In 1832, Geoff Abbott’s grandfather, John Abbott, started out as a carpenter, joiner and builder in Luton. In 1870, he decided to operate as a funeral director alongside his other businesses and moved his office to Bedford Road, Kempston. He purchased a wooded area and made quality coffins, urns, handles and crosses. By the early 1920s, Geoff Abbott’s father, Lou Abbott, joined the business and the name changed to A L Abbott. By the early 1940s, Lou Abbott’s son Geoffrey had joined the business and the name changed again to A L & G Abbott. After Lou’s death in 1952, Geoffrey was the sole owner until his daughter Lynne Darlow joined him in the mid-1970s. Since then, the firm has grown into an experienced family-run business, with expertise that has been passed down generations.
Graham Northwood, Allan Pepper B.I.E., Tracy Williamson, Nigel Smith and Chris West (From left to right)
Graham has been with A L & G Abbott for over 37 years and has built up an extensive knowledge relating to all aspects of the profession.
Allan has been working with us for nearly 30 years and is responsible for the care of your loved one while they rest at our premises.
Chris is a highly valued member of our team in the office as one of our funeral directors.
Nigel is another of our Funeral Directors and an invaluable member of our team, involved in all aspects of the business including arranging funerals and conducting them on the day.
Tracy is, almost certainly, the voice you will hear on the phone or the face to greet you in reception. If she can’t answer your question she knows a man who can.
Pippa, Peter, Lynne and Candy (From left to right)
Peter Wilkinson and his wife Lynne have been involved in the business on a daily basis from April 1998.
Peter worked with the Abbott family for many years before taking over the business in 2003. They have two daughters - Pippa joined the business in 2008 and Candy joined in 2012. They strive to provide a professional service with outstanding levels of care.
I am privileged to introduce this entirely free, confidential listening service to our families. Grief is so hard to deal with and it is sometimes very helpful to have someone listen, empathise and encourage you along the next stage of your journey. It is good to talk so I look forward to meeting you. Having conducted so many funerals over the past 17 years, I am available to assist you plan and personally conduct your loved one's funeral also if you wish.If you would like my help please call me on 07958 662 637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
We serve Kempston and the surrounding areas. If you need any advice then please do get in touch and we we will be happy to help you.
We realise at this difficult time and with the restrictions in place that you are probably unable to have the type of funeral service you had hoped for and you may therefore feel the process is incomplete.
Rest assured we are here for you in the weeks and months to come should you need any further assistance or advice. Please pick up the phone and we’ll be here to take your call, 7 days a week.
You may need advice about organising a memorial service to celebrate the life of your loved one, or you may wish to make arrangements for the interment of ashes.
Our services do not end with the funeral service.
Further to the government announcement on the 23rd March please find below the current guidelines regarding the funeral industry.
All funeral services must respect the current government requests for social distancing and the protection of high-risk groups.
Where possible, all funerals will be arranged over the phone or via other electronic means. If they are arranged in person, social distancing must be respected.
Chapel of Rest visits - these can go ahead at specific pre-arranged times and will be limited to people who live in the same household. At risk groups are strongly urged not to visit.
Funeral Service - the number of people attending the service will be limited in line with government advice on social distancing. The situation regarding specific locations is constantly under review and we will advise families on the current recommendations. During any service all social distancing guidelines must be respected.
Limousines - these can no longer be offered as a form of transport.
Charitable donations - all collections will be dealt with online.
We are working to stay on top of all of the current government advice to protect our staff and your families. We understand that at this already very difficult time certain guidelines will cause even more distress for which we are very sorry but they are totally out of our control. We are here for you to talk things through so please don’t hesitate to call, we are committed to help you through this very difficult time. We continue to offer our Bereavement Listening Service over the phone so please contact us if you are interested.