Another BA5 done and dusted

Wow – that was a BA5 with a difference. Tuesday 27 July saw the Chamber team and members visit Shone & Shirley Funeral Directors, one of Nelsons oldest businesses, for an evening of networking and nibbles, plus one very interesting mortuary visit.

Established in 1862, Shone & Shirley is now in its seventh pair of hands, those of Alistair and Emily Hebberd, who are running the custom-built building in a traditional manner with room for some modern quirks – take their motor bike hearse for example. Unfortunately, it was out of action and submerged in flood water when we visited, but we did however get to view the trailer, which can carry loved ones on the back of motorbikes, tractors, classic cars, just about anything! 

The mortuary was one stop on the tour which roused much curiosity, giving insight into embalming practices – up to a 3 hour process involving multiple different fluids and various techniques. Hats off to Alistair and the team for their strong stomachs, it’s certainly not your average 9 to 5.

Do keep an eye on our events page, for details of our monthly Findex BA5’s – these provide a fantastic opportunity for Chamber members to network and find out more about local businesses. Next one up is over the hill in Takaka, hosted by NBS, you can find out more and register here.