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Autumn General Meeting 2016

Posted by on Nov 26th, 2016 in General News | 0 comments

The Autumn General Meeting was held on Thursday 10th November 2016 at Park Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge and followed by dinner enjoyed by 54 members and guests.

President James Gallagher reported the Association’s recent focus on education opportunities and the continuing difficulties for local members dealing with the West London Coroner Service.

Members were concerned about the continuing deterioration of service and staffing levels and the suspension of Senior Coroner Mr. C Inyama, pending completion of investigations by the Judicial Conduct Investigation Office. The Association was arranging a meeting with the Acting Senior Coroner and lead Council, to identify processes to enhance communication and learn of plans to improve the service.

Recent successful seminars were reported. The International Transportation seminar had been well received and would be repeated in 2017. An evening offering an update on relevant developments had been oversubscribed, highlighting the need to book early for these popular events.

The latest course of the Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration was underway and would conclude with the exam on 7th December; only a few places remained available for the next course in January. Following enquiries about the course from other regions, a pilot was to be run in Sussex in conjunction with that course.

President James reminded members that information about activities, events and other matters of interest could be found on the Association’s website.

Members received reports on annual Union negotiations, which  had concluded in the Summer, and on legislative developments and revised health and safety guidance.

The Treasurer informed members of the reduced precept income received from NAFD for the year, but was pleased to confirm the Association’s finances were healthy.

Updates on Western District and Southern District were provided.

Members were reminded that tickets were available for the Annual Banquet & Ball, on March 4th 2017 at the London Lancaster Hotel.

President James with NAFD President Jeremy Field (pictured right) and NAFD CEO Mandie Lavin.

President James with NAFD President Jeremy Field (pictured right) and NAFD CEO Mandie Lavin.

National President Jeremy Field provided members with news of developments at the national level and introduced the recently appointed NAFD CEO, Mandie Lavin, who gave her initial observations and outlined future plans.

The meeting concluded with a very informative presentation from Julian Atkinson of JC Atkinson Ltd on the new FFMA testing protocol.

 

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.

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