March 2019 News

Independent family funeral directors based in Helston are currently recruiting a Funeral Operative. This is a full-time position.

Must be over 25 with full, clean driving licence.

Willing to train in all aspects of the profession – with the opportunity to progress to the position of
Funeral Director.

Demonstrate empathy, discretion and care and appreciate the importance of attention to detail.
Must be of smart appearance with good communication and interpersonal skills.

Willing to work within a small committed team, following instructions, whilst also having the ability to show
initiative and be available to work out of hours when necessary.

Salary to be agreed.

Applications in writing (enclosing an up-to-date c.v.) should be sent to:

Shirley Pascoe, Manager, Pendle Funeral Services, The Firs Funeral Home, St Johns, Helston, 

TR13 8HN, by Friday 26th April 2019.

July 2017 News

On Wednesday 19th July, we attended The Cove MacMillan Support Centre to meet Prince Charles, The Patron of MacMillan Cancer Support. The day marked the official opening of The Cove and a plaque was unveiled by The Prince. Jamie was invited to meet the Prince in person along with other fundraisers for The Cove.

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Once the visit had concluded, we were given a guided tour by Emma Wright, Fundraising Manger for Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly. The building is such a positive improvement in cancer care throughout our County. Each room has a specific purpose, catering for both adults and children, as well as mixed groups. In addition to counsellors, nurses and volunteers, The Cove has just employed its first physiotherapist and it hopes to add a MacMillan GP in future- all through continued fundraising.

December 2016 News

Pendle Funeral Services will not be sending Christmas Cards this year. We will be making a donation of medical equipment for the children of the Aleppo Crisis.

November 2016 News

Cornwall’s first specialist cancer support centre, The Cove, opened by MacMillan today…

All of us at Pendle’s are absolutely delighted to see The Cove open its doors for the first time today… As The West Briton declared, “The dream of a Cornwall cancer support centre is now a reality.”

We’re so proud to have supported this hugely important project which should support around 13,000 people in Cornwall on an annual basis, offering such services as financial advice, counselling and clothes and wig-fitting, as well as specialist support for teenagers, run by the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The building’s design and location, adjoining the Mermaid and Sunrise Centres at Treliske Hospital is very impressive (as the photo conveys):

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Here's a look at the interior:

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We wish all the staff and volunteers all the very best and look forward to hearing about the great impact that The Cove will have on those affected by cancer in Cornwall.

Should you need to contact The Cove support centre, their email address is or telephone: 01872256363.

June 2016 News- The new Norwood Hearse arrives...

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Tony, Dee and all at Pendle’s were delighted to take delivery of the new Norwood Hearse (seen in the right foreground) from Coleman Milne on Monday 20th June. Tony first saw the vehicle at the 2015 Funeral Exhibition and was really taken by its sleek design and exceptional features. The arrival of the new hearse now completes the Pendle’s fleet of 2 hearses and two limousines.

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April 2016 News- Jamie completes the London Marathon in 3 hours 57 minutes- raising over £8000 for The Cove MacMillan Support Centre in the process.

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A race against time to cross the line before 4 hours passed

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Pure relief on crossing the finish line

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Elation on receiving the medal

February 2016 News

Jamie’s London Marathon article ‘Funeral Director goes on the run’ appears in the Helston Packet

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Emma Ferguson, News Editor from The Packet contacted Jamie earlier this week to publish an article promoting The Cove Appeal and to talk about Jamie’s training. Here's the full article:

In addition, Jamie has written a blog charting the highs and lows of his marathon training…

January 2016 News

On April 24th 2016, Jamie Richards from Pendle Funeral Services based in Helston, will be running the London Marathon to raise money for The Cove MacMillan Support Centre in Truro.This essential facility will provide services such as counselling, financial advice and first-hand experience from volunteers to anyone affected by cancer in Cornwall, ensuring that no one has to face cancer alone: ours is the only county in the whole country without this vital support centre.

Jamie says: “Earlier this year, we (Pendle’s) organised an event in Helston for The Cove which took place in May.The 1940s-themed event managed to raise a total of £11,200 which surpassed our wildest expectations.Once the evening passed, I felt a real motivation to carry on raising funds for The Cove, which has become so important to me, and my family.As one would expect in our profession, we regularly witness the tragic effects of cancer on families’ lives, and that is why I’m so passionate about supporting The Cove, which will be such a positive building for Cornwall.

It is the first time that I’ve run a marathon, and I consider myself extremely fortunate to have gained a place for London at the first attempt.There have been some hard lessons learnt along the way, especially around training and dieting- no more beer or pasties for me!Having the goal to run 26.2 miles has broken me out the cycle of yoyo dieting and I can honestly say that I’ve really enjoyed it so far, with many benefits for my health and wellbeing.

Whilst work has started on The Cove, it is important not to forget that there is still a long way to go to achieve the £1million required to complete the project.Please support Jamie to achieve his minimum target of £2000 by visiting and pledging a donation for this fantastic cause.

November 2015 News

This evening we welcomed Tony Richards, Musical Director, and Alec Robertson, patron and newly appointed committee member of Gweek Silver Band, to our speaker meeting. They attended to receive a donation of £625 for the band, half of the proceeds of the harvest auction we held at Alec's pub, The Black Swan, in October. They joined members for an informative talk about the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service given by Guy Herrington, the Station Commander of Truro Community Fire Station. Pictured are President Elect Roy Treloar, Tony Richards and Alec Robertson.

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September 2015 News

London Calling…

On April 24th 2016, Jamie will be running the London Marathon for The Cove MacMillan Cancer Support Centre!

Jamie says: “Earlier this year, we raised money for The Cove to mark our 20th year in business in Helston. I wanted to continue to support this hugely important project and wondered how I could best do that. I watched my wife complete a charity-run and was really inspired by the camaraderie and spirit of the runners, so it got me thinking…why not enter the London Marathon?!

Since then I have trained really hard, losing two stone(s) in the process, having struggled initially to run 500 metres without stopping. I entered the Eden Project Half Marathon which takes place in mid-October for motivation to keep going, but shortly after found out that I was in the ‘big one’! I am absolutely delighted to be representing The Cove, it’s a cause that has become so important to me- and my family”.

To support Jamie, please visit his Just Giving Page:

Any donations would be hugely appreciated!

July 2015 News

Cheque presentation day:-

On Wednesday 1st July 2015, Tony, Dee and the team at Pendle's presented a cheque for £11,200 to the Fundraising Manager for MacMillan Cancer Support in Cornwall, Emma Wright.

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June 2015 News

Final total for The Cove MacMillan Cancer Support Centre comes to £11,197!

We will be presenting a cheque to Emma Wright, Fundraisng Manager for MacMillan in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, in early July. The West Briton will be doing an editorial in the coming weeks. Once again, thank you to everyone who supported us in helping to raise this fantastic amount!

Wow-what a fantastic night! We raised over £10,000 for The MacMillan Cove Support Centre

Tony, Dee and all at Pendle’s would like to thank everyone who attended and supported our charity fundraiser for the MacMillan Cove Support Centre: the evening raised over £10,000 with further donations to follow!

The event took place at The Old Cattle Market which was transformed into a 1940’s village hall- complete with bunting, flags, tea lights and various other 1940’s-era decorations. Over 200 people attended the fundraiser and were greeted with the sight of 1940’s military vehicles and WW2 memorabilia set within a mock Anderson shelter in the venue’s foyer.

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The audience were treated to Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman’s 1940’s swing classics, including “In the Mood” and “Sing Sing Sing” by The MacMillanaires; a scratch Big Band formed by musicians from around Cornwall. Musical Directors John Austin and Clive King serenaded the audience with trumpet solos and the audience were wowed by a special duet, none other than Tony and Dee themselves! It was certainly a unique version of “Come Fly with Me”! We were delighted that tenor saxophonist, Carol Gasser, a former member of the Ivy Benson Big Band could join us, amongst other brilliant players. The band was accompanied by the fabulous Ritzy Belles, a female trio specialising in 1940’s songs, such as The Andrews Sister’s medley. The Celtic Choir Ensemble very kindly performed midway through the evening which went down a storm with everyone in the venue!

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The charity auction proved to be an overwhelming success, with proceeds totalling £3,669- including an artwork donated by David Hosking, a week in a holiday cottage in Devon for four people and a night’s accommodation, 3 course meal and wine provided for four people by the Black Swan in Gweek. The auctioneers, Philip Care and Ronnie Williams did a remarkable job in helping to raise so much money for The Cove. In addition to this, the raffle was run by Barclay’s Bank, who have committed to match the total raised- over £1,000! The lucky Golden Ticket winners' will enjoy a meal for two people at The Seadrift Kitchen Café in Porthleven, with a classic Jaguar Mk 2 thrown in for transportation.

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A huge thanks to our family and friends, who all contributed so much towards the organisation of the event. Also, thanks to Simon, Kim and all the staff at the Blue Anchor who really got into the spirit of the evening. Finally, a special thanks to the evening’s MC, Clive Triolaire and MacMillan’s Fundraising Manager, Emma Wright, who worked tirelessly and with so much enthusiasm to ensure the night’s success- we couldn’t have done it without you all!

Charity Auction Lots List

Please click on this link to view the auction lots available for our forthcoming charity fundraiser for the MacMillan Cove appeal:

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Commission bids accepted. Please email your name, contact details and maximum bid to or call 01326573080 in advance of Saturday 30th May.

David Hosking Artwork

Here is a photograph of the canvas that David has donated towards our charity auction:

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Carla Regler Photograph

Here is a copy of the photograph which Carla has very kindly donated to our charity auction:

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May 2015 News

Preparations for our MacMillan Cove charity fundraiser are going well! Here is a small taster of some of the brilliant auction prizes on offer:

*A 3 course meal for 4 people at The Black Swan in Gweek, with wine, accommodation and Limousine transportation thrown in for the winners!

*A Painting by internationally renowned Saatchi-registered Artist, David Hosking - David Hosking from Porthleven has kindly donated a painting towards our charity auction, which will be displayed on an easel on the evening.

Here is a small description from David's website...

"David Hosking has been painting for over 50 years. His work has been collected widely since 1993 and now his paintings are found in private collections in over 25 countries worldwide. The unique and powerful style of his work has evolved gradually over several decades into the strong rich compositions for which he is known today."

*A holiday cottage in Devon for 4 people for a week
, donated by Premier Cottages in conjunction with MacMillan Cove

*A bunch of flowers delivered to your door) every month for an entire year! (TR13 area only) Florists, Debbie Dyer of Flowers Galore and Paul Williams of Westcountry Flowers have very kindly supported our auction with this fantastic prize!

*An beach-front apartment for 4 people in Porthtowan on the north coast of Cornwall (4th-11th September) donated by Whispering Waves

This is just a snapshot of the prizes on offer: there are many more available!

For tickets, please call 01326573080 or email

April 2015 News

Big News! To mark our 20th year in Helston we are holding a 1940's themed charity fundraiser for the MacMillan Cove appeal at The Old Cattle Market, Helston, on Saturday 30th May at 7pm. All proceeds will go directly to this fantastic cause!

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Tickets can be purchased for the event by emailing us at or alternatively call us on 01326 573080

March 2014 News

Tony, Dee and Jamie travelled to Tregoning Ford in Wadebridge this month to complete a deal for two Ford Galaxies and a Fiesta. Thanks to Paul Richards for his excellent service throughout!

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December 2014 News

On behalf of Tony and Dee and all at Pendle's, we wish you a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

November 2014 News

Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard

At this evenings meeting we welcomed Tony Richards, Musical Director, and Alec Robertson, Patron, of Gweek Silver Band. They were presented with a cheque for £415 which was raised at the Harvest Auction held by the club at the Black Swan, Gweek last month.

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Pictured are Tony Richards, President Edwin Lawrance and Alec Robertson.

September and October 2014 News

Apologies for the lack of updates in recent months- we've been busy undergoing works for The Firs' 20th anniversary. On Saturday 30th May next year we will be holding a special charity this space...!

August 2014 News

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The first stage of repairing the bank is now complete: we've extended the existing bank by 5 metres and planted griselinia on top and along the front to create more privacy for our chapel of rest. Once this is established we will be turfing out the rest of the bank. We hope you like improvements!

July 2014 News

65th Wedding Anniversary

Tony's Mother and Father, Archie and Elizabeth, celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary this month. The party was well attended by many of their friends and family, and they were serenaded by Gweek Silver Band who put on a fantastic show. A great time was had by all.

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Tony and his Mother, Elizabeth, celebrating her 65th Wedding Anniversary

Archie and Elizabeth founded AC Richards and Son Funeral Directors which are based in Perranporth and Newquay.

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After a few false starts, we are endeavouring to reinstate the bank along the front of The Firs. Once the bank has settled, we will be turfing and planting various bushes (and fir trees!) to help enhance the privacy and tranquillity of our premises, since we lost the trees during the storms in February.

Gweek Gala Week

Tony is the Musical Director of Gweek Silver Band and they are fast approaching their Gala Week. It will be fantastic to see you all at Gweek Gala Week...

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June 2014 News

New limousine delivered to The Firs…

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We’re pleased to announce that we have updated our fleet this month: we have added a new Ford Dorchester Limousine, which provides exceptional comfort for our families. We’re delighted with the overall appearance and finish of the vehicles. The limousine was manufactured by Coleman Milne in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

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A frequently asked question by many families is where and how our limousines and hearse were manufactured: this video (sourced from Coleman Milne’s website) demonstrates how.

May 2014 News

Coldstream Guards Band Reunion

Tony (and Dee) travelled to London to take part in the biannual reunion for former members of the Coldstream Guards.

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Tony enjoying a "sober" breakfast...

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Where's Wally...?!

Our article appears in the Funeral Service Journal (April 2014 Edition) as per our March News.

Helston Town Tidy and Flora Day

It was a pleasure to see the town looking so tidy during the build up to Flora Day. We were delighted to make a small contribution towards the clean-up effort and it was great to see many improvements in the town centre: our favourite being the lick of paint awarded to the timber above Coinage Ope (alleyway to the One Stop Shop and Tyack Car Park)!

Judging by the number of beer delivery vans in Coinagehall Street on the morning prior to Flora Day, there must have been a few sore heads in the aftermath! It was great to catch up with so many of our friends.

April 2014 News

New Arrivals at The Firs!

This morning we noticed this pair of ducks who've decided that Helston boating lake is too chaotic for their liking- instead they've taken up residence in our pond!

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The last time this happened we discovered a brood of ducklings that two of our colleagues (whilst dressed in morning suits) had to guide along Penzance Road to the safety of the boating lake:a bizarre and humorous sight for all passers-by- we're sure. We're eagerly anticipating further arrivals this summer!

New additions to our Website

We've recently added new features to our website including this News section and an Announcements section, as well as freshening up the Gallery with new photos and captions. We intend to make our website more informative for families to use as a reference point for latest press announcements and to keep you informed of latest developments from Pendles.

Supporting our local community

We were asked to write a letter by Helston Bowling Club to endorse an application for funding for remedial works to their club house, including a new roof for the pump house, the installation of a trophy cabinet and tree lopping to improve the quality of the lawn- and to open up the view over the recently redeveloped boating lake and Old Cattle Market for spectators. We wish all members of the bowling club the best of luck with their application and we look forward to a successful outcome.

March 2014 News

Please find a copy of our advertisement for Coleman Milne, due to be published in the Funeral Service Journal in the next few months:

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Tony and Dee Richards of Pendle Funeral Services in Cornwall, taking delivery of the Ford Cardinal Mk 11 Hearse, with their son Jamie who has recently joined the family business.

Pendle Funeral Services is a well-established independent family business owned and run by Tony and Dee Richards, serving Helston, the Lizard Peninsula and surrounding areas in Cornwall. The extreme weather conditions in February this year had a significant impact upon the Firs Funeral Home, as windy conditions lead to 15 mature fir trees falling like dominoes in a single night.

“After securing everyone’s safety by closing the main road, the first thought was to move the recently purchased Ford Cardinal Mk 11 Hearse which was located perilously in the garages below the falling trees. Fortunately, nobody was injured and no property was damaged, although the incident caused quite a stir in local and social media. We were overwhelmed by the local community’s response and their contribution to the clean up operation. We’re now debating a new name for “The Firs”; perhaps “The Tree Stumps” would be appropriate for the time being!”

Pendle’s have built a strong and growing reputation for their caring and dignified service to families for over 20 years. Over time, they have acquired an elegant and high-quality fleet of vehicles from Coleman Milne: Tony and his team have always been delighted with the service and the quality of vehicles and they will be looking to add to their fleet in the coming months.

Tony and Dee’s son, Jamie, joins Pendle’s after 5 years working in retail management following a degree obtained from the University of the West of England in Bristol. He is looking forward to working and learning alongside the experienced team at Pendle’s.

February 2014 News

What a challenging few days we’ve all had…!

On the evening of Tuesday 4th we were contacted by neighbours to notify us that one of our mature fir trees had been blown over into Penzance Road by the wind: in 20 years at The Firs we had never witnessed anything like the night to follow…

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In the space of a few hours, we lost 15 of our mature fir trees owing to the extreme weather conditions- the weight of the torrential rain allied with the severe winds meant that the trees along our front bank toppled like dominoes.

We contacted the emergency services who immediately helped us to close the road and divert traffic safely around the affected area. Fortunately, nobody was injured and no property was damaged throughout the night, although our cars came perilously close! News of the incident circulated around local and social media, including BBC News.

The response by members of the local community was overwhelming, as dozens turned up with chainsaws in addition to a local young farmer who arrived with a tractor and chain to help move the trees out of the blocked road. As one member of the public remarked, “the team effort from everyone revived the Dunkirk spirit”. We thank anyone who was affected on the evening for their patience and we can assure everyone that we are working hard to restore the landscape and the privacy of The Firs.

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In the interim, we’re debating whether to change the name of “The Firs” to “The Stumps” until all repair works have been completed! We’ll keep you posted…

January 2014 News

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