Gloucestershire funeral services and support
A collection of useful services and support
We appreciate just how impossibly distressing this time is likely to be for you and the members of your family: perhaps this list of contacts, may prove helpful; and – as always – you can call us on 01453 767769 with any questions for ideas not featured here.
Help following a bereavement
Cruse is a very good bereavement helpline that we recommend: telephone no. 08444 779 400, or 01905 222 23. www.cruse.org.uk
www.counselling-directory.org.uk/bereavement.html has a huge network of counsellors across the UK.
For funerals involving children, we recommend:
We have found Louise at ‘Practically Perfect’ to be a practical, efficient, well informed, and sympathetic person who can help you sort through and deal with much of the necessary administration that follows a death – the paperwork, the letter writing and all the phone calls which can be annoying or distressing and might seem daunting at an already difficult time. www.practicallyperfect.co.uk/page_1265055559487.html
Saying goodbye to someone you love is of course never easy. Some acts of ‘letting go’ can help, and make new memories: releasing white doves can be lovely.There is a local company who can arrange this for you – visit their site: White Doves
Biodegradable and eco-friendly coffins
We have always tried to be conscious of the environment by providing access to more ecologically friendly coffins and urns; and/or to encourage your own creativity and resource in making something suitable. Contact us for a chat.
A selection of books and poems:
Their titles include: A Child’s Grief, Milly’s Bug Lump, Muddles Puddles and Sunshine and As Big as It Gets. You can see their books by clicking the link below:
Another book that we can recommend is called Badger’s Parting Gifts. It is a sensible book about grief and dying and is available from Amazon.co.uk. You can see it by clicking the link below:
Poems for Children
We have assembled a beautiful list of poems specifically for young deaths. You can see this selection by clicking on this link here.
Tribute photos and videos
www.sentiment.co.uk specialise in end-of-life tribute photo & video montages, filmed life biographies and memory books. Sentiment will listen to your ideas, thoughts and needs whether you want a simple photo montage for a funeral, or an epic movie of your life, . Whatever they create, it will be filled with warmth and comfort – and be an invaluable part of your family history.
Other local artists and photographers who provide stunning work to add another dimension to a farewell are:
Jimmy Edmonds/Rosa Edmonds:
Ruth Davey: www.look-again.org
- Cheltenham: GL52 5JT. Northern edge of the town towards Prestbury, on Bounder’s Lane.
- Gloucester: GL44PA. Turn right off the A38 Northern bypass, just after the Barton St/Painswick Rd. roundabout coming from Stroud.
- Westerleigh: BS37 8QP. West off the A46, before the M4 roundabout coming from Stroud.
- Forest of Dean: GL14 3HU. Opposite the Dilke Hospital on the Speech House/Coleford Rd from Cinderford.
- Swindon, Kingsdown: SN25 6SG. East off the A419 Swindon bypass.
- Bath, Haycombe Crematorium: BA2 2RQ. South of Bath, off the A367 to Radstock.
Some of the Churches with burial space (for parishioners only):
- Woodchester St Mary’s (RC) and St Mary’s (Anglican.).
With burial space for ashes: most parish churches will have a small space in the churchyard for the burial of parishioners’ ashes, with a tablet marking the spot.
Local municipal cemeteries for local residents only – though often paying double will swing it!
- Stroud: New Stroud cemetery, at the end of Horns Rd. below the better known, picturesque, but unused Bisley Rd Cemetery.
- Brimscombe: off Brimscombe Hill, below the ‘Green’ unconsecrated strip of land.
- Chalford: Frithwood
- France Lynch Village
- Painswick: Golf Course Rd. off B4073 to Gloucester
Green Burial sites
- Brimscombe: Stroud District Council runs this unconsecrated site, below the top hedge of the main Brimscombe cemetery. The fee includes provision and upkeep of a tree ( Hawthorn, Rowan, Field Maple, Cherry or Birch).
- Bath: Haycombe Cemetery, Bathnes, BA2 2RQ. South of Bath, off the A367 to Wells; Midford Natural Burial Meadow BA2 7DE, A 367 towards Radstock, then B3110.
- Bristol: Memorial Woodlands BS35 3TA; S. Bristol Cemetery, Bedminster BS13 7A. Kingswood Remembrance Park BS15 9SE; South Bristol Cemetery BS13 7AS
- Cheltenham: GL52 5JT. ‘Green Burial’ option in the grounds of the Cemetery and Crematorium
- Gloucester: GL4 4PA . ‘Green Burial’ option in the grounds of the Cemetery and Crematorium;
- Staunton, Glos. Greenfields Woodlands of Remembrance: GL19 3NZ. Old meadows looking towards the Malvern Hills. 8 miles north of Gloucester, a mile north of Staunton.
- Forest of Dean: Coleford Cemetery Natural Burial Ground GL16 8DS
- Slimbridge: the far end of the new (2007) cemetery. (Double cost for non -residents).
- Swindon: Westmill Woodland Burial Ground near Coleshill, SN5 8TH. Lovely open uplands meadow looking over the White Horse Vale. Not as far as you might think.
- Monmouth: Usk Castle: NP15 1QX . Classy castle parkland.
- Warwickshire: Sun Rising Burial Ground, near Tysoe (between Banbury and Evesham). Hardcore ‘green’ and exceptionally well run. www.sunrisingburialground.co.uk
- Wider afield: Glastonbury Cemetery ………. many others – 267 across the UK – contact ‘The Natural Death Centre’, 0207 359 8391, website www.naturaldeath.org
- Registry Offices : Gloucestershire Central Booking, 01242 532 455
- Stroud: The Old Victorian School, Parliament Street, Stroud, GL5 1DY 01452 425 275. Closed for lunch. 12.30- 1.30
- Cheltenham: Council Offices, St. George’s Rd, GL50 3EW
- Cirencester: Cirencester Library, The Waterloo, GL7 2PZ 1285 650 455. Check for opening times on the central booking line.
- Forest of Dean: The Oaks, Belle Vue Centre, 6 Belle Vue Road, Cinderford, GL14 2AB Check for opening times on the central booking line.
- Gloucester: 01452 425 275, Shire Hall, Westgate St. GL1 2TG
- Moreton-in-Marsh: Moreton Library, Stow Road, GL56 0DR. Check for opening times on the central booking line.
- Swindon: Civic Offices, Euclid Street, SN1 2JH Tel: 01793 521734 or 01793 522738
Secular venues for funerals
- Stonehouse Court Hotel GL10 3RA : Caroline Suite conference building alongside 17th century manor house; big windows overlooking six acres of tidy lawns and gardens. Private.
- The Matara Centre, Kingscote GL8 8YA: beautiful private facility with (tasteful!) Eastern spiritual flavour. Full kitchen, music, conference facilities. Very accomodating, keen to please.
- Kingscote Barn, between Horsley and Kingscote GL8 8YE : very proper Cotswold, newly restored barn – wedding venue, primarily.
- Lansdown Hall, Stroud: GL5 1BB in the Centre of Stroud. Old Temperance hall from 1879. Run by a voluntary, charitable organisation, on lease from Stroud Town Council. Old pine floor, church-type windows, raised stage, lighting rig, sound system, licensed. Doors to Bank Gardens.
- Bear Hotel Rodborough: Flexible and accommodating, with private conference/dining rooms overlooking the garden.
- Chavenage House, Avening GL8 8XP. Ancient Elizabethan country mansion, unashamedly haunted, huge fireplaces and panelled rooms. Exquisite small private chapel, biggest lawn in Gloucestershire. Personally and eccentricly run by the homely Lowsley Williams family.
- Masonic Hall, Merrywalks Hill, Stroud. Slightly strange with its Masonic portraits and history etc, but a decent local and accommodating Stroud venue .
Some local Gloucestershire Village/Church/WI/Scout Halls, all of whom can be approached for hire for a funeral:
- Amberly Village Hall and Parish Rooms
- Arlingham Village Hall
- Avening Memorial Hall
- Beverstone Village Hall
- Birdlip Village Hall
- Bisley WI Village Hall
- Box Village Hall
- Brimpsfield Village Hall
- Brimscombe and Thrupp Social Centre
- Brookthorpe Village Hall
- Bussage Village Hall
- Cashes Green Community Centre
- Chalford Hill Methodist Church Hall
- Cherington Village Hall
- Cranham Village Hall
- Duntsibourne Abbots Village Hall
- Eastcombe Village Hall
- Eastington Village Hall and Community Rooms
- Edge Village Hall
- Elkstone Village Hall
- Frampton Mansell Village Hall
- Frampton-on-Severn Community Centre
- Frampton-on-Severn Village Hall
- France Lynch Hall
- Harescombe Village Hall and Parish Rooms
- Hillesley and Tresham, Hopkins Hall
- Horsley Village Hall
- Kingscote Village Hall
- Kings Stanley Village Hall
- Leonard Stanley Village Hall
- Miserden Village Hall
- Oakridge Village Hall
- Paganhill Maypole Village Hall
- Randwick Village Hall
- Rodborough Community Hall
- Ruscombe Village Hall
- Saul Village Hall
- Selsley Scout HQ Hall
- Sheepscombe Village Hall
- Standish Village Hall
- Stonehouse Community Centre
- Trinity Rooms, Stroud
- Uley Village Hall
- Upton St. Leonards Village Hall
- Whiteshill and Ruscombe Village Hall
- Whiteway Community Hall
- Whitminster Village Hall
- Winstone Village Hall
- Woodmancote New Village Hall
A few venues for the gathering afterwards, if you can’t face everyone back at your house:
Most will do a decent funeral tea, and finger foods to order.
- Amberley: Black Horse, Amberley Inn
- Bisley: The Bear, The Stirrup Cup
- Bussage:The Ram
- Cranham: Butcher’s Arms
- Eastcombe:The Lamb
- Edge: Edgemoor Inn, (see below)
- France Lynch: Kings Head
- Minchinhampton: The Old Lodge, on the Common; The Ragged Cot, Hyde Hill; The Crown, Market St.; Halfway House, on the Common
- Nailsworth:Egypt Mill, The Brittania; The George, Newmarket; Gumstool Inn (pricey, and grand); Tipputts Inn A46 after Nailsworth
- Stroud: Bisley House, Middle St Stroud (see below); Imperial Hotel (see below); The Ale House, Stroud; Hawkwood College can serve up a funeral tea in a lovely location
- Upton St Leonards Hatton Court Hotel, Bowden Hall, (upmarket, but quite nice hotels)
- Sheepscombe: Butchers’ Arms
- Frampton Mansell, The Crown
- Slad: The Woolpack
*** – grudgingly – **** stars. The Bell, Sapperton. GL7 6LE. The Bell thinks it’s five star – with prices and attitude to match. But still Cotswold popular, so need to book. Tel 01285 760 298. An expensive reward after walking the canal path? Better pause half way up at The Crown!
**1/2 The Crown, Frampton Mansell GL6 8JG. Popular walker’s pub, up the hill from the canal path. Book for Sat/Sunday lunchtimes. Tel. 01285 760601
*** Edgemoor Inn, Edge. GL6 6ND Good food and good value – a nice cut above pub grub. Good parking, great views. Good for Glos Crem.
** The Daneway, Sapperton GL7 6LN. Good pub, with basic food. Wonderful rural location at the end of the canal path before Sapperton Tunnel.
** The Butchers Arms, Sheepscombe. GL6 7RH www.butchers-arms.co.uk/ 01452 812 113
**1/2 The Black Horse, Littleworth, Amberley. GL5 5AL. Great sunsets. Good beer, and good pub food.
**1/2 The Bear at Bisley GL6 7BQ 01452 770265. Always good.
**1/2 The Kitchen, Market St Minchinhampton. Very popular for lunch. Always book 01453. Great charity shop two doors down.
**1/2 The Woolpack Slad. GL6 7QA. Laurie Lee’s watering hole overlooking hayfields and the lovely Slad Valley. Fiercely local, but basically friendly clientele.
**** Sophie’s Restaurant, The Priory, 20 High Street, GL6 9BN.
Not always open, call first and book 01453 885188
**1/2 Hobbes House Bakery. 4 George Street, Nailsworth, GL6 0AG Wonderful specialty breads, pastries, and coffee. But good lunches and some evenings too.. Telephone: (01453) 839396
**** William’s Kitchen. 3 Fountain St Nailsworth. GL6 0BL. Superb fishmonger, deli and ‘oyster bar’ lunches. River (and road!) side patio. Nice man, was William. 01453 832 240 //www.williamsfoodhall.co.uk/. Will cater deliciously.
**** Guiseppe’s Gourmet, at the Gliding Club, Nympsfield. Delicious Italian cooking; G. himself can be mock surly – even rude – as well as funny at times.
*** Ormond Hotel, 23 Long St. Tetbury GL8 8AA Nice courtyard, food can be great, as can the service. But not always, it seems. http://www.theormondattetbury.co.uk/ Probably best to book, telephone 01666 505 690.
****The Chef’s Table Tetbury ( Bistro lunchtime and dinner Wed-Sat)
Bookings 01666 504466 email@example.com
49 Long Street, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8AA
More Homely Fare in Stroud
*** ½ Bisley House, Middle St. GL5 1DZ. Excellent food, in stylish (but echo-ey) light room. Best toilets in town.
*** J Rool, Stroud excellent lunches despite apparently gloomy interior. Courtyard tables 01453 767123 http://www.jrool.co.uk
*** Food Emporium, 6 Union St GL% 6HE. Fishmongers and deli, excellent lunches with food counter and four tables. Excellent fish soup.
*** Imperial Hotel, Station Hotel Stroud GL5 3AP.. Especially good at Thai food and with an impressive selection of gins. Leather sofa’s. Sunny dining room at lunch.
**1/2 Sorrento Italian Restuarant Russell St, Stroud, GL5 3AJ 01453 766 632
*** Star Anise Cafe, Gloucester St. GL5 1QG. Right-on organic food, tasty, well cooked. Friendly Steiner Diner. Fantastic coffee.
** Mills Cafe, Withey’s Yard, 55 High St. GL5 1AS. Popular diner with good wholesome food, great coffee and courtyard tables.
** Woodruff’s Organic Cafe, 24 High Street, Stroud, GL5 1AJ.
- Imperial Hotel by Stroud Station. Great selection of gins and very acceptable cocktails.
- The Ale House, 9 John St Stroud. GL5 2HA. Stylish rooms with leather sofa’s. Leave before 9 when the leery crowd show up.
- Crown and Sceptre 98 Horns Rd Stroud.GL5 1EG. Popular local pub with expat London, artistic, and musical Stroudie folks.