Tower of London Celebratory Event

Tower of London Celebratory Event

Tower of London Celebratory Event

In 1919 The National association of retired Police Officers was formed to represent the views of retired officers and safeguard the rights of members promoting measures for their welfare and pensions.

I am honoured to have taken over the role of Secretary for the Chelmsford Branch of NARPO in this historic year 2019 and to have been part of the Celebrations.

On Thursday 13th June, a special celebratory dinner was held at the Tower of London to mark NARPO’s 100 year anniversary. Members from most branches across the country attended the event which included a drinks reception and four-course dinner.

The Chelmsford branch was represented at this event by myself and my husband Andrew, together with Darren Jones and his daughter Emma.

Like many people attending we decided to make a weekend of it and booked a couple of nights in a hotel close by (Hotel Indigo on Minories which is a bit quirky and highly recommended).

We took a taxi to the venue, however, at that time of the evening it would have been quicker to walk, not to mention a lot cheaper, especially since it dropped us off at the disabled entrance and they wouldn’t let us in that way!

We eventually made it to the correct entrance and were just wondering how we would find Darren and his daughter with over 500 people attending when they just appeared walking towards us from the opposite direction, so we walked in together.

The event was held in the Pavilion, which is essentially a large marquee situated on the Northern side of the Tower. The marquee has been designed to fit in with its historic surroundings, with a magnificent regal interior that opens out onto the Tower’s gardens.


Once inside the venue we were invited to have drinks and canapés whilst looking for our places on the table plan.

Our table (Table 1) was well positioned on the left-hand side with a good view of the stage and lectern, and we noted we would be sitting with the Staffordshire branch. We shared a very interesting evening with this branch with the usual array of ‘funny stories’ being told.


Mr Brian Burdus, the President of NARPO, gave the welcome speech followed by Grace read by The Chaplain to the Police Service of England and Wales. We were then treated to a 4-course meal with a fine selection of wine.

The highlight of the evening was an address by HRH Princess Anne, who has been the Patron of NARPO throughout the centenary year.

She spoke about the value of contributions made by volunteers in local branches and noted how core values have remained pretty much unchanged over the last 100 years. In particular, the safeguarding of members rights, welfare and pensions.

All of the attendees received a commemorative medal which had been commissioned as part of the Centenary celebrations.

Tower-of-London-Celebratory-Event-commemorative medal

Following the meal we wandered around the venue meeting other NARPO members, including those from West Yorkshire who had been sat with our neighbours from Colchester.

I’m pleased to say that Chelmsford Branch managed to last for the duration and we were among the last to leave at around midnight.


It was a pleasure to represent Chelmsford Branch at this memorable occasion and definitely an evening to remember.

House of Lords Celebratory Event

On Wednesday 17th July The Chairman Bob Good and I attended a reception at the House of Lords as part of the 100th Anniversary Celebrations of NARPO.

A pleasant couple of hours at lunchtime were spent chatting with members of other Branches from across the country, whilst enjoying a glass of wine and some canapés on the terrace looking at the Thames and the London Eye.

The reception was hosted by the Baroness Harris of Richmond. Short speeches were given by Baroness Harris, Brian Burdus, NARPO President, Louise Haig MP, Shadow Minister of State for Policing, and Steve Edwards, NARPO CEO.

The event was well attended, including representatives from the Colchester Branch.


Tower of London Celebratory Event

NARPO Chelmsford Branch Newsletter August 2019

NARPO Chelmsford Branch Newsletter August 2019

NARPO Chelmsford Branch Newsletter August 2019

Dear Member,

Chairman’s Update

I would like to start by expressing my thanks to our committee for their input and general hard work on behalf of members. This is undoubtedly the most involved committee that I have experienced during my time with NARPO, as committee member, Secretary and latterly as Chair. Well done to you all and thank you!

Our current Secretary, Sue Heaton, has provided details of her visit, along with member Darren Jones and their family members, to the NARPO 100th Celebratory Event at the Tower of London in June. Sue has also covered our visit to the House of Lords in July, again part of the NARPO celebrations.

In addition, the three Essex Branches sponsored this year’s Essex Police Garden Party in August. This enabled the organising committee to lay on the event without the usual charge to attendees. Chelmsford Branch also provided a cake which was the centrepiece of the table display – my special thanks go to committee member Anne Walker for organising the cake! Monies were taken from the 100th Anniversary funds supplied by NARPO National Office.

The Garden Party was also a success from a recruiting point of view, Sue managed to sign up 10 new members for our branch. Much of the overall success was due to the hard work put in by Tim Stokes and Anne Walker, both of whom were co-opted to the organising committee.

At the joint meeting of the three Essex Branches in August, if was agreed that we would again sponsor the Garden Party for 2020. As part of our commitment to work closely together, Sue and I will be attending the Colchester Branch Meeting on 16 September.

The Celebratory Cake,
photo: Robert Good

Don’t forget we have an informal ‘get-together’, organised by our member Peter Sharp, on 12 October between 1030 and 1230 at the Sports Pavilion, HQ. Parking should be available onsite. Sue has arranged a Financial Wellbeing Seminar to be held at the Essex Police Federation Offices, 82 Springfield Road, Chelmsford on 31 October between 1030 and 1430. Parking is available at nearby City Centre car parks. If you can attend either of these events please email Sue at: Sue Heaton.

Sue and I will be representing the Branch at the NARPO National Conference to be held at Southport on 5/6 September. There is usually a web-link if you wish to watch the conference live, check the national website at for details.

And finally, following the tragic death of Constable Andrew Harper, the Chelmsford Branch will be making a donation to a suitable charity in his memory.


Robert Good
Branch Chair

Secretary’s Update

Please see attached to this newsletter my report from the NARPO Centenary celebratory event that was held on Thursday 13th June 2019 at the Tower of London. This was a very enjoyable day which I have tried to capture within my writing and pictures.

On Wednesday 17th July 2019, Bob and myself attended a reception held at the House of Lords as part of the 100th Anniversary celebrations. I have again captured details of this in my attached report.

I continue to work hard for all our members benefit, but if I can be of any assistance to you or anybody else in need, please email me at Sue Heaton.


Sue Heaton
Branch Secretary

NARPO Newsletter – September 2019

As I write this newsletter my thoughts are constantly drawn to not only the tragic events around the death of Pc Andrew Harper, but the increase in violence towards police officers working to protect the public as we all used to do. There has come about the usual table-thumping and shouting about routinely armed the British police as most other countries have done and just last week a Chief Constable has stated that he wants all frontline officers to carry Taser. Is this the answer?

For many years I was authorised to carry such weaponry but also had the backup of a conventional firearm to resort to if needed. I do not feel that this made me invincible to the criminal element that operate in this country and what I can say is that a Taser probably would not have saved Pc Harper in the circumstances that he found himself dealing with.

The question of arming our frontline officers will continue and I have no doubt that eventually, recruitment will change and sadly there will come a time when our officers will all carry firearms. However, what will happen to those officers already serving that either do not want to or cannot carry a gun whilst at work? This debate could carry on for hours ……

My thoughts and prayers go out to Pc Harper’s family, friends and colleagues and indeed to anyone affected by the violence offered daily to our police colleagues working day in and out. My underlining comment to you all is, please stay safe and return to your nearest and dearest when you finish your shifts.

As Bob and Sue have said above, please feel free to contact any of us if you need help or just need to chat. Our details can be found on the website.

As was requested, below I will list the obituary’s that have been notified since the last newsletter.

  • However, I must start with a request of the NARPO Chelmsford Branch to re-announce the passing of a former colleague. This is in regard to John Edward EADY who retired as a Superintendent having served at Romford, Grays, Harlow, South Ockendon, Chelmsford HQ, Maldon and Chelmsford Traffic. He sadly passed away on the 20th March 2018. This has been done as there were concerns from the family that John’s passing may have been missed by friends and his former colleagues.

  • Allan Gilfillan, who retired as a constable in 1994 and served at Sandon dog section. He passed away on the 18th May 2019 aged 79 years.

  • Fred Dow, who retired as a constable in 1983. He passed away on the 30th May 2019 aged 87 years.

  • John Eley, who retired as a constable in 1978 and served at Collier Row, Romford, Dedham and Colchester. He passed away on the 2nd June 2019 aged 91 years.

  • David Brooks, who retired as a constable in 1998 and served with the Southend Borough, Westcliff/ Leigh on Sea and on retirement as a communications supervisor at the Force control room. He passed away on the 5th June 2019 aged 71 years.

  • James Woolnough, who retired as a sergeant in 1985 having served at Maldon and Chelmsford. He passed away on the 6th July 2019 aged 87 years.

  • Harold Walker, who retired as a constable in 1991 and served at Pitsea, Billericay and Harlow traffic. He passed away on the 20th July 2019 aged 87 years.

  • David Le Voi, who retired as a Superintendent in 1983 having served at Colchester, Harlow, Grays, Dunmow and Halstead. He passed away on the 23rd July 2019 aged 94 years.

  • Tony Wright, who retired as a Sergeant in 2006 having served at Basildon, Rayleigh, CID, Shoebury and Southend Custody. He passed away on the 8th August 2019 aged 63 years.
R.I.P to all those listed above, sleep well.


On a lighter note I just wanted to remind everyone that on the 12th October 2019, Peter Sharp one of our members will be hosting a general ‘get together and chat’ to be held at the HQ sports pavilion between 10.30am and 12.30am. He is giving up his time and efforts free of any charge and I, therefore would encourage as many of you that can to attend and support him.

If anyone has any information or articles that they would like to be circulated via this platform please email them to me at Gary Sanderson and I will ensure that they are included in the next newsletter.

Until I write again in December, thank you for reading and good health and best wishes to you all.


Gary Sanderson
Newsletter and Website content editor

NARPO Chelmsford Branch Newsletter August 2019

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 23rd Aug ’19


NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 23rd Aug ’19

Financial Wellbeing Seminar 31st October

I have now booked and arranged a venue for The Financial Wellbeing Seminar. It will be held in the conference room at Essex Police Federation Offices, 82 Springfield Rd, Chelmsford CM2 6JY, 10:30 – 14:30 hours on Thursday 31st October. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. Unfortunately, there is no parking available but there are plenty of car parks nearby in the city centre.

Approximately 20 people have expressed an interest which is near capacity, if you are now unable to come could you let me know, and equally if you would like to attend and haven’t yet expressed your interest please do so by email to Sue Heaton.

Peter Sharps meeting 12th October

Just a reminder regarding the event arranged for this get-together. This will take place between 10:30-12:30 hours in the upstairs bar at The Pavilion at HQ. This is a great opportunity to meet up with old colleagues for a natter over a coffee and biscuits and listen to some interesting speakers.

If this is successful which I hope it is, we are provisionally planning future meetings for 7th December where Paul Clancy is intending performing magic and 9th February 2020, so please make a note in your diaries. Again if you haven’t expressed an interest but intend coming please email me on the above address.

Joint Branch Meeting

A joint branch meeting was held with Southend and Colchester branches on 19th August. This has not been done for some time and it was a great way to liaise with our colleagues from around the county, and look at initiatives other branches do with a view to progressing Chelmsford branch. If you have any ideas/suggestions you would like to see implemented then again please email me putting them forward and the committee will discuss.


Our website has been updated and work is currently ongoing to improve it, so please take a look as you may find some interesting articles –

Police Mutual Wellbeing Factsheets

Please find attached 3 factsheets provided by Police Mutual which you may find useful

  1. Physical wellbeing
  2. Disability
  3. Loss of a loved one

Eat Well For Less – Contestants Required

Eat Well For Less, the BBC 1 programme where Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace and award-winning greengrocer Chris Bavin are on a mission to help UK families concerned about the cost of their weekly food shop. They want to prove that it could still be possible for families to save money on their food budget without scrimping on taste and nutrition. They hope that by analysing the shopping habits of UK families, they can help to show where we can source the best and cheapest quality food.

They are looking for a range of families who would like to take part in the new series. Especially any retirees (either in couples or single), or their extended families who might be interested in taking part in the new series of Eat Well For Less.

Please see flyer here.

Flexible Income Opportunity

OccuTrace are involved in securing revenues for wholesalers and retailers in the English non-domestic water market. They do this by using traditional methods of data collection/verification which are enhanced using bespoke real-time mobile technologies.

They are currently looking to work with individuals across the country on different on-going and future projects.

Please see the attached document that outlines their requirements.

If you or anyone else you think might, be interested and wish to discuss this further please contact Alistair Milne directly by email or on his number noted on this document.

Everest Base Camp Opportunity

Is Everest Base Camp on your bucket list?

Apparently the trek to Everest Base Camp is the most popular ‘bucket list’ item – ever.

Suitably fit NARPO members now have an opportunity to make the iconic trek for a reduced price thanks to national child victims of crime charity, Embrace.

Taking place between 2 November and 21 November, and guided by Sherpa Dawa Geljen and his experienced team, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The all-inclusive price of airfares, transfers, accommodation and meals, is just £2,500, a saving of £350.


For more info or check out the website

That’s all for now, have a great week 😃

Sue Heaton

Secretary NARPO
Chelmsford Branch

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 23rd Aug ’19

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 11th Aug ’19

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 11th Aug '19

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 11th Aug ’19

Membership Secretary

Please note our membership Secretary Brian Ladd has changed his email. If you have any queries regarding your membership or know someone who wishes to join then please contact him at

I am also pleased to announce that we successfully recruited 10 new members to our branch at the recently held Garden Party.

Financial Wellbeing Seminar

NARPO in association with Hanson Wealth is in the process of organising a Financial Well-being Seminar and is open to members and their spouses.

The event is presented by a team who have been involved with the Police for a number of years.

The Seminar surrounds issues which NARPO members may face post-retirement the details of the content are as follows.

  • The costs of Long Term Care and the options available
  • How Equity Release works and who qualifies.
  • Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney
  • Arranging your earnings, pensions, deposits and capital to minimise tax and maximise income
  • Understanding the different types of deposits and investments and how to make sure they’re right for you
  • Attitude to risk and Asset allocation – Why is that important?
  • Organising your estate to reduce the inheritance tax liability
  • Open Q & A

I need to have between 20-30 to make this viable. At present 8 people have expressed an interest, so please let me know by emailing Sue Heaton if you would like to attend.

I am looking at the latter part of September to plan the date and will try to book a room at HQ. It is anticipated the seminar will last 2-3 hours from 1000hrs-1300hrs followed by a small buffet lunch.

I am sure this will be a very interesting and useful seminar and having discussed with the organisers, it isn’t a sales pitch.

Essex Police Choir

Please find attached the latest newsletter providing you with all the latest information of the Essex Police Choir in their 30th year. The annual concert this year will be held in St Luke’s Church, Tiptree on Saturday 19th October, where they will be joined by the Essex Police Band. See attached booking form on how to obtain tickets for the 30th Anniversary Concert.

See booking form here

See July 20th newsletter here

See 30th Anniversary newsletter here

A Place in the Sun- NEC Birmingham 20th-22nd September – free tickets

Please see website link below and press release here for NARPO members to have free tickets to this event.

Free ticket link here

Time out to enjoy – Latest Offers

This came to us late so we have missed the first few offers but everything else is good.

See latest offers here

That’s all for now, have a great week 😃

Sue Heaton

Secretary NARPO
Chelmsford Branch

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NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 4th Aug ’19

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 4th Aug ’19

Pensioners Garden Party

2nd August saw the annual pensioners garden party at HQ for all retired officers and police staff.

This year it was sponsored by the three Essex NARPO branches to commemorate the 100 year celebrations of the organisation. The event was very well attended, Chief Constable Harrington made a speech and we all spent a lovely day in the sun chatting and enjoying sandwiches, cakes and fresh strawberries and cream.

We managed to recruit some new members at the event by talking to attendees and sharing the good work NARPO undertake.

A fantastic cake had been arranged by Anne Walker a member of the committee on behalf of the branches which was cut and shared during the day, what a wonderful way to celebrate the 100th Anniversary.

12th October Get Together – 1030-1300hrs Upstairs bar HQ Social Club

Several people have now expressed an interest in attending the get together arranged by Peter Sharp on the above date.

As I have said before this is a new initiative where we are trying to get members together in a social setting to chat about their interests/hobbies etc. I am sure this will be a successful event, and if so we are hoping to arrange this every three months.

A provisional date of 7th December has been set for the next meeting, where we are going to be entertained by the very talented Paul Clancy with magic, so please save this date in your diaries.

Financial Wellbeing

A few expressed an interest in attending a seminar on the above subject, I am in the process of ascertaining from the organisers how many attendees would be needed to proceed with this.

In the meantime please see here some information you may find interesting from Hanson Wealth Management.

Police Care

Please see the latest newsletter from Police Care here

That’s all for this week, any issues or questions then please don’t hesitate in contacting me.

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 4th Aug ’19

Essex Police Garden Party 2019

Essex Police Garden Party 2019

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Members will recall that this year’s Garden Party was jointly sponsored by the three Essex NARPO Branches (Chelmsford, Colchester and Southend), as part of the NARPO 100th Birthday Celebrations.

It was a very warm afternoon, the sun shone and there was a very good attendance from our retired community. The Chief Constable, BJ Harrington, gave the speech of welcome and commented on the family atmosphere of the force and the importance of the police family.

My thanks go to the Garden Party organising committee and to all members of the Chelmsford NARPO Branch Committee who assisted in putting the event together. Special thanks go to Anne Walker, Tim Stokes and Sue Heaton who did most of the work. In particular, Anne arranged the celebratory cake and Sue was busy signing up new members. If you would like to join the Chelmsford Branch please email Sue at: Secretary Sue


Robert Good
NARPO – Chelmsford Branch

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Essex Police Garden Party 2019