NARPO Chelmsford Branch Newsletter January 2020

NARPO Chelmsford Branch Newsletter June 2018

NARPO Chelmsford Branch Newsletter January 2020

Our Branch website is at 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,

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

NARPO Chelmsford Branch Newsletter January 2020