MEET THE TEAM

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Memorial Woodlands helps families reimagine funerals for the 21st Century. We believe that families should have an alternative to what is typically a half hour conveyor belt experience at the crematorium. We also believe that a funeral service with a burial should cost about the same as the average cremation. 

Every life is unique, so we work with you to make the funeral unique. No other funeral director has their own chapel and reception rooms, set in 100 acres of burial grounds. These grounds are being developed into a nature reserve managed by a Charitable Trust. As we own the venue, we guarantee that you will have an uninterrupted morning, afternoon, or entire day to celebrate the life of your loved one. Having our reception rooms and hospitality team at your disposal means the whole occasion runs seamlessly. 

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Burials in a nature reserve are environmentally beneficial, unlike cremations, which release CO2 and pollution into our environment. Every family that chooses Memorial Woodlands is helping to create a natural woodland habitat, open to the public, that provides a serene and reflective environment for current and future generations.

Our funeral packages for burial cost the same or less than that of a 30-40 minute cremation. We are also pleased to help you organise a conventional cremation service at your crematorium or service at Memorial Woodlands followed by a cremation. We have a wide choice of plots available for burials and the interment of ashes.

For help & information please email: admin@memorialwoodlands.com. 

Or call our team on 01454 414 999

Office hours are 9am to 5pm, Mon to Fri

This number  is also open for Emergencies 24 hours a day.

OUR TEAM

We understand that, during a time of loss, the thought of arranging a funeral can feel overwhelming. But our empathetic, professional and – above all – approachable team are here to make things as uncomplicated for you as we possibly can.

FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Our respectful and dignified funeral directors have over 50 years of experience between them and all possess exceptional talent for caring for yours and your family’s needs. At Memorial Woodlands each family is assigned one funeral director to help them arrange the funeral. The families that we serve often compliment us on our attention to detail in the planning and our discretion on the day.

OFFICE TEAM

Our office staff play a massive role in supporting the funeral directors, groundsmen, catering staff and of course our families.

SUPPORT

Behind the scenes at Memorial Woodlands are a number of valuable members of the team who provide catering and flower design for the funerals services and maintain our beautiful grounds.

Head Florist

Head Florist

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SCOTT WALKER

Funeral Director

Scott joined Memorial Woodlands in October 2018 and was delighted to take up the role as one of our funeral directors following his training. Scott worked for a number of years at a local crematorium and says he is now in the role he has been seeking. He takes enormous pride in stewarding families along the path to crafting the most appropriate funeral. In his previous role, he was awarded a certificate from the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities and brings with him extensive knowledge of the numerous burial and cremation statutes.

Scott is calm, caring and dedicated. He ensures that each service runs smoothly, that families are supported and that challenges are dealt with discreetly and without fuss. He says “it’s up to me to be sure that all of the family are as comfortable as possible whilst in our care”.

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ELLA ABBOTT

Funeral Director

Ella joined Memorial Woodlands during 2017. She has worked in the funeral industry since early in 2015 in various roles. Ella is really delighted when permitted to assist bereaved families by helping them to craft the right funeral for their loved one. She says it’s a privilege to be there to help to guide families during what can be a difficult time.

 

Ella is normally accompanied to work by Amble, her faithful lurcher dog. Amble is happiest out in the fields and when not in Westbury-on-Trym Ella enjoys nothing more than long country walks. Having grown up in Bristol she is at home in Westbury but holds very fond memories of long weekends spent with her grandparents on their farm in Devon.

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STEVE

BEGBIE-DILKS

Funeral Director

Having had a long career in Newspaper publication, Steve moved to the funeral industry in 2009 and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of the funeral business. 

 

As a funeral director with Memorial Woodlands, Steve is dedicated to supporting and comforting families during their sad time of need. He is committed to helping families to remember and pay tribute to the life of a loved one in a dignified manner with courtesy, care and professionalism. Steve considers that helping families to appreciate they have plenty of time and choice, both in arranging their occasion and on the day, is crucial.

 

In his spare time, Steve is a qualified UEFA football coach running a successful youth football team. He also enjoys caravanning and gardening and spending time with his family.  

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Abbie started working at Memorial Woodlands as a catering assistant in August 2017 and, when an opening became available in the office she jumped at the opportunity.

“Working at Memorial Woodlands is so rewarding. I love supporting the families and making their time with us as comfortable as possible. The tranquillity of the Woodlands reminds me of what is important in life.”

When not at work Abbie enjoys spending time with family, friends and her adorable nephews.

ABBIE MULCAHY

Senior Administrator

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MARCIN WILKOSZ

Senior Administrator

Marcin (pronounced Marchin) has been with us since 2005. His main tasks include data entry, filing, plot mapping and preparing the legal paperwork for the deeds and leases.

“I love meeting with families, engaging with them on a personal level, and helping make their experience a little more bearable being surrounded by the serenity of the woodlands in a green and peaceful environment is also a true blessing”.

In private life, he is a proud father of Matthew and Edward, and a happy husband of Tabita. He enjoys foreign travels, archaeology, guide-books and maps.

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TERRY HAYWARD

Support Services Manager

Terry joined Memorial Woodlands in 2016 following a long and distinguished career in the ambulance service. Terry had operational responsibility for thirty ambulance stations and three area control rooms. He oversaw the entire provision during that career saw service from ambulance paramedic to Deputy Chief Officer.

He has brought this wealth of experience together with a proper appreciation of high standards, an understanding of the requirement for regulatory compliance and most importantly a calm and dignified worldview.

Terry is a proud grandfather of eight and when they are not keeping him occupied he is a dedicated supporter of the Great Western Air Ambulance and the RNLI. For relaxation, Terry loves nothing better than idling along our inland waterways.

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SUE HITCHEN

Sue has been with Memorial Woodlands since 2015.

“I love my role as Hospitality Manager. It is a priviledge to help families give their loved ones the best send off they can and I meet such lovely people.”

 

Sue has a passion for reading, gardening and card making.

 Hospitality Manager

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Colin has been a member of the Memorial Woodlands team since its inception in 2001. A farmer man and boy, Colin now maintains our lovely grounds and keeps the plots tidy. You’re also likely to meet him directing cars in the car park when you attend a funeral here.

Colin loves his work and takes extreme pleasure from tending land and being outside with nature. He’s also been known to enjoy the odd game of skittles.

COLIN WILCOX

Groundsman

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KAT BROWN

 Hospitality Manager

Kat came to Memorial Woodlands following a long career in the RAF and having worked for the Westerleigh group. She brings all of that remarkable experience to lead and mentor her team, to ensure your day wants for nothing. 

 

Kat will help you to arrange all aspects of your reception, to turn your day into an occasion. She is happy to explore new menu choices and will be pleased to discuss your particular needs. Kat considers working with and helping the families that come to Memorial Woodlands to be a privilege. She keeps us all smiling with little culinary surprises and also finds time to support the other teams here at Memorial Woodlands when they need a helping hand.

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HELEN PYLE

Head Florist

Helen is a freelance florist and has had a studio onsite at Memorial Woodlands since 2010.

With an artistic eye and dedicated attention to detail, she creates visually stunning floral arrangements from fresh, seasonal flowers direct from her local suppliers.

Clients are free to choose from Helen’s portfolio of traditional arrangements or can test Helen’s creativity by requesting something that is unique to the family.

 

You can call Helen directly on 07774 607034

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OPENING TIMES

AUTUMN/WINTER

 7:30AM-5:30PM

SPRING/SUMMER

 7:30AM-7:30PM

For more information, to arrange a meeting at our offices or in the comfort of your own home, please get in touch and our staff will be happy to help. 

01454 414 999

 

admin@memorialwoodlands.com 

MEMORIAL WOODLANDS

EARTHCOTT GREEN, 

 NEAR THORNBURY

BRISTOL

BS35 3TA

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