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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

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

AGM 2018 – all change

Posted by on Apr 30th, 2018 in General News | 0 comments

The Association’s 73rd Annual General Meeting was held on 19th April 2018 at a new venue – the Amba Hotel, Charing Cross. President Matthew Barber welcomed  over 70 members to a very busy meeting. 

Members were updated on developments within West London Coroner Service, where new staff and systems had been introduced. The investigation into the conduct of the Senior Coroner had concluded in December. There was continuing concern, as the lifting of his suspension had been reported; however he had not returned.

Following debates at last year’s general meetings, about aggregator websites, it was reported that National were supporting London’s concept of a service comparison site, promoting member firms nationally. All were encouraged to attend May’s national conference to learn more about this exciting project.

Members received updates on recent legislative developments and changes to Health & Safety guidance.

Jeremy Field reported developments on national matters of interest, with which NAFD was engaged.

New Chairman Michael Tiney reported on Western District Association, which intended to continue its lively biannual meetings, with the next planned for October. Southern District’s Vice-Chairman Emily Sharma reminded members of its AGM, on 30th April.

Education Committee Chairman Barry (left) with President Matthew


Barry Pritchard, Chairman of the Education Sub-committee was pleased to report the increasing popularity of education activities. The Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration course that ended in December 2017 had been followed with a January cohort, held north of London for the first time. A subsequent Central London course had commenced on the eve of the AGM and a further course was being finalised for the Autumn, to be held south of London.


Alex Mather received the President’s Award

President Matthew and Barry presented certificates and prizes to students successful in the December 2017 examination:


Pass with Distinction

Alexander Mather of WA Truelove Ltd, winner of the President’s Award for the highest mark in the exam. 
Monica O’Connor (Lodge Brothers)

Pass with Credit

Sharon Vickery, Julie Peacock and Barry Ring (all WA Truelove); Penny Mixter and Susanne O’Connell (both Lodge Brothers); Julie Jones (HaroldWood Funeral Service); Gina Procaccini (Phillips Funerals); Claire Grahame (Thorne-Legget); Thomas France (A France & Son); Christopher Thake and James Hackney (both Adam & Greenwood).

The new team for 2018-9 – President Richard, pictured right, with Vice-president Adam.


A number of changes to the Association’s Executive Committee were announced. Retiring President Matthew congratulated incoming President Richard van Nes and new Vice-President Adam Ginder. Graham Saville continues as Treasurer. In addition to the officers, a further eight members were elected or re-elected to Committee. New members Michael Tiney (Southall Funeral Service) and Matthew Jackson (Co-operative) were welcomed to the team.

Committee members who had stepped down were thanked warmly for their invaluable contributions to the Association. In particular, retiring Social Committee Chairman Claire Austin would be a hard act to follow. She had been the driving force behind the Annual Ball, spending many hours each year to provide a succession of superb events.

New President Richard is keen to extend member engagement and intends to utilise more venues across the London area, for enhanced education and networking opportunities.








CertFAA Course Q launches in central London

Posted by on Apr 20th, 2018 in Events & Meetings, General News | 0 comments

April 18th was the first evening for the latest cohort of students for the Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration.

Fifteen apprehensive students from eight London firms are working towards the examination on 11th July.

The return of the Roaring 20s!

Posted by on Apr 5th, 2018 in Events & Meetings, General News | 0 comments

24th February 2018 saw the return the London Association’s celebrated annual Banquet and Ball to the recently renovated Park Lane Hotel.


The sumptuous Art Deco Ballroom was a perfect setting for the Great Gatsby themed Ball

President Matthew Barber was delighted that so many partygoers entered into the spirit of the evening, injecting extra 1920’s glamour.

Having enjoyed a delicious four-course dinner, revellers soon packed the dance-floor, as showband, “Mixed Feelings”, gave their customary lively performance.


President Matthew and his wife Lucy welcomed guests BIFD President Alan Puxley, with wife Sue; SAIF National President Paul Bowley, with Davina; BIE Southern District Chairman Laura Anderson, with Paul; CFSMA representative Brian Taylor, with Nicola; and NAFD Past-President Jeremy Field, with Victoria.


The party continued, overseen by Toastmaster Steven Warwick, with a grand raffle draw for an array of superb prizes kindly donated by sponsors and local members. The subsequent auction of a raffle prize raised further funds for the President’s nominated charity.

THANK YOU to the suppliers and local members who contributed to a great evening with their generous sponsorship and to all involved in the raffle and auction for your support. We were pleased many of our sponsors were able to join in the fun.

Next year’s ball is being planned – keep visiting the website for announcements!

Western District AGM to be Wednesday 11th April 2018

Posted by on Feb 16th, 2018 in Events & Meetings, General News, Western District | 0 comments

The next meeting of the LAFD Western District will be the

Annual General Meeting & Dinner, to be held on
Wednesday 11th April 2018 at 6.15pm
The Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Ground, Hartington Road, Chiswick, W4 3UH.

Irrespective of your role within the funeral service, you are invited to our Western District general meeting.

An opportunity to meet with your fellow professionals and update you on developments within our business and association.

The guest speaker will be Hidde Verberne from Orthometals.
He will be giving a presentation on the recycling of metals, & the new recycling of pacemakers scheme they have started in Spain & and France.

Should you wish to attend, please contact
Ray Barnes Chairman, LAFD Western District (07748 630571) or
Helen Conibeere, Secretary (07966 563393) – Tickets £20


OrthoMetals recycle all metals remaining after cremation. More than 1250 crematoria worldwide are currently using the OrthoMetals solution.
OrthoMetals is a family owned and operated business and we have perfected the concept of recycling metals remaining after cremation.
They have been doing this for almost twenty years with a sole focus on crematoria.
Our personal commitment guarantees complete control and transparency of the recycling process.
Crematoria Authorities and Companies in partnership with the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) and Orthometals continue to make a difference.
To date £4.3 million has been presented to nominated charities all over the UK.


Course P – CertFAA moves north

Posted by on Feb 8th, 2018 in General News | 0 comments

January 10th saw the launch of the latest Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration course.

In an exciting new development, this course caters for candidates from LAFD’s Northern members and is being held in a new venue in St Alban’s, Hertfordshire.

Fifteen students from 5 firms are working towards the examination on 28th March.
The course continues to attract students with a variety of experience of funeral service.

The continuing popularity of the CertFAA has created demand for 3 courses in 2018.

Following Course P, the  next Central London course commences on April 18th and will be followed by an Autumn course for staff of members in the south.

Report: Autumn General Meeting 16th November 2017

Posted by on Dec 4th, 2017 in General News | 0 comments

President Matthew Barber welcomed almost 90 attendees to the Park Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge and, with other members of the Executive Committee, provided updates on the Association’s recent activities.

Matthew thanked members across the region for the many offers of assistance following the Grenfell tower tragedy, when there had been concerns that the local contract holder might be overwhelmed with the requirements to provide appropriate services and facilities. The strength and value of Association had been very evident. The willingness of so many firms to put the care of the deceased and bereaved before commercial considerations had been a source of great pride.

The Executive had recognised the popularity of the education events offered to members and planned to provide more and more readily accessible opportunities for member firms and their staff. The possibility of regulation of funeral service would place an increasing importance on education and training, so improved access for staff at all levels had been identified as a very desirable benefit to local members. Single topic seminars  and short updates would be offered throughout 2018 in conjunction with District meetings. Education sessions would be subsidised heavily to remove cost barriers. 

Service standards of West London Coroner Service continued to be of concern to local members. The meeting was informed that Senior Coroner Mr Inyama had been suspended since October 2016, but the Acting Senior Coroner Mr Chipperfield now had left to take up an appointment in the north of England. The new acting incumbent was Sarah Ormond-Walshe. LAFD continued to monitor service levels and raise issues on behalf of members.

LAFD had raised concerns about the growth of price comparison websites and the potential for commercial businesses to become the gateholders to funeral services and drive down standards. NAFD were supporting the initiative to establish a service directory website to provide information to the public about the high quality services offered by its members in each area.

Members were updated about recent relevant legislative developments and changes to health and safety guidance.

LAFD had received reports from members that some hospitals now were refusing to provide any information about the presence of implants, fixions etc. It was reported that various schemes had been suggested to assist with identifying potential problems for crematoria, particularly by the British Institute of Embalmers, and a partial solution was demonstrated in the form of a hand held scanner.

NAFD President Alison Crake provided members with highlights of the debate at the recent NAFD national meeting, at which a hot topic had been Funeral Planning and the impact on members of the sales practices of some plan providers.

NAFD continued to lobby for improvements to funeral benefit payments, both in respect of financial sums and a more fair application of eligibility criteria.

The proposed changes in death registration processes, including the introduction of Medical Examiners, continued to be a prime focus for NAFD. Alison reported that the changes now were scheduled for introduction in April 2019.

Alison reminded members of the personnel changes in the enhanced Head Office team.

As Chairman of NAFD’s Board of Education, she was delighted to hear of the continued support for the education of staff by London member firms and praised LAFD on its continuing commitment to the education of those involved in funeral services.

Members were reminded of  the NAFD AGM and Annual Conference, to take place in Durham from 17th to 20th May 2018.

 The meeting included a Presentation of certificates and prizes to students successful at the April examination of the Certificate in Funeral Arranging and Administration. In addition to certificates, the students were the first to receive the new CertFAA lapel badge, which will be sent to all alumni shortly.

President Matthew and Education Committee Chairman Barry Pritchard presented certificates to:

Victoria Kibble (of Lodge Brothers) – who also was awarded The President’s Award, for the highest mark in the examination – Katy Fuentes (MK Ginder & Sons) and Nicola Cocks (PJ King), all of whom attained Passes with Distinction.

Victoria Kibble, President’s Award winner

Passes with Credit were achieved by Rebecca Grey, Debra Jacques and Susan Allen (all CPJ Field & Co), Jo Guthrie and Yvonne Fernandez (Lodge Brothers), Sharon Chapman (PJ King), Christopher Gillard (Dignity) and Susan Parperis (Harold Wood FS).

Samantha Wraight (Haven FS) and Mark Hansford (MK Ginder & Sons) also were present to celebrate their success.

Four students were unable to attend, but congratulations also go to Joanne Lance (PJ King) and Kim Lindsay (DA Lindsay) – both passed with Distinction – and Angela Cook (Lodge Brothers) and Anthony Pearson (Rowland Brothers), who both had attained a Credit grade.

As is traditional, the meeting was followed by a very convivial dinner, for those able to stay.

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