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Dorset funeral directors opens new branch

Dorset funeral directors opens new branch

A highly regarded Dorset funeral directors has opened its first new branch in over 100 years – in Blandford.

Douch Family Funeral Directors now has eight funeral homes across the County and the new Lesley Shand branch has already exceeded the company’s expectations.

The East Street premises had an official opening

Broadstone CC are team of the month

Broadstone CC are team of the month

Broadstone Cricket Club’s first XI won July’s Team of the Month award for the Dorset Funeral Plan Dorset Cricket League after a month of success.

The team has introduced a number of youngsters into the side and they helped the team dominate matches in the Premier League.

During the

Parley are team of the month

Parley are team of the month

Nick Douch presenting the bubble to Parley skipper Alex Nippard

Parley Cricket Club 1st XI won the Dorset Funeral Plan Team of the Month award for May – after victories in all five games.

The team, which plays its home games at Dean Park, the former county ground in Bournemouth, is exceptionally

Memorial stone for milestone

Memorial stone for milestone

A memorial stone dedicated to Margaret Green whose animal rescue centre carries her name has been unveiled – to mark 50 years of the charity.

The Purbeck stone memorial has been placed in the rescue centre’s newly renovated garden of remembrance.

It was funded by the Dorset Funeral Plan, which is

Cash boost for John Thornton foundation after trek

Nick Douch, centre, MD of Douch Family Funeral Directors, with John Thornton’s parents. Nick and colleagues trekked 30 miles to raise funds for the John Thornton Young Achievers’ Foundation.

The John Thornton Young Achievers’ Foundation has been presented with a cheque for more than £1,200 by Dorset’s Douch Family Funeral Directors.

More than a dozen staff trekked 30 miles in a sponsored walk to raise funds for the charity set up by the parents of Royal Marine John Thornton.

He was killed in Afghanistan in 2008

Douch’s board grows

Douch’s board grows

Dorset’s Douch Family Funeral Directors have appointed Jonathan Stretch and Ken Butcher to the Board of Directors– as the first non-family members of the group.

Left – Right: New Board Member Jonathan Stretch, Peter Douch, Nick Douch, New Board Member Ken Butcher & Judy Douch

Jonathan was previously manager of

Douch funeral group is ‘dementia friendly’

Douch funeral group is ‘dementia friendly’

Dorset’s Douch Family Funeral Directors have put their customer-facing staff through ‘Dementia Friendly’ training courses.

More than 20 employees from the eight branches are now better able to recognise the condition and can deal more effectively with those who live with it.

Peter Jones, an academic, author, and chairman of the

Royal British Lunches

Shane Watson – Lesley Shand, organiser May Newman, Wendy Percey – Lesley Shand, and organiser Richard Everitt

An initiative to provide discount dinners to those who live on their own has taken off in Broadstone – and is being subsidised by a funeral director.

Lesley Shand Funeral Service in Corfe Mullen –

New manager at funeral directors

Michael Wilton, the new manager of A E Jolliffe & Son in Ferndown

Michael Wilton, the new manager of A E Jolliffe & Son in Ferndown

Michael Wilton has been appointed as manager of AE Jolliffe & Son, the funeral directors in Ferndown that is part of the Douch Family Funeral Directors group.

The 29-year-old has been in the industry since he was 14 when he began working at

Treemendous effort for YMCA

Treemendous effort for YMCA

Dorset’s Douch Family Funeral Directors donated £200 to the YMCA thanks to their Christmas trees of remembrance initiative.

Members of the public were invited to hang a message on a Christmas tree, displayed in the group’s branches, in memory of a loved one.

For a donation they could also hang a