About Us

Chenery Funeral Services Ltd. was founded in Hitchin in 1935 by George R J Chenery, a stone mason by trade, with its offices in Bancroft. It moved to its present office in 1973, Ray Chenery had been in the business with his father for over 20 years when he took over the running of the Company in 1975.

Over the past years we have been privileged to arrange funerals for Sir David Bowes-Lyon, the brother of the late Queen Mother and Sir Henry Joseph Wood, famous Conductor of the London Promenade Concert Orchestra.

Since the demise of Mr R.K. & Mrs P.E. Chenery, the company is now run under the auspices of their daughter Dawn and Son-in-Law, John. We are still committed to continuing the tradition, started by George all those years ago, to deliver a service with a family feel.

Our team of staff comprises two full-time staff, one part time member of staff, and a number of casual staff, all of whom are trained to work with the maximum level of dignity and respect.

The Company has continued with its traditional approach to funerals whilst adapting to the changing times and needs of the people of the community. Funerals can be arranged for all denominations and distance is no object.

Visits to the Rest Chapel can be arranged to suit the individual family.

We look after funerals from all over the country and from many parts of the world, both to and from the United Kingdom.

Our Personal Service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Staff Profiles

Paul Males:

Paul is our Funeral Director and joined the company in 1994. Along with his role of Funeral Director, he is now responsible for the day to day running of the office. Paul is trained in all areas of the funeral profession.

Adam Males:

Adam is Paul’s son and joined the company on a casual basis in 2006. He is trained in all aspects of the funeral profession including arranging and conducting funerals. Adam joined the company full time in March 2015 and looks after the office 3 days a week.


The company also employs a part time receptionist.


Our Personal Service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.