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Yorkshire Educational & Social Weekend well attended

The Yorkshire Educational & Social Weekend was held at the Palm Court Hotel, Scarborough from the 17 to 19 March and was well attended by funeral directors from Yorkshire and other parts of the country.

The fully packed event was attended by two National Presidents, Jeremy Field from the NAFD and Gwen Schofield from the BIE.

The event also welcomed the Yorkshire Area President of the NAFD Michael Lunt and the Chief Executive Officer of the NAFD Mandie Lavin.

Friday Night was a relaxing evening. After dinner guests were entertained by Dougie Stuart, a guitarist and singer.

Saturday saw the opening of the Weekend by the NAFD President, Jeremy Field followed by an education seminar by Mandie Lavin.

Mandie spoke of her own career commitment and views of funerals to 2020. She gave a brief insight into the future of the funeral industry particularly Regulations and Registration in Scotland.

Saturday afternoon guests attended an informative seminar by Caroline Garrow from SEIB on Cyber Crime.

Statistics show over the past three years from 2014 to 2017 businesses have encountered a rise of cyber breach from 3.42 to 3.52 million and a forecast for this to rise to 2.1. trillion by 2020.

Caroline gave evidence of how the attacks can take place and in what form and how information is gathered by hackers to incriminate businesses and the public.

Saturday night saw a black tie dinner followed by entertainment by the Garry Gillyett Duo which had guests dancing into the early hours.

A charity raffle and auction was held which raised £1,500, the proceeds being divided between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Shelter Box and Steps which were the charities nominated by the three attending Presidents.

Sunday mornings seminar was presented by Graeme Williamson from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire (the national centre of remembrance in the U.K.).

The informative presentation gave a full in depth account of the foundation of setting and raising funds for the centre to be formed and built.

Alastair Huteson, on behalf of the organising committee, gave words of thanks to all the Presidents in attendance and to thank all guests that had made the weekend possible.

The weekend was then closed by the National President of the British Institute Of Embalmer’s, Gwen Schofield.

The Committee members were Alastair Huteson, Alison Waite and Clive Kirk.

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