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About Us

    About James Dykes Funeral Service

    James Dykes Funeral Service was established in 1961 by Mr James Dykes who came from a varied working background, most predominantly as a coal merchant with horse and cart.

    He retired in 1998 and passed away in 1999. Mr George Collins, his second cousin, began working at the funeral home in 1984 and has continued to carry the good name of James Dykes Funeral Service through Newmilns and villages further afield after taking over from James. George has been loyally assisted by Mr Jack Steele for 25 years. 

    James Dykes Funeral Service serves the local community in Newmilns and surrounding areas. We have our own service venue.

    The team at our funeral home will provide advice at every stage of the funeral planning process, and will arrange an individual and unique funeral to help you celebrate the life of your loved one. 

    Here at James Dykes Funeral Service we also offer an affordable prepaid funeral plan, Choice, so that you can arrange and pay for a funeral in advance. This will protect your family from rising costs and remove uncertainty about your wishes.

    If you would like to talk to us about planning a funeral, or our Choice plan, please come and see us in any of our funeral homes, or if you’d rather we can arrange a home visit. We’re also available 24 hours a day on the phone so if you need anything please don’t hesitate to call your local funeral home.

    Meet the Team

    George Collins

    Senior Funeral Director

    George, James Dykes’ second cousin, begun working at James Dykes Funeral Service in 1984 after 7 and half years working in the bank.
    George has continued to carry the good name of James Dykes Funeral Service through Newmilns and villages further afield after taking over the running of the business from James.


    Operations Manager

    Fraser entered the funeral profession in 2004 in order to help people through a trying time. In his spare time, he enjoys hill walking and quiz nights.

    Wendy Barrie

    Funeral Arranger

    After working in finance Wendy decided on a career change to the Funeral Industry.

    She is delighted to be a part of the James Dykes team to look after all our families.

    Jim Douglas

    Funeral Service Operative

    Jim started with James Dykes in April 2020 after a successful career as an independent Financial Advisor. A career change to help our local families.

    Jack Steel

    Funeral Service Operative

    George Collins has been loyally assisted by Jack for 25 years. Jack has taken care of all of the ‘back of house’ operations as well as driving all our families in the limousine.

    Our Values


    We take pride in everything we do. Our aim is that everyone who works for Funeral Partners shares our values.

    Helping People

    Our business exists to help the bereaved to make fitting arrangements for their loved one’s last journey and to provide lasting memories for family and friends.

    We do this with a positive, caring and understanding approach.

    Respect for everyone

    We value diversity and treat everyone with the same respect, courtesy and dignity.

    Professional Standards

    We are a professional organisation and we strive to achieve the highest possible standards in everything we do and to improve upon these standards continuously.

    Accept responsibility

    We accept responsibility for our actions both as a company and as individuals.


    We believe that we can only achieve our goals by working together in partnership with client families, suppliers and our employees.

    Our locations

    We're available 24 hours 365 days a year

    Call 01560 320 088 visit branch or arrange a home visit