The Braddick and Sherborne families have run businesses in Bideford for over 100 years. It wasn't until 2001 however that the families joined forces to become Braddicks and Sherborne Funeral Directors. As a family business we believe in looking after everyone's loved one as if they are one of our own, providing the very best of care and focusing on the needs of the family at all times. We are exceptionally proud of our exemplary local reputation and pride ourselves on providing a personal, caring, 24 hour service to the people of North Devon.
Lee Sherborne was born and grew up in the town of Bideford and so it is particularly important to him not to let his birthplace down in any way. Lee began working in the family funeral business at 14 years old and has never looked back. His work is of an exceptionally high standard and he takes great pride in delivering a highly compassionate, caring, sensitive and dignified service when dealing with people at their most difficult time of need.
Ben Braddick also grew up in Bideford and has worked within his family furnishing firm 'Braddicks Furnishers' for many years, he and Lee have been best friends since childhood. Although Ben's daily commitments are within the furnishing business he still has a very active role in the funeral company and has been instrumental in the expansion and development of our Ilfracombe office.
In 2008, Lee enlisted the help of Tracey, a long term friend of the family, who works alongside Lee as an Administrator / Arranger and is an integral part of the team in Bideford. Tracey is mainly office based and administers the donations, designs the orders of service, writes newspaper obituaries, confirms funerals and sends accounts. Tracey has a wealth arranging experience having worked as a Funeral Administrator at other local Funeral Directors for many years before joining Lee.
In 2014 Andy Punchard joined our very busy office, coming from a background in farming he feels he had a calling into the funeral industry some years ago. Since working with us he has fulfilled his dream to become a Funeral Director and is now based in our newest branch in Ilfracombe. Andy who is also a Devonian is keen to follow in Lee's footsteps and serve the community of Ilfracombe the way Lee has served Bideford for the last 30 plus years.
Brie joined us in April 2018. She covers the administration in Ilfracombe where she’s lived for over 30 years.
In our team we also have full time members Paul and Georgina, Georgina joined at the end of 2018. Rodger, Peter and Micky assist us on the day of the funeral as bearers.
At Braddicks and Sherborne we pride ourselves on providing high quality funeral services, offering flexibility and willingness to respond to your wishes. Warmth, safe-keeping, quality and continuity of care are the overriding features of our nurturing organisation. You will sense that the people in our care are treated as the individuals they were, and still are. Our guiding principle is to do whatever it takes to make sure that the families we serve are happy with the funerals we arrange.
Braddicks and Sherborne have two offices. One on the end of Abbotsham Road in Bideford and our new office on the corner of St Brannocks Park Road and St Brannocks Road, Ilfracombe . Both our buildings offer chapel of rest viewing rooms and full private facilities giving you the security of knowing it is us personally who are looking after your loved ones. Our arranging rooms are set out in a comfortable but formal style of settees and chairs. This is a conscious choice to help you feel more at ease at this difficult time. We believe that as well as feeling cared for, people want the confidence that comes from knowing that you are in the hands of people who know their business.
Where families are deeply distressed or less ready to proceed, a home arrangement is offered. Up to 70% of our arrangements are conducted at home.
You should always make enquiries before engaging a funeral director, ensuring you obtain a full estimate of costs, disbursements and newspaper charges so there are no nasty surprises when you receive the final bill.
Prices are displayed in both our offices and we will gladly give you an estimate of costs at any time.
You will find we offer good value for money, but if funds are an issue then please tell us your budget and we will do our best to work as close to that as possible with you. We will not try to sell you things you do not need.
Continuity of Care
Our training is very thorough and it means you can be sure that whoever you speak to, you will receive the same high quality of care and service.
When you phone it will always be answered by Tracey, Brie, Lee or Andy .
It will always be one of us who will collect, dress and look after your loved one whilst they are in our care, so if you would like same sex dressing then please just advise us and we will ensure this is carried out for you.
The person with whom you arrange the funeral will lead the cortege on the day except in exceptional circumstances.
Family Participation ' If you want to carry the coffin, we'll show you how. We believe in empowering you to do what you want and to help you in any way we can. For us, every funeral is truly unique and highly personal. It belongs to you.
After the funeral call in anytime for a chat if you need a bit of extra support and we can also signpost you to other professionals who can help.
Planning ahead - We sell one of the few pre-paid funeral plans we believe to be safe and reputable. The Golden Charter Plan, offer funerals the independent way with their very own set priced packages. Please simply get in touch to make an appointment if you would like to think about planning for the future, we will be happy to come to your home or meet you in either of our offices in Bideford or Ilfracombe.
'We just wanted to say thank you for facilitating Dad's funeral last Tuesday, Dad truly looked at peace after 6 very difficult months, we thank you deeply'. (Bideford)
'We wish to say sincere thanks to all at Braddicks and Sherborne for the efficiency with which you arranged and conducted Michael's funeral, nothing was too much trouble, which helped to make a very difficult time a little more bearable'. (Bideford)
'Andy Punchard and his staff were so kind and caring and considerate in our time of loss & sadness, The service we received was so good I cannot recommend it highly enough.' ( Ilfracombe)
'All the feel of a family funeral director and all the hallmarks of an extremely well-run business with a very big heart. A funeral home that's in tune with its community, staffed by exceptionally kind and knowledgeable people' (Bideford).
'Andy Punchard is to be recommended for his skills. No detail was missed, all requests attended too promptly and with dignity. He emulates the professionalism my father would appreciate “quietly and with dignity' ( Ilfracombe).
'We would like to thank you from the very bottom of our hearts for everything that you have done for Peter and us. You eased the whole thing for us the moment you became involved. We can never forget your kindness'. (Bideford).
'We as a family would like to say how professionally you do your job and how smart the whole outfit is and to say a big thank you for helping us make the whole day such a beautiful tribute to a brave and courageous lady who has left a huge gap in our lives. She would be so proud to know how much the collection has made. Once again many thanks to you and all your staff'. ( Bideford).
'I'm sure this isn't the done thing to write a note to you when paying for my dad's funeral but I had to let you know how easy you made everything for me and John. It has been like dealing with a friend, not like a business transaction. Thank you so much for all your help over the last couple of weeks, and I really do hope that our paths cross again, not for professional reasons either'. ( Bideford).
'Your service was incredible. You supported us and made things so easy right up to the day. You have superb communication and you’re offices are a friendly environment. ( Ilfracombe).
'I can't thank you enough for all you did for us and as I said to you before you are a credit to your profession'. (Ilfracombe).
'I just wanted to say that Andrew and I are both very impressed by Lee's professionalism right the way through the most difficult time of our lives from 3am (when we first spoke) until the funeral and beyond. His kindness and assistance in all matters involved were outstanding'. ( Bideford).
'I can’t fault you kindness and help through a difficult time, thank you.' (Ilfracombe).
'Thank you for your professionalism and making things run smoothly at a difficult time, I had no problems and would recommend you to others.' (Ilfracombe)
'This is always a difficult time but Andy and the team have been very professional, compassionate and understanding. Nothing has been too much trouble. Communication has been excellent, especially as I live 2 hours drive away. We had a double funeral to arrange and the issues that causes were dealt with so professionally. Thank you all so much.' (Ilfracombe).