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Autumn General Meeting 22nd November 2018

The Autumn General Meeting will be held at Amba Hotel, Charing Cross on Thursday 22nd November
The meeting will start promptly at 6.30pm (private bar open from 6pm) and, as is customary, will be followed by dinner.

Attendance at the meeting is free, with dinner charged at £50 each for those able to stay after the meeting.

This is your opportunity to discover how your Association can benefit your business.

Come along

  • for an update on matters of local relevance
  • to learn of new developments within your Association in the London region
  • to meet NAFD President Abi Pattenden and learn about developments and issues at national level
  • The meeting will include an Education Awards presentation – join the celebrations!
  • and, of course, to socialise with contacts old and new

Attendance is expected to be high; as space is limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Details and a dinner booking form are available to download here.

Western District Meeting 18th October 2018

The next District meeting will be on Thursday 18th October, 6.15pm at the Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Ground, Chiswick.
Tickets, including a drink on arrival and a delicious supper after the meeting are available at only £20.

Guest speakers include
• Richard Van Nes, President of the London Association of Funeral Directors
• Dr. Tanaji Acharya, who will provide an insight into Hindu religious rites and beliefs

The evening provides an opportunity to socialize and network with fellow members and colleagues.
There will be a business card raffle – make sure you bring yours for a chance to win.

To book your place, please download the reply slip here.

CertFAA rolls South for course R

The latest Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration course opened on August 29th at another new venue – this time in the south of the region.

The Hallmark Hotel, Croydon, is hosting twenty students, from seven member-firms, who are working towards the examination on 7th November. Demand for places is such that this is the largest group to have attended a course.

In response to comments from past students and employers, the course format has been reviewed and now includes a mock examination.

Expanded course content has been accommodated by changing the timetable to include a Saturday session, in addition to the customary evening seminars.

It is hoped the new format should assist candidates with no recent experience of study and exams, which often adds to exam stress.







The students (pictured, with London President Richard van Nes), have a variety of experience of funeral service, which will enhance the learning of the whole group.

New courses announced by Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences

Members might be interested in courses taking place later in 2018 or in 2019. In particular, in late February 2019, the Diploma course in Management of the Dead will again be offered.

For details of this and other courses visit the Academy’s website

Another new venue for the CertFAA

The Certificate in Funeral Arranging and Administration continues to evolve. With two successful courses already in 2018, a third is now open to applicants.

January saw the first foray north of London, with a course held in Hertfordshire attracting students from across the Northern Home Counties and even further afield: two braved the winter weather and the M1 to travel from South Yorkshire!

A course in Central London, with a further 17 students from across the London region, is due to complete on 11th July.

The next CertFAA course will be aimed at candidates from South London and the SouthEast.

For the first time, it will be held at the Hallmark Hotel, near Croydon Airport, starting on 29th August, with the examination on 7th November.

In another new development, by popular request from past students and employers, this course will include a mock exam.

Details of the course (Course R) and an Application Form are available here.  Applications or enquiries should be directed to the LAFD Secretary and Course Administrator, email

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