Funeral Details Ken Corbett NARPO Essex Remembers

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Funeral Details Ken Corbett NARPO Essex Remembers

Please find below the funeral details for one of our branch members Ken Corbett, sorry for the short notice, but we have just been given the details which is why I am circulating prior to the official notification from the force.

The funeral will be held at 09:00hrs Thursday 13th February 2020 at Brentwood Crematorium Ongar Rd Brentwood CM159RZ. The branch will be represented by our welfare officers but I would encourage anyone who knew Ken to attend.

Ken was a member of Chelmsford Branch.

Previous obituaries can be viewed here: Essex Police Obituaries


Funeral Details Ken Corbett NARPO Essex Remembers


Sue Heaton
Branch Secretary
Funeral Details Ken Corbett NARPO Essex Remembers

Off Beat Post January 2020

The Off Beat Post January 2020

January 2020 Edition

The Off Beat Post



I Hope It Is a Good One For You All!!!

It was great to see so many friends at the NARPO Southend Christmas Lunch.

Many of you have said you are not receiving this. Please check your trash or spam folders.

If all else fails I am able to send the copies straight to your email address but you may need to go to the foot of the issues and click on “Do you want to see all of this email?” as the photos may not be shown on the original.

Diary Date


7.30PM FRIDAY 20 MARCH 2020




Southend NARPO Christmas Lunch

Just a few faces that you may know


Village Life In The Lake District

From Keith and Beryl Davey
in Bethel Cumbria

This is mainly about our village over the past few years. We have been here twenty nine years and quite a bit has changed in that time. There was a village hall here that had been built in the mid-fifties and was well past its sell -y date. After much negotiating and paperwork a Lottery grant was obtained for £500,000 (thanks all you Lottery supporters ) and the new hall was completed in 2015. With ground source heating and solar panels, it is a revelation after the ceiling-mounted electric heaters in the old hall which roasted your top half and froze your nether regions as well as eating money.


As you can imagine the new hall is used as a venue for many activities, among them:- short mat bowls, fencing, art classes, yoga and, of course, WI. We also have a lunch club. A gardening club that was formed in 2007.

From the inception, we decided to enter Cumbria in Bloom to brighten up the village and, every year since we have obtained awards including the overall winner in our part of the county this year.

Last year the RHS entered us for Britain in Bloom. As you can imagine it involved a lot more work but it was worth is as we were awarded a silver-gilt which, apparently, is quite unusual on a first attempt. Our village primary/junior school has also won awards and the hall grounds were runner up in the European Landscape awards.

The gardening club is a thriving part of village life with over sixty members. We have a monthly meeting with various speakers, an annual veg. and flower show as well as outings to gardens, mainly in the north. It has really bought everyone together and is a good way to meet people.

This last picture is of our garden after our first efforts to convert it from the pub. car park that it was when we arrived. It has since undergone a number of changes but is still similar to this

The Days of the Dinner and Dance

I am sure that everyone enjoys themselves just as much as the days when ANNUAL “LADIES NIGHTS” and “DIVISIONAL DINNER AND DANCES” were held when black tie and ball gown were the times when we could get dressed up and enjoy ourselves and forget the trials of the job.

Here is one such occasion from 1962 when Brian Flynn and Brian Reynolds and their wives can be seen.
Courtesy of Jo Routh (Brians daughter)

Childrens Christmas Party 1958

Another popular event at the time was the Children’s Christmas Party.

Seen here below in 1958 is featuring Christine Flynn soon to become Mrs Reynolds and Margaret and John Harris children of another Southend Officer, Charlie Harris.


Did You Take Part In Southend Carnival?

I am sure many of you can tell stories of being on duty but what about actually taking part?

Here is our own Brian Reynolds doing his bit

Thank you Jo Routh, Brian & Christine’s Daughter, For All The Above Photos

The Off Beat Post January 2020

The Next Issue of The Off Beat Post Will Be Circulated In February

Features will include

Terry Irving’s Shed Project

More Photos of Social Events

Wanted For Future Articles

Photos and stories of your sporting time in the job

Golf, Football, Cricket, Athletics, Snooker, Darts etc etc.


The same for all the do’s we held


The fun day and charity events where we raised so much money for good causes in the county

So much happened in the job outside of the drudgery and toil.

Let me have all your experiences so we can all enjoy the memories!!!

If you are interested in helping with creating such articles or others of interest then please make contact.

Useful NARPO Contacts

Southend Branch

Chairman Fred Simpkins
+44 (0)1268 459 185

Secretary Peter Yorke-Wade – Peter Yorke-Wade
+44 (0)1702 624 217

Membership Secretary John Coyle
+44 (0)1702 527 455

Welfare Dave and Hilary Seago
+44 (0)1702 526 583

Social Secretaries Mike and Lyn Beaveridge
+44 (0)1702 529 985

Chelmsford Branch

Sue Heaton –
+44 (0)774 884 8393

Colchester & North East Essex Branch

John Tingue –
+44 (0)125 581 3102




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The Off Beat Post January 2020

Volunteers Required National Stalking Helpline

Volunteers Required National Stalking Helpline

Circulated to Branch Secretaries

Dear Colleague

Please see the below, which may be of interest to your Members.



The National Stalking Helpline


The National Stalking Helpline is run by Suzy Lamplugh Trust. Suzy Lamplugh Trust is the UK’s pioneering personal safety charity and leading stalking authority, established in 1986 following the disappearance of 25-year-old Suzy Lamplugh whilst at work. We work towards creating a society in which people are safer – and feel safer – from the prevalence of stalking, harassment, aggression and violence, achieved through Supporting people; Education; and Campaigning. Our stalking helpline advice and advocacy service offers support and advice to thousands of victims of stalking every year.

Helpline volunteer job description

We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic and empathetic volunteers to respond to emails from victims of stalking. Full training will be given so previous experience in these areas is not mandatory.
Skills required:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Empathy
  • Be able to commit to one day a week (around 6 hours) for at least 9 months
  • Be able to attend the Helpline training dates
  • Familiarity with databases is desirable
The Helpline’s opening hours are:

Monday – Friday 09:30 – 16:00 except Wednesdays when we are open 13:00 – 16:00.

What support/training will you receive?

Volunteers will receive training in providing support via email, criminal and civil legislation relating to harassment and stalking, domestic violence, stalker typologies, personal safety and helpline policies and procedures. Volunteers will work alongside a Helpline Advisor every shift for support and debriefing purposes, and will have regular 1-1’s for support.

What will you get in return?
    • Comprehensive training in issues surrounding stalking and harassment.
    • Making a difference by playing an active role in supporting people affected by stalking and harassment.
    • An opportunity to learn and develop valuable transferable skills.
    • Gain valuable experience in the charity sector.
    • Become part of a fast-growing and respected service.
    • Expenses will be reimbursed in line with Helpline policy.
Where are we?

We are based in Central London (due to the sensitive nature of the work we do, the location is only revealed once an applicant is successful).

Please send your CV and expression of interest to –

Suzy Lamplugh Trust

Please click here for more information about Suzy Lamplugh Trust and for ways to donate
If you are experiencing stalking please click here to contact the National Stalking Helpline or to find out more
Charity no: 802567 Company no: 2417823

The National Stalking Helpline


Sue Heaton
Branch Secretary

email: Sue Heaton

Volunteers Required National Stalking Helpline

Amazon Prime Membership Scam

Amazon Prime Membership Scam

Amazon Prime Membership Scam

Dear Member,


One of our members received this yesterday and wanted to bring it to your attention so you don’t get caught out

Yesterday I received an email confirming my order that day for Platinum Prime at a cost of £79.80. The email went on to advise me that if I wanted to cancel the order I had 24 hours and should use the link provided. That link took me to a screen which mirrored the Amazon Prime log in screen and invited me to log in. I didn’t log in as I know that Amazon never asks you to contact them about your account or orders by using a link in an email.


If I had logged in then the scammers would have captured those details.


I forwarded the email to Amazon and deleted it.




Sue Heaton
Branch Secretary

email: Sue Heaton

Amazon Prime Membership Scam

Payroll and Change of Address

Payroll and Change of Address


Payroll and Change of Address

Payroll has asked that the following be circulated to you – could you please notify them directly if you have had a change of address in the past year or two

We have received several items of correspondence from the Royal Mail for police pensioners who have moved address but have not notified us of this change.

Comments on the envelopes have included ‘the individual moved several years ago’.

If any pensioner has not received any mail at all from Payroll for a few years the above may well be the reason.

In a very small number of instances, we have been able to contact the pensioner, but the vast majority have no other contact details on their pension record or the telephone number/s are no longer active.

If we have been unable to contact the pensioner, pension payment/s will be suspended until the pensioner has contacted the Payroll department to advise their new contact details. This only applies to those for whom we have received returned mail.

We can accept change of addresses by email or post, but two forms of ID will be required ie, Date of Birth, National Insurance number, first 4 digits of the bank account that the pension is paid into, middle name/s etc.

Email address

A further request please – If pensioners would like their P60’s sent to them via email as opposed to via the post please could you ask if they would advise us by sending an email to the Payroll Department

Hopefully, those not in NARPO will hear about this and contact us too.

Thank you for your help

Kind Regards


Zena Smith 46055563
Pensions Officer
Kent & Essex Directorate of Support Services

Tel Internal 01 2420
Tel External +441474 366420


Payroll and Change of Address