Councillor’s funeral service to be held next week

Funeral arrangements for Rob Evans, who died last week, have been finalised for Thursday 12 September: 10am at Banbury Crematorium, followed at 11.30am by a service at St Mary’s Church in Chipping Norton.

Nova Bradley of Bradley Saul Solicitors has kindly given us further information, for those who would like to remember Rob.

The cremation will take place at Banbury Crematorium at 10am. This will be a simple 10 to 15 minute committal service (with no hymns) and it is anticipated that many people will choose to just attend the church service. However, if anyone wants to attend the crematorium, they will be very welcome.

The funeral and thanksgiving will be at St Mary’s Church at 11.30am. There will be music, poems and tributes and the service is expected to last about 90 minutes.

After the funeral, there will be lunch and a gathering at the Chequers in Chipping Norton to which all are welcome. There will also be a small display in the bar of the theatre next door, where there will be a condolence book, a collage of emails that many people have sent, photos and cards, obituaries, and certificates that Rob had recently received. Tea and coffee will be provided, so that this will be a quieter, more contemplative place than the Chequers, where people can sit and chat after the funeral.

There will only be family flowers, but the church collection and other donations will be divided between The Lawrence Home Nursing Team, Macmillan Cancer Support, and the Oesophegeal Patients Association. The funeral directors (AL Sole & Son of Bidston Close, Over Norton, Oxon OX7 5PP) are able to accept and process donations.

Rob’s ashes will be interred in a burial spot in Chipping Norton Cemetery. There will be a small ceremony for the interment, but this will take place at a later date.

The condolence book will be available at Bradley Saul solicitors on Market Street for the following week, if people would like to make an entry and cannot do so on the day of the funeral.

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