RICHARD Steel and Partners, the family-owned funeral directors have recently opened a new office at 58 West Street, Alresford.

The Steel family have served the communities of the Winchester and Arle Valley for over 160 years. Current owner and fourth generation local funeral director Iain Steel, is keen to ensure that residents of the area have appropriate access to advice and support.

They have taken on the premises previously used by Fine Cuts Barbers.

As such Steel’s have opened a dedicated meeting room in the town which will be manned daily by a professional and compassionate team ready to offer advice on all aspects, from pre-planning through to making immediate funeral arrangements.

Iain said: “My family have been serving Alresford and surrounding areas for a very long time and I wanted to reflect our continued commitment to the area by creating a convenient meeting room for the local families that we support.”

Experienced funeral director and former Alresford resident Phil Hutchings (pictured with Iain Steel outside Steel’s new Alresford office) will be on hand to guide individuals and families through the often difficult circumstances surrounding the arrangement of a loved one’s funeral.

Phil said: “Every funeral is, and should be unique, as it reflects the character of the individual and I am honoured to be able to continue Steel’s tradition of family focussed service to a community that I know so well.”