Funeral for hospitality boss held

DIED SUDDENLY: Sam Chalmers.
DIED SUDDENLY: Sam Chalmers.

The funeral of restaurateur and hospitality business owner Sam Chalmers will be held at Holy Trinity Church in Long Melford on Monday.

Mr Chalmers, 62, an award-winning chef who had been involved in the restaurant and catering business all his life, died suddenly from a heart attack on February 20 surrounded by his family.

He leaves behind his wife Zena and daughters Rebecca and Rachel and a family friend said: “It was such a shock, they are totally devastated.”
Mr Chalmers ran Chimneys restaurant in Long Melford for over 20 years until it closed in 2010. His Acton-based business Chimneys Hospitality, which provided catering services to weddings and private functions and had recently won a regional wedding catering award, now faces closure.

Insolvancy specialists McTear Williams & Wood had been advising the company, and spokesman David Wood said: “Chimneys had been facing pressure from its creditors, which culminated in a winding up petition being served. Sadly, a further blow was dealt to Chimneys when one of its directors died and the company is unable to continue trading.”

A meeting of creditors has been called on March 18, at which the company will be placed into liquidation.

“Unfortunately, this means that some pre-booked engagements will not be fulfilled by

the company,” added Mr Wood. “I have been contacting all those who have pre-paid to

see if we can put them in touch with other caterers who may be able to step in.”

He said anyone who had a booking with Chimneys but had not heard from McTear Williams & Wood, should email him at

Mr Chalmers funeral takes place at 2.30pm followed by cremation at The West Suffolk Crematorium, Bury St Edmunds.

Donations in tribute to Sam, for West Suffolk Hospital intensive care unit may be made care of Hunnaball of New House, North Street, Sudbury.