NICHOLAS O'Hara Funeral Directors have buried a "time capsule urn" under their new building on Rowlands Hill, Wimborne. The urn contains many items relating to their family business and the world today. There was a confirmation letter of funeral arrangements and an estimate to their costs and an order of service from a funeral that week to show how funerals were done, as well as the company's own information booklet, coffin brochure and a map showing where local crematoriums and cemeteries where.
The world today was illustrated by including the local property pages, stamps, coins, a mobile phone and that week's Stour and Avon magazine.
The new building next to the existing is to house new garages, workshops and storage and will have a staff flat above. This will allow then for changes to the existing building to include more chapels of rest, a lounge area for families, a new mortuary and theatre. "We are constantly looking to invest in all areas of our business to provide the best in care and service and this project will improve even further the facilities we offer," said Nicholas.
After recent expansions to their Verwood and West Moors offices, the head office was able to expand with the purchase of the property adjacent which originally belonged to Nicholas's parents when they bought Somerleigh Court as a nursing home in the late 1960's.
Nicholas thinks it would be interesting to know that if in the future this is discovered how funerals have changed with their types and customs, the costs at that time, and also how our area may have changed. The building project is due for completion in the summer of 2014 and the company will be holding an open day to show its upgraded facilities.