Memorial Carol Service 2020

Due to the ongoing pandemic crisis we will be doing our much loved service differently this year.

To comply with social distancing guidelines we cannot hold a public service as this normally brings in excess of 300 people into Herne St Martin’s church, but we still want to give everyone the opportunity to leave their loved ones a message on the church tree.

So, with this in mind we have made the decision to continue with the service with just Rev Carol and her team along with A. Welch & Sons staff. We invite you all too send your message via email to awelchandsonsltd@btconnect.com. Once we receive your message, we will write it on a star and during the service we will as usual hang all the stars on the church tree and light it up to honour all your loved ones who, though no longer with us, will be lovingly remembered at Christmas.

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The service will be shown on YouTube at 3.00pm on 20th December 2020 for you to enjoy from the safety of your own home.
(We will make the link available here as soon as the service has been recorded. Once it has shown at 3.00pm, the service will remain available for you on YouTube, using the link provided, at any time that suits you).

This has been an incredibly difficult year for so many of you for so many reasons.
We all hope you stay safe through these uncertain times and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas

Funeral Directors in Herne Bay & Canterbury

We are a family owned, independent funeral directors and have been serving the local communities of Herne Bay, Whitstable, Beltinge, and Canterbury since 1948. It has been an honour to help, support and comfort many Kent families over the last 71 years and we would like to thank each and every one of our valued clients for their loyalty and hope to continue to serve for many more years to come.

  • Free. expert, impartial Help & Advice
  • Tailor-made funeral arrangement to your specific needs whatever they may be.
  • We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • We can visit you at home at no extra charge if you need us to.
  • Qualified in House bereavement counsellor.
  • We have a deep commitment to providing a reliable, caring and above all, personal service to suit your specific needs.
  • We have a proven record and experience in providing high standard service since 1948.
  • All our funeral directors are Qualified members of the BIFD (The British Institute of Funeral Directors) and hold the Diploma in Funeral Directing.
  • Tim Welch, the current Managing Director is also a fully qualified embalmer and member of the BIE ( British Institute of Embalmers).

Helpfulness and respect

I wanted to write to say a massive thank you for the helpfulness and respect you gave my dad, “M”. You did an amazing job on the funeral making sure it ran smoothly on such a difficult day. 

Just a massive thank you again!

M’s Family, 

Dignity and respect

Thank you all for treating “N” with dignity and respect. Thank you also for giving N a really good send off. It was all very much appreciated.

C & Family, 

Care and consideration

This is just a note to thank you so much for looking after me so well in the lead up to and during my mother’s funeral. I really did appreciate your care and consideration. Thank your staff for me (the backroom boys and girls!)

Mrs SS, 

Sympathetic care

I write to thank you so much for the sympathetic care and attention shown to my late husband “J” and indeed the wonderful support offered to me during this dreadful time. Both yourself and Alan were patient, attentive and caring throughout. J’s Funeral has been described as truly beautiful and memorable by all family members and friends who attended. J was a wonderful person, a true gentleman, and you helped me create and capture this in all respects. I will always be grateful to you both. Once again my heartfelt thanks.

Mrs MW, 
Herne Bay

Friendly & approachable

Thank you so much for your appreciated guidance and support that you gave us as a family on the passing of our lovely mum, R.D on the 1st July 2019. The professionalism that you and your team delivered was second to none as well as being friendly and approachable. Mum would have loved the service on Monday.

K & Family, 
Canterbury

Perfect send off

Thank you so much for arranging a perfect send off for our dear friend S.W. I really appreciate all your hard work.

T & Co, 
Herne Bay

Outstanding service

On behalf of myself, my family and our friends, I would like to thank you and everyone at A. Welch & Sons for the outstanding service you provided for my wife’s funeral. I realise that, as funerals are what you organise daily, they would always run smoothly. However, I would like to thank you on a personal level, for the compassion and care that you showed throughout this very sad and emotional experience. Your team on the day were most helpful and respectful too, and we thank them as well. You also put us in touch with the lovely Tara Snedden, an independent funeral celebrant. I must say that she has been thoughtful, compassionate and efficient from the word go, keeping in touch with me on an almost daily basis. Everyone at the service thought that she was an excellent celebrant. She is a credit to her profession, and we thank you sincerely for your recommendation. So I must finish by saying a big thank you again for what you did for us, because you did it in a very professional manner whilst keeping everything on a very personal level. This was so very much appreciated and in fact needed at such a traumatic time.

Mr T, 
Herne Bay
Funeral Directors

Our heritage

Alfred Welch, the ‘A’ of A. Welch & Sons was born in 1876. Like his father and grandfather before him Alfred became a coachman. Alfred married Ellen Tritton and they had 8 sons and 2 daughters. In time 5 of the sons joined their father in business, and so A. Welch & Sons was born, carrying out household removals, taxi work and supplying horses, carriages and coffin bearers to the four local funeral directors in Herne Bay.

One of the sons, Harold, also assisted one of the funeral directors, initially with coffin making and later with arranging and conducting funeral services. When the sons returned from the second World War, and, in 1948 the family decided to undertake funeral arrangements in their own right alongside the other work the company was doing. Read more about A Welch & Sons here.

Evolution

When motor vehicles replaced the horse and carriage our stables were converted into workshops, timber stores and a Chapel of Rest. In 1960 the decision was taken to concentrate solely on funerals. Our premises were continually updated and improved, refrigerated storage facilities and an embalming theatre were installed and we became the first fully equipped funeral directors in the Herne Bay, Beltinge and Canterbury district. During the seventies we had 4 private viewing chapels and a private service chapel built. In 1994 we opened a second branch in Canterbury.

The way we work

Our philosophy is a simple one: every funeral we arrange is the most important funeral we have ever conducted because it is so important to you. Every person whose funeral arrangements are entrusted to us is somebody’s son or daughter, and, in most cases somebody’s mother or father so we care for them as we would want our own children or parents cared for.

It is a fact that a funeral will always be a sad occasion but that doesn’t mean that it has to be miserable. A funeral should be a celebration of that person’s life, a time to remember the joy they brought into your lives and the happiness they shared with you in their life. It is our aim to help you achieve that goal and assist you to make the funeral service as comforting as possible.