Return To Happiness

Return To Happiness

Here at G Seller we like to refresh our window displays on a regular basis, sharing thoughts with the community on themes that resonate with us. For this summer we have dressed the window with the use of Lily of the Valley which are known as the ‘return to happiness’ flower which we felt was really appropriate at the current time. Calla Lillies have also been used to add colour to the display.

The Lily of the Valley is the birth flower of the month of May and also links directly to The May Chapel, the Chapel of Rest that we named in memory of the Auntie of our Operations Director, Rhonda Astil. For Rhonda her Auntie was the inspiration and driving impetus behind her entering the funeral profession, a profession that she has devoted herself too for over 30 years.

The Calla Lily also has a poignant yet relevant message, to ‘focus on the beauty around us and to remember that it will return, even if it does disappear for a season.’

As Joseph Barsby, third generation Managing Director of G. Seller explains, “2020 has not been the best year for many people and their businesses and as the pandemic seems to be easing and the nation starts to come out of lockdown, Lily of the Valley seemed truly significant as we all seek something of a new normal and a ‘return to happiness.’ As a family business our staff are integral to who we are and what we do and the fact that these flowers have a personal significance to Rhonda makes them seem even more appropriate too.”

“Many of us have spent the past couple of months reflecting on our lives and what is really important to us and the Calla Lily really provides a real beacon of hope as the summer takes hold and we can all focus on the real beauty around us and look to the future, remembering that the good times will return once more,” concludes Joseph.

Homage To The War Generation

Our Hinckley based family business was proud to celebrate VE Day with a beautiful musical tribute.

Last week saw the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II across Europe and we paid tribute to remember the efforts of a generation that has enabled us to live with freedom as a result of their efforts.

As Joseph Barsby, Managing Director of G. Seller explains, “As a family business that has been around for over 100 years and with our ancestors living and serving through the War, we wanted to do something special, symbolic and memorable to make the anniversary appropriately.”

As Joseph adds, “With everything that is going on in the world at the moment the anniversary gave us all the opportunity to stop and reflect and what better way than to hear from some talented local musicians, the current generation, play tributes to the previous generation. We were witness to something truly special from Christopher Small and Eloise Berry.”

As part of the VE Day Celebration talented musician, Christopher Small played ‘We’ll Meet Again’ on the euphonium. It was a beautiful rendition for the 75th Anniversary of VE Day and he was followed by the incredible voice of Eloise Berry who performed ‘We’ll Meet Again‘ as part of the nationwide sing-a-long!

As Joseph concludes, “It was a truly beautiful way to remember the past and it is important that we do continue to pass on the message around the loss of lives and the incredible courage of individuals during the wars that have given freedom to the current generation. History should never be lost and it is important to remember. The sacrifices made by previous generations. The tributes from both Christopher and Eloise were poignant reminders of how the current generation are able to celebrate the past and continue to give life to these milestones of history in the modern world with incredible musical tributes.”

Creating Windows Of Colour In The Community

During the current pandemic we are all living in uncertain times with each new day taking us into uncharted territory. It is at times like this that community really does come to the fore and having been a family business in and around Hinckley for over 100 years, we know how strong our local community is.

As Joseph Barsby, Managing Director of G. Seller explains, “There are so many wonderful things going on in our towns and villages to help others but with so many people staying at home we wanted to do something to make a difference, to celebrate our local heroes and to show them that there is a lot of love for what they are doing to help protect and save lives, from those on the front line at hospitals to essential workers providing food to the supermarkets and those supporting charities to name a few.”

“The children of our staff have already been creating pictures that are now proudly on display within our windows in Hinckley but we wanted to do more and get more people involved. To that end, with community spirit and support in mind, we have created some templates that can be downloaded, coloured in and displayed in windows around our towns and villages.”

The aim of this community campaign is to create ‘windows of colour’ and a ‘showcase of support’ to cheer up those key workers as they drive past on their way to another shift, or on their way home.

As Joseph adds, “There is so much support within the community for everyone that is helping to make a difference and fight the virus and what better way to show that love and support than windows of colour and appreciation. We know our community and the people within it really do pull together at times of need and we wanted to do something to make a difference. It will be uplifting for everyone to see the pictures too.”

People are also being encouraged to shared their images on social media using the hashtags #WeCare and #ProudofAllOurHeroes.

As Joseph concludes, “It is important that we come together as a community and thank those that are making a difference. I would also like to add that I am immensely proud of our team who are continuing to act with compassion and pride working with families at their time of need to and for them to know that they too are making a difference each and every day. This campaign enables us to show support for everyone making a difference and it is also a great opportunity to ‘spread some colour across our town’ too. We look forward to seeing the collection of pictures grow on social media.”

Download one of the three templates, colour them in and put them proudly on display in your window for everyone to see. Let’s spread some colour and show people how much we all care.

There are three templates to choose from with the headings; Our NHS Heroes, Thanking Our Key Workers and Proud of Hinckley’s Heroes.

We look forward to seeing lots of coloured in pictures proudly displayed in windows throughout Leicestershire!

Thanking Our NHS Heroes

Here at G. Seller we wanted to show our support and are now delighted to be proudly displaying our children’s rainbow drawings, showing our support to the NHS in our windows.

As Joseph Barsby, Managing Director adds, “We are living in unprecedented times and it is important for the whole community to come together. Those working within the NHS are doing a fantastic job and we wanted to show them how much it is appreciated. It may be a small gestures but well done to Alexa, Alfie, Chloe, Megan, Hayley, Kurtis & Angelina for sharing their rainbow pictures which are proudly on display in our windows which we hope will show how much we care to those working on behalf of our community as they pass by.”

#Community #SupportNHS #StayHomeSaveLives

‘Tis The Season

G. Seller puts the community at the heart of what it does and is delighted to be sponsoring a tree as part of the Christmas Tree Festival at St. Mary’s Church in Hinckley which takes place from Friday 29th until Sunday 1st December this year.

The annual festival is supported by local businesses and individuals and is a real community celebration with numerous trees on display decorating the church during the festive season with the local community invited to visit too.

As Joseph Barsby, Director at G. Seller adds, “This event brings the community together and is a fantastic part of the annual calendar of events that take place in and around Hinckley. It is always great to be involved in events like these as they have a really positive impact on the community, something that has been integral to who we are as a business for over 100 years.”

“The Tree festival is a fantastic event, bringing together the community and appealing to young and old alike, and it is always pleasing to see people coming together for such a positive celebration too. The trees are always beautifully decorated, enhancing the beauty of the church and providing a real sense of Christmas to everyone visiting. It is a pleasure to support the festival again this year.”

Supporting The ‘Big Weekend’

The Broughton Astley ‘Big Christmas Weekend’ is back for 2019 and G. Seller are delighted to be a sponsor and supporting the 2019 event.

Events being planned include:

The Broughton Astley Christmas Fayre takes place on Main Street on Saturday 7th December between 4.00 and 7.30 with the Christmas Lights being switched on at 5:00pm. This is a traditional out door street fayre featuring stalls, Santa and his Reindeer, small fun fair, music and free mince pies and mulled wine.

The Santa Dash and Dawdle is taking place on Sunday 8th December and will have a new finish point for 2019, finishing at the new Leisure Centre.

Broughton Astley Leisure Centre have come on board for 2019 and will be supplying water for all competitors at the end of the race and one of their staff members will be this years ‘Xmas Pudding.’ The first adult to catch the pudding will be given free membership to the centre. The two options for the race are 3K and 5K with sign up throughout November in numerous places around the village and as the Christmas Light Switch On.

As Joseph Barsby, Managing Director at G. Seller explains, “We are delighted to be sponsoring this event which is a real festive treat and a great opportunity for the community to come together. There is something for all the family and it is a great way to bring families together in the run up to Christmas.”

Service Of Reflection 2019

The Family of G. Seller would like to warmly invite you and your family to join us for our Service of Reflection, which we have arranged to remember loved ones that we have been privileged to take care of.

The Service will take place on Friday 29th November at 7:00pm at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Leicester Road, Hinckley, 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.”

Cycling To Success Despite The Rain!

Despite the terrible weather throughout the ride, our Senior Funeral Director, Kevin Draper and his son, Pete completed their cycle challenge riding from the training ground of Leicester Tigers at Oval Park the full 140 miles to Cromer via Bodies Boathouse at Tallington Lakes.

Additionally, Russ Abbott, another G Seller team members completed the ride from Leicester to Tallington Lakes too.

They undertook the challenge to raise funds for The Bodie Hodges Foundation which aims 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

We are delighted to announce that to date they have raised £1,580 for the charity. Donations to support their endeavours can still be made online here

Kevin Draper is delighted to have completed the ride and exceeded their target, adding, “The weather could have been kinder but in a way it brought everyone closer together on the ride as we were determined to finish, despite the atrocious conditions. This is a great charity that does some incredible work for others and raising over £1,500 makes the effort all the more worthwhile too.”

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.

Find out more here

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.