Funeral homes in Cambridgeshire take delivery of a brand new fleet

Two Central England Co-operative Funeral Homes in Cambridgeshire have a new fleet of vehicles to enhance the choices on offer to those who have lost a loved one.

George James Funeral Service, in March, and Central England Co-op Funeralcare, in Chatteris, will now be using a new hearse and two matching limousines following a major investment.

This comes after the business invested nearly £2 million on a new fleet of vehicles as part of an effort to offer families more choice and to cater for a rise in demand for the personalisation of funerals.

Kerry Rolfe is the Funeral Director at George James Funeral Service.

She said: “This significant investment showcases the commitment to our Funeral Homes in March and Chatteris and our commitment to ensuring our families have the best choice on offer to them.

“Our new fleet will mean families will have access to the most up-to-date vehicles when they are planning the funeral of their loved ones.

“The feedback for our new fleet has been excellent and we are pleased to use this investment to further enhance memories and loves for our bereaved families.”

George James Funeral Service and Central England Co-op Funeralcare Chatteris both offer a 24-hour service, seven days a week.  In addition to arranging funerals, the teams are also able to offer advice on floral tributes, monumental masonry, funeral stationery, pre-paid funeral plans and probate advice.  The teams can be contacted on 01354 652208 and 01354 760072 respectively.


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Picture caption: Funeral Director Kerry Rolfe and her team showcasing their brand new funeral fleet.


About Central England Co-operative


Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 


It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, and property.


The company’s funeral business consists of over 120 funeral homes across 16 counties, 9 florists, masonry production and administration, Bretby Crematorium and Terry Smiths coffin factory.


Central England Co-operative has more than 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. 


The Society has an ambitious food store and funeral home development programme for 2018.


Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.


Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing or visiting


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Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140


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