Fun for all at the 2017 London Association Banquet and Ball

Following the success of last year’s event, the Lancaster London Hotel again hosted the Ball.

The black and white themed décor, highlighted by stunning balloon displays, provided a perfect backdrop for the evening’s celebrations on 4th March.

London President James Gallagher was pleased to welcome guests from kindred associations: SAIF National President Paul Allcock (with wife Alison), BIFD national Chairman Darren Carpenter (with Tracey Hodgson), CFSMA Immediate Past President Darryl Smith (with wife Lesley) and BIE Southern Chairman Janni Plato-Howley.

NAFD President Jeremy Field and his wife Victoria were on “home turf” at the LAFD Ball, Jeremy having served for some years on its Executive Committee.

The guests are pictured with James and Vice-President Matthew Barber and his wife Lucy.

President James Gallagher (2nd right front row) and V-P Matthew Barber (2nd right back row) pictured with the "Chain Gang"

President James Gallagher (2nd right front row) and V-P Matthew Barber (2nd right back row) pictured with the “Chain Gang”

Following a delicious 4 course dinner, the glamourous party-goers joined a lively, and ultimately fairly competitive, auction for a framed drawing of a dancer by artist Darren Baker,
who was on hand to present both the picture and evidence of provenance. Funds raised from the sale benefitted the President’s nominated charity, St Clare’s Hospice.

Artist Darren Baker (right) with delighted purchaser Andrew North

Artist Darren Baker (right) with delighted purchaser Andrew North



LAFD were surprised and thrilled by Mr Baker’s generous donation of the beautiful picture. His work deservedly has attracted much critical acclaim, particularly his portrait of the Queen, unveiled in 2011.


The party continued in the usual lively London manner, as members filled the dance floor when showband “Mixed Feelings” took to the stage.

Toastmaster Neil Hunt ably oversaw proceedings, including a grand raffle draw with an array of superb prizes kindly donated by sponsors.

 (photos by kind permission of Pret-a-portrait).

This year’s event was well supported by the very generous sponsorship of a number of suppliers and local members and we were pleased so many sponsors were able to join us at the party – THANK YOU all for contributing to a great evening.

Next year’s ball is being planned – don’t miss the highlight of 2018’s social calendar, look out for announcements on the website –

International Transportation Seminar 17th May

The latest opportunity to attend this popular event is scheduled for Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 6.30pm.

Spaces are limited, so book early.

Details here

To book, email

2017 AGM 6th April

The AGM will this year be on Thursday 6th April at Park Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge.

The meeting will start promptly at 6.30pm (bar opens at 6pm) and, as is customary, will be followed by dinner.

Attendance at the meeting is free, with dinner charged at £60 each for those able to stay after the meeting.

Details are available to download here, with a dinner booking form here.

Nominations for the Executive Committee are sought and must be received by the Secretary by 23rd March.

Details of the nomination process and a Form are available here.

Diploma in Management of the Dead – Academy of Forensic Medical Science

The AFMS, based in Charterhouse Street London EC1M is offering a DipMoD course, which we understand currently is underway with its first cohort of students.

The course is available either as a taught course or by distance learning.

Assessment consists of one 3 hour written examination paper and a 6,000 to 10,000 word dissertation.

Details of the course are available at:

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


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