National Association of Retired Police Officers
NARPO Southend Branch Minutes AGM 2017
Held at 7-15pm on 24th March 2017
- The Chairman opened the meeting By welcoming members to the Southend Branch AGM. My first task is a sad one to recall the names of our former colleagues, members and non-members who have died in the past year. Brian Reynolds, Adrian Howell, Laurence(Joe)Street, Roy Widdecombe, George Davis, Phil Baxter, Dave Lowe. I would like to mention Constable Keith Palmer who was murdered in the Parliament grounds. I would like us to take a few moments of reflection.I would also like to thank the members of the committee for the work they put into the branch especially our Welfare Officer David Seago and Social Secretary Mike Beaveridge and his wife Lyn.
In November 2016 we received a letter from Essex Police about charging for payroll services. They intended to charge us for administering our Narpo subscriptions which are either collected monthly or yearly. It would have meant a monthly charge of £20+vat for all three branches We protested sending letters to the Chief and NARPO HQ. NARPO HQ had never heard of any force charging for this. They were going to impose this charge from January 2017, as a result of our protests, on the 7th December 2016 we received a letter saying that the charge would not be implemented. This does not mean that they may try again at a later date. Lets hope it does not happen.
The website which can be accessed at www.NARPOESSEX.com is up and running. I sent out an email advising members of it and how to input items onto the site via Brendan Foy. If any member has anything they wish to post please do so. It could be something you want other members to share, something a member of our family is involved in and they want to promote an event. You may wish to recommend a tradesman or find one if you need something done in your home or garden. You can upload pictures, interests or just about anything else you may think may interest others.
Our guest speaker is Martin Lloyd and his talk is called Passports, Assassins, Traitors and Spies and he will speak at the conclusion of our business.
- Apologies for absence were received from Alan Longhurst, David Seago, Peter Ward, Kim Wiggins, Mick Radford, Duncan Horner, Bob Craven, Simon Werrett, Brian Taylor.
- Minutes of the Previous A.G.M. These were read and accepted as correct.
- Matters Arising There were no matters arising.
- Secretary’s Report. Your Chairman, myself and our Welfare Officers will be attending the Regional A.G.M. on 29th April 2017. Should anything of note be heard this will be circulated. I would like to draw your attention to the following circulars.Circ. 8/17 NARPO have joined with Disability Rights UK to help members who have issues with welfare rights. There are full details on the NARPO.org web site.
From Narpo HQ
Travel with NARPO is now on a website www.notjusttravel.com offering holidays far and wide.
The CPI September 2016 showed that there will be an increase of 1% to our police pension from 1st April 2017.
Narpo HQ ask that members check their web site under Police Pensions regarding pensions and co-habiting couples for their pension rights.
These days HQ put more on their website for members to read than in circulars, this covers everything from advertising cars for sale to holidays to conference details.
Received from HQ 24th March 2017 If you are in receipt of an injury pension and have reached you compulsory retirement age and have had your pension reduced please read the information on the NARPO website as it may effect you.
- Treasurer’s Report
Statement of account for year ending 31st December 2016
Cheques 206.52 NARPO HQ Precept 2,043.36
Standing orders 39.00 Postage/stationery/print 270.37
Payments form pension 4,024.35 Honorarium Soc.Sec. 300.00
Total subscriptions 4269.87 Welfare Expenses 306.40
NARPO Golf Day 68.00
Xmas Social 150.00
Regional AGM 60.00
Social Trips surplus 215.82 AGM buffet and hall hire 185.00
Widows Xmas cards 32.23
J. Meggison refund 40.00
B. Foy- Set up website 250.00
Total Income £4,485.69 Total Expenditure £3,705.36
Balance on 31st December 2015 £11,267.52
Surplus for 2016 £780.33
Balance on 31st December 2016 £12,047.85
- Membership Secretary’s Report
The Branch membership currently stands at 289. This comprises of 2 Life members, 236 full members, 37 widowed members, 6 associate members, 8 additional members.During the past year we have lost. Members – Phil Baxter, Dave Lowe, Ada Dolby, Brian Reynolds, Georgina Kaye, Eric Seager (transferred to MPS), Mick Bannister, Joe(Laurence)Street
Non-members who will have been well known to many – Ron Parsons, Mick Burch, Terry Ford, Harry Burrell, Derek Gibbons, Alan Millard, George Davis, Graham(Chalky)White, Roy Widdecombe, Adrian Howells
New members – Arthur Hunt, Ann Pallant, RM Rogers, Philip Saunders, Stephen Lodge, Simon Werrett, Ray Andrews, Martin Edwards, Victor Conran, Simon Conquest, James Cousen, Philip Golding, Maureen(Mo)Bridge, Nic Brownlee, Simon Wootton.
Forms were requested by Bob Bruce and Peter Rouse but not returned
- Social Secretary’s Report
Last year was pretty successful but with one obvious exception. We booked to attend a performance at the Genting Arena, Birmingham during December by Andre Rieu Orchestra. We had booked excellent seats and stay at the Birmingham Marriott Hotel. Unfortunately less than 48hours before the performances we received a telephone call to tell us that the performance was postponed, and in fact all UK tour performances were cancelled due to the illness of one of the orchestra. The performer later died, without wishing to appear unfeeling I could not understand how the absence of one performer, in fact a trombonist, in an orchestra the size of Andre Rieu’s could result in the postponement of a whole UK tour. Nonetheless we were faced with a decision to make for 48 people, we could not get a full refund from the hotel. We opted to go ahead with those that wished to join us with a weekend in Birmingham to take in the German Christmas Market. Everyone got a full refund from the concert ticket.This illustrates the issues we can be left with if we don’t take care and demonstrates why we ensure that we deal with reputable suppliers and sign contracts that protect us as well as the supplier.
Looking forward to this year it seems to be going quite well. We had to cancel the originals holiday planned for Bournemouth due to lack of support and arranged another to Yorkshire taking in the moors, the dales and many places of interest. We shortened it to 6 days and re-negotiated a lower rate with the hotel. The result being that it includes all we had originally planned plus more for less. We still have room for more.
A trend that has developed is folk calling well after the pay due date to ask if we have seats for shows etc. In most cases we contacted our booking agent and were able to help. That causes extra work, so if you atre thinking of booking please contact us before the pay due date as we will have tickets available, but after that date we return them to the agent and pay for those that have been booked. Please help us to help you.
Overall things are going well and we are feeling pretty well supported although it would be lovely to see some new faces. To those who help on our trips our thanks, we have some great ‘Trolley Dollies’ and I particularly want to thank those who have helped me personally, I’ve not been on top form and can’t thank you enough. As always thanks to the rest of your committee who are unstinting in their support and have baled us out on occasions and in particular to Lyn for her support and help and for keeping me in check at times.
- Welfare Officer’s Report Apologies from David and Hilary.Deceased members Brian Reynolds who died and was buried in France. A sympathy card was sent. Joe Street
Non members Roy Widdecombe, Adrian Howells. The funerals have taken place.
Illnesses. Non members John Kreyling info received from Jack Lawmon that John has suffered a mild heart attack. A get well card was sent.
Geoff Acreman. Info from Brian Lewis that Geoff was on oxygen but no address known to allow any follow up action.
David asks should non members receive the same attention as members?
Widows. At Xmas cards were sent to widows. However some may have been missed out because their husbands had not joined NARPO when they retired. Should we encourage them to join in their own right?
At present we send a £25 gift voucher to members who attain the age of 90.
I would like to propose that the age be lowered to 80.
Under Data Protection Act dates of birth cannot be revealed by Force HQ, so members need to keep Welfare updated if they are aware of any approaching 80th birthdays.
- Election of officers for 2017/2018 It was proposed from Brian Macmanara that if the committee were willing to stand again they should be elected en-bloc, seconded by George Cook and carried.
- Any Other Business
It was asked by Brian Lewis –There is a lot of money in our account is there any suggestion how to spend it? The Treasurer replied that it seemed a lot but it must be borne in mind that when Mike books a trip[ or holiday deposits have to be paid , this where the money goes until your money is collected. The balance usually remains around the £12,000 by the end of the year.Brtian Flynn then asked if an Honorarium be paid to the Social Secretary again this year the same as last year the sum of £300. Proposed by Tony Moore and seconded by Tony Ashdowne and carried.
Dave Downing then said that he did a charity walk last year in thanks fore the help he received which raised £1650 and would like to thank all those that donated.
- Narpo/White Helmet Xmas Social Friday 15th December 2017
- Date for the next A.G.M. Friday 23rd March 2018 (Provisional)
After a refreshment break our guest speaker then did his presentation.
The meeting then closed at 9-45pm