2004 – The start of our journey

It’s fair to say that Rosedale was started on a shoe string!  Our desks were upcycled from a skip, and we had to borrow furniture from friends and family and take the pictures off our walls at home to hang at Rosedale House.  Peter Beales sponsored the roses in our courtyard garden, the Rose logo was drawn by Paul Rackham and Harold Rackham sourced our first Rover hearse and limousine.  Richard Green and Derrick Leeder were our founding Funeral Directors whilst Simon worked full time as an electrician and Anne worked at Colney Woodland Burial Park as a marketing consultant in order to make sure the mortgage still got paid. Rosedale House was purchased by a friend and former colleague who suggested that we could take out a 15-year lease and pay a reduced rent for the first five years, adding the shortfall onto the last five years, by which time we would hopefully be established enough to find the money.  Without help from such amazing landlords like Sue and Tim, Rosedale would never have come into being the success that it is today. Most of the premises adaption and decorations were carried out by us, or our friends and family and the Chapel of Rest and the work of the staff was blessed by Rev. Canon Tony Billet just in time, as our first bereaved family contacted us two weeks before we had officially opened our doors for funerals.  Under somewhat difficult circumstances we managed to pull together a team of pall bearers with matching uniforms and undertake our first funeral.  The trust that was placed in us by Mr George’s family will always be remembered.