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Funeral director wins Best Family Business award

Biz4Biz, the organisation that provides a coherent voice for businesses in Hertfordshire has announced the winners of the biz4Biz Awards 2017.  Funeral directors JJ Burgess & Sons were named ‘Best Family Business’. The award, which is sponsored by Richmond House Financial Services Limited, recognises a commercial organisation in which decision-making is influenced by ...

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Car smashed into funeral directors

A car has smashed into the front of a Hertfordshire independent funeral home. The driver was taken to hospital after a grey Ford Fiesta went through the window at JJ Burgess & Sons in Codicote. The male driver was taken to Lister Hospital in Stevenage, but a female passenger was unhurt, ...

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New vehicle tax rates from April

New vehicle tax rates are being introduced next month, the DVLA announced. The change won’t affect any vehicles registered before April, but drivers can check the vehicle tax rates to make sure they know what they need to pay. Vehicle tax for the first year is based on CO2 emissions. ...

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Office for National Statistics reveals most common age of death

Death Statistics

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed new data on the common age of death based upon socio-economic positions. The 30 year study covers England and Wales. In England and Wales for the period 2007 to 2011, the most common age at death was 85.6 years for men and 88.3 years ...

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Winners revealed for 2017 NCPC awards

NCPC, Awards, Bereavement

The National Council for Palliative Care has announced the winners for its 2017 awards. The winners were announced at the NCPC’s 25th anniversary event at the House of Lords on 22 February. Over 90 entries were received for the four categories. The winners were: Bereavement Project of the Year – ...

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Warminster funeral directors undergoes refurbishment

Funeral Director

Funeral director, F Curtis & Son, has carried out major refurbishments at its Warminster premises. The sixth generation family business has updated its offices, arranging room, chapel facilities and mortuary. The company, which opened in 1891, spent £120,000 on the modernisation. Funeral director Matthew Shuttleworth, a descendant of the original founder, Frank Axcroft Curtis, ...

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Douch Family Funeral Directors sponsors long jumper Patrick Sylla

Funeral Directors

One of the country’s most promising long jumpers is being sponsored through his winter training by Dorset’s Douch Family Funeral Directors. Patrick Sylla, 18, is currently fifth in the senior rankings and number one in the under 20 category. His longest jump is 7.61 metres (24.9ft) – a double decker ...

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NCPC conference offers first in-depth look at Government’s End of Life Care Commitment


The first event looking in depth at the National Commitment on end of life care is taking place on March 10, reports the NCPC. Getting Real About the National Commitment, organised by the National Council for Palliative Care, brings together experts from palliative, social and medical care. It will look in ...

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Funeral division pays respects to ‘champion of the poor’


A floral wreath was laid on the grave of William MacGregor, Tamworth’s ‘champion of the poor’. It marked the 130th anniversary of the Tamworth Co-operative Society which he founded in 1886. The garland was placed at St Chad’s Church, Hopwas, where Mr MacGregor was a curate, by Amanda Woodward, general ...

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