News

  • 38 weeks 5 days ago

    It hardly seems possible that I find myself sat at my desk on Christmas Eve afternoon, having sent the staff home to their families a couple of hours ago. This year has been remarkable in many ways, but predominantly because of the families we have met for the first time, and been able to support through incredibly difficult times, and because of the families who have returned to us, giving us the privilege to support them once again.

  • 42 weeks 1 day ago

    We are privileged to have been asked to carry out the exhumation of those buried in the graveyard at the former Pokesdown United Reformed Church. The land has been purchased for a future building project, and we have spent the last ten weeks working on the site exhuming those who were buried there since the 1860’s. Our on site lead, Ryan Austin has done a truly magnificent job running the project, and we have had tremdous support from the students and staff at The College, Poole. It was important to us to achieve two things.

  • 42 weeks 1 day ago

    I find myself reading more about the cost of funerals, and how the charges have risen by more than three times inflation. I find it particularly frustrating to read about families on low income who are being charged high costs by funeral directors when they simply don’t have the money.

    Three years ago I created a service called FUNERAL ASSIST, and this was aimed specifically at people who are on low income, and perhaps claiming benefits. It is a framework for a simple, but dignified funeral, but at an affordable rate.

  • 3 years 45 weeks ago

    At Chester Pearce we have the privilege of assisting many families all of whom bring their own unique approach to the funeral of their loved one. We care deeply about the welfare of our families, and this doesn't end once the funeral is complete. We are always interested to know how people are doing, and what they are doing. One such person is Eloise Flinter. Eloise's Dad, Mike, died in October, and we were honoured to be asked to look after him. He had an incredible service which I have no doubt people will be talking about for a long time to come!

  • 4 years 3 weeks ago

    Sunday 9th August saw the playing of the inaugural David Potter Cup at Branksome Park Bowling Club. The match, sponsored by Chester Pearce Funeral Service, was played in memory of David Potter, a former bowler at Alexandra Park, and Branksome Park Bowling Clubs.

    The match was played in the form of a round robin, with forty - eight players in teams of four, made up of differing abilities, something which David would have thoroughly approved of. His grandson, and managing director of Chester Pearce, Stephen Nimmo explained;

  • 4 years 18 weeks ago

    Chester Pearce Funeral Service in Bournemouth has recently sponsored a cricket match with a difference. All of the players are either partially sighted, or blind.
    The company was approached by the Dorset Dolphin team to sponsor the first match of their season against Gloucester.
    Managing Director, Stephen Nimmo was delighted to be able to support this event;

  • 4 years 18 weeks ago

    We are delighted to now be piloting a number of new courses to be made available to people within, and outside of our profession.
    Thursday saw the first full run through of a course in association with Dorset Police which is aimed at funeral drivers. The pilot was very well received and we now look forward to making the course available more widely.
    Saturday 16th May will see the first funeral arrangers practical course. Something very different, placing the delegates in a home environment to make arrangements for a funeral and really test their skills in dealing with a bereaved family.

  • 4 years 34 weeks ago

    We are delighted to announce that we are now full members of the National Association of Funeral Directors. We continue to offer our families the very highest standards of care and professionalism, and this is now underpinned by membership of this Association.

  • 4 years 37 weeks ago

    We are delighted to say how successful our memory tree was this Christmas. With over 80 tags placed onto it in memory of loved ones who have died, the tree looked quite lovely. With the addition of a number of ceramic decorations coloured in by children, we couldn't have asked for a more fitting tribute to those who have died.
    The tags have now been taken from the tree and where possible, returned to the families who provided them, to place onto their own tree next year. A donation will also be made to Lewis - Manning and Streetwise.

  • 4 years 41 weeks ago

    We are delighted to be part of the Westbourne Christmas Festival on Saturday 6th December. From 10am, there will be activities going on in and around Westbourne, including a visit from Santa, and music. The Christmas lights will be officially switched on later in the day.