Members News

Explosions at crematoria linked to angina treatment

Posted by on Nov 22nd, 2016 in General News | 0 comments

During the last few weeks there have been a small number of explosions at crematoria in the UK . It has been suggested that the cause might be the presence of a GTN Skin Patch present on the deceased.  

GTN – Glyceryl Trinitrate – in the form of skin patches, is a treatment used to treat Chronic Angina and is derived from TNT, though the amount is very small.

The matter has been referred to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) who will advise shortly. In the interim members are advised to remove any GTN Patch prior to cremation.

CertFAA course M

Posted by on Oct 5th, 2016 in General News | 0 comments

The latest cohort of students made a great start to their studies on September 21st.

Immediate Past President John Lodge welcomed the 18 keen candidates, from 8 member firms, to the Central London venue.

The students (pictured, with John) are working towards their exam on 7th December.

CertFAA September 2016

 

 

Members’ Update Seminar – 10th October 2016

Posted by on Aug 22nd, 2016 in General News | 0 comments

The Seminar will cover recent developments and topical issues affecting Funeral Directors and their staff.

To book please contact the Secretary.

Places now booking at £35 each (cost includes course materials and light refreshments)

** special discounted price for CertFAA holders, only £15 each **

Download full details here

Spaces are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Celebrating Success! CertFAA Course L students

Posted by on May 3rd, 2016 in Events & Meetings, General News | 0 comments

During the recent AGM, held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel on 14th April 2016, certificates and prizes were presented to students successful in the Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration examinations of December 2015.

 

Particular congratulations to Carol Coyte Lawrence of Harold Wood Funeral Services on winning the President’s Award for the highest mark in the exam.

President's Award winner Carol receives her prize from President John

President’s Award winner Carol receives her prize from President John

Nine of the twelve successful candidates were able to attend to receive their certificates from President John.

Successful CertFAA candidates pictured with retiring President John Lodge and Education Committee Chairman Barry Pritchard

Successful CertFAA candidates pictured with retiring President John Lodge and Education Committee Chairman Barry Pritchard

Arnolds Funeral Service

Daniel Telford
Matthew Chandler 
Garret Doman-Cann

Barnes & Hicks
Tara Price

CPJ Field
Jaime Bowman

Harold Wood Funeral Services
Carol Coyte – Lawrence 

Haven Funeral Services
Brian Harland

James Funeral Service
James Mooney-Dutton
Laura Morris 

Rowland Brothers
Ben Walkling 
Pippa Scott 
Joe Walkling

New President elected for 2016-17

Posted by on Apr 16th, 2016 in Events & Meetings, General News | 0 comments

The Association’s Annual General Meeting was held on 14th April at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel.

John thanked the Executive and London members for their support throughout the year and agreed to continue to provide the Executive with his wise counsel and experience for a further year, by serving in the office of Immediate Past President.

Graham Saville (G. Saville & Son) will continue as Treasurer.

Many Executive Committee members were re-elected and the Executive welcomed new member Adam Ginder.

In addition to the usual AGM business, Members were pleased to receive an update on activity at National level, from NAFD V-P Jeremy Field.

Retiring President John Lodge presented cheques to his nominated charities:

Coram

Coram, a UK charity which works with vulnerable children and has operated in London since 1739, and

A-CET, the African Children’s Education Trust, which provides schools in Africa and sponsorship allowing access to higher education opportunities overseas.

A-CET

New President James Gallagher being congratulated by retiring President John Lodge

New President James Gallagher being congratulated by retiring President John Lodge

At the AGM James Gallagher (of Rowland Brothers) was elected President, ably supported by Vice-President Matthew Barber of Co-operative Funeralcare.

New President James with V-P Matthew Barber

New President James with V-P Matthew Barber

The Meeting included a Prize-giving for successful candidates at the Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration examinations in December.

Nine of the twelve successful candidates were able to attend to receive their certificates from President John.

Banquet & Ball 2016 – New venue wows members!

Posted by on Feb 29th, 2016 in General News | 0 comments

Saturday 27th February saw over 200 members and guests enjoy a very successful Ball at the Lancaster London Hotel.

Curiosity about the sparkling new venue created an early buzz (and some sneaky peeks during the afternoon).

President John and V-P James with guests

President John and V-P James with guests

Following an excellent 4 course banquet, the dance-floor quickly filled as “Mixed Feelings” provided their customary vibrant show.

Mixed Feelings

in the pink at the Ball ....

in the pink at the Ball ….

The well supported raffle, in aid of the President’s nominated charity, this year raised funds for Coram, a UK children’s charity, and A-CET, the African Children’s Education Trust.

Watch this space for details of next year’s Banquet & Ball – don’t miss THE event of the 2017 social calendar!

CertFAA Course dates announced for 2016

Posted by on Feb 19th, 2016 in General News | 0 comments

The next Certificate in Funeral Arranging and Administration course (Course M) will commence on 21st September 2016.

Contact the Course Administrator to book or download details here

For information about all educational opportunities visit our Education page

Parliamentary Debate on West London Coroners Service

Posted by on Dec 30th, 2015 in General News | 0 comments

A debate considering standards of service at West London Coroner’s Court was held by MPs on 16th December.

The debate, prompted by James Berry, MP for Kingston & Surbiton, was held in Westminster Hall (the secondary debating chamber of the House of Commons).  In addition to MPs for constituencies covering the 6 West London Boroughs, there were contributions from others who have received complaints about the service from constituents; Caroline Dinenage Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Family Justice also took part.

The transcript of the debate is available in Hansard and may be accessed at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151216/halltext/151216h0002.htm#15121636000001

Cycle Superhighways – traffic disruption alert

Posted by on Nov 20th, 2015 in General News | 0 comments

Cycle Superhighways are cycle routes running into and across central London; in addition to the existing 4, 4 more are planned.

During 2015 and 2016 there are likely to be areas of disruption at various points, during works to upgrade current routes and construct new routes.

maps and details of tfl’s plans are available on the website:

https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/routes-and-maps/cycle-superhighways

maps show the areas anticipated to encounter increased traffic problems.

Autumn General Meeting

Posted by on Nov 20th, 2015 in General News | 0 comments

 

The Autumn General Meeting was held on Thursday 12th November 2015; a well-attended meeting welcomed NAFD President William Millar to the Park Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge

Following the meeting, members enjoyed a convivial dinner, pictured are LAFD President John and NAFD President William.

L&N presidents

 

 

 

 

 

 

The majority of the meeting was given to updates on the activities of the Association’s Executive Committee. One aspect was the ongoing attempt to improve communication with the West London Coroner’s Service; the discussion prompted demonstrated the strength of feeling and level of importance that members attach to this issue .

Members were reminded of the HSE Guidance consultation and encouraged to submit responses (details and links on our News page)

NAFD CEO Mike Owen had taken the opportunity to meet London members and prompted a lively debate on the future development of the Association.

NAFD CEO

Presentation of Certificates and Prizes

The meeting included the presentation of Certificates and prizes to successful CertFAA Course K students, most of whom were able to attend and were well supported by employers and colleagues.

Congratulations to all 14 students:

Madeleine Weymouth C.P.J. Field & Co. Ltd
Will Stepto Dignity Funerals
Rachel Wright Dignity Funerals
Mandy McCambridge Dignity Funerals
Donna Nicholson Dignity Funerals
Donna Stride Phillips Funeral Services (Dignity Funerals)
Joanna Chambers Haven Funeral Services
Nicole Anderson Lodge Bros (Funerals) Ltd
Sarah Dewey Paul King Funeral Directors
Lesley Nottage Paul King Funeral Directors
Sylvia Adams Paul King Funeral Directors
Victoria Street T Cribb & Son Ltd
Jenny Tapping WA Truelove & Son Ltd
Sarah Love WA Truelove & Son Ltd

On this occasion there were two winners of the President’s Award, for the highest mark in the examination. Congratulations to Joanna Chambers and Nicole Anderson.

K2a J Chambers  K1a N Anderson

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