Sharing stones ...

We visited Tim Daw, who started this “barrow revolution” back in 2014 with the creation of The Long Barrow at All Cannings, and took him a facing stone from our facasde at Mid-England Barrow as a gesture . Tim kindly reciprocated by giving us a stone from his barrow, which we intend to have built into ours this week, once site foreman Joby Wheatley has finished “talking” to it and deciding its place within our build .

Richard giving Tim Daw of The Long Barrow at All Cannings a stone from the Mid-England Barrow build.

Richard giving Tim Daw of The Long Barrow at All Cannings a stone from the Mid-England Barrow build.

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Tim giving Richard one of his barrow stones…

What better way to spend a beautiful , sunny spring afternoon !


This afternoon, Una, Wilfred and James from year 5 at The Dassett C of E Primary School in Fenny Compton came along to visit Mid-England Barrow.

The children had been invited to name the three chambers of the barrow, and from a selection of names put forward, Wilfred’s suggestions were chosed : Oak, Willow and Yew.

The children brought along with them Wilfed’s Mum, and head teacher Miss Corry, and we all walked together in the glorious sunshine, along the path to the barrow, where all the guests were shown around the barrow by builder Joby - who has been involved with all four of the barrows built recently.

The children were very interested, and asked all sorts of fitting questions.

The school were also charged with filling a “time capsule” which is being incorperated into the build, and James placed the canister, which contained lego, a picture of an Iphone, some football cards, and a newspaper, among other things. We had an interesting conversation about which item would be the most curious in 100 years time !

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But I’m too young / too busy / too healthy to think about writing a will!

That may be the case, and we’ve all used those reasons at some time or another to avoid thinking about writing a will.

However another alternative, but by no means a replacement for a will, is to make a funeral plan . Not to be confused with pre-paying for your funeral, a funeral plan clearly states your wishes as to exactly how you would like the time after your death to be. Making such a plan can take pressure and stress away from family, and possibly prevent differences of opinions as to what you would have liked !

If you do have a will, it is wise to refer to your funeral plan in it, and store them together. If the funeral plan is a stand alone document, all you need to do is make sure your close family are aware of its existence.

You are welcome to use the form found on the Mid-England Barrow website to help you to make your funeral plan. You may even decide to choose Mid-England Barrow as your final resting place in the heart of the English countryside.

Please remember, it’s your final time, and anything is possible with a bit of forward planning ! The more information you can put on this form, the more useful it will be to those planning for you, and the more likely you areto have things done the way you would like.

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Have you ever thought how your nearest and dearest will know what you really want when you die?

Have you ever thought how your nearest and dearest will know what you really want when you die? 

Like most, you may have had a casual chat with friends and family when the subject came up in conversation, or you may have expressed opinions on what other people have done, but do they really know when the time comes?

One family nearly experienced this the hard way. A relative in his late 80s lost his first wife, and mother of his children, at a young age, and she was interred in the local churchyard. After a number of years, he remarried, and remained so for many years until his second wife sadly passed away. This lady was interred in a churchyard in a neighbouring village. He had been a farmer all his life, enjoying rural life and always spoke of a favorite field where he would like his ashes scattered. So when he passed away, it seemed there were three places, where anyone could argue, that his ashes could be placed. Thankfully he had made his wishes clear in his will, but had he not, I can imagine there may have been some difficult decisions to be made between a number of family members.

Everyone knows it’s a good idea to write a will, whether it’s to ensure the best financial plans are made, provisions made for children, or to make sure your wishes are followed, but how many of us actually do it ?

Research states that around 60% of people don’t have a will, and of those that do, a quarter have not been reviewed, so may be out of date, and after all, we do sometimes change our minds !

If your time were to end tomorrow, you are relying upon your family to make decisions for you, and you may just miss the opportunity to have your ashes stored somewhere remarkable like Mid-England Barrow.