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My name is Ruby Beech and I live in Newark in Nottinghamshire. I grew up close by but moved away to study when I was 18 and then lived in the West Midlands and in London for many years before returning to the East Midlands. However my work has always taken me all over Britain as well as overseas and I continue to be happy to travel.

For most of my career I have worked in Human Resources in the public, private and charitable sectors, working at Director level in a number of organisations. I have worked with people as they have been affected by the highs and lows of life and recognise that we are all unique and respond differently to joys and challenges. As part of my work and in my local communities I have done quite a lot of public speaking and over the years have been asked to do readings and speeches at weddings, funerals and christenings/naming ceremonies for family and friends in both religious and civil ceremonies. On a number of occasions I wrote and gave eulogies for family funerals and found other people said “You can do mine when I go, Ruby”.

I often spoke with people who were frustrated by what seemed to be on offer in relation to ceremonies for these most special times of their lives. Some found that they were restricted in reflecting their own beliefs and ideals by those of the people conducting the ceremonies. In a more global society people came from different cultural backgrounds and were part of or aware of different traditions but found it difficult to find ways of bringing these into their own ceremonies. Some religious bodies were not happy to use traditions of other faiths, for example and government registrars could not allow anything which could be seen as “religious” – even the playing of Robbie Williams’ “Angels” being seen as inappropriate. I was delighted when same sex couples were able to be married in Britain but the options available to them seemed to be even more limited.

I was thrilled to be asked to act as celebrant for one couple who did the “contract signing” at the register office with just two witnesses at minimum cost, leaving them free to have their own ceremony just as they wanted it with no restrictions. I felt as if I had “come home” when I worked with them, and for them, to draw the ceremony together exactly as they wanted it and then to conduct it on the day. They were really pleased with it and many of their guests remarked how special it was. As a result I decided to train to become a professional celebrant.

I would be delighted to work with you to ensure that you have the right ceremony, unique, meaningful and truly personal to you for any of the special times in your life without being restricted by other people’s limitations.

Ruby Beech - UKSC(M)

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