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Your local independent funeral service.

A unique and indispensable role in society.

At Anstey & District Funeral Services we perform a unique and indispensable role in society. It is a role which is part profession and part vocation. Our Funeral Directors are always available in time of need to provide emotional support, expert and practical advice. We are a fully independent family run company. The services provided at our premises at Talbott House, Leicester Road, Anstey, have been carefully and thoughtfully developed to provide a combination of immediate attention, personal care, efficiency and professionalism.

Founded in 1992 and owned by local residents, John and Pat Wright. We are the only independent funeral directors in the local area.

Our Funeral Directors are always available in your time of need to provide emotional support as well as expert and practical advice.

Our services can provide you with a combination of immediate attention, personal care, efficiency and professionalism .


Established in 1992

The business was established in 1992 by John and Pat Wright who boast over 60 years combined service in the Funeral Profession. The business continues to maintain their vision of placing the emphasis on the quality of service provided and meeting the client’s needs.

As a result, we now have an excellent reputation, employ qualified and experienced staff. We feel that our association with the local community gives the families we serve the benefit of our local knowledge that is not readily available elsewhere. We believe that client choice is paramount to providing a good service.

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Honest Family Feedback

These comments come from cards and letters sent to us after a funeral.
They are unsolicited quotes and are reproduced here with the consent of the writers.

The care and consideration that you showed to us helped us through a difficult time.
Mrs T.
Groby, Leicester
Thank you for helping us to turn a very sad day into a special day for our Daughter. The horse drawn hearse looked beautiful and with the pink plumes it was just as she would have wanted...
Mr & Mrs B.
Enderby, Leicester
Your care and attention were very much appreciated.
Mrs D.
Anstey, Leicester

Meet the staff

Let us introduce you to our members of our staff

Our services are complimented with the modern and personable approach of our qualified Funeral Director, Arran Brudenell, who manages the business on a day to day basis alongside our dedicated team of staff.


Arran Brudenell

BA(Hons), Cert F.P., Dip F.D., M.B.I.F.D

Managing Director & Funeral Director

Arran joined the firm in 2004, having previously worked for a large travel agent in Leicester. Having no funeral experience, Arran very quickly set about learning as much as he could from John and Pat, and then embarked upon completing the Diploma in Funeral Directing through the National Association of Funeral Directors. Arran completed this complex course in less than 18 months, and at the time was one of the youngest qualified funeral directors in the country.
In 2007, Arran was nominated for, and subsequently won a National Training Award for his achievements in the funeral industry in such a short time.
Arran is responsible for the day to day running of the business, and together with the other members of staff, ensures every funeral takes place in accordance with the families’ wishes.

Arran has been involved with the profession nationally in a variety of roles, including

  • A member of the British Institute of Funeral Directors
  • A Member of the Independent Funeral Directors College
  • A member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF)
  • A member of the Executive Committee of the SAIF Charter Association (The Owners of Golden Charter)
  • National President for SAIF in 2012/2013
  • Chairman of the Independents Funeral Directors College between 2013-2016

Arran is a qualified funeral director and holds the following qualifications

  • Diploma in Funeral Directing (National Association of Funeral Directors)
  • Certificate in Funeral Practice (Independent Funeral Directors College)
  • BA (Hons) in Business Management (De Montfort University)

Outside work Arran is a season ticket holder at Leicester Tigers and enjoys watching Formula 1 and Cricket and raising money for charity, in his year as SAIF President he managed to raise over £21,000 for The Children’s Air Ambulance


John & Pat Wright


Founders & Owners

After leaving school, John worked for one of the larger firms of funeral directors in Leicester,before becoming disillusioned by the direction the trade was heading. He then spent some 15 years with Leicester City Council. Seeking a new challenge,and with his desire to see traditional values restored to funerals,he decided to start his own business and Anstey & District was founded in 1992.
Pat is the 3rd generation in her family to have worked in the industry, as both her father and grandfather were funeral directors in the area, having owned the well-respected, C.F Talbott’s of Thurmaston (latterly A.S Talbot) a traditional firm of builders, carpenters and funeral directors.


Gareth Crane

Cert F.P.

Funeral Director

Gareth joined the team in 2006 and on a day to day basis Gareth is responsible for arranging and conducting funerals as well as ensuring our fleet of vehicles are looked after and ensures that loved ones are brought back into our care from hospitals, hospices, nursing homes as well as private residences.
He has completed his Certificate in Funeral Practice and is a qualified Funeral Director, he is also a Member of the Independent Funeral Directors College.
Outside of work Gareth is a season ticket holder at Leicester Tigers and enjoys working outdoors and can often be founded with a mower or a strimmer in his hand helping out family and friends.

Upcoming Notices

Here you will find notices of funerals that will be conducted over the coming days.
Please click on each link to reveal full printable service details and to donate. If you cannot find the funeral announcement you are looking for, please contact one of our offices.

Want to speak to somebody?

Just give us a call and we will be more than happy to talk you through how we can help.

Funeral Plans

We are proud to recommend Golden Charter

A funeral plan is an easy way to arrange the funeral you want in advance. A plan allows you to specify your wishes and pay for the funeral director’s services included in your plan. As customers often tell us, that can bring peace of mind to you and your family. A plan from Golden Charter also includes an allowance towards third party costs. These are essential, non-funeral director services such as the cremation or burial fees, plus the minister or officiant’s fee to perform the service. The value of the allowance included in your plan may grow over time. There will only be more to pay at the time of the funeral if the third party costs exceed the allowance when you buy your plan, or if the costs increase by more than the growth of your plan.

At Anstey & District, we work in partnership with Golden Charter to provide you with a simple way to plan ahead. As one of the UK’s largest funeral plan providers1, Golden Charter has helped over 900,000 people to plan ahead2, so we’re completely confident in offering their plans to you.

Everyone has different needs when it comes to funeral planning, so we make sure the plans we offer are as flexible as possible. When you get in touch, we’ll be happy to discuss your funeral requirements and tailor a plan to suit you. Rest assured a plan from Golden Charter is available to all UK residents, regardless of age or state of health.

Would you like to know more information about how a Golden Charter funeral plan could work for you? We can provide you with all of the information you need to make an informed decision for you and your family, so get in touch today!

Golden Charter

1 Based on a Golden Charter analysis and independent research of the funeral plan market size as at January 2023.

2 Correct at October 2023.

Anstey & District Funeral Services Ltd is an appointed representative of Golden Charter Limited trading as Golden Charter Funeral Plans which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN:965279).

With this website we hope to provide impartial guidance and useful information for anyone making funeral arrangements in the UK as well as for people in our local community. We believe that you should expect value for money and the highest standard of care and service from the moment contact is made.

If there is anything which you would like to ask, that perhaps is not covered on this website, then please feel free to contact us on 0116 234 0548.