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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
Steve Gardner

Mobile: 0787 9648388
Email: stephen.celebrant@gmail.com
Address: 31 St Pauls Crescent, Pelsall, West Midlands, WS3 4ET
Training: Trained with Humanists UK.
Info: Being a celebrant is a privilege. Celebration of a life well lived is the finest of tributes. Recognition of the grief of those left is essential. Every farewell should be individual and personal for each and all. All funeral ceremonies I conduct are designed and written with a family/ friends wishes at its core. Each ceremony tailored for the individual. Having spent nearly 40 years as a professional nurse I have worked with many individuals and their families in times of celebration and sorrow. Being able to say a meaningful farewell is an important element in resolving the pain of loss.
I work closely with clients to get things right, incorporating their wishes, offering suggestions and choice where unsure. I believe it is important to help and support families participate in a ceremony as much, or little, as they are able or desire.
Services Provided: Funerals
Areas Served: West Midlands, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire
Jan Holden

Telephone: 01384 484 238
Mobile: 07913 977919
Email: mail@janholdencelebrant.co.uk
Website: www.janholdencelebrant.co.uk
Address: Brierley Hill, West Midlands
Training: I trained with the UK College of Celebrancy in 2010.
Info: I conduct Funeral Services, Wedding Ceremonies, Namings, Renewal of Vows and Civil Partnership in and around the West Midlands.
Services Provided: Weddings, Civil, Partnerships, Blessings, Renewal of Vows, Namings and Funerals (Semi religious and Humanist)
Areas Served: Staffordshire, West Midlands
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
Carol Palk

Trading as: Carol Palk Civil Celebrant
Mobile: 0792 7019534
Email: 22cpalk@gmail.com
Training: NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy (RQF) – Civil Ceremonies Ltd
Info: A few years ago, my friend’s daughter died; she was the same age as my eldest. Her funeral, had a huge impact on my life. It was the first celebrant led funeral that I had been to and I was stunned by the difference between this and funerals I had previously attended. I left the crematorium uplifted by the celebration of Katie’s life; warmed by the way the celebrant had captured the essence of her and shared it with those whose lives she had touched and who had gathered to remember and say goodbye. It changed the way I view death and, now I am semi-retired, I feel privileged to be in a position where I can do what that celebrant did - support bereaved families to share their memories, enabling me to capture and tell their loved one’s story in the way they wish, without the ties of ritual or tradition.
Services Provided: Funerals
Areas Served:
Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, North Wales
Leni Robson

Trading Name: Unique To You Celebrancy
Mobile: 07717 071725
Email: contact@uniquetoyou.co.uk
Website: www.uniquetoyou.co.uk
Training: NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Celebrancy: Naming and Couples.
NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Celebrancy: Funerals.
Info: I am a full time, qualified civil celebrant specialising in truly unique personalised ceremonies.  When you enrol me to lead your ceremony, you are free to have the ceremony how you really want it.  You can combine a variety of elements including religious, cultural and family rituals.  It really is your choice.
​I became a celebrant because I truly believe that the key moments in your life should be built around you, and your loved ones, and I do my best to make each one totally unique and personal. I do this by taking my time getting to know you, talking to you, and in turn, you can trust me to give you the best service possible.
Services Provided: Funerals, Weddings, Renewal of vows, Baby Naming, Civil Partnership Ceremonies.
Areas Served: Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire.
Gaynor Stickels

Mobile: 07968 710882
Email: info@gaynorstickelscelebrant.co.uk
Website: www.gaynorstickelscelebrant.co.uk
Address: Sheepy Magna, Leicestershire
Training: Gaynor was trained by Civil Ceremonies Ltd., and achieved the NOCN Level 3 Diploma (RQF) in Naming and Couples Celebrancy and the NOCN Level 3 (RQF) in Funeral Celebrancy
Info: I provide a professional service for Naming, Wedding, Handfasting, Commitment and Vow Renewal Ceremonies. Also, Funeral and Memorial Services, Ashes Scattering and Internment Ceremonies. Specialising in Pagan Ceremonies and Rituals. I also provide a Script Writing Service if you wish someone to perform the ceremony for you.
I passionately believe that rites of passage ceremonies are so important, from receiving your given name and identity within your community, to be able to marry the one you love, no matter what your beliefs or sexual orientations and to finally, in passing, to be remembered and your memory celebrated in whatever form you wish.
My role is to ensure that your service is written and delivered with all the love, humour and expression that you wish to convey, with integrity, dignity and professionalism.
I am based in Atherstone, Warwickshire, and offer a local, nationwide and overseas service.
Services Provided: Baby Naming, Weddings, Handfastings, Vow Renewals,
Funeral and Memorial Services
Areas Served: Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Oxfordshire, West Midlands and Northampton.

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