Who we are

Aaron, Jonathon & Kate Bewley, directors of AJB Funerals, have more than 50 years’ funeral experience between them and alongside their dedicated Team, continue to provide the independent, responsive and inclusive funeral and customer service for which they have won many awards.

They have lived all their lives in and around the communities they support and serve and are honoured to be entrusted with funeral arrangements from many Wiltshire communities including Corsham, Chippenham and Melksham– and beyond.

Aaron and Jonathan Bewley also benefit from many years’ experience from other members of the family involved in the day-to-day business activity (including Kate, Jonathon’s wife, a talented and creative florist, and Aaron’s wife, Amber, the customer focussed business manager); and of course the wide experience of those who are proud to work with the family as funeral directors, arrangers and those behind the scenes (Angela, Sally, James and Gemma).  The philosophy of approach of all the team is that “We are people first, funeral directors second”.

AJB Funerals continue to operate their head office from the same location in Corsham since 1986, as which the Merrett family established their carpentry and building trade in 1843.  They then extended their independent services to the communities of Melksham from 2003 and in Chippenham from 2006, opening a more central office in Chippenham in 2016 to better serve the needs of the community.  Aaron and Jonathon Bewley and the Team have helped families from the far reaches of Scotland, the remoteness of parts of Wales, to the tip of Cornwall as well as from overseas, organising funerals in many parts of the United Kingdom.


Aaron follows in his father’s footsteps

Jonathan joined the firm in 1986 at the same time his parents, Denis and Yvonne, acquired H Merretts in Corsham.  But as the needs of the community have changed, the ethos and outlook of the company have evolved too, the current ‘offer’ is a long way from the types of funerals offered to the community by Herbert Merrett – or even Aaron’s grandfather, Dennis.

The transition from a previously traditional business into a contemporary and responsive company, in-tune with changing expectations, has meant the name has evolved too.  For a short time, AJB Funerals was known before as Bewley & Merrett’s Funeral Directors from 2014 and then Aaron & Jonathon Bewley Funeral Directors in 2017.  AJB Funerals is simply a shortened, concise and modern version of the former name.  

But looking to the future, Aaron and Jonathan Bewley are proud to have their name as intrinsically associated with the work they do, reflecting their commitment to individuals at the time of need, and in supporting people to prepare for when the time comes.  All at AJB Funerals draw on the heritage of the past alongside their own experiences in the context of changing expectations to provide that independent, responsive and inclusive approach for which they are renowned.

  • Corsham

    57a Pickwick Road, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 9BS

    01249 713 134

  • Melksham

    26a Church Street, Melksham Wiltshire, SN12 6LS

    01225 708 736

  • Chippenham

    3b New Road, Chippenham Wiltshire, SN15 1EJ

    01249 660 554

Awards & Memberships

  • SAIF - Independent Funeral Directors
  • Golden Charter
  • 2024 Good Funeral Guide
  • Butterfly Conservation Corporate Member