A Horsell florist who has served the local community for 27 years decided to become a funeral director. Rachel Chambers – who opened Ring-a-Roses on Hermitage Road in 1994 – is now helping run a new funeral home alongside compatriot Debby Loughman.
The new service is owned by Woking Funeral Service, which has operated in the area since the 1800s from branches in Knaphill and on Goldsworth Road in Woking, but has now expanded with new premises on Horsell High Street. The new branch has on-site parking, a prominent storefront and is easily accessible via local bus routes.
“As a florist I have had the pleasure of working with them for 15 years and have often suggested they open in Horsell,” Chambers said. “I was thrilled to have the opportunity to help make this a reality.”
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The new premises have been renovated with Chambers in mind, as she has multiple sclerosis. The branch includes touch screen technologies, wheelchair access, automatic doors, live streaming equipment and Bluetooth devices. The company believes this will mean the branch will use less paper and help reduce waste and carbon emissions.
“We are very proud of our community initiatives at Woking Funeral Service,” said the company’s regional development manager, James Ray. “We have helped families raise over £436,301 for charities such as Woking & Sam Beare Hospices through MuchLoved, the online bereavement platform, on behalf of their loved ones, and we look forward to doing more to help. the Horsell community.”
The service is offering a special opening discount of £300 on funeral plans until 31 May – customers can inquire by calling 01483 910 070 (open 24 hours), visiting the service’s website or by visiting the branch in person at 78 High Street, Horsell.