Saturday, 31 May 2014

UK Society of Celebrants Newsletter - May 2014

Hello and welcome to this months offering.

It appears that we are all well in to the swing of our busy season. Business seems to be picking up for everyone. A big welcome to our New Members & Subscribers.

Online Activity
We are delighted to see that many more of our Members are engaging with their websites , blogs & social media, which can only improve their online visibility. Keep up the good work. 

Don't forget, we are always here to assist you to get established online and promote you as part of your Membership - just contact your Mentor if you are having issues or wish to effectively engage with your potential clients online. Help Us to Help You!

New Subscribers
If you have not spoken to us yet - please feel free to give us a call on 0800 772 0762 or drop us a line by clicking here or have a look here. We do not bite and we are a friendly bunch - who knows, we may even be able to steer you in the right direction. Help Us to Help You!

Not a well thought our proposition
Open Days?
It has come to our attention that certain civil celebrant training providers are holding one-off / special "open days". Whoo...hooo!

Perversely, these providers are charging attendees for the privilege and promising them a discount of the same amount off any course they might take.................. apologies, we just had to pick ourselves up of the floor!

The sources of our apparent derision are clear and simple:
  • We work from a permanent purpose built office & training facility that actually exists and is open to the public during office hours or even by appointment - NO Charge.
  • Our visitors & guests are always made welcome and refreshments are always provided - NO Charge.
  • We have no need to arbitrarily advertise across the internet and pass on that cost to our celebrant trainees through their course fees.
  • ANYONE - can hire a hotel or conference facility anywhere to host an Open Day. I guess it is required for those who operate through a "rent-a-nice-address" provider and have their actual office in their garden shed or spare bedroom - ring any bells?
Here at the UK Society of Celebrants - every day is an Open Day - just drop us a line here or call us on 0800 772 0762 to ensure one of our Tutors is available to see you. Weekend visits - strictly by appointment only please - we are celebrants too! Our doors are always open to Members & prospective celebrants alike. We won't ask you to "chip-in" for a latte or a biscuit either - promise.

Celebrant Shop
Due to popular demand, we are introducing an Online Civil Celebrant Store / Shop. This shop is intended to be a one-stop-shop for all the equipment and supplies a Civil Celebrant may need for officiating at Funerals, Weddings and Naming Ceremonies.

The shop will be open to ALL, however, it is predominantly aimed at our Members who will benefit from significant discounts.

Be sure to visit the store by clicking here and bookmark the page for future reference.

It is anticipated that the Celebrant Store will open towards the end of June 2014 - you will ALL be informed of the launch date nearer the time.

Celebrant Tales
It has been a while, but we will be resurrecting our monthly "Celebrant Tales" competition from July 2014. As previously, all entries must be your own work and between 500 & 1000 words in length. Winners will be selected by either a majority of our Tutors or by one of our Honorary Members. The prize will be a £25 Amazon Voucher and a feature in this Newsletter (if you are a Member). 
Entries submitted before the 15th of a month will be included in that months competition. Entries submitted after the 15th of a month will be entered for the following months competition.

Well that is it for this month. Be Safe & Be Well

Michael Clancy - Tutor - UKSC(FM)