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The passing of a loved one is an emotional time for everyone. As family members prepare to say their goodbyes, many find themselves pondering how to compose an obituary, a task that most are totally unprepared for. At a time of loss, it can be extremely difficult to find the right words, to know what details to include, paying a fitting tribute to their loved one whilst feeling lost in grief. If this concerns you, don’t worry as we can help to relieve the burden.
Our memorial tree is quickly filling up with personal messages of remembrance, and it’s starting to look beautiful. Why not pop in with your family and friends this Saturday to write your memorial, hang it on our tree, and take a moment to reflect together? Our home will be open from 9am tomorrow and we’ll have a selection of fresh, locally-produced mince pies for you to enjoy too. Remember, anyone and everyone is welcome and you don’t have to have arranged a funeral with us. We hope to see you soon.
Christmas can be a difficult time of year if you’ve lost a loved one. Whilst most people are joyous and celebrating the occasion, we recognise that many people will be struggling, reminiscing about times gone by, and remembering those that are no longer with them. For this reason, during December we will be hosting our annual memorial tree, giving you the opportunity to remember those passed in your own special way.
Transporting a coffin or casket is one of the more obvious practicalities of a funeral. The most common choice for our families is a traditional hearse, but more and more people are seeking an alternative means, something more individual, a more fitting tribute. Here at Cliff Bradley & Sons we strive to ensure that every aspect of your loved one’s funeral is personally tailored to them, and that includes their final journey. There are many options available, and our helpful and dedicated team is at hand to help you find transport that is both meaningful and individual, whether that be something quiet and conservative, or loud and flamboyant.
Here are some beautiful floral tributes we’ve recently created for our families. We are currently cataloguing our flowers to make it easier for bereaved friends and family to choose their tribute, a simple gesture of love and remembrance. On our floral tributes page you’ll find 95 examples, which include sympathy flowers, floral sprays, grave posy’s, funeral wreaths, tied sheafs and hand tied bouquets.
Funerals are always emotional, and it can be difficult for families to keep track of all those who attended and paid their respects. A memory or condolence book is a lovely way to record these details and capture memories of a loved one, making a wonderful keepsake for the family to treasure long after the day of the funeral. Our range of books are available in various styles and colours, featuring artist-quality cartridge paper and embossed hard-backed covers.
This coming Saturday, Babworth Crematorium opens its doors, inviting members of the public to attend their open day between 10am and 2pm. A reasonably new facility to the area, based near Retford, the crematorium first opened its doors in August 2018 and is fast becoming a popular option for our families. It is currently the closest facility to Gainsborough (just over 13 miles away) and is set amongst glorious Bassetlaw countryside, with spacious and peaceful grounds.
Last Sunday, Carlton and Olly attended a mixed open rotational tournament at Saxilby Tennis Club, where we presented the winner’s trophy at their final competition of the year. It was a fantastic afternoon of tennis, despite the overcast and gloomy weather! As proud sponsors of this event, the team at Cliff Bradley & Sons offer our congratulations to joint winners of the tournament, Harry from Saxilby and Graham from Gainsborough. Well done to everyone involved and we hope to see you all again next year.
The team here at Cliff Bradley & Sons are truly humbled by the kindness and support that’s given to our staff from our families on a daily basis. We receive an overwhelming amount of thank you cards and letters which are never expected, and we would like to thank each and every one of our families for the continued support. Sharing a difficult time together, we like to get to know our families and often end up making good friends. We will share a laugh, a cry and help you through those difficult moments, should you need it. We are always here to help.
Our team here at Cliff Bradley & Sons were recently trained in fire safety, increasing our awareness of the risk of fire, and educating us on the best and safest ways to deal with it. Provided by Lindum Fire Services, the training explored ways that fires can develop, what can accelerate it, and more advanced modes of protection, including what type of fire equipment should be applied to varying kinds of fire. In the photo below, Carlton learns how to use foam to extinguish a blaze.
As premier sponsors of Beckingham Bowls Club, we recently presented trophies and cash prizes at an open pairs bowls gala in Beckingham, marking the 71st anniversary of their club. 56 bowlers from Gainsborough and the surrounding areas competed in a fierce battle from 10am to 6pm, with food and refreshments kindly prepared by club members and their partners.
Our team here at Cliff Bradley & Sons have had a busy summer supporting local causes and institutions, donating raffle prizes and hampers for fundraising events and fayres in and around Gainsborough. Since June we have donated a total of twelve hampers and participated at many local events and charity fundraisers. Caring is a fundamental part of our ethos and we take great pride in supporting people, both in the local community and further afield. Photographed below, members of our team present hampers to various local care homes, schools and charities.
Last Wednesday our Managing Director, Cliff Bradley, attended the Hillcrest Academy Graduation with one of our limousines. Accompanied by an appropriate adult, he chauffeured nine groups of children around the block and treated them to some luxury. This was the eleventh year we’ve attended this event, which we started to support so that all children could receive the same reward on their special day.
Nobody, not even Her Majesty the Queen, can live forever. Celebrating her official birthday earlier this month, the Queen is now 93 and the plans for her eventual passing are firmly in place. Planning for the Queen’s funeral isn’t a recent phenomenon and many of the monarch’s funeral plans have been place since the 1960s. Known as Operation London Bridge, the arrangements are reviewed and revised several times a year and constitute possibly the most detailed funeral plan in history. So, what will happen when the Queen’s reign comes to an end and how will Britain mourn the loss of one its longest-standing monarchs?
Many families each year lose their loved ones to mental health. Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year, with 1 in 6 reporting anxiety and depression every week. Male suicides have consistently accounted for approximately three-quarters of all suicides in the UK for the last 30 years, and the leading cause of death for men under 50. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, a campaign to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems, inspiring action to promote the message of good mental health for all.
Cliff Bradley & Sons would like to invite you to a special event we are hosting as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week. Members of our team will be near the fountain at Marshall’s Yard in Gainsborough on Tuesday 14th May, from 11am to 1pm, answering any questions you may have and helping in any way we can. We’ll be giving advice and support on what you need to think about, the funeral options available, pre-paid funeral plans, recording your funeral wishes and dispelling the myths around death and dying.
Cliff Bradley & Sons are proud to be working with Ashes into Glass, a company sharing our commitment to the highest standard of quality, craftsmanship and care. Devoted to creating beautiful memorial jewellery from cremation ashes, glass and crystals, we have partnered with Ashes into Glass since 2011, with many of our families choosing jewellery to tell their story for generations to come.
We've recently updated our floral tributes page with some recent examples of tributes we've created. Floral tributes are a touching reflection of the deceased evoked through flowers, a simple gesture of love and remembrance. Lettering tributes are often seen at many funerals and are usually dedicated to a particular family member as a centrepiece tribute from the closely bereaved.
Cliff Bradley & Sons were very proud to support this year's Gainsborough and Morton 10k Road Race, which took place on Sunday 24th March 2019. Over 800 runners participated in the event, with a great turnout in the Juniors race too. A fast and flat course, the 10k field headed off from Morton village and continued along an anti-clockwise, rural route through East Stockwith and Walkerith before finishing near the village hall.
For help and advice at any time over the May Bank Holiday, calls to us will always be answered personally by one of our dedicated and experienced Funeral Directors, day and night. There will be a Duty Funeral Director available at all times to answer any questions you may have and provide support by telephone. Our office will be closed on 6th May with the following hours in the coming days.
For help and advice at any time over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, calls to us will always be answered personally by one of our dedicated and experienced Funeral Directors, day and night. There will be a Duty Funeral Director available at all times to answer any questions you may have and provide support by telephone. Our office hours over Easter are as follows.
The Bradley family and all at Cliff Bradley & Sons wish to offer their sympathies during the holiday period to all families they have served during the past year. For help at any time over the next couple of weeks, calls to us will always be answered personally, day and night. There will be a Duty Funeral Director available at all times to give advice and support by telephone. Our office hours over the Christmas period are as follows:
Our memorial tree is quickly filling up with personal messages of remembrance. Remember, anyone and everyone is welcome to visit us during December, to leave a special and personal memorial on one of our tags, hang it on our tree, and take a moment to reflect. You don’t have to have arranged a funeral with us, and equally your loss doesn’t have to have been a recent one. Anyone is welcome, and our friendly and supportive staff will be on hand to assist you.
Maintaining the highest level of quality care, we promise to be caring professionals who look after you. Further supporting this commitment, our staff recently completed a refresher course in basic life support and defibrillator use, kindly provided by LIVES. Cardiac arrest is one of the country's biggest killers, and yet statistics show that most of the British public are unaware of the life-saving difference they can make by performing CPR and defibrillation.
Christmas can be a difficult time of year if you’ve lost a loved one. Whilst most people are joyous and celebrating the occasion, we recognise that many people are struggling, reminiscing about times gone by, and remembering those that they have lost. For this reason, during December we will be hosting our annual memorial tree, giving you the opportunity to remember in your own special way.
Earlier in the year, we sent Stuart and Edward to Rockingham Castle to gain some experience and perfect their skills in off road driving. Heavy snow brought massive disruption to the area in March, with the military drafted in to help cut-off communities and clear metre-high drifts. During that time we held a funeral for a lady, whose grandson had flown into the country especially from Canada.
Dedicated to making sure you honour your loved one in a respectful, dignified and personal way, we can help you to arrange a memorial service at many local venues, at places both traditional and more unusual. Here are some photos from a recent memorial service we arranged at Hemswell Court, an elegant country house surrounded by tranquil gardens, a short journey from Gainsborough.
As premier sponsors of Beckingham Bowls Club, we recently presented trophies and cash prizes at an open pairs bowls tournament in Beckingham, marking the 70th anniversary of their club. 56 bowlers from Gainsborough and the surrounding areas competed in a fierce battle from 10am to 6pm, with food and refreshments kindly prepared by club members and their partners.
Following two years of hard work, study and coursework, Edd successfully completed the numerous courses and has achieved the Independent Funeral Directors College’s Certificate in Funeral Practice. The modules of this qualification cover every aspect of the profession, from health and safety, vehicle preparation and care of the deceased, to the much more knowledge-heavy funeral arranging.
At Cliff Bradley & Sons we understand that after the funeral is the beginning of your future journey. We want to continue to support you as you embark upon this journey, and are therefore very proud to announce that we are partners with SAIF Care. As part of this scheme, family members who are struggling to come to terms with the loss of a loved one will be offered free bereavement support.
Here's Edd and Olly photographed holding a certificate from the NAFD following a recent premises inspection held at our funeral home. A requirement for all members of the association, NAFD members must provide adequate premises to enable them to properly conduct their business, and uphold the highest professional standards at all times. Cliff Bradley & Sons are proud to be members of the NAFD, always ensuring that bereaved families receive the advice and support they need and deserve.
Over the past few weeks our facilities team has been busy renovating and refreshing the gardens, pond and surrounding areas at our funeral home in Gainsborough. In times of bereavement and sadness, these quiet and peaceful surroundings can help people to relax, offering comfort and solace in their time of need. You can see some photos of our refreshed gardens below.