Cliff Bradley & Sons News

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Father's Day Dedication Gainsborough

Father's Day Dedication

12th June 2022

A Father’s Day without a dad can be an unsettling experience. It can also be an emotional struggle for fathers who are grieving the loss of a child, this one day becoming a permanent reminder of a loved one taken too soon. This year, as we approach this important day, we invite those who are finding it difficult to celebrate the life of their loved one, by leaving a message with love through our online dedication facility. It’s a special page we have setup to support those finding it hard, or for anyone wishing that someone special was still here.

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Jubilee Office Hours Gainsborough

Jubilee Office Hours

1st June 2022

As the country celebrates her seventy years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II has become the keystone in the nation's architecture, occupying an unassailable position in the hearts of communities. Her Majesty is the first monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952 when she was just twenty five years old. Now, marking this momentous milestone, four days of commemorative events begin tomorrow with the traditional military parade in London, followed by a flypast of modern and historic aircraft.

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Crematorium Open Day Gainsborough

Crematorium Open Day

25th May 2022

Lea Fields Crematorium will welcome members of the public this Sunday for the official opening of their remembrance gardens. Now maturing to a beautiful, peaceful outdoor space, this event will be your opportunity to meet the team, explore the landscaped grounds, reflection pool and gardens of remembrance, and take a guided tour of the facilities. A tranquil and calming setting on the outskirts of Gainsborough, many of our families have celebrated the lives of their loved ones here, making a real difference to them at a difficult time.

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Loneliness & Mental Health Gainsborough

Loneliness & Mental Health

12th May 2022

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 fifty. It's something we all need to tackle, as a society and as a community; to break the stigma and support those in need, not only in the UK but globally. Loneliness is the theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week, an issue that many of our families face when losing a loved one. The longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems.

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Essential Works Gainsborough

Essential Works

6th May 2022

For families scheduled or planning to visit our Gainsborough office tomorrow (Saturday 7th May) please be advised that our main entrance will be closed for essential water works for the duration of the day. Temporary access will be available via our side gate on Torr Street, remaining open until the repairs are complete. Should you have any questions regarding access, or are unsure about where to go, please call or message our helpful team who will be happy to guide you.

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Bank Holiday Hours Gainsborough

Bank Holiday Hours

29th April 2022

As we approach the May bank holiday weekend, we would like to assure our families that someone will always be here to help, whenever you need us. Our funeral homes in Gainsborough and Saxilby will be staffed throughout the weekend, with members of our qualified team available by phone and email, all day and through the night. Come rain or shine, the wellbeing of our community is at the heart of everything we do, no matter the time, day or the occasion. Standard office hours at our branches over the next few days are as follows:

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Horse Drawn Funerals Gainsborough

Horse Drawn Funerals

17th April 2022

A horse drawn carriage is one of the many options we can provide to our families for funeral transport. Offering stately elegance and a sense of gravitas proceeding before the funeral cortege, hearse carriages are available in multiple colours, with horses in plumes and full regalia, providing a beautiful and serene experience with great respect and dignity. Our carriage master, Karen Bassett, is a leading international horse team driver with decades of experience, recently appearing as stunt double for actor Suranne Jones in BBC historical drama Gentleman Jack, episode 2 of season 2 airing later tonight. Photographed below, Karen can be seen during filming, and at a recent funeral driving a carriage to Gainsborough’s Parish Church.

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Easter Office Hours Gainsborough

Easter Office Hours

13th April 2022

As we approach the Easter bank holiday weekend, we would like to assure our families that someone will always be here to help, whenever you need us. Our funeral homes in Gainsborough and Saxilby will be staffed throughout the weekend, with members of our qualified team available by phone and email, all day and through the night. Come rain or shine, the wellbeing of our community is at the heart of everything we do, no matter the time, day or the circumstances. Standard office hours at our branches over the next few days are as follows:

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Day of Reflection Gainsborough

Day of Reflection

23rd March 2022

Today is Marie Curie’s National Day of Reflection, an opportunity for us all to connect with one another and show support for the millions of people who are grieving, and reflect on the lives of family, friends, neighbours and colleagues we have lost during the last two years. While life is beginning to return to normal for some people, several million people are still living with the trauma of loss, and not being able to grieve properly. This includes many children as well as adults. We need to come together, in our streets, workplaces, schools and communities, as well as with the nation at large, to acknowledge and soothe this pain.

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Mothering Sunday Gainsborough

Mothering Sunday

18th March 2022

Mothering Sunday can be a day of mixed emotions. For some it’s a day to celebrate and share time together as a family. For others, it can be an emotional struggle, missing a mother who is no longer with them, or grieving for the loss of a child taken too soon. This year, as we approach this important day, we invite those who are finding it difficult, to celebrate the life of their loved one, by leaving a message with love through our online dedication facility. It’s a special page we have setup to support those finding it hard, or for anyone wishing that someone special was still here.

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International Women’s Day Gainsborough

International Women’s Day

8th March 2022

Today is International Women’s Day, an opportunity for us all to celebrate the social, economic and political achievements of women. Now marked for well over a century, it is a day to reflect on gender parity, the progress made, and to bring inequality to the spotlight, recognised by millions of people, companies and charities all around the world. As a business and a team, we take great pride in the diversity and caring nature of our workforce. We aim for parity and equal opportunities in all areas, always striving for equality, consideration and fairness in everything we do.

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Funeral Plan Assurance Gainsborough

Funeral Plan Assurance

3rd March 2022

A pre-paid funeral plan is an easy and thoughtful way to plan ahead, saving your the family worry and expense, and helping to make things easier for your loved ones when the time comes. As our families often tell us, that can take a huge weight off your mind. Taking a decision now to plan for your funeral, covering the cost of our services at today's prices, allows you to remove potential anguish for your family and get on with living your life to the full, without having to worry about what happens afterwards. It’s a personal decision, but one more and more are deciding to take.

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A Funeral Without Fuss Gainsborough

A Funeral Without Fuss

16th February 2022

From birthdays, to weddings, christenings and anniversaries, we plan our life events to reflect who we are. Some enjoy the fanfare and want something bold and exuberant, whilst others prefer a more reserved occasion with minimal fuss. With that in mind, why should our final send-off be any different? With our caring and thoughtful team, you can say goodbye in your own unique way, with a range of pre-planned options available to cater for all.

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Cliff Turns 80 Gainsborough

Cliff Turns 80

25th January 2022

Company figurehead, managing director and founder, Cliff Bradley, celebrates his 80th birthday today. Loved, cherished and well-respected by those who know him, the lives of many have been touched by Cliff’s kindness through the years, with his generosity, caring nature and professionalism now forming the backbone to our company as we lead into the next generation. Since establishing the business back in 1964, Cliff has served and cared for thousands of families with selfless dedication and heartfelt compassion, still taking an active role in the team with his wisdom, unique wit and a proud sense of duty to our community.

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Online Donations Gainsborough

Online Donations

31st December 2021

As time passes by and we all reflect on the ebbs and flows of the past year, the family and team here at Cliff Bradley & Sons wish to extend a huge thank you to all those who have pledged through our online donation platform in 2021. Active since April and displaying in excess of 300 funeral notices in that time, this facility and our website has collected over £75000 in donations for charitable causes this year. This amount includes any contributions taken in person at funeral services, in branch, and from a distance via bank transfer and cheque, making a huge difference to those benefacting charities.

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Christmas Hours Gainsborough

Christmas Hours

22nd December 2021

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. It has certainly been a challenging time for everyone, including our staff, and I am sure we all look forward to brighter times together in the not too distant future. As a team, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the continued support, and wish you and your family a peaceful Christmas and prosperous New Year.

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Memorial Tree Gainsborough

Memorial Tree

9th December 2021

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. Supporting our families through challenging times, we are again providing our memorial trees at both branches this December, giving you the opportunity to remember those passed in your own special way.

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Attendance at Funerals Gainsborough

Attendance at Funerals

7th December 2021

To keep all of the families under our care informed, the government have recently updated their guidance in relation to indoor spaces, now containing specific provisions for those planning to attend a funeral or commemorative event. Whilst social distancing measures no longer apply, it is now advised for anyone attending a funeral to have first taken a lateral flow test prior to arrival, regardless of vaccination status or a lack of symptoms, and not attend should this be a positive result.

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Light up a Life Gainsborough

Light up a Life

25th November 2021

As the festive period draws closer and we all begin to reflect on the challenges and hardships endured this year, we invite you to light up the life of a loved one. This year, why not make a dedication to someone you love, someone you miss, or to someone you will be thinking about this December. By lighting up a life with us this festive season, we can make a difference to those who need it most, and come together as a community.

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Help in Times of Sadness Gainsborough

Help in Times of Sadness

30th October 2021

With the darker mornings, colder days and longer nights fast approaching, those who are a bereaved may find this time of year a particularly challenging time, both mentally and emotionally. Many will be struggling, reminiscing about times gone by, and remembering those that are no longer with them. Those feelings are very personal and can be hard to deal with. However you choose to cope with that grief, please remember that our team, as well as specialist counsellors, are always here to help you.

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St George’s Reopens Gainsborough

St George’s Reopens

11th October 2021

After a thirteen year grace from hosting funeral ceremonies and committals, we are pleased to announce that St George’s Church on Heapham Road, based opposite Gainsborough General Cemetery, is now available for services again. Through the years many of our families have attended and celebrated weddings, christenings and get-togethers at the church, also wishing to say their final goodbyes at the same venue, which unfortunately hasn’t been possible in recent times. With its re-opening, we expect the church to be a popular choice for local families, especially for those with a history in the town, through generations.

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Meet the Team Gainsborough

Meet the Team

14th September 2021

Residents of Saxilby are invited to call in to our offices on High Street this Saturday, where our friendly team will be serving tea and cake from 9.30am till 1pm. Caring people at the heart of your community, we will be happy to answer any questions you might have relating to planning ahead, arrangement services, deceased care facilities, memorial stones, masonry and everything in between. Anyone and everyone is welcome, and we look forward to meeting you on the day.

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Saxilby Blooms Gainsborough

Saxilby Blooms

28th August 2021

The bereavement gardens at our Saxilby branch are blooming at this time of year, with beautiful flora teeming with birds and butterflies. These quiet and peaceful surroundings help many of our families to relax through times of bereavement and sadness, offering comfort and solace in a time of need. Coincidentally, one of the rose bushes in our gardens recently bloomed on the first anniversary of our opening in the village, now affectionately named First Anniversary, photographed below. In the coming weeks we plan to host a drop in session at Saxilby, giving residents the opportunity to call in for tea and cake, engage with us and ask any questions they might have. We will post further details about that event as plans are finalised and look forward to welcoming you soon.

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Bank Holiday Hours Gainsborough

Bank Holiday Hours

27th August 2021

As we approach the Summer bank holiday weekend, we would like to assure our families that someone will always be here to help, whenever you need us. Our funeral homes in Gainsborough and Saxilby will be staffed throughout the weekend, with members of our qualified team available by phone and email, all day and through the night. Come rain or shine, the wellbeing of our community is at the heart of everything we do, no matter the time, day or the circumstances. Standard office hours at both of our branches over the next few days are as follows:

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Close To Our Hearts Gainsborough

Close To Our Hearts

29th July 2021

Keeping lost loved ones close to the hearts of our families, we take great pride in our continued relationship with Ashes into Glass, a company who share our commitment to the highest standard of care, quality and craftsmanship. Devoted to creating beautiful memorial jewellery from ashes, glass and crystals, we have partnered with the company now for over a decade, with many of our families choosing jewellery to tell a story, evoking memories for generations to come.

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Upcoming Changes Gainsborough

Upcoming Changes

15th July 2021

With the upcoming easing of restrictions, set to change nationwide from Monday 19th July, we would like to assure our families of the continued steps that our team are taking to keep those in our care protected. Despite no longer being regulation, we will continue to wear face masks indoors during consultations and in our attendance at funerals, with staff taking regular lateral flow tests at least twice a week. For further peace of mind, all members of our team have been fully vaccinated for a number of months.

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Burial Meadows Gainsborough

Burial Meadows

8th July 2021

Many of us nowadays are becoming increasingly conscious of environmental impact, and how our actions through life can have a longstanding effect on our great outdoors, and indeed the world around us. From using sustainable energy, to recycling and limiting single use plastics, many families and businesses are now choosing to help protect our planet for future generations, small steps forward for the greater good.

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Memorial Jewellery Gainsborough

Memorial Jewellery

29th June 2021

For those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, memorial jewellery is becoming a popular choice to bring comfort and a sense of closeness. Many of our families choose jewellery to tell a story, a tangible legacy of a loved one, evoking memories for generations to come. There are literally hundreds of choices available, from beautiful rings and cufflinks, made with gemstones formed from cremation ashes, to charm beads and pendants cast with a finger print, all carefully crafted with love, compassion and the greatest of care. Whatever and whoever you choose for your memorial jewellery, you can be assured that our dedicated team will always do our best to help.

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Father's Day Gainsborough

Father's Day

18th June 2021

A Father’s Day without a dad can be an unsettling experience. It can also be an emotional struggle for fathers who are grieving the loss of a child, this one day becoming a permanent reminder of a loved one taken too soon. For sons and daughters, the fact that most of us outlive our parents doesn’t make it any easier to cope when we lose them. Just as every relationship and bereavement is different, so too are the feelings felt by reminders. If you know someone who’s finding it difficult this Sunday please be kind, and let them know that they are not alone.

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Qualified Funeral Directors Gainsborough

Qualified Funeral Directors

7th June 2021

Here at Cliff Bradley and Sons we take great pride in caring for our families, to provide the highest level of service based on experience and a passion for the profession. Our staff are caring by nature and qualified in their roles, with Carlton trained to Dip FAA and Dip FD, and Samantha, Edd and Olly accredited to Cert FP. We invest in our team and their futures, to ensure that the support that we provide is consistently second to none, always putting our community and the wellbeing of our families first.

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Saxilby Opening Hours Gainsborough

Saxilby Opening Hours

1st June 2021

From today, Tuesday 1st June 2021, we will be extending the office opening hours at our Saxilby funeral home, now closing at 4pm on weekdays instead of the usual 2.30pm. With a full time and experienced team based in the village, our new operating hours affirm our long term commitment to the community, as we continue to support local families in their time of need with a discreet and reassuring presence.

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Bank Holiday Hours Gainsborough

Bank Holiday Hours

27th May 2021

As we approach the May bank holiday weekend, we would like to assure our families that someone will always be here to help, whenever you need us. Our funeral homes in Gainsborough and Saxilby will be staffed throughout the weekend, with members of our qualified team available by phone and email, all day and through the night. Come rain or shine, the wellbeing of our community is at the heart of everything we do, no matter the time, day or the circumstances. Standard office hours at both of our branches over the next few days are as follows:

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Funeral Transport Gainsborough

Funeral Transport

18th April 2021

Many of us followed coverage from the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday. Some may have noticed the bespoke Land Rover Defender hearse, a project spanning sixteen years and designed by the Duke himself. Finished in military green with an open top rear, it was one of the many personal touches throughout the day, part of which makes each and every funeral a unique celebration of life.

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Mothering Sunday Gainsborough

Mothering Sunday

12th March 2021

Mothering Sunday can be a day of mixed emotions. For some it’s a day to celebrate and spend time together. For others, it can be a difficult day of sadness, evoking powerful memories and feelings which are very personal. Just as each relationship and bereavement is unique, so too are the feelings experienced by reminders and otherwise happy events. If you know someone who’s finding it difficult this Sunday please be kind, and let them know that they are not alone.

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New Donation Platform Gainsborough

New Donation Platform

8th March 2021

For those recently bereaved, the past year and the imposed restrictions at funeral services have been particularly upsetting. A funeral should be a celebration of one’s life, a time for family, friends and acquaintances to say their final goodbyes together, supporting one another whilst united in grief. Unfortunately, with limited numbers allowed at funerals, as well as restrictions during the service itself, many might not have had the send off they had wanted, which is heartbreaking for everyone involved, including us.

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Crematorium Awarded Gainsborough

Crematorium Awarded

12th January 2021

Providing exceptional funeral services to the local community, both proudly and respectfully, Lea Fields Crematorium was recently awarded at the APSE service awards, an annual event celebrating the very best in local government frontline services. The team were announced winners of the Best Service Team of the Year (Cemetery and Crematorium Service) category at a virtual ceremony held in December, coming up against five other local authorities.

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Christmas Hours Gainsborough

Christmas Hours

22nd December 2020

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. It has certainly been a challenging time for everyone, including our staff, and I am sure we all look forward to brighter times together in the not too distant future. As a team, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the continued support, and wish you and your family a peaceful Christmas and prosperous New Year.

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Memorial Tree Gainsborough

Memorial Tree

1st December 2020

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. Furthermore, with the exceptional year we’ve all had, it could be even more challenging than usual for those who are bereaved. Supporting our families, through December we will again be hosting our annual memorial trees, giving you the opportunity to remember those passed in your own special way.

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New Funeral Hearse Gainsborough

New Funeral Hearse

24th September 2020

Earlier this month we took delivery of our new hearse, designed and produced by specialist vehicle manufacturer Coleman Milne. Complementing our existing fleet of beautiful black limousines, this hearse has been built to exacting specifications using the finest of materials; an exquisite vehicle befitting your loved one’s final journey.

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Current Restrictions Gainsborough

Current Restrictions

6th August 2020

Further to our recent post with regards to face coverings, HM Government last week updated their guidance, now making them mandatory in funeral homes, places of worship and at funeral ceremonies from Saturday 8th August. We need to follow government advice, so it’s important that those due to attend a funeral, or planning to visit either of our branches, wear a mask for the duration of their visit, whilst also maintaining a safe social distance.

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New Saxilby Branch Gainsborough

New Saxilby Branch

29th July 2020

The family and team here at Cliff Bradley & Sons are proud to announce the opening of our new branch and funeral home in Saxilby, six miles north west of Lincoln. Previously serving the village as a post and sorting office for over fifty years, our new premises has undergone extensive renovation over the past nine months, transforming the ground floor into a modern, professional workspace, whilst retaining period character and many original features. We would like to thank local residents for their overwhelmingly warm welcome to the village, as we take this long-term commitment to serve, support and care for the community with a discreet and reassuring presence.

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Face Coverings Gainsborough

Face Coverings

24th July 2020

Following yesterday’s change in legislation (Thursday 23rd July 2020) by HM Government regarding the wearing of face covers, funeral directors and their clients are exempt from wearing them inside funeral homes. All visitors to our homes at both Gainsborough and Saxilby are offered the use of hand sanitiser, and if they wish, can wear face coverings whilst they are with us. We continue to operate an appointment only system for a maximum of two people per appointment, including visits to our chapel of rest.

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Fleet Safety Gainsborough

Fleet Safety

20th July 2020

Our fleet of beautiful, black limousines have recently been fitted with plastic screens, now allowing our families to have a traditional funeral procession, subject to conditions. These new shields provide a safety barrier between our drivers and family, ensuring that our clients can travel to and from services in comfort, but also safely during these difficult times. After each use, our limousines are thoroughly deep cleaned and carefully sanitised, with our drivers also wearing masks to provide extra protection and peace of mind. Putting the safety of our families first, we are proud to reintroduce the use of our limousines, helping families to travel and grieve together on their loved one’s final journey.

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Father's Day Gainsborough

Father's Day

19th June 2020

A Father’s Day without a father can be an unsettling experience. It can also be an emotional struggle for fathers who are grieving the loss of a child, this one day becoming a permanent reminder of a loved one taken too soon and a lost dream. For sons and daughters, the fact that most of us outlive our parents doesn’t make it any easier to cope when we lose them. Just as every relationship and bereavement is unique, so too are the feelings experienced by reminders. If you know someone who’s finding it difficult this Sunday please be kind, and let them know that they are not alone.

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Brighter Times Gainsborough

Brighter Times

3rd April 2020

The last few weeks have certainly been challenging for everyone. We are all missing our extended families and friends at this time, those who we all too often rely on, but it’s important that we continue to stay safe and help to protect others. The family and team here at Cliff Bradley & Sons wish to extend their well-wishes to all families and friends, both in the local community and further afield, and to remind people of the importance of staying at home. Working as one, we will see brighter times together in the not too distant future. Our love to all and keep safe.

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Easter Office Hours Gainsborough

Easter Office Hours

1st April 2020

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. We will have a Duty Funeral Director available at all times to answer your questions and provide support by telephone. Remember to stay safe, be kind, and note our office hours for Easter as follows.

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Funerals and Coronavirus Gainsborough

Funerals and Coronavirus

26th March 2020

The continued impact of Coronavirus is proving difficult for many, but even more so for those who have sadly lost loved ones and are entrusted to make funeral arrangements. Please be assured that during these times our caring team will do our utmost to provide you and your family with the funeral service that you (or the person who has died) would originally have wanted. We will do all we can to arrange a service that is fitting and personal, delivered in a respectful and dignified manner, whilst also adhering to government guidelines and the limitations imposed at those times for the safety of others. Despite the future being full of unknowns, one thing we can promise is that our team will always do everything we can to make it as easy as possible for you to say goodbye.

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Introducing Lea Fields Gainsborough

Introducing Lea Fields

4th March 2020

Just a few short miles from our chapel of rest, Lea Fields Crematorium is fast becoming a popular place for our families to say goodbye to their loved ones. Set in parkland near the village of Lea on the outskirts of Gainsborough, the geometric building of the crematorium has been specifically designed to enhance the overall feeling of tranquillity and peace, both inside and out.

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Honouring Memories Gainsborough

Honouring Memories

24th February 2020

Many families take comfort from having a memorial to cherish the memories of their loved one. Helping to honour that memory, we are proud to work alongside one of the areas most respected stonemasons, Samuel Jacob Memorials, to create unique and beautiful headstones and burial memorials for our families. Our caring team are here to help you choose from hundreds of different styles and materials, ensuring that all memorial plans are fully approved with the local council and burial authority before any work is started.

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Lea Fields Crematorium Gainsborough

Lea Fields Crematorium

6th January 2020

After years of planning and development, West Lindsey District Council are set to open their state of the art crematorium later this month, and invite people to attend a special open day this Saturday (11th January 2020) from 10am to 4pm. A rare opportunity to look behind the scenes at Lea Fields, friendly staff will be on hand to show members of the public around and give you a chance to see the unique geometric ceiling in the chapel, a stunning feature that is the first of its kind in the country.

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Obituary Writing Gainsborough

Obituary Writing

11th December 2019

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.

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Memorial Reminder Gainsborough

Memorial Reminder

6th December 2019

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.

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Memorial Tree Gainsborough

Memorial Tree

20th November 2019

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.

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Alternative Hearses Gainsborough

Alternative Hearses

14th November 2019

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.

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Funeral Flowers Gainsborough

Funeral Flowers

16th October 2019

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.

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Memorial Books Gainsborough

Memorial Books

4th October 2019

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.

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Babworth Open Day Gainsborough

Babworth Open Day

23rd September 2019

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.

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Tennis Tournament Gainsborough

Tennis Tournament

19th September 2019

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.

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Cards & Letters Gainsborough

Cards & Letters

11th September 2019

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.

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Fire Safety Training Gainsborough

Fire Safety Training

5th September 2019

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.

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Beckingham Bowls Gala Gainsborough

Beckingham Bowls Gala

29th August 2019

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.

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Hamper Donations Gainsborough

Hamper Donations

27th August 2019

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.

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Hillcrest Graduation Gainsborough

Hillcrest Graduation

24th July 2019

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.

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The Queen's Funeral Plan Gainsborough

The Queen's Funeral Plan

27th June 2019

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?

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Mental Health Awareness Gainsborough

Mental Health Awareness

16th May 2019

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.

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Dying Matters Awareness Gainsborough

Dying Matters Awareness

1st May 2019

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.

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Ashes into Glass Gainsborough

Ashes into Glass

24th April 2019

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.

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Floral Tributes Gainsborough

Floral Tributes

12th April 2019

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.

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10k Road Race Gainsborough

10k Road Race

28th March 2019

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.

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May Bank Holiday Gainsborough

May Bank Holiday

20th March 2019

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.

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Easter Office Hours Gainsborough

Easter Office Hours

17th March 2019

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.

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Christmas Hours Gainsborough

Christmas Hours

21st December 2018

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:

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Memorial Tree Gainsborough

Memorial Tree

10th December 2018

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.

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Life Support Training Gainsborough

Life Support Training

5th December 2018

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.

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Memorial Tree Gainsborough

Memorial Tree

30th November 2018

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.

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Off Road Driving Gainsborough

Off Road Driving

23rd November 2018

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.

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Memorial Services Gainsborough

Memorial Services

13th August 2018

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.

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Bowls Tournament Gainsborough

Bowls Tournament

6th August 2018

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.

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Congratulations Edd Gainsborough

Congratulations Edd

3rd August 2018

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.

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Counselling Sessions Gainsborough

Counselling Sessions

20th July 2018

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.

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NAFD Inspection Gainsborough

NAFD Inspection

19th July 2018

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.

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Bereavement Gardens Gainsborough

Bereavement Gardens

26th June 2018

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.

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Christmas Hours Gainsborough

Christmas Hours

19th December 2016

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:

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At this difficult time, it can be hard knowing what is best. Cliff Bradley & Sons Funeral Directors are always available in your time of need and will listen to you to make sure your wishes, and those of your loved one, are carried out. No matter what your budget, our funeral directors will help to inform you of your options every step of the way.

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As your funeral directors, we are here to advise you in making all the arrangements required. Please remember that we are here to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in whatever way we can. If you require any help, advice or assistance, please do contact us.