the crematorium but drivers shall not exceed the speed limit of 5 mph. Cars must only be driven on the main carriageways. On no account may cars be driven on footpaths, grass areas or planted areas. All vehicles must be parked neatly to allow access to other vehicles.

7. The crematorium company shall not be held responsible for the safe keeping of any wreaths, flowers, plants or any other objects placed in the crematorium nor any damage caused to memorials, monuments and mausoleums by high winds or storms, or other factors outside their control. An incident book is kept at the office for recording thefts of any type and the police will be informed of more serious crimes and if a high incidence of thefts occurs.

8. All persons shall conduct themselves in a decent, quiet and orderly manner. The General Manager is empowered to take such action as he/she may consider appropriate against any person who may:
 - Commit any nuisance in the crematorium.
 - Wilfully create any disturbance in the crematorium
 - Wilfully interfere with any burial taking place
 - Wilfully interfere with any grave or memorial or any plants, flowers or other such objects in the crematorium.
 - Play at any game or sport in the crematorium.

9. Visitors to the crematorium shall not unreasonably interrupt any employee at their duties or employ them to execute private works within the crematorium or extend to them any gratuity. All enquiries, complaints and requests by members of the public must be made to the crematorium office and not to workmen in the crematorium.

10. No person not being an officer or servant of the crematorium or another person so authorised by or on behalf of the crematorium company shall enter or remain in the crematorium at an hour when it is closed to the public.

11. The taking of commercial photographs and filming is not permitted in the crematorium except with the prior approval and permission of the manager in writing and upon payment of the appropriate fee. Photographs of individual graves by approval with the grave owner are allowed.

12. No person shall operate any sound equipment or play any musical instrument in the crematorium without the prior consent of the manager. This should not discourage people from singing at the graveside or playing a favourite song quietly with the acknowledgement of the manager.

13. The crematorium company reserves the right to close the crematorium grounds on any day should it be considered that circumstances so warrant.

14. The sale of goods, services, plants or other articles, the soliciting of orders or repair of memorials or for work connected with graves is strictly prohibited within the grounds of the crematorium. All such services and requests should be met by the crematorium office.

15. No employee of the crematorium company are allowed to undertake privately, any work or favour of any kind nor receive any gratuity for the said work of favour.

16. All persons entering into the crematorium grounds shall conform to all respects with the crematorium regulations and shall be subject to the orders of the manager and staff who have full power to exclude from the crematorium any member of the public whom may be deemed fit to exclude. Should it be necessary to use physical force to remove a subject the Police shall be summoned.

17. These rules and regulations shall be final.

18. The crematorium company reserves the right to make any alterations and additions to the rules and regulations of the crematorium at any time it feels fit.

19. Rubbish must be placed in the receptacles provided for this purpose. No household rubbish must be left in the crematorium or dumped.

20. The crematorium fees are displayed in the crematorium office and are revised from January 1st Services after this date will be charged the revised rate.


Cremated Remains

1. The interment of cremated remains will only be permitted (and recorded in the cremation registers) when carried out in the presence of the manager or their authorised staff and only after the necessary documentation has been completed.  The scattering  of cremated remains is only allowed in the nominated woodland area, or memorial lawn by prior agreement, within the grounds and the above procedure needs to be adhered to also.

2. The certificate for Disposal of Cremated Remains issued by the Crematorium where the cremation took place must be delivered to the office before the interment can take place. Failure to deliver such Certificate will result in postponement of the interment until such time as the certificate can be produced

3. Regulation B, 3 of these regulations includes cremated remains.



1. A cremation can only legally take place when the crematorium has all the Statutory completed Forms: 1, 4, 5  plus Registrars Certificate for Disposal or Form 1 and Coroners Form 6  and in both cases that the Medical Referee has signed Form 10 authorising Cremation. The Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008

2. The above forms must be received by the Crematorium Office atleast 48 hours prior to the service taking place. Failure to provide these forms in due time may cause the cremation to be postponed until such time that these can be produced.

3. The forms will be submitted on those provided by the crematorium and the appropriate fee paid before the cremation takes place, unless an account arrangement has been made with the General manager.

4. The maximum dimensions of a coffin to be loaded into the cremator is 29” wide (including handles) by 24” deep and 84” long.

5. The number of mourners permitted to enter the crematory for a witnessed cremation is six persons. This can only take place with the prior consent of the Superintendent and at his or her discretion.

6. The Funeral Director, or persons effecting the cremation must provide sufficient staff to convey the coffin into the chapel, unless prior warning has been given to the office and the appropriate fee paid.

7. Every body brought to the crematorium must be contained in a suitable coffin or shroud. No coffin or shroud should be accepted unless it bears adequate particulars of the identity of the deceased therein. If a Shroud is to be used it must be of an approved design.

8. The Crematorium will not be held responsible for any error or consequences which may arise by reason of any inaccuracy in or late receipt of a notice of cremation and will accept orders and instructions by telephone only at the risk of the sender.

9. The crematorium will store the resulting cremated remains for a period of 3 months before they are scattered, unless instructions to the contrary are given at the time of applying for the cremation.

10. If no instructions are given regarding the use of floral tributes, they will remain in the floral tribute area at the side of the chapel for 3 days, including the day of the funeral. After this period the flowers will then be disposed of.

11. Any music requirements must be communicated to the crematorium office atleast 24 hours before the service is due to take place.

12. The cremation of body parts is permitted on the completion of the appropriate forms and the payment of the appropriate fee.

13. The cremation of a non-viable foetus is permitted with the production of the Medical Practioner’s or Midwife’s certificate of delivery.



1. All memorials must be supplied and fixed by the crematorium company. No external stone masons will be permitted to carry out work in the crematorium.

2. No memorial may be fixed in the crematorium without the approval of the Manager. Unauthorised memorials will be removed out of the crematorium at the grave owners expense. All suitable styles and materials will be provided for your choice.

4. Inscriptions can contain relaxed expressions such as “Mum” and “Dad”, nicknames etc. The only regulation to this policy is that no inscription should contain words or sentiments which may be offensive to another visitor in the opinion of the General Manager.

5. The crematorium reserves the right without notice to:
 a) Remove or make safe any memorial which in their opinion is a danger or could become a danger to any person in the crematorium grounds.
 b) To remove temporarily any memorial or part of the memorial if such a course of action appears to the General Manager to be desirable.
 c) To recover all reasonable costs in making any memorial safe from the grantee or their representative

6. Every memorial design or idea for commemoration will be considered by the company and that choice will be provided if it is reasonable for the company to do so. This will not include though materials which cause particular environmental harm such as the use of teak and other rainforest timbers for garden benches.


Date of Operation:

These regulations shall come into force on 1 February 2005.