Three Generations of Funeral Care coming to Shipston on Stour - as seen in The Stratford Herald newspaper

Three Generations of Funeral Care coming to Shipston on Stour - as seen in The Stratford Herald newspaper

April 25, 2024

Tracing our local heritage, our business has been in succeeding ownership for over 170 years, with the last 60 years being looked after by three generations of the Locke family who have served the South Warwickshire community since Raymond started his apprenticeship in 1940 through to Colin and George, who run the business today. As an award winning family business, we are supported by our dedicated team, all possessing a wealth of local knowledge, high professional standards, care and attention to detail. And in Summer 2024, we are excited to be opening our doors to a new branch of R. Locke & Son funeral directors in Shipston on Stour.

Who are R. Locke & Son?

As a local family business with established offices in Brailes, Kineton and Wellesbourne, we have always felt part of the Shipston community, so opening a fourth premises in the town centre felt like the next natural step for us. We have been looking for the right building for some time, and when the shop next to St Edmund’s Church on Church Street became available, we knew it was meant to be!

The new office in Shipston on Stour will provide a meeting place for families to discuss and arrange their funeral needs, as well as creating a space in the community for local people to come together for bereavement support, other events and activities.

Why choose R. Locke & Son?

We are proud to have been members of SAIF, The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors, for over 25 years and uphold their Code of Conduct to the highest standards. It is your guarantee that R. Locke & Son has been fully inspected and complies with the strictest code of practice.

At R. Locke & Son, one of our funeral directors will be your principal contact throughout the arrangements and be with you on the day of the service. As a team, we will do everything we can to deliver a funeral fulfilling your wishes, whilst respecting the memory of the person you love.

Award winning

We are proud of our heritage and were delighted to be awarded Family Business of the Year in a National competition run by Golden Charter funeral plan provider.

What services do we offer?

We can arrange traditional or modern funerals based on a burial, cremation, natural burial, woodland, religious, civil or non-religious service.

If your loved one didn’t want a traditional funeral, we can arrange a simple low-key service using our hearsette instead of the traditional hearse together with pared back options.

Direct cremation

We are pleased to offer a meaningful direct cremation or burial service as a simple, dignified and affordable choice, providing you with the opportunity to celebrate the life of your loved one in your own way, with or without a separate ceremony, giving you the option of viewing, a particular choice of coffin, allowing a limited attendance at the The Vale Crematorium or arranging a small gathering at our chapel in Brailes.

Green Options

We also offer a variety of ‘green’ funeral options, from locally sourced flowers to coffins made from environmentally friendly materials, such as cardboard and willow produced in the UK, some as close as Radford Semele.

Our dedicated and compassionate service extends to online funeral announcements and the collection of donations with GiftAid via our website and on the day of the funeral, arrangement of venue, vehicles, service options and music, plus other elements as required to create a fitting farewell.

Why we offer the SAIF Care service

We know that no-one can understand exactly what your loss feels like to you. But we do understand that it’s sometimes easier to talk to someone outside of your friends and family about grief and the impact of bereavement on your life. This is why we offer the SAIF Care bereavement support service with a Freephone help line, email support and webchat facility. Details can be found at bereavement-care

How can I contact you?

For more information please call us:
Brailes (01608) 685274
Kineton (01926) 640386
Wellesbourne (01789) 840744
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