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Mothering Sunday Daffodils
Article from the Cornish and Devon Post and photo by Paul Hamlyn
A LOCAL funeral director service is taking steps to brighten the days of residents at care homes in the area. The team at Arthur W Bryant Funeral Service are delivering bunches of spring daffodils to the doors of local residential homes in the Bude and Holsworthy area. This is an annual tradition for the funeral director, which has branches in Bude, Holsworthy and Camelford, as they usually provide bunches of daffodils to residents for Mothering Sunday. However, under current circumstances following the outbreak of Covid-19 in the UK, and with many care homes now closed to the general public, Arthur W Bryant Funeral Service wanted to ensure local care home residents were still able to receive a little pick-me-up. The team have been taking bunches of flowers to the homes and dropping them on their doorsteps, abiding the advised social distancing measures put forward by the government.
William Bryant of Arthur W Bryant Funeral Service told the Post more about the initiative.He said: “This is a yearly event we do, but it’s a bit more poignant now because of what’s going on in the world at the moment. “Every Mothering Sunday we give bunches of daffodils to every nursing home — we go to all the local nursing homes around Bude and Holsworthy to brighten up their Mothers’ Day. We understand the residents may not be receiving as much this year due to the fact that most care homes are now closed to the public and are no longer receiving visitors.”Arthur W Bryant Funeral Service does all it can to support people in the community, and this small gesture is spreading positivity during a time of great uncertainty for many. William continued: “It’s just to cheer people up a little bit. Because, especially down here, we have quite an ageing population, we need to do as much as we can to help and support people within the community.” William and the rest of the team made deliveries to local care homes recently ahead of Mothering Sunday (March 22), dropping the daffodils to their doorsteps so care staff could distribute the flowers to residents.
Arthur W Bryant Funeral Service is continuing to offer its support to anyone in the local area who may need assistance.William added: “As a business we try our best to get involved in the community, and we still want to be involved now. “Our business is still running as normal — if we can be of any help, delivering things around the area, please let us know. Our saloon cars are used daily so we can deliver things to those who need it. We are very friendly and willing to help.”
Annual Memorial Service
On Saturday 25th January, Arthur W. Bryant Funeral Service held its Annual Memorial Service, hosted this year by Bude Methodist Church. Over 90 family members participated, lighting candles to represent their loved ones. Rev’d Neal Street officiated at the service with the Rev’d Teresa Folland giving the address and Rev’d Heather Aston, who were representing the local Anglican community and Amanda St John, a funeral celebrant, read a poem. The ‘roll of honour’ was read by members of the Arthur W. Bryant Funeral Service staff. Refreshments were provided following the service by volunteers from Bude Methodist Church and people were invited to take home their candle and a commemorative bookmark as keepsakes.If anyone was unable to make the service and would like a service sheet, bookmark and candle please make contact.
6 a side cricket tournament
What a fantastic day of sport it was on Sunday 14th July! We were pleased to sponsor Holsworthy Cricket Club’s 6 a side tournament.
It was a great community event ~ 8 local teams competing, the world cup cricket being shown in the pavilion, plus a BBQ, music, bouncy castle and lots of Holsworthy sunshine! Well done to everyone involved in organising the event.
Annual Memorial Service
On Saturday 26th January, we held our Annual Memorial Service, hosted this year by Bude Methodist Church. Over 80 family members participated, lighting candles to represent their loved ones. Deacon Debbie Marsh officiated at the service with the Rev. Libby Etherington giving the address. Prayers were led by the Rev. David Barnes representing the local Anglican community and Ms Suzanne Brown, a funeral celebrant, read a poem. The ‘roll of honour’ was read by members of the Arthur W. Bryant Funeral Service staff. Refreshments were provided following the service and people were invited to take home their candle and a commemorative bookmark as keepsakes.
Memorial Christmas Trees
Once again this year each of our offices has a Memorial Christmas Tree. Everyone is welcome to add a message in memory of a loved one. Please call in and collect a memorial star from your local office. Stars have also been posted to the families that we have supported in the last year.
Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
We are proud to be supporting the Royal British Legion once again this year. Knitted poppies are on sale in all of our offices. The window displays in Camelford and Holsworthy have taken on a Remembrance theme. The crosses in the window at Camelford commemorate all of the servicemen from the town who laid down their lives in the First and Second World Wars. Information about them is also displayed alongside the story of the Unknown Soldier.
Macmillan Cancer Support ~ World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
On Friday 5th October 2018 we hosted a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at our Holsworthy Office. A fantastic £139.25 was raised for Macmillan. A big thank you to everyone who supported the event.
Bude and North Cornwall Golf Club Seniors Open Event
We were pleased to sponsor this event again this year. William, Arthur and Sally spent the morning at the club, meeting the participants and handing out much needed refreshments.
Camelford Show & Holsworthy and Stratton Agricultural Show
We attended both local shows again this year and were pleased to welcome lots of visitors to our stand.
Mothering Sunday Daffodils
We distributed 230 bunches of daffodils to our local residential and nursing homes as our gift to residents for Mothering Sunday.
Our Holsworthy office has become the first place in Holsworthy taking part in the ‘Refill Devon’ scheme, offering to refill bottles with tap water free of charge. Please pop in with your bottle and help reduce the amount of plastic ending up in our seas.
On Saturday 27th January 2018, families we had served throughout 2017 were invited to join us at St Michael and All Angel’s Church, Bude for our first memorial service. Over 80 family members attended, lighting candles in memory of their loved ones and listening to the ‘roll of honour’. We hope that this will become an annual event.
Devon Air Ambulance
On Wednesday 29th November 2017 we joined Bradworthy Young Farmers Club and the family of the late Mr Todd Riggs as they presented a cheque for £9642.87 to Devon Air Ambulance. This fantastic amount was collected in memory of Todd at his funeral and through a crowd funding campaign.