Our History


Poringland and Chedgrave

R. B. Copping Independent Family Funeral Service,
Poringland office:
125 The Street, Poringland, Norwich, NR14 7RP.
Telephone: 01508 494434.
New Chedgrave office:
56 Langley Road, Chedgrave, NR14 6HE
TELEPHONE: 01508 521159

Founded in 1935

R B Copping Funeral Services was founded in 1935 by Reginald Basil Copping in the rural village of Shotesham, Norfolk. He started his business as a private building contractor and like many small local building companies at that time diversified into the funeral trade. As both businesses started to expand Reg found that he enjoyed the satisfaction of the funeral profession – offering personal support, advice and peace of mind to those distressed at having lost a loved one. Reg began to dedicate more and more of his time and efforts into developing the funeral business. Over time the business gained a strong and increasingly trusted reputation as an independent local family concern.

Betty and Nigel Goodenough become partners

In 1988, after more than 50 years managing R B Copping Funeral Service alone, Reg invited his niece Betty and her husband Nigel Goodenough to join him and his wife, Irene, as partners in the firm. Nigel had just retired after 30 years service with Norfolk Constabulary which stood him in good stead to continue the high standards that Reg had set in those early years of building the business. Sadly Reg passed away in December 1994.

Nigel continued his work as a fully qualified Funeral Director in the family firm, and further enhanced the reputation that had been developed by R B Copping Funeral Service in the local area. Nigel worked to exceptionally high standards demonstrating the highest levels of kindness, care, sensitivity and dignity in dealing with people at this most difficult time of need.

Emma Joins the team

In October 2007, Nigel enlisted the help of Emma Stork, a fully qualified funeral director. Emma began working in the funeral profession straight from school and gained her qualifications with one of the bigger firms based in Norwich. Emma and Nigel worked closely together until Nigel sadly and suddenly passed away in December 2008.

80 years of funeral service


  • Following his untimely death, the family felt very strongly that all of the good work, the strong local community connections and the respect and trust that Nigel had built up over the past 20 years should continue. It was decided to look at ways to restructure the company in order to secure the future of the business and to safeguard the reputation that has been created and nurtured by both Reg and Nigel – that of a highly respected provider of local independent funeral services.

  • Emma leads the team

    Emma now handles the day-to-day running of the business with assistance from Nigel’s eldest daughter, Joanne. Nigel’s wife Betty and son Jeremy (Jerry) are the Company's directors and they look after finance and administration. Gerry, Dennis and Michael are the Company's funeral operatives.

  • Moving Forward

    In September 2011 we moved to our new premises on the street in Poringland, the site used to be garage and car sales and also a funeral directors back in 1904. The move opened up a new chapter in our business, better, more modern facilities, we have a large lounge which is used as the arranging room, it is spacious with a sofa and chairs, we have a nice fire and fireplace, the room is light and comforting. We also now have two Chapels of Rest with a private seating area, which allows families to have their own time in peace while visiting their loved one. After our move to Poringland we purchased our own Daimler/Jaguar hearse and limousine, which Gerry, Dennis and Michael have great pride in keeping in immaculate condition. Joanne is now arranging and conducting funerals alongside Emma, as well as office duties, care of the deceased and visits to the Chapel of Rest. A new member of the team arrived in 2014, Linda Tonks (previously Bowgen), Linda grew up in Brooke and the surrounding area and is a familiar face for families when they visit our office. Linda assists Emma and Joanne with the day to day running of the office, arranging funerals and the care of the deceased. As a team we all work well, providing the very best of care to all who requires our services. We are very proud to be Independent and to serve the local community.

Simply contact our friendly team on 01508 494434 to find out more about our services. or email.

Our Images


Nigel Goodenough
Betty and Nigel Goodenough
The Coppings Team
Betty and Jerry Goodenough
Emma And Joanne
Daimler/Jaguar hearse and limousine
Chapel of Rest
Remembrance book
At the service
Stained Glass
At the service
Tributes in wood

We are members of the National Association of Funeral Directors