About Us

We are proud to be local independent funeral service, serving Poringland, Chedgrave and the surrounding communities, we were first established in 1935 when the funeral service was based at Shotesham, we moved to our office in Poringland in 2011 and acquired our office in Chedgrave in 2016. As a family run independent funeral service we strive to provide the best care to all our families and are on hand 24 hours a day, we do not use call centres to answer our telephone lines out of hours. We understand that this is a stressful time for families and we strive to provide all arrangements as straightforward as possible, remaining calm and approachable at all times. We are here to offer guidance and have a wealth of experience helping families chose the correct service for their loved one, we treat everyone with dignity and respect and look after loved ones like they are members of our own families.

Our History

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.

Emma joins the team

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. 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.

Betty & 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 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.

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. The team is led by Emma Stork who has worked in funeral service since leaving school which is now coming up for 30 years, she has been a funeral director for 25 of them, Emma has a wealth of experience and is a proud holder of the Diploma in Funeral Directing. Emma is known locally by so many families that she has looked after over the last 16 years which she has been at Coppings. Assisting Emma and based at the Chedgrave office is Linda Tonks, many people know Linda locally as she grew up in Brooke and went to the local schools. Linda came to work with us 9 years ago after wanting a career change working in the care sector. Linda has studied and has attained the Diploma in Funeral Arranging and Administration. Supporting both Emma and Linda is Joanne Frost, Joanne is a great niece of Reg and Irene Copping so she has been around funeral service all her life, Joanne mainly looks after all the administration including the handling of donations. Joanne also arranges and conducts funerals when necessary and has now worked for the family business for almost 30 years.

Our Team

Emma Stork

Funeral Director/Manager

Joanne Frost

Administration Assistant/Funeral Director

Linda Tonks

Funeral Director

Martin Frost

Funeral Operative

Alan Shields

Funeral Operative

John Newby

Funeral Operative

Colin Keeler

Funeral Operative

Nick Gibbs

Funeral Operative

Jem Keeler

Funeral Operative

Emma Stork

Funeral Director/Manager

Joanne Frost

Administration Assistant/Funeral Director

Linda Tonks

Funeral Director

Martin Frost

Funeral Operative

Alan Shields

Funeral Operative

John Newby

Funeral Operative

Colin Keeler

Funeral Operative

Nick Gibbs

Funeral Operative

Jem Keeler

Funeral Operative

Contact Us

We realise that this is an unusual and difficult time for you. As such, your contact with us is a personal and professional priority. Our primary goal is to be available to you and perform the professional and caring service needed, in order to reduce the burden to you and your family.

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