The Off Beat Post May 2020

The Off Beat Post May 2020

May 2020 Edition

 
 

The Off Beat Post

 

A Newsletter For Retired Police Service Personnel

 
 

EDITORIAL

It seems that a number of recipients computers have “soft bounced” these editions.

Even my own would not accept it this month!

This apparently means that your security system will not accept the email unless you authorise it.

I have therefore started to send the copies by ordinary emails hope that this works better.

It is your stories and experiences.

Tell us yours so we can have a laugh or a reminisce!!!

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Diary Date

Due to the current Covid 19 situation all NARPO gatherings have been cancelled or postponed.

POST CARD FROM DEVON

from Chris Jacob

Well, after over 70 plus years of being an Essex born and bred person, I now reside in Devon and it is like being on holiday every day of the year.

The reason is that our daughter or more important for Barbara, the grandchildren moved through work to Devon a few years ago. We tried to drive down to see them on a regular basis, but as I was getting older and it was beginning to take ages just to get out of Southend ..then you would hit the M25 followed by everyone looking at Stonehenge.

So we decided we liked it down here and started looking for somewhere to live, we put our house on the market and it sold straight away, so we had to find somewhere.

We found a lovely village near to Honiton and a 20 minute drive from Sidmouth on the coast. At Sidmouth, they have a tram railway which takes you from the coast into the countryside and back.

Everything is a lot quieter traffic wise here. It did not take long to settle in.
I have always enjoyed playing sport and was made most welcome in the local golf, bowls and ping pong clubs I was also asked to sit on the Parish Council.
Last year we had a full diary of visitors, either using us as a base or staying en route to Cornwall.

The diary was filling up for this year but obviously has now been curtailed. We are surrounded by local farm shops and garden centres offering cream teas in idyllic vistas.

We certainly don’t miss the hectic, rushing lifestyle that retirement was giving us in Essex.
 
 

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SOUTHEND POLICE V VVZ ZAANDAM

50 years ago in May 1970 the then Southend Police Football Team was invited to take part in a tournament by the local football league.

Those who weren’t involved in Bank Holiday policing played and thereon started a friendship with Club and individuals that still last till this day.

20 teams took part from all over the UK, Germany, Belgium and VVZ from Holland.

The last game of the tournament was against VVZ and we “battled” to decide who would be the bottom or second from bottom team in the tournament. The game took well over two and a half hours to play as both teams insisted on “time outs” to take a beer and chat with each other. Amazing!

What followed was an annual reunion of players and families on alternate years at Southend and Zaandam and many parties and gallons of beer and wine consumed!!!
A close bond has been the result.

Over the next few months, I hope to publish many photos and stories of this unique association.

Here are a few to start the ball rolling.

Southend Police v VVZ Zaandam1
The VVZ ZAANDAM Team of 1970. Can you name them????
Southend Police v VVZ Zaandam2
One of the first teams from 1972 are here when VVZ returned to Southend.

L to R Back Row: Fred Feather, Rod Ellis, Chris Jacob, Ted Pratten, Jim Dickinson, Steve Bright, Alan Watkins,
L to R Front Row: John Croote, Peter Scott, Mick Radford, Dave Seago, Chris Clancey and Brian Arnell.

Not long after this the old Southend Police Ground and Sports Pavilion were sold to Southend United!!

Photo courtesy of Chris Jacob.
 

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Help Is At Hand

Some contact details should you need help or advice during this period.

Southend

www.southend.gov.uk/coronavirus

Southend Coronavirus Action Line 01702 212497

Chelmsford

Dear Members,

We are conscious of the fact that some of you may be self- isolating or unwell during this difficult period and may need some help. If anyone needs assistance with shopping/medication collection or anything else then please email: Tim Stokes and we will endeavour to find a member living nearby who may be able to assist.

Sue

Sue Heaton
Branch Secretary

Other Contact Details Are At The Foot Of This Issue

Keep Healthy
In Body And Mind

Karen and Lisa from Simply Stride continue to show you how to do simple exercises in your home or garden to help both your mental and physical body deal with the traumas of today.

On a Wednesday even us who are not so able can do the exercises whilst sitting on a dining room chair!!!

They are working to expand this to help those who are not on Facebook.

Click on the link below. I know you will find it useful!

https://www.facebook.com/simplystride/

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

Features Will Include

Gardens To After Lockdown

More Southend Police FC Friendship With VVZ Zaandam Photos

Wanted For Future Articles

Photos and Stories of Your Sporting Time In The Job

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

AND

Same of All The Do’s We Held

AND

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 – EssexChelmsford@narpo.org
+44 (0)7748 848 393

Colchester & North East Essex Branch

John Tingue – narpo.colchester.membership@gmail.com
+44 (0)1255 813 102

 

Copyright © *2020 BOB CRAVEN, All rights reserved.
OFF BEAT POST – Newsletter for Retired Police Personnel

Our mailing address is:
20 Marcus Chase Southend On Sea Essex SS1 3LG

Contact me by email: Bob Craven or text +44 (0)7884083641

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EDITORIAL

Dorothy and I wish you all the best as we go through this unprecedented time and trust that the Police Family will help each other.

We have received many calls, emails, texts and made use of our computers to keep a smile on our faces.

Please do not forget those who are not so I.T. savvy and make contact with them.

The Off Beat Post is one year old and still enjoyed by many.

It is your stories and experiences. – Tell us yours so we can have a laugh or a reminisce!!!

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Diary Date

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, all NARPO gatherings have been cancelled or postponed

HELP IS AT HAND

Some contact details should you need help or advice during this period.

SOUTHEND

www.southend.gov.uk/coronavirus

Southend Coronavirus Action Line 01702 212497

CHELMSFORD

Dear Members,

We are conscious of the fact that some of you may be self- isolating or unwell during this difficult period and may need some help. If anyone needs assistance with shopping/medication collection or anything else then please email Tim Stokes and we will endeavour to find a member living nearby who may be able to assist.

Sue

Sue Heaton
Branch Secretary
OTHER CONTACT DETAILS ARE AT THE FOOT OF THIS ISSUE

WORDS FOR THE MOMENT

Ironically just before Christmas, I arranged for a bracelet to be made that would help me to deal with the dark times of my PTSD.
Little did I know how relevant these words could be to help us all get through these days of isolation and worry.

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Stay CALM.
It is better for you and those around you
Be POSITIVE
Negative thoughts are destroying in themselves
Look to the FUTURE
What is in the past is done and cannot be changed so move on.

KEEP HEALTHY
IN BODY AND MIND

My daughter Karen from Simply Stride is showing you how to do simple exercises in your home or garden to help both your mental and physical body deal with the traumas of today.

Click on the link below. I know you will find it useful!

Simply Stride on Facebook

 

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Whale, Oil Bee Blowed!!!

With Tony Everitt

Dateline, February 2006, Baja Peninsular, California, Mexico.

Marion and I were asked by our good friends Anne and Mark Denis if we would like to accompany them on a Whale watching trip in Mexico. With nothing else to do we readily accepted and found ourselves in L.A. at that time. We made our own way to San Diego (lovely) where we boarded a microbus together with all American travellers under the auspices of ‘Baja Jones’ who, after accepting $1,200 from each of us, for five days !!!! (what side of half-a-crown is that on?) drove us to the small town of Guerrero Negro ( Black Pirate – see below map) where there are three saltwater lagoons where the Grey Whales migrate to mate, give birth and nurture the young to protect them from the waiting Orca Whales. The Grey Whale has the longest journey from Alaskan waters to Baja to complete this event.

  1. Me in Yank mode! As you know, no Whale in their right mind can resist me! I am stroking raised hair follicles.
  2. “Aren’t I just lovely?”
  3. Our friend Anne showing her affections. Marion is to her right.

Not sure what sex this one is.

Kindest regards,

Tony
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BLAST FROM THE PAST

Supplied by Alan Watkins
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SOUTHEND POLICE FOOTBALL TEAM 1950/51

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SOUTHEND POLICE FOOTBALL TEAM 1955/56

Apologies for the quality of the photos.

Names please to rdc169@talktalk.net

 

The Off Beat Post April 2020

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

Features Will Include

Gardens To Visit in 2020

May 1970 Southend Police FC Friendship With VVZ Zaandam – Photo Gallery Starts

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.

AND

Same of All The Do’s We Held

AND

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 – EssexChelmsford@narpo.org
+44 (0)774 884 8393

Colchester & North East Essex Branch

John Tingue – narpo.colchester.membership@gmail.com
+44 (0)125 581 3102

 

OTHER SUGGESTIONS:-

TRADE UNIONS
PENSION PROVIDERS
INLAND REVENUE
SOCIAL SERVICES
HEALTH AGENCIES
CHARITIES AND SOCIETIES
& ANY OTHERS THAT HAVE HELPED YOU PERSONALLY IN THE PAST
Copyright © *2020 BOB CRAVEN, All rights reserved.
OFF BEAT POST – Newsletter for Retired Police Personnel

Our mailing address is:
20 Marcus Chase Southend On Sea Essex SS1 3LG

Contact me by email: Bob Craven or text +44 (0)7884083641

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EDITORIAL

I hope that you are enjoying this newsletter as much as I am creating it and being in touch with old mates who want to share their old stories and experiences.

I have recently joined the NARPO Essex Chelmsford Branch as an Associate Member to add to my need to keep in contact with the many friends I made throughout the majority of my Service.
I will be working with Sue Heaton Branch Secretary of that Branch to coordinate the circulation of the Post with their own comprehensive newsletters.

Many of you have said you are not receiving the Off Beat Post. Please spread the word to check the 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.

This post has an online email edition so anyone who misses previous issues can read them via the below link.

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Diary Date

SOUTHEND BRANCH NARPO

Annual General Meeting

7.30PM Friday 20 March 2020

Len Forge Football Clubhouse

Eastwoodbury Lane

Southend On Sea

Diary Date

CHELMSFORD BRANCH NARPO

Annual General Meeting

8:00PM Monday 20 April 2020

Chelmsford Police H.Q.
Sports Pavillion

Saturday Get Togethers

Saturday 4th April and Saturday 6th June 10:30-13:00hrs in the downstairs bar, Sports Pavillion, HQ, Chelmsford.

On the 4th April Geoff Markham will be telling the recently discovered story of young Essex Man that would equal that of the newly released film 1917.

A PERSONAL STORY

by Bob Craven

Many of you know that 25 years ago I was diagnosed with PTSD.

Positive thinking, confidence building and the constant maintenance of my general well being both physically and mentally is the very reason I am still here today.

Paramount in dealing with this debilitating mental health problem is learning to keep control of my brain and body.

SIMPLY STRIDE, created by my daughter, Karen has been so important to me. Her coaches and professional team have enabled me to get some normality into my life.

They have in the past and continue to help so many people, of all age groups, living with a wide variety of life changing health issues. Those living with Parkinson’s have their own group, Others who have Heart issues or suffered strokes, post Knee and Hip Ops, Asthma, Anxiety, Depression and much more have been helped considerably.

Staff at major companies and local authorities use their workplace health and well being sessions to improve lifestyles and general fitness.

Take some time to look at their website and see for yourself.

Simply Stride are looking for more coaches to join them helping others.

Quote from their website:

At Simply Stride we apply effective yoga, pilates and mindfulness techniques and ideas to something we do every day. Walking!

More details on their website. http://www.simplystride.co.uk or give them a call on 01702 662418

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Karen with some of her team including Lisa (Dave Westoby’s daughter).

Want to be part of the team? Give them a call.

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One of the many groups from sessions held at Southend, Chelmsford and London
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New Stride20 sessions with coach Alex, are specifically designed for younger Striders aged 16-24 years. Providing all the benefits of group Stride plus support and friendship away from the pressures of school, college and work. Get in touch to find out more #stride20

The Beacon Shed Project

by Terry Irving
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The Beacon Shed Project, made from two adjoining shipping containers, was set up by Terry Irving, Derek Keeler (both pictured above) and a leadership team of ten starting in March 2017.

It is situated at the rear of Thundersley Congregational Church at Kiln Road Thundersley, with permission from the Elders and Trustees of the Church.

The Men’s Shed is an internationally recognised movement that benefits from legislation in that, it addresses the needs of a specific group (mainly older men) within the community.

The object of the group is to provide a meeting place for retired men, to engage in crafts and hobbies in a workshop and tea room setting.

Hard work resulted in raising funds from various public funders, private donators and CAVS and Essex Shed Network, helped with the development of the project.

Shed members can engage with like-minded people, enjoying the company and community spirit that’s generated there.

The workspace contains Benches, Machinery, Hand and Battery powered Tools, many of them having been purchased, acquired and or donated and the project is successfully delivering its aims to reach men from a wide variety of backgrounds.

The Shed has outside projects working with recycling organisations and other groups including the vulnerable and those with learning difficulties further improving lives in the wider community

This wonderful project is a credit to its management team and provides a much-needed resource where friendships are made and enjoyment benefits many people, some of whom previously felt lonely and isolated.

For more information Contact Terry Irving at shed@thebeacon.org or tel number +44 7942 700473

The Law Newspaper

May 1970
Some familiar faces.
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The Next Issue of The Off Beat Post Will Be Circulated In February

Features will include

Gardens To Visit in 2020

May 1970 Southend Police F.C. Friendship with VVZ Zaandam
Photo Gallery Starts

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.

and

The same for all the do’s we held

and

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 – EssexChelmsford@narpo.org
+44 (0)774 884 8393

Colchester & North East Essex Branch

John Tingue – narpo.colchester.membership@gmail.com
+44 (0)125 581 3102

 

OTHER SUGGESTIONS:-

TRADE UNIONS
PENSION PROVIDERS
INLAND REVENUE
SOCIAL SERVICES
HEALTH AGENCIES
CHARITIES AND SOCIETIES
& ANY OTHERS THAT HAVE HELPED YOU PERSONALLY IN THE PAST

Copyright © *2019 BOB CRAVEN, All rights reserved.
OFF BEAT POST – Newsletter for Retired Police Personnel

Our mailing address is:
20 Marcus Chase Southend On Sea Essex SS1 3LG

Contact me by email: Bob Craven or text +44 (0)7884083641

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EDITORIAL

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS

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

SOUTHEND NARPO AGM

7.30PM FRIDAY 20 MARCH 2020

LEN FORGE FOOTBALL CLUBHOUSE

EASTWOODBURY LANE

SOUTHEND ON SEA

Southend NARPO Christmas Lunch

Just a few faces that you may know

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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.

KNOW ANYONE ELSE?

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.

and

The same for all the do’s we held

and

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 – EssexChelmsford@narpo.org
+44 (0)774 884 8393

Colchester & North East Essex Branch

John Tingue – narpo.colchester.membership@gmail.com
+44 (0)125 581 3102

 

OTHER SUGGESTIONS:-

TRADE UNIONS
PENSION PROVIDERS
INLAND REVENUE
SOCIAL SERVICES
HEALTH AGENCIES
CHARITIES AND SOCIETIES
& ANY OTHERS THAT HAVE HELPED YOU PERSONALLY IN THE PAST

Copyright © *2019 BOB CRAVEN, All rights reserved.
OFF BEAT POST – Newsletter for Retired Police Personnel

Our mailing address is:
20 Marcus Chase Southend On Sea Essex SS1 3LG

Contact me by email: Bob Craven or text +44 (0)7884083641

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November 2019 Edition

EDITORIAL

My apologies but due to ill health I was not able to send out September or October editions.
Now back to near normal hope you enjoy this Post.

ONCE AGAIN I HOPE THAT YOU WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE STORYTELLING AND SEND ME YOUR EXPERIENCES AND PHOTOS!!!!

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.

A web post has been created on the NARPO site by Brendan Foy for the newsletter. So anyone who misses previous issues can read them via the below link.

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Southend NARPO Christmas Buffet Lunch

Friday 13th December 2019
1.00 PM to 4.00 PM

Naval and Military Club
Royal Terrace
Southend on Sea
SS1 1DUCome and meet up with your old mates and join in the Christmas Spirit!!!

Non-members welcome and you can take the opportunity to join our fantastic organisation

Please send me any photos taken at this event

The Law Newspaper

Snippets from our old circulation.

All of us, no matter when we served, had to deal with crowd yobbery and the now called anti-social behaviour whether you served in the days of the Teddy Boys with flick knives, the Mods and Rockers, Skinheads or Football Hooligans. Our tasks are still the same.

Years ago we created roadblocks at the entrance to our towns, turned the crowds away at railway stations and even removed bootlaces, belts and braces to curtail their activities and “prevent crime”!

In a 1970 edition of the Law, the Chief Constable made this announcement!

Below it can be seen the appreciation Southend Council gave to the Officers.

Many stories abound of these days and the hilarious story below by Tony Everet will make you laugh I am sure!

I would like to hear from some of our recent younger members who I know have a different experience!

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Eyzapopin on the Eastern Front

August Bank Holiday Monday, 1967. On my first August Bank Holiday Duty (I joined in Sept 1966) I had a static post with Peter Donovan on the north-west corner of the Minerva/Kursaal roundabout, The Police no.1 Mobile was in front of me. The dual carriageway, I believe, was closed to non-emergency traffic.

It was circa 12.00 hrs., The area surrounding me was awash with thousands of families and visitors. Across the road and to my right, I became aware of a large commotion. People were being displaced and falling. Then I saw about one hundred Skinheads ‘steaming’ along the opposite pavement. As they reached the No.1 mobile, they came to an abrupt halt. It was then that I saw the twin chevroned arms of an illustrious Sergeant, above the crowd, holding a skinhead in either hand by the collars, repeatedly banging their heads together over his!

A re-educated Skinhead hoard then crossed the road at the roundabout by the Kursaal. Turning, they were approaching Peter and I when forty-odd Rockers crossed the dual carriageway from the no.1 Mobile looking angry, hitting their fists into their opposite open hand shouting ‘We’er gonna gecha, we’er gonna gecha’. Immediately, at this time, I really seriously wanted to go home. Unbelievably, all the Skinheads tried to hide behind Peter and I! As the Rockers advanced, we pushed and stopped them from reaching their intended target. As a result, they were ‘concertinaing’ on the road. It was then that I heard two tones from my right and saw a Police Dog Van driven by an officer, who was seriously angered. I could see, as he travelled at speed, his knuckles, gripping the steering wheel, were white, his face blood red. Sitting in the passenger seat was his equally tensed partner dog handler who looked as if he just had sat on a six-inch nail as the pending doom of the Rockers took on reality!

I just knew there going to be a horrible accident as there was no sign of the van slowing! Then, everything went into slow motion. I was already writing my report! Miraculously, no Rockers were hit except for the last two who shot up into the air like a pair of rockets. As they fell onto the breaking van, The Dog Handler got out, picked the two up and shoved them into the back of the dog van. The van then shot off! All gathered there were stunned After a while the question was, ‘Where are they taking our mates?’ ……………..’Try the Police Station or the Morgue!’

I believe it was the ‘courageous actions’ of these officers that prevented and curtailed a potentially serious incident.

I cannot remember any other incident that day except that, after ‘Chucking Out Time’, I was amorously attacked by a coach load of enthusiastic Ladies from the East End of London, freshly liberated from ‘The Minerva Pub’.

Who could blame them!

 

Tony Everitt
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In The Garden

 
With our green-fingered friends Derek and Kim Durham who live on the edge of the New Forest and often open their garden for charity.

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Volunteer Drivers

From Peter Yorke Wade

Friends, we circulated a while ago asking for volunteer drivers to help out other members who for reasons cannot drive themselves to hospital/doctors appointments. The branch will meet out of pocket expenses and mileage. We are trying to get a pool of drivers together to meet this need. If you feel that you could help out please let me know in order that we can work out a list and rota.

Peter

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WPC Yvonne Fletcher – Murdered On Duty

From Ken Wright

Kenasks that you read this article in the NARPO magazine and hopes that you could make a donation to his cause.

Former Met Pc John Murray has an article in the current NARPO magazine. John served with Yvonne when she was shot outside the London Libyan Embassy in 1984, in fact, he was standing next to her. He is now pursuing a civil action against the alleged murderer, a former Libyan Embassy staff member who is suspected. Many of us were serving at the time and could not believe that no one was detained for this vicious cowardly crime.

When you know you are right, you have the evidence, and the authorities will not act, because they are involved, you must do it yourself, which is what I have and am doing. When I have my day(s) in the High Court, the evidence we have will be pretty hard-hitting and I know I have a lot of people in the establishment worried, we will win this civil case, and then the CPS MUST reconsider criminal charges against Mabrouk, then justice will have been served. As you are aware Litigation is expensive, I only have my Police Pension to live on, it is now only with the support of others I can continue.

I am not only doing this for Yvonne but also for those men and women out there right now doing the job, they must know that should something happen to them, someone, somewhere will fight their corner and obtain justice.

You can contact John on this email

The Next Issue Will Be Circulated In January

Features will include

“Village Life” by Keith Davey

Photos of the dinner dances that we enjoyed so much

Future articles for the new year

With help and research answers to the questions

Why are food banks so important in our society?

Why do we have so many homeless people?

What happened to the “Place of Safety’?

Why is mental health such a problem nowadays?

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

Old Cops Club Lunch

Were you there???

Did you take any photos?

I was in the hospital and couldn’t make it but would love to receive any photos of our friends and ex-colleagues.

Please send them to the email Bob and give your consent if I can show them here.

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 – secretary.narpo.chelmsford@gmail.com
+44 (0)774 884 8393

Colchester & North East Essex Branch

John Tingue – narpo.colchester.membership@gmail.com
+44 (0)125 581 3102

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AUGUST 2019 EDITION

EDITORIAL

It was great to receive such wonderful comments and stories from you all.

It appears that some may not be receiving the issues. Some glitches are happening where the issue is sent to your trash or spam folders so please spread the word to check them periodically.

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.

A web post has been created on the NARPO site by Brendan Foy for the newsletter. So anyone who misses previous issues can read them via the below link:

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THE LAW NEWSPAPER

For so many of us the roads these days do not provide the hopes and dreams of yesteryear. This article in 1970 showed what was considered the answer to achieve free flow motoring in the future. I suppose the thought was there!!!!

THE ESSEX POLICE FOOTBALL TEAM 1970

Some recognisable faces here. Anyone have more photos. I remember Mick French, Brian Arnell and myself and many others playing for the team as well but do not have a photo.

A POST CARD FROM ST PETERSBURG

from Mick Radford

After two years of bad weather on previous trips I sailed on the Celebrity Cruises ship Silhouette to St Petersburgh via Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki into cloudless blue skies and 80 degrees heat.
We had a visa free tour of the City via a company available on Tripadvisor or its partner Viator for a third of the price of the cruise company price.
We were told to take our passports (obvious), our ship’s guest card and our booked itinerary.
I was met by our guide Viktoria who spent the whole day taking me to all the most famous sites.
I paid our travelling expenses; bus, metro and taxi and the entrance fees.
If any of you have considered a trip to the Baltics I can do nothing other than highly commend the trip.
St Petersburg has to be seen to be believed.

St-Petersburg

IN THE GARDEN

Potty about pots!!!

Photographs of Dick and Coral Bloomfield’s garden show that they take great delight in a lot of colourful plants in pots. A lot of hard graft watering but well worth the effort!!!

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The Dreaded Box Tree Moth Strikes!!

Once you find it, it’s too late! So it says in the RHS Garden magazine and other researched material!!

One little patch found last week in our garden has now turned to a ravaged hedge over 20 yards long.

Fortunately, our granddaughter, Alex, was on hand to help dig the whole lot out and dump the foliage before the next lot of caterpillars are produced to attack neighbouring garden buxus hedges.

The caterpillar is approx 1/4 long and encased in a web so it is hard to see and gorges on the leaf devastating the shrub extremely quickly.

HEALTH AND WELL BEING

From Dave Seago

As the elected Welfare Officer, I take my role very seriously. I am only able to keep abreast of members’ welfare if fellow members’ keep me informed.

So often, I hear about a welfare need after it has been addressed. I then hear comments like, “I thought someone would have told you”. I would urge all members’ to keep me updated – not assume that someone else has probably done so!

Not all retired officers’ choose to join NARPO. I think that some may regard it as an ‘Old Boys’ club and not necessarily for them. It is, of course, a matter of individual preference.

As far as I am concerned, we are all members of the wider ‘police family’ and we should endeavour to keep in touch. I have visited non-NARPO colleagues on welfare matters, some of whom have then opted to join because someone had shown an interest.

It may be that you served with a colleague and since retirement you have maintained a close friendship over the years. Upon hearing of her/him being unwell, you’ve chosen to visit on a regular basis – perhaps even ‘bearing gifts’! Should that be the case, PLEASE let me know so as I can respond from the NARPO perspective.

We do not operate a ‘secret society’ – we are open and transparent and want to keep it that way.

Editors Note

I wish to concur with Dave.

I was forced to retire at the age of 46 with mental and physical issues.

NARPO have supported me and my family throughout the most torrid and difficult times over the last 25 years.
There is no doubt in our minds that I would not be here if such help was not available.

Because I get very confused my wife, Dorothy, avidly reads the quarterly magazine, NARPO NEWS and learns more about health issues, pensions, financial advice, benefits etc., etc. than from anywhere else.

I have met non-members who do not wish to join NARPO but there partners are screaming out for help and support.

Please remember that is not only you that receives this help but your partners and family even when you have left this earth!

Please make contact with Dave on Welfare issues and Peter Yorke Wade or the other Branch Secretaries via the details below.

SOCIAL INTERCOURSE

A letter from Dick Bloomfield

Hi Bob, Thanks for taking this on, its good to keep in the loop, particularly for some who move in different circles or are located away from our corner of Essex.

I still meet up with old Boro Boys e.g. Eddie Coates, who lives on his own at the same house in Springwater Road Eastwood. Despite his limited mobility after his stroke some years ago, he is remarkable with his mental capacity of memory, mickey-taking and he likes a brandy or 3.

Others at our meetings are Roy Waghorn, Peter York Wade, Dave Seago, Roger Culham, Ted Travers, Fred Simpkins, Peter Moyes, and some others occasionally.

We have a good laugh, talk Sh…. / rubbish, repeat ourselves and have a drink at The Roebuck Pub at Rayleigh High Street on a Monday evening about 8pm.

I think it’s very good for one’s mental health. We have been doing this for many years. before that we met at Southend and Rayleigh bars before they closed.

I recommend this therapy wholeheartedly.

Best wishes

Dick Bloomfield

OLD COPS CLUB LUNCH

Hope I will see many of you at Southend Rugby Club on Friday 30 August (THIS WEEK!!).

I have to take every day as it comes so if I cannot make it will you please take as many photos as you can and send them to me for future issues.

Another Reminder!

This newsletter is about you, and its success relies on your input.

My contact details are below and I look forward to hearing from you.

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 – secretary.narpo.chelmsford@gmail.com
+44 (0)774 884 8393

Colchester & North East Essex Branch

John Tingue – narpo.colchester.membership@gmail.com
+44 (0)125 581 3102

Copyright © *2019 BOB CRAVEN, All rights reserved.
OFF BEAT POST – Newsletter for Retired Police Personnel

Our mailing address is:
20 Marcus Chase Southend On Sea Essex SS1 3LG

Contact me by email: Bob Craven or text +44 (0)7884083641

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