Southern District (LAFD) AGM 30 June 2014

The quarterly meeting of the Southern district (LAFD) was held at the Hallmark Hotel Croydon on Monday 30th June

It was a good turn out with over 20 members in attendance.  It was the first meeting for Mickey Thorpe of FA Albin & Sons voted Chairman for 2014/15 at the AGM earlier in the year who took over from Richard Van Nes of Funeral Partners Ltd.  Rebekah Brown of Wandworth Council’s Bereavement Services team continues as Secretary and Barbara Ward of Dignity Plc takes over as Hon. Treasurer from Bill Langham formerly of WA Truelove & Son Ltd.

The main points addressed at the meeting included charges made to funeral directors by some cemeteries for lateness and at some cemeteries a penalty fee for changes made when booking the day of the funeral.

The Executive committee requested that members let them know when such cases are encountered, so that they can address them with the relevant authorities.  It would seem some NHS trusts are also charging a daily fee for looking after deceased patients once the green certificate has been issued.

Members were reminded of the change in law regarding the “cooling off period” for contracts which is now 14 days, this effects all funerals arranged away from the funeral directors’ premises.

LAFD President Sarah Harris said – “Congratulations to new chairman of the Southern District (NAFD) Mickey Thorpe of FA Albin & Sons.”

The next meeting of the Southern District (LAFD) will be held at the Hallmark Hotel Croydon on 6th October 2014

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