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If you are wondering what to do with your Oak garden furniture now that summer is over watch this helpful video.

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A step by step guide to help you buy a memorial bench.

Where do i put my memorial bench?

Many people like to choose a place that was special to their loved one, that could be a place that they liked to fish, their favourite park or even their favourite place in the garden. We always recommend asking permission from whoever owns the land that you want to keep your memorial bench on before ordering your memorial bench. If you are unsure of who that would be you will need to contact your local council and they will be able to help you. If you are choosing a place that hosts a few memorial benches already you may be advised to choose a certain bench design that is similar to the ones already there.

How to choose a memorial bench.

The first thing to look at would be how long you would want your bench to last for. The best hardwood to choose will always be Teak, this has an average life span of 25-75+ years depending on how heavily the bench is used.  Many of our customers like to choose a bench that reflects their loved ones personality. Some options could be the simple and elegant Cleopatra, the contemporary Rhapsody or the chunky heavy weight Barfleur. If you can’t find the exact bench that you would like get in touch and with your help we will design a completely unique bench for you.

What do i put on my memorial bench?

Here the options are endless. You can put the simple and popular used engraved inscription of your loved ones name, You can maybe put something that your loved one always said such as a favourite phrase or saying. To really personalise your memorial bench you could also have a brass plaque fitted, this will allow for more words to be said and you can even include a picture of your loved one.

barfleur engraving 2 Copy memorial bench brass plaque

How long does it take until i receive my memorial bench?

This varies, as our benches are handmade in Britain using traditional methods they will always take a minimum of 10 days to make. In busier seasons March-August it will normally take 8 weeks to receive your memorial bench. In quieter seasons, August-February it will usually take 2-4 weeks to take delivery of your memorial bench.

Who fits the bench?

This will vary depending upon where your bench is placed. For example some cemeteries like to fit their own benches for insurance purposes. Other places are content to let you fit your own bench. If you are unsure of how to do this, let us know when placing your order for a memorial bench and advise us of the type of surface that your bench will be placed on (concrete, grass, tarmac etc) and will fit your bench for you when we deliver.

What do i do next?

Once you, your family, friends or colleagues have ordered the best memorial bench you need do nothing more other than wait to receive a call from ourselves when your memorial bench is nearing completion. We will then try to deliver at a suitable time for you.

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The very best of Home Made Halloween Decorations



1) Home made Hanging Paper Bats. Click for how to make instructions


2) Spooky Spider Ice-cubes Click for how to make instructions


3) Novelty Halloween Glass Surprise : Text can be etched or painted onto the glass.


4) Unique Halloween Candles Click for how to video


5) Painted sign perfect for making your guests jump


6) White card board cut out skulls stuck on to wooden skewers in the garden


7) What a fantastic idea for a table centre piece at your Halloween party Click for edible blood tutorial


8) Halloween treat idea. Fill a latex glove with sweets, blow into glove and quickly tie the top, add spider ring for effect


9) Wonderful apothecary bookcase, perfect if you have a collection of different sized glass bottles to decorate


10) Black and white trick or treat sign made with different colour cardboard makes an eye catching Halloween banner


11) Scare your guests with these home made edible worms Click for video tutorial


12) Perfect to place in a back garden. Cut out part of the centre of an apple and insert tealight


13) Marshmallows placed on skewers ready to be toasted on the bonfire


14) Christmas garland spray painted black and placed over the mantelpiece creates an eerie effect


15) Draw faces onto empty milk cartons and place a glow stick inside for a pumpkin effect


16) Ghost like figure created from packing material and string will really stand out in your garden


17) Pictures replaced in picture frames set a wonderfully spooky scene


18) Set the scene with apples as tea light holders


19) Do you dare go up the stairs with these cardboard cut out mice running around?


20) Drawn faces onto oranges are a great Halloween treat for kids

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Can we please start a little ‘TRADITIONAL’ recipe club?  My mum always used to make a wonderful 1” thick Shortbread, Piccalilli to die for. My dad, Horseradish that made you cry just walking into the room whilst it was being grated on the kitchen table. Ginger Beer a living thing that looked like something from Quatermass on the kitchen windowsill. Pickled eggs that do not look either anaemic or as brown as conkers.  Jamie Oliver and High Fearnley-Whittingstall what’s his name seem, among others to try to sort these traditional dishes so come on folks we have some time before the festive season kicks in let’s create a few jars of real quality pickles to go with our British Cheeses.

As a reward the top 5 recipes each week will receive a Magic bottle holder with my compliments. This will get your friends talking around the table or place on the windowsill as a Red Wine warmer.

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Magic Bottle Holder Pictured Above

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