Sincil Bank

The water level in the Sincil Drain is within a foot of the bank, there is some flooding in the football ground side which is being pumped out. It would need to rise at least two feet before it would affect us, so it’s not a problem at the moment. The Environment Agency monitors the water level closely but it is still worrying.

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Olympic Torch passes through Lincoln

The Olympic Torch was making its way through Lincoln this afternoon, passing the end of Queen Street as it did so. A good crowd of people were gathered to watch this once in a lifetime event. Unfortunately I was on a callout for the police as it all happened so I have had to content myself with looking at the photos Julie took.

The first picture shows our premises seen through the back of a sponsor vehicle, the second photo is the Torch itself.

The Good Funeral Guide –

Another blog that is worth a look, Charles is dedicated to improving funerals and has some good ideas. The most recent posts are in light of the Channel 4 ‘Dispatches’ programme aired last night (Monday 25th June).

 

The Good Funeral Guide –.

More on refurbishment

The redecorating and refurbishment of our funeral hopme is nearly complete, it has taken two months and we are pleased the end is nearly in sight. Laying the new floor was the biggest job and the never ending areas of walls to be painted must be a close second. Many visitors have commented on how light and friendly it feels the moment they walk in.

Photo Shoot

We have taken advantage of the excellent weather over the last day or two to get some top quality photos of ourselves and the vehicles taken. The location we chose was Lincoln Cathedral, on the south side by the Judgement door. This is the entrance normally used for funerals in the cathedral and, being on the south facing side, is ideal for photos. The pictures were taken by Clive Catton of Octagon Technology (who also do all our IT and web support  http://www.octagontech.com ), a very capable photographer.

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Our hearse with the impressive facade of the Cathedral behind.

Refurbishment

The refurbishment of our funeral home is coming on well, below is a photo of the new carpet and then the carpet fitter working just outside the chapel of rest. It’s taken over a month but the refurbishment is nearly done and we are delighted with the results.

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Banking

I suppose I always knew this day would come but it was still a bit of a shock when our bank, who have been very supportive of us since we opened the business, have decided to start charging us for our charity account. This is a separate account used only for handling charity donations for clients. As most people give donations in the form of  cheque payable to the charity concerned, the majority of money that passes through this account is cash from the collection plate at the crematorium. Cash is paid in, about a month later a cheque is issued, for the amount paid in, to the nominated charity. Only the charities nominated by bereaved families receive any money from this account, we don’t charge for the time we spend administering donations but now we are going to have to pay for the privilege of handling charity money. It’s a sign of the times I guess.