Funeral Directors in Alton

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About Charles Read & Daughter - Alton

After H C Patrick of Alton closed in the 1970s, the manager Charles Read opened his own funeral business at 5 Normandy Street, Crown Hill, Alton. Years later, Charles Read, who went on to become Mayor of Alton, purchased a second-hand Austin Vanden Plas hearse (registration GOU 763D) from E Finch & Son through John Ford.

After Charles Read’s death, his daughter Jennie Ward took over the family business assisted by Keith Cox. Then, after her daughter’s wedding, she sold the business to John, Tony and Martin of Ford Mears, which they later operated from Turk Street, Alton.

As part of the Ford Mears group, Charles Read & Daughter continues to provide a caring and professional service to the local community around Alton. Further investment in the business by Ford Mears has meant that Charles Read & Daughter is now able to offer a wider range of services and vehicle options, whilst still providing a personalised service that honours the legacy of Charles Read & Daughter’s independent, family-run business.

Contact us if you would like to find out more about our services or to discuss how we can help you with the funeral arrangements.

Funeral Services

OUR services we provide

How We Can Help

Charles Read & Daughter funeral directors in Alton provides a range of funeral services and funeral plans to accommodate everyone’s needs. Find out more about our tailored services and cremations below. 

Tailored Funerals

Tailored Funerals

From £2995.00

For most of our customers, this is the preferred option.

  • Removal into our care within office hours (Mon-Fri 08.30-17.00).
  • Advice on registration and all funeral related matters.
  • Option for church service prior to cremation or burial.
  • Total flexibility on day and time (Depending on availability).
  • Funeral director available 24hrs a day by phone.
  • Chapel of rest available 7 days a week 24hrs a day by appointment at an additional cost.
  • Choice of a full range of traditional and bespoke coffins.
  • Hearse via home or place of your choice (if appropriate).
  • One complementary Limousine (max 6 people) available if you would like this service.
  • Extra Limousines (max 6 people each) available on request at an additional cost of £230.
  • Collecting and listing donations on your behalf.
  • Option of the deceased being dressed in own clothes at an additional cost of £80.00.
  • Preparation of the deceased is advised if you wish to view.
  • Arranging press notices and service sheets (additional fees).
  • Advice on venues and florists.

Price does not include:

  • Out of hours removal £175.00.
  • Doctors fee £164.00.
  • Minister / Officiant from £200.00.

(This does not include disbursements or any additional costs, disbursements must be paid prior to the funeral)

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Simple Cremation

Simple Cremations

From £2540.00
  • Day, date and time of the funeral will be chosen to suit ourselves and No changes or additions can be made.
  • We will make all necessary arrangements for the funeral to take place.
  • We will take the deceased into our care during office hours (Mon-Fri, 08.30-17.00).
  • 24hr telephone service.
  • Hearse only to the nearest crematorium.
  • Provision of staff for the funeral.
  • We supply a simple coffin for cremation.
  • Cremated remains can be collected from the office after 7 working days.
  • No viewing or chapel visits.
  • We reserve the right to cancel the funeral if payment has not been received.

Price does not include:

  • Out of hours removal £175.00
  • Doctors fee £164.00
  • Minister/Officiant from £200.00
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Direct Cremation - More Details

Direct Cremations

From £1950.00
  • In hours transfer into our care (within 10 miles, Monday-Friday, 08.30-17.00) by trained funeral professionals.
  • Office appointment with your local funeral director for completing paperwork.
  • A plain coffin for cremation.
  • Ashes to be collected in person from the crematorium or scattered in the grounds unwitnessed.
  • 24hr telephone service.
  • Advice on registration.
  • Cremation will be held at a crematorium of our choice.
  • Transfer to a crematorium in a suitable vehicle on a day and time of our choice.
  • No viewing of the deceased or use of our chapel of rest.
  • No funeral procession, minister or officiant.
  • No mourners attendance or funeral service.
  • No embalming.
  • No donations.
  • No additions available with this option.
  • Out of hours removal, an additional £175.00.
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Contact us if you would like to find out more about our services or to discuss how we can help you with the funeral arrangements.

Our Staff

PROFESSIONALISM AND EXPERIENCE

Nigel Cairns - Dip FD, LMBIFD

Funeral Director & Office Manager

Nigel has worked for the company since 1997, starting as a Chauffeur Bearer. Nigel took his Diploma in Funeral Directing in 2003 and has been Manager in the office at Alton since around 2009.

Nigel was born and bought up in Farnham and moved to Alton in 1987. He is married with three children; two daughters and a son.

Donations

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Donations

We understand that many family and friends wish to give donations to a charity in memory of the deceased and we see this as an important part of the service that we offer.

Our donations page is simple and easy to use. We’ve partnered with Memory Giving, a recognised donation platform for Funeral Directors to coordinate and collect memoriam donations. We set up the page for you, the page has the following optional features a photo of your loved one, space for a message, details of the service with a map and a space for tributes to be left. The page will typically close 6-8 weeks from the date it was created. 

Every donor will receive an acknowledgment, thanking them for their donation. Donations can be made securely by debit or credit card, with donations going straight to your nominated charity. The option of Gift Aid is available, with Gift Aid recovery, provide on behalf of the charity increases the gift by upwards of 18%.

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Where to Find Us

Address

13 Turk Street
Alton
Hampshire GU34 1AG

Monday 9:00 – 17:00
Tuesday 9:00 – 17:00
Wednesday 9:00 – 17:00
Thursday 9:00 – 17:00
Friday 9:00 – 17:00
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

From the A31 South (Winchester), follow the road past the Butts Green and M & S store. At the mini roundabout outside Sainsburys. Turn Left there & then immediately Right. This brings you into a public car park behind Iceland store. Go to the far end of the car park & park. There is a walkway between two blocks of flats leading down into Turk Street, opposite the office.

From the A31 North (Farnham), follow the road into the High Street, down Crown Hill, go past Market Street keeping left. Bringing you to Turk Street and our offices are on the Left.

For parking go past the office turn right at the mini roundabout. Left at the next mini roundabout outside Sainsburys, turn right and then immediately right again. This brings you into the carpark behind Iceland store. Drive to the far end of carpark & park. There is a walkway between two blocks of flats leading down into Turk Street, opposite the office.

Coming into Alton from the B3349 Odiham direction, come to a mini roundabout & turn Left on to the Basingstoke Road into Alton. Come to a give way and you must turn Left into Amery Hill. Follow the road around, past the Library and up a hill to another mini roundabout and then turn Right into Church Street. At the next mini roundabout turn Right into the High Street and go down the hill past Market Street on the Right and the road bears round to the right which is a one-way street. This is Turk Street, our offices on the Left. Drive past the office to the mini roundabout and turn Right. At the next mini roundabout outside Sainsburys turn Right and then immediately Right again. This leads you into a carpark behind the Iceland store. Drive to the far end of carpark & park. There is a walkway between two blocks of flats leading down into Turk Street opposite our office.

Coming into Alton on the B3004 Bordon direction, go under the railway bridge and up the hill to the junction. Turn Left onto Normandy Street, drive to a mini roundabout and then turn Left onto Orchard Lane. Follow road which then becomes Drayman’s Way to the next mini roundabout and go straight over to the next mini roundabout outside Sainsburys and turn Right and then immediately Right again. This leads you into a carpark behind the Iceland store. Drive to the far end of the car park & park. There is a walkway between two blocks of flats leading down into Turk Street opposite our office.

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