Local Leicester Lockdown

Local Leicester Lockdown

With the ongoing challenges associated with the Coronavirus pandemic the eyes of the UK are now on Leicester as it becomes the latest hotspot and the first area of the UK to be the focus on additional local lockdown measures.

As with any significant changes there can be ramifications for those organising a funeral for a loved one.  As Joseph Barsby, Managing Director of G Seller explains, “We will need to pay close attention to developments as they could result in changes to practices at cremaoriums and cemeteries.  At the present time Hinckley is not affected but the situation continues to evolve and we need to be aware of the implications of any changes too.”

As Joseph adds, “If anyone has any concerns they should speak to their personally appointed funeral director who will be able to advise them about the situation and address any worries that they may have.”

Full details of the area covered under lockdown have yet to be released but the BBC website has an updated news piece on the situation here

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

Join Our Team…

G. Seller are seeking an experienced full time Financial Controller to join our team. We are an independent, family owned Funeral Directors & Memorial Masons, that has been established since 1910 and are dedicated to providing the highest levels of bereavement care.

The financial controller is an integral part of the day to day running of our company, working alongside the full and part time team. The hours are 8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Essential competencies:

High level of aptitude for Sage 50 accounts, desktop including:

  • Reconciling the bank
  • Sales & Purchase Ledger
  • Providing the monthly management accounts

The ideal person will be:

  • A person of absolute integrity
  • Someone who completes every task they undertake to the best of their ability, always giving 100%
  • A compassionate, sympathetic individual who is sensitive to the needs of bereaved families, their colleagues and all those they meet.
  • A good communicator, listener and dynamic team player
  • Be responsible for a high standard of personal appearance, speech and conduct
  • Someone who pays attention to detail
  • A flexible attitude to working hours
  • Honest, professional, dependable & self-motivated
  • Uniform will be provided and further development in the business can be attained if you are have the right attitude.

Job Type: Full-time, Permanent
Salary: £18,000 to £22,000 a year
Experience: Accounting: 2 years (Preferred)

Find out more about the position and apply online here

Service Recognition For Joe

As a business we are fortunate to have some fantastic staff who work with us and it is always great to be able to recognise their endeavours. Today we recognise a real achievement by our dedicated Funeral Director, Joe Clarke-Ferridge who is presented with his 10 year service award.

As Joseph Barsby, Managing Director at G. Seller explains, “Commitment, loyalty and compassion are the foundations of how we look after the families that we are privileged to serve,something that Joe continues to epitomise on a daily basis.”

“Joe is an important member of our team, our family, and it is a real pleasure to be able to recognise his contribution, to our business and the broader community. As part of this recognition he has received a thank you letter, a gift card of his choosing and a bespoke long service lapel pin.”

As Joseph concludes, “It is a pleasure to recognise Joe for his contribution in this way. He is a real asset to our business and we look forward to working with him for many more years to come.”

Service Recognition For Kevin

As a business we are fortunate to have some fantastic staff who work with us and it is always great to be able to recognise their endeavours. Today we are delighted to be able to recognise a real achievement by our Senior Funeral Director, Kevin Draper who has just completed 15 years of service with us.

As Joseph Barsby, Managing Director at G. Seller explains, “Commitment, loyalty and compassion is the foundation of how we look after the families that we are privileged to serve,something that Kevin has and continues to epitomise on a daily basis.”

“Kevin is an integral part of our team, our family, and it is a real pleasure to be able to recognise his contribution, to our business and the broader community. As part of this recognition he has received a thank you letter, a gift card of his choosing and a bespoke long service lapel pin.”

As Kevin adds, “It is a pleasure work for a business that truly cares about what they do and for me to be able to make a difference to those people whom I come into contact with at their time of need. This award really means a lot to me and it is great to work for a firm that values your contribution.”

As Joseph concludes, “Kevin is a valued member of the G. Seller family and it is a pleasure to recognise his contribution in this way. He is a real asset to our business and we look forward to working with him for many more years to come.”

G. Seller Supportive Of ‘Jack’s Law’

The UK is to introduce ‘Jack’s Law’ in April, the new legal right to paid parental bereavement. Essentially, parents who suffer the devastating loss of a child will be entitled to 2 weeks’ statutory leave when the legislation comes into effect.

The Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Regulations, which will be known as Jack’s Law in memory of Jack Herd whose mother Lucy campaigned tirelessly on the issue, will implement a statutory right to a minimum of 2 weeks’ leave for all employed parents if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy, irrespective of how long they have worked for their employer.

Parents will be able to take the leave as either a single block of 2 weeks, or as 2 separate blocks of one week each taken at different times across the first year after their child’s death. This means they can match their leave to the times they need it most, which could be in the early days or over the first anniversary.

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said, “There can be few worse experiences in life than the loss of a child and I am proud that this government is delivering ‘Jack’s Law’, making us the first country in the world to do so. When it takes effect, Jack’s Law will be a fitting testament to the tireless efforts of Lucy Herd, alongside many charities, to give parents greater support.”

Lucy Herd said, “In the immediate aftermath of a child dying, parents have to cope with their own loss, the grief of their wider family, including other children, as well as a vast amount of administrative paperwork and other arrangements. A sudden or accidental death may require a post-mortem or inquest; there is a funeral to arrange; and there are many other organisations to contact, from schools to benefit offices.”

“When I started this campaign 10 years ago after the death of my son Jack, I always hoped that a positive change would happen in his memory. Knowing that nearly 10 years of campaigning has helped create ‘Jack’s Law’ is the most wonderful feeling, but it is bittersweet at the same time. I am so grateful to all those involved who have helped make this possible. I was told many times that I would not succeed but Jack’s Law will now ensure that bereaved parents are better protected in the future.”

Alison Penny, Coordinator of the National Bereavement Alliance said that “Many parents are forced to make hard choices about returning to work at a desperately difficult time following their child’s death, fearing loss of pay or job security if they take time off. We welcome the significant step the government has made in introducing minimum provision for parents, and would like to see employers demonstrate a genuine commitment to grieving colleagues by treating them compassionately and with the support they need.”

Joseph Barsby, Managing Director of G. Seller welcomes the new legislation adding that “The loss of a child is difficult for any family and we welcome this change as it affords precious time to parents to do what needs to be done without the pressures of work commitments.”

The right to parental bereavement leave and pay makes the UK one of a very few countries worldwide to offer such support, and the first to offer a full 2 weeks. It will come into force on 6 April 2020, subject to Parliamentary approval of the legislation. Parents employed in a job for 6 months or more will also be able to claim statutory pay for this period, in line with the approach for other parental entitlements, such as paternity leave and pay.

Service Recognition For Rhonda

As we enter into the new year G. Seller are delighted to be able to give recognition to another long standing member of staff for their service.

Rhonda Astill, Operations Director at G. Seller has been recognised with an award for her 15 years of loyal service to the business, in which time she has made a real difference to the families that she has had the privilege to serve.

As Joseph Barsby, Managing Director of G. Seller explains, “Commitment, loyalty and compassion is the foundation of how we look after families that we are privileged to serve, which Rhonda has, and continues to epitomize.”

“Rhonda is a valued member of our family and as part of her recognition she has received a thank you letter, a gift card of her choosing and a bespoke long service lapel pin!”

As Rhonda adds, “It is a pleasure to do the job that I do for a business that truly cares about what they do. It is an honour for me to be able to make a difference to those people whom I come into contact with at their time of need and to be rewarded for 15 years is special. Recognition for what you do is always nice but when it comes from an employer with whom you have built a career over more than 15 years it is extra special.”

As Joseph concludes, “Rhonda is a valued member of the G. Seller family and it is a pleasure to recognise her contribution in this way. She is a real asset to our business and we look forward to working with her for many more years to come.”