Officially opened in June 2009, Three Counties Crematorium is both contemporary and state of the art, providing a range of modern facilities. The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Reverend J Gladwin opened the crematorium at the time. Although the crematorium only opened recently, the site has been used for many years. During the Second World War it was used as a prisoner of war camp for Italian prisoners until 1943 and German prisoners until 1947. The cremation service is something unique and the staff at the crematorium work with all kinds of families to plan and deliver a fitting tribute for loved ones. Many different requirements can be addressed, from non-religious services through to religious and cultural traditions. The staff at the crematorium aim to offer professionalism and care at what is a distressing time. The gardens of remembrance are currently under development to provide an improved area of peace and tranquillity where family members can visit and remember loved ones.