Category: Peterborough & Elton

Co-op Announces New Measures to Keep Colleagues and Families Safe at Funerals

Central England Co-op announces new measures to keep colleagues and families safe while preparing to say goodbye to a loved one

Central England Co-op Funeralcare has announced a range of new measures to keep colleagues and families safe as they help people prepare to say goodbye to their loved ones.


Colleagues are working 24 hours a day to support families at their time of need but changes have had to be put in place following advice and guidance from the Government.


These changes include:

  • Funeral homes have restricted public access with clear information displayed on how to contact the teams if needed
  • Providing a new service enabling families to complete funeral arrangements over the phone or via email
  • Visiting loved ones is still allowed by appointment and providing social distancing guidance can be followed
  • Closing florist shops based on Government instructions. Families can still take their own flowers direct to any service
  • Being unable to provide limousines to comply with social distancing advice
  • Funeral Directors being encouraged to use wheeled trolleys instead of shouldering coffins
  • Being unable to provide new headstones or refurbish existing ones for the time being.  Stone removals for burials will still be provided


Hazel Moss, Head of Funeral, said: “We are working to do all we can to support our families at this difficult time but we feel these measures have to be put in place to protect them and our colleagues.

We will continue to monitor the situation with a view to taking all appropriate steps to minimise risk to our colleagues, all funeral directors and their teams and all mourners and the public while maintaining the highest standard of service possible.”


“These are circumstances that none of us could have imagined, but it continues to be our privilege to support families at this difficult time. Together, we will still give your loved one the best funeral we can, in the current circumstances.”


These new measures come after changes were also put in place at Bretby Crematorium to keep colleagues and mourners safe.  The grounds at the site are remaining open.


New measures include:

  • Funerals are restricted to immediate family only with a strong recommendation of a maximum attendance of 10 mourners. Immediate family includes partners, parents, children, siblings and grandchildren
  • We offer free of charge webcasting of services
  • Curtains will be closed around coffins at the end of the service
  • Hymn books will be removed from chapels for the foreseeable future
  • A gap of at least 10 minutes between services to allow for crematorium staff to tidy the chapels
  • Funeral Directors will be encouraged to use wheeled trolleys instead of shouldering coffins
  • Advice will be posted on site asking families to use hand washing facilities, sit some distance apart from each other and not to shake hands
  • The main office on site will also be closed to the general public and the Book of Remembrance and other memorial work have been halted at this time

People can keep up to date with the latest guidance by visiting a dedicated online hub at



Time for Tranquillity – A Space to Relax and Discover Yourself Again

Do you ever find yourself saying ‘stop the world I need to get off’?  We all lead busy lives, work, children, home and then trying to find time for yourself is hard, in fact lots of us feel guilty if we do something just for ourselves!

Close your eyes for a moment and think ‘what did I last do just for me?’tranquility time retreats Maybe you found time to paint a picture, go for a walk or just have a quiet coffee alone.  If you honestly can’t remember the last time you had some ’me time’ this article has news for you.

I thought I was OK  “I have a daily dog walk which I enjoy” then I realised just how much thinking I do on the walk, planning the next article in Nene Local, who will I call this afternoon, how can I gain more advertisers – lots of business thoughts rush round my head.  What’s more, if you know me, you know I have fingers in many pies, so while I think I’m on this relaxing dog walk, I am literally role-playing things for at least four different businesses I run round in my head!

Sue Royle who runs suggested I go on one of her retreats.  I’d had them recommended to me before and wondered if it was something I would enjoy?  As my partner was away for the weekend, I could only do the morning and not the whole day – doggie needed walking and I only leave her for a few hours on her own in any one day.

Here’s a warning, this article now gets a bit spiritual……

My Experience

I packed my bag with yoga mat (I didn’t need it), blanket (Sue provides these if you forget), my chi ball (you could take cushion or pillow, I just prefer this under my head) and my water bottle.  I got my busy, full head and me into the car and off I went…. Taking a wrong turn on the way to the Arc Cabin in Elton I ended up in the midst of some local cycle race, sat nav playing up and feeling truly stressed.  I even considered phoning Sue, making my apologies and going home.time for tranquility retreats

Glad I didn’t!  I persevered, found the Arc Cabin (It is actually easy to find, so don’t be put off!!).  On entering I was warmly welcomed with herbal tea – I could have chosen coffee or ‘normal’ tea – just because you’re on a retreat it’s not all herbal tea and biscuits made from wood shavings…although you might find yourself hugging a tree…

The Arc Cabin is idyllic, by the river, in the woods – I want to live there!

The morning comprised of guided meditation, gentle yoga, healing meditation plus after I’d left they had a forest walk, yoga nidra and an amazing sound bath.

Everyone is relaxed, you can wear comfy clothes, make up/no make up, as one lady said bra/no bra!!  Just be comfy!

My own signs and symbols

I had wondered whether to write about my own real experiences during the morning as they’re personal to me but decided to write about them, so you get the best idea of what it’s all about.  No knowledge of meditation is required, no knowledge or experience of anything at all is required to be honest.

Our first guided meditation took us into a very relaxed state (if you fall asleep it’s OK! No Judgement)  Once we were completely relaxed Sue asked us to think of a mantra to say a few times to ourselves.  She gave a few examples in case anyone was panicking that they could not think of anything.  As you’re so relaxed, almost in a trance state, it’s likely words will pop into your head – mine was BE STILL, as I have such a busy old head most of the time it made me smile, I knew it was Be Still with my thoughts rather than my body. I felt quite enlightened that my brain had given me such a good nudge.

After this we broke for some more tea, coffee, water etc and a biscuit.  We were invited to use the cards if we wanted to, on offer were angel cards, manifesting cards, and more.  I shuffled a pack and chose a card – which was all about stilling your mind.  OK……so now I’m getting into this…

We had a gentle yoga session, suitable for any level, lots of laughter as we held hands to do Pose of a Tree and Flying Bird. Everyone joined in, no one felt out of their depth, you could tell.  Sue is very nurturing on her retreats, being very aware of people’s expressions and body language and makes sure everyone is OK.

Our healing meditation was beautiful, a lovely guided pathway into deep relaxation.  We ‘met’ a person or animal in the woods during our trance, mine was a baby deer.  Sue got us to ask our messenger for their message and I got ‘daily’ very quickly from the deer, I also got his name was Shaun (which led me to have an inner giggle as I thought Shaun the Fawn).

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…along the same message, my deer told me about solace and meditation…

To some readers, this article might be going too deep into spiritual stuff but if you’re in the slightest bit interested or intrigued, I’d recommend Sue Royle to take you on your first journey.time for tranquility retreats

At the next break, I sadly had to leave.  I picked a card before I left and got the image of a shark on the card, I thought, that this wasn’t as good as the last card, I don’t see anything shark like in me at all.

So my messages are Be Still, Daily – I’m taking this into my work for the week ahead.

The drive home through the Northamptonshire countryside was lovely, nothing like the journey there.  I still feel relaxed today and am putting some things into practice.

My dog walk today was special, we spent time together, any business thoughts or house-work thoughts got pushed aside.  They entered my head, but I deliberately made my brain still. I enjoyed taking photos, I enjoyed watching the dog try to get into the mud as I guided her round the puddles….  I came back feeling really happy and quite literally full of the joys of spring, as the sun is out, and the wind has dropped.

On my return I looked at my photos, and the one of the orange tipped tree tops, has one solitary cloud in it, it is in the shape of a shark (it is to me!) ……  maybe I should take notice of the shark symbolism…. I’m off to look it up!

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…. I wasn’t sure the shark was for me?

I will just add, I have now booked another retreat!!  No ties at home so I can stay all day – I really cannot wait!


Time for Tranquillity Retreats

What they say…  Do you need a day to just switch off and give your brain a rest?  if you feel as if you would like to go from frazzled to a feeling of freedom, join us at Time for Tranquillity and step into serenity just for you.

Time for Tranquillity Retreat days are filled with exciting experiences, designed for anyone from the aspirational to the accomplished retreater. You don’t have to be a yoga expert to enjoy this experience. Tranquillity retreats are designed for anyone who has always thought about attending a retreat but felt a little apprehensive. You don’t have to be a seasoned yogi to attend. Enjoy and embrace this experience, which includes relaxing Labyrinths, crystals, meditation and much, much more.  Each retreat is unique and with 12 to choose from, each retreat is designed with a theme in mind so there is variety of days to choose from.

Is it time for some peace of mind and to escape from it all?

Time for Tranquillity Retreats are held in Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire and are designed for all ages and abilities.  The retreats are perfect for people who may not have had experience of retreats before, as well as the more experienced Yogi.  Many people are daunted by the idea of retreats, not always being confident or able to do some of the postures or touch their toes… The yoga experiences at Time for Tranquillity retreats are about encompassing all ages, all abilities and to share Yoga and demonstrate the many lineages.  Making this mental and physical practice accessible to all, whilst demystifying some of the beliefs postures and philosophy, ensuring every experience is engaging and enjoyable.

the acr cabin image courtesy of the arc cabin

The Arc Cabin – image courtesy of the arc cabin

On a typical day you will experience a variety of exciting tasters that include meditation, restoring the body with restorative supported postures. Wrap up in blankets and beautiful lavender eye pillows for a mindfulness experience, explore the philosophy of yoga, working with your breath, yoga Nidra relaxing and calming the body and mind. Receive an introduction to the beautiful world of crystals, clearing the chakras, sound bowls in a relaxed inviting accessible retreat for you all. You will also have an opportunity to walk round the Labyrinth at the Tofte retreats, whilst nurturing and rejuvenating your body experiencing serenity and sometimes even a swim.

Once you have booked your place, I will hold a safe and beautiful space to nurture you for the day.  The day allows you to focus on just you, slow down, take a breath or two and get back to the most important person… YOU. These valuable hours are designed just for you and your level of involvement is entirely up to you. If you want to wander through the woodlands or sip a coffee or tea whilst lost in your own daydreams this is the experience for you. My goal is for you to feel totally comfortable and relaxed.

Take a look at the retreats on offer for 2020 so far.  You could buy a Mother’s day gift voucher… just a thought.  If nothing fits in with your schedule, why not grab a few friends and get Sue to come to you!  Time for Tranquillity will design a retreat to your specification in the comfort of your own home.

And if you’re the boss…why not plan a corporate day with Sue for your staff?  There’s a menu of things to choose from to plan a retreat – yoga, sound baths, healing etc.


For more information

Time for Tranquility Retreats

Sue Royle

07738 095089



Get involved with Big Energy Saving Week 2020


As part of Big Energy Saving Week, held on 20th-26th January 2020, Cambridgeshire-based charity PECT can help you discover how to reduce your household’s carbon footprint and save on energy costs.


There is substantial evidence about the detrimental impact of inadequate household heating on your physical and mental health. Big Energy Saving Week is a national campaign to help people cut their energy bills and keep their homes heated for less.

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Citizens Advice and the Energy Saving Trust run the annual campaign in collaboration with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and with the support of numerous organisations, charities and companies.


We all have the power to save energy, money and the environment through everyday actions. The campaign raises awareness about how simple changes such as switching energy supplier, accessing grants, and making homes more energy efficient can have a big difference.


PECT will be on-hand throughout the week and beyond to provide advice to those people who are struggling to pay their energy bills or cannot keep their home heated at a sufficient temperature. Health impacts caused by cold homes include cardiovascular and respiratory problems, diminished resistance to infection, and increased levels of anxiety and social isolation.


“Head to one of our Big Energy Saving Week events to see out how we can help your household save energy,” explains Project Officer Nikki Dekker. “We can provide you with the information and resources needed to stay warm and healthy, whilst cutting costs and carbon. We can also point you in the right direction for further support and funding opportunities.”


PECT’s Energy Advice Events


  • Monday 20th January, 10am-2pm
    March Library, City Road, March, PE15 9LT
  • Tuesday 21st January, 10am-2pm
    Wisbech Library, Ely Place, PE13 1EU
  • Thursday 23rd January, 12.30pm-3pm
    Whittlesey Child & Family Zone, 15 Scaldgate, Whittlesey, PE7 1SD
  • Friday 24th January, 10.30-2pm
    Peterborough Central Library & Archives, Broadway, Peterborough, PE1 1RX



New Deputy Managing Director appointed to Oxford Innovation

A leading light in the economic development of the Thames Valley has been confirmed as the Deputy Managing Director of the UK’s foremost innovation centre operator.

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Tim Smith MBE has joined Oxford Innovation in a new key role focussed on the day-to-day running of the company. Previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Tim brings immediate knowledge and experience of the critical part that innovative start-up companies play in economic growth.


Between April 2015 and March 2019, he led the implementation of a strategy that created or safe-guarded nearly 4,500 jobs, assisted 1,500 businesses and helped to train and upskill over 3,700 workers.

Tim Smith, Deputy Managing Director of Oxford Innovation

Tim Smith, Deputy Managing Director of Oxford Innovation

Tim will support Oxford Innovation Managing Director, Jo Stevens, who is leading the organisation’s ambitious growth plans, which include the management of more than 40 innovation centres across the UK and Ireland.


Jo said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Tim, who has spent many years leading on programmes of economic development for the Thames Valley and beyond.


“Our clients are wrestling with many of the issues that have been at the forefront of Tim’s in-tray, notably how to ensure that the presence of great universities translate into local jobs and economic growth as well as how to develop and support the ‘harder-to-help’ towns of a region.


“Oxford Innovation’s work is about making places work better, through the delivery of successful and sustainable innovation centres, particularly for small business, entrepreneurs and for the innovation economy; we and our clients will greatly value his experience and leadership.”


Established in 1987, Oxford Innovation has grown to become the country’s largest provider of innovation centres; flexible workspace and support for innovative, early stage business.


So far this year, three new innovation centres have been launched; two in Oxford and one Essex, with additional centres in Newcastle, High Wycombe and Aylesbury to be launched in the next three months. Future plans include a centre in Haverhill, Suffolk and a first centre in the Republic of Ireland.


Tim Smith said: “I have been involved with the SQW Group for several years and have long respected the integrity, professionalism and expertise of Oxford Innovation and its sister companies.


“I am delighted to have joined the company and look forward to helping it realise its growth ambitions and supporting even more innovators in the future.”


To find out more about any of the services Oxford Innovation provide visit: or call 01865 261480.