FlowersFor many years we have worked closely with our local florists, La Collina Gardens, of Norman Road, St Leonards and St Leonards Road, Bexhill. We are happy to recommend them if you need to order funeral flowers. Their two shops are close to our offices in St Leonards and Bexhill, or you can visit their website: www.lacollinagardens.co.uk
Arthur C Towner Ltd: Other services
La Collina Gardens 13 Norman RoadSt Leonards-on-SeaTN37 6NHTel: 01424 422 605
La Collina Gardens 18 St Leonards RoadBexhill-on-SeaTN40 1HNTel: 01424 730 007
CateringIf you wish to have a wake or a reception after the funeral there are several local options depending on your requirements, including pubs, hotels and other venues. Alternatively it is possible to ask caterers to come to your own home. We are happy to suggest possibilities to you and can make the necessary arrangements for you if you wish.Horse-drawn FuneralsFor the ultimate send-off in style we can provide a traditional Victorian glass-sided hearse drawn by a team of Belgian Black horses or white horses. We work with carriage masters such as T. Cribb & Sons of London and The Brunswick Carriage Company from Southampton. It is possible to have the hearse pulled by just a pair of horses but, if the funeral is in Hastings which is a very hilly town, we normally recommend using a team of four horses. PrintingWe are often asked to produce printed orders of service for funerals and memorial services. They provide a running order for the congregation to follow and usually include the wording of any hymns. They also make a lovely memento of the occasion for those who attend and can be sent as a gift to anyone unable to be there on the day.We are very experienced in the design of these leaflets and, in conjunction with our friends at Fastprint & Design in Gensing Road, St Leonards, can provide a very high quality product. We can incorporate photos and images and can scan and digitally enhance or alter any image as required. Prices depend on the number of booklets to be printed, the number of pages in the booklet and whether they are to be in mono or colour. We can provide a quote on request.We can also supply other printed material like intimation cards (which you send out to advise people of a death and of the funeral arrangements) and prayer cards.MusicNearly all funeral services include music and it is so important to get the right choice. Click here to read an article written by local organist Valerie Gibbs on the importance of music in a funeral service.Traditionally, an English funeral service would include one or a number of hymns and there is, of course, a wide selection of much loved hymns to choose from. Click here for a list of appropriate ones. If you have asked us to engage the services of an organist it is often the case that he or she would play appropriate music on entry to and exit from the church/chapel.If you don’t feel it appropriate to sing a hymn it is perfectly possible to include recorded music in the service. As well as music on entry and exit we often include a piece to be played during the service. People can use this time to sit quietly with their memories. This music for reflection would usually be two to three minutes long.Whatever your choice of music for the crematorium, we can almost certainly arrange for it to be to be available for your loved one’s funeral. Both Hastings and Eastbourne Crematorium use the Wesley Music System. Wesley Music is a company which provides music to crematoria. We contact them with your choice and they download it to the crematorium to be available on the day. We can liaise with them for you or put you in touch with them if you wish to talk to them yourself. You can even listen to different tracks before making a final decision. There is no additional fee for using the Wesley Music System.There are, of course, many gifted musicians who offer their services to play at funerals. We are often asked to engage the services of professional musicians to play all manner of instruments: organ, bagpipes, classical guitar, violin and soloists. We have even been asked to provide a ten piece jazz band. Whatever your request we will try our hardest to accommodate it.
Traditional horse-drawnfunerals available on request