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Free Bereavement Drop-In Session

Losing a loved one can be one of life's most difficult experiences.

Our aim is to assist individuals during this time.

We will be holding free bereavement drop-in sessions at our Maidenhead branch on the following dates from 10am - 12noon:

Thursday 23rd May

Thursday 30th May

Thursday 6th June

Thursday 13th June

Thursday 20th June

Thursday 27th June

Please feel free to come in and have a cup of tea/coffee and a chat with our experienced team.

Helping the Community

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‘I really like the fact I can help people in my local community,’ says Melanie Knight, who is a Funeral Administrator in Caversham. She has lived in Caversham for seven years. ‘I really love Caversham,’ she says. ‘Although you are part of Reading it has a village feel to it.’

Melanie joined A.B. Walker in September 2018. She had spent 16 years working as a customer service host on the Caledonian Sleeper train from London to Inverness.

The first funeral she arranged from the Caversham office was at St Andrew’s Church where her daughter was christened.

‘I feel a real sense of pride that I’m dealing with the community I live in,’ she says.

Melanie, a 42 years-old mother of two, has enjoyed her new role and being able to provide a worthwhile service.  ‘It’s such a lovely job to be able to do for people,’ she says. ‘If I can make it even just the tiniest bit easier for any family or next of kin it gives me a real sense of job satisfaction.’

Dying Matters Awareness Week 13th-17th May


As part of Dying Matters Awareness Week we will be taking part and hosting the following events:

Monday 13th May:

5.30pm: Living & Dying Well - Crowne Plaza Reading, Caversham Bridge, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8BD.

Tuesday 14th May:  

12 noon - Radio Interview with Blast 1386AM

2pm-4pm - Open Afternoon at our Reading office (36 Eldon Road, RG1 4DL)

Wednesday 15th May:

9.00am-12noon: Broad Street Mall, Broad Street, Reading, RG1 7DE

Thursday 16th May: 

12noon-3.00pm: Open Afternoon at our Maidenhead office (115 Bridge Road, SL6 8NA)

Friday 17th May: 

11.00am-2.00pm: Open Day at our Thatcham office (40 The Broadway, RG19 3HP)

Please pop in for a chat and to meet the team.

Information will be available on Prepaid Funeral Plans, Memorials and our bereavement after care course, Link.

Woodley Library Information Stand

Please come and visit our stand in Woodley Library where you can find out more information about prepaid funeral plans and our Link bereavement course. We will also be able to answer any general funeral questions you may have.

We will be at the Library on Wednesday 8th May from 10am-12noon.

Woodley Library, Headley Road, Woodley, RG5 4JA


Hundreds light Candles at a Moving Service of Remembrance

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The Walker family joined hundreds of people lighting candles in memory of their loved ones at a moving service at Reading Minster.

The annual Service of Remembrance was organised by A.B. Walker.

The service was led by The Bishop of Reading, the Rt Revd Andrew Proud.

Light streamed through the stained glass windows as young and old stood side by side remembering those they had lost.

A.B. Walker Director Matthew Walker said he hoped the service would provide reassurance to those attending that they are not alone.

‘This service is an act of togetherness that allows us to reflect on love and lives shared,’ he said.’ Although our loss is unique to each of us we can share that common thread of being on that journey, of being force to adjust our lives to a loss of those we love.’

He expressed his thanks to the Bishop of Reading who has led the service for a number of years.

The service was attended by Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire Mr James Puxley, and The Mayor of Reading Councillor Debs Edwards.

Matt Allwright read a poem, Remember Me by Margaret Mead. The bible reading was read by Pastor Paul Garratt.

Refreshments were served after the service.

Meet one of our new Funeral Administrators

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Birth and death have both been part of life for Reading Funeral Administrator Charlotte Janes.

Charlotte joined A.B. Walker in September 2018. Before that she worked in the maternity unit at  Royal Berkshire Hospital.

‘I wanted to do something completely different,’ said 28 year-old Charlotte who had worked as a care assistant for eight years, looking after new mums and their babies.

Charlotte, a mother of two, has always been interested in the funeral industry.  She finds her new role rewarding and enjoys helping people.