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New General Manager

Posted 22 December 2011

The Palmdale Group is pleased to announce, local resident, Lee Caddis as the newly appointed General Manager to the organisation.

Lee is already an esteemed member of the Palmdale team having worked across all the different departments of the company and most recently undertaking the position of Community Liaison Manager, which has given her significant experience working with the local community and equipping her to easily transition into the new position.

Existing General Manager, Brad Kennedy has stepped down to accept a consulting position with The Stevens Group and to pursue his culinary interest with his establishment The Letterbox Restaurant in Terrigal.

Owner of The Palmdale Group, John Stevens is pleased Ms Caddis accepted the position and is keen to ensure the established relationships with community organisations are maintained and developed under her leadership.

“We are very pleased that Lee has stepped up to accept this role and we are confident she will continue to strengthen the reputation of the company and its ties with the local community,” added Mr Stevens.

Ms Caddis said the she is really looking forward to embracing the new role and continuing her work for one of the Central Coast's heritage businesses.

“The Palmdale Group has a trusted name and we are renowned for our integrity and commitment to meeting the needs of those we serve. I am looking forward to continuing to build this solid reputation,” she added.

Caddis will commence her position as General Manager immediately.


Creighton's funeral records on exhibition

Posted 22 December 2011

Gosford City Library has placed on public exhibition the Creightons Collection, a compilation of never-before published funeral records dating back to the 1900s.

Funeral service R.H Creighton commenced in the 1800's with a base in Mann Street Gosford. They were re-branded and coined Creightons Funeral Service in the mid 1980's.

A team of volunteers have recouped historic records in order to offer local residents and historians these resources. The collection has been drawn from a number of original registers recovered from R.H. Creighton Gosford, at the time of closure of the Mann Street funeral parlour.

“While the records are possibly incomplete and sometimes quite limited in the years that they cover, the will be very valuable and useful to families or those looking to locate ancestors,” explained Creighton Funeral Service's Lee Caddis.

“Creightons has a proud history on the Central coast and has touched the lives of many families in the region. For those same families to have the opportunity to investigate and explore their ancestry is a real bonus,” added Lee.

Whilst the records are not inclusive of every funeral, they do provide a startling reminder of the history of the Central Coast and of the occupants who stamped their mark on our region.

Residents seeking to access the collection can simply visit the Gosford Council Library's website at www.gosford.nsw.gov.au/library and visit the Local History, Gosford and Brisbane Water Pioneers page.


Palmdale to brighten the Christmas of the disadvantaged

Posted 7 December 2011

The Palmdale Group are holding a local gift appeal to add festive cheer to the lives of those who will do it tough over Christmas and are asking for community support to aid them in their efforts.

To contribute to the appeal and help make someone else's Christmas merry, just drop a shoebox sized gift-wrapped present to reception at Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park at Ourimbah or Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens at Green Point, marked with an appropriate gender and age bracket.

“All of the packages donated will be given to the Salvation Army to distribute locally in time for Christmas,” said Lee Caddis, Community Liaison Officer.

“It doesn't have to be too expensive, but something new that will bring a smile to the recipient's face on Christmas morning. The staff and management have kicked off the campaign with a selection of gifts that we have wrapped and placed under the tree,” she added.


Palmdale Garden Club

Posted 7 December 2011

Palmdale and Greenway Gardens are renowned as being one of the most stunning collections of gardens on the Central Coast and The Palmdale Group are proud to launch a new Garden Club. The Palmdale Garden Club will accommodate groups and tours throughout the year, with one of our leading horticulturists guiding guests through the tranquil gardens.

The Palmdale Group's parks including Greenway and Palmdale, feature a diverse range of precincts and styles from traditional to modern, including rose gardens, native gardens, gum and camellia gardens with features such as the Willow Pools and Crystal Waters. All of the gardens are beautifully maintained by a team of professional horticulturalists.

The Palmdale Garden Club is for keen gardeners or those that simply want to enjoy the manicured surroundings to join the club and share in the ambience. There is no need to be a fully fleged horticulturalist, the club offers a range of activities and events designed to meet the needs of anyone wishing to find a social outlet for their interest in gardening.

To launch the Palmdale Garden Club we have created a Facebook page where gardening tips, general news on gardening, photos of the new and current gardens and information on club meetings and events will be posted. Simply search Facebook for “Palmdale Garden Club” and click 'like' to follow the page or click here

To book a garden club tour or for more information on the Garden Club, please contact Lee Caddis at Palmdale on 02 4362 1203.


Palmdale and Greenway shine at this year's Garden Competitions

Posted 4 November 2011

The Palmdale Group's Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens and Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park have been recognised for their picturesque landscaped gardens, sweeping up major prizes at this year's Central Coast Garden Competitions.

Wednesday September 28 saw Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park receive first place for best Business Premises Garden and best Water Feature, as well as a Highly Commended award for Parks at the Annual Wyong Shire Garden Competition.

The following evening, Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens was also recognised at the Gosford City Garden Competition, where it won best Theme or Specialty Commercial Garden and was a finalist for best Commercial Garden and best Eco Friendly Garden.

“Palmdale and Greenway boast spectacular garden settings and we are excited that both venues have been recognised at this year's local council Garden Competitions,” said Lee Caddis, Community Liaison Manager for The Palmdale Group.

“We pride ourselves in creating gardens that can be utilised and enjoyed by the entire community, with Palmdale and Greenway offering some of the most stunning landscapes on the Central Coast,” she added.

Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Gardens and Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens are open for garden inspections daily.


A Guide to Memorials from Palmdale's friendly consultants

Posted 4 November 2011

Palmdale has launched an interactive 'Guide to Memorials' website to help people discover more about their memorial options at Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park and Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens.

The website features a number of informative 'webisodes' from The Palmdale Group's friendly consultants, who discuss everything from memorial gardens and family memorials to baby memorials and funeral plans.

If you are interested in finding out more about the different types of memorials available to you and your loved ones, you can visit the website here: http://www.aguidetomemorials.tv or contact 4362 1203.


Salvos seminars to support parents grieving the loss of a child

Posted 5 October 2011

The Salvation Army will host two free seminars on behalf of Creightons Funeral Service, which will shed light on the complex and emotional grieving process when dealing with the loss of a child.

The seminar, Grieving the Death of a Child is for members of the public who have recently lost a child, or who are supporting someone who is grieving the loss of a child.

In addition to the public seminar, The Salvation Army will host a seminar to assist professionals who often work with parents who have recently lost a child including doctors, social workers, school counsellors and volunteers in charity organisations.

Public Seminar - Grieving the Death of a Child
When: Tuesday 18 October
Time: 10am to 11.30am
Venue: Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens

Professionals Seminar - Supporting Families Grieving the Death of a Child
When: Tuesday 25 October
Time: 10am to 12pm
Venue: Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens

Both the public and professionals seminars are free to attend. RSVPs are requested by telephone on 02 4324 1533, or by email to leec@palmdalegroup.com.au


Teddy Bear Baby Sanctuary at Greenway

Posted 5 October 2011

Due to the overwhelming public response to the Central Coast's first baby memorial garden Gumnut Babies, at Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park, The Palmdale Group has launched a second baby memorial site at Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens.

The new site, called the Teddy Bear Baby Sanctuary, is designed specifically for the memorialisation of babies, allowing grieving parents to gain important closure when dealing with the unexpected loss of their child.

“After losing our baby Imogen, finding a place where we could properly cherish her memory was an important step in our grieving process,” said Kirsty Dyball, who dedicated a butterfly plaque to her baby girl at the Gumnut Babies Memorial Garden.

“Although her ashes are at home with us, we appreciate having a unique area where we can visit to honour her and to deal with our loss appropriately,” she added.

The baby memorial sites are not only being embraced by parents who have recently lost babies, but also by those who lost a child many years ago and did not have an appropriate way in which to preserve their memory.

For more information about the Teddy Bear Baby Sanctuary memorial garden, contact Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens on (02) 4369 2013.


The Value of Family Memorials

Posted 5 October 2011

Family memorials are an invaluable way to ensure your family is together forever.

Palmdale and Greenway Memorial Gardens are renowned for being the most stunning collections of gardens on the Central Coast and The Palmdale Group has just released new premium family garden sites ready for your inspection.

A Family Memorial will provide your future generations with a serene place to visit, to preserve and remember your family times together. Now is the time to establish that foundation, with a Family Memorial placement at Palmdale Memorial Park or Greenway Memorial Gardens.

For more information on Memorials please visit www.aguidetomemorials.tv or call (02) 4362 1203.


Father's Day at Palmdale

Posted 24 August 2011

Gosford North Rotary Club will hold a free sausage sizzle at Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park on Father's Day (Sunday 4th September) from 8am to midday.

The BBQ will cater to the hundreds of people who attend the park on Father's Day each year to visit the memorials for their fathers, grandfathers and other loved ones they have lost.

“Father's Day is always one of the busiest days of the year in the park,” said The Palmdale Group's Lee Caddis.

“We are grateful to Gosford North Rotary Club for volunteering to put on the sausage sizzle to provide visitors with a bite to eat and some refreshment,” she added.

What: Free Sausage Sizzle
Where: Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park
Who: Gosford North Rotary Club
Date: Sunday 4 September
Time: 8am to midday


General Manager participates in Slither & Slumber

Posted 24 August 2011

The Palmdale Group's, Brad Kennedy, joined over 60 Central Coast executives at the Australian Reptile Park on Friday 5th August to support local charities The Iris Foundation and Coast Shelter in the first Slither and Slumber.

Armed with sleeping bags, warm clothes and a big dose of apprehension, Brad and his fellow executives braved the cold weather and the slithery snakes to have a little taste of sleeping rough.

The Slither and Slumber Executive Sleepout was developed to raise awareness through the business community, of the issues surrounding homelessness and suicide on the Central Coast of NSW and to raise funds to assist these organisations.

“The Slither and Slumber was a great opportunity for local executives to gain insight into sleeping rough like many of our local homeless,” said Brad.

“We also discussed those at risk of suicide and how the support of the Iris Foundation is so important to local youth,” he added.

The event raised over $64,000 for the two charities.


Creightons donation helps fund burns support camp

Posted 03 July 2011

The Central Coast Burns Survivor Support Group (CCBSSG), with the financial assistance of sponsor Creightons Funeral Service, has decided to financially support burns survivors on the Central Coast who may wish to attend Camp Phoenix, a four-day support camp for Australian burn survivors and their families that aims to provide a safe, fun and supportive environment in which everyone can meet and share their experiences. It is a weekend of enjoyment and togetherness, inspiration and encouragement.

This year's camp will be held from November 4 to 7 at the Collaroy Centre located on magnificent Collaroy Beach, NSW. The Centre boasts spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and is just 35 minutes from the centre of Sydney.

“Our support group meets each month at Mingara and we have been growing steadily in attendees each meeting. The support from Creighton's means that we can really provide a network for those who have survived burns and live on the Coast and this camp is a further way to bring people together in a fantastic environment,” said Keith King, Founder of the CCBSSG.

For more information about the Central Coast Burns Survivor Support Group read their latest newsletter here or for further details about the camp visit www.kidsfoundation.org.au


Palmdale step up to assist the Iris Foundation

Posted 03 July 2011

The Palmdale Group are making a $10,000 donation to local not-for-profit organisation, the Iris Foundation to assist them to continue their prevention against suicide on the Central Coast.

The Iris Foundation is a local charity who primarily focuses on implementing prevention strategies to young people and their families on the Central Coast. With suicide figures on the Central Coast remaining high, the Iris Foundation through fund-raising campaigns and corporate sponsorship such as this, have been able to make a small contribution towards appropriate intervention programs in the region.

Accepting the donation from the Palmdale Group, Iris Foundation co-founder Bev Baldwin said that suicide is an issue that can affect every single one of us.

The Palmdale Group's sponsorship will assist in the work of preventing youth suicide undertaken by the Iris Foundation - established by Bev and fellow Central Coast resident Dawn Hooper. Both Bev and Dawn's lives have been affected by youth suicide, which led the pro-active pair to take action against this disturbingly increasing trend.

“Central Coast statistics show that suicide since 2006 is on the increase again. Suicide rates are higher across the region, with more males than females attempting suicide,” Bev continued.

“The Palmdale Group's donation provides the vital platform on which to build the Iris Foundation and ensure its effectiveness,” said Bev.


Weddings at Greenway website

Posted 03 July 2011

Greenway has developed a new website to promote Weddings at Greenway, following the addition of its new function centre, The Gallery, which is now available for receptions.

The website is designed to allow visitors easy access to information regarding the wedding ceremony and reception services available at Greenway Chapel & Gardens.

“We're very excited about the fresh and updated new look for the Weddings at Greenway website,” said Greenway's Susan Forrest.

“It gives us an opportunity to showcase the warmth and beauty of our chapel and gardens, and provides a detailed overview of everything you need to know when planning your special day with Greenway”

The website also highlights wedding packages available, the various catering options with Mr Catering as well as photos and testimonials from happy Greenway customers.

Click here to visit the Weddings at Greenway website


The Palmdale Group step in where thieves left off

Posted 20 June 2011

The Palmdale Group has donated 35 new Japanese Box plants to the Bateau Bay Anglican Church following the theft of plants from the site earlier this month.

Following a submission by Joan Seymour in the Ticks & Crosses section of the Central Coast Express Advocate on Friday 3 June, Lee Caddis of The Palmdale Group contacted the Church's Minister and offered to replace the plants.

“I was reading the local paper and was astounded to read that people had stolen two whole rows of plants from the front of the Anglican Church,” explained Lee Caddis, the Community Liaison Manager at The Palmdale Group.

“I immediately contacted the Minister to find out how many plants had been stolen and had two of The Palmdale Group's gardeners purchase 35 new Japanese Box and deliver it to the Church the same afternoon.”

The Palmdale Group which includes Greenway Chapel and Gardens and Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park pride themselves on the maintenance and beauty of their own gardens as a place of serenity and remembrance.

“As we are in the funeral service industry and consistently working with churches in our local region, The Palmdale Group were happy to assist to replace the plants at the Church,” she continued.

“We hope this small gesture may diminish the loss that the Church experienced,” added Lee.


Premium memorials now available

Posted 6 Jun 2011

A memorial to someone who has passed away not only provides a permanent, tangible tribute to that person's life, but also a focal point for grief, assisting those left behind to move through the bereavement process normally.

Both Palmdale Lawn Cemetery & Memorial Park and Greenway Chapel & Gardens offer memorials that are fittingly beautiful and unique. The Palmdale Group have recently re-arranged their picturesque gardens and now have premium memorial spaces available.

“We now have over 5,000 new memorial sites available in premium locations, from our crystal waters, to gardens with stunning views,” said The Palmdale Group's Lee Caddis.
While purchasing a memorial is usually only discussed after a loved one passes, to ensure peace of mind, families should consider securing space now.

“Palmdale's waterfall and rose quartz crystal areas are personal favourites and create a peaceful atmosphere which is perfect to reflect and remember,” added Lee.
Individual memorials are available, as well as spaces for couples and families.

The Palmdale Group has established a Permanent Maintenance Trust Fund to ensure our memorial environments are maintained in perpetuity, giving you peace of mind and comfort in the knowledge that the memory of you or your loved one will live on for the benefit of future generations.


Gumnut Babies

Posted 6 Jun 2011

Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Gardens have opened the Central Coast's first baby burials section, the Gumnut Babies Memorial Garden, designed specifically for the burial and memorialisation of babies.

“The Gumnut Babies Memorial Garden is a distinctly designed site nestled amongst the beautiful garden landscapes of Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and will allow family members to commemorate the loss of a baby with a specialised butterfly plaque,” said Lee Caddis of the Palmdale Group.

“We hope that the Gumnut Babies Memorial Garden becomes an important part of the grieving and remembrance process for parents who have lost a baby,” she continued.

As well as a burial site, the Gumnut Babies memorial garden is alternatively available as a memorial site for parents who have lost babies in the past.

“We have already received a great deal of interest from parents who did not have access to a site such as ours in the past, wishing to commemorate the memory of their baby,” added Palmdale's Lee Caddis.

“The loss of a baby is a delicate and emotional time for parents and we hope the Gumnut Babies memorial garden will provide them with a permanent site of remembrance that will ensure the memory of their child is preserved and honoured,” she said.


Grief and bereavement seminars

Updated 9 May 2011

The Palmdale Group is committed to providing support and education concerning grief and bereavement to our clients and the Central Coast community. Further to our grief and bereavement seminars held last year in partnership with The Salvation Army, the organisation is hosting a further two seminars, which will be held in May and will focus on Understanding Grief in Children or Young People.

The free public seminar will provide insight into the thoughts and emotions of children and young people when dealing with loss and aims to provide adults and parents with the necessary tools to support younger family members through grief.

The second seminar is designed for professionals who regularly work with young people and children, including doctors, social workers, school counsellors, nurses and volunteers in charity organisations and seeks to increase their ability to help youths deal with loss.

The Salvation Army are hosting the seminar on behalf of The Palmdale Group, as part of the Group's $38,000 annual commitment to expand The Salvos' counselling service on the Central Coast.

Public Seminar
Tuesday 24 May 2011
10am - 11:30am
Greenway Chapel and Gardens

Professionals Seminar
Tuesday 31 May 2011
10am - 12pm
Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Gardens

Both the public and professionals seminars are free to attend. To reserve your place, please telephone 02 4324 1533 or email leec@palmdalegroup.com.au.


Pancakes at Palmdale this Mother's Day

Posted 2 May 2011

This Mother's Day, Sunday 8 May, Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park will be providing free pancakes, tea and coffee to all visitors with assistance from Rotary Club of Gosford North. The free morning tea will give visitors a chance to take in the breathtaking scenery of Palmdale, while reflecting on the special women who they have lost.

“Mother's Day is often a busy day at Palmdale, with families and friends gathering to honour the important mother figures in their lives,” said Lee Caddis of the Palmdale Group.

The morning tea will be prepared and served by volunteers from the Rotary Club of Gosford North, who will receive a financial donation from Palmdale for their support. Those planning to visit Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park on Mother's Day can receive their free morning tea between 8am and midday.


ANZAC Day Services

Posted 2 May 2011

The serene natural environments of Palmdale Lawn Cemetery & Memorial Park at Ourimbah and Greenway Chapel & Gardens at Green Point were fitting settings to commemorate and pay respect to the memory of our fallen service men and women on Anzac Day.

Full memorial and wreath laying services were conducted at both Palmdale and Greenway on Monday with local celebrant Mr Grahame Crossing. Both services also featured New Zealand veteran Ian Bigwood.

“The ANZAC spirit just keeps growing with many Central Coast residents attending our services on Monday despite the poor weather,” said The Palmdale Group's Lee Caddis.


Greenway expands with Mr Catering

Posted 7 April 2011

Greenway is proud to reveal that their new function centre is now available for wedding receptions. “We are excited to share the news that the development of a large function centre at Greenway is now complete. Greenway is now able to host beautiful wedding receptions and functions,” said Greenway's Susan Forrest.

“If you're planning a wedding, you might be surprised to see what a romantic and magical setting Greenway is for all kinds of weddings, from traditional to truly original,” she added.

A new partnership with local catering business, Mr Catering and Greenway has also been confirmed and will add fine cuisine, style and taste to the new function centre. Mr Catering have previously catered for Greenway's wakes and small functions and, as well as managing Greenway's café, will be providing delectable cuisine at the new function centre.

The centre will comfortably accommodate up to 70 guests and will allow weddings, events, functions and large wakes to be held at the beautiful serenity of Greenway.

Greenway is featuring in the Central Coast's largest wedding expo, Getting Hitched, which will be held on Sunday 19th June at Mingara Recreation Club.


Creightons Funeral Service shows support for Central Coast burns survivors

Posted 10 February 2011

Creightons Funeral Service is now the official sponsor of a new community initiative, the Central Coast Burns Survivor Support Group (CCBSSG) - the Central Coast's first support network for burns survivors and their families.

The CCBSSG, which was founded by former NSW Fire Brigade Central Coast Zone Commander Keith King, is a vital step towards helping burns survivors to achieve a greater quality of life after recovery.

The group held its official launch at Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens on Thursday 10 February, where Creightons Funeral Service made a $10,000 donation.

The funding will enable the CCBSSG to fulfil key goals of establishing a strong social network and advice system for local burns survivors. The funding will also allow the group to provide young Central Coast burns survivors with the opportunity to attend a national burns survivor camp and meet with others who have experienced similar ordeals.


Local artists show off their garden muses

Posted 4 February 2011

After becoming the subject matter of a Central Coast Art Society 'paintout' last year, the Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park hosted an art exhibition to showcase the works it inspired.

The free exhibition, which also featured paintings influenced by Green Point's Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens, provided an opportunity for local residents of all skill levels to show off their work.

Rose Bickley of the Central Coast Art Society believes that some of the Society's best works have been produced from these picturesque locations.

"The breathtaking landscapes and plant life at both the Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park and the Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens certainly inspired our members to create some beautiful works," said Rose.

"This exhibition was an opportunity to show off our local artists' interpretations of some of the Central Coast's most prized scenery," she added.




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