The Off Beat Post August 2019

The Off Beat Post August 2019

The Off Beat Post

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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In-the-garden
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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

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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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JULY 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

OFFICERS AWARDED THE BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL AND QUEENS COMMENDATION FOR BRAVERY

THE GARDEN

David Dutton uses the garden to brighten up his day whilst dealing with the aches and pains of ill health and gets great pleasure and satisfaction from the beautiful flowers and the taste of his fresh veg.

Here are some of his photos.

Sgt Derrick Simmons and Constable Ian Turner jumped into the freezing cold waters of The River Crouch at Hullbridge in February 1969 to rescue two boys who had been cut off by the rising tide.
Sadly one boy did not survive.
In his summing up at the inquest, the Coroner, Guy Jerman went on to to say of the Police of this country that they were, ” Not only upholders of the law, but they are expected to act with initiative, resource and enterprise in all kinds of situations regardless of whether or not they are proper matters for them as policemen.
I think we, as members of the public, would do very well to remember that the man who irritates us by booking us for parking or ticking us off for speeding might be a man who tomorrow is performing some feat of heroism beyond his duty but which we expect of him simply because he wears the uniform of a policeman”.

Great words that sum up so many aspects of our Service!

In 1970 both men were also awarded the Wilson Trophy by the Chief Constable for “The most meritous Act performed in the Course of their Duty”

I am in contact with Ian. Does anyone know anything of Derek Simmons?

MEMORIES OF D DAY

From Keith Davey

Seeing the article about Eric Carter in the June Issue reminded Keith of his experience.

“Leading up to D-Day all the streets in our estate were crammed with military vehicles etc., that is all except ours as it was very narrow (Byron Ave. Southend). I was most put out as I was the only one at Bournemouth Pk. school who had no boasting rights Until one day coming home from school the street was full of lorries small tracked vehicles etc. The soldiers relied on their new “neighbours” for hot water and treats, if they were lucky!
Suddenly, one morning, they were all gone and I hadn’t heard a thing. The ‘photo shows the granite kerbstones still in their chipped state, they have never been changed. I took this within the last five years so they are probably the same now.”

HEALTH AND WELL BEING

SOUTH EAST ESSEX CARE COORDINATION SERVICE

From Bob and Dorothy Craven

An assessor from the above came to see us last week.

Our GP had placed our names with them as he had thought we needed more support.

She was very professional and experienced in all health issues.

We thought we were getting all we needed but were surprised when we found out what could be done for us to make our lives a lot better and as is their intention to “Keep Us Out of Hospital”!

We highly recommend you get in touch with them to ensure you are getting all from the NHS that fits your needs.

SOUTH-EAST ESSEX CARE COORDINATION SERVICE
SOUTHEND TEAM 01702 372060 OR 01702 372061
EMAIL: complexcare.coordinationservice@nhs.net
CASTLE POINT AND ROCHFORD TEAM 01702 538241
EMAIL: care.coordinationteam@nhs.net

I am sure there must be similar services in other areas!

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A Postcard from:

David and Irene Westoby

Cruise on the River Danube – A Holiday to Remember

Celebrating our Golden Wedding Anniversary we cruised the Danube from Passau on the German Border through to Budapest in Hungary finishing with three nights in Prague in the Czech Republic.
Calling at Linz, European capital of Culture 2009, Melik wine growing region, the spectacular scenery of the Wachau Valley, beautiful Vienna and finally the ancient city of Prague with its Mozart Theatre, many statues, Old Square and amazing Astronomical Clock.
11 days of cherished memories, wonderful experience and highly recommend!
Our travel company was Emerald Waterways.

A Post Card from the River Danube
Our ship
A Post Card from the River Danube
A View while cruising
A Post Card from the River Danube
View from the Ferris Wheel in Vienna
A Post Card from the River Danube
The Astronomical Clock in Budapest

Silver Medal for Eddie Coates

Silver Medal for Eddie Coates

Using the supreme concentration gained from many grub breaks at Southend Nick, Eddie Coates gained a Silver Medal in the No5 Region Snooker Championships at Brighton in 1970.

The Essex team also included Dick Bloomfield, Peter Rouse and Dave James

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR POLICE MOTORCYCLIST

Courtesy of Tony Everitt

One midweek day at Leigh Police Station, I paraded for 10.00am to 6.00pm duty and was instructed by Sergeant Peter Webber to “take a Velocette and get lost as there were too many of you lot on duty.” The only stipulation on this duty day was to relieve the Front Office Clerk, Gerry Covington, at 5.00pm.

“No problermo, Sergentio”.

Thus conforming, I selected a suitable bike from the entire motor pool, picking the one with the delinquent wireless.

Having done the pre duty check, I mounted said vehicle and joined the traffic circus of Leigh-on-Sea.

Up, down, round and round, up down round and round over the entire Leigh network of roads, only to administer the “Number One Look” to those cyclists silly enough to overtake me.

Refs came and went then back on the road again, the miles adding up.

Then, at 4.45pm., I headed back to Leigh travelling eastwards along Marine Parade, when, after some spluttering and a mile from the Station, my Stead stumbled to a halt. Out of petrol.

I knew, if I didn’t relieve Gerry on time, I would be drummed out of the Gerry Covington Leigh Canteen Club.

What to do; no fuel for miles!!!

I thought, if I could stop the next vehicle on the road, perhaps I could siphon some petrol from the tank and remunerate the driver.

Soon, a vehicle approached, travelling westwards. I stepped in front of said vehicle and in compliance with the Highway Code together with my Eynsham Hall training, held up my right hand and terminated its forward movement.

It was a London County Council Ambulance with a crew of two.

“Sorry to trouble you chaps but my Bike is out of fuel and I must get back to the Police Station. Can I syphon some fuel from your tank?

“Oh, no”, said the Driver. “We’re. Diesel”.

“DRAT”……………. Plan “B”? There was no plan “B”.

Responding to my obvious frustration, the Driver said, “Don’t despair, we’ll help you out”.

With this, he reversed the Ambulance up to the bike, opened the rear doors and between the three of us we eased the Velocette into the casualty area in the back. It fitted perfectly in the space between the two stretchers. With his crew one side and I the other, we set off at a snail’s pace arriving outside Leigh Nick, in Elm Road at 5.00pm.

It was always my intention to reward the crew and then slip into the nick surreptitiously but to my horror, the Driver said, “I’ll just let them know you’re back” as he dashed into the front office. I can just imagine what he said……………..”Don’t worry, I’ve got one of your lads in the back”……………..

We drove to the car park at the rear of the nick and unloaded the bike to the amusement of all at station and in the car park.

I retained my membership of the “Gerry Covington Leigh Canteen Club”

Tony Everitt Cons 39 Circa 1967

A BIT OF INFO RE THE VELOCETTE “NODDY BIKE” TONY RODE
For those who haven’t got a clue what one was!!!

The Velocette LE was a motorcycle made by Velocette from 1948 to 1970. The designation LE stood for “little engine”. Used by over fifty British Police forces, the police riders became known as “Noddies” because they were required to nod to senior officers, and the LE was nicknamed “the Noddy Bike”. Wikipedia
Top speed: 50 mph (80 km/h)
Fuel capacity: 5.7 l (1.3 imp gal; 1.5 US gal)
Oil capacity: 1 l (0.22 imp gal; 0.26 US gal) wet sump
Tyres: MkI 3.00×19, Mk II & III 3.25×18
Also called: Noddy Bike
Weight: 120 kg (260 lb) (dry)
Seat height: 710 mm (28 in)

And here is one of our Velocettes displayed by Cadet Brian Reynolds in the 1960’s at the rear of the old Southend Police Station in Alexandra Street.

Can anyone name the other Cadet?? And the Police Dog??

Future Events

The Essex Police Pensioners Garden Party 2019

Essex Police Sports Association Pavilion,
Police Headquarters on :-

Friday 2nd August 2019 at 2 p.m. for 2.30 p.m.

Contact Sam Barkway at sam.barkway@essex.pnn.police.uk

Footnote :
This year the Buffet is provided free of charge
by your NARPO branches

Old Cops Club Reunion Lunch

Southend Rugby Club
Sumpters Lane
Southend on Sea SS2 5RR

1.00pm Friday 30th August 2019

Cost £15 per head Send Cheques made payable to:

The Old Cops Club
27 Chase Gardens
Westcliff on Sea
SS0 0RS

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 Bob Craven or text +44 (0)7884083641

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JUNE 2019 EDITION

EDITORIAL

Thanks to all of you for joining this venture.

Over 150 recipients so far but spread the word please for more.

The May Edition is included as many have joined since it was circulated.

The success of the Newsletter will rely on yourselves to send your stories and experiences so don’t be shy!!
Post or email is fine. AND include photos where you can!!!

Some of our friends are not on email. Could you print the newsletter for them? Depends where they live but it would be handy to have a few volunteers.

THE LAW NEWSPAPER

You can look at old copies of THE LAW newspaper via the Essex Police Museum website. They are hilarious and worth it!!!

In the April 1969 edition, it states the number of officers on each division on Amalgamation and another article stating the Rent Allowance was going up to £6 per week!!!!

Also some very odd car and human bodies one may think!!!

The Southend Sea Swim 1969.

When the sea was not so clean apparently these guys donned cosies (no Speedos or mankinis thank goodness!) and swam from the Lady Saville at Leigh to Westcliff Jetty about one and one-third miles.

I see Colin Saines, Mick Hollyoak, Les Johns, Peter Yorke Wade, (The Winner) and Malcolm Briggs.

Recognise Anyone Else????

Did we really drive these cars????

Mental Health Amongst Us

It was Mental Health Week 16 to 20 May.

This coincided with an article in NARPO News Magazine and a survey that 65% of 800 retired officers suffered from some mental health problems.

In this case our profession has a worse mental health problem than the Armed Services!

I have to deal daily with the problems of post traumatic stress disorder.

I know that am not alone with this.

Many of us and our families have to deal with other mental health illnesses and disabilities on their own.

Alzheimers, dementia, strokes and all their various types affect others in ways that we could never imagine.

Fit and healthy friends of only a few years ago are having to deal with the problems and rely on the understanding and love of our families and close friends to help with even the smallest of day to day tasks.

There are so many ways that we can help each other.

I would like to feel that this newsletter may be used to bring, those who want to, together in individually acceptable social meetings.

If you would like to meet up at any time or place suitable to you then let’s start a conversation going to organise venues and people with like needs.

I am prepared to coordinate the coming together of groups.

Let me know your thoughts and ideas.

COMMEMORATING D DAY AND OUR FRIENDS WHO WERE THERE

It would not be fitting if I failed to mention that 75 years ago many of our former colleagues took part in the D Day Landings of June 1944.

Our friend and fellow pensioner, Eric Carter now in his 95thyear, volunteered for the Royal Marines on his 18thbirthday.

He had already served in the Essex Regiment Signals Home Guard from the age of 16 years. (John Graves another Southend Boy also served in the Home Guard)

From then on he trained for the next two years at Lympstone, Devon, Scotland and Slapton Sands on handling landing craft making ready for the eventual assault on the Normandy Beaches.

On 6 June 1944 he landed many hundreds of troops onto Queen Red Sector on Sword Beach Normandy. Making several landings Eric now reflects on the experience and firmly states, “Don’t call us heroes! We were just doing what we had to!”

Two weeks after completing his task as a landing craft coxswain, Eric served the remainder of the War as a Royal Marine in the Far East.

Eric found it difficult last week during the commemoration period of this amazing feat of bravery and loss of so many lives and privately remembers the experience.

I am sure you will join me in saying a huge “THANK YOU” to Eric and all our other friends and colleagues who served in the World War.

Next year will be the 75thAnniversary of the end of World War 2.

I am certain that there are many other stories to be told about our friends who served our country during this period.

Please send me photos and memories so that I can include a fitting tribute to all those who made it possible for us to live the lives we do today!

Eric at 16 years of age in Home Guard Uniform

Eric at 16 years of age in Home Guard Uniform

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Eric at 94 taking it easy at home

Send me your photos and memories so that I can include a fitting tribute to all those who made it possible for us to live the lives we do today!

HEALTH AND WELL BEING

At our stage of life it is so important to look after ourselves and get as much help, support and advice as to how we can to deal with the aches and pains of mature life.

Over the years I have been lucky to get such help from a variety of people and organisations.

When I first went down with my problems Mick French was a rock of support as we cycled for miles and talked and talked. In later years he taught me how to calm myself and using breathing techniques helped me tremendously.

Karen Turrell, my daughter and Lisa Gosling, Dave Westoby’s daughter set up a Health and Well being Company called Simply Stride that help me and many others of all age groups to cope with the physical and mental problems that hit us in life. Giving me confidence and core body strength showing me a better path to follow.

I will tell you more about these people in further issues.

THE GARDEN

Dorothy and I love our garden and I know there are many of you that share the same passion for the colour and satisfaction that our greenery provides.

Ours is constantly being improved and redesigned as we try to plant yet another plant that, “we will find a place for!!”

The roses in the front garden are a delight at this time.

Here are some photos I think you will enjoy.

Please send me your photos and if you have any advice or experiences to share feel free to let us all know.

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A Postcard from:

I would like you all to share your photos and stories of a holiday or where you now live so that we can all enjoy the experience.

I will start things off by telling you about the wonderful week we had in North Wales.

Staying at The Riverside Hotel at Betws y Coed we were centrally placed for touring the area.
Visiting Caernarfon, Llandudno, Portmeirion and even climbing to the summit of Snowdon (by train of course).

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We would highly recommend the Hotel for a stay in the Snowdon Area. Wonderful staff, beautiful rooms, good food and peaceful stunning gardens with picturesque walks along the riverbank.

For more info see the website on Snowdonia Hotel.com or contact direct at Craig-Dderwen Riverside Hotel Betws-y-Coed LL24 0AS tel. +44 (0)1690 710293

Drivers Wanted

Southend NARPO Welfare

The Branch are setting up a pool of volunteer drivers for less able members to attend various appointments and other requirements.

Full details can be obtained from Dave Seago (details below in Useful Contacts) who is organising the service.

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity – Essex

Volunteer drivers required for various duties

Check out their website Rainbow Trust for details of the charity and if you can help Contact Sarah Raven Lloyd on +44 (0)782 560 1360.

Future Events

The Essex Police Pensioners Garden Party 2019

Essex Police Sports Association Pavilion,
Police Headquarters on :-

Friday 2nd August 2019 at 2 p.m. for 2.30 p.m.

Contact Sam Barkway at sam.barkway@essex.pnn.police.uk

Old Cops Club Reunion Lunch

Southend Rugby Club
Sumpters Lane
Southend on Sea SS2 5RR

1.00pm Friday 30th August 2019

Cost £15 per head Send Cheques made payable to:

The Old Cops Club
27 Chase Gardens
Westcliff on Sea
SS0 0RS

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 Bob Craven or text +44 (0)7884083641

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