Philippa Howell, the Celebrant

I have long believed that people should be free to celebrate the important occasions in their lives without religion. I meet many people who want to express themselves in their own personal way in a meaningful ceremony to mark the significant points of their life. I help people to celebrate in ways which are meaningful to them.

I started conducting humanist wedding, partnership and naming ceremonies in 2006. I am now also accredited to carry out humanist funerals.

I am based in Cheltenham -“the centre for the Cotswolds”- where there is a huge choice of unique ceremony venues. I work mainly in and around Gloucestershire and Bristol but can travel wider afield.

I encourage people to include their families and friends in contributing their skills, such as reading poetry and making music, to make their ceremony particularly personal and memorable. I thoroughly enjoy making each occasion as unique as the people involved. I help people to choose the words that express their own feelings and character. A humanist ceremony offers the freedom to make their ceremony as formal or informal, as serious or humorous as they choose.

  • Each ceremony is tailored to reflect the wishes and character of the individuals.
  • Wedding and naming ceremonies combine seriousness with joy.
  • Funeral and memorial ceremonies are a respectful way to say farewell, with personal tributes and the sharing of memories to celebrate the life that was.
  • Each ceremony is unique, meaningful and memorable.


I inherited an interest in humanism from my father, Philip Howell, who founded the Norwich Humanist Group in 1976. Philip began to provide the first humanist ceremonies there and continued as a celebrant of all humanist ceremonies in Gloucestershire. I decided to train as a celebrant after seeing how much satisfaction my father gained from being a celebrant and how a good ceremony is a fulfilling and memorable occasion for all those involved.

  • Please don’t hesitate to telephone or email me to discuss the possibilities for creating a ceremony to suit you.
I am based in Cheltenham – in the Cotswolds-and conduct humanist ceremonies in and around Gloucestershire and Bristol. I am happy to travel further afield and have conducted humanist ceremonies in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, North Somerset and Bath.  
Call me: 01242 583680
My mobile number is: Telephone 07564 521516
My address: Park Ln, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL52 3BN, UK

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