Wathall’s Expands With Chaddesden Branch Opening
Family-owned Wathall’s, Derby’s longest-established independent funeral directors, has opened its seventh branch across Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
The new branch in Nottingham Road, Chaddesden, joins the existing branch network of Macklin Street in Derby city centre, Allestree, Alvaston, Ashbourne, Borrowash and Burton-on-Trent.
The branch, managed by long-standing Wathall’s employee Sarah Yeomans, was officially opened this week by two city councillors representing the Chaddesden ward - Jonathan Smale and Jerry Pearce - who welcomed Wathall’s to the area.
Cllr Jonathan Smale said: “It is great to see a well-known family business expanding in the city and particularly into the Chaddesden area.
“Nottingham Road is a thriving business community and I know that the neighbouring businesses will extend a warm welcome to Wathall’s.”
The refurbishment of the building was overseen by business development manager Bec Wathall who is the sixth generation of her family to work in the company.
She said: “There has been a great deal of interest in the office opening – particularly when we uncovered the old post office sign above the front door during the refurbishment.
“We are delighted with the results of the refurbishment which has provided us with a comfortable and easily accessible environment where families can feel at ease as they pre-plan and arrange funerals and visit their loved one in the Chapel of Rest.
“We also have sample memorials and all the information available for our sister company Art Stone Memorials to enable families to choose a lasting memorial to their loved one – whether that is for their own garden or the cemetery where they are laid to rest.”
Managing director Helen Wathall MBE concluded: “I have wanted to open a branch in Chaddesden for sometime to better serve the local community here who have previously come to our other Derby branches.
“We look forward to becoming part of the Chaddesden business community and are particularly grateful to the two local councillors for their warm welcome and good wishes.”
For information about Wathall’s, please visit the new-look website https://www.wathalls.co.uk/
Picture shows: Chaddesden branch manager Sarah Yeomans (seated) with, from left: Cllr Jonathan Smale, Cllr Jerry Pearce and Bec Wathall.