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Jill Ackerley

Trading Name: J A Celebrant
Mobile: 07703 288013
Email: jill.ackerlay59@gmail.com
Training: Heartled Ceremonies
Info: I come from a background working with a Local Burial and Cremation Authority, spending almost 18 years working in Bereavement Cervices. Having recently taken ‘flexible retirement’ I felt that the natural progression was to lead a ceremony so that I could offer thoughtfully written ceremonies, as individual as a family would want. During my training as an independent celebrant I learnt that throughout our journey in life there are times when we have ceremonies whether it is a wedding, a naming ceremony or funeral, to name but three. As a celebrant I will touch the lives of people on their journey for only a short time. It is my aim that during this time with the family, that I will make each ceremony meaningful, unique and theirs.
Services Provided: Funerals, Baby Naming, Weddings, Renewal of Vows.
Areas Served:
Cumbria


The Ceremony Company
Louise Stewart & Jaime Barber

Address: Lancashire
Telephone: 07900 682476 (Louise Stewart), 0035799263260 (Jaime Barber)
Email: louise.burns@theceremonycompany.org.uk
Website: http://theceremonycompany.org.uk/
Info: The Ceremony Company offer couples and families a fantastic choice for their special day and over the years they have been privileged to work with so many happy and delighted couples and families. They always meet you either in person or via video call before booking, to listen to all of your ideas and plans, it is very important to Louise and Jaime to create for you a perfect and memorable ceremony. They will attend any type of venue or outside setting to deliver your ceremony whether you choose a traditional, semi-religious or something different for your Wedding, Blessing, Handfasting, Renewal of Vows, Baby Naming or Family Welcoming. They also offer personal and respectful independent Funeral Service's and Celebration of Life ceremonies - where the focus is on your loved one - to say your final goodbye with dignity and love. They cover South Cumbria, Lancashire, Manchester, West Yorkshire and Leeds and Cyprus (Jaime). They can and do travel anywhere in the UK, Cyprus (Jaime) and abroad. Their aim is to ensure you and your guests have an amazing and wonderful experience. The Ceremony Company 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), Cyprus
Catherine Kentridge

Telephone: 01223 653 011
Mobile: 07583 838856
Email: hello@customceremony.co.uk
Website: www.customceremony.co.uk
Info: For more than 10 years, I have had the joyful opportunity to create and conduct civil, spiritual, interfaith, and same-sex ceremonies. These contain the traditions, rituals and customs that are important to both of you and reflect who you are as a couple. I have a deep respect for and openness to different personal beliefs and cultures and love to weave them together into a harmonious ceremony. I am fluent in French and Italian, and on request, have included elements of many other languages, including Afrikaans, Czech, German, Hebrew, Mandarin, Portuguese and Russian, and will gladly expand to the language of your choice. I use my skills and experience as a trained soprano, professional writer, storyteller and an experienced actor to give you a unique, elegant and memorable service.
For funerals, I would be honoured to work with you to create a respectful, meaningful and memorable service for your loved one.
Services Provided: Wedding Celebration, Renewal of Vows, Civil Partnership Celebrations and Naming Ceremonies, Coming Out Ceremonies, Funeral Services and Memorial Services.
Areas Served:
London, Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Suffolk, Norfolk, Oxfordshire
Helen Parsons

Trading Name: Helen Parsons Independent Celebrant
Telephone: 01946 848441
Mobile: 0787 9688060
Email: helen.parsons55@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.helenparsonscelebrant.co.uk
Address: 4 Martin Way, Lindow Street, Frizington, Cumbria, CA26 3RG
Training: Fellowship of Independent Celebrants, Heart-Led Ceremonies Celebrant Training
Info: When I am not officiating at a wedding, handfasting, funeral, naming or other ceremony, I have the privilege of being a companion for the dying (Soul Midwife) and supporting the bereaved in my voluntary role with Hospice at Home in Cumbria. My love of the Lake District and passion for my three Springer Spaniels, has prompted me to include pet funerals within my resume. Recent engagement in a two-year study programme, has further developed my listening skills and understanding of different religions, spirituality, atheism and cultural diversity. Throughout our lives there are many ‘Rites of Passage’, opportunities for reflection and celebration. Miller Williams said, “Ritual is important to us as human beings, it ties us to our histories and traditions”. Every ceremony is a unique opportunity to celebrate life, to express our thoughts, feelings and emotions. Be assured, the bespoke and personalised ceremony we create together, will truly reflect your preferences, wishes and aspirations, initiating a lasting and beautiful memory.
Whatever the occasion, I will listen, and encourage you to follow your heart.
Services Provided: Funerals, Weddings, Renewal of Vows, Baby Naming, Civil Partnership Ceremonies, Hand-fasting
Areas Served: Cumbria.
Diana Raven

Telephone: 01228 595923
Mobile: 07980 825168
Email: diana@dianaraven.co.uk
Website: www.dianaraven.co.uk
Info: With a strong interest in myth, drama and music as a young person, I developed a passion for ritual quite early on in life. Later I became a teacher, further developing my imagination and communication skills, and then trained with the One Spirit Interfaith Foundation, as a minister - for people of all faiths and no faith. I now find myself well qualified through the combination of these interests, life skills and life experience to be a celebrant, and I offer ceremony that may or may not include religious content but that is always personal and creative. I believe that careful and thoughtful scripting and choreography are essential to the creation of memorable and meaningful ceremonies. Ceremony serves to confirm endings and beginnings, to bring resolution, and to announce renewed hope within the cycles of our lives, and It is my great pleasure to offer this work.
Services Provided: Funeral Services, Wedding, Renewal of Vows, Civil Partnership and Naming Ceremonies
Areas Served: Cumbria, Scotland
Veronika Sophie Robinson

Trading Name: Ceremonies from the Heart
Telephone: 01768 897 121
Email: veronikarobinson@hotmail.com
info@veronikarobinson.com
Website: www.veronikarobinson.com/celebrant
Address: Croft House, Glassonby, Nr. Penrith, Cumbria CA10 1DU
Info: For as long as I can remember, I have always felt a sense of respect for ceremonies and rituals which honour the human spirit. Having officiated across three countries, for more than twenty years, I am skilled at bringing purpose and intention to each ceremony.
My role is to seamlessly create a sacred space, and I do so practically and intuitively using a sense of craft, pace and purpose. I am there to hold the energy, and to offer structure. At the heart of all my work, I ask myself “What does this ceremony mean?”
I have a deep love of family, friendship, nature and music, and often draw on these for inspiration in my writing. I’m the author of more than a dozen books, including The Blessingway: creating a beautiful blessingway ceremony, and Baby Names Inspired by Mother Nature.
I am available throughout Cumbria and northern Lancashire for the following ceremonies: weddings, same-sex unions, handfastings, vow renewals, blessingways, baby/adult namings, wise crone ceremony, divorce healing, menarche (New to the Moon), miscarriage memorial or healing, housewarmings, funerals and memorials.
Services Provided: Funeral Services, Wedding Celebrations, Renewal of Vows, Civil Partnership Ceremonies, Baby Namings, Family Ceremonies
Areas Served: Cumbria, North Lancashire
Sophie Urquhart

Mobile: 07957 227995
Email: sophieurquhart@hotmail.com
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 www.sophieurquhart.com
Services Provided: Weddings, Civil Partnership Ceremonies
Areas Served: Yorkshire, Northumberland, Lincolnshire, Durham, Cumbria,
Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire,
Leicestershire

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