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The Great Daffodil Appeal
Cheltenham Race Week

March 2015

Seeing the fantastic entries for the Cheltenham Festival and Gloucestershire Echo Window competition inspired us to think about how we would reflect our business with a racing theme. The first thing that comes to mind is a very traditional horse drawn hearse, these horses go a lot slower than their racing cousins.

Coffin choice would have to be one of the horse racing scenes from colourful coffins. Music choices could be the original Channel 4 Racing theme tune or perhaps the Cheltenham Festival song for charity. The reception after the funeral could be held in the Gold Cup Room at Cheltenham Racecourse. It is even possible to have ashes scattered on the racecourse at Cheltenham, although not during race meetings. A suitable charity for donations would be the Cotswold RDA (Riding for the disabled) based at Cheltenham Racecourse the charity provides riding lessons for disabled adults and children.

The Great Daffodil Appeal
The Great Daffodil Appeal

March 2015

We will be wearing our daffodils with pride in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. The Great Daffodil Appeal launches on St David's Day, we have a collection box and daffodil pins in our reception area at Mason & Stokes. Marie Curie nurses provide care to terminally ill patients in their own homes or in hospices, while offering support to their families. Find out more about Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Banksy
Cheltenham Banksy Uncovered Again

1st February 2015

The mural of the 1950s spies appeared almost a year ago in April 2014. It's quite nice to see it revealed again, even in its vandalised state. Love it, hate it, controversial as it is, it has certainly put Fairview on the map. The media coverage of the piece by Banksy was international and people still stop to photograph it. It certainly made it easier to give directions to Mason & Stokes; "yes that's right, our office is just down from the Banksy."

Davis Mason
New Team Member

December 2014

Mason & Stokes are pleased to welcome Nathan Heaps as the newest member to the team. Nathan became interested in the funeral industry following the funeral of his Gran when he was 11. Whilst still at school Nathan went for some work experience with a Funeral Director and carried on helping out whenever he could. Nathan started work with Mason & Stokes a week earlier than planned, in order to help out following the loss of Mr Mason.

David Mason
David Mason; 18th November 1929 – 6th December 2014

December 2014

Dave Mason of Mason & Stokes and formerly of Dave Mason's Motors passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday 6th December, aged 85 years. Much loved husband of Barbara. Dearly loved father of Jen, Gill, Joy, David, Dayle, Richard and Paul. A very special grampy, great-grampy and friend to many. The funeral service will take place at St Mary's Church, Charlton Kings at 2pm on Tuesday 16th December, followed by private cremation. No flowers please, if wished donations for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Hospice or 10th Cheltenham All Saints Scouts Group may be sent c/o Mason & Stokes, 54 Hewlett Road, Cheltenham, GL52 6AH.

Davis Mason
Coffin Brochure

October 2014

Our coffin brochure is now available to view on our website. The brochure represents an overview of what we can supply with more information available from our office. Ben from Blooming Photography was a little surprised when we asked if we could bring some coffins to his studio for a photo session. Stuart from stu-art design worked his magic to produce the brochure. View our coffin brochure.

Davis Mason
Cheltenham in Bloom

Friday 12th September 2014

We are proud to announce that we won the Gold in the small commercial premises category of the Cheltenham in Bloom competition. Richard and Julian accepted the award from mayor of Cheltenham Simon Wheeler.

Dance-A-Thon
Dance-A-Thon

Sunday 17th August 2014

Jessica and her step-daughter Hannah took part in a sponsored dance-a-thon in memory of Olivia Lily Sainsbury, raising money for Ronald McDonald House, Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal and the Lily Foundation. The event was organised by fitness instructor Lucy Heath, who along with fellow instructors gave up their time to lead the fundraisers in Zumba, Booiaka and Street Dance and raise funds for charity. Follow Olivia's story here.

The Great Pirate & Fairy Fun Run
The Great Pirate & Fairy Fun Run

Sunday 10th August 2014

A magical morning in the pouring rain to raise money for LINC. 140 Pirates and fairies braved the rain for a sponsored fun run in Pittville Park. Jessica took part with her stepdaughter Hannah and sons John and Samuel, they raised just over £100 and received a medal and a cake at the finish line. To find out more about The Leukaemia & Intensive Chemotherapy Fund (LINC) and how you could help raise funds, please visit www.lincfund.org.

Amy Joins the Team
Amy Joins the Team

May 2014

Richard's daughter Amy has joined the team at Mason & Stokes. Amy has previously worked in the office providing maternity cover and has now become a full-time member of the team. Amy previously worked in the care sector as a carer for both the elderly and children as well as volunteering with a child bereavement charity before moving to work in a busy office, she therefore has extremely valuable experience to bring to the team.

Ken Taylor's Retirement
Ken Taylor's Retirement

January 2014

Ken started working at Mason & Stokes as a driver and bearer having retired from his job, 25 years later, Ken is still part of the team. As the new year started Ken felt it was time to give retirement another go. To celebrate his time at Mason & Stokes the team and their families all went for Sunday lunch at the Royal Oak.

Community Beanstalk Knitting Challenge
Community Beanstalk Knitting Challenge

11th December 2013

Jessica and her Nan (Barbara Mason) are keen knitters and jumped at the chance to take part in a more unusual project, helping to knit a beanstalk. The Panto this year at the Roses Theatre is Jack and the Beanstalk. People have been asked to pick up their needles and knot the beanstalk. The beanstalk started in reception and has "grown" throughout the theatre during the course of the pantomime. Find out more here: www.rosestheatre.org/events/page/knit-our-beanstalk-challenge

Following the success of the Community Beanstalk Challenge a knitting group has been set up at the Roses Theatre, for more information please visit: www.rosestheatre.org/events/page/k2togs-charity-knitters

Mud Runner
Mud Runner

20th October 2013

The Mud Runner is a 10K run through the countryside at Eastnor Castle, enduring the trails of the Landrover test track, by foot! Still new to running, Julian took part in the challenge with his sister Sara, brother-in-law Richard and about 3000 others. The course was hills, mud, swaps, pits, mud and more mud. they made it through chest high mud that sucked their shoes off and finally a 100 yard run down a river. Julian completed the mud run in under 1.43 hours, placing 613th and can't wait to try again next year.

Alan Turner's Harley Davidson Hearse (Emmerdale ITV)
Alan Turner's Harley Davidson Hearse (Emmerdale ITV)

5th October 2013

The late Richard Thorp played Emmerdale's Alan Turner for 31 years. As a motorcycle enthusiast on and off screen, it was fitting that that the funeral of Alan Turner feature a Harley Davidson motorcycle hearse. The Harley Davidson Electra Glide and sidecar-hearse were supplied by Motorcycle Funerals Ltd and is available to hire for funerals.

Julian & Mark
Ride for Ryder

13th October 2013

Julian and his friend Mark set off on their bikes from Leckhampton on an atrociously wet, windy and cold morning. Stopping for a much needed cup of tea and Mars Bar at Forthampton Village Hall, they then carried on cycling, tackling Wainlode's Hill – without stopping – through the wind and rain. The 35 mile ride took them just over 2 hours and raised money for the Sue Ryder Hospice in Leckhampton.

Cheltenham in Bloom
Cheltenham in Bloom

11th October 2013

Richard and Julian had the honour of meeting the Mayor of Cheltenham; Wendy Flynn, to receive the Silver-Gilt in small commercial premises award on behalf of Mason & Stokes at the Cheltenham in Bloom awards ceremony.

Cheltenham Cycle Challenge
Cheltenham Cycle Challenge

15th September 2013

Julian tackled the 30 mile gruelling off-road trail to raise money for Cheltenham Rotary Club and LINC. The route took him over hills, down mud tracks, across farms and through villages in the Cleeve, Prestbury and Winchcombe areas. Julian felt like he'd spent four hours in a washing machine, however his efforts were worth it as he raised £140 for charity.

Race for Life
John's "Race for Life"

2nd June 2013

After being inspired by the Race for Life advert, John (aged 5) asked his mum (Jessica) if he could run to help people with cancer. He ran from his house in Bishops Cleeve to the centre of the village and back (about 2miles). John has raised over £100 for Cancer Research UK by getting family and friends to sponsor him.

Read the event coverage by the Gloucestershire Echo.

MacMillan
Afternoon Tea for MacMillan Nurses

1st June 2013

Joy and Jessica were part of a team of ladies that hosted a fundraising afternoon tea in David Mason's back garden. The ladies made sandwiches and plenty of cakes for 50 guests, whilst David sold raffle tickets. The event has raised over £600 so far for MacMillan Nurses.

Regional Planner of the Year

March 2013

We were honoured to be nominated for planner of the year; Southwest Region, by Golden Charter Pre-Paid Funeral Plans. We did not win but were pleased that our initiatives to raise awareness of pre-paid funeral plans was acknowledged at this national event.

Find out more about Pre-paid funerals.

Cheltenham in Bloom
Cheltenham in Bloom Win

October 2012

To celebrate the Queen's Jubilee and our 25th anniversary open day, Mason & Stokes decided on a red, white and blue theme for our hanging baskets and window boxes. Our floral displays impressed the judges and we were very pleased to win the Business Pride Award and a Gold for the Small Commercial Premises award.

Open Day Update
Open Day Update

October 2012

Following our 25th anniversary open day in the summer we were very pleased to be able to present Winston's Wish with a cheque for £1250. The money was raised on the day by a raffle, guess how many balloons were in the hearse, horse drawn carriage rides, guess the weight of the cake and name the bear.

Winston's Wish tell us that £1000 could fund eight face-to-face sessions for a child and their family with two of their specialist family practioners – providing support to help deal with their loss. £200 could allow Winston's Wish to man their national helpline for a day. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our open day.

Monster Walk
Fundraising for the Mayor's Charity

October 2012

Cheltenham's first Monster Walk organised by Gloucestershire Echo and Total Star Radio was sponsored by Mason & Stokes and other local businesses. Over 200 particiapants including a Mason & Stokes team dressed as the Addams family, paraded through town in fancy dress. The event raised money for the Mayor's chosen charity, the Severn Freewheelers and promoted a safer way to enjoy Halloween.

Read the event coverage by the Gloucestershire Echo or find out more here.

Re-Enactment of the Funeral of Queen Katherine Parr at Sudeley Castle
The Diamond Jubilee Gloucestershire Business Awards Ceremony 2012

October 2012

On Thursday 4th October ten members of the Mason & Stokes team attended the awards ceremony at The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse. We didn't really know what to expect as this was our first year of entering the awards. The winner of Family Business of the year was Miles Mann Limited, whilst we were disapointed not to win we are very proud to have made it as a finalist.

For more pictures of the awards ceremony, click here.

Re-Enactment of the Funeral of Queen Katherine Parr at Sudeley Castle
Re-Enactment of the Funeral of Queen Katherine Parr

September 2012

On Sunday 9th September 2012 a service was held at St. Mary's Church, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe as part of the Queen Katherine Parr Quincentenary Festival.

Queen Katherine Parr was the last wife of Henry VIII, she died at Sudeley and was buried in the Church. Mason & Stokes were honoured to sponsor the event, provide the coffin and the expertise of Julian & Daniel for the funeral re-enactment.

The service was led by Rev. John Partington and commentary provided by TV historian Dr. David Starkey.

Read the event coverage by the Gloucestershire Echo.

Diamond Jubilee Gloucestershire Business Awards Finalists
Diamond Jubilee Gloucestershire Business Awards Finalists

August 2012

The Gloucestershire Echo & Citizen business awards have been running for 15 years. Mason & Stokes decided to enter the awards this year for the first time. We are pleased to announce that we are one of the finalists in the family business category. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 4th October.

Read more about the business awards

Mason & Stokes Office
25th Anniversary Open Day

Saturday 28th July 2012, 10am – 3pm

It has been 25 years since the business incorporated the Mason name to become Mason & Stokes and moved to its present location at Tudor Lodge. To celebrate this anniversary Mason & Stokes have planned an open day to raise money for Winston's Wish.

Come see the different areas of the business, the premises, meet the team and ask us any questions.

If you have any questions regarding our open day, please call 01242 224877 or email us on openday@masonandstokes.co.uk

See us in the Echo.

Julian riding for Sue Ryder
Julian's ride for Sue Ryder

July 2012

On Sunday 15th July Julian is going to be doing a 45 mile bike ride to help raise money for Sue Ryder – even though he only started his training two weeks ago!

If you wish to sponsor Julian and help raise money to support this great cause, you can via his JustGiving page.