Irene Gardner, IMG Celebrant & Music Services & SICA Chair



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    • Mobile:  07732638676
    • Home:  01324822045



    Since becoming an Independent celebrant I have met some wonderful people and found the work truly fulfilling. It’s a privilege to help and to be part of those personal ceremonies which form an important part of people’s lives. It may be in the form of a celebration as in Commitment Ceremonies, Renewal of vows or baby naming’s, or during sad times when families are planning the Funeral of a loved one .

    The client’s wishes are my first concern in this very rewarding work, and the understanding and commitment I can give to those all important events is total. My aim is to listen, provide support during the planning stages, and to make each ceremony personal and meaningful to those involved.




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Laura Gordon, Caledonian Celebrant & SICA Vice Chair

My name is Laura Gordon and I made the decision to become an Independent Celebrant after working for many years as a Funeral Director with one of the UK’s largest companies. The experience I gained in this role was invaluable. I saw that there was a need for families and individuals to be offered more choice in arranging personal and tailor-made services to mark the major events and celebrations in their lives.

To that end, I have created Caledonian Celebrant which offers a unique approach to planning your very personal celebration or tribute.

I mainly conduct and officiate services in Central Scotland, covering areas such as Stirlingshire, Glasgow, North and South Lanarkshire, West Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife and Perthshire, although I am willing to travel further afield and cover all areas of Scotland.


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Susan Fraser, Independent Ceremonies & SICA Secretary


I’m Susan Fraser and I am an independent celebrant travelling all across Central Scotland and beyond carrying out very special services for all types of life events.

Whether you are looking for a wedding celebration that is just the way you want it to be, a meaningful renewal of vows, a beautiful welcome for your new baby, or celebration of the life of a lost loved one, I will spend all the time it needs to help you create the service that is right for you.

I started conducting service more than 10 years ago, and since then I have expanded the range of services I offer, and I am still always finding new words, new ways to bring meaning to those special days that happen in all our lives.

Whatever you are looking for, please get in touch and we can talk about how I can help.

Susan Fraser

Services offered are:

Baby Naming and Welcoming Ceremonies
Wedding Celebrations
Funeral and Memorial Services
Pet Memorials

I can also create meaningful ceremonies for any other type of occasion that you wish.


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Lesley Fraser, Edinburgh Celebrants & SICA Treasurer

 Lesley Fraser – Edinburgh Celebrants

Mobile: 07836 703 863

I have a 25 year background in bereavement and relationship counselling. I have been broadcasting and public speaking for over 20 years. A trained nurse, I have long held the conviction that helping relatives to say goodbye to their loved family members helps them to carry on despite their loss. I would have liked to have had this support when my parents died and also when my sister died suddenly at the age of twenty-nine.

I will create a service which reflects the life of the person who has died, in a way that is respectful and supportive to their relatives. A true celebration of their life. There can be as much religious content as required, or none at all. I live in Edinburgh, but travel all over to meet families and deliver their service. As well as funerals, I am happy to create celebrations for Baby Naming, Renewal of Vows and Wedding Celebrations.

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Kevin Thompson, Ceremonies You Want

A long-time public speaker and educationalist, and now experienced celebrant, I bring these skills to helping families cope with the loss of a loved one or to celebrate that special event, be it a fully-legal wedding, child-naming, affirmation of vows or indeed anything else. I believe the wishes of the family to be paramount and will design a customised service to suit your wishes. I find helping people celebrate the key milestones in life such as marriage, child-naming and of course funerals, to be most rewarding and feedback shows families like what we design together, and equally important, how it is delivered.

Some recent feedback from funerals:


  • “You brought mum back to life there, thanks a million “
  • “That was him to a ‘tee’..excellent job”
  • “You have a great turn of phrase and have certainly summed up mum. We really appreciate that.”
  • “Your service was so good people thought you knew him. It was very uplifting”
  • “You have my most sincere thanks for making his service so tremendous and so very personal.  A great many people thought it was just right for him as I did, too.  Everything seemed to go very well on the day. Thank you again, Kevin, my family and friends took a lot of comfort from your handling of the service.
  • “Just a short note to thank you for the excellent send off you gave our dad yesterday. Everyone said that it was good to hear about him in such a friendly way. We really appreciated it”
  • “The service was excellent. People kept asking how long you had known him and would not believe you had never met.  Well done.”


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Ewan Skinner

Home Address – Strupag, 50 Forest Place, Dunfermline KY12 0EP

I work, East, South East and Central Scotland and am willing to travel widely.

I will conduct funerals, Baby naming ceremonies and memorials.

“My father was a minster of religion and I spent 30 years serving as a police officer before working with a funeral company in both Edinburgh and Fife.

I am now an Independent Celebrant based in the East of Scotland.

The services I am able to conduct can contain whatever religious or non religious content. Although it is a sad time, the ceremony would be designed to honour, pay tribute to and give thanks for the life of your loved one.

It will be your special service of remembrance.”

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Isla Craig, Edinburgh Celebrants

I have many years experience of public speaking and writing services, and I will help you create the perfect ceremony for your celebration whether it is a funeral, a wedding celebration or a naming ceremony. I will help you create a service that reflects your personality and is a true celebration.

I will assist you to create a funeral ceremony that reflects the life and values of your loved one, and will write a service based on the information that you share with me in a caring and meaningful way, and help you choose any music or readings that you would like.

My aim is to make sure that you can say goodbye to your loved one in the best way you can.

07759 018147
0131 654 0831

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Denis Madden, Unique Services

Unique Services will provide you with a unique tailor made service which will be created according to your wishes and values. We will sit down with you and use your choice of music, poetry or readings if that is what you require to create the most meaningful and appropriate ceremony for this final act of love and respect. We will share the service with any member of your family if you wish them to be involved.

Your Celebrant, Denis Madden had 14 years experience in the funeral profession. Initially as a funeral assistant; moving on from there to train and licence as a crematorium operative and then latterly returning to funeral directing before moving on in 2007 to become a Civil Celebrant.

Unique Services will provide you with an all embracing framework providing the freedom to make a range of choices about the content and style of the ceremony. In short, a ceremony unique to the deceased is created: a tribute to, and a celebration of, their life. Thus, giving you full control over the contents of the service.

 4 Ochil Terrace, Dunfermline, KY11 4BW.

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Hugh O’Neill, In Memoriam Services

I am based in Scotland and have been conducting Funerals, Wedding Blessings and Baby Namings for several years now.

I retired from the Army in 1997 and trained as a Toastmaster and have been involved in the formal duties of a Toastmaster ever since.

It was put to me that the skills of a Toastmaster could be applied to Civil Celebrancy.  I took up the challenge and, after training with the UK College of Celebrancy, realised that this was something I really wanted to do.

Having lost both my parents and my brother in recent years I am able to empathise fully with the berieved families that I encounter.  I am able to provide them with a service which is tailored to their requirements and which also takes into account the beliefs and philosophies of the deceased.

I have also had the great joy of conducting both Wedding Blessings and Baby Namings, though not on the same day – yet!

I have been asked to officiate abroad and also to use my linguistic skills at home for foreign couple seeking a different wedding experience.

I am a Founding Member of the Scottish Independent Celebrants’ Association.

I look forward to serving you and your families in whatever capacity would be appropriate.

T: 01738812825
M: 07718919654

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Elaine I Stark

Where do you start when a loved one dies?  You know you want a lovely Funeral Service but what to do?  Let me help.

I will listen and together we will get it just right.

I will convert all your random thoughts and ideas into a Service that tells the story of your loved one with warmth and humour.  A Service that resonates with everyone there.  I will be your mouthpiece and together we will give your loved one a send off you can all be proud of.

Should you wish a Hymn or a prayer, or no religious content at all, you can have just whatever seems right for you and your family and loved ones.

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Bill Miller



What I offer first and foremost is peace of mind.
      I fully understand that you only get one chance to say goodbye and that you want to make this occasion perfect.

You can be assured that all aspects of your service will be undertaken seamlessly from the first phone call till the final committal ceremony.

Within the comfort of your own home, I will spend as much time as necessary,
listening to your wishes, hearing your stories, your memories and the significance of your grief, to gain a true sense of the person who has died.  This information will then form the background to a truly unique Eulogy.



Contact me on 01383 732757   or   07557 673360

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Kirsty Williams

About me

I became an celebrant in May 2016, deciding to follow this vocation after being widowed in 2015. Kindness and compassion to others has always been my priority when working with people.

Throughout my career I have worked in various roles supporting people, mostly in the voluntary sector. I started working in these roles after completing an Honours degree in Psychology.

Co-ordinating social inclusion projects for older people with sensory loss and supporting unpaid carers across Moray, I loved being able to use my creative flair to organise social events and activities. Listening to people’s life stories is fascinating and I enjoyed being able to find creative ways to encourage people to feel included in their community.

I take the same care and attention when writing celebrations of life. I enjoy personalising services that truly reflect a person and how they lived their life. I also create other ceremonies for all different occasions, including naming ceremonies and renewal of wedding vows, in fact I can create a ceremony for any occasion that marks a significant moment in your life.

In my spare time I love to watch my two lurchers running free on the beaches in the local area.

At home crocheting is a favourite hobby, particularly blankets. I like to be creative and my blankets normally evolve to reflect the person who will receive it.

I also like to get creative in the kitchen and love to bake, from cupcakes to homemade tablet.

I’d love to hear your story, so if you are planning a ceremony for any occasion, please get in touch.

I can be contacted on: 07967 369703, 01343 830454,
or by email at
or by mail at 4 Plewlands Cottages, by Duffus, Moray. IV30 5QU

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Dr Aileen Barclay and Mrs Margaret Taylor

  • Dr Aileen Barclay       and        Mrs Margaret Taylor
  • 15 Buckie Wynd                          Cherrybank
  • Bridge of Don                                Brotherfield
  • Aberdeen                                        Kingswells
  • AB22 8DH                                       Aberdeen
  •                                                              AB15 8SS
  • Tel: 01224 827048                     01224 744191

Mob: 07973562651                   07949283627


Dr Aileen Barclay and Mrs Margaret Taylor are well equipped to conduct celebrations that reflect the unique life and personality of individuals and those closest to them. As former teachers and university lecturers with lifelong interests in people, they aim to create, edit and distill from discussion with clients celebrations that take full account of people’s wishes. Dr Barclay is a Practical Theologian who practises a Christian faith and can conduct fully Christian services if required. Mrs Taylor is an agnostic with no religious or creed conviction, but along with her colleague Dr Barclay, celebrates living and life in all its forms.

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Morris Manson, Borders Celebrant

Morris Manson
103 Buccleuch Road
Tel/Fax : 0175023342

I cover the Scottish Borders and offer ceremonies that can be religious, semi religious or non religious according to the wishes of the family.

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Annette MacDonald

Hello, my name is Annette MacDonald and I am a fully qualified Funeral Director, working in Aberdeen with many years experience.

Through the years, I have listened to the families for whom I was privileged to be able to assist and I know that they appreciated being given a choice as to how the service for their loved one was conducted.  As a result of this, I took the steps to continue my professional development and train as a Civil Celebrant.

We all know that traditionally a Minister would preside over the funeral service, but more and more families wanted a less religious service, Humanist ceremonies may suit some, however they do not allow any spiritual content or the chance to sing a hymn.  I believe that it is not up to the officiant to decide what content can or cannot be included, you have the right to the service most befitting your beliefs.

For advice or guidance, my contact details are: or via Gordon & Watson Funeral Directors on 01224 580377.

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Gwen Walker – A Cherished Memory

Gwen Walker

As an independent celebrant, I am dedicated and very passionate about creating and deliver a tribute at celebrates you loved one’s life.

I will meet with you, the family, wherever you feel most comfortable and together will create a tribute of cherished memories.  I will also supply your choice of music, poems or readings as well as giving you full control over your service content.


Gwen Walker

15 Izatt Avenue



KY11 3BL

07909 966 587






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Susan Chown



Hello there,

The inspiration behind my journey to becoming a Celebrant, came from my mum and my brother. When they died, within three months of each other, I found myself writing and delivering the eulogies at both of their funerals.  Having done this for those closest to me, I realised that perhaps I could do it for other people too.  This led to training and becoming a Civil Celebrant.   I now have the privileged job of helping families create ceremonies that truly reflecting the people they are for or about.   The wishes of the family come first, whatever their beliefs and I am dedicated to ensuring that their chosen ceremony becomes a positive lasting memory for them.

I have years of experience of speaking in public and I am an award- winning performer of the works of Robert Burns. When it comes to delivering your ceremony, I will do it to the very highest standard.

Ceremonies that I offer include Funerals, Baby Namings, Weddings, Renewal of Vows, Anniversaries, Pet Memorials and Scattering of Ashes.  Ceremonies can be created for other significant moments in life however, like special birthdays or other celebrations.  Please get in touch for a chat if you are thinking about something.


Susan Chown

Tel: 07904 533125





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