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Annual General Meeting 2017

Posted by on Apr 25th, 2017 in General News | 0 comments

President James Gallagher recently welcomed members to a well attended 72nd AGM at Park Tower Hotel, at which new Officers and Executive Committee members were installed.

During a very busy meeting, members received reports on a diverse range of  matters of interest, with which their Committee had been occupied in recent months.

Ray Barnes updated the meeting on developments within West London Coroner Service, where new staff and systems were being introduced in an attempt to improve service delivery. LAFD would continue to monitor and raise concerns on behalf of members and the bereaved.

There was an interesting discussion, led by Robert Lodge, about the growth of comparison websites, their impact on funeral services and how LAFD might address members’ concerns.

NAFD President Jeremy Field reported developments in a number of national matters of interest, including continuing calls for enhanced Social Fund payments, proposed changes to death certification, the welcome amendments to DOLS arrangements and the introduction of regulation of funeral services in Scotland.

Adam Ginder and Simon Truelove reminded members of recent changes to Health & Safety guidance and legislative developments of relevance to funeral firms.

Claire Austin reported the success of the recent Ball at London Lancaster Hotel. In response to members’ requests, the event would be returning to the Park Lane Ballroom on 24th February 2018.

The President’s nominated charity for the year was St Claire’s Hospice, to which retiring President James was delighted to present a cheque for £4,000.

Presidential handover

New President Matthew (Lt) with retiring President James

District Chairmen Ray Barnes and Ben Walkling reviewed activities in Western and Southern District Associations respectively, where there had been several interesting guest speakers at recent meetings.

A number of changes to the Association’s Officers and Committee were announced:

Retiring President James presents Honorary membership medals to (Lt to Rt) Grahame Saville, Simon Truelove and Sue Saville

President James presenting Honorary Membership medals to (Lt to Rt) Grahame Saville, Simon Truelove and Sue Saville

James Gallagher presented the chain of office to new President Matthew Barber, who will be ably supported by Vice-President Richard van Nes.

 Graham Saville continues as Treasurer and James Gallagher assumes the office of Immediate Past President.

Steve Thomas (of Haven Funeral Services), Emily Skelton (of Dignity) and Anji Reeves (of Rowland Brothers) were elected to Committee, joining the Officers and six further re-elected members: Claire Austin, Ray Barnes, Adam Ginder, Robert Lodge, Stuart Payne and Simon Truelove.

Long-standing committee members John Lodge, Barry Pritchard, Jeremy Field and Sam Kershaw had stepped down and were thanked warmly for their service to London members; all 4 have served terms as President, amongst a number of other roles, and will be sorely missed.

During the evening three members received Honorary Membership in recognition of their very long service to the Association.

The awards had been a well-kept secret from the three recipients for some months and their surprised delight was very evident.

Barry Pritchard reported the Association’s education activities, including the autumn’s successful Update Seminar and forthcoming International Transportation Seminar. Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration courses had proved so popular that the course in September 2016 had been followed with a January cohort and a number of places already had been booked for the next course, in September 2017. Since January, a parallel pilot course had been trialled for Sussex County Association, which was the first course offered to students outside LAFD’s region. Certificates and prizes were presented to successful students from the 2016 Autumn course, Course M:

Emily Forster Sharma is presented with her certificate and the Presidents Award, as the student with the highest mark in the exam.

Emily Forster Sharma is presented with her certificate and the Presidents Award, as the student with the highest mark in the exam.

Pass with Distinction

Emily Forster Sharma of WA Truelove Ltd

Thomas Hoyles of Lodge Brothers

Jacqueline Veasey of Dignity Funerals

Dawn Hazelton of Lodge Brothers

Pass with Credit

Sandra Brown of CPJ Field & Co.

Kim Taylor of T Cribb & Sons

Lucia Browne of WA Truelove Ltd

Perri Loughran of T Cribb & Sons

Loretta Simpson of WA Truelove Ltd

Graham Simpson of Lodge Brothers

Thomas Bishop of Arnolds Funeral Service

Caitlin Maguire receives the Harold Rivett Award, presented to the LAFD area student achieving the highest mark in the national DipFD exam

Caitlin Maguire receives the Harold Rivett Award, presented to the LAFD area student achieving the highest mark in the national DipFD exam

Pass

Darren Pollington of Lodge Brothers

David Rogers of Arnolds Funeral Service

Sarah Kempton of T Cribb & Sons

Tracy Cooper of WA Truelove Ltd

Daniel de la Haye of Arnolds Funeral Service

New CertFAA holders with Barry Pritchard, Education Committee Chairman

New CertFAA holders with Barry Pritchard, Education Committee Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun for all at the 2017 London Association Banquet and Ball

Posted by on Apr 10th, 2017 in General News | 0 comments

Following the success of last year’s event, the Lancaster London Hotel again hosted the Ball.

The black and white themed décor, highlighted by stunning balloon displays, provided a perfect backdrop for the evening’s celebrations on 4th March.

London President James Gallagher was pleased to welcome guests from kindred associations: SAIF National President Paul Allcock (with wife Alison), BIFD national Chairman Darren Carpenter (with Tracey Hodgson), CFSMA Immediate Past President Darryl Smith (with wife Lesley) and BIE Southern Chairman Janni Plato-Howley.

NAFD President Jeremy Field and his wife Victoria were on “home turf” at the LAFD Ball, Jeremy having served for some years on its Executive Committee.

The guests are pictured with James and Vice-President Matthew Barber and his wife Lucy.

President James Gallagher (2nd right front row) and V-P Matthew Barber (2nd right back row) pictured with the "Chain Gang"

President James Gallagher (2nd right front row) and V-P Matthew Barber (2nd right back row) pictured with the “Chain Gang”

Following a delicious 4 course dinner, the glamourous party-goers joined a lively, and ultimately fairly competitive, auction for a framed drawing of a dancer by artist Darren Baker,
who was on hand to present both the picture and evidence of provenance. Funds raised from the sale benefitted the President’s nominated charity, St Clare’s Hospice.

Artist Darren Baker (right) with delighted purchaser Andrew North

Artist Darren Baker (right) with delighted purchaser Andrew North

 

 

LAFD were surprised and thrilled by Mr Baker’s generous donation of the beautiful picture. His work deservedly has attracted much critical acclaim, particularly his portrait of the Queen, unveiled in 2011.

 

The party continued in the usual lively London manner, as members filled the dance floor when showband “Mixed Feelings” took to the stage.

Toastmaster Neil Hunt ably oversaw proceedings, including a grand raffle draw with an array of superb prizes kindly donated by sponsors.

 (photos by kind permission of Pret-a-portrait).

This year’s event was well supported by the very generous sponsorship of a number of suppliers and local members and we were pleased so many sponsors were able to join us at the party – THANK YOU all for contributing to a great evening.

Next year’s ball is being planned – don’t miss the highlight of 2018’s social calendar, look out for announcements on the website – www.lafd.org.uk

International Transportation Seminar 17th May

Posted by on Mar 13th, 2017 in Events & Meetings, General News | 0 comments

The latest opportunity to attend this popular event is scheduled for Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 6.30pm.

Spaces are limited, so book early.

Details here

To book, email Secretary@lafd.org.uk

2017 AGM 6th April

Posted by on Mar 3rd, 2017 in Events & Meetings, General News | 0 comments

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.

Diploma in Management of the Dead – Academy of Forensic Medical Science

Posted by on Feb 28th, 2017 in General News | 0 comments

The AFMS, based in Charterhouse Street London EC1M is offering a DipMoD course, which we understand currently is underway with its first cohort of students.

The course is available either as a taught course or by distance learning.

Assessment consists of one 3 hour written examination paper and a 6,000 to 10,000 word dissertation.

Details of the course are available at: http://www.afms.org.uk/diploma-in-management-of-the-dead-course/

West London Coroner – update

Posted by on Feb 21st, 2017 in General News | 0 comments

As previously notified, efforts are being made to improve the service.

New Coroner’s Officers now have been recruited.

Unfortunately introduction of the new dedicated email address for use by FDs has been delayed by technical problems, but we are advised that this facility will be available shortly.

We have been provided with telephone numbers for the Coroner’s Officers, as follows:

Eszter – 02087535777

Patrick – 02087532161

Siobhan – 02087532502

Cheryl – 02087532205

Saffron – 02087535135

Ian – 02087534275

Chet – 02087534198

Jo – 02087532760

Linda – 02087536928

If you encounter any problems with these new arrangements, please contact secretary@lafd.org.uk.

 

Western District AGM 15th March 2017

Posted by on Feb 21st, 2017 in General News, Western District | 0 comments

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

Download details here.

Annual Banquet & Ball 4th March 2017

Posted by on Feb 21st, 2017 in Events & Meetings, General News | 0 comments

 

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

Posted by on Jan 19th, 2017 in General News | 0 comments

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 ….

Pic Sussex

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

pic londonv2

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

Posted by on Dec 13th, 2016 in General News | 0 comments

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.

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