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We pride ourselves in the standard of our funeral homes in Dorset and Hampshire. We endeavour to provide a traditional background, comfortable surroundings yet with every modern facility. All funeral homes have private chapels of rest and most have private car parking.

To find out more about your nearest funeral home please click on the appropriate name of the branch below.

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Bournemouth

In 1996, Tapper Funeral Service took premises in Wimborne Road, Moordown and was delighted to welcome Alan Rice as Company Director and Funeral Director at this office.

Alan, Bournemouth born and bred, began his career at Bournemouth Crematorium in 1978 as a certified cremator operator and chapel attendant. In 1984, he took the opportunity to train as a Funeral Director, rising through the ranks to Area Manager, overseeing five branches. In this role, Alan found himself drawn further away from bereaved families, and so welcomed the opportunity to join Tapper Funeral Service in 1996, where he has been able to fully utilise his Diploma in Funeral Directing, and CFSMA Funeral Management Diploma.

Address: 987 Wimborne Road, Moordown, Bournemouth, Dorset. BH9 2BS (map)

Email: bournemouth@tapperfuneralservice.co.uk

Phone: 01202 549555

Broadstone

Being on the outskirts of Poole, Tapper Funeral Service has always enjoyed an excellent relationship with the community of Broadstone, and so it seemed a natural and important progression to open an office to better serve bereaved families in this area.

1986 saw the opening of a small funeral home in Macauley Road but, within a fairly short space of time, it became clear that larger premises would be required. Such premises were acquired in 1994 offering a spacious lounge, chapels of rest and car parking. Jan Wharmby, who joined the company in an administrative role in 2002, was trained and promoted to the role of Funeral Director in 2005 and now oversees the majority of funerals for the Broadstone area. Originally from the Channel Islands, Jan now lives with her husband in Lytchett Matravers and is a regular worshipper at Broadstone Methodist Church. More recently Lydia Proudley joined Jan as assistant funeral director and is currently studying for her Diploma in Funeral Directing.

Address: 173 The Broadway, Broadstone, Dorset, BH18 8DH (map)

Email: broadstone@tapperfuneralservice.co.uk

Phone: 01202 694449

Christchurch

In 2006 an opportunity arose to purchase a garage and car showroom on the corner of Barrack Road and Portfield Road in Christchurch. By the end of 2009 the old buildings had been demolished and a new purpose built funeral home designed and built.

The new funeral home offers ample parking for clients, comfortable private lounges in which to discuss arrangements and private chapels of rest.

Tapper Funeral Service is proud to serve the people of Christchurch and surrounding areas from this funeral home.

Simon Spendlowe is Manager of the funeral home and brings with him many years of experience in funeral arranging and management; Simon also oversees the Company's Health & Safety responsibilities and has a Masters Degree in the subject.

Address: 89/91 Barrack Road, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 2AJ (map)

Email: enquire@tapperfuneralservice.co.uk

Phone: 01202 478887

Highcliffe

The Hayley name has been associated with serving bereaved families in Highcliffe, New Milton and the surrounding areas for more than fifty years. Colin Hayley was a Funeral Director in New Milton from the 1950’s until only just before his death in 2014; an extraordinary personal commitment to his local community.

In 1992, Colin Hayley and the Tapper Family joined forces and opened a funeral home in Old Milton Road, and in 1995, a further funeral home was opened in Lymington Road, Highcliffe.

In 2010 the old building in Lymington Road was demolished to make way for a new, purpose built funeral home, which was opened in May 2011 and offers a spacious and modern environment with the Highcliffe Castle Chapel of Rest.

Cheryl Miller joined the team when the Highcliffe funeral home re-opened and brings with her many years of local experience helping families in the Highcliffe area. Cheryl has a keen interest in bereavement care after the funeral has concluded.

Address: 257 Lymington Road, Highcliffe On Sea, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 5FD (map)

Email: highcliffe@tapperfuneralservice.co.uk

Phone: 01425 272764

Living Stones Stonemasons

Living Stones offers a spacious showroom designed as a virtual cemetery where any type of memorial or material is available. There is car parking for clients to the rear. Mark Shearman is the Manager of Living Stones and has spent most of his career working in the masonry trade both nationally and locally, gathering a wealth of experience that is necessary as all cemeteries have minor differences in their rules.

Address: 893 - 895 Christchurch Road, Pokesdown, Bournemouth, Dorset BH7 6AU (map)

Email: stonemason@tapperfuneralservice.co.uk

Phone: 01202 432200

Milford-on-Sea

Milford-on-Sea is a small coastal village with a strong community spirit in a beautiful part of Hampshire. A funeral home has existed in the heart of the village for many years, and in 2001, Tapper Funeral Service took over the running of the business. A very old building, believed to have been a coach house in Victorian times, the funeral home was extensively refurbished to offer the highest standard of facilities, while retaining the front façade to be in keeping with the rest of the village. 

SInce 2016 Paul Dowsett is manager of the funeral home and brings with him years of experience of funeral arranging in the Bournemouth/Christchurch area.

Address: Wallis House, 28 High Street, Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire, SO41 0QD (map)

Email: milfordonseaoffice@tapperfuneralservice.co.uk

Phone: 01590 644664

New Milton

The Hayley name has been associated with serving bereaved families in Highcliffe, New Milton and the surrounding areas for more than fifty years. Colin Hayley was a Funeral Director in New Milton from the 1950’s until only just before his death in 2014; an extraordinary personal commitment to his local community.

In 1992, Colin Hayley and the Tapper Family joined forces and opened a funeral home in Old Milton Road, and in 1995, a further funeral home was opened in Lymington Road, Highcliffe.

Colin's son Julian followed in his father’s footsteps, joining the Company in 1993 and in turn, Julian’s wife Sue soon afterwards.

Address: 51 - 53 Old Milton Road, New Milton, Hampshire BH25 6DJ (map)

Email: newmilton@tapperfuneralservice.co.uk

Phone: 01425 629000

Poole

The Parkstone Road office forms the central hub of Tapper Funeral Service. It is here that vehicles and facilities are based, along with the administration centre for the company.

The company was founded in 1904 and operated from premises in old Poole, before moving to the present site. During the 1950’s 34 Parkstone Road was not only the office for the funeral service, but also the home of Cyril Tapper and his young family. It continued to offer this multi functional facility for some time before the family moved out and it became a funeral home in its own right. In the mid 1970’s Christopher Tapper was able to purchase 32 Parkstone Road for well under £30,000. A joining of these two properties and major refit ensued, While retaining its classic exterior, Parkstone Road has become the most advanced funeral home in the area.

Christopher’s sons, Steven and Paul, joined the business in 1985 and 1988 respectively. This closed the circle for the family, with their mother, Jane working in an administrative role. Christopher retired in 2002, leaving Steven and Paul to jointly run the company from this office. They work alongside a team of highly experienced funeral directors, all of whom have been living and working in the Poole area for many years. Each has been hand picked for the many and varied skills they offer. Christopher too remains involved in a consultancy capacity, and as Senior Director.

Address: 32 - 34 Parkstone Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2PG (map)

Email: pooleoffice@tapperfuneralservice.co.uk

Phone: 01202 673164

Ringwood

Barrow Bros Funeral service has been a well respected name in the Ringwood community for well over a century, and in 2001, the Tapper family was delighted to join forces with Peter Crutcher and his team to build on this reputation and to offer Ringwood families the highest standard of care. The partnership saw a move from the existing offices to new fully refurbished premises in Southampton Road, thus continuing the Tapper tradition of providing the very best facilities to bereaved families. Peter has stepped back from the day-to-day running of the funeral service to concentrate on other interests, but remains involved in a consultancy role. 

The team is now led by Ringwood born-and-bred Linda Turner. Linda is well known in Ringwood for among other things, her work with the Ellingham Show.

Address: 29a Southampton Road, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 1HB (map)

Email: ringwood@tapperfuneralservice.co.uk

Phone: 01425 472104

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