Funeral directors join forces

PUBLISHED: 07:01 23 August 2019 | UPDATED: 10:16 27 August 2019

The new team with Simon Wakely (far left),  Simon and Carole Searle (centre) with and Hedley Crick (right). Picture: Vector7.

The new team with Simon Wakely (far left), Simon and Carole Searle (centre) with and Hedley Crick (right). Picture: Vector7.

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Two neighbouring firms of funeral directors are joining forces.

JF Clarke and Son, of Axminster, is teaming up AJ Wakely and Sons, based in Lyme Regis, Ilminster, Chard, Bridport and Yeovil.

Simon Searle remains the funeral director at JF Clarke and Son, handling the day to day running, supported by his wife Carole, while Simon Wakely will provide holiday cover and administrative support.

Mr Searle said: "I have been looking to team up with another family funeral director for a little while to allow Carole and I to have some extra time to ourselves.

"The difficulty was finding a company that I could entrust with my family business and work with on a daily basis. However, I believe I have found this with AJ Wakely and Sons."

Clive and Simon Wakely, directors of AJ Wakely and Sons said: "We are really excited about working with Simon and Carole as we have similar family values, customer focus and traditions of helping the bereaved in our local communities. We are looking forward to working with Simon to continue the well-established name of JF Clarke and Son in the Axminster area."

J.F Clarke and Son was founded in 1880. The business was established in South Street, Axminster, by Harry Clarke, who was later joined by his nephew and wife, Roy and Queenie Munday.

Roy Searle joined as an apprentice at the family business and in 1972, became the proprietor, joined by Simon in 1982, who now has 35 years of funeral directing experience.

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