It’s so very important to me being in a position to personally provide services to families that require care and support at what is such a difficult time.
I believe that it can so often be of huge comfort to a family to know a funeral director personally, so they know who to turn to when the untimely event occurs for support and advice. By reading this page and by glancing through the pages on this website, I very much hope that if you don’t know me or one of my colleagues you are perhaps able to get to know us or get an idea of how we operate, should you be in the position of having to instruct a Funeral Director.
It is very important for you to know that the utmost care and respect is given to a loved one when in the care of a Funeral Director. Suffering a loss of a loved one is an extremely emotional and sensitive time for a family and I am only too aware of what a valuable task it is to be entrusted with that care and I can personally assure you that the care and respect will be given.
Both of our premises in Canada Close and Timms Road has been carefully thought out and planned. I am extremly proud to offer a comfortable, modern and peaceful surroundings for our clients when making funeral arrangements, discussing pre-arranged funeral plans or when visiting loved ones in our Chapels of Rest.
Please be assured of our best intentions to provide our very own personal and caring service to you in your time of need whenever that may be. We are only too happy to help with any advice or guidance required whenever needed.
With best wishes
Edd Frost – Dip F.D. / M.B.I.F.D.
Aaron Taylor – Funeral Director
I was born and grew up in Banbury and, apart from a short spell in Brackley, have always lived in the town. Before working in the funeral profession, I worked for Thames Valley Police and answered both emergency and non-emergency calls from the public. I was very happy in my job and had no intentions of leaving until my very good friend Ian Fergie, a very experienced funeral director, who worked at a large family firm in Banbury, asked me if I had ever thought of becoming a funeral director. If I am perfectly honest, I hadn’t. He explained to me that a funeral director was retiring and his employers were looking to replace him, and he thought that I would be an ideal replacement and that I should go for the job. So I did. I was then offered the position and Ian took me under his wing, gave me so much help and advice, and tried to impart some of his 32 years of experience on me, and for this I will be forever grateful. Sadly, in June 2015 Ian passed away suddenly and I began to feel lost. Working in a large family business without my friend and mentor I had become quite despondent. At around the same time I saw that Edd was advertising for a funeral director to join him and his company ethos of ‘Where Caring Comes First’ really struck a chord with me. I applied for the position and nervously waited to see if I had been successful, thankfully I was. I knew that Ian Fergie had also mentored Edd so our way of working wouldn’t be too dissimilar.
I have now been working with Edd and Barbara for some time and have been given so many opportunities that I ordinarily wouldn’t have had. I really enjoy getting out into the community and getting to know people both personally and professionally and it really does mean a lot to me to be able to serve the families of Banbury and the surrounding areas.
Barbara Scrimshaw – Funeral Director & Arranger
I was born in Bicester and grew up in the picturesque village of Somerton. Being a country loving girl I didn’t venture too far so have lived most of my life in the lovely village of Souldern with my husband Nigel and also raising my two children there.
Before entering the funeral profession I have previously worked for a number of large corporations as an area manager covering the whole of the UK. These roles have involved promoting high standards of customer service and care, which has always enabled me to respect all people’s points of views.
When I first entered the funeral profession, just over five years ago, I feel my previous career positions have stood me in good stead in showing empathy, patience and most importantly being a good listener.
When Edd asked me to join him, just over a year ago, I didn’t have to think twice. I had worked with him previously and during that time knew he had exceptionally good work practices. He is passionate about being a funeral director and always gives individual care to the families he helps in their time of need.
This past year has been so rewarding in many ways, working within a close knit team, being part of a company that is growing successfully within our area and becoming friends with so many families that we serve.
When not at work I care for my 90 year old (young) mother who lives at home with us. I have two little grandaughters, Isla and Willow, both of whom I love to bits. When Nigel and I do get some time to ourselves, we love to go and see musicals and are known to have a couple of holidays a year, maybe a cruise or a little Greek island.
Sarah Marley – Funeral Arranger
I was born in Middleton Cheney but spent most of my childhood in Bloxham. I’m now settled in Adderbury with my family, where we have lived since 2004. Apart from living in London for a couple of years, my working life has been local to Banbury.
I have always worked within customer facing roles and prior to working here, I worked as a Family Worker for Oxfordshire County Council. I believe my skills set lies very much focused on listening to and caring for people and the ability to understand what they need.
Edd asked me to join him back in the Summer of 2017. I wasn’t looking to change my job, let alone my career, yet I just knew it was the right thing to do. Edd looked after me and my family, when my lovely mum sadly passed away in 2016. It was so apparent of how much Edd and his team really cared and how nothing was too much trouble. We felt very looked after and understood as a family and it is clear to see this now that I work here.
I have met so many lovely people since working here and I thoroughly enjoy the job I do. I now cannot imagine doing anything else. Its great to be part of such a dedicated team and for a company that is growing continuously.
I am married to Simon and we have two teenage girls, who keep us very busy with their love of dance! I enjoy holidays abroad, the odd camping trip (more “glamping”!), sitting on a beach (anywhere!) and spending time with my family and friends.