IT was with great pride that on Friday, August 25, the Stibbards family, local dignitaries and invited guests came together to celebrate the opening of S. Stibbards & Sons new landmark headquarters, Weir View House.
Based in the heart of the community on the Benfleet and Rayleigh borders, it is hoped that this inspirational building will become a destination for those seeking comfort and compassion in their time of need through bereavement.
- Stibbards & Sons has been established for 156 years and is now in its sixth generation of family ownership with the Stibbards family actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the Company. Now with eight locations in and around the Southend, Castlepoint and Rayleigh areas, the Company are committed to exemplary care within the local communities they serve.
As well as acting as the Company headquarters, Weir View House incorporates a funeral home, state-of-the-art care facilities for the bereaved and their loved ones and extensive garaging for the Company’s fleet of modern and vintage vehicles. Over five years in the planning and after eighteen months of construction, S. Stibbards & Sons believe that they have built a facility that will serve their diverse and multi-cultural community for many years to come.
The family have incorporated several unique facilities within the building. A dedicated washing and dressing facility has been installed for the use of families who wish to be involved in the care of their loved one. Equally, a large gathering room allows families to come together to comfort and console one another together with honouring the traditions of their own funeral rites.
Additionally, the family believe in the value of education and training and the building incorporates a Training suite with modern media facilities. The well-being of their hard-working colleagues is a high priority and the family have provided advanced welfare facilities with a spacious rest room, kitchen facilities and an outside terrace for the Team to use.
Ever mindful of the environment, to reduce the Company’s carbon footprint, efficient heating, cooling and insulation systems for the entire building have been incorporated into the design. Furthermore, in excess of ninety solar panels have been installed on the building’s roof, which will assist the efficiency of systems and technology throughout the premises.
The Company’s aspiration and belief are that their new Headquarters will serve the community as dutifully as the original building in Hadleigh has for over 150 years. The Hadleigh office, which remains the spiritual heart of the Company, will remain to serve its local community as will all the other offices in the local area.
The opening of Weir View House begins a new chapter for this long-established family Company and continues the heritage and care handed down through generations of the Stibbards family. It is always the Company’s wish to provide ‘Care, Compassion and Support in All they do’. Weir View House is an example of the investment that the Stibbards family continue to make, to repay the trust placed in them by those they have served and will serve going forward.
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