Driver/Bearer wanted

We are looking for a new member for our part time driver/bearer team. We need someone with a full driving licence, this is essential, and the ability to follow instructions and be a good team worker. The job requires physical fitness and smart appearance, reliability and good timekeeping are also important. We offer flexibility and an excellent rate of pay. If you are interested please send us your CV and a covering letter.

Invictus Games

Jonathan Whiting Funeral Directors are very proud to support our Funeral Director, Debbie O’Connell, in her sporting ambitions. Debbie has been training hard for the last few months and all her hard work has paid off with selection for the UK team to compete in the Invictus Games in Sydney in October. Debbie will be competing in the cycling events as well as the 100m, 400m relay and the 1500m. With over 400 applicants for places Debbie has done extremely well to be selected and is immensely proud to be representing her country.

A rather different funeral

A few weeks ago we carried out the funeral of a Land Rover enthusiast. The family wanted as many Land Rovers in the cortege as possible and for none of them to be washed. They also arranged for an ex-military Land Rover to act as the hearse.

 

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Some twenty Land Rovers, varying from competitive trials vehicles based on 1960s Land Rovers to reasonably clean Freelanders and Discoverys left the family home just outside Lincoln.

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Normally a hearse breaking down on route to the crematorium would be a disaster, on this occasion when the Series Three Land Rover did the usual trick of overheating in the traffic, causing the petrol in the fuel line to boil, it was not a problem. When you have an old Land Rover a tow rope is never far away. The family said the breakdown was perfect – exactly what a Land Rover does best!

 

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It was a most unusual arrival at the crematorium and not one I want to repeat in my hearse.

 

All in all a memorable day and the most fitting tribute for a Land Rover fan.

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.

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.

Office refurbishment

We spent the four days of the Easter break carrying out a much needed refurbishment and decorating of the office. We have tried to make an open, airy and inviting feel to the reception area rather than the rather formal “officey” feel we had before. It is still a work in progress with quite a bit of finishing off to do but we are pleased with result so far, more funeral home than funeral director’s office.

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Price increases – other people’s

We have been informed by our association (National Association of Funeral Directors) that the British Medical Association has increased the fee doctors charge for completing the medical forms normally required for a cremation to £76 each. Two forms are normally required, making the total £152. This applies from the first of April and is the first increase in several years.

On the same day Lincoln City Council are increasing the fee charged at Lincoln Crematorium to £550. This is still comparable with other crematoria in the area and is not influenced by the large scale works being carried out at the crematorium at the moment.