R Banks & Son Funerals Ltd & Monumental masons supplying high quality affordable gravestones in Tyldesley.

R Banks & Son Funerals Ltd has long been established as the largest independent funeral directors and gravestone suppliers in Tyldesley. Recently our approach in how we supply our monuments & gravestones has been overhauled, due to the rising number of granite quarries, and the choice available on today’s market, we have been able to source the same high quality stones at a better price to suit our families, now with 0% finance available to help people afford a truly fitting monument for their loved one.

Though in the most part gravestones are a traditional design, we believe that a monument should be as individual as the person who has come to pass, and with recent developments in technology, and the processes in which we use to create these stones we can now offer some truly stunning pieces, and have recently stocked the “Evermore” collection, which have some unique designs now available at R Banks & Son Funeral Directors in Tyldesley.

Another new development at R Banks is the additional laser engraving service, which is the latest development in the memorial industry, and offers some wonderful opportunities to place a lifelong truly bespoke design to your stones, whether it’s a reproduction of a photograph of your loved one, a crest of their favourite sports team, or lyrics from their favourite song, we can make it happen.

Whether you’re looking for any type of gravestone, be it a full headstone, small urn, or a personal touch to brighten an existing grave, then R Banks & Son Funerals can supply you with the most personal tailored service to help guide you through the process.

 

Call our dedicated team now on 01942 222156 or alternatively email us info@rbanksandson.co.uk

 

Gareth Jones

R Banks & Son Funeral Directors in Tyldesley

 

R Banks & Son Funerals Ltd & Monumental masons supplying high quality affordable gravestones in Wigan.

R Banks & Son Funerals Ltd has long been established as the largest independent funeral directors and gravestone suppliers in Wigan. Recently our approach in how we supply our monuments & gravestones has been overhauled, due to the rising number of granite quarries, and the choice available on today’s market, we have been able to source the same high quality stones at a better price to suit our families, now with 0% finance available to help people afford a truly fitting monument for their loved one.

Though in the most part gravestones are a traditional design, we believe that a monument should be as individual as the person who has come to pass, and with recent developments in technology, and the processes in which we use to create these stones we can now offer some truly stunning pieces, and have recently stocked the “Evermore” collection, which have some unique designs now available at R Banks & Son Funeral Directors in Wigan.

Another new development at R Banks is the additional laser engraving service, which is the latest development in the memorial industry, and offers some wonderful opportunities to place a lifelong truly bespoke design to your stones, whether it’s a reproduction of a photograph of your loved one, a crest of their favourite sports team, or lyrics from their favourite song, we can make it happen.

Whether you’re looking for any type of gravestone, be it a full headstone, small urn, or a personal touch to brighten an existing grave, then R Banks & Son Funerals can supply you with the most personal tailored service to help guide you through the process.

 

Call our dedicated team now on 01942 222156 or alternatively email us info@rbanksandson.co.uk

 

Gareth Jones

R Banks & Son Funeral Directors in Wigan

 

R Banks & Son Funeral Director In Wigan. Wigans Largest Truly Independent Funeral Director

 

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R. Banks & Son (Funerals) Ltd based in Ormskirk Road, Pemberton was founded in 1921 by Richard Banks. Until then Richard had been a taxi driver, but helped by his son Herbert he now combined the role of taxi driver with that of undertaker.

The earlier career of taxi services rather than undertaking was not in itself unusual – though to modern eyes its continuation as evidenced by the Banks’ headed notepaper of the 1940’s – ‘R. Banks Funeral Director – Weddings a specialty’ looks a little incongruous.

Clifford Halliwell joined the business in the early 1960’s as a part time driver and funeral worker. Herbert Banks asked Cliff if he would consider taking the job on a full time basis. Cliff agreed, and over the next few years gradually took on the role of funeral director himself.

Herbert banks eventually became ill and his doctors told him it might be a good idea to sell the business as the stresses and strains of the job could easily worsen his already deteriorating health.

As a result of Herbert Banks retirement Cliff Halliwell now bought the business from him and slowly developed what was then a very small enterprise into a significantly larger family business.

In 1974 Cliff’s son Brian joined him, bringing new ideas of his own. Instead of traditional old limousines new modern stretched vehicles were introduced. The business developed steadily, and in 1982 a new funeral home and head office was built in the centre of Pemberton and named Halliwell House.

Expansion was part of the plan, and in the late 1980’s the first branch office, Hallbank House, was opened at Bryn Cross, Ashton in Makerfield. The early 1990’s saw a second branch opened; Windsor House, Scholes.

In 1996, like Herbert Banks before him Clifford Halliwell himself retired due to ill health; his son Brian became Managing Director, helped by his mother, Cliff’s wife Elsie. Sadly Cliff Halliwell passes away on 28th September 1998. His funeral was attended by hundreds of people from all over the United Kingdom. The service was held at St Matthews Church, Highfield, Wigan where the Reverend Bill Harrington, the vicar of St Matthews, officiated at the service assisted by a dear friend of Cliff’s, Rector John Southern, who was vicar at St Johns Church, Pemberton – the parish which the firm had served for many years.

In 2000 a third branch was opened at Grove Lane, Standish and named Clifford House in memory of Cliff Halliwell.

The Managing Director of Edwards Funeral Directors based in Dicconson Terrace Wigan, Richard Edwards approached Brian Halliwell in 2002 to enquire if R. Banks & Son (Funerals) Ltd was interested in buying the Edwards business. Following detailed negotiations a purchase price was agreed and in November 2002 R. Banks & Son (Funerals) Ltd acquired the Edwards business, with Richard Edwards continuing as Manager.

Yet another expansion would come to fruition in 2004 when the former funeral home of John Monks & Son, respected funeral directors in Leigh, was acquired. Extensive alterations and upgrading were carried out. The premises in Railway Road were renamed Parsonage House after the local colliery which once employed so many people in the Leigh area.

April 2009 saw R. Banks & Son (Funerals) Ltd expand its empire further with the opening of a branch in Gidlow Lane, Beech Hill – Whitley House, named after the local area of Whitley, close to where the branch is situated.

October 2011 saw the opening of our branch based on Spendmore Lane in Coppull – Bentham house, so named after the street on which it is on the corner of. This was the company’s first venture into this area and is run alongside the branch based in Standish.

January 2012 saw yet another expansion of the business with the opening of another new branch based at Hall Green, Upholland – Stretton House. The name Stretton House was chosen in memory of the former owners of the property The Stretton family who were prominent business owners in the local area.

The final expansion, for the time being, was the opening of our latest funeral home, Elliot House, Tyldesley in January 2013 on Shuttle Street. The branch is named after General George Augustus Elliott most noted for his command of Gibraltar during the great siege of Gibraltar (1779-1783) and whom Elliott Street, Tyldesley is named.

Today the company is still run by Brian Halliwell MBIE Dip FD, along with his daughter Carina Halliwell Dip FD (company director); his mother Elsie is now retired.

Brian’s wife, Jennifer Halliwell MBIE who runs the personnel side of the business and is also a company director. His son Martin Halliwell runs a sister company called RBF services which is a transportation company.

The company secretary, Catherine Heaton, is an employee who began working with the firm as a Y.T.S at the tender age of 16 in the late 1980’s and has been with the company through every step of its expansions.

Today the firm is the largest independent funeral directors in the area. The company operates a fleet of Jaguar’s which includes the Jaguar hearse used on the Queen Mothers funeral, a Mercedes fleet, and a bespoke 1938 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith hearse which was formerly Winston Churchill’s official vehicle during the war years. We also have a monumental masonry department offering a large range of granite headstones from around the world and our own “Safe Haven” pre payment funeral plan which is regulated and administered by Funeral Planning Services .

R Banks & Son Funeral Directors Tyldesley

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Established, and serving the local community since 1921, R Banks & Son (Funerals)

Ltd, now boasts nine branches across the area, and is still the largest local

Independent Funeral Director for miles around, in fact the only one in Tyldesley.

 

When bereavement happens, you need someone to trust at such a difficult time, and thanks to old fashioned family values, a sympathetic attitude and true professionalism, R. Banks & Son Independent Funeral Directors Tyldesley have built a reputation for excellence and dependability in often tragic circumstances. For over 90 years, our company have served local people with a compassionate, professional approach to our work, helping families cope with the difficult decisions involved in funeral. With strong connections to Tyldesley, the Leigh and Tyldesley branches are managed by Mr. Gareth Jones, (whose family have owned the Half Moon public house for over 25 years). Born and bred in Tyldelsey, he is proud to be serving the families of his local community in this way. The services we offer at R Banks & Son Funeral Directors Tyldesley include a full estimate of the costs incurred for funerals, advice and information on the documentation and the different options available, and for the conveyance of the deceased to one of their private chapels, which will be available until the day of the funeral.

 

We always have a member of staff available to help with any questions or wishes you may have, and every aspect is taken care of with dignity and sympathy, giving complete peace of mind to the family, and ensuring each funeral is tailored to the wishes of the family, and is as individual as the person who has died.

When you’re upset, it’s easy to forget an important piece of information, or something your loved one may have wanted at their funeral, so it’s essential, and a welcome relief to have someone who can help you remember these details.

 

Here at R. Banks & Son Funeral Directors Tyldesley we also offer the ‘Safe Haven ‘prepay, and pre-arrangement funeral option, to help people plan for their funeral in advance. A thoughtful and sensible approach to what happens when you die. Please email Carina@rbanksandson.co.uk for more details.

 

Monuments are a lasting tribute to our loved ones, and sometimes choosing the right one can be overwhelming without professional, impartial help and advice. As Monumental Masons, R. Banks & Son Funeral Directors Tyldesley can also provide a wide range of beautiful headstones and memorials, which can be ordered in-house. Using the highest quality granite stones, and time served traditional methods, our skilled team of professional monumental masons will help you create a beautifully elegant and fitting memorial, as individual as the person you lost. Helping you to choose the look and wording on the memorial is an important part of the service offered, and ensures your complete peace of mind. R. Banks & Son Funeral Directors Tyldesley are now able to offer new finance packages for funerals and memorials, and believe they are the first Funeral Directors in the country to offer this service. Finance can be arranged from 0% APR, and may be taken over various lengths of time, up to 48 months. Finance is subject to status, and written details are available on request. Please speak to Gareth Jones for more details. You can contact him at the Leigh branch on 01942 261415 or at the Tyldesley branch 01942 887312, or alternatively you can email him here Gareth@rbanksandson.co.uk