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New President elected for 2016-17

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, 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.


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.

John Lodge installed as LAFD President for 2015-16

The Annual General Meeting of the LAFD was held on 23rd April 2015 at the Park Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge.

During the meeting outgoing President Sarah Farrow (T. Cribb & Sons) presented the chain of office to John Lodge of Lodge Brothers. John has been a strong supporter of the LAFD for many years, including past service as Treasurer and an earlier term as President.

Thanking members of the Executive for their invaluable support, Sarah reflected on her year in office. Recalling the trepidation with which she had accepted her election, Sarah nonetheless had thoroughly enjoyed her year and had been proud to represent the Association at many events.

During the meeting she presented a cheque to Jean Ryan of the Newham Riding for the Disabled charity, which had been Sarah’s selection for the President’s nominated charity last year . Run by volunteers and funded by donations and its own small fund-raising activities, the charity offers children both riding experiences and valuable opportunities to interact with horses and ponies. Jean was delighted to receive the donation, which would be used to purchase additional equipment.

photo Sarah - John

John looked forward to his own coming year and was delighted to have the support of  Vice-President James Gallagher, of Rowland Brothers/Golden Leaves.

Graham Saville is to continue as Treasurer.

photo John - James



2015 LAFD Ball – The best yet?

The London Association of Funeral Directors held their banquet and ball in the fabulous Art Deco ballroom of the Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly on 28th February. All the planning and preparation, by the wonderful Claire Austin (Chairman of the Social Committee) and President Sarah, ensured a fantastic evening. Following a reception and dinner, partygoers enjoyed dancing to the excellent “Mixed Feelings” – a band popular with regular attendees both for their music and lively performance. The evening was enjoyed by all and planning for next year’s event is underway …….. look out for news in coming months.

Course ‘K’ LAFD CertFAA kicks off

Wednesday 14 January 2015 saw the start of the latest round of the LAFD’s own Certificate in Funeral Arranging and Administration training course.

The course is delivered over 16 weeks at the St. Albans Centre in Holborn London.  The course is led by tutor David Hall who has trained over 100 candidates in the CertFAA since the course began.

The opening session is always attended by the LAFD President, on this occasion, Sarah Farrow of T.Cribb & Sons of East London and other members of the LAFD’s Education Committee including accomplished author and leading funeral historian Dr Brian Parsons who took the photograph shown.

Candidates are drawn from businesses across the Greater London area who will learn topics as diverse as Death Registration, Cremation Certification and International Repatriation.

President Sarah said “Continuous professional development is very close to the heart of the LAFD and providing colleagues joining our caring profession with the knowledge they need to properly serve the bereaved of London is essential.  It is fantastic that with this course in 11th iteration there is no shortage of candidates looking to improve their skills.  Best of luck to everyone and I look forward to seeing you collect your Certificates from the next LAFD President in November.”

LAFD President Sarah Farrow with CertFAA candidates and course tutor David Hall

LAFD President Sarah Farrow with CertFAA candidates and course tutor David Hall

LAFD Half Year Meeting


CertFAA Candiates and Presidents

Successful LAFD CertFAA candidates with Presidents Sarah & Paul

The annual half year meeting was held last night (20 November 2014) at the Park Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge.


The meeting was well attended by funeral directors from across the capital.  The meeting was chaired by LAFD President Mrs Sarah Farrow of T Cribb & Sons and was honoured to welcome NAFD President Paul Cuthell of Thomas Cuthell & Sons of Bo’ness, Scotland as the principal guest.


The meeting was addressed by President Paul who brought members up to date with all the work taking place on their behalf at the NAFD.  Paul also extended an invitation for all to join him at his conference 14-17 May 2015 at the Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel near Edinburgh.


Other speakers included Simon Truelove of W.A. Truelove and the chairmen of LAFD Western District and LAFD Southern District – Ed Brunskill of The Co-Operative Funeralcare and Mickey Thorpe of F.A. Albin & Sons respectively.


Presidents Sarah and Paul presented the successful LAFD Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration candidates present with their certificates.  The Award ceremony was overseen by Barry Pritchard of Barry Pritchard Funeral Services chairman of the Education committee.


After the meeting a celebratory dinner was enjoyed by all.  Members are reminded to note the date of the LAFD Ball which will take place on Saturday 28 February 2015 at the Park Lane Hotel.  More information will follow.


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