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CertFAA Course Q launches

April 18th was the first evening for the latest cohort of students for the Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration.

Fifteen students from eight London firms are working towards the examination on 11th July.


The return of the Roaring 20s!


24th February 2018 saw the return the London Association’s celebrated annual Banquet and Ball to the recently renovated Park Lane Hotel.

 

The sumptuous Art Deco Ballroom was a perfect setting for the Great Gatsby themed Ball

President Matthew Barber was delighted that so many partygoers entered into the spirit of the evening, injecting extra 1920’s glamour.
 

Having enjoyed a delicious four-course dinner, revellers soon packed the dance-floor, as showband, “Mixed Feelings”, gave their customary lively performance.

 

President Matthew and his wife Lucy welcomed guests BIFD President Alan Puxley, with wife Sue; SAIF National President Paul Bowley, with Davina; BIE Southern District Chairman Laura Anderson, with Paul; CFSMA representative Brian Taylor, with Nicola; and NAFD Past-President Jeremy Field, with Victoria.

 

The party continued, overseen by Toastmaster Steven Warwick, with a grand raffle draw for an array of superb prizes kindly donated by sponsors and local members. The subsequent auction of a raffle prize raised further funds for the President’s nominated charity.

THANK YOU to the suppliers and local members who contributed to a great evening with their generous sponsorship and to all involved in the raffle and auction for your support. We were pleased many of our sponsors were able to join in the fun.

Next year’s ball is being planned – keep visiting the website for announcements!


Annual General Meeting 19th April 2018

The 2018 AGM will be held in the Regency Room at the Amba Hotel, adjacent to Charing Cross Station, on the evening of Thursday 19th April.

The evening starts at 6pm, with the meeting opening promptly at 6.30pm 

In addition to the usual AGM business, there will be updates on various matters of regional and national concern.

The evening also will include an Education Presentation and Prize-giving, with a celebration of the success of students from the CertFAA course examined in December 2017.

As is traditional, the meeting will be followed by dinner, for those able to stay. Details of the meeting and dinner, with a booking form for dinner, are available here

Get involved:

As usual, the meeting will include the election of the Officers and Executive Committee to serve until the 2019 AGM and nominations are sought for the Executive Committee.

A Nomination Form may be downloaded here – the form must be signed by the proposer, seconder and nominee and returned to the Secretary by Thursday 5th April, latest.

The Executive Committee meets monthly in Central London; it also has a small number of Sub-committees focused on particular aspects of its business, which Executive members may be invited to join. Sub-Committees meet periodically, usually on the same day as an Executive Committee meeting.

If you are interested in joining the Executive Committee, but would like to understand more about the commitment involved, please contact the Secretary.

If, rather than commit to service on the Executive, you would prefer to gain a greater understanding of the operation of the Association by being co-opted to a Sub-committee, please contact the Secretary to discover the opportunities available.


Western District AGM to be Wednesday 11th April 2018

The next meeting of the LAFD Western District will be the

Annual General Meeting & Dinner, to be held on
Wednesday 11th April 2018 at 6.15pm
The Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Ground, Hartington Road, Chiswick, W4 3UH.

Irrespective of your role within the funeral service, you are invited to our Western District general meeting.

An opportunity to meet with your fellow professionals and update you on developments within our business and association.

The guest speaker will be Hidde Verberne from Orthometals.
He will be giving a presentation on the recycling of metals, & the new recycling of pacemakers scheme they have started in Spain & and France.

Should you wish to attend, please contact
Ray Barnes Chairman, LAFD Western District (07748 630571) or
Helen Conibeere, Secretary (07966 563393) – Tickets £20

 

OrthoMetals recycle all metals remaining after cremation. More than 1250 crematoria worldwide are currently using the OrthoMetals solution.
OrthoMetals is a family owned and operated business and we have perfected the concept of recycling metals remaining after cremation.
They have been doing this for almost twenty years with a sole focus on crematoria.
Our personal commitment guarantees complete control and transparency of the recycling process.
Crematoria Authorities and Companies in partnership with the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) and Orthometals continue to make a difference.
To date £4.3 million has been presented to nominated charities all over the UK.

 


Course P – CertFAA moves north

January 10th saw the launch of the latest Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration course.

In an exciting new development, this course caters for candidates from LAFD’s Northern members and is being held in a new venue in St Alban’s, Hertfordshire.

Fifteen students from 5 firms are working towards the examination on 28th March.
The course continues to attract students with a variety of experience of funeral service.

The continuing popularity of the CertFAA has created demand for 3 courses in 2018.

Following Course P, the  next Central London course commences on April 18th and will be followed by an Autumn course for staff of members in the south.


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