Harriet’s funeral will be held at 1pm on Thursday 31 July 2014.

Here is some information about the event.

Who can come?
All are welcome.

What should I wear?
Whatever you like. There is no dress code.

Where is it?
St Nicolas Church, Chaldon Herring (also known as East Chaldon), Dorset DT2 8DN

What’s happening?
Harriet’s coffin will arrive at the church some time before 1pm. The service will be held by Rev Nicola Coleman, and will start at 1pm. The service will last 45-60 minutes or so. Harriet’s coffin will leave the church at the end of the service, and be taken to the crematorium. We won’t be going to the crematorium. Only Harriet and Rev Nicola will be going.

What about afterwards?
We hope to offer people cream teas served from Harriet’s studio, which is the village hall immediately next to the churchyard. There will be strawberries, cream, jam, scones (pronounced ‘scones’), tea and elderflower cordial.

Where can I park?
There will be parking in the field known as God’s Pocket, which is next to the bus shelter opposite the village green. This is 4-5 minutes walk from the church. There will be signs to direct you. There will also be parking in a field opposite the church. This should also be signed. Space is likely to be limited. Please share your journey if you can.

Can I send flowers?
There’ll be plenty of flowers already. Please send donations instead to Harriet’s chosen charities, The Autism Trust and Cancer Research UK. You can donate c/o Grassby Funeral Service, 8 Princes Street, Dorchester DT1 1TW. 01305 262338.

What if I want to come but can’t?
Don’t fret. We are going to hold a memorial service for Harriet some time early next year. We hope you can come to that instead. Also, if you want to send a message to funeral@harrietbarber.com we will add it to the Book of Condolence which will be in Harriet’s studio.

Anything else?
Yes, lots.

The church can accommodate just over 100 people. We expect there’ll be more than that attending. We have arranged for speakers to relay the service to the churchyard for those who can’t fit in the church. There will be no shelter outside if it rains, other than some limited space in Harriet’s studio. If the forecast is for rain please bring an umbrella. If you’re going to have problems standing for the service you can bring a chair.

After the service we’ll gather in the churchyard. This is consecrated ground, but there are some lovely parts clear of graves where people can stand or sit and meet up. Again, there is no provision in case of rain – it wouldn’t be practical – so come prepared. There may be some space in Harriet’s studio, but this will be limited as the cream teas are being served there. The village green is a short walk away and people can gather there too. Feel free to bring a picnic blanket/deckchairs and your own refreshments if you wish.

Please leave a message, or preferably a message and a delightful sketch, in the Book of Condolence. If you want to bring a photograph or anything else there’ll be a pinboard in Harriet’s studio to put that.

Our village pub The Sailor’s Return is a short walk from the church and will be open and serving food before and after the funeral. There is also the Red Lion two miles away in Winfrith Newburgh.

The funeral is on the first day of the Camp Bestival music festival in the nearby village of East Lulworth. There could be traffic delays particularly around Wool. Avoid travelling via Wool if you possibly can. If you’re coming from the Wareham, Bournemouth, London direction you will almost certainly find it better to go via the Dorchester bypass, then on to Chaldon Herring via Broadmayne.

What if I still have a question?
Contact Danny at the usual address, or at funeral@harrietbarber.com

Harriet Barber in her studio, by Pavel Dobrowolski




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