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The Changing Face of Funerals in London

Posted by on May 12th, 2021 in General News | 0 comments

From horse-drawn to the motor hearse, from burial to cremation, from home to the chapel of rest – three of many ways in which funerals in the capital have changed since the 1850s.

Join us on Zoom on Tuesday 18th May 2021 6.30-7.30pm for this free, online presentation by Brian Parsons

Please email: for a link to join

New developments for CertFAA

Posted by on May 12th, 2021 in General News | 0 comments

The Education Committee has responded to the challenges of the past year and adapted the Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration course.
In an exciting new development, the course now also is available to study via fully interactive online seminars.
Content also has been enhanced.
Throughout its 14 year history, the CertFAA course has undergone regular review and periodic adaptation, to continue to meet the changing needs of the sector.
The recently launched omline classroom addresses demand for greater accessiblity from members across the LAFD region (and beyond), whilst retaining the key features of this popular course.

From the end of May, TWO courses will run concurrently – For information on both online and London based seminars, please visit the Education page.

2020 Annual General Meeting 23rd April

Posted by on Feb 11th, 2020 in General News | 0 comments

On the evening of Thursday 23rd April, the 2020 AGM will be held in the Regency Room at the Amba Hotel, adjacent to Charing Cross Station.

As usual, the evening starts at 6pm, with the meeting opening promptly at 6.30pm; dinner will follow the meeting. Details, with a dinner  booking form, available here

In addition to the usual AGM business, there will be updates on various pertinent matters of regional and national concern.

As usual, the meeting will include the election of the Officers and Executive Committee, to serve until the 2021 AGM, and nominations are sought to fill vacancies on the Executive Committee.

If you are interested in joining the Executive Committee, but would like to understand more about the commitment involved, please contact the Secretary.

The Executive Committee meets monthly in Central London; it also has a small number of Sub-committees focused on particular aspects of its business, which Executive members may be invited to join.
Sub-Committees meet periodically, usually on the same day as an Executive Committee meeting.

If, rather than commit to service on the Executive, you would prefer to gain a greater understanding of the operation of the Association by being co-opted to a Sub-committee, please contact the Secretary to discover the opportunities available.

Nominations for the Executive Committee may be made on the form available here.

Nominees must be proposed and seconded by members.

Next CertFAA course announced

Posted by on Feb 11th, 2020 in General News | 0 comments

Applications are welcomed for the next Certificate in Funeral Arranging and Administration course, to be held in Central London, commencing on 24th March, running to 26th May 2020.

Details and Application Forms are available from the education page of the website

Don’t miss the Black & White Ball!

Posted by on Jan 13th, 2020 in Events & Meetings, General News | 0 comments

Hurry! Order your tickets for the 2020 Banquet & Ball.

This year’s event again is being held at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom in Piccadilly, with a Black & White theme.

Beautiful venue!    4 course banquet!    Great new Band!

Order your tickets from

The special event rate for accomodation (B&B basis) at the hotel is available only for bookings made by 28th January, so don’t delay.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available – for details

LAFD Tie now available

Posted by on Jan 13th, 2020 in General News | 0 comments

Priced at only £20, the smart new tie is silk, 60″ in dark blue with an embroidered LAFD logo.

To purchase, please email

2019 CertFAA students celebrate success!

Posted by on Jan 13th, 2020 in General News | 0 comments

2019’s Autumn General Meeting, in November, included a Presentation and Prize-giving event for students from courses held earlier in 2019. 

The two cohorts of students gained their qualification at exams held in March or July. Across the two courses, there were 27 successful students, of which 18 were welcomed to the presentation to celebrate their success.

Winner of the President’s Award for the highest mark in the March exam, was Peter Terry (Southall Funeral Service).

July’s President’s Award Winner was Tara Cornish (Adam & Greenwood Funeral Home).

Others also attaining a Pass with Distinction were:
March: Sally Staden (Lodge Brothers).
July: Amanda Anderson (Adam & Greenwood), Maddison Pitcher (T Cribb & Son)
           and Peter Moverley and Kerry Holden (Lodge Brothers).

Passes with Credit were gained by:
March: Victoria Chisholm (Lodge Brothers), Helen Goodchild (MK Ginder),
              Oliver Cato & Thomas Fletcher (Arnold Funeral Service),
              Joshua Brunskill (Holmes & Family Funeral Directors),
             Victoria Carnague & Marie Tythe (TA Ellement)
             and Michelle Battie & Danny Rees (T Cribb)

July: Matthew Higginson & Dean Newson (Adam & Greenwood),
          Kelly Woolmer (Funeral Partners), Donna Matthews (Lodge Brothers),
          Donna Kennet (CPJ Field & Co), Karen Merrifield (P Boast & Son),
          Sam Hall (South East School of Funeral Service)
          and Victoria Shand & Martin Shand (Southall Funeral Service)

Passes also were acheived by:
March: Maddie Seymour (T Cribb)
July:    Julie D’Wan (CPJ Field)

Congratulations to all 27.

New year, new venture!

Posted by on Jan 13th, 2020 in General News | 0 comments

CertFAA Course V candidates are braving the dark nights in pursuit of this popular qualification.

The most recent cohort of students undertaking the Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration course gathered apprehensively at the central London venue for the first seminar, on 7th January.

Ten students, from member firms right across the London region – North, South, East and West –  are working towards their examination on 10th March

Pictured with the students are LAFD President Adam Ginder and course Tutor, David Hall









Good Luck!

Latest CertFAA course Underway!

Posted by on Sep 30th, 2019 in General News | 0 comments

The Certificate in Funeral Arranging and Administration continues to grow. The latest course – the third in 2019 – is now underway and this cohort will include the 300th CertFAA holder!

The course, being held at Gatwick, includes 18 students from both London Association and Sussex County Association members.

The students are pictured at the outset of the course, with Tutors David Hall and Brian Parsons and Michael Tiney, Chairman of the LAFD Education Committee and Association Vice-President.

Course U students are working towards an exam on 12th November.

Autumn General Meeting November 21st 2019

Posted by on Sep 30th, 2019 in General News | 0 comments

On Thursday 21st November the Autumn General Meeting will be held at Amba Hotel, Charing Cross 
The meeting will start promptly at 6.30pm (private bar open from 6pm) and, as is customary, will be followed by dinner.

Dinner is charged at £50 each for those able to stay after the meeting, but attendance at the meeting is free

This is your opportunity to discover how your Association can benefit your business.

Come along

  • for an update on matters of local and national relevance
  • to learn of new developments within your Association in the London region
  • to meet NAFD President David Barrington and learn about NAFD developments 
  • to celebrate success in Certificate in Funeral Arranging and Administration exams, with the Education Awards presentation
  • and, of course, to socialise with contacts old and new

Attendance is expected to be high; as space is limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Details and a dinner booking form are available to download here

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