The Off Beat Post February 2020

February 2020 Edition

The Off Beat Post


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.

Off Beat Post Archives

Diary Date


Annual General Meeting

7.30PM Friday 20 March 2020

Len Forge Football Clubhouse

Eastwoodbury Lane

Southend On Sea

Diary Date


Annual General Meeting

8:00PM Monday 20 April 2020

Chelmsford Police H.Q.
Sports Pavillion

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.


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!

More details on their website. or give them a call on 01702 662418

The Off Beat Post February 2020 Simply Stride
Karen with some of her team including Lisa (Dave Westoby’s daughter).

Want to be part of the team? Give them a call.

The Off Beat Post February 2020 Simply Stride
One of the many groups from sessions held at Southend, Chelmsford and London
The Off Beat Post February 2020 Simply Stride

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
The Beacon Shed Pproject
The Beacon Shed Pproject
The Beacon Shed Pproject
The Beacon Shed Project, made from two adjoining shipping containers, was set up by Terry Irving, Derek Keeler (both pictured above) and a leadership team of ten starting in March 2017.

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.

For more information Contact Terry Irving at or tel number +44 7942 700473

The Law Newspaper

May 1970
Some familiar faces.
The Off Beat Post February 2020 The Law

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

Southend Branch

Chairman Fred Simpkins
+44 (0)1268 459 185

Secretary Peter Yorke-Wade – Peter Yorke-Wade
+44 (0)1702 624 217

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

Chelmsford Branch

Sue Heaton –
+44 (0)774 884 8393

Colchester & North East Essex Branch

John Tingue –
+44 (0)125 581 3102




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OFF BEAT POST – Newsletter for Retired Police Personnel

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The Off Beat Post January 2020