Western District AGM 15th March 2017

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

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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 ….

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

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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.

Autumn General Meeting 2016

The Autumn General Meeting was held on Thursday 10th November 2016 at Park Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge and followed by dinner enjoyed by 54 members and guests.

President James Gallagher reported the Association’s recent focus on education opportunities and the continuing difficulties for local members dealing with the West London Coroner Service.

Members were concerned about the continuing deterioration of service and staffing levels and the suspension of Senior Coroner Mr. C Inyama, pending completion of investigations by the Judicial Conduct Investigation Office. The Association was arranging a meeting with the Acting Senior Coroner and lead Council, to identify processes to enhance communication and learn of plans to improve the service.

Recent successful seminars were reported. The International Transportation seminar had been well received and would be repeated in 2017. An evening offering an update on relevant developments had been oversubscribed, highlighting the need to book early for these popular events.

The latest course of the Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration was underway and would conclude with the exam on 7th December; only a few places remained available for the next course in January. Following enquiries about the course from other regions, a pilot was to be run in Sussex in conjunction with that course.

President James reminded members that information about activities, events and other matters of interest could be found on the Association’s website.

Members received reports on annual Union negotiations, which  had concluded in the Summer, and on legislative developments and revised health and safety guidance.

The Treasurer informed members of the reduced precept income received from NAFD for the year, but was pleased to confirm the Association’s finances were healthy.

Updates on Western District and Southern District were provided.

Members were reminded that tickets were available for the Annual Banquet & Ball, on March 4th 2017 at the London Lancaster Hotel.

President James with NAFD President Jeremy Field (pictured right) and NAFD CEO Mandie Lavin.

President James with NAFD President Jeremy Field (pictured right) and NAFD CEO Mandie Lavin.

National President Jeremy Field provided members with news of developments at the national level and introduced the recently appointed NAFD CEO, Mandie Lavin, who gave her initial observations and outlined future plans.

The meeting concluded with a very informative presentation from Julian Atkinson of JC Atkinson Ltd on the new FFMA testing protocol.


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