A great turnout for this year’s carnival. We contributed with out usual white horses and carriage, a marching pipe band and a limousine for the new mayor Linda Van den Hende with her consort Lawrence Chalk

Setting up outside our Collier Row office

Local signwriter Michael Parperis is producing our new traditional hand painted office signs.


Carol Lawrence of Harold Wood Funeral Services was presented with a Civic Award for her work with Collier Row Community Group by The Mayor of Havering Philippa Crowder in a ceremony last night at Romford Town Hall

You are cordially invited to a
Family Service for the Bereaved
led by Reverend Shaun Moore
with an opportunity for you to light a candle in remembrance on
Holy Saturday 15th April 2017 at 3.00pm
St George’s Church, Chippenham Road,
Harold Hill, Romford, Essex RM3 8HX
Followed by Hot Cross Buns, Cake, Tea, Coffee and Juice
Please RSVP in the return envelope
or send an email to north@nullhwfunerals.co.uk
letting us know if you can join us and how many people you might bring.
We wish you a Peaceful Easter and hope to see you on Holy Saturday.
From the Directors of Harold Wood Funeral Services 

Easter Services at St George’s Church & Centre

Collier Row Victorian Christmas. Another successful & most enjoyable family event in Collier Row. Thank you to Margaret Collins. Sue Parperis. Paul Lucas. Steve Terry. Bram Mockett. Graham Walker. Plus big thanks to Lesley haylett. Ella Rayment – Main organisers plus Cllr Linda Trew. Cllr Dilip Patel. Cllr Jason Frost. Mayor Philippa and MP Andrew Rosindell, Chigwell Windows & Time FMcollier-row-victorian-christmasHarold Wood Funeral Services Ltd horse drawn carriage 15241950_1360113677345947_5255397232925126549_n

£25 donated to the British Legion with every Funeral Plan

£25 donated to the British Legion with every Funeral Plan

Harold Wood Funeral ServicesCollier Row’s upcoming Parade and Fun Day on Sunday 7th August has been given a boost as their local funeral directors’ charitable fund provided a regal sized donation for the event, celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday, Havering style!

Havering Mayor Philippa Crowder joined Collier Row Community Group (CRCG) committee members Lesley Haylett and Councillor Linda Trew, to thank Harold Wood Funeral Services for continued support towards the town’s Summer and Christmas events.
“Even if families aren’t going away on holiday this year, this will be another fantastic summer day out at the Forest Row Centre, right on our doorsteps,” said Carol Lawrence, of Havering funeral directors Harold Wood Funeral Services, with premises in Collier Row since 1972.
Lesley Haylett, chairing the community group, expects at least 5,000 people to enjoy this year’s attractions, with 300 taking part in a float and walking procession,from Collier Row town centre, starting just before the Fun Day.  “This year we have lots more live music at the Fun Day, for a festival atmosphere.”
“And it’s not too late for local groups and individuals to join in the Parade, in a Right Royal fashion!”  See Collier Row Community Group’s Facebook page to get in touch and find out more.
Caption to photograph – A Royal Sized Charitable Donation – Lesley Haylett, CRCG Chair, Havering Mayor Philippa Crowder, Carol Lawrence of Harold Wood Funeral Services, and Councillor Linda Trew, CRCG Vice Chair

 Carol Coyte Lawrence receiving certificates from LAFD president James Gallagher

Carol Coyte Lawrence receiving certificates from LAFD president James Gallagher

On Tuesday 29th March 2016 Carol Coyte Lawrence and Peter Coyte with Mayor of Havering Brian Eagling presented a cheque to Harold Hill Bowls Club’s President Allan Blatchford from Mrs Coyte’s Community Fund to help with their refurbishment.Harold Wood Funeral Services Harold Hill Bowls Club

Harold Wood Funeral Services Director, Peter Coyte, again enjoyed the accolade of winning the trophy for best carnival entry for the company for the third year running, at the popular annual Collier Row event on Sunday, which celebrated 50 years of London Boroughs’ establishment.
 The biggest carnival parade yet since its revival four years ago was enjoyed by thousands of local people, who appreciated the funeral directors’ white horses and pink carriage for taking Cinderella to the Forest Row Centre’s Fun Day, and was followed by two of the company’s stretch limousines for local children and CRCG Chair, Cllr Linda Trew.
 “We were pleased to play a part in this family event, which the Collier Row Community Group work hard to keep keep free or low-cost” said Peter.
 Also taking part was Time 107.5 FM.  Manager Lorna Walters, judging the entrants, praised the effort and high quality of the parade groups.

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Free upgrade worth up to £380 on Golden Charter Funeral Plans

Take out a Golden Charter Funeral Plan before 15th August 2015 and get a free upgrade from a Simple to a Traditional Plan or Traditional to Exclusive Plan. Call 020 8501 1735 for details and advice.

Harold Wood Funeral Services are proud to announce the signing of the Fair Funeral Pledge.

We pledge to:

1. Recognise funerals can be expensive and many people struggle with the cost.

2. Make our most affordable funeral package visible to the public, including third party costs.

3. Charge clear prices for goods and services so people know what they’re buying. Communicate prices in initial conversations and prominently display full prices lists.Unknown


Sponsorship of Radio Harold Hill

We are delighted to announce our sponsorship of our neighbours in Hilldene.  Radio Harold Hill is a community radio station with an international reach broadcasting from Harold Hill in the London Borough of Havering in the UK.

Listen live here: http://www.radioharoldhill.co.uk

Continued success at the annual Collier Row Carnival on Sunday 3 August 2014

Another great carnival this year and another prize for our Golden Carriage for the ‘Magic of The Movies’ theme.Golden carriage_2

Mrs Coyte presented a cheque for £1000 for the refurbishment of a room to the new vicar The Revd Shaun Christopher Moore at his collation in St George’s on  22 July 2014.  Also present were Madam Mayor Linda Trew of Havering, Agnes Slevin of Harold Wood Funeral Services and Brian Nelson warden of St George’s Church & Centre.St-G-007

Mrs Coyte’s Community Fund

The community pulled together recently to donate much needed time, and funds, towards a popular August carnival.

More than 50 people attended Collier Row Library to celebrate a donation by Harold Wood Funeral Services towards the Collier Row Carnival.

Guests including the Mayor of Havering, volunteers from the Collier Row Community Group, shopkeepers and business people attended to promote the event, which is scheduled to take place on August 3.

They were joined by staff from the funeral service, whose managing director, Margaret Coyte, donated £1,500 from the company’s charitable wing towards the carnival, in recognition of the Collier Row Community Group’s work in making the area “a great place to live, work and shop.”

Last year 5,000 people attended the carnival, though this year’s theme, The Magic of the Movies, could help see that number bettered.

The funeral company, a family run business, has helped bereaved families in the borough since 1968, and in Collier Row since 1972.

Carol Coyte Lawrence, another director from the company, said: “We won the cup last year for best carnival float. We will have to put on our thinking caps to keep it!”

“Collier Row businesses should take seriously the efforts of the community group’s committee, including deputy mayor, Cllr Linda Trew.

“The Carnival and Christmas Events bring families into the roundabout shopping area and remind everyone that we here on people’s doorsteps.”

Mayor, Cllr Eric Munday commended the donation, especially as Havering had been forced to make drastic cuts to community group grants, like all other local authorities in the UK.

Chair Lesley Haylett, organiser of the Havering Majorettes, said the donation had already encouraged more businesses to get involved.3311649804

Free Legal Advice & Funeral Plans Advice Sessions

In 2014, we have regular Free Legal Advice sessions on wills, probate & power of attorney from F Barnes Solicitors and Symons Gay & Leland Solicitors.

Please call 020 8501 1735 for details.

We also offer no-obligation Funeral Plans Advice from Harold Wood Funeral Services staff.


We are sponsors of Ilford and District Bereavement Care.

Memorial Service for the Bereaved

Sunday, 27th October 2013 at 4pm
The Ascension Church
Collier Row Road

Same Family, Seventh Decade

At the start of our seventh decade of service to the community of South Essex and East London, we are pleased to have opened our fourth premises in Hainault, and thank the families in Redbridge and Chigwell and beyond for trusting us to carry out their arrangement. Its opening is dedicated to our cousin Patricia Larden (Tricia), who is much missed.

She spent a career working with us in a cheerful and selfless manner, and was devoted to all her family and friends. No job in her life was too much for her, either in or out of work, which epitomizes our family tradition.

Tricia lived in Hainault from childhood and wanted to live nowhere else, just across from the forest and within sight of Chigwell Row. She always wanted to open a branch closer to home, and eventually we did.

For families who choose the Hainault and Chigwell area as a good place to live out their lives, in Tricia’s honour we present another choice – an experienced independent local funeral directors, run by an understanding family; we give the personal attention you need, which has been appreciated since the 1950s.

Our family’s help will become part of your own family’s history, as with many others who regard us as their friends.

Mrs M M Coyte
Managing Director

Patricia Larden (1947-2003) Sister, Cousin, Friend