‘Tis The Season

‘Tis The Season

G. Seller puts the community at the heart of what it does and is delighted to be sponsoring a tree as part of the Christmas Tree Festival at St. Mary’s Church in Hinckley which takes place from Friday 29th until Sunday 1st December this year.

The annual festival is supported by local businesses and individuals and is a real community celebration with numerous trees on display decorating the church during the festive season with the local community invited to visit too.

As Joseph Barsby, Director at G. Seller adds, “This event brings the community together and is a fantastic part of the annual calendar of events that take place in and around Hinckley. It is always great to be involved in events like these as they have a really positive impact on the community, something that has been integral to who we are as a business for over 100 years.”

“The Tree festival is a fantastic event, bringing together the community and appealing to young and old alike, and it is always pleasing to see people coming together for such a positive celebration too. The trees are always beautifully decorated, enhancing the beauty of the church and providing a real sense of Christmas to everyone visiting. It is a pleasure to support the festival again this year.”

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is a memorial day that is observed in Commonwealth member states throughout the world. It is a day of remembrance that has taken place since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces, emergency services and civilians who have died in the line of duty.

Remembrance honours those who serve to defend our freedoms and way of life. We will remember them.

– We remember the sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth.
– We pay tribute to the special contribution of families and of the emergency services.
– We acknowledge innocent civilians who have lost their lives in conflict and acts of terrorism.

Remembrance does not glorify war and its symbol, the red poppy, is a sign of both Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. Wearing a poppy is is never compulsory but is greatly appreciated by those who it is intended to support.

When and how you choose to wear a poppy is a reflection of your individual experiences and personal memories.

Remembrance unites people of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds but it is also deeply personal. It could mean wearing a poppy in November, before Remembrance Sunday. It could mean joining with others in your community on a commemorative anniversary. Or it could mean taking a moment on your own to pause and reflect.

Everyone is free to remember in their own way, or to choose not to remember at all.

In every act of remembrance, we honour the memory of the fallen and pledge to care for the living.

It is also known as Armistice Day and takes place on 11 November. It marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. A two-minute silence is held at 11 am as an act of remembrance.


The Flower Of Remembrance

Ever since the conclusion of the First World War the poppy has become an important symbol of Remembrance. During the First World War (1914–1918) much of the fighting took place in Western Europe in areas of countryside that was picturesque and beautiful. The First World War changed the landscape dramatically as the warring factions fought over it again and again. The region quickly changed and became something of a bleak wilderness where little or nothing could grow.

The exception was the poppy – bright red Flanders poppies continued to grow and these delicate flowers blossomed amidst the carnage and destruction and it was in early May 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, that Lt Col John McCrae was inspired by the poppies to write a now famous poem called ‘In Flanders Fields.’

McCrae’s poem inspired an American academic, Moina Michael, to make and sell red silk poppies which were brought to England by a French woman, Anna Guérin. Subsequently with the creation of The (Royal) British Legion in 1921, an order was placed for 9 million of these poppies which were sold on 11 November that year. The poppies sold out almost immediately and that first ever ‘Poppy Appeal’ raised over £106,000; a considerable amount of money at the time. This was used to help World War 1 veterans with employment and housing.

The following year, Major George Howson set up the Poppy Factory to employ disabled ex-Servicemen. Today, the factory and the Legion’s warehouse in Aylesford produces millions of poppies each year. The demand for poppies in England was so high that few were reaching Scotland so in 1926 Earl Haig’s wife established the ‘Lady Haig Poppy Factory’ in Edinburgh to produce poppies exclusively for Scotland. Over 5 million Scottish poppies (which have four petals and no leaf unlike poppies in the rest of the UK) are still made by hand by disabled ex-Servicemen at Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory each year and distributed by sister charity Poppyscotland.

Poppies have become a truly national symbol of remembrance.



An Iconic Poem Of Remembrance

In early May 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres during World War 1, a Canadian doctor, Lt Col John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies that were growing in the bleak and battered landscape of war to write a now famous poem called ‘In Flanders Fields’.

It has become a poem that is symbolic of remembrance the world over…


In Flanders’ fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders’ fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders’ Fields.

Supporting The ‘Big Weekend’

The Broughton Astley ‘Big Christmas Weekend’ is back for 2019 and G. Seller are delighted to be a sponsor and supporting the 2019 event.

Events being planned include:

The Broughton Astley Christmas Fayre takes place on Main Street on Saturday 7th December between 4.00 and 7.30 with the Christmas Lights being switched on at 5:00pm. This is a traditional out door street fayre featuring stalls, Santa and his Reindeer, small fun fair, music and free mince pies and mulled wine.

The Santa Dash and Dawdle is taking place on Sunday 8th December and will have a new finish point for 2019, finishing at the new Leisure Centre.

Broughton Astley Leisure Centre have come on board for 2019 and will be supplying water for all competitors at the end of the race and one of their staff members will be this years ‘Xmas Pudding.’ The first adult to catch the pudding will be given free membership to the centre. The two options for the race are 3K and 5K with sign up throughout November in numerous places around the village and as the Christmas Light Switch On.

As Joseph Barsby, Managing Director at G. Seller explains, “We are delighted to be sponsoring this event which is a real festive treat and a great opportunity for the community to come together. There is something for all the family and it is a great way to bring families together in the run up to Christmas.”

Service Of Reflection 2019

The Family of G. Seller would like to warmly invite you and your family to join us for our Service of Reflection, which we have arranged to remember loved ones that we have been privileged to take care of.

The Service will take place on Friday 29th November at 7:00pm at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Leicester Road, Hinckley, with light refreshments being served in the Mary Forryan Centre following the service.

Amy Barsby, Director of G. Seller & Co. Ltd, said, “It is a privilege to work in our family business and to continue to serve the local community, as we have done for over 100 years. The Service Of Reflection is an opportunity for us to show support for the friends and families of the loved ones that we have taken care of and something that resonates at the heart of all that we do.”

Hosts To Some of Leicestershire’s Finest

Here at G. Seller we were proud to host some of Leicestershire’s finest family firms for the annual Family Business Dinner organised by Family Business United.

Taking place in the recently opened Barsby Catering Suite the evening included drinks, dinner and a tour of the family business with Managing Director Joseph Barsby and Senior Funeral Director Kevin Draper sharing the story of over 100 years as a family business in Hinckley.

As Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United explains, “We host family business dinners across the country and it is always a preference to host them at a family business where possible. The Barsby Catering Suite provided a fantastic setting for a talk steeped in history where the third generation are currently at the helm. Family values shone through and underpin the every essence of what this family firm is all about. It was great to see so many great family business owners from around the county enjoy a great evening.”

As Joseph adds, “It was a proud moment for us to be able to host such a prestigious event on site and to showcase all that we do, and the journey that we, as a family business, have been on for over one hundred years. I am immensely proud of all that our team do and to be able to share that with such a wonderful audience of like-minded family business owners who share the same passion and pride for their own businesses as we do for ours was a real honour.”

Service Excellence Award

2019 sees the 10th anniversary of the Midlands Family Business Awards and G Seller & Co has been shortlisted in the Service Excellence category.

As Charlotte Perkins, Group Managing Director of The Wilson Organisation who organise the awards adds, “We received a high number of excellent nominations across all our categories and congratulate G. Seller on your strong submission.”

Here at G. Seller we are naturally delighted to have been shortlisted, and for us this category reflects the true essence of who we are as a family firm.

As Joseph Barsby, Managing Director at G. Seller confirms, “It is a real honour for the way we work to be recognised in this way. G. Seller has been established since 1910 and has been passed down through the generations. We are proud of our heritage and well respected name in the local community for caring for families when they need us most.”

“Today, we are still committed to providing the highest levels of bereavement care to every family we have the privilege to serve and recognition in these awards is truly special, something that the whole team here at G. Seller will be incredibly proud of as they go above and beyond with families each and every day.”

The Winner and two Highly Commended family firms in each category will be announced at a prestigious black tie Awards Ceremony & Dinner on Thursday 7 November at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

Family Business Dinner

As a family business we are proud to be members of Family Business United (‘FBU’), a national organisation that celebrates the contribution of family firms across the UK, be it through income and jobs, wealth creation or support and involvement in the local communities.

During the course of the year FBU organises a number of dinners around the country to bring the family business community together for networking, supper and to hear from a family business member.

Here at G. Seller we are delighted that the next dinner is taking place in Hinckley, hosted by us in our new Barsby Catering Suite, and we are looking forward to welcome representatives of the Leicestershire family business community to join us. The dinner is taking place on September 26, 2019.

As Joseph Barsby, Managing Director of G. Seller adds, “It is a real honour for us to be hosting the dinner and to showcase the new suite at the same time. As a family firm that has been serving the community for over 100 years I am looking forward to sharing our story from the perspective of the third generation as we continue to invest for the future of our family firm.”

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Family Business Britain

Family Business United (‘FBU’) has launched a new campaign to celebrate the depth and diversity of family firms across the UK and here at G. Seller we are proud of to be a part of it.

The latest #FamilyBusinessBritain campaign seeks to generate further recognition of the contribution that family businesses make to the UK economy.  Over 3,000 images were collected from family firms the length and breadth of the UK and collated into one beautiful ‘billboard size’ artwork that was unveiled at The National Family Business Show in York recently.

Paul Andrews, founder and Managing Director of FBU added, “This is our latest innovative campaign to showcase family firms, something that we do each and every day.  Family businesses are the engine room of the UK economy and make a fantastic contribution in terms of income, jobs and wealth creation and we hope that this will help shed a really positive light on the family business sector.”

“With around 5 million family firms in the UK today, we really do hope that by sharing this artwork around the country that it will help to demonstrate that family firms really do help make Britain great and help to dispel some of the myths surrounding family firms too.”

As Joseph Barsby, Director at G. Seller adds, “We are a proud family firm and were delighted to be part of a campaign that recognises firms like ours.  It is important to remember that many firms in Britain remain family owned and we are proud to be one of them.”

“We have been serving the local community for over 100 years and are proud of our roots. Family Business United and this #FamilyBusinessBritain campaign really does put the family business sector on the map and celebrate the contribution of family firms like ours too.”

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