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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.


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.


Celebrating Success! CertFAA Course L students

During the recent AGM, held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel on 14th April 2016, certificates and prizes were presented to students successful in the Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration examinations of December 2015.

 

Particular congratulations to Carol Coyte Lawrence of Harold Wood Funeral Services on winning the President’s Award for the highest mark in the exam.

President's Award winner Carol receives her prize from President John

President’s Award winner Carol receives her prize from President John

Nine of the twelve successful candidates were able to attend to receive their certificates from President John.

Successful CertFAA candidates pictured with retiring President John Lodge and Education Committee Chairman Barry Pritchard

Successful CertFAA candidates pictured with retiring President John Lodge and Education Committee Chairman Barry Pritchard

Arnolds Funeral Service

Daniel Telford
Matthew Chandler 
Garret Doman-Cann

Barnes & Hicks
Tara Price

CPJ Field
Jaime Bowman

Harold Wood Funeral Services
Carol Coyte – Lawrence 

Haven Funeral Services
Brian Harland

James Funeral Service
James Mooney-Dutton
Laura Morris 

Rowland Brothers
Ben Walkling 
Pippa Scott 
Joe Walkling


New President elected for 2016-17

The Association’s Annual General Meeting was held on 14th April at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel.

John thanked the Executive and London members for their support throughout the year and agreed to continue to provide the Executive with his wise counsel and experience for a further year, by serving in the office of Immediate Past President.

Graham Saville (G. Saville & Son) will continue as Treasurer.

Many Executive Committee members were re-elected and the Executive welcomed new member Adam Ginder.

In addition to the usual AGM business, Members were pleased to receive an update on activity at National level, from NAFD V-P Jeremy Field.

Retiring President John Lodge presented cheques to his nominated charities:

Coram

Coram, a UK charity which works with vulnerable children and has operated in London since 1739, and

A-CET, the African Children’s Education Trust, which provides schools in Africa and sponsorship allowing access to higher education opportunities overseas.

A-CET

New President James Gallagher being congratulated by retiring President John Lodge

New President James Gallagher being congratulated by retiring President John Lodge

At the AGM James Gallagher (of Rowland Brothers) was elected President, ably supported by Vice-President Matthew Barber of Co-operative Funeralcare.

New President James with V-P Matthew Barber

New President James with V-P Matthew Barber

The Meeting included a Prize-giving for successful candidates at the Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration examinations in December.

Nine of the twelve successful candidates were able to attend to receive their certificates from President John.


John Lodge installed as LAFD President for 2015-16

The Annual General Meeting of the LAFD was held on 23rd April 2015 at the Park Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge.

During the meeting outgoing President Sarah Farrow (T. Cribb & Sons) presented the chain of office to John Lodge of Lodge Brothers. John has been a strong supporter of the LAFD for many years, including past service as Treasurer and an earlier term as President.

Thanking members of the Executive for their invaluable support, Sarah reflected on her year in office. Recalling the trepidation with which she had accepted her election, Sarah nonetheless had thoroughly enjoyed her year and had been proud to represent the Association at many events.

During the meeting she presented a cheque to Jean Ryan of the Newham Riding for the Disabled charity, which had been Sarah’s selection for the President’s nominated charity last year . Run by volunteers and funded by donations and its own small fund-raising activities, the charity offers children both riding experiences and valuable opportunities to interact with horses and ponies. Jean was delighted to receive the donation, which would be used to purchase additional equipment.

photo Sarah - John

John looked forward to his own coming year and was delighted to have the support of  Vice-President James Gallagher, of Rowland Brothers/Golden Leaves.

Graham Saville is to continue as Treasurer.

photo John - James

 

 


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