Chelmsford Branch News Update

Chelmsford Branch News Update

NARPO Chelmsford News Update 13th Feb 2020

Our Branch website is at NARPO Chelmsford
You will find lots of information about the Branch including the latest newsletters and updates as well as details of forthcoming events. You can also link to the main NARPO site which has a wide range of useful information.
Dear Members,

Saturday 15th February “Get Together”

All, a final reminder regarding the get together this Saturday which will be held in the downstairs bar at Essex Police Sports Pavillion HQ between 1030 and 1300hrs. Bill Pirie will be talking about his life, and I am sure he will have some interesting stories. Also, a presentation will be made by Karen Tunstill from Simply Stride regarding the course she is offering to members.

Access will be easier as it is in the downstairs bar, so would encourage any members who have not previously attended due to the stairs and mobility issues to come along and join us.

Refreshments will be provided so please pop along and see your old colleagues and have a cuppa and a catch-up, be great to see some new faces.

The next one is being arranged for 4th April so please save the date.

Branch AGM – Monday 20th April 2000hrs HQ Sports Pavillion

In the past, the attendance of members has been low at our Branch AGM. This is the most important meeting of the year where you can attend and find out what NARPO has been doing on your behalf, as well as provide any thoughts you have on how we can improve or suggest initiatives you may wish us to progress.

As you are aware in my first year as secretary I have been trying to encourage members to participate in various activities we are arranging and the feedback we have had from attendees so far has been good.

I would, therefore, encourage as many of you who are available to attend the above meeting. We have over 350 members and would be great to see a good turnout at this important meeting.

Refreshments will be provided.

Curry Night

I have been asked by one of our members on behalf of the Mayor of Chelmsford to circulate the attached flyer for a social event he is holding to raise money for his charity, Parkinson’s UK (Chelmsford Branch).

The event is a Curry evening at Indian Nights Restaurant in Widford on Monday 23rd March and consists of a banquet-style meal including Poppadoms, Starters, Mains and Side dishes (dietary needs can be catered for). There will also be entertainment from Asha-Louise Laurence, the wonderful Jazz and Blues singer that has supported the Mayor for a number of years and a close-up magician will tour the tables.

If you book a table with friends you will have your own table so its a great chance for our members to get together for a social evening whilst supporting a great charity.

Please contact Jon de Vries directly to book a table or if there is just two of you, to ask to join with another table.

Jon can be emailed here or telephoned here

Please see flyer here.

Southend Narpo Branch – newsletter and trips

Please see Southend Narpos newsletter and trips here

Welfare Survey

I have been asked to circulate the below by Narpo HQ in respect of the recent wellbeing factsheets I circulated in a newsletter. Please try to find time to complete this short survey . This will further inform their Welfare information and requirements for Branches and Welfare Officers.

Please find the link to the survey here

UK Police Memorial and Police Roll Of Honour Trust

I thought you may be interested to know that the UK Police Memorial have now got a live website recognising fallen colleagues and the Police Roll of Honour Trust have rebranded and updated their website. Both sites are excellent tributes to our fallen colleagues and deserve our support.

Please find link to digital memorial here and Roll of Honour here

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Life Series

Please find the latest issue of Police Life magazine here

That’s all for the time being, take care.

If you have any suggestions or items you wish me to include in newsletters, then please forward to me at Sue Heaton 😃

Sue Heaton

Secretary NARPO
Chelmsford Branch

NARPO Chelmsford News Update 13th Feb 2020

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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

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Dear Members,

I hope you are all keeping well, please note I will be on holiday from 26th January until 12th February so will not be able to send the next news update until after then, and will be unable to answer any emails. If urgent please email Robert Good our Chairman.

NARPO Chelmsford Branch – Vacancy for a Volunteer Social Secretary

Your Branch has made significant progress in recent months in moving forward with a number of initiatives to enhance both the scope and quality of services provided for our members. These include: support for the Essex Police Garden Party, Saturday morning ‘Get Togethers’, a new website and our ongoing welfare support for those in particular need. In addition, we are currently planning a Coffee Morning for our Police Widow and Widower members.

We have a very active Branch Committee, all of whom work well together. To take us on to the next level we are seeking a new Committee member as our Social Secretary. The person selected would be asked to consult with members about future activities and come up with new ideas for bringing our membership together and to take the lead in organising social activities for the Branch.

Subject to agreement at the next AGM, we anticipate an appropriate honorarium being made available to the successful applicant. This will be in addition to reasonable out of pocket expenses.

If you believe you can assist the Branch in this post please contact me or our Branch Secretary Sue Heaton for an informal discussion.


Robert Good
Branch Chair

email Robert Good

Widow/Widowers Coffee Morning 21st March 2020

We are arranging a coffee morning at the Sports Pavilion HQ on Saturday 21st March 2020 for all widows and widowers of the Chelmsford branch. Southend and Colchester branches have also been invited. This will enable members to meet new people, establish friendships and develop a support network. This invitation is for members who are widows or widowers of police officers, or retired officers who are widows or widowers, if you wish to bring a family member or friend please do so. The first meeting will be very informal and hosted by NARPO committee member Anne WALKER who is a police widow herself.

We appreciate that the loss of a loved one can be very traumatic and stressful, and we hope that by setting up, and supporting a group such as this, it will enable people to make new friends and share experiences.

This is a free event and tea, coffee, soft drinks and cake and biscuits will be supplied.

If you would like to come along to our first event, there is ample parking at the venue and if you are dropped off your driver is very welcome to come in for refreshments. If you have problems with transportation, please do not hesitate to contact either Tim STOKES or Anne WALKER, on 07540 497344 or email Tim Stokes who will see what arrangements can be made to get you to the venue.

We hope that this will just be the start of this type of event, and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday 21st March 2020 at 10:30 to 13:00. At Essex Police Sports Pavilion Police HQ Chelmsford CM26DT.

The venue is friendly to those who have difficulty with mobility, with washroom and other facilities all on the ground floor.

In order that we can ascertain numbers, we would be grateful if you could advise Anne or Tim if you are coming on the above number or email address.

Welfare Visits Required

Mike Humberstone one of our members who retired in 1987 has recently been diagnosed with dementia and has been placed in a nursing home in Heybridge. His daughter has asked if any of his ex-colleagues may be able to visit him.

If you know Mike and would be willing to visit him please contact Tim Stokes who is in contact with his daughter.

Endellion String Quartet

Final Concerts

Wednesday, 12 February

Beethoven – String Quartet in G Op.18 No.2 (replacing Op.18 No.6)

Bartók – String Quartet No.6

Mendelssohn – String Quartet No.4 in E minor Op.44 No.2

Beethoven’s String Quartet Op.18 No.2 is fresh, imaginative and affectionate and its Finale is full of playful high spirits. Bartók’s highly expressive and striking last quartet was one of the first pieces in the Endellion’s repertoire. Mendelssohn’s E minor quartet veers between extreme turbulence and captivating lyricism and includes a delightful Scherzo in his unique Midsummer Night’s Dream style.

Thursday, 16 July (Final Concert)

Haydn – String Quartet in G Op.76 No.1 (replacing Op.20 No.6)

Bartók – String Quartet No.3

Beethoven – String Quartet in E flat Op.127

Haydn, Bartók and Beethoven have formed the backbone of the Endellion’s repertoire since its formation in 1979. Haydn’s Op.76 No.1 is among his greatest quartets and has long been an Endellion favourite, not least for the unsurpassed depth of feeling of its slow movement. Bartók’s Third Quartet is his most densely compact and intense, hugely creative and communicative. Op. 127 is the first of Beethoven’s great late quartets. This one is supremely and warmly lyrical, and it exemplifies the extraordinary freedom of Beethoven’s unmatched imagination and the profundity of his feelings.


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Pensioners Garden Party 31st July 2020

For those who are interested in attending, I just wanted to let you know that the date for this years’ Pensioners Garden Party has been confirmed as Friday 31st July 2020.

Formal notification letters will be sent at the end of February.

Anyone who wants to be added to the list please email

Life Series

Please see link to your latest copy of Police Life here

Police Voice Offers

Please see link to your latest copy of Police Life here

Hunted – Channel 4

Please see below and flyer here

Hello Essex NARPO,

I hope you don’t mind me getting in touch. I am a TV Assistant Producer working on Channel 4’s BAFTA-nominated television series Hunted and I was hoping to have a brief chat with you about the program. I am very happy to speak to you on the phone, so please feel free to call me on 0207 483 6628.

Hunted asks ordinary members of the public to turn fugitive and go on the run across a number of weeks. The fugitives are pursued across the UK by an elite team of expert hunters drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds including police, military, intelligence and security.

To find out more about the series, you can take a look on the Channel 4 website – Hunted

We’re looking for onscreen experts to form part of our hunter team. Over all our series, we have had a number of serving and former police officers take part. For example, our series consultant Kevin O’Leary is a former Detective Chief Superintendent with the Met. We have also had a former Detective Inspector, Chief Superintendent as well as a current Detective Sergeant with Kent police.

I would be very grateful if you could circulate our flyer (attached) and recommend members of your NARPO organisation who you think may be interested.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Many thanks,


Molly Elmes

Assistant Producer

Shine TV

Email: Molly

0207 483 6628

Monster Films – TV Contributors Needed

Please see the below request, which may be of interest

If anyone is interested in taking part, please contact the Assistant Producer direct.

This is also on our website-

That’s all for now, hope to see lots of you at the “get together” 10:30hrs, HQ Sports pavilion, Saturday 15th Feb to listen to what will be an entertaining presentation by Bill Pirie, and to hear from Karen (Bob Cravens daughter) re the course she is planning to offer Narpo members run by her company Simply Stride.


Sue Heaton
Branch Secretary

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Dear Members,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and would like to wish you all a Happy New Year on behalf of the Committee. I look forward to progressing initiatives during 2020 on behalf of Chelmsford Branch and we will continue to support the welfare of our members.

Subscriptions for 2020 now due

The minimum annual subscription is set by the NARPO National Executive Committee and is adjusted each January at the same rate as police pensions. For 2020, this is an increase of 1.7% to £21.48 (£21.12 in 2019). Chelmsford branch levies no more than this minimum amount.

If you pay by monthly deductions from your Essex Police pension, you need take no action as these will be adjusted automatically to £1.79 (previously £1.76). If you do not pay in this way, the whole amount of £21.48 is now due.

The preferred method of payment is via BACS (bank transfer) to the following account: NARPO (Chelmsford) sort code 30-91-85 account number 01268114 quoting your initials and surname as the reference.
If you prefer to pay by cheque, please email The Treasurer for details of where to send it.
Please note that NO subscription is due from those members who are Life, spouse, widow or widower members or those members whose primary membership is with another branch.

Diary Dates

Get Togethers – 15th February 2020 10:30 – 13:00hrs at HQ Sports and Social Club where Bill Pirie will be doing a talk and we will be receiving a short presentation from Simply Stride regarding an initiative I am progressing in relation to a wellbeing course scheduled for March.

We have now booked the same venue for the following Get Together which will take place between 10:30 – 13:00hrs on 4th April 2020, speaker will be announced shortly.

Theese gatherings have been enjoyed by the members who have attended so far. It is a great opportunity to catch up with your ex-colleagues and listen to some interesting speakers. I would encourage you to attend and also bring your spouse/partner if you wish to.

AGM – The Narpo Chelmsford Branch Annual General Meeting will be held at HQ on 20th April 20:20 at 20:00hrs. Please come along to this meeting so you can see what the Committee is doing and bring some suggestions to the table on how we may improve our services.

Our next committee meeting will take place on 13th January 2020 and I will update you on any developments which may be of interest to you following the meeting.

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That’s all for the time being, take care.

If you have any suggestions or items you wish me to include in newsletters, then please forward to me at Sue Heaton 😃

Sue Heaton

Secretary NARPO
Chelmsford Branch

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NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 23rd Dec ’19

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 23rd Dec ’19

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 23rd Dec ’19

Seasonal Greeting

Dear Members,

Welcome to the NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 23rd Dec ’19. May I take this opportunity on behalf of The Chairman and Committee of the Chelmsford Branch of NARPO to wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year, thank you for remaining members of our Branch.

I hope you will agree that the Branch has gone from strength to strength in 2019 with new committee members joining and new initiatives being trialled, coupled with the excellent support our welfare officers have provided to members in need over the year.

We look forward to building on this success during 2020 and would welcome any views you have on ways we can improve.

Our first committee meeting in 2020 will be held on 13th January followed by our AGM on 20th April where I hope to see many of you in attendance, so please put the date in your diaries and come along.

15th February 2020

This is the date for the next get together which will be held in the downstairs bar at HQ, between 10:30 and 13:00hrs. I would encourage as many of you who can, to come along where you will receive a very interesting and entertaining speech from our member Bill Pirie. I am sure most of you will have worked with Bill at some point in your career, if not I am sure you will have heard of him.

Also that day Bob Cravens daughter Karen will be attending to give a short presentation regarding her company Simply Stride and what they can do to benefit members wellbeing, as well as offering you a reduction on a six-week course she is setting up for our members.

New Website for Chelmsford Branch

I am delighted to announce that we have a new website for the branch which is integrated within the main NARPO website. So now you can move seamlessly between our branch pages and all the information and offers provided nationally.

On our branch pages, you can find information such as how to contact the committee, the latest newsletters and updates as well as details of forthcoming events.

The main NARPO site has a wide range of useful information from some of the big issues facing police pensioners through to member offers on financial products, insurance, holidays and cars. takes you straight to our branch. From here, you can navigate all the branch pages and then reach the main site by clicking on the NARPO logo, which is top left of the page.

If you want to start on the NARPO site, go to When you’re ready for the branch pages, you can get to the branch list via the main heading Discover and then NARPO Branches. We are listed as Essex (Chelmsford).

Enjoy browsing. You might be surprised at what you find!

[Please note that the existing website we have shared with Southend branch for a few years is still available. You can access it via the Contact Us section on the new site. Some time in the New Year, the branch committee will decide whether we need to continue with it.

Finding Britains’s Missing Pets – TV Series in Development

Meridian Line Films are creating a TV series for a major TV Channel which will follow ‘pet detectives’, people who are actively out in the community utilising their skills and expertise to find Britain’s Missing and Stolen Pets.

If any NARPO members are actively working in this area or know anyone who is, would you please email Sarah Allen – for an informal chat.

Request for contributors for upcoming documentary series

Please see below request which I have been asked to circulate by Narpo HQ

My name’s Meg, and I’m a Producer for Monster Films based in Cardiff. We are well known for our sensitive and thoughtful crime output, and we are currently looking for contributors for Series 2 of the documentary series THE REAL PRIME SUSPECT for CBS Reality, presented by Jackie Malton. This series profiles some of the most high-profile murder cases around the United Kingdom and the dogged police work behind them.

As part of the documentary series, contributors will be speaking with the esteemed Jackie Malton – a former Metropolitan Police DCI – about their experiences in order to build a detailed and accurate view of police work and investigations of the cases in question. Jackie’s long and esteemed career led to her being drafted in as a consultant for Lynda La Plante’s British crime drama ‘Prime Suspect’ as well as being the inspiration behind the show’s female lead, Jane Tennison, played by Dame Helen Mirren.

As such, we are looking for members of the police force who may have been involved in the cases below that would be happy to discuss their experiences.

If there are any members of NARPO that have had direct involvement with the cases in any capacity, and would be interested in discussing their experiences and their work with Jackie, I would be very interested to hear from you. My email address is but, if easier to call, please feel free to ring 07854 533120 at any point.

The cases we are currently looking into are:

Alan Kyte, “The Midlands Ripper”, 1993-1994, Midlands

Murdered Samo Paull and Tracey Turner

Keith Cottingham, 1984, Kent

Barbara Harrold was murdered in a parcel bomb attack in 1984

Andrew George, 1984, Shrewsbury

Anti-nuclear campaigner Hilda Murrell, 78, was sexually assaulted and stabbed in 1984

Graham Backhouse, 1984, Horton (nr Bristol)

Attempted murder of wife for life insurance policy, and murder of Colyn Bedale-Taylor

Dennis Smalley, 1991, Lincoln

Murdered Fred Maltby and Joe Rylatt with an axe within months of each other

We are hoping to film the documentary series over the next few months/early next year, and I am very happy to chat further to provide you with extra information or to answer any questions you may have. If you may know of other people who would be happy to be involved, please feel free to pass on my details.

Please be assured that we are treating these cases with the uttermost sensitivity and are not looking to glamorise or sensationalise the crime, but merely tell it from the point of view of those who knew the case best. Jackie has been approached many a time by documentary makers and has always turned down the offer to work with them due to her feelings that the productions lacked authenticity. I am pleased to say Jackie has chosen to work with ‘Monster Films’ due to their outstanding reputation as documentary filmmakers who produce factually sound and ethical documentaries.

Police Care UK – December newsletter

Please see the latest newsletter here

That’s it for this year.

Best Wishes


Sue Heaton
Secretary Narpo
Chelmsford Branch

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Branch Get Togthers

Dear Members,

Apologies for not sending a weekly update last week but I was busy hosting the Saturday Christmas “get together”. I am pleased to say this was a fantastic morning with 17 members in attendance, who were amazed at the brilliant magic show our very talented Paul Clancy performed, a thoroughly enjoyable morning with excellent entertainment. I think it’s fair to say none of us could work out how the tricks were performed and were left stunned, so thank you very much, Paul, for doing this on what was a very busy day for you.

Which brings me on to our next “get together” and speakers that have been arranged.

Saturday 15th February 10:30hrs HQ Sports Pavillion Downstairs Bar with Bill Pirie
and Simply Strides

I am sure many of you know Bill Pirie and worked with him at some point during your career, I am very pleased to announce that Bill will be doing a speech at the next “get together”. As you know Bill always has lots of stories to tell when you meet him, and am sure the speech he gives will be interesting, funny and entertaining.

Bill Pirie retired from Essex Police ending his career as a Chief Superintendent.

During his working life, he has been a Blacksmith, a soldier and a lorry driver. Whilst driving his lorry he got so fed up with being stopped by the Police he decided “if you can’t beat ’em join ’em” and he did

He spent all his time in the uniform branch including 10years as a Traffic Cop.

On retirement, he spent his time lecturing on a number of subjects and also became a well-known after-dinner speaker and has also completed a 2-hour One Man Show at the Princes Theatre Clacton On Sea.

On Saturday 15th February he will talk about his life which I am sure you will find fascinating

So please come along that day and welcome a contradiction in terms, an Ex Traffic Cop with a sense of humour – Bill Pirie

Simply Strides

I have been working very hard to try to find a social activity that members may be interested in joining, which would be fantastic for wellbeing, fitness and general health improvements, as well as giving you a good social network with peers.

I met with Karen Turrell this week who is the founder of Simply Stride. I am sure many of you remember her dad, Bob Craven, a retired Essex Officer, whom I am sure she will have got a lot of her inspiration from.

About Simply Stride

Yoga, pilates and mindfulness techniques & ideas are combined with walking as part of their effective walking courses which are suitable for every age and ability through weekly groups & individual stride sessions and partnering with workplaces and public services.

Please see their website here for further information

I also include a Blog link giving walking and health advice here

Karen will come and explain what is involved and the benefits at our meeting and has very kindly offered a stride course for NARPO members at a reduced rate.

It is anticipated the course will start in March 2020 date to be confirmed but is being planned for a Saturday or Sunday and will be for 6 weekly sessions with an introductory fee of £30 per strider usually £33.

The course is intended to be run at East Hanningfield Reservoir where the group can have a coffee in the cafe after the sessions. Places are limited to 10 striders for prescriptive advice and coaching.

I would like you to email me at Sue Heaton with an expression of interest if you feel you may wish to attend the course. You do not have to commit at this stage I am just trying to ascertain what the “take up” might be – but I would encourage you to attend on the 15th February to get all the information.

Channel 4s Hunted

Brown Bob Productions are making a program for the BBC showing off the work of good policing. They are looking for people to tell the story of a case which had a specific turning point – this could be a DNA match, alibi disproven, interview room confession… anything!

If you think you have an interesting story or if you worked on a case which had a clear turning point, or just want to have a chat about it, please contact Azalea at Brown Bob Productions.

Contact no: 07908345174

For more information regarding this please see flyer here

BBC 4 and 5 Live

Please see below which I have been asked to forward by NARPO HQ

Dear NARPO member,

My name is Nicola Dowling. I make documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live.

I was wondering if you might be able to help us.

We’re currently doing some research for a docudrama podcast about the arrival of Ecstasy in the UK back in the eighties and early nineties.

We’re really keen to talk to former officers who were involved in trying to stop it making its way onto the streets and into the clubs back then.

Were you part of a drug squad or special unit looking at this? Did you work undercover? Did you work on a one-off special operation targeting Ecstasy or those importing or dealing it? Can you tell us the nuts and bolts, detail and anecdotes of how it all worked back then, what the challenges were, what successes you had etc?

It would be great to talk to you to help with our research if this is something you worked on.

Conscious that we’re in the run-up to Christmas, I’m trying to get in touch with people as soon as possible, so if you are able to help and have time for an informal chat on the phone please do get in touch as soon as you can.

I can be contacted on any of the numbers below or on email at

Kind regards and thanks so much for your time.


Nicola Dowling
Broadcast Journalist
BBC Radio Current Affairs

Landline: 0161 335 6460

Fred Olson Newsletter and Offers

Please see the link to NARPO website for the December newsletter and latest offers from Fred Olson Cruises

I think that’s about all for this week, if you have any ideas of activities/interests you would like NARPO to progress then please get in touch.

Kind Regards


Sue Heaton
Secretary Narpo
Chelmsford Branch

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