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Bexhill & Sidley

Arthur C Towner Ltd
Audley House,
1 Albert Road
East Sussex
TN40 1DG

Tel: 01424 733 700 Email:
Opening hours:

Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Branch Team


Diploma in Funeral Arranging

Anita Franklyn

Bexhill Office Manager and Funeral Director

Anita’s first experience within the funeral industry was working at  Eastbourne Crematorium. Moving on from there, she became a Funeral Arranger / Conductor within a small independent funeral directors in Eastbourne. During her time there she gained valuable experience. She then had the opportunity to take up her current position as Funeral Director with Towners.

Anita is extremely passionate about her responsibilities and believes it is very important to ensure every individual is treated with compassion, care and dignity.

She is a mum to two grown up daughters and is a very proud Nana. Since her own children flew the nest she is now ‘human mummy’ to her two fur babies, Eric and Elsie the Maltese Terriers. She says she is (and so are they!) extremely lucky to be able to bring them to work every day. They love it and so do many visitors!


Matthew de Eglesfield-Davis

Funeral Director
Born in Plymouth and raised in Hastings, Matthew lives with his wife and two children.  After leaving school he spent a large portion of his life working in the care industry, mainly with adults with learning disabilities as well as working in various retail roles.  For 13 years Matthew and his wife were shared lives carers looking after two adults with special needs in his home under the Adult Placement Scheme with social services. 

In December 2018 Matthew found himself unemployed and was put in touch by a friend with Towners where he was taken on as a casual bearer.  In February 2019 he was offered a full time position as a funeral operative and then was successful in his application to become a funeral director in the July. 

Matthew is a new member of the Triratna Buddhist community and is also a Mason.  He has many interests including target shooting and black powder, fresh water angling, watching films and many many TV series, collecting film memorabilia and gaming.  He hopes in the coming years to provide the much needed support and guidance families require when they wish to arrange a funeral for their loved ones in the Towners tradition.

Penny Kirkham


Penny says that, being the receptionist at Bexhill, she meets some lovely people at a time when they are extremely vulnerable.  She hopes that in some small way she can help them during this incredibly difficult time.  She also administers the "In Memoriam" donations and knows how appreciative the charities are for these much needed funds.

Penny and her husband moved to Bexhill in 2009.  They enjoyed two wonderful years, making the most of walks along the beach, before receiving the devastating news that he had terminal cancer.  John sadly died in 2012 just a few months after Penny's dear mother.  She says the loss of two of the most important people in her life was enormous and that she is eternally grateful to her family and friends who persevered with their kind and loving support.

Penny finishes by saying, "I am so lucky to have the most amazing family and I’m a very proud grandmother of four gorgeous grandsons."


From the West on the A259 (Brighton to Bexhill Road):

Stay on the A259 until the junction with the A269 (London Road) which is controlled by traffic lights. Turn right into London Road. Go down London Road and left into Town Hall Square (Sainsburys store in front of you). Go round the Square so that you pass Sainsburys on your left, over the zebra crossing and turn left into Sackville Road. At the traffic lights turn left into Western Road. At the end of Western Road turn right into Devonshire Road and first right again into Parkhurst Road. Our premises are on the left, on the corner of Parkhurst Road and Albert Road. We have on-site parking for clients.

From the East on the A259 (Hastings to Bexhill Road):

Come into Bexhill from St Leonards. Take the second exit at the roundabout into De La Warr Road (leaving the McDonald's restaurant on your left). After ½ mile take the slip road to the left before the traffic lights (Dorset Road). At the bottom, turn right into Madgalen Road (car showroom in front of you). Magdalen Road ends in a T junction. At the T junction turn left into Sea Road and then third right into St Leonards Road (second right is no entry). Go to the end of St Leonards Road and turn left into Devonshire Road. Then turn first right into Parkhurst Road. Our premises are on the left, on the corner of Parkhurst Road and Albert Road. We have on-site parking for clients