Douch and Small: Wimborne, Dorset

Company Name DOUCH & SMALL, WIMBORNE
About the company We are a family run company of funeral directors in Dorset. All our branches are independently managed – together we cover East & North Dorset, Poole, Wareham and the Isle of Purbeck. We offer advice and support on arranging a funeral, woodland burials, memorials, pre-paid funeral plans and much more.

We have a long history of arranging funerals in Dorset – some of our independent funeral directors have been established since the 1800s.

 

Address 7 Leigh Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1AB
Telephone 01202 882936 / 882372
Email office@douchandsmall.co.uk
Website www.funeraldirector.co.uk

Ives and Shand: Parkstone, Poole

Company Name Ives and Shand
About the company We are a family run company of funeral directors in Dorset. All our branches are independently managed – together we cover East & North Dorset, Poole, Wareham and the Isle of Purbeck. We offer advice and support on arranging a funeral, woodland burials, memorials, pre-paid funeral plans and much more.

We have a long history of arranging funerals in Dorset – some of our independent funeral directors have been established since the 1800s.

 

Address 568 Ashley Road, Parkstone, Dorset, BH14 OAG
Telephone 01202 716500
Email office@ivesandshand.co.uk
Website www.funeraldirector.co.uk

Lesley Shand Funeral Directors: Blandford Forum, Dorset

Company Name Lesley Shand Funeral Directors
About the company We are a family run company of funeral directors in Dorset. All our branches are independently managed – together we cover East & North Dorset, Poole, Wareham and the Isle of Purbeck. We offer advice and support on arranging a funeral, woodland burials, memorials, pre-paid funeral plans and much more.

We have a long history of arranging funerals in Dorset – some of our independent funeral directors have been established since the 1800s.

 

Address 28 East Street, Blandford Forum, DT11 7DR
Telephone 01258 453425
Email kathryn@lesleyshand.co.uk
Website www.funeraldirector.co.uk

Lesley Shand Funeral Directors: Corfe Mullen, Dorset

Company Name Lesley Shand Funeral Directors
About the company We are a family run company of funeral directors in Dorset. All our branches are independently managed – together we cover East & North Dorset, Poole, Wareham and the Isle of Purbeck. We offer advice and support on arranging a funeral, woodland burials, memorials, pre-paid funeral plans and much more.

We have a long history of arranging funerals in Dorset – some of our independent funeral directors have been established since the 1800s.

 

Address 184 Wareham Road, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3LL
Telephone 01202 658833
Email office@lesleyshand.co.uk
Website www.funeraldirector.co.uk

Albert Marsh Funeral Directors: Wareham, Dorset

Company Name Albert Marsh Funeral Directors
About the company We are a family run company of funeral directors in Dorset. All our branches are independently managed – together we cover East & North Dorset, Poole, Wareham and the Isle of Purbeck. We offer advice and support on arranging a funeral, woodland burials, memorials, pre-paid funeral plans and much more.

We have a long history of arranging funerals in Dorset – some of our independent funeral directors have been established since the 1800s.

 

Address St Michaels Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4QU
Telephone 01929 552107
Email office@albertmarsh.co.uk
Website www.funeraldirector.co.uk

Albert Marsh Funeral Directors: Poole, Dorset

Company Name Albert Marsh Funeral Directors
About the company We are a family run company of funeral directors in Dorset. All our branches are independently managed – together we cover East & North Dorset, Poole, Wareham and the Isle of Purbeck. We offer advice and support on arranging a funeral, woodland burials, memorials, pre-paid funeral plans and much more.

We have a long history of arranging funerals in Dorset – some of our independent funeral directors have been established since the 1800s.

 

Address 2 Moorland Way Parade, Upton, Poole, Dorset, BH16 5JS
Telephone 01202 621777
Email office@albertmarsh.co.uk
Website www.funeraldirector.co.uk

James Smith Funeral Directors: Swanage, Dorset

Company Name James Smith Funeral Directors
About the company We are a family run company of funeral directors in Dorset. All our branches are independently managed – together we cover East & North Dorset, Poole, Wareham and the Isle of Purbeck. We offer advice and support on arranging a funeral, woodland burials, memorials, pre-paid funeral plans and much more.

We have a long history of arranging funerals in Dorset – some of our independent funeral directors have been established since the 1800s.

 

Address 60a Kings Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1HR
Telephone 01929 422445
Email office@jamessmithfunerals.co.uk
Website www.funeraldirector.co.uk
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Scattering ashes at Bournemouth Football Club’s Vitality Stadium

Bournemouth has been one of the football league’s success stories, qualifying and managing to stay in the premiership in the face of very stiff competition. So we thought we better find out whether they permit the scattering or bury of ashes at the Vitality stadium.

Bad news I am afraid this is what they say:

We used to be able to provide this service to our supporters with a short commemoration service provided by our Chaplain bur this is now no longer possible.  Nor do we have a memorial garden.

With kind regards

General Manager
AFC Bournemouth

Vitality Stadium

A shame and it goes on the reinforce the north south divide in permitting fans to memorialise at their club.  I had half expected them to say yes as small clubs tend to be more fan-centric but there you go.

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Celebrant: Carol Burgess, Dorest

NameCarol Burgess

Area covered: Dorset

The celebrant:

 Accredited Civil Funeral Celebrant and Member of the Institute of Civil Funerals

As a professionally trained Funeral Celebrant, I will help to create a truly personal ceremony that is exactly as the family wish it to be.

Not everyone wants the same type of funeral and I will meet with the family to discuss the ceremony fully.  The service can be really tailored to the individual, from readings and music to personal tributes from relatives and friends.

As a Civil Celebrant, I can include religious readings, hymns and prayers, or deliver a totally secular occasion.

I offer bereaved families a ceremony that reflects the wishes, beliefs and values of the deceased. A special ceremony, which will capture the very essence of their loved one, and tell the story of the life that has been lived.

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Dorset: Weymouth

Location Weymouth Dorset, in the centre of the Jurassic Coast in the UK
Area of operation 15nm of Weymouth
Type of boat 10m 33ft Aquastar Fishing
Duration of trip 1 to 2 Hrs
Capacity of boat  8
Refreshments None provided but you can bring your own drinks and snacks
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost £120
Company comments Fully MCA coded vessel for up to 60 miles offshore use. Sailings will be subject to weather conditions on the day.
Disabled Access  Sadly not
Parking Yes, public parking nearby
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Britain’s first and only Memorial Reef

For lovers of the sea: Divers, Sailors, Fishermen and anyone one else with a passion for wildlife and the sea. Now there is a new way to  have a truly fitting memorial. The first and only Memorial Reef in the UK. Situated off the famous Jurassic coast, near Weymouth in Dorset.
The ashes of a loved one will be held in a ‘Solace Stone’ and will placed on the sea bed to create an artificial reef that with bring sea-life and create a rich and diverse ecosystem.
This is what the company say:
“A permanent living legacy for those who lived by the sea, made a living from the sea or simply just loved the sea.
Either a beautiful memorial where your loved one’s ashes are held, their Solace Stone slides from the deck and falls away to the sea bed. As the reef sanctuary evolves and flourishes it will become home and haven to numerous marine species. With the passing of time your loved one’s Solace Stone will become part of the reefs future growth and protection.
Their Solace Stone remains an enduring reminder to all, of their unique life, which has helped create this unique place.
No longer seen as an unconventional solution to a global problem, Artificial Reef Sanctuaries around the world are helping to create healthy environments where sea life can not only survive, but thrive again. Memorial Reefs are part of that change and have a huge role to play.
The Solace Reef, the first of its kind here in the UK will create an enduring living memorial for your loved one. Only a short boat ride, this unique site is located 3 miles to the east of Weymouth and Portland in the South West of England.
“Giving life, from a life lived…”
The package includes the following:
  • The cost of all materials and manufacture of your actual Solace Stone.
  • A bio-degradable ashes carrier.
  • An engraved granite plaque.
  • Transportation and placement of the Solace Stone and up to twelve family members out to the Solace Reef site.
  • Certificate of placement
The package can be tailored to suit your needs. More pictures below the contact form.
Total cost of the above £2800:00
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Facebook to the rescue again!

facebook helps ashes return

Two positive stories about Facebook in one week! Fingers crossed I will be on the payroll soon.

This is the story of a man who had his mother ashes returned to him after a Facebook appeal. A thief stole his van in Bridport, Dorset then returned the ashes (not the van) presumably after having his conscience pricked. Mr Hart had the urn containing his mothers ashes on the passenger seat ready to make the long journey from Bridport to the Scottish Highlands to scatter her ashes. When he woke on the day he was set to go the van and the urn had vanished. The van was found burnt out, but no sign of the ashes, so Mr Hart put out an appeal on Facebook.

The thief ‘kindly’ returned them to the spot where he had taken the van. Mr Hart said: “I was devastated when I realised the thieves had taken mum’s ashes and I thought they would have been thrown over a hedge or something.”

“I looked for them but had no luck so my partner put it on Facebook and we launched an appeal for the thieves to come forward and for people to keep an eye out. Then two weeks on my neighbour came and told me they had been found in my parking space.”

“Most thieves would cut the truck up into parts and sell it and then just throw any personal items away so I am surprised they returned them. It must have been the person who stole my truck otherwise they would have come forward and told the police they had found them, or knocked my door or something.”

“I’m not grateful to the thieves. People who creep around in rural areas stealing are not good people. I haven’t got anything but contempt. If they hadn’t stolen the van, none of this would have happened.”

They are now safely inside the house waiting for the trip up to Bonnie Scotland. It’s funny, Mr Hart’s reaction is right, it is like thanking someone when they stop hitting you. But sometimes we do, perhaps the reaction is to automatically to thank someone who has brought you comfort, but as it is they that were causing the discomfort in the first place, then that does not seem quite right. True they could have been heartless and simply thrown the ashes away, so they are not with some decent qualities, but to thank them – well clearly Mr Hart thinks that is too far!

Original story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10617414/Stolen-ashes-urn-returned-after-thiefs-crisis-of-conscience.html

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Dorset: Poole Harbour

Scattering ashes in Poole Harbour

Location Poole Quay, Dorset
Area of operation Poole Harbour , 
Type of boat Luxury 50′ Motor Boat
Duration of trip Approximately 1 1/2 hours (longer trips are available)
Capacity of boat 12 people
Refreshments Included
Suitable urns Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost Midweek: £325 (including refreshments)
Weekends: (mornings only) £390
Company comments
A luxury motor boat cruise in Poole Harbour. 

The large aft deck can be fully enclosed, if required, making it completely waterproof and warm. There is a bathing platform with sturdy steps, taking you down to the water, which can be easily viewed from the aft deck for those not wishing to climb down to sea level. 

 We include tea/coffee with either pastries (mornings) or cake (afternoons). There is a toilet on board and plenty of comfortable seating. 

‘Good Times’ is skippered and crewed by the owners, who ensure attention to detail & always a friendly, warm welcome.

The price quoted is for a trip within Poole Harbour, usually to a tranquil anchorage to the North of Brownsea Island, lasting  approximately 1 1/2 hours. Longer trips are available on request.

Disabled Access Due to the access to the boat (there are 4 steps), and then more steps if the guests wish to use the toilet facilities, so we are not suitable for the wheelchair disabled, but are perfectly suited for the elderly and those with slight mobility issues.
Parking Public Car parking is available just opposite the boat at the Thistle Hotel BH15 1HJ.
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Scattering ashes around the Tolpuddle tree

Here is an article from the guardian newspaper from November 2012 the expericnce of one family scattering, well actually placing, the ashes of the husband and father at the famous Martyrs tree in Tolpuddle, A tree which became an iconic symbol when it was the site of one of the first ever trade union meetings has been dated for the first time in 1834. The tree then became a place of pilgrimage since the Tolpuddle Martyrs met there.

Here is the Guardian, written by Jane Williams repeated in full.

Ken lives on in the Tolpuddle tree

Taken in 2011, this picture shows me sliding my husband’s ashes between the roots of the martyrs’ tree in Tolpuddle, Dorset. My adult children, Kate and Daniel, were with me. It was very much a family occasion.

That morning, Kate and I had spooned ash from Ken’s cardboard repository. We stared at the cindery grains; fascinated and a little uneasy at this novel view of husband and father. I opened a plastic bag. “Oh, no! Not Tesco,” said my daughter, rejecting the association with the supermarket. “Let’s have this scarlet one. It looks like the Red flag. Much more suitable for Dad.” And so we three set off on our last journey as a complete family. That is if you count ashes as family.

The journey began in 1941 when I met Ken. He was 22, on leave from the navy. I was a schoolgirl of 17. What a culture shock. He was a socialist/Marxist, poor, charismatic, charming and intelligent, reading the Communist Manifesto. I was reading Emma. But the mind can be an erogenous zone. I fell in love. Later, when I carried a trade union banner, he teasingly christened me Sister Anna, a born-again socialist.

The Tolpuddle Martyrs were Ken’s heroes: six Dorset labourers who, in 1834, were convicted and sentenced to seven years’ transportation for forming a trade union. Ken’s father had been one of nine children. When his mother was widowed, four children were sent to distant relatives in Canada, and the rest began work, as young as 10 years old.

My husband’s socialism had deep roots. He committed his life to working with deprived and troubled children. Charming, but resolute against suspicion and some hostility, he pioneered therapeutic counselling, believing that listening was more effective than caning. His book, The School Counsellor, was published in 1973.

We both knew he was dying the last time we visited The Old Court House in Dorchester, where the martyrs were tried and convicted. I watched him walk across the courtroom floor, past the judge’s dais, past the jurors’ benches, to stop in front of the old dock. He stood for a while, then reached out and touched the wood. It was a gesture that needed no words. When he saw my tears, he smiled and said, “Sister Anna, I think we both need a Dorset cream tea.” How right. How Ken.

The snapshot reminds me of the day we took his ashes to Tolpuddle. We picnicked happily under the martyrs’ tree – strong workman’s tea and celebratory champagne. That seemed appropriate. Jane Williams

I love these sorts of articles, it is the little details that give us an insight into the state of mind and emotions of those sharing their experience. Here, the detail the author finds poignant is the bag in which they carry the cremation urn. The Mrs Williams seemingly grabbed a bag in which to carry the urn, a Tesco bag, and the daughter had picked up on this and deemed it unfitting. She opted for one with more symbolism, which is funny in itself as the whole location was massively symbolic, yet the up to that point it was really utilitarian: the cardboard urn and carrier bag. What we also see is the ever present British humour that the bag symbolic of cooperate dominance and capitalism would not do for ‘dad’.

Also we would not recommend putting the ashes in the roots of the tree as they could impact its health of the tree which could prove disastrous. Why not make a big circle thinly scattering right around it – providing you have the land owner’s permission…

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Scattering Ashes – Hot Air Balloon: South West England

We can arrange Hot Air Balloon flights to scatter ashes.

Flight locations:  Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon & Cornwall, more specifically Salisbury, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Castle Cary, Taunton, Exeter, Tiverton, Ivybridge, Launceston.

Gliding over some of the most spectacular landscapes England has to offer. Ballooning in dawn and dusk, our passengers can enjoy watching the sun rise or set in glorious colour and the world below shrink to miniature as you gaze at panoramic views of quaint villages, striking coasts and rich countryside.

They balloon company are members of Balloons Over Britain, and are one of the most trusted ballooning companies in the world.

What a send off!

Please leave enough time to arrange this, as there needs to be permission from the Civil Aviation Authority as only water and sand can ordinarily be discharged from a balloon.

The Balloon companies expect you to charter a flight exclusively for obvious reasons, exclusive flights for 2 – 16 people in their own balloon (plus Pilot).  Prices start from £750, let them know number of people to provide an exact quote for you.

 

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Mudeford Quay, Dorset: South Coast

 

Location The small fishing port of Mudeford Quay, Christchurch, Dorset
Area of operation Christchurch and Poole Bays with views of the Isle of Wight, the Needles Lighthouse and Swanage. They can also provide this service in Christchurch Harbour which is in the lower reaches of the Avon and Stour, usually in sight of Christchurch Priory church. If you wish they can go as far as Bournemouth.
Type of boat They have four different types of boats including a fast RIB.
Duration of trip About an hour
Capacity of boat 60

In winter we can only go to sea with up to 12 persons. Winter is defined as 1st November to 31 March, summer is 1st April to 31 October.   

Refreshments No
Additional info Operates all year round. All religions welcome. Toilet on board.
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost 12 passengers or less £100
13 to 28 passengers £140
28 to 60 passengers £180
Disabled Access Two of their boats are wheelchair friendly (although have to negotiate at least one council step).
One boat is not wheelchair friendly. Please ask at time of booking.
Parking There is Parking on Mudeford Quay BH23 4AB, and then 200 yards to walk to boat. Pay and display car park operated by Christchurch Borough Council. Can also pay by “Ringo”. Card payment.
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Gran’s ashes run aground

 

The Bournemouth Echo carried a bitter sweet tale of a family who were carrying their Gran’s ashes on a boat to be scattered at sea near the Old Harry Rocks in Dorset. Unfortunately the boat got into trouble and got stuck on the rocks. Apparently they had to be rescued by the RNLI, which the whole family thought was rather amusing and quite an adventure. What strikes me was the humour that family seemed to find in the whole thing – is this just British thing and is it exacerbated by the ashes ceremony, humour so often coming out of emotion?

The one other thing I found interesting about this was it would appear they had not chartered the boat themselves ” The family accounted for almost half the 38 passengers on board the boat when it ran aground at around noon.” . Interesting that the family thought didn’t mind sharing the boat with strangers? And I wonder what the other passengers felt?

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/8323594.Boat_gets_stuck_on_nan_s_last_journey/

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Ashes to make a reef in Dorset

 

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Fantastic! A project off the Dorset coast called Wreck to Reef is planning to make a reef from Solace Stones concrete structures that will incorporate peoples cremated ashes.

The artificial reef which recently received the go ahead from the council will also feature at least one sunken naval ship.

The Solace Stones – will be metre-high, pyramid shaped, they will have holes bored in them to shelter lobsters and attract marine wildlife.

There will be a memorial plaque on each and people will be able to conduct a ceremony from a neighbouring boat. And if you are feeling brave you can dive down and have a look!

The scheme is hoping to be in operation sometime soon and we will be keeping a careful eye on this great idea and informing you of progress. In the meantime if you want visit the organisation running it – Wreck to Reef follow this link Wreck Diving Reef.

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