NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 11th Jan 2020

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NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 11th Jan 2020

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

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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NARPO Chelmsford Newsletter December 2019

Dear Member,

NARPO Chelmsford Newsletter December 2019

Chairman’s update

Dear Members

Welcome to our December Newsletter.

Once again, the last quarter has been a busy time for our Welfare Officers, together with other members of the Committee, supporting our members in their time of need. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you, or another member that you know, needs our assistance.

I’m pleased to report that Peter Sharp’s idea for Saturday morning get-togethers finally came to fruition in early October. The event was well attended, and we have booked the HQ Sports & Social Club again for 1030 hours on 7 December, when our member Paul Clancy will present one of his magic shows. A provisional date has also been set for 15 February. If you would like to meet former colleagues for a friendly chat and a cup of tea\coffee, please let Sue our Secretary know at (note the change of email address!).

Your Committee is currently looking to appoint a Social Secretary to both come up with new ideas, and to assist in organising our social events. If you are interested in this role, please contact me (see below).

Tim Stokes was busy explaining the benefits of NARPO membership to the Pre-Retirement Course, held at HQ towards the end of November. I have also had a meeting with Essex Police’s Internal Communications Officer when we agreed to support each other in our initiatives to recruit police officers for Essex and new members for NARPO. Essex Police is keen to rekindle the concept of the ‘police family’ and clearly the sons, daughters, grandchildren and friends of retired officers could make ideal candidates for the force. I undertook to promote their cause via this Newsletter and in our Secretary’s Weekly Update. Potential applicants for Essex Police should visit the website at and follow the links. In return, NARPO has been advertised on the ‘Chief’s Blog’ (which has largely replaced the force newspaper, ‘The Law’). Our advertisement is aimed at those approaching the end of their police career and looking forward to retirement from regular police work.

NARPO Chelmsford Newsletter December 2019The Secretary and I were selected to attend the Cenotaph Parade in Whitehall on 10 November, unfortunately, things didn’t go to plan! I had to pull out due to a dodgy knee and Sue had difficultly linking up with the NARPO contingent. Nevertheless, she was there and therefore the Branch was duly represented.

For those widows and widower members, your Committee has again approved Christmas gifts and these should be arriving on your doormats over the next couple of weeks.

It’s not too early for you to put the date of our AGM in your diaries! 2000 hours on Monday 20 April 2020 at the HQ Sports & Social Club. We hope to see you there.

On behalf of the Committee, I would like to wish you all the best for the festive period and a happy and prosperous 2020.


Robert Good
Branch Chair

Newsletter and website editor update

In Septembers newsletter, I made mention of the sad sorry surrounding the death of Pc Andrew Harper who was killed whilst on duty. I would now like to make mention of a collection that has been arranged by Stuart Roberts from Northamptonshire police. Stuart is currently collecting epaulettes from all protective services personnel. His aim is to make a giant collage of donated epaulettes to provide a memorial to all those who have died in public service.

If you would like to contribute towards this please send an epaulette that has a personal connection to you to the address shown below:

Pc 510 Roberts
Northamptonshire Police Headquarters
Woolton Hall

In addition to this for those members who have access to social media, Facebook has a private group called ‘Protective Services Epaulette Collection‘ which you will need to be invited to attend.

Our secretary, Sue Heaton and I, are both members of this group so please contact either of us if you would like further details.

Obituaries notified since the last newsletter

Graham Carey who retired as a Superintendent and served at Southend, Basildon, Thurrock and ACPO. He passed away on 9th September 2019 aged 62 years.

Martin Smith (Tim) who retired as a Constable in 1999 and served at Harlow and Epping. He passed away on 11th September 2019 aged 74 years.

Joseph Arrowsmith (Tom) who retired as an Inspector in 1981 and served at Colchester and Burnham on crouch. He passed away on 13th September 2019 aged 91 years.

Joseph Kreyling who retired as a Constable and served with the Southend borough, Leigh, Westcliff, Shoebury and Eastwood. He passed away on 22nd September aged 69 years.

James Allen who retired as a Constable and served at Upminster, Romford, Earls Colne, Chelmsford and CID. He passed away on 22nd September 2019 aged 92 years.

John McGarvey who retired as a Sergeant IN 1984 and served at Colchester, Harwich, Thorpe le Soken, Frinton and Harlow. He passed away on 30th September 2019 aged 79 years.

Gerry Bragg who retired as a Chief Superintendent. He passed away on 1st November 2019 aged 89 years.

David Irons who retired as a Detective Sergeant in 1982 and served at Dunmow, Basildon, Colchester, Chelmsford, and Braintree CID. He passed away on 1st October 2019 aged 72 years

RIP to all those listed above, sleep well
I would like to personally wish every member and their families all the very best for the festival holiday and a healthy and prosperous new year.


Gary Sanderson
Newsletter and Website content editor

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Dear Members,

Not too much to report this week but didn’t want you to think I had forgotten about you.

7th December Chelmsford NARPO Christmas Social

The date is fast approaching for our next get together which will take place 10:30 – 13:00hrs on Saturday 7th December in the upstairs bar at Essex Police Sports and Social Club HQ.

We have member, Paul Clancy, attending to talk about his interest in magic. Paul is a member of the Magic Circle and will be entertaining us with his tricks. We will be looking for speakers to talk at the next planned meeting on 15th February so please come with plenty of ideas, and Peter Sharp will collate details of those wishing to speak at future meetings, you may have a friend or family member who has an interesting subject they may like to come and present.

This is a great opportunity to get together with your old colleagues for a good old chin wag and of course free mince pies available at this one to tempt you. 😃

So please all show some support for this initiative and come along – If you are intending coming please email me at Sue Heaton so I have a rough idea how many mince pies to supply – or I will be eating them all year and I don’t think my figure needs that!

Your partner/spouse is also welcome to attend if you don’t know until the day if you can make it or not please still turn up if you haven’t previously registered your interest, the more the merrier.

Comrades’ Assosciation

I am unsure if many of you are aware of this association, or are indeed members. This is another great group to join, to keep you in touch with your old friends.

A Brief History of
The Essex Police Comrades’ Association

At a meeting of Superintendents held at Police Headquarters, Chelmsford, on the 14th January 1924, the Chief Constable of Essex, Captain John A Unett, outlined a proposal to form an association comprising pensioners and those members of the Regular Force with fifteen years’ service or more, this has laterally been changed to ten years.

The Second World War stopped many annual functions, including the Old Comrades’. There was an annual luncheon in July 1939, but no more until 1947 – neither was the annual subscription of 2/6d collected during the years 1941 to 1946.

Whilst membership stood at 416 in 1940, it rose to 452 in 1947 when the collection of annual subscriptions was resumed, so it was apparent that the Old Comrades did not intend their Association to die with the war. The 1947 Luncheon was held at Southend, attracted 166 members, and cost £65.

This association is still in existence and you may wish to consider the fellowship available.

They hold two main annual functions, these being a Spring Lunch to which partners are invited and an Autumn Lunch for members only. This year was the Association’s 95th Anniversary – so it is good to know that it is still going strong after all this time!

If you would like to join the Association, please contact Jo Baker via EPSA at the Police Headquarters or by email Jo Baker and she will send you the application form.

Magic over Lake Disney : The Frozen Edition

This may be a nice post-Christmas treat for you to take the grandchildren to:

There are some last-minute places available for the Spectacular Frozen Edition at Disney Land Paris on 24th – 27th January 2020.

To celebrate the sequel to Frozen, Disneyland® Paris will be celebrating with a spectacular sound and illumination show that will light up the skies of Disneyland® Paris on 24th January 2020.

Watch as iconic moments from Frozen come to life before your very eyes, a truly unmissable display for all Disney and Frozen lovers.

It’s perfect timing to lift your post-Christmas blues and prices from just £220p* 3 nights 2 day park pass self-drive 24 – 27th January 2020.

Space is now limited so please in get in touch to book your place.

Kind Regards,

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That’s all for this week, hope you all stay well, again if there is anything we can do to assist you please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at Sue Heaton 😃.

Sue Heaton

Secretary NARPO
Chelmsford Branch

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Dear Members,

I am pleased to welcome some new members who have joined us in the last couple of weeks. The membership has seen an increase of 18 since I took over the post of secretary in April with a further 14 requests awaiting approval, making us the largest branch in Essex. If you have any friends who are not members please encourage them to join.

Saturday 7th December Get Together

We are having a get together on Saturday 7th December in the upstairs bar at Essex Police Sports Pavilion at 1030hrs for a couple of hours. It would be great to see as many of you who are available to attend to join us. This is a great way to reconnect with your old colleagues and have a good old catch up. Paul Clancy one of our members will be performing magic for our entertainment, Paul is a member of the Magic Circle and an excellent performer who will have you mesmerised.

Tea, coffee and mince pies will be provided for you to enjoy so please put the date in your diary and pop along you are welcome to bring your partner/spouse as well, the more the merrier.

The next one is currently being planned for 15th February 2020.

Essex Police Choir Christmas Concert Sat 14th December

Please find here the latest newsletter and booking form for the choirs Charity Christmas Concert at Trinity Methodist Church in Chelmsford on Saturday 14th December.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE – so purchase yours here

Age UK’s National Engagement

Age UK’s National Engagement team is recruiting a small number of people aged 50+ to volunteer to join Age UK’s existing National Policy Sounding Board

This opportunity offers a volunteer role in helping to shape and review Age UK’s external facing policy positions which we use to influence national and local government. These cover a wide range of topic areas:

  • money matters
  • housing and homes
  • health & wellbeing
  • active communities
  • care & support
  • transport

This Sounding Board meets up to four times a year with Age UK’s Director of Policy & Research, and her team.

How to apply

If you want to take the next step to find out more, please Click here to download the Policy Sounding Board Information pack . Please Click here to download the Expression of Interest Form to print a hard copy or save to your own device in order to fill in the form electronically.

Please return your completed Expression of Interest form by Wednesday 20th November 2019.

You can email your completed form to Liz Stacey, Divisional Services Co-ordinator at or return a hard copy by freepost to (no stamp required):

Liz Stacey, Freepost RTEH-ALYL-JJZU,
Age UK, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square,
London WC1H 9NA

We will contact you with next steps by the December 13th 2019. If you have any queries please call Liz Stacey on +44 (0) 203 033 1152

Narpo Desk Diaries

Narpo HQ have approximately 75 A5 desk diaries available, if anyone wishes to purchase any they are £5.00 each. Please contact Angela Calvert on +44 (0) 1924 331253 if you would like one.

Police Life

Please find your latest issue of Police Life here

That’s all for now, if you have any ideas on ways you feel Narpo could assist you then please let us know, if you want anything posted/promoted in the newsletter or weekly news then please send me an article at Sue Heaton 😃.

Our welfare committee members are working hard supporting members during difficult times, if you have any worries, concerns or need support, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we are here to help and all matters will be dealt with confidentially.

Sue Heaton

Secretary NARPO
Chelmsford Branch

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