Welcome to Eastwood and District Funeral Service...
Eastwood and District Funeral Service is part of the Eastwood Funeral Partnership of four independent family-owned Funeral Homes. Our sister funeral homes are Kimberley Funeral Service and Gillotts Funeral Service at both Heanor, and Stapleford.
Our ethos combines the traditional values of professionalism, quality and service with the more contemporary principles of choice, flexibility, compassion and imagination.
We believe that funerals are important, both to the individual bereaved family and to our wider society. The form a funeral takes will be influenced by the beliefs, values, lifestyle and culture of the person who has passed away, and should capture these essential characteristics. This may involve a traditional Church Service or a ceremony with no religious content, a simple intimate gathering or a flamboyant and elaborate event. Our role is to discuss and advise on the options available to put in place the necessary arrangements to best reflect your wishes.
Our aim is to provide a service which is individual, flexible and responsive, and to have available the highest quality products and facilities, such as vehicles, coffins and caskets and associated items.The following pages detail the services and facilities we have available to assist our clients, and there are a number of documents available to download which give more information and detail. However, if you have any questions, or wish to proceed with either funeral arrangements or pre-planning, please do not hesitate to contact us.
This year’s Brinsley coffin walk was a little different to the usual low-key affair, as it featured a full-sized coffin led by our Funeral Director Joanne Hutsby.
The coffin walk, which is in its tenth year, has previously featured a miniature coffin carried by one of the walkers. This year the organisers wanted to give the event a bigger profile, and arranged for our good friend and coffin manufacturer Steve Soult, who lives in Brinsley, to produce a full-sized coffin, and asked to lead the coffin across the fields.
The coffin was led from St James’ Church, Brinsley to St Mary’s Church, Greasley to commemorate the time before Brinsley had its own Church, when the coffins of those who died in Brinsley would be carried across the fields to be buried in the Churchyard at Greasley. Following the coffin were about 40 walkers who represented the mourners who would follow the coffin.
“It was a real privilege to be involved in the coffin walk, and recreate an event that the ancestors of local families would have been familiar with in the days before businesses such as ours existed. said Joanne. “We certainly raised a few eyebrows amongst the passers by on our journey, but I think we helped to raise the profile of this unique local tradition which I hope will continue for many years.”
Anthony and Joanne visited the Wilcox Limousines Factory recently to see how our hearses and limousines are manufactured. It was a fascinating insight into how the vehicles which we rely on every day are built. We were particularly impressed by the rigorous safety standards in place to ensure that, although modified, the vehicles remain safe and reliable.
Amanda is working alongside funeral directors Helen Ellis and Anthony Topley, and is loving her new role.