On-line service to replace Haycombe Christmas gathering.

Bath & North East Somerset Council is inviting residents to send in tags – with a message to their loved ones who have passed away – for a special Christmas memorial service to be held online by Haycombe Cemetery and Crematorium from December 12.

The person’s name will be read out during the virtual Act of Remembrance.

The tag will then be hung on the Christmas tree in the chapel and a candle lit in their name.

The event is being held in place of the annual in-person service, offering people a risk-free way of paying tribute to loved ones in light of local Covid rates. It also means that people anywhere in the world can join the Act of Remembrance at any time from December 12 throughout the month.

Councillor Dine Romero, cabinet member for Children and Young People, Communities and Culture, said: “We are sorry not to be able to welcome visitors to Haycombe this year, but we are pleased to offer this special way to honour those we love in a virtual way instead. It is a special chance at this time of year to remember those who have been loved and lost, accessible to family and friends across the globe. I know the Haycombe team feel privileged to be able to make the act of remembrance on your behalf for you to watch at home.”

Messages can be written on any gift tag and can be hand delivered or posted to Haycombe Cemetery, Whiteway Road, Bath, BA2 2RQ by December 1. There will also be tags available in the Book of Remembrance Room at the Top Chapel. Alternatively messages can be emailed to cemeteries_crematorium@bathnes.gov.uk and a tag will be written on your behalf.

The message will not be read out, only the loved one’s name. Please print the name clearly within the message.

The Act of Remembrance can be viewed from December 12 and at any time until the end of December at https://watch.obitus.com. Enter username: cola0438 and password: 121987.