Stuart Jones - Founder & MD of My Happy Memories

I made my first film about 30 years ago… it was shot on an old video 8 camera, had titles that were super imposed within the camera and was glued together scene by scene as I edited it and copied onto Betamax. It was all very rudimentary but led to an opportunity to produce motivational videos for a sales organisation.

Turn the clock forward some 20 years and a few things happened; my son had said to me that he thought I’d had a really wide range of life experiences from the stories I’ve told him over the years. Some of those experiences have been very positive and of course, some have been hard, but all of them have made me who I am today.

I later became concerned that I may have been seriously ill. Fortunately, that turned out not to be the case, however, it triggered an idea that I should capture some of those stories and bring them to life as memories not to be lost. Tribute films, have been around for celebrities for years… broadcasting them helps with the grieving process as well as being informational and entertaining, but I thought, why should these films only be for people in the public eye?

Sometimes life gets in the way and it didn’t seem so much of a priority for a while, until I lost both of my parents and have been left with very little to remember them by beyond a few photo albums. Stories about how my Mum & Dad met, about how my Mum used to play in the bombed-out shells of buildings just after the War and about how my Dad walked along the Great Wall of China in his 60s are already starting to fade

I’ve decided this can’t be left any longer, so using the skills that I’ve developed and fine-tuned over the years, my wife and I have now both recorded our Memoir Movies. This is something we hope and expect to be able to add to in years to come, but if the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s been that life cannot be taken for granted.

My Happy Memories has been set up to give you the chance to capture your own memoirs in a way that will keep your memories alive for generations to come.

We’re based in Bickley, Kent which is part of the London Borough of Bromley and within easy reach of the M25.

Our work is primarily focused around the South East of England, including London, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex, Sussex, Essex.

We are also able cover the whole of England, Wales, Scotland, Europe and other Overseas territories.