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Barbara Gubbins, CBE

Mobile: 07747 804520
Address: Hadrian Park, Wallsend
Training: Heart-led Ceremonies Training
Info: Born in the North-East, Barbara lives in North Tyneside and spent most of her career in marketing before moving into the voluntary sector 20 years ago. In a voluntary capacity, she was a magistrate for 16 years and has held a number of roles as a trustee, school governor and mentor of young people at risk. In June 2017, she was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her contribution to voluntary services.
Barbara was first motivated to become a celebrant when she attended her youngest son’s wedding in New Zealand where the celebrant brought such warmth, peace and joy to the day and brought two families together. She also understands that losing a loved one is the most devastating event in someone’s life, and the importance of creating a ceremony that can be related to friends, family and community members who want to say their final farewells.
Services Provided: Funerals, Baby Naming, Weddings, Renewal of Vows, Civil Partnership Ceremonies
Areas Served:
Tyne & Wear, County Durham and Northumberland
Glynis Haveron

Trading as: True Harmony Celebrants
Mobile: 0789 9793625
Training: Heart-Led Ceremonies Celebrant Training in all aspects of celebrancy
Info: I believe every ceremony should be unique and delivered with care, whether it is a joyful occasion, such as a wedding or naming ceremony, or saying goodbye to a loved one at a funeral or memorial service. As a Coach and Tutor, I am skilled at listening, and helping people to tell their story, and I use that skill to create ceremonies which are meaningful for my Clients, and reflect their wishes and beliefs, whether they be religious, spiritual or something else. I have a genuine interest in people and bring a caring and empathetic nature to my ceremonies. I am based in Durham, but I am happy to work in other areas. Having lived in South Africa, and worked throughout Europe, I understand different cultures, and am happy to incorporate your cultural requirements into your ceremony. I will deliver the service you want and deserve.
Services Provided: Funerals, Memorials, Baby Naming, Blessingways, Handfasting, Weddings, Renewal of Vows & Civil Partnership Ceremonies
Areas Served:
County Durham, Cleveland (Teeside), Tyne and Wear.
Michael O’Neill

Telephone: 07522 174 701
Address: 6 Witton Road, Hebburn, Tyne & Wear NE31 1SN
Training: Michael was trained by Celebrant Training Ltd., and conducts Funeral Services in Tyne & Wear, County Durham and Northumberland.
About Michael: Born and raised in South Tyneside, I have lived in Hebburn with my family my whole life.
With many years of experience as a public speaker and presenter behind me, I bring a compassionate understanding and approach to the very unique position that I find myself in by undertaking the special work I do.
Well presented and smart, I’m often described as being friendly, approachable and professional.
I have a relaxed natural warm manner and I will ensure that your ceremony will be exactly as you wish it to be.
Services Provided: Funeral Services
Areas Served:
Tyne & Wear, County Durham and Northumberland
Sophie Urquhart

Mobile: 07957 227995
Address: York
Training: Worked as Deputy Superintendent Registrar for the East Riding Registration Services.
Info: With a background working as a registrar in Yorkshire; I really look forward to the exciting opportunities ahead in working as a celebrant and contributing to make a couple’s ceremony everything they want it to be.
With many years’ experience as a wedding singer I can also sing a song of your choice at the ceremony that means something special to you and your friends. Please feel free to look at my work
Services Provided: Weddings, Civil Partnership Ceremonies
Areas Served: Yorkshire, Northumberland, Lincolnshire, Durham, Cumbria,
Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire,

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