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New funeral home set to open in Winklebury
A NEW funeral home is set to open in Winklebury this week.
The firm, trading as L Titcombe & P J Murray Independent Funeral Directors is in a former pet shop, Your Pets, in Elmwood Parade, in Elmwood Way – and, as the name suggests, it is run by business partners Lorraine Titcombe and Peter Murray.
The premises has had a complete makeover, giving it a professional, discreet and modern feel.
“We want to make people feel very comfortable and at ease when they come to see us,” explained Lorraine.
“I think it says what we are over the door – so I don’t think we need to advertise coffins in the windows.”
The duo previously worked together at Howe and Son Funeral Directors, in Kingsclere, which is part of The Southern Co-operative.
In fact, their work and dedication was recognised in 2013 when they won The Funeral Home of the Year Award – the top award that The Co-op gives in recognition of a branch that has stood head and shoulders above other co- operative funeral care homes.
This was in no small part due to letters of thanks which clients had taken the time to write and express their gratitude to Lorraine and Peter for their help, support and kindness during the traumatic time of losing a loved one.
“For people to think of us and take the time to write such wonderful letters, when they are sometimes at their lowest ebb, is very humbling,” said Lorraine.
Pleased with the location of their business premises, Peter said: “It’s taken us the best part of two years to find the right place, and we think we’ve really have found the ideal location and premises in Elmwood Parade.
“We’re really pleased to be in Winklebury – we’re just off of the Roman Road, in Basingstoke, so we are easy to find.
“The premises themselves could have been built with us in mind, and it is part of a well-established parade of shops in a very pretty residential area.
“From this central location, we hope to be of service not only to the people of Basingstoke, but also the surrounding villages, and I think we can serve this community well.”
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