Anniversary of the Wellington Bomber Crash in Bodicote, 1942

As we approach the anniversary of the Wellington Bomber crash in Bodicote which claimed the lives of 6 RAF aircrew on 28th December 1942, we take time to remember them.

Their names are inscribed on the plaque of a monument which Humphris Family Funerals are proud to have supplied and erected at the site of the crash.


Our thoughts are with all their families.


Thank You for Attending our Carol Service


Many thanks to everyone who attended our annual carol service which took place at Marlborough Road Methodist Church on Thursday evening. It was overwhelming that so many people attended and helped make it such a special event.

This was our fifth annual carol service and we always strive to create a space for those who have suffered bereavement to join together in remembrance at what can be such a challenging time of year.

Our thanks go to Reverend Jean Fletcher who officiated beautifully; ably assisted by her husband the Reverend Stephen Fletcher and accompanied by David Upton on the organ. Also to Allen Bishop and all at Marlborough Road Church for graciously allowing us use of their building.

There was a collection on the night for Katharine House Hospice who do so such vital work caring for those in the latter stages of their lives and supporting those who are bereaved.

In Memory of our Loved Ones at Christmas

We’ve brought our remembrance tree back from Adderbury Christmas Tree Festival and it’s now in our reception, looking lovely with all the memory cards attached.

If you would like to pop in to write a card in memory of a loved one please feel free. If you can’t manage to get into town please contact us and we will be more than happy to write the card and place it on the tree for you.

Adderbury Church Christmas Tree Festival


Today Emily and Lorraine decorated our Christmas tree for the Adderbury Church Christmas Tree Festival, which included a chain in red, white and green knitted by Sue. All of the 35 trees are sponsored by local organisations, businesses and groups with the cost to enter a tree being £35.

We have placed festive tags underneath the tree to write the names of your loved ones and place on our tree in remembrance of anyone you love and miss at this special time of the year.

Although the Festival is free to enjoy donations are encouraged with proceeds going towards the Mental Health Foundation and the work of the Church.

The festival is open to the public from on Friday 7 December 2.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Saturday 8 December 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Sunday 9 December noon until 4.00 pm.
Local musicians will be providing musical entertainment throughout the Festival.

A Family Victorian Carol Service will conclude the festival at 4.30 pm on Sunday 9 December.

Christmas Window Display

We’re getting in the festive spirit here at the office with Karen making a lovely Christmas window display to light up reception, please do come and have a look if you are passing.

Emergency services ‘heroes’ to switch on Banbury’s Christmas lights 25th November

Banbury’s Christmas lights will be switched on by our emergency services heroes this coming Sunday, 25th. It’s always a lovely event, organised by Banbury Town Council, with stalls selling gifts and mulled wine to get you in the Christmas spirit, music, fireworks and time to bump into old friends.
We would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to the emergency services for all they do for the town all year round.

Old Photos of Albert Street

We’ve been having a look through some very old photos today and came across these, showing the corner of George Street and Albert Street. The second photo shows what is now the Samaritans building. There was a brewery to the right and behind these buildings where Humphris Funerals now

We’ve also added a photo taken today by Russell Campbell from Humphris Funerals.





The new Weeping Cross in Bodicote


On Saturday 10th November Martin Moss, Memorial Manager at Humphris Funerals attended the unveiling by Vice Chairman of the Parish Council, Nigel Buttler, of the new Weeping Cross in Bodicote. Martin had project managed throughout the planning and construction of the cross.

The replica, consisting of 6 steps and a round shaft with a sundial, has an inscribed bronze plaque and a capsule inserted in the cylindrical column which contains a scroll listing the names of donors and local people who have made a contribution to the project in one way or another.

The new Weeping Cross was erected after the Government asked parish councils in 2016 to give consideration to providing a landmark or other means to commemorate the 100 years since the end of the First World War. The Parish Council decided to investigate the possibility of replacing the Weeping Cross memorial in Bodicote by providing a replica, and for this purpose sought details of the original weeping cross, its history and estimated construction costs.

Fund raising began with local businesses and residents, along with a village appeal. The appeals raised nearly £4,000. This sum includes a donation of £1,000 from Banbury Historical Society, £1,000 from Banbury Charities and a promised £1,000 from the County Councillor’s Priority Fund.

The original Weeping Cross, erected in the 15th century and removed in 1803,was a place of public penance for those who had broken canonical law, implying that it was a place of grief, remorse or penance. Other known weeping crosses across the country include Stafford, Shrewsbury and Ripley in Yorkshire which is thought to have the only known surviving weeping cross; the others were removed and abolished at the time of the Reformation.

Well done to all involved in raising money and replacing part of Bodicote’s history for all to see for many years to come.