Southern District

Area covered

The London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Kingston-upon-Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Southwark, Sutton, Wandsworth and the surrounding areas including north Surrey.

Who should attend

Anyone within the funeral profession – owners, managers and funeral directors, funeral arrangers, administrators – or connected thereto e.g. crematoria, cemeteries, nursing homes, mortuaries, registrars.

Frequency of meetings

Meetings are held quarterly at The Hallmark Hotel at 680 Purley Way, Croydon CR9 4LT on Monday evenings and are followed by a hot buffet dinner.

Recent topics have included the operation of a cemetery & memorial gardens, the history of embalming and the new FFMA testing protocol.

Next meeting Monday 29th January 2018 7pm

Guest speaker, Simon Allen, on the major changes to Data Protection legislation, which will be introduced in May.

Numbers, for catering purposes, to the Officers as soon as possible, please.

Contact details

Ben Walkling, Chairman: phone 07969 217991 email:         

Emily Sharma, Vice-chairman:  email:


Meeting report

Monday 16th January 2017 


District Chairman Ben welcomes NAFD President Jeremy Field

District Chairman Ben welcomes NAFD President Jeremy Field

The meeting was attended by a good mix of people from a variety of funeral services.

Those present enjoyed an interesting presentation from a carriage master and a lively debate covering diverse matters, such as the Social Fund, Coroner services and an update on ME Implementation in England.

The enjoyable evening concluded with a hot buffet supper.


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