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Christmas at Winchester for the bereaved

We appreciate that Christmas time can be very difficult for someone in mourning. Our funeral home is dedicated to helping clients through the grieving process and here to support families during their bereavement. This year the team at LINK organised a trip to Winchester Cathedral and Christmas market for a group of bereaved people.

The family business has set up The Link Bereavement Care Group which has provided a bereavement course for more than 100 people who have lost loved ones.

The group was set up in partnership with the charity Cruse Bereavement Care and the programme is free of charge.

The courses were originally set up to support clients of A.B. Walker & Son. They proved so successful that the service was opened up to the wider community. Anyone in Berkshire who has been bereaved in the past year, and feels they can benefit from The Link Bereavement Care group, can apply to go on the six week course by contacting Melissa Walker:


Memory trees are back

We appreciate that Christmas time can be very difficult for someone in mourning. Our funeral home is dedicated to helping clients through the grieving process and here to support families during their bereavement. If you want to pop in for a chat or have a cuppa, come by and leave a message for a loved one on one of the memory trees. We would love to be there for you.

You can leave a message on any the six memory trees found at any of our branch locations. We wish you and your family the best during this holiday season.


Walkers take on Santa Run 2015

Santa Run 2015

Reading’s Santa Run was held on Sunday 6th December this year. The 5K run saw many runners suited in red dashing about town. Some of the Santas this year were recognised as part of the Walker family (pictured right) as Matthew and his family versus Julian and his family raced to the finish line.  

Everyone here at A.B. Walker & Son wished them best of luck. As it looks like it was a fun day for All! 

We Remember Them All

Lest We Forget

We remember all those who have lost their lives serving our great country and will honour them with a moment of silence on Wednesday, 11th of November at 11 am.

"Lest we forget".

Pop in to the Thatcham, Reading or Henley office for your poppy. 

Memories in Music

In Remembrance week, Berkshire’s Occasion Singers and Reading A440 choir are delighted to be able to bring 'Music in Memories' to the Reading Minster.

 The concert will be a great way to bring Reading people together to bring back memories through songs. 

The Singers believe it is not the actual song that makes one emotional, but the people, the places, and the moments that come to mind when the song is heard.

Occasions Singers sang at the beautiful Reading Minster at AB Walker's popular Memorial Service earlier this year and we saw for ourselves how music has a big role at the Minster and how it can bring back many happy memories. So we are hoping to use this concert to raise funds to restore the unique and important pipe organ built by Henry Willis in 1862. In so doing, we hope that it can once again provide Reading Minster with a magnificent instrument of cathedral proportions which can be used by future generations and continue to bring back beautiful memories. 

Tickets for the concert at Reading Minster at 6.30pm, Saturday 14th November, are £10.00 and are available from the Minster or by calling 07815-529156


Christmas on Broadway

'Light' up our day by popping in to the Thatcham office for a visit during the Christmas celebrations. We hope to see you there!

A Time to Remember


A service for the bereaved,

particularly those who have lost loved ones in the last year,

will take place on

Sunday 25th October 2015 at 6.30 pm

at St Mary’s Church in Thatcham

 there will also be a 

Remembrance Sunday Service  

on Sunday 8th November at 10.30 am

All Saints Christmas Carol service

Come and join us at All Saint’s Church in Binfield singing carols in remembrance of the loved ones that are no longer with us.

Where one of our very own from A.B. Walker, Ms Hayley Johnson (from our Caversham office), will be reading during the remembrance service held on Sunday 6th December. 

Annual Christmas festival in Henley

Christmas Festival Henley

This annual Christmas Festival in Henley Town Centre is a magical event with a Christmas Market, Fairground rides, Carol singing, Father Christmas in his grotto and the Switching-on of the lights on the large Christmas tree.  The festival is from 5-9 pm on Friday 4th of December. The event is organised by Henley Town Council.

The Living Advent Calendar

Red Candle

This event, at 6.15pm every evening from 1 -24 December, turns Henley town centre into a living advent calendar, bringing together local businesses and performers each evening throughout the advent period and is now in its fifth successful year. 

Young Walker takes on Henley Half

Ollie Walker Henley Half Marathon

A.B. Walker & Son hosts a family of racing competitors. Oliver Walker (pictured right), son of Matthew Walker– a chip off the old block – has taken on the Henley Half Marathon this past weekend and successfully completed the race in an hour and half.

Well done Ollie from all of us at A.B. Walker & Son! We're so proud of you!

Brewing support for Macmillan

Brewing supprot for Macmillan Brewing support for Macmillan 2

Many attended our Bracknell and Thatcham offices at A. B. Walker to show support for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on 25th September. After hosting a very successful tea & cake morning with a fun filled raffle, donations reached over £360 for Macmillan Cancer research.

Bracknell office thanks everyone in the community for their support and wishes to thank all of those who donated the lovely cakes and prizes. Our Thatcham office was still partying away as the morning progressed into the afternoon with more donations ‘pouring’ in.

A.B. Walker & Son wish to thank all who supported the event.

Memorial Walk

Memory Walk

A.B. Walker’s bereavement team (Melissa Walker & Yvonne Parks pictured right) hosted a successful get together for several of those in the LINK group this past Sunday at Dinton Pastures. Overall it was a lovely day for a stroll with many folks, their family members and -who could forget- the family dogs! Thank you to all who made this day possible and for all the walkers coming out to make it such a wonderful occasion. For more on the story please visit the GetReading

New achievement for Melissa Walker

Melissa Walker

Congratulations to Melissa Walker who has now, following an intensive 10 week course held by the national charity- Cruse Bereavement Care, qualified as a professional bereavement councillor.

Picnic at the Proms

Picnic at the Proms

A.B. Walker & Son works hand in hand with Sue Ryder Nettlebed and this hospice willl host a picnic at the Proms on Saturday 12th September 2015. (See photo above for more details). Be there or be square! 

New software training for A.B. Walker staff

Nick Stokes

As times are changing, so is the software used by funeral directors. A.B. Walker & Son employees spent the afternoon training on a new computer system with Nick Stokes from Eulogica . Thank you Nick for all of your support and expertise!

Palmer Park Bowling Club Gala Day

Palmer Park Bowling Club Gala Day

Palmer Park Bowling Club held their Gala Day on Sunday 19th July which A. B. Walker & Son Limited was very proud to sponsor for almost 15 years now.

Presenting the awards, in the glorious sunshine, was A.B. Walker’s very own James Hall (pictured above far right). Trophies went to the following clubs:

Winners:             Oxford Bowls Club

Runners Up:       Goring A

 Semi-finalist:      Island Bohemians

 Semi-finalist:      Hurst Bowls Club

Well done to all those who attended and a special thank you to all the Palmer Park Bowling Club members.

PIMM'S fun at the fete

PIMM'S Tent 2015

Another successful year had under the PIMM’S tent at this year’s Caversham fete. A.B. Walker staff members served up the freshest of the fresh selling over £2100 of the traditional British summer time drink at Caversham Court Gardens; making this year even more ‘fruitful’ than the last. All proceeds were in aid of the Caversham churches.

It was a beautiful day with plenty of fun in the sun, the perfect ‘mix’ for a PIMM’S along the river. If you missed us this year, don’t fret we will be there again next year. Look for us under the big red tent down by the river!

Henley Bowls Club Gala Day 2015

Henley Bowls Club Gala day 2015 Henley Bowls Club Gala day 2015 2

A wonderful time was had by all at Henley Bowls Club Gala Day on Sunday 28th June at the mixed triples gala day. A.B. Walker was very proud to sponsor the event and our General Manager, Cynthia Townley, was there to present the winner's trophy to Desborough Bowls Club (pictured above right). This was their first win since the Henley Gala Day began in 2004.

Runners Up included the Caversham Bowls Club. Well done to all who took part!

Later life planning at Sue Ryder

Later life planning

A.B. Walker participated in an Open Day at Sue Ryder Nettlebed for Dying Matters Awareness Week. Our General Manager, Cynthia Townley (pictured right) along with our Golden Charter representative, James Hall were available to speak with the public answering questions regarding later life planning. The event was very successful with many participants.

Golfing to honour Golden Charter founder

Golfing to honour Golden Charter founder

A.B. Walker & Son Director Julian Walker (pictured right) recently attended the annual Gordon Key Cup – a golf competition played in honour of the founder of Golden Charter, our pre-paid funeral company.

Over thirty five golfers gathered in the highlands near Aviemore in glorious sunshine!

Julian, not perhaps the most competent of golfers, did not come away with any prizes but we are still very proud of him!

Young Walker wins award

Monty Award

A.B. Walker & Son hosts a family of racing competitors. Not only did brothers Matthew and Julian compete in the Reading Half Marathon alongside Oliver, the eldest of the 6th generation but Monty, the youngest, aged 8 just scooped an award at the Green Park Challenge Mini Marathon – a chip off the old block!

Well done Monty from all of us at A.B. Walker & Son!

Caversham celebrates 1st year anniversary

Caversham 1st Year Anniversary

May 1st 2015 marks the first year anniversary of the newest branch of A.B. Walker & Son Funeral Directors.  It has been firmly established into the Caversham community, working alongside ministers of all faiths and civil celebrants to provide families with a bespoke funeral service. We wish to thank all those in the community for warm welcome in their beautiful town and hope to be there for many years to come!

Dying Matters Awareness Week

Dying Matters Awareness Week is taking place from 18-24 May 2015 and encourages all of us to build the foundations now that will help us to carry on living as good a life as possible. Sue Ryder is part of the Dying Matters coalition, which aims to change public knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards death, dying and bereavement. We would like all of our supporters to join in with Dying Matters Awareness Week and feel comfortable about discussing and thinking about the following:

•             writing your will

•             recording your funeral wishes

•             planning your future care and support

•             registering as an organ donor

•             telling your loved ones your wishes



Hundreds attend annual remembrance service

Annual Rememberance Service Annual Rememberance Service

Over four hundred people in the Berkshire area attended A.B. Walker & Son’ s annual remembrance service this past Sunday. The service which took place in the evening at the Reading minster was officiated by the Bishop of Reading, the Rt Revd Andrew Proud.

Amongst the hundreds of families gathered to memorialise their loved ones, was Councillor Tony Jones The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Reading, Mayoress councillor Liz Terry and Sir John Madejski, OBE DL.

(Pictured : left to right: Councillor Tony Jones, Mayor of Reading, his wife, Liz Terry, Lt. Col. Norman West, Miss Sonia Gordon, Mr & Mrs Matthew Walker)


The service allowed for a member from each family to light a candle the memory of a loved one as well as the reading of a special poem by one of the bereaved; Lt Col. Norman West (pictured above). Light refreshments were served as families were invited to stay afterward to visit.

We wish to thank all those families for attending and we hope that this service has offered some peace with an opportunity to commemorate the loss of our loved ones.  

Next year the remembrance service will take place again at the Reading minster in April. Please look here for announcements on the time and date.



Occasions Singers speak on BBC Radio

Occasional Singers, who performed at A.B. Walker & Son's annual Remebrance service will be performing at the Hexagon! Jacqui will be appearing on BBC Radio Berkshire at 11am today (22nd April) along with Nick Debney also from Occasions Singers, talking to Sarah Walker about their appearance in Godspell in Concert. On behalf of everyone at A.B. Walker & Son we wish them a very successful concert. Tune in today to learn how you can earn 2 for 1 tickets to the show.

Milestone Birthday at Memory Giving

Jo is 50

A very Happy Birthday to Jo Read

from Memory Giving as she

celebrates her 50th this week!

Half Marathon results are in

Ollie Wins

The Reading Half Marathon Walker family championship of champions was won by (no surprises) Oliver Walker (6th Generation) in a good time of 1.40.  Matthew (5th generation), his father crossed the line not long after 1.47, followed by Uncle Julian at 1.54 who was citing a cold and complete lack of training for his time!

They enjoyed a Sunday lunch together before realising that it would have been a good idea to do some post-race stretches…

Until next year…

Local bakery helps A.B. Walker distribute 1,000 Easter treats


A.B. Walker & Son are distributing a thousand biscuits baked fresh from the local bakery. The biscuits, very much like the traditional hot cross buns enjoyed during the Easter season, will be delivered to the nearby nursing homes by the Administrative team.

On behalf of everyone here at A.B. Walker & Son we would like to extend our sincere best wishes to all during this spring holiday season.

Open evening at the Woodlands


GreenAcres Woodland Burial Park Chiltern will host an update evening on Thursday 21st May 2015 from 6 pm - 8 pm.

Everyone is welcome. Funeral Directors, arrangers and families alike...

You will learn what’s been happening in recent months and what to expect throughout the rest of the year.

They also promise to feed and water you (by water, they mean beer and wine!)

This is a great opportunity to have a look at the glorious woodland facilities – especially if you have never been there before. They will even treat you to a guided buggy tour!

Please help them plan by letting them know if you’ll be coming by. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Annie:

Hearse 'rolls' out in style

Rolls Royce

This A.B. Walker hired Rolls Royce vintage hearse travelled to the Reading Crematorium today giving its passenger a final send off in classic style.

Walker brothers to take on Half Marathon

Julian vs Matt

Entries are now closed for the Reading Half marathon, but it is not too late to show support by lining the streets to cheer on the racers. Race day will take place on Sunday 22nd March and run throughout town centre. To see the race route or for more information please visit the Vitality website.

This year’s race will see both A.B. Walker & Son brothers, Julian (pictured above left) and Matthew (pictured above right) going head-to-head racing to the finish line. Also, joining team Walker in his first debut, is Matthew’s son Oliver. Please join me in wishing all our racers the best on the big day.

Bereavement course now open to public

A.B. Walker have joined with the local Thames Valley Berkshire Area of the national charity Cruse Bereavement to create a six week programme investigating the feelings and sharing the experiences of loss and bereavement. Each session is a mixture of learning and group interaction managed by trained facilitators.

The course is now open to the public as the GetReading shares in their article. If you are interested in the bereavement programme please email Melissa Walker at


A.B. Walker recommends pre-paid funerals

Funeral Plans from A.B. Walker

With funeral costs on the rise, consider helping your loved ones by choosing a pre-paid funeral plan. Now, for a limited time, Golden Charter will give you a £40 Marks & Spencer voucher when you take out a plan.  So, why not give yourself peace of mind and plan ahead? It might be the most thoughtful decision you will make.

Divers spring foward to Olympics

A.B. Walker Olympic sponsored Chris Mears, and his teammate Jack Laugher win gold this past weekend at Plymouth. They competed in the 3m synchro at the National Diving Championships on Saturday and Sunday competed individually. On behalf of everyone here at A.B. Walker & Son we wish you much success springing forward into the Olympics. For more on the story, click here.

Motorbikes unite for final journey

Nearly 30 motorcycles flanked an A.B.Walker hearse this past week as the funeral procession laid to rest a motorbike enthusiast. His family was overwhelmed by the community support as bikers led the way to Reading Crematorium giving him a most memorable send off.  View gallery here.

A.B. Walker and Son supports local theatre

A.B. Walker and Son supply local theatre with a coffin in the production of Much ado about Nothing.

Reading Between The Lines theatre will perform at St James’ Church beginning on Wednesday 4th February and run until Saturday, the 14th. The coffin supplied will be part of the grand military funeral on stage.  

Managing director Julian Walker said: “We're proud to be a part of the local community in Reading and we were pleased that we could help to make this production a success.” –Reading Chronicle 1 February 2015

If you’re still looking for something to do with your Valentine this year, why not venture out to enjoy the theatre? For more information, please visit the website for ticket availability. For more information on the show times and ticket info please visit:

To all those involved in the theatre production, we wish the best of luck to or as they say in showbiz; Break a leg!


A.B. Walker's Annual Memorial Service

Reading Minster

A.B. Walker and Son Ltd, a family firm of funeral directors, will be holding the annual Memorial Service of Remembrance at St. Mary the Virgin, St Mary’s Butts, Reading Town Centre on Sunday 19th of April at 5pm. The Walker family and staff welcome anyone who has lost a loved one to the service. Members of the congregation are then invited to light a candle in memory of their loved ones.

Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to A.B.Walker due to limited seating in the church.