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“…May I thank you and your colleagues, on behalf of all the family, for the discreet, dignified and sympathetic manner in which everything has been accomplished... we felt secure with your firm's professional organisation and support…”
“…you and your team, to whom we would be obliged if you would convey our thanks, are undoubtedly thorough professionals and the compassionate manner in which you handled all aspects of the funeral were greatly appreciated by us all…” “…You made a very difficult and emotional time so much easier to bear with your professionalism and courteous approach.  We are all extremely grateful…”
“…Thank you so much for your advice and understanding over my mother’s funeral.  I know you are only doing your job, but so much sympathy, empathy and care is required, and your showed it in abundance.  No question or request was too trivial or bizarre…”
“…We just wanted to say thank you so much for making the loss of our beloved mum and nan so much easier for us.  From the first phone call to the end of the service you dealt with everything with such kindness and efficiency…”
“…We would like to express our sincere thanks to you and your staff for the kind, caring and professional way in which you conducted my father’s funeral and affairs.  We would like to thank Beverley in particular for her caring approach and help in the organisation and final placement of my father’s memorial stone…”
 “…At such a sad time it was a great comfort to us all to have all the practical details taken out of our hands, and dealt with so warmly and unobtrusively…”
“…I was not looking forward to dealing with the wheelchair which apart from its weight it is also difficult to get into and boot of a motor car.  I need not have concerned myself, on both the journey there and back one of your employees took these chores on himself leaving me free to assist my wife into and out of the vehicle…”
“…Your thoughtfulness and attention to detail at this time were greatly appreciated, and allowed the family to concentrate on the ceremony instead of having to worry about the formalities…”
“…Can I also say how pleased we were with the catering and the refreshment facilities at your premises…”
“…We would like to thank you for the sympathetic manner in which you handled the proceedings on the 24th July.  We were extremely impressed with the meticulous organisation which we could not fault at any stage.  We feel sure that mum would have been pleased!...”
“…Our family were very appreciative of the service offered.  It was particularly helpful to have the use of the lounge after the service as this enabled us to meet with auntie’s friends and neighbours.  The refreshments were ideal for the occasion…”

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History

Lucy PorterLucy Porter (1972 to present) / Ben Cambridge (1974 to present)

Lucy and Ben have run the business together on a day-to day basis since 2007.

John PorterJohn Porter (1944 to 2008) / Pat Porter (nee Smith) (1944 to present)

John and Pat oversaw the continued growth of the business and during their time at the helm, saw the business move from Short Street (Enville Street) to our current premises at Old Church House on South Road, and the acquisition of St Michael & All Angels Church and Church Hall.

Stanley porterStanley Porter (1908-1967) / Dorothy Porter (nee Cadman) (1909-1988)

Stan ran the business and did almost all the work himself.  Upon his marriage, Dorothy took over the book-keeping/business accounts until her retirement in the early 1980’s. His brother, Eric Porter  (1919-1950), also worked in the business before his premature death leaving a young family.

Horace PorterHorace Porter (1881-1939)

Horace started as a driver for a local bus company and became a Funeral Director upon the death of his father.

John Porter (born 1847) Worked in the family business as a coffin maker and Funeral Director.

Richard Porter (born 1821) was a carpenter and coffin maker in Enville Street and is believed to have started the business in 1843, the year his father William died. It is believed he started the business to support his mother and the rest of the family.