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We were pleased to be able to share our knowledge of funeral planning as part of the regular educational talks organised by the Bell Surgery in Henley.

We were recently named the best medium sized funeral planner in the Southern region at this year’s Funeral Planner of the Year Awards, run by funeral plan provider Golden Charter.

The Bell Surgery is a local GP surgery for residents of Henley and the surrounding area and is located in the heart of the town. We were delighted to be asked to take part in their talk about planning ahead for a funeral. It was part of their End of Life Series and was organised by the Bell Surgery Patient Participation Group.

Those taking part included Bruce Jones from Tomalins and Sons, Andy Chanter from The Natural Burial Ground at Rotherfield Greys and Sally Wiggin an inter Faith Celebrant.

The surgery is holding a free informative talk in December about the Rapid Access Care Unit at Townlands Hospital. The multidisciplinary team at RACU provides a one-stop patient centred holistic service. The talk will be on Tuesday December 4 2018 at 6-8pm at Townlands Hospital, York Road, Henley-on-Thames. To confirm your space contact the Bell Surgery on 01491 843250.


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A.B. Walker has become one of the sponsors of Burghfield Football Club Saturday Mens.  We have bought warm up hoodies and warm up T shirts for the team.

Our Funeral Administrator in Thatcham, Carolyn Tuttle coaches the Saturday Mens team with Barrie Awbery. Carolyn also coaches the under fours and Walking Mens/Womens Football.

‘I think the sponsorship is brilliant,’ she says. ‘It really does benefit Saturday Mens. When we warm up on match days the men are normally just in a T shirt, which is absolutely freezing in winter. Now they can wear warmer hoodies thanks to A.B. Walker.’

Established in 1989, Burghfield Football Club is an FA Charter Standard Club with over 400 members consisting of boys and girls from aged 3 to adults. The Saturday Mens team have been promoted and are in the Thames Valley Premier League.

Carolyn has been part of the team here at A.B. Walker for the last 15 years.

Her brother David Tuttle used to play for Tottenham Hotspur and she has been interested in football ever since she was a teenager. She has fond memories of trips to White Hart Lane.

Carolyn, who lives in Burghfield, now spends her spare time coaching at Burghfield Football Club. And she loves it. ‘It brings everyone together,’ she says.

Supporting our local hospices at Christmas

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With the festive season just around the corner we are proud to sponsor some of the hospice Christmas services taking place this year including the Sue Ryder Lights of Love Services.

Many people find it difficult to cope with bereavement, especially at Christmas. We are delighted to support our local hospices who do an amazing job.

A much-loved annual event, Lights of Love is an opportunity to gather with friends, family and Sue Ryder staff to reflect, remember and celebrate loved ones this Christmas.

There will be readings, carols, refreshments, and you can place a dedication on the Lights of Love trees.

Laura Kell, Head of Fundraising, says: “Lights of Love is free to attend and is open to all. Donations made on the night will help Sue Ryder continue providing palliative care for local families.  We’d like to thank A.B. Walker for their support in enabling these events to take place.”

For further details visit

Lights of Love: South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub is on December 6 2018 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Nettlebed Village Club in Henley-on-Thames. Let them know you’re coming by emailing

Lights of Love: Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice is on 7th December 2018 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm at English Martyrs Parish Church, 64 Liebenrood Road, Reading. Let them know you’re coming by emailing

The Thames Hospice Eton College Christmas Service is on Friday December 14 at 7.30pm in Eton College Chapel, Eton College. The cost is £30 per person. The host for the evening will be the High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire, Graham Barker. Singers include the international opera star, Sir Thomas Allen OBE and the beautiful soprano Rebecca Van den Berg. The readers will include Bill Bryson OBE and the outstanding Tamesis Chamber Choir will lend its unique musical talent to a memorable night of carols and festive readings. Book by visiting the Thames Hospice website.

Memorial renovation work

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Our Memorial department have recently completed the restoration of the War memorial at Earley St Peter’s CofE Church. We are extremely pleased with the work carried out.

There will be a special service held on Sunday 11th November 2018 to commemorate 100 years since the Armistice, meeting at the War memorial at 10.50am. All are welcome to attend.

Breast Cancer Care afternoon tea

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Thank you to everyone who attended our Afternoon Tea at our Wokingham branch in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

Your kind support means Breast Cancer Care can be there for more people affected by breast cancer. Their team of specialist nurses and experienced helpline staff are experts in breast cancer, providing practical information and the chance to talk to someone who understands.

Regional Funeral Planner award

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We are delighted to announce that A.B. Walker has been named the best medium sized funeral planner in the Southern region at this year’s Funeral Planner of the Year Awards, run by funeral plan provider Golden Charter.

Hosted by radio DJ Ken Bruce, the awards took place at the spectacular National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and featured a performance by the world-famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

In addition to the Funeral Planner of the Year accolade, the Woodland Trust has dedicated trees on behalf of A.B. Walker which are to be planted in recognition of the company’s achievement.

We are pleased that the service we provide has been recognised with this award.

A.B. Walker is at the heart of the community and has been supporting bereaved families for nearly 200 years.

Death is something that no-one wants to think about, and that’s natural. But we know that for many people planning their funeral has brought peace of mind.

Planning ahead can help to ease the financial and emotional burden on loved ones at a distressing time.”

Golden Charter CEO Suzanne Grahame said: “The respected and caring work of independent funeral directors within their local communities often goes unrecognised and so it gives me great pleasure to congratulate the team at A.B. Walker for their tremendous achievement in winning this award.

“The award recognises the excellent service the team from A.B. Walker has delivered to their local community, by helping individuals through the funeral plan process and supporting families when they need it the most.”

The Funeral Planner of the Year Awards celebrate the independent funeral directors who are excelling in promoting pre-paid funeral plans, and by doing so providing peace of mind for families that everything is taken care of.

Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning

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In support of Macmillan Cancer Support we will be holding a Coffee Morning at our Thatcham branch (40 The Broadway, Thatcham, RG19 3HP) on Wednesday 26th September, 10am.  

Please come along for a slice of cake and a chat. #macmillancancersupport #cancersupport #coffeemorning


Bowls Gala Days

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Throughout June and July A. B. Walker were pleased to continue our support for the Henley Bowls Club and Palmer Park Bowls Club Gala Days.


Both events were well attended and a good time was had by all despite the blistering heat.


Palmer Park Club were the winners for the Henley Bowls Club Gala Day with Woodley A taking the winning position for the Palmer Park Club Gala Day.


Well done to all those who attended and a special thank you to all the club members who made us feel very welcome.


Broad Street Mall information stand

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Please look out for our stand in the Broad Street Mall where you can find out more information about prepaid funeral plans and our Link bereavement course. We will also be able to answer any general funeral questions you may have.

We are there on the following Wednesdays:

20th June

18th July

19th September

17th October

14th November

Dying Matters Week

As part of Dying Matters Week we will be holding an


At the following Branches

Tilehurst: 13 School Road, Tilehurst, Reading, RG31 5AR 14 May 2018 2:30pm-4pm
Eldon Road: Eldon House, 36 Eldon Road, Reading, RG1 4DL 15 May 2018 2:30pm-4pm
Thatcham: 40 The Broadway, Thatcham, RG19 3HP 16 May 2018 2:30pm-4pm
Maidenhead: 115 Bridge Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 8NA 17 May 2018 2:30pm-4pm
Henley: Blyth House, 158 Reading Road, Henley, RG9 1EA 18 May 2018 10:30am-12(noon)
Caversham: 208 Gosbrook Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 8BL 18 May 2018 2:30pm-4pm

All Are Welcome!

Please Pop In For A Chat & Meet The Team

Tea/Coffee & Cake Available  We Look Forward To Meeting You

Information Also Available On:

Prepaid Funerals


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