Gowards Funeral Services are a family owned and run business and are the only independent funeral service in Fakenham.
As a family run business we are able to offer a more personal service dedicating our time to the needs of the bereaved and their loved ones. We have served the area and generations of the same families for nearly 50 years.
We pride ourselves in our commitment to care and understanding with what we believe is a warm and approachable manner, qualities that we feel are invaluable at such a time.
We also consider it a privilege, not only to be entrusted with the care of your loved one, but to be invited into the midst of your family at such a sensitive time knowing that our reputation, commitment and professionalism will help you through.
It all began back in 1939 when, at the age of 14, Claude Goward joined the late Bertie Colman as an apprentice. It was here that Claude learnt the craft of coffin making and so embarked on his vocation as an undertaker.
In the years that followed Claude started his own funeral service and in October 1966 moved the business to its current location in Bridge Street, Fakenham.
Nothing was to much trouble and he would often be found working late into the night making a solid wood coffin, a craft he carried on throughout the years.
In 2003 Claude took a step back and the role of Funeral Director was taken over by Heather, who has inherited her fathers work ethic.
21st April 2015 not only marked the end of an era with the sad passing of Claude but the beginning of a new one . . .
. . . Gowards remains an independent family owned and run business and is the only independent funeral service in the town of Fakenham.
The day-to-day running and management is carried out by Heather Goward with the assistance of Paul Cook and a very supportive staff. Paul joined the team in June 2016. A qualified funeral director with over 30 years experience brings another dimension to the many services that we are pleased to provide to our families and wider community.
We are very optimistic for what the future holds for us as an independent family run funeral service. We have undergone a major refurbishment over the last few years, ensuring we have a modern and welcoming funeral home but rest assured we intend to remain independent and will not only maintain but improve our levels of personal, dedicated service that our families in the past have come to know and families in the future can expect.
The premises, under Heathers guidance and instruction, have in recent yearsy undergone major investment and development. We are able to offer a reception area for those that like to pop in to have a chat, an office for more private discussions and Chapels of Rest with private seating area for those that wish to spend time with their loved one.
Visiting your loved one can be arranged for anytime, all we ask is that this is arranged by appointment so that we may ensure you can spend as much time as you wish.