Useful Resources
Local Funeral Directors

Colin Close,
    Peel Close, Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 7JU   Tel: 01258 453133

Eason Funeral Services,
    Newell, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4EZ  Tel: 01935 813479

Bracher Bros Ltd,
    Newbury Street, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4QL  Tel: 01747 822494

Wakely Bros,
    16 Newland, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3JQ  Tel: 01935 816817

L C Hill & Son,
    Water Street, Mere, Wiltshire BA12 6DZ  Tel: 01747 860361

Grassby Funeral Directors,
    16 Princes Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1TW  Tel: 01305 262338

Woods Funeral Services,
    11a Icen Way, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1EW  Tel: 01305 250425

Nigel Pope,
    Vale View, Wood Lane, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2QZ  Tel: 01963 362319

Peter Jackson Funeral Services,
    Mons, High St, Henstridge, Templecombe, Somerset BA8 0RA  Tel: 01963 362570

Charles Small,
    15 West St, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1JR  Tel: 01202 882372

Merefield & Henstridge Ridgemount,
    Pitts Lane, West Melbury, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0BU  Tel: 01747 853532

W S Brister & Son,
    100 Lenthay Road, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6AG  Tel: 01935 812647

Nicholas O’Hara Funeral Directors,
    128 Station Rd, West Moors, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 0JB  Tel: 01202 895875

Small Funeral Directors,
    15 West Street, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1LR  Tel: 01202 882372

F C Douch & Son,
    7 Leigh Road, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1AB  Tel: 01202 882936

Albert Marsh Funeral Directors,
    St Michaels Road, Wareham, Dorset BH20 4QU  Tel: 01929 552107

Albert Marsh Funeral Directors,
    2 Moorland Parade, Moorland Way, Upton, Poole, Dorset BH16 5JS  Tel: 01202 621777

G Holland & Son Funeral Directors,
    62 Vestry Road, Street, Somerset BA16 0AT  Tel: 01458 840658

James Smith Ltd,
    60a Kings Road West, Swanage, Dorset BH19 HR  Tel: 01929 422445

Names and Addresses of Local Clergy

The Church of England - The Okeford Benefice
Priest-in-Charge: Revd Lydia Cook 01258 863774

The Roman Catholic Church
Revd Michael Budge,
The Presbytery, Old Mill Lane, Marnhull, Sturminster Newton, Dorset.
Tel: 01258 820388.

The Natural Death Centre

The Natural Death Centre is a charitable project launched in Britain in 1991. It aims to support those dying at home and their carers, and to help people arrange inexpensive, family-organised, and environmentally-friendly funerals. It has a more general aim to helping to improve the quality of dying.

In 1994 The Natural Death Centre launched the Association of Natural Burial Grounds to assist the growing movement of farmers, local authorities, wildlife charities and others who wished to establish Natural (also known as woodland and green) Burial Grounds, often with commemorative trees instead headstones. Ham Down Woodland Burial Ground is a member of the association and follows their Code of Practice

The Natural Death Handbook this comprehensive guide to Natural Burial is an invaluable help when planning a funeral, covering such subjects such as where to source the right biodegradable coffin, whether to organise the funeral with or without a funeral director, financial and other preparations for one's own death, writing a Will, probate, bereavement resources etc.

Completely revised and expanded into a boxed set of three books, the new Handbook not only provides updated insight into the hidden world of dying and death, but also includes a compelling and ground breaking book of essays on the subject by some of the best writers in the field. The trilogy is completed by the latest directory of recommended funeral directors and natural burial grounds in the UK. It can be ordered online or over the phone.

The Natural Death Centre
In The Hill House, Watley Lane, Twyford, Winchester SO21 1QX.
Tel 01962 712690