The Off Beat Post January 2020

January 2020 Edition

The Off Beat Post

EDITORIAL

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS

I Hope It Is a Good One For You All!!!

It was great to see so many friends at the NARPO Southend Christmas Lunch.

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Diary Date

SOUTHEND NARPO AGM

7.30PM FRIDAY 20 MARCH 2020

LEN FORGE FOOTBALL CLUBHOUSE

EASTWOODBURY LANE

SOUTHEND ON SEA

Southend NARPO Christmas Lunch

Just a few faces that you may know

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Village Life In The Lake District

From Keith and Beryl Davey
in Bethel Cumbria

This is mainly about our village over the past few years. We have been here twenty nine years and quite a bit has changed in that time. There was a village hall here that had been built in the mid-fifties and was well past its sell -y date. After much negotiating and paperwork a Lottery grant was obtained for £500,000 (thanks all you Lottery supporters ) and the new hall was completed in 2015. With ground source heating and solar panels, it is a revelation after the ceiling-mounted electric heaters in the old hall which roasted your top half and froze your nether regions as well as eating money.

 

As you can imagine the new hall is used as a venue for many activities, among them:- short mat bowls, fencing, art classes, yoga and, of course, WI. We also have a lunch club. A gardening club that was formed in 2007.

From the inception, we decided to enter Cumbria in Bloom to brighten up the village and, every year since we have obtained awards including the overall winner in our part of the county this year.

Last year the RHS entered us for Britain in Bloom. As you can imagine it involved a lot more work but it was worth is as we were awarded a silver-gilt which, apparently, is quite unusual on a first attempt. Our village primary/junior school has also won awards and the hall grounds were runner up in the European Landscape awards.

The gardening club is a thriving part of village life with over sixty members. We have a monthly meeting with various speakers, an annual veg. and flower show as well as outings to gardens, mainly in the north. It has really bought everyone together and is a good way to meet people.

This last picture is of our garden after our first efforts to convert it from the pub. car park that it was when we arrived. It has since undergone a number of changes but is still similar to this

The Days of the Dinner and Dance

I am sure that everyone enjoys themselves just as much as the days when ANNUAL “LADIES NIGHTS” and “DIVISIONAL DINNER AND DANCES” were held when black tie and ball gown were the times when we could get dressed up and enjoy ourselves and forget the trials of the job.

Here is one such occasion from 1962 when Brian Flynn and Brian Reynolds and their wives can be seen.
Courtesy of Jo Routh (Brians daughter)

Childrens Christmas Party 1958

Another popular event at the time was the Children’s Christmas Party.

Seen here below in 1958 is featuring Christine Flynn soon to become Mrs Reynolds and Margaret and John Harris children of another Southend Officer, Charlie Harris.

KNOW ANYONE ELSE?

Did You Take Part In Southend Carnival?

I am sure many of you can tell stories of being on duty but what about actually taking part?

Here is our own Brian Reynolds doing his bit

Thank you Jo Routh, Brian & Christine’s Daughter, For All The Above Photos

The Off Beat Post January 2020

The Next Issue of The Off Beat Post Will Be Circulated In February

Features will include

Terry Irving’s Shed Project

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.

and

The same for all the do’s we held

and

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 – EssexChelmsford@narpo.org
+44 (0)774 884 8393

Colchester & North East Essex Branch

John Tingue – narpo.colchester.membership@gmail.com
+44 (0)125 581 3102

 

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The Off Beat Post January 2020