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AGM and Education Prize-giving 1st May

The 74th Annual General Meeting of the Association was held at Amba Hotel, Charing Cross. 

70 attendees were welcomed by President Richard van Nes, who thanked the Executive Committee and members for their support during his thoroughly enjoyable year in office, during which he had proudly represented LAFD at a variety of events. 

A highlight of his year had been the very successful, royal-themed, Banquet & Ball, in February. Earlier in the day, the President had delivered a cheque to his chosen charity, The Household Division Charity, in respect of £5,000 raised from the raffle and auction at the Ball.

The Executive had had a busy year. Richard highlighted the Association’s new involvement in the London Mortuary Managers’ Group, its ongoing committment to the London Funeral Liaison Group and activities, supported by NAFD, to oppose Councils’ unfair trading practices.  

Members received updates on recent legislative developments and changes to Health & Safety guidance and on matters of national interest and developments being addressed by NAFD.

Western District Chairman Michael Tiney reported on its recent activities. The 10th Anniversary Casino Night party, on 5th April, had been a great success.  The District had a new Secretary, Victoria Kibble.

New Southern District Chairman, Tony Pearson, reported on the recent AGM and changes to the local Committee, introducing his Vice-chairman and Secretary.

Retiring President Richard (R) congratulates new President Adam Ginder (L)


Changes of Officers of the Association were celebrated during the evening,

Richard passed on the chain of office to new President Adam Ginder.

Michael Tiney was elected Vice-president.

Richard van Nes was elected Hon. Treasurer, succeeding Graham Saville.


Graham, a Past President, retired from the Committee after many years’ valuable service.
Richard presented Graham and his wife Sue, both Honorary members of LAFD, with a token of his thanks for their support.  

LAFD’s Education Committee had been busy in recent months.

A cohort of students were awaiting their results from the Certificate in Funeral Arranging and Administration examination at the end of March.

The latest CertFAA course had started in April. 

The first course to be held in the South of the region had completed in November 2018; during the meeting, 15 of the 18 successful students were presented with Certificates and lapel pins.

Passed with Distinction

Passed with Distinction, and winner of the President’s Award for the highest mark in the exam, was Julia Killick of J&R Killick

Adam Killick of J&R Killick; Dawn Hodges and Deborah Harry of Dignity Funerals and Sheila Kane of Lodge Brothers also all Passed with Distinction

President’s Award winner Julia Killick


Passed with Credit
Michael Tiney and Wayne Theobald of Southall Funeral Services; Maria Clarke of J&R Killick; Deborah Gates and Emma Morgan of Lodge Bros; Carole Cripps of W A Truelove & Son and Jill Avery of Funeral Partners

Successful CertFAA candidates

Jane Popay and Paula Reed of W A Truelove & Son and Lee Boakes of Rowland Bros

Also successful, but unable to attend the presentation, were Jacqueline Oliver of Lodge Brothers (Passed with Distinction) and Gareth Revell of J&R Killick and Kelly Smith of Funeral Partners (both Passed with Credit).

Congratulations to all eighteen!

LAFD supports Household Division Charity

Each year the Association raises funds for a charity selected by that year’s President.

For his year of office, President Richard van Nes nominated The Household Division Charity, which supports past and present members of the British Army’s Household Division Regiments and their families.

On 1st May Richard was delighted to visit Horseguards to present the charity with £5,000 raised at the Banquet and Ball in February, supplemented by a further £200 from Western District’s Casino Night Party.

The cheques were received on behalf of the charity by Major General Ben Bathurst CBE.


Annual General Meeting 1st May 2019

The 2019 AGM will be held in the Regency Room at the Amba Hotel, adjacent to Charing Cross Station, on the evening of Wednesday 1st May.

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 November 2018.

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 2020 AGM and nominations are sought to fill vacancies on 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 Wednesday 17th April, latest.

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

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, 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.

Royals out in force at the London Ball *

On 23rd February the Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel’s Grand Ballroom hosted the London Association’s glittering Banquet and Ball, which this year had a Royal theme.

President Richard van Nes welcomed honoured guests NAFD President Abi; BIFD President David Capper; SAIF National President Alan Tucker, with Cathy Scott; BIE National President Barbara Fowley, with Declan MacGuire, and BIE Southern District Chairman Lee Marston with wife Nina.

Top table guests reflect on the musical prowess of the British Army


Guests made a regal entrance to a fanfare of Trumpets of the Irish Guards of the Household Division and were entertained during dinner by a quintet from the Countess of Wessex’s State String Orchestra.


Having enjoyed a delicious four-course dinner, partygoers filled the dancefloor as showband “Supernova” took to the stage.

A bemused Beefeater directed guests to dinner (chicken)


The evening included a raffle draw for an array of superb prizes, kindly donated by sponsors and local members. The subsequent auction, again with lots generously provided by the event’s sponsors, raised further funds for the President’s nominated beneficiary – The Household Division Charity.

(* life sized cut-outs)

Many thanks to all who supported the event – we look forward to welcoming you next year.

Next year’s ball will be Saturday 29th February

Don’t miss the highlight of 2020’s social calendar!



(thanks to Pret-a-portrait, for permission to use photographs)

Education, Education, Education & a new course!

It has been a busy period for the Education Committee.

Courses P & Q


At the Autumn General Meeting on 22nd November Certificates and Prizes were presented to students from 2 CertFAA courses held earlier in 2018.
Across the 2 courses, there were 27 successful candidates. 

The photograph shows the new Certificate holders with LAFD President Richard van Nes and Education Committee Chairman Barry Pritchard.




Course R Earlier that month, 20 candidates sat the CertFAA examination at the Hallmark Hotel, Croydon. After a nervous wait, just before Christmas, 18 received positive results.

Course S
On 16th January the latest cohort of students embarked on the CertFAA course.

Course S started with 13 students from 7 member firms, pictured with President Richard and Course Tutor David Hall.

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