Foston Flower Festival 2019

Foston Flower Festival 2019

G Seller will once again be part of the annual Foston Flower Festival that is taking place over the weekend of Saturday 8 – Monday 10 June at Saint Bartholomew’s Church in Foston.

As Amy Barsby, Director of G Seller explains, “It’s one of the biggest events in the Foston calendar when the church will be decorated with beautiful flower arrangements courtesy of local people and organisations and we are delighted to be providing an arrangement that will be made up of a variety of English flowers including Alstromeria, Allium, Iris, Roses, Stocks and Delphiniums in a red, white and blue display.”

As well as the decorations in the church, there will be stalls and refreshments in the church grounds.

“Come and join us for a quintessentially English summer fete,” concludes Amy.

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Cycling For The Bodie Hodges Foundation

G. Seller’s Senior Funeral Director, Kevin Draper and his son, Pete are cycling to Cromer from Oval Park (the training ground of Leicester Tigers) via Bodies Boathouse at Tallington Lakes on 8th June raising money for the Bodie Hodges Foundation.

The foundation’s aim is to…

  • Provide free respite for families from the East Midlands bereaved of a child of any age
  • Create a relaxing and safe environment that allows time for peace and reflection
  • Provide an opportunity to spend valuable time with siblings and aid their grieving
  • Promote the organ donor register

The Bodie Hodges Foundation is a fantastic charity that do some amazing work, funded through charity events like this, to help support families when they have lost a child.

Please support us if you can by making a donation here. Every penny helps and will make a real difference.

Festive Wreath Making Evening

Although it is only June, book now to secure your place in December for a festive evening of wreath making fun!

Get crafty at our charity Christmas wreath making workshop this December 4 from 6.00 – 7.30 pm. With expert guidance from the florists at Jilly Flowers and Alison Glover, you’ll get everything you need to create a wonderful festive wreath using holly, spruce, cones, berries and dried fruit.

If you’d like to personalise your wreath, please feel free to bring along some of your own decorations too.

Expect a warm festive welcome too with mince pies, hot drinks and a glass of fizz on arrival.

All proceeds from this event will go to LOROS Hospice, a local charity providing free, compassionate care and support to terminally ill adult patients, their family and carers.

The event will be taking place in The Barsby Catering Suite. Spaces are limited so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Book online here or alternatively give the office a call on 01455 637457 to book your tickets.

Customer Service Excellence

Last night saw the culmination of the 2019 Leicester Mercury Business Awards where G. Seller took the title for Customer Service Excellence which was presented at a prestigious ceremony by Mazars UK.

Joseph Barsby, Managing Director of G. Seller attended with members of the team and was delighted with the result. He added, “As a business looking after families at their time of need, customer service is at the heart of what we do. In fact, it is the real essence of who we are as a business and has been for over 100 years. We have an amazing team who go above and beyond for families each and every day, recognising that we have one chance to get it right and provide the funeral they want for their loved one. We have a remarkable team and this award would not have been possible without them.”

As Amy Barsby, Director of G. Seller adds, “Winning an award for customer service is always great but when your business is about caring for people like ours, it is extra special. Our staff are fantastic and it was great that we were able to celebrate the win with them on the night. As a family we are extremely proud of what we do and for the business and our ‘extended family’ winning this award makes us immensely proud to continue to serve the families in our community.”

As a business, G. Seller have been serving the needs of families for over a 100 years. Today, we continue our tradition of a compassionate, attentive and professional funeral service.

A Labour Of Love

We have strong links to the community here at G. Seller with one such activity being the sponsorship of Wigston Brass Band.

Back in December, Chris Small, Musical Director of Wigston Brass band made a journey of a lifetime to Uganda where he undertook his first duties as the Mbale Schools Band’s International Music Director. By profession Chris is a music educator and he relished the opportunity to head off to Uganda to support the ‘most widely seen brass band in the world’ that was created by Philip Monk who was also once based in Leicestershire.

An advert placed for an International Music Director resulted in a conversation between Chris and Philip and the rest is already history as Chris has completed his first trip in advance of the bands scheduled tour of Zimbabwe and Rwanda.

Chris was delighted with the trip adding that “it was such a humbling experience. They were some of the happiest people I’ve ever met, and some of the most hard working. They were so welcoming and so eager to learn. It really is quite simply a labour of love.”

The talent was evident too, as Chris adds “I would have had five or six of them in my band at Wigston – that’s how good they were! I found their technique was excellent.”

As part of his role as International Music Director, the plan is for Chris to go out to Uganda once a year as he continues to work with Philip on the development of the project.

As Joseph Barsby, Director at G. Seller explains, “We are delighted to be able to sponsor the Wigston Brass Band here in the UK and it is great to see the endeavours of Chris making such a difference to the lives of people in Uganda. We wish them all the best as the project continues to take shape.”

Service Of Reflection 2018

The family and extended family of G. Seller would like to warmly extend an invitation to friends and families to join us in our Service of Reflection to remember all the loved ones that we have been privileged to take care of.

The Service will take place on Friday 30th November at 7:00pm at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Leicester Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire with light refreshments being served in the Mary Forryan Centre following the service.

Amy Barsby, Director of G. Seller & Co. Ltd, said, “It is a privilege to work in our family business and to continue to serve the local community, as we have done for over 100 years. The Service Of Reflection is an opportunity for us to show support for the friends and families of the loved ones that we have taken care of and something that resonates at the heart of all that we do.”


Wigston Band Concerts 2018

Here at G. Seller & Co. we are delighted to be supporting The Wigston Brass band this year and looking forward to a great series of concerts from their three bands.  Outlined below are the key dates for the diary so make a note of them, book your tickets and join us for some great community entertainment too.

The Horizon Band:

Concert at St. John’s Music Festival in September

The Enterprise Band:

The Music Festival at Groby Community College, 23 March

Oadby Concert, 12 May

Sapcote Village Fete, 8 September

The Senior Band:

Concert at Guthlaxton College, 17 March

Concert with the Male Voice Choir at Guthlaxton College, 14 April

Newbold Verdon Gala, 7 July

Concert in Hollycraft Park, Hinckley, 19 August

Melton Park Bandstand Concert, August

Joseph Barsby, Director at G. Seller & Co. is a personal friend of Chris Small and with an office in Glen Parva serving the community of Leicester, jumped at the opportunity to offer his support.  “Music is a great medium and provides great joy and entertainment and there is something truly special about a brass band.  For generations, brass bands have been at the very heart of communities across Britain and we are thrilled to be able to help out the Wigston Brass Band as they prepare for their 2018 calendar of events.”

As Joseph continues, “This is a  community band that embraces players of all abilities and there is a clear fit with the values and traditions of our firm. I am delighted to be able to support the band and look forward to hearing them play in the near future.”

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Let The Brass Band Play!

G. Seller & Co. understand the importance of community and in 2017 won the Leicestershire Mercury Business Award for Contribution to the Community.






Continuing their involvement in Leicester they have become sponsors of The Wigston Band Organisation, three brass bands that provide musical opportunities, tuition and support to aspiring brass players of all ages and abilities.

Joseph Barsby, Director at G. Seller & Co. is a personal friend of Chris Small and with an office in Glen Parva serving the community of Leicester, jumped at the opportunity to offer his support.  “Music is a great medium and provides great joy and entertainment and there is something truly special about a brass band.  For generations, brass bands have been at the very heart of communities across Britain and we are thrilled to be able to help out the Wigston Brass Band as they prepare for their 2018 calendar of events.”

As Joseph continues, “This is a  community band that embraces players of all abilities and there is a clear fit with the values and traditions of our firm. I am delighted to be able to support the band and look forward to hearing them play in the near future.”

Find out more here

Creating A Community Legacy

As part of the ongoing development of G. Seller & Co. Ltd these are exciting times. As a family business that has been serving the Hinckley community for over 100 years, G. Seller are currently expanding and enhancing their premises in Hinckley. As Joseph Barsby, third generation Managing Director explains, “We are investing in the very fabric of the business to ensure that we continue to improve our service to the families that we have we have the privilege to care for. As part of the developments of the business we are increasing the number of Chapels of Rest and assigning names that have a real resonance with our family, the extended family who work with us and share the passion for what we do, and the community at large.”

In total, there will be five Chapels of Rest and each will have a story behind it, a special story that adds a little something special, in keeping with the way that the business is run each and every day.

The Rose Chapel has been named after the late wife of the Chairman, David Barsby, reflecting the involvement of the Barsby family in the business for three generations, and a fitting legacy to someone who played a key role in the firm.

The team are at the core of what this family firm is all about and it is therefore, unsurprising, that the selection of the names of three of the Chapels of Rest have been passed to the longest serving employees at G. Seller.

Rhonda Astill has named The May Chapel after her late Aunt Dotty’s middle name and also the month that Rhonda was born. It was the passing of her Aunt in 1979 that led Rhonda to pursue her vocation to become a Funeral Director. Rhonda is one to the longest serving employees within the business, adding, “It is a lovely gesture that has been afforded to me to select the name of this Chapel, reflecting the way that I entered the profession and I am honoured to name it after my Aunt.”

Joe Ferridge has dedicated the second Chapel to a partner who sadly passed away, naming it The Branch Chapel, and Kevin Draper has named The Forget-Me-Not-Chapel, adding, “Memories are important to us all and the name simply reflects the desire for us all to be remembered and it resonates with me as an appropriate name for the Chapel too.”

G. Seller have long been involved with the local community and are passionate about their involvement in local activities, something that culminated in them winning the recent Leicester Mercury Contribution To The Community Award, so it will come as no surprise that the final Chapel is to be named by someone in the community.

As Joseph explains, “We are asking the local community to name the final chapel and are encouraging people to send in their suggestions, and the reason behind it, and we will select a winning name in due course.”

Anyone wishing to submit a name should do so in writing to Joseph Barsby either by post or email. 75 Upper Bond Street, Hinckley, LE10 1RH or by 31st December 2017.

As Joseph concludes, “The ongoing refurbishments and new developments within the business will further enhance the service that we are able to offer to the community and ensure that the business is well placed to continue for generations to come.”

Recognition After 60 Years For Sharrad Gilbert

Following a successful fundraising campaign, the contribution of Burbage resident Sharrad Gilbert has been recognised with an appropriate memorial to commemorate his life and the decorated War hero.

In Burbage St. Catherine’s Churchyard, in a previously unmarked grave, rest the mortal remains of one Sharrad Holland Gilbert. At the time of his death, in 1961, he was the oldest resident in Burbage, a widower of some 21 years, he was aged 93 and was blind and deaf. He died at his home De Montfort House, in Britannia Road. Mr Gilbert had fallen onto his fire and died of severe burns. These bare facts, passed over with little comment in the local press belie the importance of Sharrad Gilbert’s contribution to his community and his country.

Sharrad Gilbert had the distinction of serving in elements of the Leicestershire Regiment for 35 years, encompassing both The Boer War and the First World War. He was a writer of distinction – “Rhodesia and After” his book on his exploits in the Imperial Yeomanry during the Boer War is considered a masterpiece of its genre and was republished in 2004.

The Hinckley Times and Bosworth Herald eagerly reproduced material sent back from South Africa by Gilbert. He worked for the local hosiery industry all his life as an office clerk and was a leading member of the local Conservative Association, editing the group’s newsletter in the 1890’s. His name appears on the Boer War memorial tablet that is currently owned by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and which was on the wall of the old council offices in Station Road, Hinckley for many years.

As Joseph Barsby, Director of G. Seller & Co. Ltd explains, “We were delighted to support the campaign for ‘Sharrad’s Stone’ to create a fitting memorial to reflect the contribution that Sharrad Gilbert made and to celebrate the life of the man from Burbage.  Following a successful fundraising campaign the memorial was completed and it was great to see the official launch take place and a fitting service of reflection too.  Sharrad’s Stone is a memorial that means Sharrad is no longer remembered as the forgotten hero and we have created an appropriate memorial to remember his endeavours on behalf of the country.”

A large congregation gathered to commemorate the life of Sharrad Gilbert in a service of reflection that included the Lord Lieutenant of Leicester, Lady Gretton, the Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth, Cllr Ozzy O’Shea, Leicestershire County Council Chairman, Cllr Janice Richards, and Burbage Parish Council Chairman, Cllr Stan Rooney.

As Joseph concludes, “It was great to reflect on the incredible life of an extraordinary man who made such a remarkable contribution. The Sharrad tone is a fitting memorial to the endeavours of Sharrad Gilbert  and it was  a pleasure to be involved in such a project to create such an appropriate and fitting memorial too.”