The House of Bishops has announced that as of Monday 15th June 2020 we will be able to hold a funeral service in Church. This will be completely dependent on the individual Churches and whether they have the availability of staff to cover the running of the service, cleaning etc.
Each Church will decide on the number of close family mourners, (or close friends if there is no family) that they are able to accommodate, whilst adhering to the strict social distancing guidelines. The Church advises against any hymns being sung during the service and they are not encouraging the organist, verger or sound operators to attend. If you would like to have a funeral service in Church, please contact us, so that we can advise you of the limitations at each Church.
The Clergy are still able to take services at the Crematoriums if you would prefer. At Weston and Bristol Crematoriums they still have an organist present during the funeral, so that you can have hymns if you would like. There are still no hymn books in any of the Chapels, so service sheets would be required. At the Crematoriums where there is no organist, we can download the music onto their sound system so that you may still sing any hymns.
Sedgemoor, Weston, Bath and Mendip crematoriums still have access to a Music Library so we can download any music requirements ready for the service. Bristol Crematoriums do not have this facility, so we do still need to provide them with CD’s, which we just download and take up on the day of the service.
All Crematoriums are still limiting the number of mourners allowed, although things are slowly easing a little with Weston and Sedgemoor upping their numbers to 20 family/close friends.
North Somerset funeral director C V Gower Funeral Directors has been shortlisted for three awards at this year’s Funeral Planner of the Year Awards, run by one of the UK’s leading funeral plan providers, Golden Charter.
Taking place on Saturday 21 September at the Royal Lancaster London, overlooking Hyde Park’s stunning Italian Gardens, the annual event celebrates the achievements of independent funeral directors.
Speaking about their nomination Lindsay of C V Gower Funeral Directors said: I am immensely proud and very humbled to be nominated for the three awards this year. Myself and my amazing team work tirelessly all year round, in sometimes the most difficult of circumstances, to ensure that we give a high standard of service, care and support to all the families that we have the honour and privilege to serve. To be acknowledged in this way, is truly humbling.
Suzanne Grahame, Golden Charter’s Chief Executive, said: “Independent funeral directors’ dedication to the families they serve is inspiring, and these awards highlight that dedication across our UK-wide network of Independents.
“Being nominated shows the excellent service the team from C V Gower Funeral Directors has delivered to the local community, helping families through the funeral plan process and supporting them when they need it the most. We are all looking forward to a night celebrating that tireless work.” The Funeral Planner of the Year Awards will mark the biggest annual gathering of independent funeral directors in the UK, who make up a majority of the funeral profession.
This years charity day will be held on Saturday 1st June 11am – 3.30pm at our office on The Square, Winscombe. Our nominated charities this year are Weston Hospicecare (who are celebrating their 30th anniversary) and BRACE – Alzheimer’s Research.
There will be lots of fun games and also a raffle and tombola. The raffle prizes have kindly been donated by local companies and include a food hamper, picnic hamper, wine tasting voucher, afternoon tea, meal vouchers, membership to Weston Pier, crazy golf voucher, tickets for two to Somerset Cricket Ground for a one day County Championship game, wine and much more.
We will also have a bbq and there will be cakes and refreshments available. Please come along and join us in raising money for two local charities.
On Saturday 9th June we held our forth annual Charity Day to raise monies for the wonderful work of this years two nominated charities, Weston Hospicecare and the RNLI (Winscombe Branch), who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.
The sun was shining down on us this, which made a nice change from previous years. We had some new games for people to play, which seemed to go down well. Lob-a-choc, find the Joker, key to the door and cutting the deck as well as our traditional games treasure island, wine or water and name the teddy.
There were a lot of new faces year this, which was nice to see. Carol and Paul from the RNLI manned a stall and helped with one of the games and Rachel from Weston Hospicecare baked some lovely cakes and also did the face-painting for us, along with our usual volunteers who kindly helped with the raffle, games and BBQ. A good day was had by everyone involved and we managed to raise an amazing £4351.35, which will be paid to the charities at the end of the year, when we have finished raising monies for them at the Christmas Fayre and also with our Memorial Christmas Tree.
Saturday 17th February 2018 saw the opening of our new office in the village of Winscombe. Situated on the Woodborough Road, it is ideally placed for people to come in and see us and gives us a presence in the heart of the village. Lots of people popped in to say hello, some new faces as well as old friends.
We also held a raffle for the two charities that we are supporting this year. £145 was raised for the Winscombe RNLI Branch, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary, and Weston Hospicecare, who support a lot of local families.
C V Gower Funeral Directors has been named the best funeral planner in the West region at this year’s Funeral Planner of the Year Awards, run by one of the UK’s market leading funeral plan providers, Golden Charter.
Hosted by the BBC’s Dan Walker, the awards mark the biggest annual gathering of independent funeral directors in the UK with this year’s event taking place at the Park Plaza London Riverbank Hotel.
In addition to the award itself, a framed certificate and cash prize, the Woodland Trust has dedicated trees on behalf of C V Gower Funeral Directors which are to be planted locally in recognition of the company’s achievement.
Lindsay Lawrence, Funeral Director, said: “It is an amazing achievement for all of us at Gower’s to be recognised in this way.”
Malcolm Flanders, Golden Charter’s Director of Funeral Director Sales, said: “These highly competitive awards are now in their 24th year and, each year, the standards increase. Funeral plans continue to grow in popularity, and the awards are more competitive than ever before. As independent funeral directors continue to set new standards of service, this award is well earned proof that C V Gower Funeral Directors are among the very best in the profession.”
The Funeral Planner of the Year Awards focus on the achievements of independent funeral directors, who make up a majority of the funeral profession.
Thank you to everyone who came to support us on Saturday 2nd September for our 4th annual Charity Day. We raised a staggering £3000 for our two nominated charities, Weston Hospicecare and the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.
Everyone enjoyed the cakes, BBQ, bouncy castle, face painting and games. Thank you also to all the volunteers who made cakes and helped on the day. We couldn’t have done it with out you all.
On Saturday 2nd September 2017, from 11.00 am until 3.30pm we will be holding our fourth annual charity coffee and cake day to support the work of Weston Hospicecare and the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.
Please come along and help us support two worthy charities. Join us for coffee, cakes and a BBQ. There will also be face painting, a raffle, tombola and some fun games to play.
Raffle prizes include: Restaurant vouchers, Marks and Spencer Vouchers, Wine, Chocolate, Gift Sets and much more.
The day will conclude at 3.00pm with a balloon release in memory of loved ones who have passed away.
For further information, please contact Lindsay or Jenny on 01934 842945. We look forward to seeing you all.
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