NARPO Chelmsford December 2017 Newsletter
Welcome to the NARPO Chelmsford December 2017 Newsletter.
You will all be very sad to hear of the death of our Treasurer, Don WINDUS, (pictured right) who lost his brave battle fighting a particularly aggressive cancer on 31 October 2017 – see more details in our Chairman’s report later in this Newsletter.
Branch AGM 2018
You will recall from the last Newsletter that I made an appeal to Members to make contact concerning the desire to make the AGM a ‘social event’ which is an initiative put forward by our Welfare Officer Tim STOKES. Responses showing support were received from Cheryl CALLOW, Paul SPOONER and Vic FACCINI who I thank for their response and advise them and all Members that Tim will progress and report in the New Year in time for me to record details of the arrangements in the March Newsletter.
My Weather Ramblings
In the meantime forgive me if I drip on about the weather and its effect on our gardens this year. I don’t think I can remember a Winter (2016), Spring, Summer and Autumn (so far) that have been so dry here in Essex – indeed in my preparation for next year I have been digging ground that is unusually lacking in moisture. Also in mid-November, as I write, the grass still needs another cut and many trees retain their leaves with the Oak still completely green. To be totally controversial is this yet more signs of ‘global warming’ or just a seasonal phenomenon that moves in natural cycles?
There is no doubt that the habits and practices of mankind contribute to some unwelcome changes in our environment however the one that concerns me more and more is the vast amount of litter that is evident wherever you go in our Country and parts of the County of Essex are particularly afflicted. As I have probably said in the past my wife and I litter pick every morning on our walk round the local park and nearby streets but despite our efforts the amount of mess is relentless! It is bad enough clearing up after uncaring morons in our society however it is beyond the pale when the City Council Contractors regularly leave plastic, tin lids and pieces of cardboard after the weekly bin and recycling collections!!
Moving on to other matters, one of my other duties is maintaining the Branch Membership list. For obvious reasons it is essential that the list is accurate and up to date all the time therefore it would be helpful if any Member who has had recent changes in his/her address, email address, telephone number etc. (and hasn’t told us) makes contact with me direct via my email Brian Ladd for those with email. It would also be helpful for any Member to indicate whether he/she receives the NARPO News Magazine and doesn’t want it or for anyone who doesn’t get the Magazine and does want it.
Our Chairman Bob Good reports as follows:
Sadly, our Branch Treasurer, Don Windus, lost his battle with illness at the end of October. On behalf of the Committee I offer our sincere condolences to his wife and family. Along with others, I personally served with Don as a founder member of the Force Support Unit; he was a dedicated and loyal officer. As our Treasurer, he fully applied himself to the task and embraced new systems and technology to keep our funds secure and the processes up to date. During his illness I had several conversations with Don in an effort to reduce his burden but he was very reluctant to give up his responsibilities and carried on virtually to the end. He was very brave in his approach to his illness, as a friend and colleague he will be sorely missed.
Our Secretary, Roy Scanes, has temporarily taken over the Treasurers responsibilities and we plan to resolve the situation at our AGM in 2018.
This has been a busy period for NARPO at a national level – Brian Burdas is now our NEC Chairman and NARPO President, he is supported by Richard Critchley as Vice Chair and Vice President. Our Regional Representatives are Keith Bowman and Ahmed Ramiz. Graham Furnival and I attended the National Conference in Scarborough during early September where the new rules were adopted. Details can be found by visiting www.narpo.org (or in the NARPO magazine). We are hopeful the new rules will ‘future proof’ the organisation for several years to come.
90th Memorial Event – George Gutteridge
Tim Stokes represented the Branch at the recent 90th memorial event commemorating the murder of Pc George Gutteridge at Stapleford Abbotts. There are several links to this story, just put ‘George Gutteridge’ into your search engine.
We are keen to encourage more members to attend our next AGM and Tim Stokes is working on some ideas to bring this to fruition.
Your Branch has also formed a Welfare Sub-committee to look at ways of improving the support we give to our older members and those in particular need. If you have any ideas on this please pass on your thoughts via: NARPO Chelmsford Secretary
As Christmas approaches, on behalf of your Branch Committee, I’m pleased to be able to wish you and your families all the best for the festive season.
Your Committee agreed to continue its policy to send Christmas Vouchers to our Widow Members. Every effort will be made to get these sent out early in December however we ask for patience this year as we may have difficulty accessing our funds due to Don’s untimely death before transitional arrangements had been completed. There are also some minor issues concerning a small number of our Widow Members that will hopefully be resolved by our Welfare Officers Tim Stokes and John Andrews before we meet (Chairman, Secretary and me) to sign and post the Cards/Vouchers.
As with my plea to all Members to update any relevant details may I also ask that our Widow Members do the same if it is appropriate? In this regard may I thank all Members and Widow Members in advance.
As is my normal practice I will now include details of the deaths of former Police Officers whose details have been notified by Essex Police since the last Newsletter:
Former Sergeant Marion YOUNG who died on 24 September 2017 aged 66 years.
Former Sergeant Donald WINDUS (NARPO Chelmsford Branch Treasurer) who died on 31 October 2017 aged 72 years.
There are a few items that I wished to bring to attention this month but unfortunately I have not as yet been forwarded the details for inclusion therefore I will endeavour to obtain them for the next Newsletter in March.
All that remains is for me, our Chairman and Secretary and all Members of the Committee, to wish every Member a Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy 2018.