When time allows us, since moving into our new premises in Canada Close, we have been busy preparing our new rooms and fitting them out with features that acknowledge our locality. Being a local boy I’m extremely proud to have grown up in and around our town of Banbury.
In acknowledgement to our locality we have given our family rooms and chapels of rest individual names in dedication to those families that we have forged strong links with over the years.
The first room being named ‘Hemmings’. The Hemmings family were, as many local people know, local undertakers in Bloxham. Up until recent years Claude Hemmings was a very well known character along with his brothers John and Peter who assisted him from their premises at Rectory Farm in Bloxham (How can anyone forget those GEESE!).
Our strong association with the Hemmings family continues to this day with our colleague Paul Cousins being is Claude, John and Peter’s nephew.
The photographs show our ‘Hemmings’ family room and also a painting of Rectory Farm in Bloxham where the Hemmings lived for many years. The painting remains within the care of the Hemmings family today and a lovely reminder of the past.