Weekly Community Roundup – 5th June 2020

Rainbow memory garden

James and Thomas Funeral Directors Cobham funeral home turned a small unused area of their garden into a colourful and permanent memory garden.

This will forever remind everyone who see’s it of the strength and courage shown by frontline NHS and keyworkers. Families can either place the little glass hearts on the rainbow or take home with them.

Pots of Joy

Funeral Arranger Jacqui Williams at Abbotsfield Funeral Directors in Hereford started growing flowers for the St Michael’s hospice flower sale but due to covid-19 all fundraising events were cancelled.

The flowers that Jacqui started to grow were put into pots and delivered to a Cul-de-sac in Hereford on Easter Sunday where its residents were isolating as they are all over 70. The pots included with a note to say Happy Easter stay safe. Special thanks to Jacqui’s Grandchildren who decorated the pots so beautifully.

Easter Joy in June

Newmilns Regeneration Association made up goodie bags containing large Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, creme eggs and mini eggs and distributed 99 bags to households with primary school children or younger around Newmilns. Each bag included a note which acknowledged James Dykes involvement and contribution towards the purchase of the treats.

Service to the local community

At the start of the national lockdown, the local council withdrew all grass cutting services for public parks, cemeteries, sheltered housing and many pensioners own homes.

Ian Brown took it upon himself to cut the grass on the village green in Carstairs on a fortnightly basis meaning children and residents could still use the village green for their daily exercise.

Further into lockdown Ian conducted a funeral in the village cemetery and as well as tidying up around the graveside decided to cut the grass in the whole cemetery to make it all look neat and tidy.

Ian has always been actively involved in village life, so grass cutting has allowed him to continue that during lockdown. He has since added some local pensioners onto his grass cutting schedule.

Hope at the end of the rainbow

Funeral Directors Sarah Lockton and Mark Carr created a rainbow trail window display in honour of NHS and key workers who are valiantly working to keep vital services operational and save lives.

After an appeal on Facebook Sarah was inundated with emails and messages from members of the public with pictures that were printed off.

Rainbow of Love

Huntleys Funeral Service showed their support for the NHS and other key workers during the coronavirus pandemic with the creation of this colourful window display with the aim of spreading hope and positivity amongst the local community.

Easter window

Steven Mears Funeral Directors in Lewisham certainly went above and beyond with their 2020 Easter window display.

The magnificent centrepiece of window was this painting by a former client who has also created previous artwork for a Remembrance display.

Thankyou to the very talented artist who provided the painting.

Joining Jack in the Green festivities online

Funeral Director Tony Hart found some creative ways to celebrate Hastings’ traditional Jack in the Green festival while socially distancing.

Tony joined his Section 5 Drummers group in donning green costumes and filming themselves playing to the same beat from home, which was edited together and broadcast on a livestream watched by 800 people.

Tony said: “Hastings is a very sociable place and we have a lot of traditions that will always find a way.”

Around 800 people from across the world signed up to watch the festival livestream, which was hosted by the Facebook group Isolation Station Hastings on Zoom.

The stream recreated classic festival moments with Morris dancers, live music and The Section 5 Drummers, who were broadcast at midday for as long as their procession usually lasts each year.

Tony made the most of the celebration by decking his house in green and helping his neighbours decorate theirs, they then watched Tony drumming for the livestream from their gardens.

He said: “From running restaurants for 20 years and working in the funeral trade for even longer, I learned there are always lots of weird and fun things you should get involved with in your local community.”

Tony hopes future Hastings traditions such as bonfire night and Pirate Day can find similar ways to bring people together, even if COVID-19 restrictions continue throughout the year.

Spreading positivity

Cheryl from Doves Funeral Directors in Sevenoaks created this window display with the help of her nephews who drew rainbow pictures. Cheryl asked for members of the community to send in their rainbow pictures with the aim of spreading hope and positivity amongst the local community as well as showing support for the thousands of NHS and key workers working on the front line.

Lit up blue for the NHS

Ian Brown Funeral Director showed their support for the NHS by lighting up their windows blue at night. This small act signified the thoughts and feelings of a nation who are beyond grateful for the NHS and at no time more so than during the coronavirus outbreak.  

The real-life superheroes

John Blenkiron & Sons in Richmond had these banners made in honour of NHS staff and other keyworkers who have gone above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic. The team wanted to show their support for these real-life superheroes who risk their lives for others on the frontline every day.

Rainbow window

Emma at Hemming & Peace in Alcester created a rainbow window display with the aim of spreading hope and positivity amongst the local community as well as showing her support for the thousands of NHS and key workers working on the front line.

Children In the community have been sending in inspirational pictures to brighten up the community and hopefully seeing their pictures in the window brightens their day.