West London Coroner – update

As previously notified, efforts are being made to improve the service.

New Coroner’s Officers now have been recruited.

Unfortunately introduction of the new dedicated email address for use by FDs has been delayed by technical problems, but we are advised that this facility will be available shortly.

We have been provided with telephone numbers for the Coroner’s Officers, as follows:

Eszter – 02087535777

Patrick – 02087532161

Siobhan – 02087532502

Cheryl – 02087532205

Saffron – 02087535135

Ian – 02087534275

Chet – 02087534198

Jo – 02087532760

Linda – 02087536928

If you encounter any problems with these new arrangements, please contact secretary@lafd.org.uk.


Western District AGM 15th March 2017

To be held on Wednesday 15th March 2017 at Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Ground, Chiswick at 6.30pm

Download details here.

Annual Banquet & Ball 4th March 2017


Stop Press  – Tickets are still available, but don’t delay – you don’t want to miss the best night of the year

Following the success of last year’s event, the 2017 Ball again will be held in the beautiful Westbourne Suite at the Lancaster London Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, W2 2TY.

Join us for this special evening, with a delicious four-course meal and dancing to a superb live band.

For a real treat, why not extend the evening with an overnight stay? Special bed & breakfast room rates have been agreed for attendees.

The hotel is centrally located, by Lancaster Gate tube station, overlooking Hyde Park.

Tickets now on sale – download a form here.


Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Promote your brand at this prestigious event.

CertFAA Course N – New venture for LAFD

Not one, but two groups of students commencing CertFAA in the same week?   How?

In an exciting development for the popular course, for the first time LAFD Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration is being offered outside the London area.

This week, London students began their studies at our Hatton Garden venue and 12 Sussex students joined the parallel course at the new Burgess Hill venue.

Both groups are working towards the examination on 5th April.

Pictured on Tuesday are the Sussex students with Sussex Association President Andy Holter, NAFD President Jeremy Field and Course tutor David Hall ….

Pic Sussex

…. and on Wednesday, London students with LAFD President James Gallagher

pic londonv2

Course N also will mark a milestone for the CertFAA – with the recent success of all Course M examinees, the number of holders of the qualification reached 186,
so the 200th successful candidate surely must be amongst these faces.


Christmas Elf ‘n’Safety – A timely reminder

It might seem obvious, but simple precautions sometimes are forgotten in the busy Christmas period:

Don’t let decorations obstruct smoke or heat detectors.

Don’t obstruct safety signage.

Check last year’s Christmas lights before using them again. Check that the plug and transformer are not damaged. Don’t forget to switch lights off when the workplace is empty.

Restrict electrical cables and extensions as far as possible. Tape wires to the floor or use cable protectors, or run them along walls.

If you want external lighting make sure that cables and connectors are in good condition, appropriate for external use and out of harm’s way.

Step ladders can be used to hang decorations, just make sure they are fit for purpose and secure. Don’t over reach when hanging the decorations or lights – move the steps closer.

Where there are motion sensitive security detectors be aware that some decorations will move in the air currents created by heating and ventilation systems. Many a late night or early morning false alarm has been down to moving decorations hanging from the office ceiling.

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