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terms of business

We are a member of The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors, and subscribe to its current Code of Practice, a copy of which is available upon request.  We aim to act in a professional manner and provide a courteous, sensitive and dignified service to you.

Estimates and Expenses
The estimate sets out the services we agree to supply.  This estimate is an indication of the charges likely to be incurred on the basis of the information and details we know at the date of the estimate.  While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the estimate, the charges are liable to alteration particularly where third parties change their rates or charges.

We may not know the amount of third party charges in advance of the funeral; however, we give you a best estimate of such charges in the written estimate.  The actual amount of the charges will be detailed and shown in the final account.

If you amend your instructions we may require your written confirmation of the changes.  We may need to make an extra charge in accordance with the prices published in our current price list.

All third party charges and the cost of the coffin must be paid within 72 hours of funeral arrangement being made.

Payment Arrangements
The funeral account is due for payment within 28 days of the funeral date, unless otherwise agreed by us.

You are to indemnify us in full and hold us harmless from all expenses and liabilities we may incur (directly or indirectly including financing costs and including legal costs on a full indemnity basis) following any breach by you of any of your obligations under these Terms.

This means that you are liable to us for losses we incur because you do not comply with these Terms.  For example, we will charge you an administration fee where we receive a cheque from you which is subsequently not honoured or if we write to remind you that an account is overdue.  If we instruct debt collection agents we may also recover from you the fees we incur.  Further details regarding these fees are available on request.  We may claim those losses from you at any time and, if we have to take legal action, we will ask the Court to make you pay our legal costs.

Data Protection & GDPR 2018
Words shown in italics are defined in the Data Protection Act 1988 (“the Act”).

We respect the confidential nature of the information given to us and, where you provide us with personal data (“data”), we will ensure that the data will be held securely, in confidence and processed for the purpose of carrying out our services.  In order to provide our services we may need to pass such data to third parties and those third parties, who are performing some of the services for you, may contact you directly.  Under the Act you have the right to know what data we hold on you and you can, by applying to us in writing and paying a fee, receive copies of that data.  The new GDPR regulations are dealt with by new written publications.    You confirm that you have permission to also give consent to use all information you supply, including your relatives and friend, unless you specify.

This agreement may also be terminated before the services are delivered: (1) by us if you fail to honour your obligations under these Terms and (2) by you communicating to us in writing, terminating your instructions.

If we or you terminate your instructions you may, depending upon the reasons for termination, be asked to pay a reasonable amount based upon the work carried out up to the time of your termination is received.


serving the community since 1790

It was in 1790, when the founder of the business, John Turnbull, began work as a cabinetmaker and undertaker on the quayside at North Shields.

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