ABOUT ME

"I care a very great deal about the human race.

It is, when all is said and done, all we have got."

- Noel Coward

About Me...

 

As you are here, it is most probably because you are looking for a ceremony that focuses on what’s important for you. Whether it is a wedding or a funeral, I work very closely with people to create and facilitate moments where meaning is given space to reveal itself and to be expressed with integrity and compassion. Weddings and funerals share the same elements of joy, sadness, friendship, humour, love, regret and hope as our lives are full of all of these things. Beginning with spending time with you, talking and listening to you with all of these elements in mind, my ceremonies are then custom-designed to reflect your wishes.

Aside from conducting ceremonies, I am also an illustrator and a musician. I teach woodwind privately and play the saxophone in a very busy and very cool 6-piece band called The Meanies – soul, funk, rock, northern soul and ska playing festivals, pubs, clubs and parties. By day, I am a freelance illustrator and designer graduating from the Falmouth School of Art and have, over the years, developed a deep interest in sculpture and ceramics and have built a pottery studio in my back garden for exploring this next step.

Humanism and I...

I have always ticked the 'None' box when asked about my faith, but I didn't know that I had a humanist outlook on life until I wanted to celebrate my two children's arrival into the world. A lovely guy from Humanists UK came along and delivered the most wonderful, personal and meaningful naming ceremonies. I understood at once this is how ceremonies should be and knew that I wanted to become a celebrant. And here I am! It was the best thing I have ever done; a truly humbling and transformative experience that never fails to make me feel enormously privileged. 

 

I love what I do and am passionate about people, writing and delivering the best ceremonies I can.

A Note About Style...

 

I would describe my style as relaxed and natural, and in much the same bearing as I am normally. The important factor for me is that a ceremony is authentically written and delivered with integrity, whether it is a celebration of marriage or a celebration of someone's life.

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Barry Fowkes

Accredited Humanists UK Celebrant

Banbury

Oxfordshire

M. 07527 869601

T.  01295 268195

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