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Kevin Blackham

Telephone: 01952 506522
Mobile: 07736 714911
Email: kb004i5087@blueyonder.co.uk
Address: 42 Acer Close, The Rock, Telford, West Midlands, TF3 5DD
Info: I am 58 years of age, I am married and have two grown up children.
Originally from Northwich in Cheshire, I moved to Shropshire in 1977 when I joined West Mercia Constabulary.
During my 30 years’ service with the Police I was engaged in a number of roles including the C.I.D. Uniform and firearms departments. During the latter stages of my Police career I was trained as a Family Liaison Officer and had the privilege of looking after several families who had been traumatised through criminal and road traffic incidents.
Upon retiring from the Police in 2007 I took up employment with a local Funeral Director and have been involved in all aspects of that profession.
During this time I have been witness to hundreds of funeral services and realised that I could lead a funeral service as good if not better than most of the people I had witnessed.
I started to take up Civil Funeral Celebrancy in April 2014 and to date have carried out over 170 services throughout Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands for a number of Funeral Directors and for many different families who have lost loved ones in numerous different circumstances.
Services Provided: Funeral Service
Areas Served: West Midlands, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire




The Ceremony Company
Louise Burns, Cate Baines, Heather Brown & Louise Stewart

Address: Croston, Lancashire, SP3 4LT
Telephone: 07411 093970 (Louise Burns), 079600 402644 (Cate), 07411 888770 (Heather), 07900 682476 (Louise Stewart)
Email: louise.burns@theceremonycompany.org.uk
Website: http://theceremonycompany.org.uk/
Info: Louise is a former Local Authority Registrar, who is proud to be an Award Winning Independent Celebrant. Working alongside Louise are two experienced Award Winning Associate Independent Celebrant’s, Cate Baines and Heather Brown. They offer couples and families a choice. Before you book they will always meet you either in person or via video call, to listen to your ideas and then create your personal ceremony as your day is important to them. They will attend any type of venue or outside setting to deliver your bespoke traditional, semi-religious or something different Wedding, Blessing, Handfasting, Renewal of Vows, Civil Partnership, Baby Naming, Family Welcoming, Funeral Service or Celebration of Life ceremony. They cover all of Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. They will travel anywhere in the UK and abroad to ensure you and your guests are relaxed and have a wonderful experience. Motto: “We love what we do”.
Services Provided: Funeral Services, Wedding Celebration & Renewal of Vows Ceremonies, Civil Partnership Ceremonies and Baby Naming Ceremonies
Areas Served:
Lancashire, Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool, Cumbria (the Lake
District)
Linda Craig
Trading as: Cherished Celebrations Ltd.

Mobile: 07432 021196
Email: lindaecraig@btinternet.com
Training: Mountain Celebrations Ltd.
Info: As a full time qualified celebrant I am happy to conduct all ceremonies that mark the poignant times in our lives. I believe the joy of enrolling a celebrant to lead your ceremony is that you are not restricted to certain content. You can combine a variety of elements including religious, cultural and family rituals. It really is your choice. I am based in the North west of England but am willing to travel further afield and worldwide.
Wedding Celebration, Renewal of Vows, Civil Partnership Celebrations and Naming Ceremonies
Areas Served:
Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Scotland.
Harry Foster

Telephone: 01829 309016
Mobile: 07812 252584
Email: harryfoster@hotmail.co.uk
Address: Chester
Info: Harry was trained by the AOIC and conducts Funeral Services in Chester and surrounding areas.
Services Provided: Funerals
Areas Served:
Cheshire
Lorraine Hull
Trading as: Liverpool Celebrant

Mobile: 0744 932 3988
Email: lorraine@liverpoolcelebrant.co.uk
Website: www.liverpoolcelebrant.co.uk
Address: Liverpool, L19
Info: I live in Liverpool and I am most often asked to conduct ceremonies in the North-West of England and North Wales, but I am more than happy to travel anywhere in the UK, or abroad.
I can truly say that 'I love my job'. I love it so much that I don't even think of it as work. I consider it a privilege to help people to mark life's milestones with a personalised, and personal, ceremony: from the first ‘hello’, to the final ‘farewell’ and everything in between.
I worked for the Registration Service as a Superintendent Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages and can help with information about the legal requirements for getting married.
I am fully trained, and experienced, in creating and conducting beautiful bespoke Naming Ceremonies, 'Welcome to the Family', Weddings and Civil Partnership Celebrations, Handfasting/Knot Tying, Commitments, Renewal and Reaffirmation of Vows, Celebration of Life Funerals and Memorial Ceremonies.
I was proud to receive an award as Best Wedding Celebrant in North West England, after being nominated by one of my couples.
In addition to my Celebrancy qualifications, I am a Reiki Master, have a post-graduate certificate in business administration and have studied public speaking, creative writing and journalism. Whilst my training and experience are important, it is my friendly disposition, attention to detail and passion ​to give people the best service possible that ensures that I always listen to, ask about, write, say and do everything that I can to ensure that everyone has the ceremony that they want and deserve.
Services Provided: Naming Ceremonies, 'Welcome to the Family', Wedding and Civil Partnership Celebrations, Handfasting/Knot Tying, Commitments, Renewal and Reaffirmation of Vows, Funerals and Memorial Ceremonies.
Areas Served:
Liverpool, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, North Wales
Shena Lewington

Telephone: 01270 505512
Email: cheshireceremonies@gmail.com
Website: www.cheshireceremonies.co.uk
Info: I know how difficult it can be to arrange a funeral that feels right, whether it’s because you don’t know for certain what your loved one would have wanted, or because different people in the family have different ideas about what is appropriate. I will work with you to prepare an essentially non-religious ceremony that is solemn and reflective, and which celebrates what is important. You can incorporate poems, readings, memories, special music – and if you request it, familiar prayers and hymns, if this will bring comfort to those attending. The ceremony will truly reflect your own wishes, not what any organisation lays down.
Since 2010, I have been helping families to create a sincere and meaningful farewell. I can make suggestions for poems and readings that will help to express what your loved one meant to you – their loves and interests, your feelings of grief or gratitude for their life, or reflections on the nature of living and dying. There is nothing that legally has to be included, so the wording and content of the ceremony is entirely up to you. After visiting you in your own home, at a time that is convenient, I will prepare a first draft of the whole ceremony for you and your family to look at, and if necessary, amend. Afterwards, I provide a copy of the script in a commemorative wallet.
I am a member of the Dying Matters Coalition, which has the aim of raising awareness of death and bereavement, and promoting openness and communication about people’s wishes. The funeral service is an important part of carrying out what your loved one would have wanted.
But I am not there just for the sad times. You can have a beautiful ceremony for your happy event, whether it’s a baby naming, a significant birthday, a renewal of vows or even the celebration of a wedding. The ceremony can contain whatever elements you choose - perhaps you dream of a sunset wedding by a lake, or in the gardens of a country house, you’d like to mix secular and spiritual music, and you want to be able to choose a well-loved reading from Corinthians combined with your favourite non-religious poems. Maybe you look forward to appointing “guideparents” to make their own promises of support to your new baby, or wearing your beautiful wedding dress one more time at a renewal of vows ceremony in the company of family and friends who could not attend your marriage abroad
Services Provided: Shena is an experienced Funeral, Wedding, Renewal of Vows and Naming Ceremony Celebrant
Areas Served:
Cheshire and Staffordshire

Wendi Surtees-Smith


Mobile: 07846 987262
Email: celebrantwendi@gmail.com
Training: Wendi was trained by Civil Ceremonies Ltd.
Info: I was born in Liverpool, a stone’s throw from the magnificent River Mersey. I have lived and worked in Liverpool for most of my life. I have taught in both mainstream and Special Educational Needs schools for over 20 years. I have a naturally compassionate and warm personality. As a celebrant, I can bring the interpersonal skills I have developed over the years and use them to help clients navigate their way through getting the best ceremony for themselves or their loved one. Losing both my parents within days of each other gave me an insight into what a bereaved person or family may need during a deeply difficult time. As a celebrant, I have the privilege of working with people to create and deliver personalised ceremonies for their significant life events..
Services Provided: Funeral Services, Wedding Celebration, Renewal of Vows, Civil Partnership and Naming Ceremonies
Areas Served:
Liverpool, Merseyside, Cheshire and Devon.
Jacqueline Taylor
Trading as: ‘A Life Remembered’

Mobile: 07825 810210
Email: jacqueline@aliferemembered.co.uk
Info: Jacqueline conducts services at the bereaved family’s choice of venue; offering an entirely personal and unique funeral or memorial service, which remembers and celebrates the life of their loved one, and gives their family and friends the opportunity to say goodbye in an atmosphere of peace and dignity. Since 2013 she has conducted, to date, in excess of a thousand services, and regularly conducts services on behalf of more than a dozen funeral directors around the Cheshire area.
Services Provided: Funeral Service, Memorial Service
Areas Served:
Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester
Gail Willington

Telephone: 01457 839247
Email: gail@elizabeth-way.co.uk
Website: www.elizabeth-way.co.uk
Address: 18 Stamford Street, Mossley, Lancashire
Info: Gail has worked in the Funeral Industry as both a Funeral Director and Funeral Celebrant for over 10 years and conducts funeral services in Lancashire and Cheshire.
Services Provided: Funeral Services
Areas Served:
Cheshire & Lancashire
Andrea Wren
Trading as: Wren Ceremonies

Mobile: 07793 537352
Email: admin@wrenceremonies.co.uk
Website: www.wrenceremonies.co.uk
Training: NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy
Info: I am an independent civil celebrant based in Tameside, Greater Manchester, holding the Level 3 Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy. This means I have achieved the highest accredited qualification available in funeral celebrancy, and am able to deal with the creation and delivery of a funeral or other end-of- life ceremony with respect, sensitivity and empathy.
I can work with you to create a meaningful funeral, memorial service, or scattering-of- ashes ceremony that is unique to the individual that died. This can include religious elements such as hymns or prayers, or the ceremony may be entirely non-religious, or humanist. My training as a civil celebrant means I can offer this flexibility.
With a career history in journalism, I have excellent writing skills and therefore utmost confidence that I can craft the perfect script for you. After the service, you will receive a beautifully presented copy of the full ceremony script to keep as a memory.
I also offer other celebrant services, please see my website for details.
Services Provided: Funerals.
Areas Served:
Derbyshire, Tameside, Greater Manchester, Oldham, Stockport, Cheshire, Glossop.

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