Paul O'Brien looking forward to taking part in this years Ride 4 Life event

This April the fifth annual Bike4Life event is taking place and Pughs are proud to say that we will have one of our team taking part! In previous years this event has attracted over 8,000 bikers and enthusiasts from across the UK and raised thousands of pounds for worthwhile local causes.

Funeral Director, Paul O’Brien will be joining the 23 mile ride out which starts out from Meole Brace in Shrewsbury and finishes at the RAF Museum in Cosford near Wolverhampton, where there will be arena displays, stalls and exhibitions, biker tutorials raising awareness of road safety, all accompanied by live music.

Entrance to the fun-filled Bike4Life Ride Out is just £5 and entry to the festival at Cosford is free. As the event aims to raise money to help fund the vital life saving work of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, donations on the day will also be gratefully received.

Happy New Year

Now the last of the decorations have come down, the post New Year thick heads have cleared and 2015 begins in earnest, it is still somewhat hard to believe that 125 years ago this year, Pughs Funeral Directors was started by Jabus Pugh.  Indeed, our independent, family run firm of funeral directors will have been looking after the needs of families from Shrewsbury, Shropshire and beyond for 125 years this year.

Although the world is a very different place to what it would have been when Pughs was started (you would certainly not have been reading this article on a computer, tablet, phone or any similar device you may be reading these words from) we still provide a service that comes from years of collective experience built up upon firm foundations.

Even at this early stage of the year, 2015 already looks to hold a lot for us all at Pughs and we are all excited to meet the challenges, share the excitement and enjoy the celebrations ahead of us.

Pughs Achieves the Gold Standard!

Following Shrewsbury’s recent success in being crowned Champion of Champions as part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom awards for 2014, we are delighted to announce that Pughs have also been recognized for our own floral contributions to the town when we were awarded the Gold Award in the Commercial Category of Other Commercial/Business Premises.

The winner of the award is chosen by Shrewsbury in Bloom as part of Shrewsbury’s Town of Flowers Competition and was formally given to Peter by the current Mayor of Shrewsbury, Mrs Beverley Baker.

Peter Forrest receiving the Gold Award from Shrewsbury Town Mayor, Mrs Beverly Baker

We previously exhibited our Peace Garden at Shrewsbury Flower Show, where it was highly commended by the judges and achieved a Silver award.  Following this it was permanently installed at the rear of our premises overlooking the river and can be clearly seen from Greyfriar’s bridge, the English Bridge and the opposite riverbank.  It is open to the public, so if you would like to have the opportunity to look around our, now award winning, garden please do contact us to arrange a viewing.

Our award winning Peace Garden.

Pughs Managing Director turns 30!

From L-R: Gill Forrest, Kathleen Stone, Topsy Penn, Garry Purcell-Jones, Peter Forrest, Keith Winter, Helen Purcell-Jones

We are delighted to announce that our Managing Director, Peter Forrest has recently achieved the milestone of reaching thirty years service for Pughs Funeral Directors.  To celebrate this great achievement the company surprised Peter with a party on the River Severn aboard the Sabrina River Cruiser.

Peter said he was ‘delighted’ with the surprise and had no inkling of what had been planned for him.  As well as the party, the company also presented Peter with an engraved mirror as a thank you gift for his long service.

So it’s congratulations to Peter and here’s to the next thirty years!

Pughs at the Shrewsbury Flower Show 2014

 Shrewsbury Flower Show 2014

Pughs of Shrewsbury are delighted to announce that we will be sponsoring the ‘OUR FUTURE‘ marquee at this year’s Shrewsbury Flower Show.

Our family business was founded in Shrewsbury in 1890, just 15 years after the first Shropshire Horticultural Societies Flower Show took place and in recent years we have enjoyed supporting and taking part in the show. We have exhibited and received awards for our show gardens, which we have then donated to local charities.

Severn Hospice Flower Garden

Hope House Flower Garden

This year we are very proud to have the opportunity to support the show once again by sponsoring a marquee to encourage children to participate in bio-diversity and looking to the future.

It goes without saying that the Shrewsbury Flower Show is a great tourist attraction that brings many visitors to our lovely town, and we are very much looking forward to being part of this spectacular event.  The Shrewsbury Flower Show will take place in the Quarry in Shrewsbury Town (just opposite St Chad’s Church) on 8th and 9th August 2014. For more information please follow the link: The Shrewsbury Flower Show 2014.

Walking the Shropshire Way.

Pughs Funeral Directors of Shrewsbury has been sponsoring Pod Casts of historic and local information about the Shropshire Way for several years. The Staff from Pughs aim to do the twelve walks throughout south Shropshire that incorporate the Pod Casts.

Our first walk will be from Craven Arms to Ludlow following Route 4 on the south Shropshire map, taking in some of Shropshire’s most beautiful countryside as well as stopping to listen to the Pod Casts.

We will begin from the Discovery Centre in Craven Arms on Saturday 5th July 2014 and follow the Shropshire Way down to Bromfield and then onto the historic town of Ludlow.

This part of the Shropshire Way is around ten miles of gentle walking so if you would like to join us please meet at the Discovery Centre at Craven Arms at 10.00am and bring sensible footwear and clothing and plenty of food & drink and we will finish the walk at Ludlow Castle. A return bus service is available from adjacent the Compasses Inn, Corve Street Ludlow to Craven Arms on the 435 Bus which departs at 15.30 and 17.30.

For further details and information on how to download the Shropshire Way Pod Casts please feel free to contact us.

Two new cars join our fleet

We are delighted to announce that Pughs have recently taken delivery of a new Mercedes Benz based hearse and limousine to add to our current fleet in Shrewsbury.

Pughs of Shrewsbury was established in 1890 by Jabus Pugh and continues to provide a personal service to families in Shropshire and Mid Wales. After 120 years, the company is still very much an independent family controlled business, with an outstanding reputation in the area.

Pughs new hearse and limousine

Managing Director, Peter Forrest, with the new hearse and limousine.

Pughs continue support of Shrewsbury Town FC in 2013

Pughs are delighted to announce that we are continuing our matchday programme sponsorship as we enter 2013.

Peter Forrest, Managing Director of Pughs of Shrewsbury, said: “We are delighted to be associated with Shrewsbury Town Football Club who, like ourselves, have been part of the local heritage for over 120 years.  “A lot of work goes into the matchday programme to make it such an excellent production, and we are more than happy to support this and, in turn, support our local team.”

From their offices on the banks of the River Severn at Coleham, Pughs have provided a highly personal and professional funeral service to families at their time of need since 1890.

Andrew Tretton, Town’s commercial sales executive, added: “The club are really pleased that Pughs are continuing their sponsorship and we appreciate the backing that Peter has given us.  This support, as with all our sponsors and corporate partners, enables us to field as strong a team as possible out on the pitch which is what we are all here for ultimately.”

Pughs continue to support Shropshire Schools and Colleges Football Association

Pughs’ ongoing support of the Shropshire Schools and Colleges Football Association was further illustrated recently when our Managing Director, Peter Forrest, helped the SSCFA to welcome two of it’s key members become Life Members of the Association.

Peter is pictured above alongside SSCFA Chairman, Bob McGrath, making the formal presentation to Shropshire Homes and Salopian Sports.  Both these companies have championed youth football in Shropshire for many years and have been active in sponsoring various boys and girls county cups in the past.

Pughs at the finals of the Shropshire Business Awards 2012

Shropshire Business awards 2012

For the second year running Pughs of Shrewsbury was a finalist at the Shropshire Business Awards.  Once again we were selected from the best of Shropshire business and found ourselves in esteemed company amongst the final four companies nominated for the Business in the Community Award. 

This award is given to those companies that the Chamber of Commerce sees to have ‘put something back’ in its local community.  The Chamber assesses all companies entering for the award on standards reached in areas such as: relationships built up with residents, schools and/or community groups, financial support through donations or sponsorship of local causes and “keeping things local” by working with Shropshire traders or suppliers.  So to make the final is a great endorsement of our place within the local area.