The Bedhampton Show

Andrea, Terry & Lorraine from J Edwards Waterlooville branch braved the weather on Saturday 7th July to help out at the Bedhampton Show.

The weather was wet and windy, the ground was very soft, which meant we were unable to use the limousine as previously planned, nether the less, we and many others soldiered on. As the saying goes ‘The show must go on’.

There were many stalls there, the local Constabulary, plants, local produce, also raffle stalls as well. A great belly dancing group put on a couple of shows in the rain, and so did a dog agility team, which were great to watch.

The raffle organised by the Waterlooville branch went down well and the money was raised for Canine Partners and also for The Friends of St. Thomas Church.

Hopefully next year the weather will be kinder to us all and the Bedhampton Show will be as busy as it has over the last few years.


J Edwards Funeral Directors holds Christmas Blessing

J Edwards Funeral Directors have held Christmas Tree Blessings in their funeral homes in Waterlooville and Bedhampton where clients from the past year have been invited to attend and place personal message cards on the tree in memory of their loved ones.

A blessing held on Monday 12th December 2011 at J Edwards Funeral Directors, 13 St Georges Walk, Waterlooville, was led by Father Mike Sheffield of St George’s Church in Waterlooville and was accompanied by Father Timon Singh Assistant Curate at St George’s Church.

Father Sheffield commented “It was a pleasure to be asked again to bless the Christmas tree at J Edwards Funeral Directors in Waterlooville. This is the first year without their loved ones, and this gives us the opportunity to join together with the families to offer support and comfort in this difficult time leading up to Christmas”.

Funeral Co-ordinators Belinda Rowland and Sharon Smith added “It was a privilege to offer this blessing, where the families were given the opportunity to place a star on our Christmas tree with their personal message, to remember their loved ones.”

The Christmas tree will now remain within the reception area at the funeral home in Waterlooville as well at the neighbouring J Edwards funeral home in Bedhampton where another blessing has taken place, until after the festive season.

J Edwards Funeral Directors donate football kit to Purbrook Junior School in Waterlooville

Purbrook Junior School in Waterlooville were in desperate need of a new football kit and J Edwards Funeral Directors were only to happy to help them out. The school football team have excellent results within the schools county tournaments, and can often be seen in the local paper following yet another win.

On Friday 4th November, Sharon Smith a Funeral Co-ordinator at J Edwards Funeral Directors in Waterlooville was invited into morning assembly as their “special guest” and asked to present all of the merit certificates to children who have achieved things over and above the standard expectations.

Two members of the football team stood up and read out a poem to say a massive “thank you” to J Edwards Funeral Directors for the football kit, a very proud moment for the pupils of Purbrook Junior School as well as the team at J Edwards Funeral Directors in Waterlooville.

Sharon commented “I had a lovely morning and thought the kit looked great. We look forward to a winning season from the team, and also look forward to supporting and working closely with the school in the future, we are already getting involved with the Christmas fair which will be held in a few weeks time”

J Edwards Funeral Directors bless their trees at Christmas

J Edwards Funeral Directors will again in 2011 be holding Christmas Tree Blessings in each of its funeral homes in Waterlooville and Bedhampton throughout the month of December.

Clients, their families and friends from the past year will be invited to attend and place personal message cards on the tree in memory of their loved ones.

If you have not utilised J Edwards Funeral Directors services in the past year, and wish to attend any of the blessings please contact our offices to confirm your attendance to any of the following dates:

J Edwards Funeral Directors, Bedhampton 07/12/2011 5.30pm
J Edwards Funeral Directors, Waterlooville 12/12/2011 5.00pm

J. Edwards show support for Macmillan charity!

A coffee morning organised by J.Edwards Funeral Directors in Waterlooville, was held at St Georges Church Hall in Waterlooville on the 23rd of September. Many treats were on offer from a wide variety of refreshments to a wonderful selection of homemade cakes and biscuits. In order to raise additional funds the team at J. Edwards Funeral Directors incorporated a raffle full of prizes, a book stall, bring and buy stall and a stall selling hand made jewellery and cards.

The coffee morning was a great success and so busy that at some stages all seats were occupied by members of the Waterlooville and Havant community which included the Clergy, local children and past clients of the funeral home. The Mayor of Havant was also in attendance at the event to show his support for the Macmillan charity.

J. Edwards Funeral Directors were delighted that in two hours they raised £269.57. Funeral Co-ordinator Sharon Smith from J. Edwards commented “We hope the money raised will help in some small way to the work that this wonderful charity provide”.

J Edwards Bedhampton Road, Bedhampton support the Whichers Gate Farm Open Horse Show

Natalie from the team at J Edwards & Son, Bedhampton Road, Bedhampton headed out on a Sunday morning August 28th to attend the Whichers Gate Farm Open Horse Show.

“I arrived to find all entrants, both two legged and four legged, eagerly awaiting the start of the judging. There were 3 rings in totals with in hand classes in the morning, the horses being lead around the ring, followed by the ridden classes in the afternoon” commented Natalie.

J Edwards had sponsored the championship of ring 2 where the 1st and 2nd prize winners would all come together to be judged champion and reserve champion. The two winners would then qualify to compete in the London show.

Natalie was delighted to present the winner with a trophy, rosette and a sash for the horse to wear on his/her lap of honour.

J Edwards Bedhampton Road, Bedhampton support the Manor Trust Garden Party 2011

On a sunny afternoon on Wednesday 3rd August the team at J Edwards attended a beautiful old house which had been transformed into retirement flats. The garden was lovely and filled with stalls and games all to raise funds for the upkeep of the trust.

Natalie at J Edwards Bedhampton Road, Bedhampton was given the task of running the tombola along with a gentleman that she knew through the funeral homes’ community work and set the standard of the afternoon from the start.

“We tried to outdo each other by encouraging folks to the tombola and by using different means to sell all of our tickets and off load our prizes. We were very tired by the end of the afternoon and having only a very few prizes left packed away pleased. We were then both delighted when we realised that our stall had raised a massive £190.00 exactly throughout the afternoon and really helped towards the final figure made of £2255.90” commented Natalie.

Bedhampton Show 2011

The team at Bedhampton were much better prepared this year for the popularity of the Bedhampton Show and the amount of people who come along to support the event. Dressed in their medieval costumes to get involved in this years theme, and armed with our balloons for the Memorial Balloon release, tickets for our raffle and free sweets for the children (very popular!) the team of Natalie & Belinda headed off to set up our gazebo in the rather blustery wind.

After a short time and many helpers, we were able to put up the gazebo and tie it down to decorate it. The raffle prizes of a filled hamper and a bouquet of flowers were a great crowd puller and the team were soon surrounded. It was lovely to hear people saying that they had come to place a message on a balloon as they remembered doing it last year and had appreciated the sentiment behind it.

The J Edwards stand had many visitors including previous clients who came to support chat. The Mayor of Havant and his wife also came for a chat and even took part in the raffle too. The afternoon was a huge success and when the time came to release the balloons it was announced over the tannoy. The team had an influx of people and had to hold up the release several times in order to finish all of the balloons and messages. When the team finally were able to open the net, the wind had died away a little and the balloons drifted away in a constant stream taking all the messages with them. All donations given on the day were handed to FROST for the restoration of the church where the show takes place.

Natalie Pannell

Dedication of the new sacred heart church in Waterlooville.

The team at J Edwards were lucky enough to be invited to the dedication of the new Sacred Heart and St Peter The Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Waterlooville. The special Mass took place on Friday 4th July and 100 people including ourselves were specially invited to join in the celebrations.

In total over 600 worshippers filled the Church and helped to make the evening a huge success. It is a truly delightful building which will serve the local Catholic community well over the coming years.

The project was 12 years in the making and the building work has been undertaken since 2009 costing £3.2 million.

Bishop Crispian Hollis, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth, dedicated the church with other notable guests including the Lord Mayor of Havant Cllr Ken Smith and MP George Hollingbery.

Waterlooville Music Festival

Well it was that time of year once again, and time for J. Edwards Waterlooville to set out to support the Waterlooville Music Festival for one of our main events of the year.

J. Edwards have supported the Music Festival for the past 5 years and Saturday 18th June 2011 was no exception. Terry, Andrea, Sharon & Marcie ( Sharon’s daughter) turned out to support this wonderful evening of Music along with many old faces looked after by the team over recent years, and this was a nice informal relaxed atmosphere to catch up and find out how they all are. The evening usually starts with a picnic on the lawn outside although due to the recent wet weather, this was not possible this year but of course this did not ruin the evening and people set up picnic areas inside the church and carried on regardless. Once people were in their seats we then presented Father Mike with the cheque from J. Edwards to fund the sponsoring of the event and then began the task of handing out Union Flags and glow sticks to everybody ready for the grand finale later in the evening. This music festival has seen around 4,000 people pass through the doors of the church in just one week so this is an excellent and fun way to get us involved and out there meeting people who otherwise we may not be lucky enough to meet.

The evenings music was provided by The Meridien Wind Band and their excellent conductor Mr Don Lloyd and they played many well known pieces and were greeted with a raptuous applause as always. One poinient moment of the evening was when some of the congregation left to attend The Rowans Hospice Moonlit Memories Walk in Southsea in memory of a lady that J. Edwards Waterlooville looked after in January this year who sadly lost her fight to cancer. Everybody was played out of the church by a lady playing the bagpipes to the well know Westlife song ” You raise me up”. Not many a dry eye in the house for that moment as I am sure you can imagine. The evening was a fantasic success and we have received once again some lovely comments from Father Mike (shown below ) for our continued help and support.

We very much look forward to next years festival and continuing our excellent relationship with our local church and community.
Sharon, Andrea, Terry & Marcie xx

Father Mikes comments can be read below…..
Now that this year’s Waterlooville Music Festival has finished I’m writing to thank you for taking part. It’s been another successful year with over 4,000 people attending the concerts and events held in St. George’s Church and hundreds more experiencing Market Place Music on the first Saturday. The aim of bringing music into the town centre has certainly been met, and already plans are in place for next year’s Festival. The dates are June 9th – 17th. Please pass on the thanks of the organising committee to all the staff at Edward’s Funeral Directors who helped to make the Waterlooville Music Festival 2011 such a great event, and thanks too for all the financial support you give the Festival, especially for sponsoring the Last Night.