NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 27th Oct ’19

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NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 27th Oct ’19

Final reminder – Financial Wellbeing Seminar 31st October 10:30hrs

The above event will take place btw 1030 – 1230hrs followed by a light buffet lunch at The Federation Offices Conference Room, 82 Springfield Rd, Chelmsford CM2 6JY. The building is on the corner of Navigation Road and Springfield Road, please note no parking is available at the venue but there are plenty of city-centre car parks nearby.

The seminar will be delivered by Hanson Wealth and I am sure it will be an interesting presentation as well as a chance to get together with your old colleagues, Quite a few have registered an interest in attending already, but if you would like to come please drop me an email at EssexChelmsford@narpo.org I look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Next AGM – 20th April 2020

The date of the next Chelmsford Branch Annual General Meeting will be 20th April 2020 at HQ Sports Pavilion. Please note this date in your diary as I would like to encourage as many members as possible to attend this meeting.

Looking for Old Colleagues

Dave Wilkins who is a member of Oxford Narpo and was previously an Essex Officer has contacted me as he is keen to trace some old colleagues. If any of you are in touch with the below or have any information that could assist please contact me on the above email.

  • Doug Johnson
  • Brian Searle
  • Jack Stone
  • Bill Thorpe

Casting Tree Petts Request

A request has been made by Narpo HQ to circulate the below:

We are casting a lovely ad campaign, we often cast ‘real’ people, as opposed to professional models, as many companies want a real story to be shared, which is so amazing! So we thought of the amazing retired police officers that may be interested!

We are looking for Retired or about to retire Homeowners who are in their late 50’s, 60’s and 70’s to feature in a new ad campaign. We are unable to mention who it’s for yet (these things are kept back in the earlier stages of casting!)

If any applicant is selected, they would be paid, which is always nice! All they have to do is email: assistant@treepetts.co.uk with their name, contact number, where they are based and a photo if they have one. We will then get back to them to share a little more info regarding the campaign. Or a family member or friend may get in contact on their behalf with their permission.

We have created a flyer with all of the info (Flyer is attached), so would be wonderful if you would be able to share this with anyone you know or your contacts/social media.

We are up against time, so would be very grateful if anyone is interested could try to contact us this week. Please see flyer here

Saturdays Get Togethers

I have now secured the upstairs bar at HQ Sports Pavilion for our next two Saturday morning get-togethers – 10:30hrs start so please note dates in your diaries as would be great to get a few more attending the next ones.

7th December; the speaker will be Paul Clancy who will be entertaining us with magic. If you haven’t seen Paul perform before he is captivating to watch and a skilled member of the magic circle. This will be an enjoyable show so please make every effort to come along and I may well provide mince pies for this meeting.

15th February; a couple of people have already offered to speak and depending on availability the next speaker will be decided at the Dec meeting. If anyone else has any interesting hobbies/stories they would like to speak about then please let Peter Sharp know (email here) roughly how long you would like to speak for and he will compile a list for future get-togethers.

The Great British Bake Off – Series 11 Contestants wanted

All you budding bakers out there please see attached flyer here if you are interested in participating

NARPO – FREE – Villas and Apartments

I am unsure if you are aware but thanks to a generous Narpo supporter there are some apartments and Villas that you can rent free of charge in Vienna and Italy https://www.narpo.org/leisure/holidays-travel/narpo-properties/

That’s all for now, any queries/enquiries/welfare support required please contact me at Sue Heaton 😃

Sue Heaton

Secretary NARPO
Chelmsford Branch

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12th October Get Together Update and Future Dates

Just to update you with the get together that was held on 12th October at HQ. It was a very enjoyable morning with Peter giving a talk and members chatting and sharing stories with old colleagues. I was very pleased to see 19 members in attendance and we are actively planning future meetings.

The next meeting is planned for 7th December 10:30hrs where Paul Clancy who is a member of The Magic Circle will be talking about his interest and performing magic. I must admit I have seen him perform before and was fascinated at how skilful he is, this will be a very good event to attend.

I am just awaiting confirmation of the venue but am hoping it will be HQ so please save the date and let’s increase the group. We are then planning for 8th or 15th February date to be confirmed.

From Chairman Bob Good :-

As many of you will know, the original idea came from our member Peter Sharp. Your Committee supported the proposal and we had an enjoyable couple of hours reminiscing with friends and colleagues. Thank you to Peter, thank you to Sue, who made the arrangements, and a big thank you to everyone else who was able to attend. Please tell your friends so that we can do even better next time.

To allow our Branch Secretary to concentrate on her primary role, your Committee is keen to recruit a ‘Social Secretary’ to take on the coordinating role for future events of this nature. The successful candidate would be co-opted onto our committee, pending the next AGM. If you are interested in this voluntary role and have a few hours to spare each month, please contact Sue or me for an informal chat.

Travel Insurance

A word of advice which I have been asked to bring to your attention by one of our members using EP Travel Insurance.

If you make a claim ensure you read the small print for your entitlement. We were recently delayed for 24 hrs on our flight to USA and when I claimed they originally only paid up for one person. I queried this and told them there are two of us and they agreed to pay out for both of us.

I also told them that we had claimed for our accommodation loss and excursion loss and we were told originally that we were not covered but I pressed the matter quoting their policy and in the end they paid out. Just a word of advice for members to check their claim.

Job Opportunities Associates College of Policing

The college of Policing are currently advertising for question writers for the national examinations. For the question writing role, they would be looking for recently retired people who are Inspector qualified or above who would have an interest in learning question writing skills and joining the associate bank. The closing date for this vacancy is 1st November 2019. The advert and details of how to apply can be found on the associate pages of their website:

Link

There are also some other associate vacancies that may be of interest including invigilator roles at the exams, and assessors for the recruit assessment centres.

Pension Modification

I recently had one of our members contact me regarding a letter they had received in respect of pension modification and a reduction in their pension now they will be receiving the state pension. I just wanted to make other members aware, this appears to affect people who joined before 1980.

A full explanation can be found on NARPO website at: Link

Obviously the figures contained in the document are historic and need increasing in line with pension increases.

EPSA – Essex Police Sports Association

There are many advantages of becoming a member of EPSA if you are not already a member and its only £4.00 a month

Please see here for details

Police Life

Please find the latest edition of Police Life here

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Dear Members,

I am back from a relaxing week in Lanzarote and working hard to keep you up to date with Narpo news.

Final Reminder – Get Together this Saturday 12th October

Well, the time is fast approaching for our first official Get Together. Saturday 12th October we are holding a get together at HQ Upstairs bar, Sports Pavillion from 1030-1330, time to meet up with old friends and have a good old chat with some tea, coffee and biscuits. Peter Sharp has been the driving force in trying to arrange this for members and will be doing a talk at the meeting on a subject of interest. It is intended that these meetings will be held quarterly, providing we attract sufficient interest and numbers to warrant it, the next one is being planned for December with Paul Clancy performing some magic.

I urge as many of you who are available to attend, to come along on Saturday and support Peter and NARPO in this new venture. For a long time now some members have been saying what do NARPO do? – nothing seems to get arranged. I have spent months arranging this with Peter and encouraging you all to attend, so please don’t let us down let’s have a great turn out, I’m looking forward to meeting you all.

Even if you are intending watching the rugby then please just turn up late rather than not at all.

Success for Chelmsford Narpo Golfers

I said in the last newsletter I was unsure who had won the golf, I should have had more faith as I am proud to report it was our Branch. Roy Fenning, Chair of the Golf Society, has prepared this short report updating you on there success.”The 3 Branch Trophy Competition” was this year organised and hosted by Southend at the Brentwood Golf Club. The format was Stableford.

Unfortunately, Colchester could only muster 3 players, therefore as they were unable to play as a separate team they were split with 2 playing for Southend and the other for Chelmsford. This made two teams of 9 each.

The course was in good condition but the weather was poor with some heavy rain at the start. The weather cleared and Chelmsford won the day scoring 268 points against 228 points. The individual winner was Chelmsford’s Andy Drane with a score of 40. The Southend captain was second on countback with Errol Green 3rd, both scoring 34 points. The Trophy was returned to Chelmsford, making us the winners 13 times out of its 19 year history.

As I previously mentioned the team are always looking for new members so if you are interested in joining them then please email the Secretary. Nick Padmore

Social Activities

I am still very keen to try to get members involved in group activities they have a common interest and am looking for volunteers to lead on such events.

So if you would like to arrange a ramblers group, fishing event, bowls group, book club or any other activities you are interested in then please let me know and I will advertise on our weekly newsletters and try to encourage members to join the various groups.

Work Opportunity

I have been asked to circulate this from Trust in Blue:
I am writing to you from Trust in Blue regarding new work opportunities available to NARPO members. In addition to our established teams of retired police decorators and tradespeople TIB is now recruiting reliable and helpful relief caretakers to support local schools and care homes.

We are launching a new team in the Chelmsford area and I would be grateful if you could circulate the below information to your members. The new role is well suited to competent DIYers and does not require the same level of trade/decorating experience as our maintenance division, I’m therefore hoping that the flexible opportunities will be suited to many more of your local NARPO membership.

Let me know if you have any questions or require further information at this stage

Kind regards,

Nick

Nick Orde-Powlett
Managing Director

T: 0333 772 9633 E: helpdesk@trustinblue.com

Relief Caretaker Work Opportunities

Location: Chelmsford

Typically paying around £84-£120 per day.

NO PRIOR QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED and NO JOINING FEE

For full details register your interest in Relief Caretaking online: trustinblue.com/work

Flexible short and medium-term temporary work opportunities supporting local school and care home staff in and around Chelmsford.

As a self-employed relief caretaker (or site manager) you will have full control over the dates you work, types of job you take on and the geographic area you wish to cover – typically within 25 minutes of your home.
Before accepting each job you will be supplied with full details of the daily hours, location and tasks required and you will then be able to accept or decline each individual opportunity. You will set your own work-life balance, deciding whether to make yourself available full time or part-time.

Working in sensitive care home and school environments, Trust in Blue exclusively recruits trustworthy, reliable and helpful retired police officers who genuinely want to make a difference. We need team players who will be flexible in responding to the needs of the job and who pull their weight to ensure the smooth running of the property for the client.

You do not need any related qualifications but you should as a minimal requirement be a competent and confident DIYer. You must have excellent communication and people skills. You should have First Aid training. Any property maintenance, trade or minibus driving experience is a bonus.

Working with TIB you will enjoy the benefits of being part of an established business which has been successfully operating for over five years with access to our national and regional client base as well as support from other team members. At the same time, you have all the freedoms of a self-employed. individual to pick jobs and work when you want to.

For full details register your interest in Relief Caretaking online: trustinblue.com/work

Financial Wellbeing Seminar 31st October

We are also fast approaching this seminar which will be held at Essex Police Federation Office, 82 Springfield Rd, Chelmsford CM2 6JY commencing at 10.30 until approximately 1300hrs when a light buffet lunch will be supplied. The seminar is being delivered by Hanson Financial partners Ltd and I am sure will be a very interesting presentation. Quite a few have already expressed an interest so I look forward to seeing you at the venue if anyone else is intending coming then please email me Sue Heaton as I will shortly be arranging the catering.

Please note there is no parking at the venue but plenty of town centre parking is available.

Britains Best Home Cook Competition

Please see details here

BBC WW2 Testimonies Project

I have been asked to circulate this from Ella Wood, If you can assist in any way please contact her on the details provided:

I am working at the BBC on a project aiming to capture testimonies by people who lived through or fought in World War Two. Naturally, due to the time passed, we are limited on the number of people we can talk to, but we want to speak to as many people as possible in order to gain as wide a perspective as possible of WW2.

We have been talking to societies and associations who are in contact with veterans, but we are keen to find even more people who perhaps haven’t talked about their experience before, so we are reaching out to lots of people to spread the word.

I was wondering if you knew of any local associations or groups which might be able to help us, or if you knew of any veterans or people who lived through the war who might be willing to talk to us about their experience. If they are interested, we would either call them, or send a letter or email, to talk about what they remember, and then if they are keen we would record their testimony.

I would really appreciate any advice you might be able to offer us, and do please feel free to call me if you would like more information..

Many thanks,

Ella

Ella Wood
Researcher
BBC Events
1 Television Centre | Second Floor | Zone C | 101 Wood Lane | London | W12 7FA

M: +44 (0)7738 887 834

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Secretary NARPO
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Dear Members,

Please find below weekly update, I will be going on holiday on Sunday so probably won’t be able to do an update next week but if there is anything urgent I will ensure you will receive it.

12th October ‘Get Together’

The time is fast approaching for the get together on 12th October. This is just a reminder regarding the event 10:30-13:00 hrs, upstairs Bar at Essex Police HQ. Peter Sharp will be giving a talk. Tea and biscuits will be supplied and this will be a great opportunity for you to meet up with old friends/colleagues for a good old chin wag, so please try to get along to support Peter. If this is successful which I am sure it will be, we plan to do this every 3 months and are looking at a date in December for the next one.

Golf

As I said in last weeks newsletter I am keen to get some Social Activities started. I was unaware at the time that Chelmsford Branch already has an active Golf Society. They hold an event once a month at different golf courses throughout Essex and have recently held the Three Branch Trophy, a competition between Colchester, Southend and Chelmsford, NARPO Branches ( I am unsure who won but hopefully Chelmsford).

They are keen to recruit new members so if you are interested in joining the golf society please email their secretary Nick Padmore at padders1019@yahoo.com

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Sue Heaton

Secretary NARPO
Chelmsford Branch

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Social Activities

I hope you are all well. Its been quite a busy week with NARPO which started last Monday when myself and the Chairman attended Colchester Branch’s meeting. It was nice to see how other branches conduct their business and we were made to feel very welcome. I look forward to working more closely with them towards joint ventures to benefit our members.

Colchester members enjoy social activities together, they have a ramblers club that a few attend and go walking together as well as golf and lunches, it would be nice if Chelmsford branch did something similar.

At that meeting, one of the members asked if people would be interested in an indoor bowls competition between the three branches and their Secretary has asked me to float this idea past our branch. So if any of you would be interested in getting involved with indoor bowls with Colchester branch then please email me secretary.narpo.chelmsford@gmail.com and I will pass your details on.

As I said earlier I would really like to see our Branch getting together for social activities, ie trips, lunches, or sporting activities. I am trying to arrange things as you are aware and Peter Sharps get together on 12th October and the Financial Wellbeing Seminar on 31st October is the start of this.

If any of you have any ideas, suggestions or things you would like us to try to arrange could you please let me know and I will discuss them with the committee at our next meeting on 28th October

Is Your Mortgage the Right Option For You?

Hanson Wealth, who are coming to talk to us on 31st October at our Financial Wellbeing Seminar, have asked me to circulate the below to you:

We’d like to make sure NARPO members and their families never pay more than they need to. One of the NARPO Gold Partners is Hanson Mortgage Brokers and you may wish to take advantage of their no-charge mortgage review service.

“We do this by assessing your financial situation and making sure you’re on the right mortgage deal for your needs. We also have access to exclusive deals that aren’t available on the high street which, again, gives you more variety. Our advisers are available to you over the phone, so you don’t have to come to see us, we can get all the information we need with a phone call.”

It’s that simple. Click on the attached PDF for more information.

Update on the Latest Memorial Campaign to PC Gutteridge in Wimbotsham, West Norfolk

Please see below from Bernard Mullin :

I have campaigned over the last 18 months to establish a memorial to PC “Bill” Gutteridge in Wimbotsham, West Norfolk where he was born in 1889. Prior to this, many in the village and surrounding area were unaware of his existence and the effect his brutal death had on initiating the emergency call system of our country plus the pioneering use of ballistics evidence.

After much negotiation with the relevant authorities who warmly welcomed my proposal with positive suggestions subsequently included which would enhance the heritage of the village and surrounding area, a further memorial is to be raised in the near future. This will be in the form of a memorial board comprising a mounted and inscribed brass plaque kindly donated by the Chief Constable of Norfolk, Mr. Simon Bailey with a head and shoulders image of PC Gutteridge in uniform above this. Selected Norfolk companies, specialists and craftsmen have provided time, materials and expert knowledge free of charge in support this memorial to a fallen Norfolk man officer of the law and they will be duly acknowledged.

Adjacent to the brass plaque will sit a storyboard headed proudly by the helmet regalia of both Essex and Norfolk Constabularies. I have attached images of the completed memorial board and a separate copy of the storyboard inscription I composed and was approved by the descendants of PC Gutteridge.

I also attach a copy of the feature the Norfolk Magazine ran in the May issue of this year.

I will advise everyone of the date and details of the unveiling ceremony in due course.

With kind regards to all, Bernard Mullin

See story board here and the memorial board here and article here.

NARPO Conference 2019

The 2019 NARPO conference took place on Friday 6th September in Southport.

The theme of this year’s conference was Wellbeing and Pensions.

You can view the Conference on the link on our website-

NARPO Conference 2019

I hope you have found some of this weeks news interesting, 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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Dear Members,

Myself, and the Chairman, Bob Good, attended the National Narpo Conference in Southport between 5th and 7th September. The conference was well attended by members from all over the country, nationally we are now totalling over 91 thousand members.

The theme of this years conference was Wellbeing and Pensions I attach links to some of the presentations given at the conference which you may find of interest.
 

The impact of occupational experiences on the mental wellbeing of police personnel post-retirement

Presentation
 

The National Police Wellbeing Service

Presentation
 

Widows Pension for Life Update

Presentation
 

Connect Pensions for Life Campaign

Presentation
 

Police Mutual (PMAS) – Please Note on slide 5 Respite breaks for couples living with Dementia

Presentation
 

September is Leukaemia Awareness month

Staying on the theme of wellbeing, one of our members was diagnosed with Acute myeloid leukaemia and is keen to raise awareness of this condition. His was diagnosed after months of being ill and quite often even GPs struggle to spot the symptoms.

Leukaemia Care provides vital support, information and advice to anyone whose life has been affected by a blood cancer. They not only support patients but carers and families too whose lives are impacted when someone they know receives a diagnosis.

Please see website link for further information

Centenery Banquet Tower of London – 13th June 2019

A media file of the highlights from this event has been placed on the NARPO website – well worth a watch

Let’s play a game of I spy and see who can find the secretary 😇

Link to video

NARPO Branches. No 5. South East Region.UPDATE September 2019

Update here

Latest Issue of Police Life

download here

Fit The Bill Campaign

Essex Polices media communications officer has been in touch and wishes to work with NARPO to spread the word regarding the recruitment campaign. As you are aware the government has pledged to recruit 20 thousand additional police officers and Essex Police are in the process of recruiting, it may be you have family members or friends who would be interested,

website link

Police Mutual Wellbeing Factsheets

Please find attached the latest factsheets from police mutual relating to loneliness, sleep and mental wellbeing

I hope you have found some of this weeks news interesting, 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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