NARPO Chelmsford Branch Newsletter August 2019
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 www.narpo.org 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.
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.
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.