NARPO Chelmsford Newsletter December 2019

NARPO Chelmsford Newsletter December 2019

Dear Member,

NARPO Chelmsford Newsletter December 2019

Chairman’s update

Dear Members

Welcome to our December Newsletter.

Once again, the last quarter has been a busy time for our Welfare Officers, together with other members of the Committee, supporting our members in their time of need. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you, or another member that you know, needs our assistance.

I’m pleased to report that Peter Sharp’s idea for Saturday morning get-togethers finally came to fruition in early October. The event was well attended, and we have booked the HQ Sports & Social Club again for 1030 hours on 7 December, when our member Paul Clancy will present one of his magic shows. A provisional date has also been set for 15 February. If you would like to meet former colleagues for a friendly chat and a cup of tea\coffee, please let Sue our Secretary know at (note the change of email address!).

Your Committee is currently looking to appoint a Social Secretary to both come up with new ideas, and to assist in organising our social events. If you are interested in this role, please contact me (see below).

Tim Stokes was busy explaining the benefits of NARPO membership to the Pre-Retirement Course, held at HQ towards the end of November. I have also had a meeting with Essex Police’s Internal Communications Officer when we agreed to support each other in our initiatives to recruit police officers for Essex and new members for NARPO. Essex Police is keen to rekindle the concept of the ‘police family’ and clearly the sons, daughters, grandchildren and friends of retired officers could make ideal candidates for the force. I undertook to promote their cause via this Newsletter and in our Secretary’s Weekly Update. Potential applicants for Essex Police should visit the website at and follow the links. In return, NARPO has been advertised on the ‘Chief’s Blog’ (which has largely replaced the force newspaper, ‘The Law’). Our advertisement is aimed at those approaching the end of their police career and looking forward to retirement from regular police work.

NARPO Chelmsford Newsletter December 2019The Secretary and I were selected to attend the Cenotaph Parade in Whitehall on 10 November, unfortunately, things didn’t go to plan! I had to pull out due to a dodgy knee and Sue had difficultly linking up with the NARPO contingent. Nevertheless, she was there and therefore the Branch was duly represented.

For those widows and widower members, your Committee has again approved Christmas gifts and these should be arriving on your doormats over the next couple of weeks.

It’s not too early for you to put the date of our AGM in your diaries! 2000 hours on Monday 20 April 2020 at the HQ Sports & Social Club. We hope to see you there.

On behalf of the Committee, I would like to wish you all the best for the festive period and a happy and prosperous 2020.


Robert Good
Branch Chair

Newsletter and website editor update

In Septembers newsletter, I made mention of the sad sorry surrounding the death of Pc Andrew Harper who was killed whilst on duty. I would now like to make mention of a collection that has been arranged by Stuart Roberts from Northamptonshire police. Stuart is currently collecting epaulettes from all protective services personnel. His aim is to make a giant collage of donated epaulettes to provide a memorial to all those who have died in public service.

If you would like to contribute towards this please send an epaulette that has a personal connection to you to the address shown below:

Pc 510 Roberts
Northamptonshire Police Headquarters
Woolton Hall

In addition to this for those members who have access to social media, Facebook has a private group called ‘Protective Services Epaulette Collection‘ which you will need to be invited to attend.

Our secretary, Sue Heaton and I, are both members of this group so please contact either of us if you would like further details.

Obituaries notified since the last newsletter

Graham Carey who retired as a Superintendent and served at Southend, Basildon, Thurrock and ACPO. He passed away on 9th September 2019 aged 62 years.

Martin Smith (Tim) who retired as a Constable in 1999 and served at Harlow and Epping. He passed away on 11th September 2019 aged 74 years.

Joseph Arrowsmith (Tom) who retired as an Inspector in 1981 and served at Colchester and Burnham on crouch. He passed away on 13th September 2019 aged 91 years.

Joseph Kreyling who retired as a Constable and served with the Southend borough, Leigh, Westcliff, Shoebury and Eastwood. He passed away on 22nd September aged 69 years.

James Allen who retired as a Constable and served at Upminster, Romford, Earls Colne, Chelmsford and CID. He passed away on 22nd September 2019 aged 92 years.

John McGarvey who retired as a Sergeant IN 1984 and served at Colchester, Harwich, Thorpe le Soken, Frinton and Harlow. He passed away on 30th September 2019 aged 79 years.

Gerry Bragg who retired as a Chief Superintendent. He passed away on 1st November 2019 aged 89 years.

David Irons who retired as a Detective Sergeant in 1982 and served at Dunmow, Basildon, Colchester, Chelmsford, and Braintree CID. He passed away on 1st October 2019 aged 72 years

RIP to all those listed above, sleep well
I would like to personally wish every member and their families all the very best for the festival holiday and a healthy and prosperous new year.


Gary Sanderson
Newsletter and Website content editor

NARPO Chelmsford Newsletter December 2019