Neville Funerals has announced the opening of a new branch at Dunstable this month.
The property offers over 3,600 sq ft of space, and is considered an ideal setting for a funeral directors.
Vicky Trumper, funeral director at the group, explained that the Globe House, where the new branch will reside, is structurally in “great shape” and by making a few alterations internally, it will ensure that there is a chapel of rest, mortuary space and arrangement rooms in place.
Trumper expressed that whilst the company could “not be more pleased” to open the new branch at Dunstable, she was mindful that the last 12 months have been difficult for everyone, particularly for those that have lost loved ones during this pandemic and who have struggled without being able to hold the type and ceremony they would wish for.
She said: “When we open our doors at the end of January, we will still have to follow strict lockdown guidelines so that our contact with clients in the first instance will have to be by phone, or email or video conferencing platform. But the team is now very experienced in such matters and very able to chat through options and offer advice.”
James Witham, who has over 15 years’ experience at Neville Funerals, will operate as the new branch manager at Dunstable.
Commenting on his appointment, he said: “I am delighted to be taking up this new role – not least because Dunstable happens to be my hometown – but also because although we have been able to offer services to the town from other branches, we wanted to be more visibly available and closer to the people here. I and the team are already keen to make contact with local community groups and forums to see where we can offer our support.
“And, as soon as we are able, we hope to launch a local Talking Elephants group, which is our own free monthly bereavement support service, for those who would appreciate a friendly face and some support, and to meet for coffee and conversation. We’ll release more news on that as soon as we can but it’s always useful to follow our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter for the very latest updates.”