July 2019 Update
It was lovely to attend the Dedication Service for the new North Wiltshire Crematorium - really a gorgeous service! Thanks to Joe, Dana and Leigh for the invitation!
I made a handfasting lei for a couple getting married next month in Marston Meysey --- I will chat to them about how they'd like it decorated. The red symbolises love and passion, the blue their 'blue sky' dreams, and the green their grounded connectedness. It was actually quite therapeutic doing this.
It was a joy to conduct Stacey and Hassan's tipi wedding (with the hessian handfasting cord I made) in Lockeridge. The service went so well and the sun shone brightly throughout! I treated myself to a lovely late lunch in Marlborough on the way home - in Rick Stein's!
This month I was also featured in Loved by Whitewed's blog about the benefits of a celebrant-led wedding. Click here to read the blog, which was in conjunction with the gorgeous Oxleaze Farm.
Some lovely weddings being planned - and a baby-naming! One service is a garden wedding in Littlemore, Oxford. The couple rent a cottage beside a field and an orchard, so it's fabulous that they get the opportunity to utilise these fantastic spaces. Watch this space for photos....
Emma, David, me and our beloved Mum, Josie.
ABOUT ME & WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW!
A proud (older) mum to a cheeky adopted son, I make the best of life! I love travelling, keeping up with current events, community initiatives, good dramas, music, boating and reading.
I was an English teacher/lecturer and personal tutor to adults and children for over 26 years in London, Venezuela, Beijing, Hong Kong and in my hometown, Swindon. I much enjoyed the pastoral, caring aspects of my job, so I do now find helping people very rewarding in my role as a Celebrant. These teaching years have also given me a wealth of experience of writing and presenting effectively.
In addition to other qualifications, I hold an MA (with Distinction) in English from Oxford Brookes. I'm pretty good with words and literature...!
Having lived and taught in Wiltshire, East London, Asia and South America, I'm familiar with many creeds and cultures. I even participated in one of the first gay marriages in Canada, with an English theme and an impersonator of HRH The Queen- it was totally brilliant! Working with people from all walks of life and beliefs is something I totally embrace.
My life has had its own challenges -- including divorce, bereavement and successfully dealing with health issues. Thus, I am able to empathise and work well with clients facing all manner of challenges - and I love to see the fun and joy in every situation, to live life to the full! I possess indemnity insurance and an Enhanced CRB.
I wrote the service words for my own wedding in 1990 and have since helped with many services. This led to me completing my training to deliver a spectrum of services with the well-respected Fellowship of Professional Celebrants. During this training, I attended different courses in Sarum College, Salisbury for all types of Celebrancy. I keep abreast of new developments with constant advice and updates from my fellowship and other professionals, both online and in workshops.
Wiltshire Celebrant * Oxfordshire Celebrant * Gloucestershire Celebrant *Master of Services