Hello, and Welcome to my Website
I am a humanist celebrant working in the Coventry area. I hope that you will find here some ideas about the humanist ceremony that you are considering.
Like all humanists officiating in the United Kingdom, I have been trained and accredited by the British Humanist Association to deliver humanist and non religious weddings, humanist naming ceremonies and humanist funeral services.
I also have a deep personal connection to humanism and humanist ceremonies. Ceremonies have been around since the first humans lived, they fulfil a desire to mark and celebrate the big moments in our lives. I look forward to hearing how I can help you plan and hold a ceremony that is written specially for you.
When we mark an important event, we often want to involve our family and our friends. We want to share our emotions as we say ‘hello’ to a new arrival, ‘congratulations’ to a new couple or ‘farewell’ to a lost friend or relative; there is comfort in sharing those events. These days many people, who are approaching let’s say a joyful event, want to share their joy in a way that is honest to their ideas and perceptions — without hypocrisy.
Words of Gratitude
Bob, Thank you so much for your kindness, patience and support in planning and delivering Harris’ naming ceremony. It was such a special day and we were so pleased and proud.
Best wishes, Kate, Andy and Harris
A big thank you for the ceremony you did for us last Friday. It went down really well. We had lots of lovely comments about it during the day, we both loved it.
Thanks again, Andy and Lisa
Bob, Once again we thank you for all that you have done for us. It was avery special day in so many ways and you played a large part in it. We wish you and yours all the very best for the future.
Chris and Sue
Many years ago I decided I would become a celebrant for the BHA. The experience of an absolutely brutal religious funeral left me reeling. Thankfully, this was followed by several heartwarming and, oddly, life-affirming Humanist funerals.
Several years later, here I am, repaying the debt. I’m not just doing funerals. I also do baby namings and welcomings as well as weddings. All significant milestones are worthy of a ceremony. If you have an idea you want to explore with me, just get in touch.
I’ve been training indirectly for celebrancy since I was in my twenties. I was an actor for twelve years. I left the theatre in 1987 to make space for my writing. Since then I’ve had seven poetry collections published. My fiction also appears in a number of anthologies and fiction magazines. I’ve worked as a writer in residence in a prison and various hospitals and I run writing workshops from time to time in schools and community centres. You can see some of the work I do if you click on my website opposite.
I’m interested in how we as human beings make sense of our lives. I’m interested in how we pass things on from generation to generation, how we learn to be friends, good neighbours, good parents, good partners. I’m equally fascinated by how we get things wrong! Humanity is complex.
I come from a tradition of Humanist thinking. My great-grandfather was an admirer of Robert Ingersoll. He had this to say:
This day shall be mine. From the first gray streak of its early dawn till the last golden ray of its setting sun melts away on the horizon of the West, it shall belong to me.
With charity for all, I will go my way, following the dictations of my own conscience; and strive with all my power to lift my fellow-man from the darkness that surrounds him.
I will live so that should tomorrow dawn, I may look upon to-day with a feeling that I have added my humble mite to the cause of Justice and Humanity.
And it shall bring me much joy.
— Thomas Heath Flood
That’s not a bad philosophy.
And here’s my motto: Carpe diem. Seize the day! But don’t just seize it — make it count.
I am a Humanist Celebrant, trained and accredited by the British Humanist Association. I perform Humanist and non-religious Funerals and Weddings/Partnerships in and around Birmingham, Sandwell, Dudley, Solihull and further afield.
I decided to train as a Humanist Celebrant after attending a beautiful Humanist Funeral for a friend’s mother. I realised then the huge value and importance of meaningful and personal rite-of-passage ceremonies for those without a religious faith.
Every ceremony I create is different.
I will make sure that your Wedding day reflects the hopes and dreams you have as a couple for your future together, and incorporates the words and rituals that are just right for you.
I will work with you to craft a unique Funeral that captures the distinctive character of your loved one as you celebrate their life and prepare to say farewell.
I am happy to advise you about readings and music, and to discuss all options, so that the final ceremony is truly meaningful and personal. I am helped in this by my background in the theatre, and my experience as a trainer in public speaking and other skills.
Please click on these links to find out more about Funerals or Weddings and Partnerships.
Congratulations on your engagement and welcome! It really is an honour and a privilege to guide and support you as together we turn vision into reality.
I am currently taking bookings for the following dates only as I am planning a new life in the French Pyrenees!
17th June 2017 to 14th August 2017
For an all inclusive fee of £500
Please get in touch to check my availability
Whether you’re busy pinning, meticulously updating your master wedding spreadsheet, or indulging in beauty treatments and bubbly, the run up to your wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life.
I never tire of wedding talk or reliving the joy of my own wedding as I get swept up in the exhilarating anticipation of the couples who have chosen me as their Celebrant.
Being a lifelong humanist and an old-fashioned romantic, becoming a Wedding Celebrant was a dream come true for me. Get to know me better at my brand new blog.
As an extremely creative and open-minded Celebrant I will help you to think outside the box to achieve a unique, heartfelt, and deeply personal celebration of marriage through a truly meaningful and memorable ceremony.
I am here to facilitate and coordinate every aspect of your ceremony and to help you to confidently express yourselves through your ceremony choices within a coherent and beautifully formed script.
I believe in having fun with each and every detail of your ceremony by redefining the conventional ceremony in order to suit your own passions and personalities. Find out how I work with my lovely couples here.
Welcome to my website.
I specialise in creating unique wedding ceremonies tailored to celebrate the start of your married life together as a couple, reflecting the things that are important to you, your family and friends.
“Thank you so much — you have really captured US!”
No two ceremonies are the same; working with you and those close to you, I can help find a way to mark your wedding day in a way that will remain memorable for you throughout your lives together. The emphasis is always on you, and reflecting through words, music, singing, poetry, readings and symbolic actions your wishes and values in a warm and joyous way. Humanist wedding ceremonies give you the opportunity to celebrate life, love and humanity — my job is to bring all these elements together in a special and personal way to capture who you really are.
A funeral is a unique, serious and solemn event. As a celebrant I will provide a dignified, personal and professional service. But it is also an occasion to celebrate a life, to do justice to its meaning and to remember the course it took and the legacy that it leaves. Music, readings and poetry can play their parts, as can humour and affection. Let me help create a lasting memory of your loved one.
I have been married for almost 40 years and have a grown up family. I have spent most of my working life as a director of large care organisations, working with people to improve the lives of those less fortunate than I have been.
If you are thinking about a non-religeous wedding ceremony, do give me a call — I’d be delighted to see how we could work together.