A. Welch & Sons Ltd is a family-owned funeral directors that has proudly served the local communities of Herne Bay, Whitstable, Beltinge and Canterbury since 1948.

The independent firm was first established by Alfred Welch, a local coachman. Together with his five sons, Alfred carried out household removals, taxi work and the supply of horses, carriages and coffin bearers to Herne Bay’s local funeral directors. Alfred’s son, Harold also assisted one of the funeral directors with coffin making, and later with arranging and conducting funerals. After the Second World War, the family decided to undertake funeral arrangements in their own right and with the support of local families, opened a second branch in Canterbury in 1994.

Today, the business is managed by Tim Welch, Alfred’s great-grandson and a qualified funeral director and embalmer. Tim is supported by a professional team of staff and together they strive to provide the highest standards of funeral care to each family served.

As a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors, A. Welch & Sons Ltd adheres to a strict Code of Practice. This means that when choosing them for your pre-paid funeral plan, you can be assured that funeral wishes will be carried out with the utmost care and respect.

Choosing your funeral plan – important information

You can buy a plan for yourself or on behalf of someone else. The funeral plans offered are designed to cover the funeral director's own costs. As long as they carry out the funeral and the requirements don't change, neither you nor your family will be asked to pay a penny more for these costs, regardless of when the plan is needed or what happens to costs in the meantime.

The plans can also include a contribution towards any third party costs (also known as disbursements), such as burial or cremation costs. Please refer to the Key Features Document and Terms and Conditions for more information.

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Couple discussing funeral plan with funeral director