Lodge Brothers always here to help…

How to prepare for a pandemic? This time last year, this was the first time that this question arose. How to prepare for a pandemic resulting in the death of over 100 000 people within the short space of a year? This is what the government had to prepare for at the onset of the pandemic, identifying several grizzly temporary storage facilities to house the recently departed. The UK’s first Covid related death occurred on the 5th of March 2020 and since then, the death toll has risen to more than that experienced in the whole of World War 2. While government went about sourcing land and storage options, funeral directors Datchet and homes around the country found themselves in the unforeseen role of first-line responders, working in the face of those paying the ultimate price and contributing to devastating mass trauma, with their lives.

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Situated across the UK, the over 40 Lodge Brothers funeral homes, prepared for unknown challenges with the goal of ensuring that each and every funeral be performed with the same dignity of any funeral prior to the pandemic. As the death toll rose 19% higher than in the last decade (The Guardian Today), equating to around 90,000 more funerals in 2020 than in recent years, Lodge Brothers Funeral Directors Roehampton remained, and still remain, open and offering the same range of services as before the pandemic, while adhering to government’s legal requirements for funerals during the pandemic.

It has been reported that Britain has had more deaths per capita than any other country in the world (US News) leaving the funeral industry reeling as the sheer number of funerals increasing by a third per day … a never-ending line of families bringing their dearly departed to us for burial or cremation. In an industry focused on service to the community, it is a treasured ethos by Lodge Brothers funeral directors Langley that each burial and cremation be performed with the respect that each person deserves at the end of life.

Those who have passed are reported, on a daily basis in statistic formats however, to the loved ones of the deceased, that stat is their father, their mother, their sister, uncle, daughter, baby and is more important than just a, albeit frightening, number.

By now, most communities, work places, families and other macro and micro socio-groups, know of someone who has passed away from Covid-19, even if indirectly. Hundreds of thousands have been directly affected. Lodge Brothers fully appreciates that each individual person who has passed, has affected the lives of many and that their memory means more than words can explain to all of those who stand in witness to their death. A sense of global sadness is almost palpable as we experience loss after loss of loss… a tragedy in action with no end date in sight.

Our Lodge Brothers Funeral Directors Isleworth remain open Monday to Friday with telephone access on a 24 hour basis, to provide advise and guidance for families who are struggling with the usual burial aspects under most unusual circumstances.

Dukes of Daisy is all about how to rent a friend

Dukes of Daisy was created as the brain-child of Daisy Lain who has become somewhat of a pioneer in Autumn of 2012 and in the industry because of her first hand understanding of what if feels like to make use of male escort. In the past, services like this have been more about providing a service based on the physical. But what happens to those who are not looking for a physical relationship and who is just looking for someone who will spend time with them, doing the things that they can both enjoy together. If the thought of trying this kind of service makes you want to gag because this isn’t the kind of thing you are looking for… perhaps its time to think again.

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Dukes of Daisy is a non sexual Female Escort UK and Male Escort UK service which provides a tool whereby men and women across the UK can meet new people without the pressure of wondering what will happen at the end of the evening! So there is no need for anyone to have to find a venue in some dark and dingy place just to be sure that no one recognises the dates that you are with, knowing that they have been out and about, spending time with everyone around town. You don’t need to fear that if you are recognised out and about with your date, that eyebrows will be raised from everyone around you, knowing what you are going to get up to later in the evening and how it all came to pass! No need for hiding and playing games – Dukes of Daisy services has changed the negative perceptions which people have had of others in the escort industry so that you can simply relax and enjoy a good time without worrying about the judgement of others.

Dukes of Daisy is all about how to rent a friend who, within time, might even become someone who’s company you enjoy so much that you begin to spend many wonderful experiences with. Rent a Companion service is revolutionary in that you always know what you are getting before you get there. No awkward endings, no stress and no pressure to end up in a situation that you don’t want to be in. Whether you are a male looking for a female companion, a female looking to rent a male companion, or someone looking for a same gender companion to have fun and a laugh with, its all there for you to chose from on the website. When you rent a companion, you are always in control. With so many wonderful people who are available to spend time with, there are no more reasons for you to be sitting home alone on a weekend or attending a special occasion on your own. Women take charge of your dating diaries and plan ahead of time, perhaps even make time to get together before your special event so that you know a little more about your companion and can easily find what things you have in common. Never go it alone, simply because you no longer have to!

IBS are the sole European distributors for the Fuitland Vacuum pump

With a deep understanding and knowledge of your industry, IBS not just your best answer for a business partner, but ultimately forms an essential part of your business, as if they were one the same as you. No one product which a company would require, in any industry from the food and beverage industry to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, could not be made available to your business as soon as it were needed and every vacuum and blower, pump and compressor currently used in your company can be repaired by IBS. Being part of the manufacturing industry means that there is zero time for downtime during your week, which is why it is of the utmost importance that these products are available to you.

IBS have a dedicated shaft blower hire service ensuring downtime is kept to a minimum.

This dedicated group of process engineers possess the knowledge that allows them to assist with all a business’s processing needs, from start to finish. Whether it be performing the initial site survey report, or developing and running a turnkey project until conclusion, IBS offers it all.

Services range from and include: site surveys, plant reports, design (including PLC and SCADA design and implementation with optional online support) installation, full contract management services, upgrading and automation of existing processes and plants, servicing (single visit or term contract basis) and complete site rewiring services, to the very latest wiring and electrical standards.

IBS can offer a complete refurbishment of any existing plant which includes new or Industrial Vacuum units, Side Channel Blowers, diverters and sifters; fault sourcing for servicing purposes or for a complete over-haul; Silo relocation and refurbishment; fluidisation packages including blowers, solenoid valves, fluidising tiles, pipework and valves as well as full electrical refurbishments. Reconditioned blowers are guaranteed to be in near-new condition. Equipment and parts obtained from plants who longer require the equipment, or who have upgraded their industrial equipment. IBS then has license from the original suppliers to refurbish the pieces for re-sale which allows IBS to pass on a considerable saving in terms of cost, especially for new-comers to the industry or for business who are unable to afford to replace old, worn out blowers and vacuums, with new ones.

Besides providing a vast range of new industrial equipment, IBS repairs, services and reconditions everything including compressors, road tanker equipment, filers, valves and seals, and pumps. Portable vacuum units are a favourite for repair and reconditioning, for example to the FVP25 portable vacuum unit, as well as other manufacturing machines. A full servicing workover includes the changing filter and seals, changing of vacuum pump oil, checking vacuum relief valves for wear and tear and replacing where necessary, checking of the electrical circuits and its components to identify weaknesses and identify risk caused by constant use and checking and re-tensioning or replacing of drive belts.

Looking for the perfect marquee option for your party?

DIY Marquees have been in the business of providing marquees for long enough to know all the ins and outs of their marquees and are definitely experts in the industry. This is why they are the perfect company to get help from if you do not know where to begin! Trying to understand what is involved when it comes to putting up a marquee, what additions you could have or what size is most suitable for your event?

It can be confusing with all the various marquee jargon and terminology used in the marquee industry. It can be even more confusing when some suppliers look to actively confuse potential customers. DIY Marquees will guide you in your decision making, especially if you are looking at purchasing a PVC Marquee. Here we explain in detail what is a PVC Marquee?

A marquee has a special charm about it when it comes to celebrating events such as weddings, bar mitzvah or year-end functions; they provide a lot of capacity for tailor-making the look and feel of your marquee, especially chosen to suit your particular needs. Perhaps there are times of the year when the UK weather does not really favour a marquee as a venue however there are many safety features which ensure that the marquee will stand solid and keep the cold and the rain out.

Check out the extensive selection of marquee packages for sale suitable for anyone planning a wedding – DIY Marquees are more than happy to tailor packages specifically for your requirements.

Tips for Wedding Marquees:

This is in addition to marquee wedding articles written by us for confetti.co.uk

Furniture:

  • Unlike marquees furniture is usually too expensive to buy so hiring is the usual solution
  • Use 5ft 6inch round tables to seat 10 people not 5ft ones (which can be cramped with 10 guests)
  • Use a mixture of smaller tables to create an informal atmosphere (see this article on seating)
  • Use a long top table for a traditional feel. It would normally be positioned against one side of the marquee.
  • Use a round top table for a more social and informal atmosphere. It would normally be positioned in the middle of the marquees with other guests all around.
  • Use an oval top table for a more sociable option to a long top table. It would normally be positioned against one side of the marquee with seating on three sides leaving the front clear for guests to see the happy couple.
  • Remember an easel for table plans (or two for larger functions)
  • Allow somewhere for ladies to put their hats, either a table or clips around the side of the marquee
  • Allow somewhere to put wedding presents (a table in the marquee or in the house)

Dance Floors:

  • Like furniture dance floors can be prohibitively expensive to purchase to hiring or making yourself (18mm plywood screwed to battens and stained) are the most common solutions
  • Alternatively if your marquee is to cover part of a patio or decking area that can be used as a dance floor
  • Do you want dancing to be the centre of attention after the meal (in which case have it in the middle of the marquee) or do you want to have an area for people to sit away from the dancing? (in which case have the dance floor at one end)
  • If the dance floor is in the middle it is often sensible to position the top table on the dance floor and then clear after using (top tables are rarely used after the meal as everyone is circulating)
  • A dance floor (without top table on) makes an ideal emergency greeting area in poor weather

Other:

  • Set the marquee up several days in advance and test the lighting and heating (if applicable) at the time of your function just to make sure both are sufficient.
  • People (mainly blokes) will always congregate around the bar. For this reason always position it near the evenings entertainment to avoid having two parties. Always aim to keep everyone in one place to maintain the atmosphere so avoid putting the bar in the house or a separate marquee
  • Always have lighting on a dimmer, this gives you the flexibility to supply lighting to eat by and mood lighting to dance by
  • In October to April you will need to heat the marquee (see this article on heating your marquee)- have the heating on for an hour before people arrive to ensure they walk in to a wall of warmth
  • In May to September you might need a heater just to take the chill off in the seating area later in the evening
  • Think of how your guests will arrive – a simple path of carpet with flower pots makes an attractive and inviting entrance to the marquee
  • Think of how your guests will leave – it’s likely to be dark so some form of lighting will be needed to guide people back to their cars
  • You would normally allow one toilet per 40-50 guests. If you don’t have enough available then consider hiring in a luxury toilet unit
  • Give neighbours plenty of notice especially if you plan on partying until the early hours
  • Notify the police, it may sound extreme but it allows them to give informed responses (such as finishing time) to any complaint rather than come knocking on your door

Let Knowall IT worry about the IT while you focus on your business

The majority of companies across the UK are making the move to using IT Managed Services because in turn, the business world is becoming more and more reliant on IT and how it enables a business to be achieve its full potential. For someone currently in their mid-forties, you would have witnessed the growth and development of information technology in your business and work lives, as well as in your personal lives. Those who on the fore-front of the development of IT speak with fondness when remembering the first IBM data processing systems which is said to have weighed some five tons and filled the space of an entire cold room which can these days be dedicated to hundreds of servers, routers and switches. The IBM bragged a storage space of a colossal 16 kilobytes when it was first introduced to the public in 1959! Thought to be the most powerful piece of equipment humans had ever seen in all of history and astounded users around the world.

In the last three decades alone, the world has seen IT become the fastest growing and most innovative industry with unprecedented strides in development. Back in the early 1990’s there was no such thing as the internet and when it first became available to households, anyone who was there to witness that will never forget the wails and squealing sounds made as we waited to hear whether our modem had successfully connected. These days however, one gets frustrated when the internet is off line or if the software on the computer hangs… imagine the patience it used to take in the days of the modem and then you realise just how far IT has brought us.

Managed IT support London is a competitive place to be but more and more companies are looking for IT business partners who are ahead of the curve when it comes to the IT products and services they provide and this is what makes Knowall IT West London one of the best in the business. Always ahead of the times, award-winning Knowall IT provides innovative solutions to the specific needs of every one of their clients and is ready to take on your business’s IT needs when you are ready to take it to the next level. The year 2020 has proven things can change in an instant and when it does, the information technology industry is at the core of the myriad of technological solutions which support the on-going growth and development of your company. Cloud based services are the pinnacle of these support services and one of the main reasons why a business should only ever consider a managed IT service provider such as Knowall IT Support Paddington.

One of the main reasons for this is due to the cost effectiveness of managed IT services. Cloud-based IT managed services are cheaper than having a full time IT technician and software developers employed at your company. Especially for any growing company, focused on their niche service, it can be an immense task to manage both your IT requirements as well as your core business.  Focused on the provision of high-performance, tailored and secure hosted services to UK based organisation’s, IT is what we do!

Trust Lodge Brothers with your loved ones …

We understand that with the ongoing changes to our lives caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, feelings of grief and anxiety are amplified when we lose a loved one. Our hearts and thoughts go out to those affected by the virus.

The health and wellbeing of our clients and staff are our top priority. When visiting our branches we ask that you observe the following:

  • Face coverings must be worn when entering our branches (unless you are exempt)
  • Only two clients in the funeral home at any one time.
  • The 2 metre distancing rule will be upheld
  • Hands to be sanitised on entry & exit

Yours sincerely,
Robert Lodge Chairman

Lodge Brothers funeral directors Roehampton have first-hand experience when dealing with the painful consequences of 2020 and the Corona 19 Pandemic which affected, afflicted and shut down the UK, leaving families reeling as they faced the loss of freedom of choice, freedom of movement, loss of jobs, loss of finances and most difficult of all, loss of life. Funerals are highly emotionally occasions but even more when a person loses their life to a global pandemic, which appeared unexpectedly a year ago and proceed to upset our normality and shake us to the core. The passing of someone who has succumbed to Covid-19 is even more raw and emotional when that life becomes part of the painful statistics, which the country faces on a daily basis.

Lodge Brothers funeral directors Datchet do not treat your loved ones passing as if it were merely a statistic, they treat them like family. Lodge Brothers have been assisting families with their loss and grief for more than 240 years and are sensitive to the fact that losing a loved one is simply heart-wrenching. Organising a funeral can be a daunting task however with caring and professional people by your side can make it more bearable; leading your family through the process, providing you with solutions to problems, you have not experienced before. Arranging a funeral becomes seamless as Lodge Brothers alleviate any additional and unnecessary pressure for the family.

Following a death, there are many legal requirements to be undertaken, such as registering the death, Wills & Probate, completion of statutory documentation and liaison with third parties. So too are there many logistical requirements, such as bringing your loved one into our care, advising people, making decisions such as choosing between burials or cremations and financing the funeral. Lodge Brothers offers several options to pay for the funeral and will always provide families with an itemised list of services and their associated costs to enable families to decide accordingly. Funerals can be expensive, and we appreciate that this can present very real difficulty to families who have not made prior arrangements to cover such expenses. Lodge Brothers funeral charges are extremely competitive when compared to other Funeral Directors, considering the exceptional service and professionalism of our staff and superior facilities which we offer. Our funeral directors Isleworth have a solution for all financial scenarios. Lodge Brothers price match other local Funeral Directors, based on a written quotation.

Additional constraints have been placed on funerals, which must be adhered to during these times, but the UK government has provided guidance for the arranging and attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic. These guidelines were developed to ensure that bereaved families are treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect and that funerals can continue to take place while minimising the risk of infection. Lodge Brothers are very familiar with these stipulations and our staff strive to balance the requirements of the grieving, allowing them to mourn, with the need to minimise the spread of COVID-19 infection.

Lodge Bothers legal services are there or you every step of the way

Welcome to the offices of Lodge Brothers Legal Services where our long-standing professional reputation, sustained by our consistently proficient services, guarantees our clients and their families ultimate peace of mind. Lodge Brothers has been assisting families with funerals for over 230 years and it is our personal service which our clients have come to rely on over and above the consistently high levels of quality of legal advice which we provide. Our clients can turn to us for accessible and affordable legal advice in relation to Probate, Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

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At Lodge Brothers Probate Ashford, we approach our Probate Feltham services with the same high levels of quality advice and personal investment, as we do with all legal services. We know that when a person finds themselves in need of the services of a Legal firm, often the circumstances which surround this need, are inevitably highly stressful. When people find themselves in these stressful situations, quite often exacerbated by the fact that one does not always know what to do for the best and make the right decisions.

Notwithstanding, often people do not know what needs to be taken care of, simply because they do not have experience with being in these types of situations previously. It is easy to understand how over-whelming certain life events can be, when someone realises all of the legal requirements involved. Legal compliance is not something that we believe a person should have to face on their own.

That’s why we partner with our clients during these times of excessive strain and guide them through the process. Lodge Brothers has firms across the UK, such as our Probate Woking, office and its here that you can rest assured that you will always find empathetic professionals to offer you an efficient service when you most need it.

Probate is the process of authenticating a last will and testament and finalising all aspects of the estate of a deceased individual and at Lodge Brothers Probate Weybridge and Probate Guildford, we offer 3 levels of Probate service to suit your personal requirements.  Regardless of which level of legal service you choose, you can be assured that you are receiving the very best especially if you chose our level 3 Gold Probate Service which comes highly recommended and is certainly the most comprehensive of all. Designed to relieve you of the heavy burden you face when dealing with the probate process, our level 3 Gold Probate services ensure that probate is obtained quickly and efficiently.

HOW TO ARRANGE YOUR FUNERAL WITH LODGE BROTHERS

Your funeral is technically the final event of your life. Even though by the time you are laid to rest, your body has long since drawn its last breath, your funeral symbolizes the final act of a living person. For those left behind, the funeral is the last thing that needs to be done so as to allow them to move on with their own lives… or at least begin to. As unique as you are during your life is as unique as your funeral will be. Perhaps some traditions are the same and similar ceremonial aspects are observed, but funeral directors Guildford can attest that no one funeral could ever be the same.

Not everyone has the privilege to be in a position to plan their own funeral and while that does sound like an ironic statement, death does not make allowances for the timeline of the living or their expectations. If you have not yet had time to think about your funeral and how you would like your funeral to be, there is no time like the present.

Lodge Brothers funeral directors don’t only help your family when you have already passed, but are available to discuss your own funeral plans with you so that your family does not end up with the emotional decisions relating to your burial or cremation. What this means is that you can pre-plan each detail pertaining to your last life event, easing the burden on your loved ones and giving you the chance to decide exactly how you would like this to happen. Most of us will take the time to plan all events which we experience during our lives, birthdays, weddings, and so on, so why not take a proactive approach to plan your own funeral.

Lodge Brothers have created their service to offer the most convenient service possible. This includes ensuring physical convenience which is why they can be found near to most hospitals as well as and Register Office Harrow and Register Office Kingston upon Thames.  Lodge Brothers are also excellent at offering practical and pragmatic guidance to facilitate the smooth execution of this, one of the most important days of your life. Combining 7 generations of funeral planning experience with what can only be a deep sense of pride in their life’s calling, Lodge Brothers take care to ensure exceptional service and that each and every tiny detail is executed to the “t”. Funeral directors know that most people go through the motions of the day in somewhat of an emotional mist but look back on the day with a sense of relief and closure, which is what makes a funeral so important.

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Plan your funeral now by contacting one of the Lodge Brothers situated near to you and you will find that not only are they physically available, but that their prices are competitive compared to other funeral directors. Just ask about the Lodge Brother price match promise to find out more from caring and friendly funeral professionals, based on affordable prices and which promise to provide you with a funeral which is just as you want it, so that your family can do what they need to, in order to focus on their healing.

Find your nearest Register Office Leatherhead and Register Office Maidenhead.

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Knowall IT services West London is not only on the pulse of innovation in the fast-paced and competitive IT world today but is also at the forefront with an awareness of what our client’s needs are as a result of the changes facing industry and life in general, in the world today. It is getting more and more difficult (and unnecessary) to separate the business world from a person’s home life. Both companies and individuals have had to face the stark changes brought about by the Corona pandemic and reinvention is the name of the game, whether you are you the employer or the employee. Within a brief space of time, as the virus infiltrated businesses across the globe, seeping silently under the door of your business, it quickly became evident that the future is coming to us. No time like the present to jump into the new industrial age and begin to utilize the facilities provided through cloud computing. If you didn’t have cloud computing solutions in your business before COVID-19, your time is up. It’s time to embrace the fore-front of technology.

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Knowall IT services has been delivering high performance cloud hosting 24×7 such as Hosted Sage Cloud and other business applications via Knowall UK Enterprise Cloud Platform to our clients no matter where they are based. Information technology is the platform that brings businesses across the globe closer together, facilitating workplace globalization. Within the blink of an eye, IT became literally the only means of business-continuation for many industries and companies who have for too long now, dragged themselves reluctantly and slowly through inevitable change and now there is no going back. Cloud computing has become a business imperative that needs to be embraced and explored for the positive aspects which are provided. Online meeting rooms have facilitated the continuation of business in a way that we did not believe necessary previously. As airports shut down, remote workstations set up in dining rooms around the country and the learning curve began.

Never behind in the times, Knowall IT has partnered with Microsoft which is swiftly become their fastest growing application, Microsoft Teams. Included in all Microsoft 365 plans, the future is probably already at your fingertips and Knowall IT is the business partner who is here to ensure that you have 24×7 access to it. Microsoft Teams Direct Routing utilizes certified session border controllers (SBCs) to provide increased functionality in the form of a cloud-based service. Enabling Teams Direct routing simply requires Microsoft 365 or Office 365 license including Teams, Microsoft Phone System add-on, and access to the internet. Knowall IT fully integrates into MS Teams with full PSTN breakout assuring carrier-level scale and delivery with improved voice resilience in a seamless transition from your existing PBX.

If your existing systems are failing you, if you are struggling with technology and looking for the fastest and easiest way to jump on board with the rest, if you are concerned about how COVID-19 is affecting your business, look to Knowall IT, stable and strategically ready to support your business. Delivering high performance cloud solutions 24×7, keeping your business connected.

Lodge Brothers legal services dedicate themselves to assisting families and individuals with the legal aspects

There comes a time in everyone’s life when there is a funeral to plan. What most people seldom think about, however, is that where there is a funeral, there is an associated requirement for funeral legal services Guildford, which goes hand-in-hand with those related to funerals planning services. A unique and empathetic group of attorneys at Lodge Brothers legal services dedicate themselves to assisting families and individuals with the legal aspects involved at the end of life. Sad as it is to think that there is a requirement for such a service, it is probably one of the most important and practical aspects which need to be addressed, preferably while you as an individual, are still alive. Just like with funeral planning, end of life planning is without a doubt, one of the best things a person could do for the loved ones who will be left behind.

Funeral legal services Ashford include a cluster of specific services which one needs to attend to, to ease the burden on those left behind, and to ensure that there are no unexpected surprises awaiting them. These funeral legal services include the preparation and drawing up of a will, probate services, and powers of attorney.

Having a legal and binding will in place holds more importance than most people may expect, which is one of the reasons why so many people end up never quite getting to having theirs drawn up. One somehow always believes that there is time for these things. Meanwhile, we all know that no tomorrow is guaranteed. A legal will and testament will speak for you when you are no longer able to, whether it be because you are still on life-support, or if you have already passed away. Sometimes there is a need for you to tell others when it is time to let you go, in the event of a tragedy which leaves you unable to communicate for yourself any longer. Documents like DNR’s (Do not resuscitate) and organ donation instructions can help your family know what you would want them to do, or not do when they are not able to ask you themselves.

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A person also has the option of appointing their attorney with the power of attorney to execute any and all final decisions and wishes intended by the individual. Doing so designates your attorney as sole executor of your property and finances. This can also apply to end of life decisions and actions which need to be taken, on your behalf if you are no longer able to.

Whether or not there is a will, the legal process of probate is required in order to administer the finalization of a person’s estate, whether according to the Will, if found to be legal, or in the event that there are instructions left behind. It becomes the responsibility of the court to decide who is rightfully entitled to your possessions. Lodge Brother Legal attorneys will professionally and legally administer your will, ensuring that your legal requests are carried out by the court and that your possessions are distributed as you intended them to be.

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