Easthampstead Park Crematorium

On Sunday 2nd September, Easthampstead Park Crematorium held their annual Open Air Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance and the staff from all the local funeral homes were invited. In total, 5 members of staff from Camberley & District FD, J.B. Halls FD, Lines Bannister FD and Bracknell Co-Operative Funeralcare Easthampstead were able to attend. Once again, the rain held off as it has done for the past 22 years (some may call it Divine Intervention). They were given VIP seats in the front row where they were able to enjoy the multi-denominational service in the beautiful and very peaceful surroundings of their grounds. Four local Ministers were invited to take part with the Lady Mayoress of Bracknell Forest Council reading a poem and then, with the help of two local scouts, set free 12 white doves (presumably one for each month).

The local Salvation Army Band and Choir were also invited to take part and their assistance in the playing and singing of the hymns proved invaluable. The Funeralcare staff were also treated to a performance of a local sextet – Occasions – singing a couple of poignant songs and then the traditional Celtic blessing at the close of the service.

Afterwards, everyone was invited to partake of the refreshments which were kindly donated by Camberley & District FD, J.B. Halls FD, Lines Bannister FD and Co-Operative Funeralcare Easthampstead. The retiring collection was for the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust which is the chosen charity of the Lady Mayoress and the grand total of £828.75 was raised on the day.

ELS Colleague of the month – June

Michelle’s colleagues nominated her to be the first person to receive the ELS Colleague of the month award.

Here is what they had to say about Michelle….

I feel this lady goes above the call of duty on a regular basis, she is always polite, helpful with colleagues and brilliant with the clients. She works hard and positively looks for work to do when there isn’t any obvious tasks to complete.
Not only does this colleague complete her working hours at JB Halls Funeral Directors, she is also presently covering the maternity leave for my colleague Kate Chambers from another Funeral Director.
On top of this she undertakes volunteering of her own each month and is willing to help whenever needed. On the Bank Holiday 4th June she volunteered to help at a Jubilee event which she did not have to do, and was positive and worked hard on the day. She has also offered to help with any future projects that Bracknell undertakes.

Michelle was surprised and excited to receive her award, it really made her day.

Easthampstead Diamond Jubilee Day 4th June 2012

Back in August 2011 I was approached by members of our local community to see if the Southern Cooperative Funeralcare would like to be involved with the setting up of an event for the Diamond Jubilee. I felt this was a good opportunity to spend time with people in our area and also to have a fun day. After discussing this opportunity with my management team, I got to work with the community to arrange the day.

It was decided early on that Funeralcare would hold a painting competition for the children but also I was given the responsibility of arranging a fun fair and contacting local businesses to see if they would like to have a stall at the event. There was lots of other work to be done such as the advertising of the event, selling raffle tickets and taking the minutes from the meetings which happened every two weeks and increased when the day got closer.

On the day, the day started very early with us having to guide the fairground into its allocated space and the setting up of the Art Competition, Michelle Little from J B Halls came over to help run the Competition as I also had to help with the overseeing of the whole event with the other organisers.

The Painting competition was a huge success with the children looking to Michelle for direction as to what to paint. Both Michelle and I had the opportunity to talk to the mums and dads about what we do and we were very flattered that we had a large amount of our clients come over to say hello. We had over 140 entries to the competition, which kept us on our toes all afternoon, as we did not stop the adults having a go if they wanted. Michelle was impressed with the painting done by an 84 year old lady.

The Competition was judged at the end of the day by our Town Council Mayor, Shelagh Pile, Easthampstead and Bracknell Forest Councillors Chris Turrell and Diana Henphrey, with prizes given to the winners by Michelle and myself.

It was a good day and everybody enjoyed the entertainment which included all types of dancers and displays, like Morris dancing and Zumba, which I was convinced by some of our previous clients to have a go at! Had to have a quick drink in the Beer tent afterwards – sadly only a coke cola.

The day raised £1,850.00 on the day, to be divided between local charities.

Lisa Bradley and Michelle Little

J B Hall Funeral Directors holds Christmas tree blessing

J B Hall Funeral Directors have held a Christmas Tree Blessing in their Funeral Home in Wokingham, where clients from the past year were invited to attend and place personal message cards on the tree in memory of their loved ones.

The blessing which was held on Wednesday 7th December 2011 at their funeral home at 142 Finchampstead Road, Wokingham was led by Father Peter Day of St Paul’s Wokingham.

Reverend Day commented “It was a pleasure to be asked to bless the Christmas tree at J B Hall Funeral Directors. This is the first year without their loved ones, and this gives us the opportunity to join together with the families to offer support and comfort in this difficult time leading up to the Christmas holidays”.

Funeral Co-ordinator’s Linda Lawton and Michelle Little both added “It was a privilege to offer this blessing, where the families were given the opportunity to place a star on our Christmas tree with their personal message, to remember their loved ones.”

The Christmas trees will now remain within the reception area of the funeral home in Wokingham until after the festive season.

J B Halls Funeral Directors bless their tree at Christmas

J B Halls Funeral Directors will again in 2011 be holding a Christmas Tree Blessing in their funeral home in Wokingham.

Clients, their families and friends from the past year will be invited to attend and place personal message cards on the tree in memory of their loved ones.

If you have not utilised J B Halls Funeral Directors services in the past year, and wish to attend the blessing please contact our office to confirm your attendance to the following date:

J B Halls, Wokingham 07/12/2011 5.00pm

J B Hall Funeral Directors

At J B Hall Funeral Directors, we believe in providing a professional and respectful service that is second to none. Understanding the needs of our clients is of utmost importance to us at J B Hall Funeral Directors, and we’re fully aware that our clients appreciate being treated as an individual with individual needs. Caring for people is what we do best and we genuinely believe we offer a service that is second to none. It’s very hard to encapsulate our passion in words, there is a short clip which showcases our funeral home and hopefully you can see the pride we take in our homes which is matched with our service. To find out more about our service please feel free to contact us by either telephone, the contact page on this website or simply by visiting our funeral home.

J B Hall bless their tree at Christmas

On Wednesday 15th December, J B Hall Funeral Directors of Wokingham invited clients into their funeral homes to attend their Christmas tree blessing service. The service was being held in memory of those who had lost someone throughout the past year.

The blessing was led by Reverend David Hamblin of Cross Church, Camberley. Clients who attended the service were invited to place personal messages and memory cards onto the tree.

Reverend Hamblin commented “I was delighted to see a number of J B Halls clients attend their blessing and hang their memorial stars onto the tree during a short service of remembrance and blessing thus helping them in their grieving.”

The team at J B Hall including Funeral Co-ordinator Linda Lawton commented “It was a pleasure to be able to invite our families back into our funeral home to attend our blessing service and place their memorial cards onto our tree. At this time of year, it is important to remember the loved ones whom we have lost, and I was delighted to be able to organise this special service for our many families.

Whilst arranging funerals for families in the Wokingham area, Linda also studies part-time for a degree in funeral services at the University of Bath. Linda concluded “I was really honoured to be chosen to be one of the first students to study for a foundation degree in Funeral Services at the University of Bath. The course covers a whole range of subjects including the history of the funeral trade, through to how to help with the grieving and bereaved; all of which enables me to give a premier funeral service to our many families.”