Established Yorkshire Dales family business joins Funeral Partners

Established family business Simon Barningham Funeral Directors has become part of Funeral Partners as it strengthens its presence in North Yorkshire.

Based in the Yorkshire Dales, where Simon Barningham has spent his whole life, the business has a long tradition of serving its rural and farming communities.

Simon originally joined the business from school. His uncle had bought the funeral business Ernest Bagshaw in 1961, which was originally established before the First World War, his father had also worked for the company.

After his uncle died Simon took over the business in 1984 and subsequently re-named it Simon Barningham Funeral Directors, running it with the support of his family.

Simon said: “It’s been such a way of life, I will continue to work in the business and with local families, but being part of Funeral Partners, I will have more support.

“I am amazed by the intimate and supportive family atmosphere of Funeral Partners, I feel very much at home with them. They will help to move the business forward in the same style, with continuity of what we’re doing.”

Funeral Partners’ Operational Support Manager Phil Barr said: “Simon Barningham Funeral Directors has established a strong reputation over many years for providing high standards and personal service to the rural communities around Swaledale and Wensleydale.

“The business already has a close working relationship with John Blenkiron & Sons in Richmond, also part of Funeral Partners, and makes an excellent addition to our family of businesses.”

Any Funeral Directors considering selling their businesses should contact Funeral Partners’ Chief Executive Officer Sam Kershaw on 07834 531822, email: