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A Winklebury funeral home got a blessing
A NEW funeral home was blessed by the Rector of Winklebury and Worting and officially launched by the first citizen of Basingstoke and Deane.
The Reverend John Wigmore prayed for the new business, trading as L Titcombe & P J Murray Independent Funeral Directors, at Elmwood Parade, in Winklebury.
Also at the blessing was the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Councillor Dan Putty, who unveiled a plaque, officially opening the business.
Prior to the unveiling, Cllr Putty spoke of the experience and reputation of business partners Lorraine Titcombe and Peter Murray. They previously worked in Kingsclere, working for the Southern Co-operative.
Cllr Putty said: “Now they are going to continue their excellent personal service for local families to say a befitting goodbye to the loved ones they have lost.”
Impressed with what he learned about the business, Cllr Putty described it as “a funeral parlour of excellence.”
Mr Murray, who welcomed guests, who included members of the clergy, neighbours and members of the local community, said: “As many of you know, it’s been almost two years since Lorraine and I started looking for premises in the Basingstoke area.
“And we were turned down on at least six occasions by landlords for no reason other than the nature of our business.
“At the beginning of this year, we were beginning to wonder whether we would ever really find suitable premises and a sympathetic landlord.”
Fortunately, Lorraine and Peter found the landlord of a former pet shop in the parade of shops was agreeable to the business.
Having transformed the premises, Peter said: “It’s a pleasure for us to be here in Winklebury. It’s a nice estate and people have made us feel very welcome. We really do look forward to being of service to the community of Basingstoke and Deane.”
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