The Off Beat Post February 2020
February 2020 Edition
I hope that you are enjoying this newsletter as much as I am creating it and being in touch with old mates who want to share their old stories and experiences.
I have recently joined the NARPO Essex Chelmsford Branch as an Associate Member to add to my need to keep in contact with the many friends I made throughout the majority of my Service.
I will be working with Sue Heaton Branch Secretary of that Branch to coordinate the circulation of the Post with their own comprehensive newsletters.
Many of you have said you are not receiving the Off Beat Post. Please spread the word to check the trash or spam folders.
If all else fails I am able to send the copies straight to your email address but you may need to go to the foot of the issues and click on “Do you want to see all of this email?” as the photos may not be shown on the original.
This post has an online email edition so anyone who misses previous issues can read them via the below link.
SOUTHEND BRANCH NARPO
Annual General Meeting
7.30PM Friday 20 March 2020
Len Forge Football Clubhouse
Southend On Sea
CHELMSFORD BRANCH NARPO
Annual General Meeting
8:00PM Monday 20 April 2020
Chelmsford Police H.Q.
Saturday Get Togethers
Saturday 4th April and Saturday 6th June 10:30-13:00hrs in the downstairs bar, Sports Pavillion, HQ, Chelmsford.
On the 4th April Geoff Markham will be telling the recently discovered story of young Essex Man that would equal that of the newly released film 1917.
A PERSONAL STORY
by Bob Craven
Many of you know that 25 years ago I was diagnosed with PTSD.
Positive thinking, confidence building and the constant maintenance of my general well being both physically and mentally is the very reason I am still here today.
Paramount in dealing with this debilitating mental health problem is learning to keep control of my brain and body.
SIMPLY STRIDE, created by my daughter, Karen has been so important to me. Her coaches and professional team have enabled me to get some normality into my life.
They have in the past and continue to help so many people, of all age groups, living with a wide variety of life changing health issues. Those living with Parkinson’s have their own group, Others who have Heart issues or suffered strokes, post Knee and Hip Ops, Asthma, Anxiety, Depression and much more have been helped considerably.
Staff at major companies and local authorities use their workplace health and well being sessions to improve lifestyles and general fitness.
Take some time to look at their website and see for yourself.
Simply Stride are looking for more coaches to join them helping others.
Quote from their website:
At Simply Stride we apply effective yoga, pilates and mindfulness techniques and ideas to something we do every day. Walking!
Want to be part of the team? Give them a call.
New Stride20 sessions with coach Alex, are specifically designed for younger Striders aged 16-24 years. Providing all the benefits of group Stride plus support and friendship away from the pressures of school, college and work. Get in touch to find out more #stride20
The Beacon Shed Project
by Terry Irving
It is situated at the rear of Thundersley Congregational Church at Kiln Road Thundersley, with permission from the Elders and Trustees of the Church.
The Men’s Shed is an internationally recognised movement that benefits from legislation in that, it addresses the needs of a specific group (mainly older men) within the community.
The object of the group is to provide a meeting place for retired men, to engage in crafts and hobbies in a workshop and tea room setting.
Hard work resulted in raising funds from various public funders, private donators and CAVS and Essex Shed Network, helped with the development of the project.
Shed members can engage with like-minded people, enjoying the company and community spirit that’s generated there.
The workspace contains Benches, Machinery, Hand and Battery powered Tools, many of them having been purchased, acquired and or donated and the project is successfully delivering its aims to reach men from a wide variety of backgrounds.
The Shed has outside projects working with recycling organisations and other groups including the vulnerable and those with learning difficulties further improving lives in the wider community
This wonderful project is a credit to its management team and provides a much-needed resource where friendships are made and enjoyment benefits many people, some of whom previously felt lonely and isolated.
Some familiar faces.
The Next Issue of The Off Beat Post Will Be Circulated In February
Features will include
Gardens To Visit in 2020
May 1970 Southend Police F.C. Friendship with VVZ Zaandam
Photo Gallery Starts
More Photos of Social Events
Wanted For Future Articles
Photos and stories of your sporting time in the job
Golf, Football, Cricket, Athletics, Snooker, Darts etc etc.
The same for all the do’s we held
The fun day and charity events where we raised so much money for good causes in the county
So much happened in the job outside of the drudgery and toil.
Let me have all your experiences so we can all enjoy the memories!!!
If you are interested in helping with creating such articles or others of interest then please make contact.
Useful NARPO Contacts
Chairman Fred Simpkins
+44 (0)1268 459 185
Membership Secretary John Coyle
+44 (0)1702 527 455
Welfare Dave and Hilary Seago
+44 (0)1702 526 583
Social Secretaries Mike and Lyn Beaveridge
+44 (0)1702 529 985
Colchester & North East Essex Branch
CHARITIES AND SOCIETIES
& ANY OTHERS THAT HAVE HELPED YOU PERSONALLY IN THE PAST
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