Funeral directors open branch in Catterick Garrison

A funeral directors which has been helping local families for more than five decades has opened a new branch in Catterick Garrison. 

John Blenkiron and Sons has opened its third home in a former military clothing shop in Hildyard Road. 

Their first branch was launched in Richmond in the 1960s, while their second base in Barnard Castle has been open for more than 30 years. 

Business principal James Blenkiron is the son of founder, John, and said he was thrilled to have opened another branch in his father’s name. 

“He would be incredibly proud for the business which he started to be helping even more people further afield,” James said. 

“It’s something we have wanted to do for a long time, and I am delighted that with the help of our parent company Funeral Partners, we have been able to make it happen.

 “We’ve got a good relationship with the military based at Catterick Garrison and the Gurkha community based there.” 

The company said the building had been refurbished to ensure families feel welcome and comfortable at a difficult time.

Funeral director Will Bellerby, a former soldier having served in the Royal Logistics Corps, will be funeral director at the new branch. 

Will said: “Previously, we have always helped families in Catterick from our base in Richmond, but hopefully it will be helpful for them to have a presence in town. 

“It’s a big moment in the history of John Blenkiron & Sons, and hopefully bereaved families will benefit from having us close by. 

“Anyone who wants to pop in and speak to me is more than welcome.” 

A special open day is being held on Thursday, May 25 where anyone can attend the funeral home to meet the team. 

Earlier this month, the first ever John Blenkiron & Sons Community Fund was launched to allow charities and other not-for-profit organisations within three miles of the funeral homes in Catterick, Richmond and Barnard Castle to apply for grants of up to £1,500. 

In total, £20,000 is available for not-for-profit organisations to apply for to assist with their vital work.  

The deadline for the first round of applications has now closed but the second round will open on August 1 at 12noon.

More details and information on how to apply can be found at https://www.blenkirons.co.uk/community-fund/