Filming McDonald & Dodds
We worked with ITV on a production of McDonald & Dodds which aired on Sunday 28th February 2021. Our vehicles were filmed at Bath Abbey for a funeral scene. Martin Kemp, Patsy Kensit, Rupert Graves and Cathy Tyson all starred and were filmed getting out of the limousine. Our drivers were all part of the filming and as you can see, one of our drivers namely Richard Stigwood managed to get a picture taken with Martin Kemp.
Although, for those of the age and can remember its almost like a Spandau Ballet come back tour!
Calne Community Christmas
We teamed up with Calne Community Christmas. It’s been a tough year on a lot of families and we wanted to put a little Christmas joy back into the community. Sara, armed with the company bank card shopped till she dropped and bought 43 presents for children aged between 6 months – 14 years. We are sure this will put some big smiles on a lot of faces.
Charity begins at home and Calne is our home!
The Royal British Legion Pledge
With ongoing support for the Calne Branch of The Royal British Legion, we pledged £25 for every Funeral Plan taken out in November. We had great pleasure in sending over a cheque for £250.00 to the Chairman, Mr Paul Mayo.
Funeral Planner of the Year 2020
We were delighted to be announced Regional Funeral Planner of the Year 2020. This is for the third year running. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 and all the restrictions that went with it, there was no big gala and presentation. However, we were no less excited when our glass trophy turned up in the post as you can see!
Mayors Christmas Day Lunch
Instead of us all going out to the staff annual Christmas meal we decided to buy presents for the children attending the Mayors Christmas Day Lunch.
The toys went down a storm and everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable day.
Funeral Planner of the Year Awards
In September 2019 Odette and her daughter Sara attended The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London where they attended The Golden Charter Funeral Planner of the year awards. Odette Funeral Director won the West England Region for the second year on the trot!
Tracey Hunt guessed correctly that there were 165 balloons in the limousine at our open day. She wins £50 Tesco vouchers and £120 was raised towards Brighter Futures at the Great Western Hospital, Babies and Young Children.
Calne Lions organised a ball in March 2019 for a new blood bike. Odette Funeral Director kindly donated £500 to this worthy cause.
Funeral Planner of the Year Awards
In September 2018 Odette and her daughter Sara (with their relevant other half’s) attended The Golden Charter Funeral Planner of the year awards, where Odette Funeral Director was awarded Funeral Planner of the Year.
In February 2018 we had great pleasure in handing over a cheque for £1,000. This was for the War Memorial Restoration Fund. The Memorial is situated in St Mary’s Churchyard in Calne.
A re-dedication service took place in May of that year with Lord Lansdowne carrying out the unveiling.
Odette’s grandfather served in the Royal Navy at Dunkirk in the 2nd World War, so this was something very close to her heart.
In September 2016, Odette climbed some 5,895 meters (that’s 19,340 feet!) to the top of Kilimanjaro.
In doing this she raised £5,609.68 for the British Heart Foundation.
On June 2nd 2015 Odette Funeral Director held a grand opening with the local clergy and the local newspaper. Managing to get all the clergy in one place at the same time was quite an achievement in itself!
The Deputy Mayor Councillor Tom Rounds cut the ribbon and officially opened our premises and Rev. Bob Kenway the minister from the Parish of Calne and Blackland blessed the chapel of rest.