Fresh start after 200 years

New branch

The Walker family welcomed guests to the opening of the new branch of funeral director A B Walker & Son in Woodley. The fifth-generation family business, now run by brothers Julian and Matthew Walker, is one of Berkshire’s oldest as it is 200 years old.

The new branch was officially opened by Mr James Puxley, the Lord- Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire, who unveiled the commemorative plaque. Guests also included Mayor of Woodley Councillor Kay Gilder, and Wokingham Borough Mayor Cllr Bill Soane.

Ken Murphy, the Funeral Administrator at the branch, has lived in Woodley for the last 30 years. He said: “After living here for so long it is good to be able to give something back. I like to be able to assist people at their hour of need. It is a close-knit community in Woodley.”

“We have been supporting bereaved families in Woodley and Earley for generations,” said A B Walker Director Julian Walker. “We are now proud to be at the heart of the community in our new branch and to be able to offer bereaved families a service on their doorstep.”

The Woodley branch is the ninth location for A B Walker. There are also branches in Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, Henley-on-Thames, Thatcham, Tilehurst, Caversham and Maidenhead.

“We have grown steadily and believe that is because of the quality and independent service we offer,” said Julian.

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