Today Emily and Lorraine decorated our Christmas tree for the Adderbury Church Christmas Tree Festival, which included a chain in red, white and green knitted by Sue. All of the 35 trees are sponsored by local organisations, businesses and groups with the cost to enter a tree being £35.
We have placed festive tags underneath the tree to write the names of your loved ones and place on our tree in remembrance of anyone you love and miss at this special time of the year.
Although the Festival is free to enjoy donations are encouraged with proceeds going towards the Mental Health Foundation and the work of the Church.
The festival is open to the public from on Friday 7 December 2.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Saturday 8 December 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Sunday 9 December noon until 4.00 pm.
Local musicians will be providing musical entertainment throughout the Festival.
A Family Victorian Carol Service will conclude the festival at 4.30 pm on Sunday 9 December.
We’ve been having a look through some very old photos today and came across these, showing the corner of George Street and Albert Street. The second photo shows what is now the Samaritans building. There was a brewery to the right and behind these buildings where Humphris Funerals now
We’ve also added a photo taken today by Russell Campbell from Humphris Funerals.
On Saturday 10th November Martin Moss, Memorial Manager at Humphris Funerals attended the unveiling by Vice Chairman of the Parish Council, Nigel Buttler, of the new Weeping Cross in Bodicote. Martin had project managed throughout the planning and construction of the cross.
The replica, consisting of 6 steps and a round shaft with a sundial, has an inscribed bronze plaque and a capsule inserted in the cylindrical column which contains a scroll listing the names of donors and local people who have made a contribution to the project in one way or another.
The new Weeping Cross was erected after the Government asked parish councils in 2016 to give consideration to providing a landmark or other means to commemorate the 100 years since the end of the First World War. The Parish Council decided to investigate the possibility of replacing the Weeping Cross memorial in Bodicote by providing a replica, and for this purpose sought details of the original weeping cross, its history and estimated construction costs.
Fund raising began with local businesses and residents, along with a village appeal. The appeals raised nearly £4,000. This sum includes a donation of £1,000 from Banbury Historical Society, £1,000 from Banbury Charities and a promised £1,000 from the County Councillor’s Priority Fund.
The original Weeping Cross, erected in the 15th century and removed in 1803,was a place of public penance for those who had broken canonical law, implying that it was a place of grief, remorse or penance. Other known weeping crosses across the country include Stafford, Shrewsbury and Ripley in Yorkshire which is thought to have the only known surviving weeping cross; the others were removed and abolished at the time of the Reformation.
Well done to all involved in raising money and replacing part of Bodicote’s history for all to see for many years to come.
The 3rd and final phase of our redecoration works are underway! The aim is to have them completed in time for our Christmas Carol service on Thursday 13th December which will take place in our service chapel at 7pm. We will post more photos once the work has finished so you will be able to see the difference.
On Tuesday 6th November Martin Humphris attended Banbury Museum to see how the new Pye Gallery is progressing.
This new gallery gives 40% more floor space and therefore will enable Banbury Museum to hosts exhibitions from the larger museums, with the first being pop art from The Victoria and Albert Museum, and each exhibition will run for approximately 4 months.
The changes to the museum are much more than just the enlarged floor space, there will be greater visibility on the first floor where the permanent exhibition is found in the Banbury Gallery. The redecoration and lighting give the whole museum a vibrant exciting feeling.
It’s always good to support local places of interest and the staff at Humphris’ are looking forward to visiting once the museum doors open for business again.
We are very conscious how poignant Remembrance Day is and the time leading up to that special day.
This is a time to remember all those who lost their lives because of war, hostilities and conflicts; particularly this year we mark the 100-year anniversary since the cessation of fighting on the Western Front which saw the end of World War 1. During the war 16 million people died. Almost 7 million civilians and 10 million military personnel.
To commemorate all those who have lost their lives we have in our office reception a table on which there are 3 candles, the Union flag, poppies (for remembrance) and a special World War 1 centenary wreath. If anyone is calling or passing please take the opportunity to look at the display.
We feel that the time of remembrance is very special, but not the only time we should remember all those who have died because of war, hostiles and conflict. With this very much in mind for the last couple of years with every Golden Charter Funeral Plan we sell we give a donation of £25 to the Royal British Legion.
September saw Simon Collier, Funeral Director with Humphris funerals for 24 years, marry in Adderbury Church. His wife Moira arrived looking lovely in a 1936 Rolls Royce open top tourer, thankfully the weather was fine, and local pipers played as they left the church. The couple enjoyed a honeymoon cruising around the Mediterranean.
We wish them a long, happy married life together!
If you would like to borrow our 3m square gazebo for Canal Day on 14th October, or any other local event, please call us on 01295 265424.
It can be easily erected by two people and hopefully will be needed more to offer shade from some beautiful October sunshine than shelter from the rain!