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About Us

    About Melia Powell Funeral Service

    At Melia Powell Funeral Service, we have been helping local families at one of the most difficult times since 2013.

    Melia Powell Funeral Service is a long established funeral directors providing funeral services across Keighley, Bradford, Skipton and the surrounding areas.

    The team at both our funeral homes will provide advice at every stage of the funeral planning process, and will arrange an individual and unique funeral to help you celebrate the life of your loved one. At Sandbeds we have our own service venue on-site.

    Here at Melia Powell Funeral Service we also offer an affordable prepaid funeral plan, Choice, so that you can arrange and pay for a funeral in advance. This will protect your family from rising costs and remove uncertainty about your wishes.

    If you would like to talk to us about planning a funeral, or our Choice plan, please come and see us in any of our funeral homes, or if you’d rather we can arrange a home visit. We’re also available 24 hours a day on the phone so if you need anything please don’t hesitate to call your local funeral home.

    Meet the Team

    Brian Langford

    Consultant

    Brian has lived and worked in the Bradford, Keighley and Skipton areas all his life. He is very experienced in all aspects of funeral care. He is a practising Christian and has been a Church Organist for over 35 years. Brian has vast experience in dealing with the needs of the bereaved and his personal commitment is to provide the very best funeral care to his community at a much more family affordable price is his primary concern.

    He is fully trained and certificated in the behind the scenes care for a loved one, which also includes all aspects of embalming.

    Brian is an experienced Celebrant and really gets to know your family so that the service is both personal and completely tailored around the life of the person you are wishing to celebrate. Nothing is ever too much trouble and his attention to detail and ability to take all your worries away regarding a funeral is second to none.

    Brian is also an expert in repatriation of a loved one to countries such as South Africa, Italy, America and Southern Ireland. In addition, he is also experienced in bringing deceased back into the UK for a funeral service.

    Merv Pemberton

    Funeral Director

    Merv joined Melia Powell Funeral Service in 2018 and is a valuable member of the team.

    He’s a local lad and is known by many for his friendly, caring and sensitive approach to those who he meets.

    Merv worked for the NHS in different clinical areas for 38 years. He is very focused on Community Activities and specialised in Community Outreach focusing on Men’s Health and general Community Health Improvement initiatives. He was also the ‘Champion’ for Anti Bullying within the Airedale Primary Care Trust.

    Outside of work, Merv enjoys family time and is a keen sportsman.

    Martin Mashiter-Coates

    Funeral Director

    Martin has worked within the Funeral Service and the wider bereavement services since 2002 and spent 14 years with a larger funeral service, joining a smaller funeral service before being invited to join Funeral Partners.

    Martin says “What I love about my role, is being in a position to help families going through such a terrible time and to do everything I can do in order to make that time much less stressful and difficult and to make sure they have the best possible service for their loved one and if they want to have something unusual e.g A Motorcycle Hearse or Repatriation then I will make sure that can happen for the family.”

    He is a fully qualified embalmer and has been a full member of The British Institute of Embalmers since 2013 and is a Past-Chairman of the North West Division of The British Institute of Embalmers.

    He is also an active member of Lions Club International and is the Club President.

    Martin loves spending time with his family and at the weekends, he helps to coach and referee at his Son’s Rugby Club and supports his local division of the National Association of Funeral Directors and The British Institute of Embalmers.

    Carla Weatherall

    Funeral Arranger

    Carla is a funeral arranger at the Sandbeds Branch and is passionate about delivering great service.

    She grew up in the local area and spent 9 years working as a Visitor Experience Manager with the National Trust at East Riddlesden Hall.

    Carla loves working as part of a team and with local community groups. She’s a busy mum to two young boys and enjoys spending her spare time reading and going on family adventures.

    Rachel Wysocki

    Funeral Arranger.

    Rachel has a vast experience in people management. She has worked for local large businesses in senior management positions. She has been Married for 30 years with grown up children and grandchildren.

    Her hobbies are spending important and valuable time with her grandchildren and, together, they have a full time roll of caring for and enjoying quality time with their pony.

    Rachel is a Funeral Arranger and is an expert on Funeral Plans! Many of the local Keighley people will have seen her smiling face at the Keighley Shop at the top Cavendish Street, Keighley, directly next to the Cenotaph.

    Our Values

    Pride

    We take pride in everything we do. Our aim is that everyone who works for Funeral Partners shares our values.

    Helping People

    Our business exists to help the bereaved to make fitting arrangements for their loved one’s last journey and to provide lasting memories for family and friends.

    We do this with a positive, caring and understanding approach.

    Respect for everyone

    We value diversity and treat everyone with the same respect, courtesy and dignity.

    Professional Standards

    We are a professional organisation and we strive to achieve the highest possible standards in everything we do and to improve upon these standards continuously.

    Accept responsibility

    We accept responsibility for our actions both as a company and as individuals.

    Partnership

    We believe that we can only achieve our goals by working together in partnership with client families, suppliers and our employees.

    Our locations

    We're available 24 hours 365 days a year

    Call 01274 567 110 visit branch or arrange a home visit