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Golden Charter

'National Funeral Planner of the Year'

Golden Charter

'West Mids. & North Wales Funeral Planner of the Year'


8-times Winner

What is a funeral plan?

The money you pay is held in trust until such times it is called upon. It is not held by A & A Walters or associated companies. Our funeral plans are FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) compliant.

What funeral plans do A & A Walters offer?

 

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.  

 

At A & A Walters, 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.

A plan to suit your needs

 

As an independently owned funeral director, we’ll take the time to understand your wishes and tailor a plan to suit you. We can discuss these at our premises or in your home, at a time that is convenient for you. If you’d prefer to discuss this over the phone or via email, we can assist with this too. You can tell us about any preferences you have in mind – the type of funeral you would like to have, hymns, music or any other personal touches – and we’ll make sure your plan takes these into account.

What's included in a pre-paid funeral plan? 

 

Our funeral director’s services will be covered in your funeral plan, which means our fees will be fixed at today’s prices and protected against rising costs. These services typically include:

  • Professional services and making arrangements for the funeral
  • Transportation of the deceased from the place of death to our premises, chapel of rest or other suitable location
  • Care of the deceased and preparations for family viewing if requested
  • Advice on the certification and registration of death and related documentation
  • Provision of funeral vehicles
  • Advice on bereavement counselling
  • Coffin or casket requested

 

Although a pre-paid funeral plan can cover all of the services above, there are some additional third party costs to consider. These are the costs for essential, non-funeral director services required to carry out a cremation or burial which need to be paid at the time of the funeral. These costs are outside our control. Depending on the plan type chosen, a Golden Charter funeral plan can include a contribution towards some third party costs. They may include:

 

  • Crematorium fee
  • Minister or officiant’s fee
  • Cemetery fee: the opening of a new or existing grave for burial or interment of cremated remains

 

Other third party costs that may be associated with a funeral include:

 

  • Purchase of grave or lair
  • Hire of church or other venue
  • Fees for organist or soloist
  • Memorial, such as a headstone, entry in a book of remembrance, or the planting of a tree
  • Catering, floral tributes and newspaper announcements

 

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.

 

However, even if prices rise in the future, you’ll have the reassurance of knowing there’ll be nothing more to pay for our funeral director’s services included in the plan once your plan is fully paid for – guaranteed.

Payment options to suit you

 

With a Golden Charter funeral plan, you can pay for your plan in several ways. Spread the cost or make a one-off payment – simply choose the one that’s right for you. We will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

 

The retail price of your funeral plan is representative of the equivalent cost of a funeral today plus an arrangement fee of £285 which is retained by Golden Charter to help cover the costs of setting up your plan.

Looking after you as a customer

 

As a Golden Charter plan holder, you’ll receive personalised plan documents, which include a summary of your plan, our details, your plan holder certificate and a personal membership card for you to carry in your purse or wallet. You can add a nominated representative to your plan if you wish to do so. Your nominated representative will receive a letter which will provide details of your plan and our details, as your chosen funeral director. They will have no authority to make changes to your plan.

 

You’ll also receive a statement from Golden Charter every three years which will be sent via post.

 

As your funeral director, we’ll hold full details of your funeral plan. When the time comes, one phone call is all it takes to activate your plan and get the arrangements underway.

 

What are the benefits of a funeral plan through A & A Walters?

At A & A Walters we believe that we know a thing or two about funeral plans. Take out a funeral plan with us and be assured of the benefits:

  • Fully FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) compliant
  • You are able to organise every detail of your funeral
  • Relieve your family of worry and uncertainty
  • Guarantee the costs of our services*
  • Financial security
  • Value for money
  • You ensure that your funeral is carried out by A & A Walters
  • You are in safe hands, A. & A. Walters have been caring for families since 1850 and are 8-time winners of the 'Funeral Planner of the Year' award.

*Although the funeral director's own fees are fully guaranteed for the services requested within the plan, additional charges maybe requested at time of need for third-party disbursements (e.g. crematorium and/or burial,) where the rise in these costs have exceeded the plan growth. This applies to both our Packaged and Tailored funeral plans.

Ready to take the next step?

Get in touch with us today

As well as the comfort of having a plan in place, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with being able to help save your family from worry and expense in the future.

So why not take the next step?

 

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

2Correct at October 2023.

3Confirmed by Golden Charter Trust’s audited accounts at 31 March 2023. 

 

A & A Walters Limited 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).

 

Feel free to email us at tipton@waltersfunerals.co.uk or telephone 0121 557 1347 and speak to one of our funeral planning specialists.

Compare our 'Independent Way'

funeral plans

Choose from our range of Independent Way 'packaged' plans ('The Poppy, Cornflower, Bluebell, Snowdrop or Wild Rose) or allow us to design a 'fully tailored' funeral Plan ('The Orchid') to meet your exact needs.

Please note: a generous disbursement allowance is included with all of our packaged plans. This is important to consider when making comparisions between different providers.

The Poppy
The Cornflower
The Bluebell
The Snowdrop
The Wild Rose
The Orchid
The Poppy
The Cornflower
The Bluebell

~ The Bluebell ~

'Independent Way' packaged funeral plan.


SINGLE PAYMENT

£4,250


Coffin Choice

Quality Oak Veneered (Regent)


Conveyance into our care (up to 25 miles from our offices)

Night or Day


Choice of Funeral Date & Time

Yes


Making of Funeral Arrangements

Yes


Attended Funeral Service

Yes


Hearse

Yes


Limousine (6 seats)

One


Viewing in our Chapel of Rest

Yes


A team of professional Pallbearers

Yes


Processional Cortege (inc. personalised journey)

Yes


Quality Floral Coffin Spray

3ft


Service Sheets (A4 single page, folded card)

Yes (30 copies)


Fully customisable online Memorial Tribute with charitable donation facility

Yes


Donation box at service

Yes


Aftercare & support

Yes


Funeral Plan Administration fee included (£285)

Yes


3rd Party Allowance Included

£1,250


Please note: Our funeral plans do not include the purchase of new graves. These must be purchased separately.

 

3rd party allowance - to go towards disbursement costs paid out on your behalf (e.g. crematorium fee, minister fee, flowers, horses etc.) Although the Funeral Director's own fees are fully guaranteed for their services within the plan, additional charges may be payable at time of need for 3rd party costs (disbursements) where the rise in these costs have exceeded the plan growth or where additional disbursements are incurred,

 

Additional fees may apply for a 'non-standard' sized coffin at time of need.

 

Our fixed plans are best suited to Cremation and single venue service locations. Where there is to be a service in a Church or a burial (inc. cremated remains) then our 'Orchid' (tailored) funeral plans would typically be more suitable.

 

The Snowdrop
The Wild Rose
The Orchid


Interested in our 'Orchid' (fully tailored) 'Independent Way' funeral plan?


Enquire about an A & A Walters 'Orchid' Funeral Plan today

by clicking on the your preferred option below and completing our Enquiry Form.