NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 15th Dec ’19

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 15th Dec ’19

Branch Get Togthers

Dear Members,

Apologies for not sending a weekly update last week but I was busy hosting the Saturday Christmas “get together”. I am pleased to say this was a fantastic morning with 17 members in attendance, who were amazed at the brilliant magic show our very talented Paul Clancy performed, a thoroughly enjoyable morning with excellent entertainment. I think it’s fair to say none of us could work out how the tricks were performed and were left stunned, so thank you very much, Paul, for doing this on what was a very busy day for you.

Which brings me on to our next “get together” and speakers that have been arranged.

Saturday 15th February 10:30hrs HQ Sports Pavillion Downstairs Bar with Bill Pirie
and Simply Strides

I am sure many of you know Bill Pirie and worked with him at some point during your career, I am very pleased to announce that Bill will be doing a speech at the next “get together”. As you know Bill always has lots of stories to tell when you meet him, and am sure the speech he gives will be interesting, funny and entertaining.

Bill Pirie retired from Essex Police ending his career as a Chief Superintendent.

During his working life, he has been a Blacksmith, a soldier and a lorry driver. Whilst driving his lorry he got so fed up with being stopped by the Police he decided “if you can’t beat ’em join ’em” and he did

He spent all his time in the uniform branch including 10years as a Traffic Cop.

On retirement, he spent his time lecturing on a number of subjects and also became a well-known after-dinner speaker and has also completed a 2-hour One Man Show at the Princes Theatre Clacton On Sea.

On Saturday 15th February he will talk about his life which I am sure you will find fascinating

So please come along that day and welcome a contradiction in terms, an Ex Traffic Cop with a sense of humour – Bill Pirie

Simply Strides

I have been working very hard to try to find a social activity that members may be interested in joining, which would be fantastic for wellbeing, fitness and general health improvements, as well as giving you a good social network with peers.

I met with Karen Turrell this week who is the founder of Simply Stride. I am sure many of you remember her dad, Bob Craven, a retired Essex Officer, whom I am sure she will have got a lot of her inspiration from.

About Simply Stride

Yoga, pilates and mindfulness techniques & ideas are combined with walking as part of their effective walking courses which are suitable for every age and ability through weekly groups & individual stride sessions and partnering with workplaces and public services.

Please see their website here for further information

I also include a Blog link giving walking and health advice here

Karen will come and explain what is involved and the benefits at our meeting and has very kindly offered a stride course for NARPO members at a reduced rate.

It is anticipated the course will start in March 2020 date to be confirmed but is being planned for a Saturday or Sunday and will be for 6 weekly sessions with an introductory fee of £30 per strider usually £33.

The course is intended to be run at East Hanningfield Reservoir where the group can have a coffee in the cafe after the sessions. Places are limited to 10 striders for prescriptive advice and coaching.

I would like you to email me at Sue Heaton with an expression of interest if you feel you may wish to attend the course. You do not have to commit at this stage I am just trying to ascertain what the “take up” might be – but I would encourage you to attend on the 15th February to get all the information.

Channel 4s Hunted

Brown Bob Productions are making a program for the BBC showing off the work of good policing. They are looking for people to tell the story of a case which had a specific turning point – this could be a DNA match, alibi disproven, interview room confession… anything!

If you think you have an interesting story or if you worked on a case which had a clear turning point, or just want to have a chat about it, please contact Azalea at Brown Bob Productions.

Contact no: 07908345174

For more information regarding this please see flyer here

BBC 4 and 5 Live

Please see below which I have been asked to forward by NARPO HQ

Dear NARPO member,

My name is Nicola Dowling. I make documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live.

I was wondering if you might be able to help us.

We’re currently doing some research for a docudrama podcast about the arrival of Ecstasy in the UK back in the eighties and early nineties.

We’re really keen to talk to former officers who were involved in trying to stop it making its way onto the streets and into the clubs back then.

Were you part of a drug squad or special unit looking at this? Did you work undercover? Did you work on a one-off special operation targeting Ecstasy or those importing or dealing it? Can you tell us the nuts and bolts, detail and anecdotes of how it all worked back then, what the challenges were, what successes you had etc?

It would be great to talk to you to help with our research if this is something you worked on.

Conscious that we’re in the run-up to Christmas, I’m trying to get in touch with people as soon as possible, so if you are able to help and have time for an informal chat on the phone please do get in touch as soon as you can.

I can be contacted on any of the numbers below or on email at

Kind regards and thanks so much for your time.


Nicola Dowling
Broadcast Journalist
BBC Radio Current Affairs

Landline: 0161 335 6460

Fred Olson Newsletter and Offers

Please see the link to NARPO website for the December newsletter and latest offers from Fred Olson Cruises

I think that’s about all for this week, if you have any ideas of activities/interests you would like NARPO to progress then please get in touch.

Kind Regards


Sue Heaton
Secretary Narpo
Chelmsford Branch

NARPO Chelmsford Weekly Update 15th Dec ’19