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2019 Banquet & Ball

Dust off the tiara, you shall go to the Ball

Posted by on Jan 18th, 2019 in General News | 0 comments

The 2019 Banquet & Ball is fast approaching

Saturday 23rd February 2019

Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel Ballroom

Great band – 4 course banquet – and much more

Accommodation is available on a B&B basis (secretary@LAFD.org.uk for information)
but must be booked by 23rd January to take advantage of the special event rate

Wine may be ordered in advance (available until 4th February) (secretary@LAFD.org.uk for information)

                             details here

                                            menu here

                                                         booking form here

Education, Education, Education & a new course!

Posted by on Jan 18th, 2019 in General News | 0 comments

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.

New Year Honour for Tony Rowland

Posted by on Jan 4th, 2019 in General News | 0 comments

Tony Rowland, of Rowland Brothers Limited, based in Croydon, has been recognised in the New Year Honours List. His honour reflects both his commitment to supporting the bereaved and his voluntary and fund-raising endeavours benefitting the community in South London and Surrey. Cited for “services to Undertaking and the community in Surrey”, Tony has been awarded an MBE.

A past President of the London Association of Funeral Directors and a past Chairman of the Croydon Association (now LAFD Southern District Association), Tony is well-known in the profession with which he has been involved for 65 years: at the age of 80, he still works in the family business, having started as a 15 year-old apprentice.

In the 1970s Tony set up a bereavement aftercare programme, which now makes emotional support and practical assistance available to all bereaved people throughout Croydon and the surrounding areas. Tony also set up an international repatriation service, with a worldwide network of agents, which has assisted the return of thousands of deceased UK citizens and of many overseas citizens that died in the UK. With such a wealth of experience, Tony lectures at Scotland Yard to police family liaison officers and to the Rapid Response Team at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Tony has been very active in charitable and community work, through involvement in local Rotary, Round Table, Royal British Legion and Freemasonry groups, supporting and promoting schools, Scout and Guide groups, Boys’ Brigade and cadet corps. His fund-raising activities were enhanced by establishing the Rowland Brothers Foundation, the income of which is boosted by regular donations from the family businesses. As Chairman of the local Business Partnership, Tony also was instrumental in the creation of the annual Thornton Heath Festival which further promotes local youth groups.

Clearly a well-deserved award!

Autumn General Meeting 22nd November 2018 UPDATE

Posted by on Nov 2nd, 2018 in Events & Meetings, General News | 0 comments

Come along

  • to hear NAFD CEO Jon Levett explaining the plans for incorporation of the National Association and respond to members’ questions
  • for NAFD President Abi Pattenden’s update about developments and issues at national level
  • for an update on matters of local relevance
  • to learn of new developments within your Association in the London region
  • the meeting will include an Education Awards presentation – join the celebrations!
  • and, of course, to socialise with contacts old and new

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.

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

Dinner orders are required by 8th November.

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

CertFAA courses 2019 announced

Posted by on Oct 16th, 2018 in General News | 0 comments

Bookings now are being accepted for the next cohort of the Certificate in Funeral Arranging and Administration course.

The course will run in Central London from 16th January, concluding with the examination on 27th March.

Details and Application Forms are available here.

** A further London-based course is being arranged to start in April **

Autumn General Meeting 22nd November 2018

Posted by on Sep 30th, 2018 in Events & Meetings, General News | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Sep 30th, 2018 in General News, Western District | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Sep 29th, 2018 in General News | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Jul 2nd, 2018 in General News | 0 comments

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 www.afms.org.uk

Another new venue for the CertFAA

Posted by on Jul 2nd, 2018 in General News | 0 comments

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 Secretary@lafd.org.uk.

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