Autumn General Meeting 16th November 2017

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

The next General Meeting will be held at Park Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge on Thursday 16th November The meeting will start promptly at 6.30pm (bar open from 5.30pm) and, as is customary, will be followed by dinner. Come along to meet old friends and new  to receive an update on matters of local relevance  and to meet NAFD President Alison Crake and learn about developments and issues at national level The meeting will include an Education Awards presentation – join the celebrations! Attendance at the meeting is free, with...

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The 2018 Ball returns to the Park Lane Ballroom

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

By popular request, the 2018 Ball will return to the splendour of the Park Lane Hotel’s newly refurbished Art Deco Ballroom. In honour of the magnificent surroundings, the Ball will be themed the Great Gatsby Ball, with 1920’s attire an option. As usual, there will be a delicious four course dinner followed by dancing till late to our favourite band Mixed Feelings. Details here Save the date –  24th February 2018.  Note the venue – the Ballroom, Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly. Ticket orders...

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Western district meeting 18th October 2017

Posted by on Oct 9th, 2017 in General News | 0 comments

To download details click here.              For a reply slip, to order tickets, click...

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Course O is underway!

Posted by on Sep 27th, 2017 in General News | 0 comments

September 20th saw the launch of the latest CertFAA course in Central London.  Fifteen students from 8 firms are pictured (right) at the first seminar As ever, the students have a variety of experience of funeral service, which will contribute to the learning experience of the group as a whole. They are working towards the examination on 6th December.     Three courses are planned for 2018 Starting 10th January (to 28th March) Course P will be held in a new venue, accessible to potential students from the north of London, in St...

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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...

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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...

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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

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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...

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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:

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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 –...

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