NARPO Chelmsford Branch Newsletter March 2020

NARPO Chelmsford Branch Newsletter March 2020

Dear Member,


As you read this, we are already well into 2020 and I hope you are continuing to enjoy your retirement, or perhaps new work after retirement from policing!

Our Welfare Officers and other Committee members continue to support our former police colleagues and their widows\widowers in their time of need. This is a really worthwhile part of our work and on your behalf, I would like to thank everyone for their support. If you know of someone who may be in need of assistance, please let us know.
Tim Stokes, Anne Walker and Brian Ladd have taken the lead in arranging our Coffee Morning for widows and widowers (and their immediate families), 1030 hours on Saturday 21 March at the Sports Pavilion, St. Margaret’s Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6DT. If you would like to attend, please contact Tim at:

To date, we have hosted three Saturday Morning Get Togethers, for all members, under the guidance of Peter Sharp. These meetings are proving to be successful and it’s a great opportunity to meet old friends and former colleagues. Why not pop in for a cup of tea or coffee? There is plenty of parking available at weekends. The next one is scheduled for 1030 – 1300 hours on Saturday 4 April, also at the Sports Pavilion. We anticipate our main speakers being members Geoffrey Markham QPM and Peter Sharp.

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. 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.

Have you visited our new website yet? Please have a look at and let us know what you think.

Have you put the date of our AGM in your diaries? 2000 hours on Monday 20 April 2020 at the HQ Sports Pavilion. We look forward to seeing you there and to your participation in the work of the Branch.


Robert Good
Branch Chair

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 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.

Endellion String Quartet


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.


£40, £35, £30, £25, £18

Box Office: 020 7935 2141

Book Online:

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

The National Stalking Helpline


The National Stalking Helpline is run by Suzy Lamplugh Trust. Suzy Lamplugh Trust is the UK’s pioneering personal safety charity and leading stalking authority, established in 1986 following the disappearance of 25-year-old Suzy Lamplugh whilst at work. We work towards creating a society in which people are safer – and feel safer – from the prevalence of stalking, harassment, aggression and violence, achieved through Supporting people; Education; and Campaigning. Our stalking helpline advice and advocacy service offers support and advice to thousands of victims of stalking every year.

Helpline volunteer job description

We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic and empathetic volunteers to respond to emails from victims of stalking. Full training will be given so previous experience in these areas is not mandatory.

Skills required:
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Empathy
  • Be able to commit to one day a week (around 6 hours) for at least 9 months
  • Be able to attend the Helpline training dates
  • Familiarity with databases is desirable
The Helpline’s opening hours are:

Monday – Friday 09:30 – 16:00 except Wednesdays when we are open 13:00 – 16:00. What support/training will you receive?
Volunteers will receive training in providing support via email, criminal and civil legislation relating to harassment and stalking, domestic violence, stalker typologies, personal safety and helpline policies and procedures. Volunteers will work alongside a Helpline Advisor every shift for support and debriefing purposes and will have regular 1-1’s for support.

What will you get in return?
  • Comprehensive training in issues surrounding stalking and harassment.
  • Making a difference by playing an active role in supporting people affected by stalking and harassment.
  • An opportunity to learn and develop valuable transferable skills.
  • Gain valuable experience in the charity sector.
  • Become part of a fast-growing and respected service.
  • Expenses will be reimbursed in line with Helpline policy.
Where are we?

We are based in Central London (due to the sensitive nature of the work we do, the location is only revealed once an applicant is successful).

Please send your CV and expression of interest to:

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.


Gary Sanderson
Newsletter and Website content editor

NARPO Chelmsford Branch Newsletter March 2020