Civil Ceremonies’ 20 year celebrations

Civil Ceremonies

Civil Ceremonies was founded on 1 May 2002 and is now celebrating 20 years in business. At the Kettering Park Hotel on 4 May, Anne Barber, Managing Director, joined with past and present staff, tutors, assessors and many friends and supporters of the business to celebrate the success of the company, and a glass was raised to the next 20!

The Ofsted Outstanding rated company delivers the Level 3 national qualification Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy and additional specialist Level 4 training in Child and Baby Funerals and Advanced Tribute Writing. In 2013 Civil Ceremonies also launched the Celebrant Supplies website, offering ceremony related products.

John Valentine, a long-standing tutor with the company, spoke of the impact that Civil Ceremonies had made over the years to the growth and increasing popularity of secular funeral ceremonies. Anne described how the success of the business was down to the staff and tutors who had worked so very hard over the years, thanking them and the many loyal suppliers and supporters who had become friends.

Describing the highlights of the last 20 years, Anne listed many key achievements, including an Ofsted Outstanding grading on the very first inspection, receiving a national training award and Matrix accreditation, achieving national qualification status for the diploma training courses, obtaining a government contract to offer Advanced Learner Loans for the training, and establishing the Celebrant Supplies mail order service, the Celebrants’ Convention and the National Celebrant Awards.

The funeral celebrants trained over the years have gone on to create and deliver professional, unique, and highly personal funeral ceremonies for thousands of bereaved families, a great source of pride for the company.

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