Dodgson and Bell - The website of Dodgson's Fineral Service in Knutsford & George Bell Funeral Service of Northwich

Our Staff.

We are a small and dedicated team.
Our philosophy is one of service to others at a point in their lives when they may be experiencing emotionally difficult circumstances.

Barri Dodgson Dip F.D., M.B.I.E.

Managing Director

Originally from an engineering background where, as a Chartered Chemical Engineer he worked as a Project Manager in the Chemical Plant Contracting Industry, Barri entered the funeral vocation on the retirement of his wife Ann's father, in order to continue the bus iness of the then Thomas Johnson & Co.

Following the change of name to Dodgson's Funeral Service, the business of George Bell which had been established in Northwich since 1910, was merged with the company prior to the retirement of Mr Bell, subsequently becoming Dodgson & Bell Funeral Services. Both companies continue today under the ownership and management of Barri and Ann Dodgson.

Ann Dodgson Dip F.D., M.B.I.E.

Company Secretary

Ann was brought up in the funeral business, having assisted her father in the family run firm since leaving school. Anticipating that her involvement with the company would be at an end with the retirement of her father and having married Barri during his career as a Chemical Engineer, it came as something of a surprise to learn of her husband's interest in continuing the business.

Damian Dodgson

Barri and Ann's son, Damian, joined the company in July 1994 and during the intervening years has become a valued member of the team. Damian's role as Funeral Director is providing a well liked and valuable service with many clients asking for him to conduct further family funerals.

Tony Gerrard

Tony joined our team in 1985 and is a loyal and valuable member of staff. He made a substantial contribution to the task of setting up our Northwich/Lostock Green Chapels of Rest and is widely regarded as a trusted and well respected Funeral Director with many clients asking for him.

Lorraine Collins

Lorraine is the firm’s Office Manager with responsibility for all aspects of the busy office, keeping the ever increasing mountain of paperwork under control. Lorraine’s exceptional multitasking helps her to keep the office running smoothly.

Sandra Hancock

Sandra is our Office Secretary. Sandra’s specific tasks are to deal with newspaper announcements, listing attendees at funerals and dealing with charitable donations. Sandra has worked in our office since 2002 and has built up a broad knowledge of all aspects of office procedure.

Debbie Dodgson

Debbie is responsible for the memorial work, helps to oversee the accounts, is often required to list mourners' names at funerals and updates our website. She is a valued member of the office team. Damian & Debbie were married in 2009 and have two daughters.

Mike Dewison, Anthony Beswick, Simon Naylor & Pete Riding

Our dedicated young team supporting the daily activities of the business and forming part of the out of hours "on call" team. They are enthusiastic, energetic and help us to present a smarter and modern appearance.

The Part Time Driver Bearers

Kevin, Charles & Jim. Without the support of this dedicated band of helpers, the work would come to a halt. A well like and trusted group of men.