Monday, 2 March 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 177 Geoffrey Hall

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 177 Geoffrey Hall, who sadly passed away on the 21st February 2020. He was aged 78 years.
Geoffrey started his career with the Police at Warwickshire Constabulary and later transferred to Durham Constabulary, working in both Durham and Chester le street.
Before his retirement he worked as a Custody Officer.
The funeral service will be taking place on Wednesday the 11th March 2020 at 13.45pm at Darlington Crematorium.
The funeral service is not private and all are welcome to attend.
Donations in lieu of flowers to St Teresa’s Hospice.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Geoffrey’s family at this sad time

Friday, 28 February 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 2368 Gordon Eddy

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : DC 2368 Gordon Eddy, who passed away on the 24th February 2020, he was aged 70 years.

Gordon leaves a widow Glynis, son Paul and grandchildren

Gordon joined Durham Constabulary on the 4th May 1970, serving at Darlington, then Ferryhill. He then served the majority as a Detective on CID, Force Crime Squad and Regional Crime Squad in Gosforth. He retired on the 3rd May 2000

The funeral service will be taking place on the 4th March 2020 at 2.45pm at St Paul’s Church, Spennymoor then afterwards at Durham Crematorium. The funeral service is not private. Refreshments will be held at Tudhoe Victory Club in Spennymoor.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Death of Joyce Wilson, the widow of Ex-NARPO member DC 1102 Kenneth Wilson.

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Joyce Wilson, who passed away peacefully in University Hospital of North Durham on Thursday 20th February 2020, aged 93 years, following a short illness.

She was a resident of Mulberry Court Care Home, Durham; formerly of Newton Hall, Durham.

Joyce was the widow of Ex-NARPO member DC 1102 Kenneth Wilson (Died 1999).  She is survived by sons Kevin and Ian (retired DC 1688), grandsons Mike and Timothy and great granddaughter Heidi.  Grandson David Wilson, Mike’s twin brother was killed during active service in Basra, Iraq in 2008.

Friends attending the funeral service should meet at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ at 10.00am Thursday 5th March 2020.

No flowers please, donations in lieu to Cancer Research please.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 2330 William Finnigan

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 2330 William Finnigan, who passed away on the 11th February 2020. He was aged 50 years.
William leaves a widow Sally and two sons Jack and Niamh, he is the son of Elizabeth and Patrick and brother of Patrick.
William joined Durham Constabulary on the 5th April 2004 and left the force on the 18th February 2019.
The funeral service is taking place on the 26th February 2020 at 2pm at St. Bede’s RC Church, Sacriston this will be followed by the burial. 
The funeral service is not private. 
Refreshments will take place afterwards at the cricket club in Chester-le-Street.
A special request from the family is that anyone wishing to attend the funeral, if they could wear something green.
Donations are requested in  lieu of flowers to alcohol change org uk
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Mount Toubkal trek 2020 Butterwick Hospice (Neil & Angela Malkin)

Dear Narpo colleagues,
My wife Angela and I have signed up to this fundraising challenge in memory of loved ones who have been helped by the Butterwick Hospice at the end of their lives.
This charity provides its services free of charge to all of its patients and their loved ones.
However the charity survives only on donations from contributors.
May we ask for your support in this venture, about which you can find details in the link below.
Any donation would be gratefully received.

Help Neil change the world! Make a donation now. https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NeilMalkin/1?utm_source=messenger&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=fundraiser&utm_term=socialshare&utm_content=fundriasingpage

Regards
Neil Malkin QPM BA(Hons)

Police Care UK–volunteers needed

Dear Colleagues,
As you know Police Care UK is the charity for serving and veteran police officers and staff, volunteers, and their families, who have suffered harm as a result of policing. We are independent of any police forces, so we are funded entirely by donations and fundraising. We receive no money from government or forces for our work.
Potential Beneficiaries can access practical, emotional and financial support that is confidential and impartial by submitting a referral. We can provide confidential care - for life. We have helped more than 10,000 serving and veteran police colleagues, and their families, come to terms with their situation, and rebuild their lives.
In 2019 alone, we have helped 502 families this year through our support services. We published the research from The Job and The Life in May, the UK's first force wide policing survey to assess trauma management and working conditions. We facilitated training in Suicide Awareness and Prevention for over 300 serving police officers and staff. We designed, developed and delivered our first Trauma Impact Processing Techniques course. We have provided £68,000 of funding to forces for small Wellbeing Grants. We established our strategic partnership with the Police Treatment Centres.
As a charity, we rely on assistance form our volunteers, but we need more help!
If you care about police our colleagues, please consider a volunteering opportunity which will fit around you, and in your area, by visiting our website. There’s no obligation, and we don’t pressurise our volunteers to do any more than they want to. Any out of pocket expenses are paid.
There’s nothing to lose by simply finding out more about our volunteer roles, below.

Police Care Champion
1hr a month
Promote Police Care UK within their team, station, or community, highlighting what help is available and how to access it.

Force Ambassador
4-5hrs a month
Be a point of contact for Champions with questions, hold awareness stands, and provide briefings to teams and shifts about Police Care UK.

Support Volunteer
6-8hrs a month
Be a point of contact for the people we care for, checking to see that they're ok, and supporting them to access support from Police Care UK.

All you have to do, is visit our website here;

https://www.policecare.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/

Dave Blundell
Engagement Officer
dave.blundell@policecare.org.uk
    
0300 012 0030
07971 760 122

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

One from 1973

This photo was sent in by retired PC Alan Humphreys
The photo was taken in the summer of 1973 and show PC Michael Straugher with his patrl car at Consett Show.
The newspaper quote that was attached to the photo reads
"Thank You for your help” says Councillor Ted Humphreys, Chairman of Consett DC  to the police patrolman who conveyed the Consett Show Queen and her attendant to the showfield when their own car broke down.”
The chairman of the council was Ted Humphreys, Alan's father.
Alan later became became Michael's crew mate in December 1979.

Many Thanks to Alan for sending in the photo

Death of Durham NARPO Police Widow : Elizabeth Jane Baines (widow of the late Ch/Insp Albert Baines)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Durham NARPO Police Widow Elizabeth Jane Baines (widow of the late Ch/Insp Albert Baines), who died in the University Hospital of North Durham on the 12th February 2020, aged 92 years.
Elizabeth is survived by sons, Philip and Paul and daughter Sheila.
Friends please meet at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ for the funeral service, which takes place at 1.30pm on Thursday 27th February 2020.
Family flowers only, any donations in lieu to the British Heart Foundation.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 372 Cyril Hind

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 372 Cyril Hind, who passed away on the 3rd February 2020. He was aged 88 years.
Cyril joined Sunderland Borough Police on the 11th November 1957 after service in the RAF Police and served on patrols and in Traffic Department.
When Sunderland Borough Police became part of Durham Constabulary in 1967 Cyril remained in Traffic and was a Motorway Patrol Officer.
In March 1973 he was promoted to Sgt initially in motorcycle section then on traffic patrols. 
In 1976 he returned to motorcycles supervision then from 1979 he served as transport officer. 
Cyril retired on the 29th February 1984.
He was married to his first wife Rose for 55 years prior to her death in 2011. 
He is survived by his second wife Mary whom he married in 2013, son David and daughters Linda, Karen and Susan, stepsons Richard and James and stepdaughters Julie, Kathleen and Annette, 7 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren.
Friends are invited to meet at Durham Crematorium at 1.30pm on Thursday 20th February 2020 for the funeral service, which is NOT private. 
Following the service refreshments will be served at Brandon Cricket Club.
Donations in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research UK

Friday, 14 February 2020

Death of a former Police Officer : PC 1521 Michael (Mike) Heslop

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a former Police Officer : PC 1521 Michael (Mike) Heslop who died peacefully on February 10th,aged 75 years.
Mike was the loving husband of Barbara, dearly loved dad of Mike, Simon and Christopher, dear father-in-law of Claire, Adele and Katy, also a devoted grandad of Oliver, Tom, Nina, George, Poppy, Finley and Darcey.
Mike initially joined Durham Constabulary in the early 60's as a police cadet. On appointment as PC 1521 he served in Durham and eventually became a Traffic Patrol officer.
Mike left Durham Constabulary to become a publican, initially at the Seven Stars at Shincliffe and in later years at the Coach & Horses on the A167 at Butchers Race,Spennymoor.
Mike was extremely proud of his time with Durham Constabulary and held many friendships with ex colleagues over the years. He was also a well respected within the establishments where he was landlord.
Will friends please meet for service at Wear Valley Crematorium, on Thursday February 20th, at 12:30pm.
Family flowers only, donations in memory may be left at the crematorium for Macmillan Cancer Care.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Friday, 31 January 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1639 Alan Reed

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1639 Alan Reed, who passed away on the 17th January 2020. He was aged 81 years.
He leaves a widow Ann, daughter - Andrea and granddaughter – Frances.
Alan joined Durham Police as a Cadet before being called up for National Service (Military Police), he was appointed Constable approx.1958 and served at British West Hartlepool, Old Hartlepool, CID, Kelloe (Village Bobby), Traffic Patrols, Consett, Lanchester (Village Bobby) and he retired from Durham Constabulary as the Crown Court Officer in Durham on the 31st January 1988.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 4th February 2020 at 15.30pm at Mountsett Crematorium, refreshments will follow at Lanchester Club.  The funeral service is not private.
Donations in lieu of flowers to Willow Burn Hospice.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 1420 Alan Kingston

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 1420 Alan Kingston, who passed away on Sunday 26th January 2020 following a short illness, aged 76 years.
Alan joined Durham (County) Constabulary as a Police Cadet in 1960 and was
appointed Police Constable 1420 in 1962 and posted to Hartlepool. In 1964 he moved to
Durham Division working in the City and Nevilles Cross Section before transferring to HQ
Administration where he worked in recruitment and accident prevention. On promotion to
Sergeant he was posted to Durham City and between 1974 and 1976 was seconded as an
Instructor to the District Police Training Centre, Dishforth. On returning to Force he policed
Bowburn and Framwellgate Sections before transferring to the Traffic Dept where he was
promoted Inspector. He subsequently returned to a Training role at HQ providing support to
the newly created overseas training programme where he was closely involved in the
training of senior police officers from Qatar. Alan returned to HQ Operations Dept where he
subsequently took up duties responsible for the Force emergency planning. He retired in
February 1997.
He leaves a widow, Barbara who he married in 1964, son Michael, daughter-in-law Marie and
granddaughter Sarah.
The funeral, which is not private, is at Durham Crematorium 13:30hrs on Friday 7th February 2020 and afterwards at the Honest Lawyer, Croxdale.
Family flowers only.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Monday, 27 January 2020

A trip down memory lane

A lovely family portrait of Eric & Kath (O’Connor) Brown who met( & married) whilst serving at Seaham in the mid 70’s.

Also in the picture is Kathy’s dad, PC Hugh O’Connor who joined Durham Constabulary after serving as a commando in the army. Hugh was stationed at Hartlepool & stayed there when the amalgamation took place in 1974 subsequently serving with Cleveland till his retirement. Kathy sadly passed away on the 3rd January 2020.

The photo is now in the ‘Those Were The (Durham NARPO) Days…’ photo album on this webiste (Many Thanks to Eric and their children Sean, Erica & Siobhan for allowing us to use the photo)

Death of a retired Police Officer : Det. Supt. Brian Hunter Turner

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer :  Det. Supt. Brian Hunter Turner,  85 years, who died on the 20th January, 2020 at Darlington Memorial Hospital.(after a long illness)
He leaves a widow Doris and two married daughters, Deborah and Fiona and he was the loving grandfather of four grand children and one great grandchild.
Brian became a Police Cadet with Durham Constabulary in 1950, serving with the H.Q. Traffic Department, Aycliffe Village.
In 1951, he became the first serving police cadet in England to receive a Judges commendation at High Court Assize for his part in the arrest and conviction of two men who had attacked and robbed a nurse at Dryburn Hospital. He also received a Chief Constable’s Commendation for his actions.
He did National Service in the Royal Military Police and posted to the Suez Canal Zone , saw active service and selected for 615 Special Mobile Provost Section -Bodyguard & Escort to the General Officer Commanding British Armed Services in the Middle East discharged with “Exemplary Service”
He joined Durham County Constabulary in 1957 initially stationed at Jarrow; He later served at Stockton, then Crime Cars, Motor Patrols. And then C.I.D.
1965 promoted to Traffic Sergeant and then Detective Sergeant. Brian was promoted to Inspector (Staff Officer at Police College Dishforth until 1972),  before returning to Darlington as D/Insp..
1978 promoted to Chief Inspector Traffic (South) and then DCI at Bishop Auckland and then Detective Superintendent in 1982 at Headquarters, Aykley Heads.
Brian retired from Durham Constabulary in 1985 and then joined The Gaming Board for Great Britain, becoming Gaming Inspector for Tyne to Humber area. In 1998., he received a commendation from the Chief Constable of Humberside  Police for his work in connection with Gaming activities.

The funeral service will be taking place on the 11th February 2020 at 13.00pm at All Saints Church, Blackwell, Darlington.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PW Kathleen Mary (Kathy) Brown (nee O’Connor)

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PW Kathleen Mary (Kathy) Brown, who passed away on the 3rd January 2020. She was aged 65 years.
Kathy joined Durham Constabulary in 1975 and retired in 1983
Kathy leaves a widower, Eric  who is also a retired Durham Police officer, a son Sean & daughters Erica & Siobhan
Kathy & Eric met whilst stationed at Seaham Harbour , married in 1980 and lived for some time at Murton. Eric subsequently transferred and retired from Derwentside
The funeral service will be taking place on the 21st January 2020 at 2.30pm at Birtley Crematorium.  The funeral service is not private.
  Donations have being requested in lieu of flowers to the Salvation Army and Marie Curie.
  Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC Frank Hope (Ex Durham & N/Yorks)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer :  PC Frank Hope, aged 90 years who died on Saturday 11th January, 2020.
Frank had joined Durham Constabulary in 1951 and transferred to the West Yorkshire Constabulary in 1967.
He lived in Harrogate with his wife and family and joined the newly formed North Yorkshire Police, which included Harrogate, in 1974.
Frank and a colleague were both badly injured in a road accident one New Year’s Eve and he retired from the police in December 1977.
In retirement Frank lived contentedly in Shadforth, County Durham for many years. In recent times he moved to Sedgefield to live with family members.
After a brief spell in hospital being treated for cancer he returned home to spend his final few weeks living with his family.
The funeral service will be at St Cuthbert’s Church, Shadforth, Co Durham, at 1pm on Wednesday, 29th January, 2020.
A service will follow at 2pm at Durham Crematorium.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Ch/Insp. Alan Rutherford (Ex Durham)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Ch/Insp. Alan Rutherford (Ex Durham)
Alan died on the 30th December, 2019 aged 85 years.
Alan began his career in the police service with Durham County Constabulary where, for a number of years, he was a member of the serious incident squad.
On promotion to uniformed sergeant, he was posted to Spout Lane, Washington.
Following amalgamation, Alan served as an inspector at Sunderland. He retired in the rank of chief inspector from Wallsend in 1985 to live in the Washington area.
His funeral will be held at 1pm on Friday, 17th January, 2020 at Sunderland Crematorium.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Annual Subscription Remind and Request.

NARPO Membership Subscriptions are due on 1st January each year, however, those who pay their subscription by Direct Deduction from their pension will have the deduction taken from their May pension payment.
There is still a number of our full members, widow(er) members and additional members who pay their annual subscription by either cash or cheque.  We would urge anyone paying in this way to consider paying by BACS transfer, an electronic transfer of your subscription directly into the account of your Durham NARPO Branch.  This is not a Direct Debit scheme but a transfer of funds, actioned annually by the member.
All you need to carry out the BACS transfer is the Sort Code and Account Number of the Durham NARPO Branch.  If you contact either Susan Knaggs on 0191 388 4052 or susan0095@gmail.com or Ray Jones on 01325 327165 or rayjones2341@gmail.com we will provided you with these details.

Subscriptions for 2020 are :

Full Member: £21.48
 
Additional Member: £7.00
(Full Member of another Branch)

Widow(er) Member: £5.00

Death of a retired Police Officers wife : Marjorie Little (Widow of PC Albert Rodger Little)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officers wife : Marjorie Little (Widow of Retired Police Officer – PC Albert Rodger Little, ex Durham Police ), who died 0n December 26th, aged 78 years.
Marjorie was the beloved wife of the late Rodger, dearly loved mam of Linda and Mandy. A dear mother-in-law, grandma and great grandma.
Funeral service and committal to be held at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon on Monday January 20th at 12.30p.m.
Will family and friends please meet at the crematorium Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if so desired to Motor Neurone Disease.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Service of thanksgiving for Ron Hogg

The funeral of Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington was held on Tuesday 7th January 2020

Ron lost his battle with Motor Neurone Disease in December, aged 68.

His family were joined by hundreds of colleagues, friends and well-wishers as they said farewell to the father-of-two at a poignant service of thanksgiving at Durham Cathedral.

Ron made his final journey from his home in Newton Aycliffe to Palace Green, in Durham, with a motorcycle escort before being led to the cathedral by four Northumbria Police horses.

The sound of his beloved bagpipes rang out around Palace Green as he was brought into the cathedral on the shoulders of his police officer colleagues.

An address was made by Canon Adrian Gatrill, the senior force chaplain, and there were readings by Chief Constable Jo Farrell and Sweety Sahani, Ron’s principal private secretary.

Ron’s son, Alexander Hogg, also paid an emotional tribute to his father, as did former chief constable Mike Barton who honoured his “far-reaching and illustrious” career in policing, as well as his sense of humour, engagement with the local community and ability to challenge the status quo.

With his voice breaking, he said: “We are the poorer for losing you Ron, but the richer for having been one of your friends.

"The world will miss your compassion, vision and passion. But we will not miss your inspiration, because it will live on.”

The service was followed by a private service at Durham Crematorium for family and close friends.

Photos from the service of thanksgiving can be seen by clicking here

Update for AGM on Monday 13th January

Please let us know, as soon as possible, if you intend coming along to the AGM by contacting either:

Secretary - Stuart Ingram via email at sji1179@btinternet.com or telephone on 01388 814768, or

Chairman - Raymond Jones via email at rayjones2341@gmail.com or telephone on 07535 261063

This will enable us to ensure there will be sufficient seating and buffet refreshment.

It will also allow the Bowling Club to assess the number of staff required to cater for our needs.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Death of Janet Anderson, wife of retired Police Officer and NARPO member Barry Anderson

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Janet Anderson, wife of retired Police Officer and NARPO member Barry Anderson who died on Tuesday 31st December 2019, aged 60 years.
Janet was the the dearly loved wife of retired , much loved mam, mother-in-law, grandma, sister and aunt.
Janet's funeral service will take place at 1.00pm Thursday 9th January 2020 at St Andrew's Church, St Andrew's Road, Spennymoor DL16 6NE, followed by interment at York Hill Cemetery, Spennymoor.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Monday, 6 January 2020

Annual General Meeting of the Durham Branch of NARPO

Date for your Diary…….
Monday 13th January at 1900hrs

The Annual General Meeting of Durham NARPO, with guest speaker from Force Executive, DCC David Orford and a representative from Durham Police Federation
All members welcome to attend and participate
Ideal time to meet your old colleagues and friends.
Please try and see if you can attend, meet / vote for who you want on the committee and see the hard work they are doing throughout the year on your behalf

There is a bar at the premises & light refreshments are provided
The meeting will be held at the Durham Indoor Bowling Centre (behind Abbey Leisure Centre)  Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5GE

Death of one of our widow members : Sybil Amos

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of one of our widow members, Sybil Amos, who died in Westfield House Care Home, Lockerbie on Thursday 26th December 2019, aged 94 years.  She was married to the late Derek Amos, a Superintendent at Darlington, who died in service in 1973.
At the end of the war she was a WREN, working with radar and married Derek in 1949.
Sybil was the much loved mother of Christopher, Martin and Mark, mother-in-law to Helen, Julie and Karen and grandmother to 6 grandchildren.
Sybils funeral will take place at 1.00pm Tuesday 7th January 2020 at Rouchan Loch Crematorium, Collin, Dumfies and Galloway DG1 4JF.
Family flowers only, donations in lieu to the British Heart Foundation.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Arrangements for the funeral of Ron Hogg

This statement comes from the Office of the Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner on behalf of the family of Ron Hogg.

Following the sad news that Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for Co Durham and Darlington, lost his battle with Motor Neurone Disease on 17th December, arrangements are being made for Ron’s funeral.

The funeral service will be held to celebrate Ron’s life on 7th January 2020 at Durham Cathedral, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3EH, starting at 11.00am.  The service will be followed by a private ceremony for family and invited friends only.

This will be a full ceremonial Police funeral to honour Ron. Road closures will be in place in the city centre and localised congestion can be expected. Pedestrians should be able to have good visibility of the event.

Acting Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Steve White said “Ron was extremely popular and very well-respected by Police officers, staff, politicians and others.  The funeral will be a celebration of the life of someone who was committed to making a real difference to society.”

Books of condolence are available at the reception desks of Police HQ, Durham County Hall, Durham Town Hall (in the Market Place), and Darlington Town Hall.  A facility to leave comments for inclusion in the book, electronically, is on the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner website at https://www.durham-pcc.gov.uk/Home.aspx

The family have requested that no cards or flowers are sent. A donation can be made to St Teresa’s Hospice, Darlington, at this page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ron-hogg

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Death of retired Police Officer : PC 2369 James (Jim) Kenneth Jennings

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of retired Police Officer : PC 2369 James (Jim) Kenneth Jennings, who died peacefully at home on Saturday 14th December 2019, aged 73 years.
Jim joined Durham Constabulary on the 9th July 1973 and served at Durham City, Sherburn Road Estate and Peterlee CID before retiring as a Communications Officer on 22nd December 2000.
Jim was the treasurer of Durham Football Club for some time and willingly took up the office of Treasurer to the Durham Branch of NARPO, which became vacant in 2016.  He stepped down from that post in March 2019 due to ill health, but wishing to continue to help and support the branch, he took up the position of Welfare Officer, which he continued to do up to his death.
Jim was a much loved husband to Eileen, father to Vicky, Emma and Katy, and grandfather to Matthew, Joseph and Luke.
Jim will be sadly missed by his family and friends as well as the officers, committee and members of the Durham Branch of NARPO.
Jim’s funeral will take place at 11:00am Thursday 2nd January 2020 at Durham Crematorium.
Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Marie Curie.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer and Durham's police and crime commissioner Ron Hogg

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer and Durham's police and crime commissioner Ron Hogg, aged 68yrs
Mr Hogg passed away peacefully on Tuesday 17th December after a short battle with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
Steve White, Mr Hogg's chief executive, said in a statement he had never known someone in policing who was so universally respected.
In my 30 years of policing, I have never known someone so universally liked and respected as Ron was by officers, staff, politicians and officials. He will be greatly missed and leaves a lasting legacy.
Chief constable Jo Farrell said: "Durham Constabulary and the people of County Durham and Darlington have lost a great colleague and friend.
"Ron was a radical thinker, an inspiring leader and a lifelong public servant who wasn't afraid to tackle head-on some of the most difficult issues facing society.
"I would like to offer Maureen and the rest of Ron's family my deepest sympathies and the condolences of everyone at the Durham Constabulary."

Mr Hogg's family are said to be very grateful for the messages they have received although are asking that no cards or flowers are sent.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Death of a retired Police Officer : 945 Maurice Douglas Cluer

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : 945 Maurice Douglas Cluer, who passed away on the 8th December 2019. Aged 97 years.
He was appointed to Durham Constabulary on the 5th July 1947 and served at Plawsworth, Durham, Meadowfield, Annfield Plain, Horden, South Hetton and Peterlee.
He retired from the force on the 30th November 1973.
Mr Cluer was the beloved husband of the late Audrey, loving dad of Peter, Maureen, Patricia and the late Maurice, dear father-in-law of Alyson, Jim, Ian and June, also a devoted grandad and great-grandad.
Friends please meet for service at Peterlee Methodist Chapel, at 10.00am,Monday December 23rd followed by cremation at Durham.
Family flowers only, donations if so desired to Dr Barnardo's.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Monday, 2 December 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 821 William (Bill) Sample

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : DC 821 William (Bill) Sample who died peacefully at home on Monday 25th November aged 71yrs.
Bill joined the Police service (Cumbria) on the 4th October 1976 and served at Alston before transferring to Durham Constabulary where he was initially stationed to Peterlee sub division, serving at Horden,CID, ASU & Crime Support Unit.
Bill retired on the 5th August 2001
Bill  was a much loved father, father-in-law, grandad and after the death of his wife Muriel he subsequently found great friendship with close friend Sandra and her family.
Bill will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.
Family & friends please meet for service at St Mary's Church, Easington Village on Wednesday 4th December 2019 at 11.00am followed by private interment at Easington Colliery Cemetery.
Family flowers only, donations in lieu of flowers to the district nurses, Macmillian and Marie Curie.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Durham County Constabulary area pre 1974

1974 Durham County Constabulary Parade on Palace Green

Inspection Parade by Chief Constable Mr AG Puckering on Palace Green in 1974.

Under the Local Government Act 1972, in 1974, the northern area of the force (including Gateshead, Sunderland and South Shields) became part of Northumbria Police, with Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees in the south-east going to Cleveland Constabulary and Durham County Constabulary became Durham Constabulary

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Death of a retired Police officer : Ch. Insp. David Martin (Ex Durham cadet & PC)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police officer : Ch. Insp. David Martin who died at home on Saturday 26th October 2019.
David Martin became a cadet with Durham Constabulary in 1964 where he met cadet Margaret Quarton, whom he later married.
He was appointed into Durham County Constabulary as a PC in 1966.
As a Constable he served at Stockton, Felling and then Peterlee. David transferred to Northamptonshire Police in 1976 on promotion to Sergeant. 
He remained in uniform for his entire police career, specialising in the traffic department, including the motorcycle branch. His postings included Corby, Kettering and then County-wide, retiring as a Chief Inspector in 1996.
David leaves a widow, Margaret, and three children Vicki ( a serving Police officer in Durham Constabulary), Ian and Gary.
The funeral will take place at 1pm on Thursday 14th November at Kettering Crematorium.
Family flowers only.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 25 October 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector Bryan Leng

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector Bryan Leng who died on 15th October 2019, aged 90.
Bryan served the latter part of his service within Traffic and retired on the 3rd July 1981.
There will be a cremation service at Darlington Crematorium on Monday 28th October 2019 at 11:45 followed by tea at All Saints Church, Ravensdale Road Darlington, DL3 8DT.
The service is not private and everyone is welcome.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Parkinsons UK.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Monday, 21 October 2019

Durham Peeler–Winter 2019 now online

Alan Watson,  Editor of Durham Peeler has been hard at work over the last few months producing the Winter 2019 edition of the Durham Peeler. The magazine looks great and is full of interesting stories & info.

This is the last edition of Durham Peeler that Alan will produce as he is ‘handing over the reins’ to Ray Jones (although Alan will still be helping Ray). Alan has been the Editor & publishing manager of the  magazine for twenty two years (22years), a fantastic achievement and the Durham NARPO branch has been so fortunate to have had the benefit of Alan’s skills portrayed in the Durham Peeler

To view this latest edition of the magazine online, please click on the image.
If you would like to view other editions of the Durham Peeler please Click Here
Printed copies of the magazine will be distributed to members soon

Residential Security Officer Opportunity

Residential Security Officer Opportunity
Salary £22,000
Are you trustworthy and discreet?
Are you confident and flexible?
Do you delight customers with your service?
Can you deal with pressurized situations?
Are you a team player who can also work independently?
We are recruiting a full-time residential Security Officer based at the Abbeystead
Estate near Lancaster to work alongside the existing team. The post holder will work
seamlessly with other estate staff and the Security Manager.
The main purpose of the job will be day-to-day security as well as cultivating a
security culture in the area. The post holder will be an ambassador for the
Abbeystead Estate and be expected to deal effectively and appropriately with any
security situation.
It is expected that the security officer will work a 40 hour week but it is vital to
demonstrate flexibility as significant work will be outside of ‘business working hours’
such as emergency callouts.
The officer is required to live on site as he/she will be a key holder and first
responder. A two bedroomed detached house is provided rent free as well as
uniform, equipment and a vehicle for business use. Full SIA (static guarding and
CCTV) training and support will be given.
Application by CV to recruitment.eeo@grosvenor.com by Thursday 31 October
2019.
www.grosvenorestate.com

September CPI Published

pension_830_thumb12The ONS have now released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September 2019 which shows an increase of 1.7 %. As a result, Police Pensions will increase by 1.7 % as of 1st April 2020.

Full details can be found on the ONS website

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Detective Insp.1463 Gordon Williams

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Detective Insp.1463 Gordon Williams, who passed away on the 3rd October 2019. He was aged 77 years.
He leaves a widow Patricia  (and was father of Joanne, Lesley and Paul)
Gordon retired from Durham Constabulary on the 23rd February 1994 and served predominately within CID but also served on Traffic and on secondment to Hong Kong
The funeral will be taking place on the 17th October 2019 at 2pm at All Saints’ Church , Ravensdale Road, Darlington.  The funeral service is not private
Followed by Private Family Cremation.
No flowers by request.
Donations in lieu to Cancer Research and Alzheimers Society.
Friends reception after funeral service at Stresholme Golf Club, Darlington.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Wilfred McGorrigan

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Wilfred McGorrigan, who passed away on 1st October 2019. He was aged 94 years.
He does not leave a widow.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 17th October 2019 at 1.30pm at Wear Valley Crematorium, the funeral service is not private.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Alzheimer’s and Dementia UK

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Durham Constabulary recruitment information

Recruiting new JP's in the adult Criminal Courts for North and South Northumbria areas.

The Ministry of Justice are currently looking to recruit forty new JP's in the adult Criminal Courts for North and South Northumbria areas.


For information on what is required please visit the website - GOV.UK/become-magistrate


For further info contact :

Mr G Garbutt c/o Northumbria Judicial Support Unit on 0191 4407210

Closing date 31st October.


It's a very rewarding role, no qualifications needed

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector Ronald Dawson

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector Ronald Dawson, who passed away on the 16th September 2019. He was aged 95 years.
Ronald does not leave a widow.
He joined Durham Constabulary on the 23rd March 1946 and retired from the force on the 14th December 1975, having served at Darlington, Hebburn, Seaham Harbour, Houghton, Annfield Plain, HQ CID, British Police Unit Cyprus, Bishop Auckland, Shildon, Control Room, Serious Incident Squad, he was then seconded to Staffordshire Constabulary and also the Home Office based at Stafford as an instructor and member of the directing team regarding crime prevention training.
There will be no funeral service as Ronald has donated his body to medical science.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the Salvation Army.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Charity Event in memory of Philip Clapham

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 298 Ronald Pinkney

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Inspector 298 Ronald Pinkney, who passed away on the 5th September 2019.  He was aged 87 years.
Ronald was partnered to Dorothy and was father to sons Ian, Colin and the late Alan.
Ronald retired from Durham Constabulary on the 31st December 1986.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 24th September 2019 at 11.30am at Wear Valley Crematorium.
The funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the Great North Air Ambulance.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Monday, 2 September 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1423 George Ronald Cook

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1423 George Ronald Cook, who passed away on the 19th August 2019.  He was aged 84 years.
He does not leave a widow but he leaves a son Paul and 2 daughters, Patricia and Angela, a grandson Joel, granddaughter Lauren and a great granddaughter Yvie. George was pre-deceased by his wife Betty & daughter Heather.
Prior to joining the police service, he was a Royal Marines Commando for 3 years, he then joined Durham Constabulary on the 27th May 1962, he served at HQ, Stockton, Easington, Gainford, Barnard Castle and he retired from Staindrop on the 26th May 1992.  After his retirement he was employed for 5 years with the North East ambulance service.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 5th September at 12.30pm at Wear Valley Crematorium. 
The service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research UK

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Death of Mary Burdis, wife of retired Police Officer and NARPO member Eric Burdis

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of Mary Burdis, wife of retired Police Officer and NARPO member Eric Burdis. Mary passed away at home on the 14th August 2019, aged 75 years.

The funeral service, which is not private, will take place at 2.30pm on Tuesday 27th August at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ.

Family flowers only; any donations in lieu to the Pink Ribbon Foundation.

Our thoughts are with Eric and his family at this sad time

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector Thomas William Hillery

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector Thomas William Hillery, who passed away on the 17th August 2019.  He was aged 85 years.

He leaves a widow Eileen , a daughter Sharon and a son Ian.

Mr Hillery was appointed to Durham Constabulary on the 31st May 1954, he served at training, West Hartlepool, Durham, Hesleden, motor patrol from 1963 where he was promoted to sergeant in 1968.  He then joined Traffic admin from 1971 then motorcycles supervision from 1973. He joined traffic patrol from 1974.  On promotion to Inspector he joined traffic management where he spent 7 years, retiring from traffic patrols on 31st May 1984.

The funeral service will be taking place on the 16th September at 11.15am at Darlington Crematorium.  The service is not private.

Donations have been requested to St. Teresa’s Hospice, Darlington.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Tasers are to be made available to every frontline officer in Durham Constabulary

Tasers are to be made available to every frontline officer in Durham Constabulary who wishes to be equipped with one.

In a move designed to offer more protection to both the public and the police, all frontline officers are being offered upgraded Tasers and given intensive training in the safe use of the devices.

Over the next 12 months, the new X2 model will be rolled out across the force, replacing the original X26 which has been used for the last 14 years.

Chief Constable Jo Farrell said: “Sadly, there are situations in which police officers need to take immediate action to subdue violent suspects to protect the public.

“Tasers allow us to do so swiftly and safely, without causing lasting injury and are an extremely effective means of dealing with the many dangerous situations officers find themselves in.

“Too often our officers are subject to assaults in the line of duty, simply for doing their job.

“We need to make sure that our officers have the tools they need to protect the public and protect themselves”.

Tasers were first introduced into Durham in 2005, when they were issued to a handful of authorised firearms officers to provide a “less lethal” option in situations where lives were potentially at risk.

The device works by firing two small barbed darts up to a range of around 10 metres, which deliver an electrical current and temporarily incapacitate the suspect until they can be restrained.

The more powerful X2 model Taser features a number of improvements on earlier versions of the system, most notably the capacity to fire a second cartridge if the first misses its target.

Andy Jackson, chairman of Durham Police Federation, said: “I strongly support the wider roll-out of Taser to all frontline officers should they wish to be equipped with it.

“Taser is an extremely effective means of dealing with the many dangerous situations that officers often face on the streets and is a less lethal option than more conventional firearms.

“In a number of cases where Taser is drawn, it is not fired as the deterrent is enough, which helps protect communities as well as protecting officers from assaults”.

End Single Crewing and roll out TASER to all POLICE OFFICERS

This petition has been started on Change.org :

“We are your police. Since the inception of a professional police force, the object has been that the police are the people, and the people are the police. We are you. We are your children, your brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles, parents and grandparents, friends, neighbours and colleagues. We go out to work every day to make you feel safer, and to try to make your life better. When you call, we come. We have families too. We care. We protect you and we deserve to be protected. We can do this more effectively if we are double crewed, and if Taser is rolled out to all officers. Serious assaults are increasing on officers. This can be prevented or reduced, with two simple changes. Please support us to create a safer country. Thank you.”

To support this campaign please click on this link : https://www.change.org/p/uk-govt-end-single-crewing-and-roll-out-taser-to-all-police-officers?recruiter=143107165&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition&use_react=false

Dave Orford appointed Deputy Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary

Dave Orford, 49yrs, has spent 24 years with Durham Constabulary and has has been appointed as the new Deputy Chief Constable.
Dave is a former army officer who served in the Bosnian War and achieved the rank of lieutenant during his career with the Royal Engineers and completed a six-month tour in Bosnia protecting the besieged enclave of Gorazde.
Mr Orford joined the police as a beat PC in Consett, but his experience in the former Yugoslavia shaped his view of policing throughout his career.
He said: “I saw what can happen when law and order completely disappears and an entire country is torn apart”.
Promoted first to Sergeant at Peterlee and then Inspector at Darlington, in 2003 Dave became the first head of the pioneering Cleveland and Durham Police Tactical Training Centre at Urlay Nook, delivering firearms training for both police forces.
As chief Inspector, he was appointed deputy head of the force’s Professional Standards Department and, after a variety of headquarters roles, was appointed to the position of Assistant Chief Constable in 2014.
He has held the position of Deputy Chief Constable temporarily for the last three months, has now been appointed to the post on a permanent basis.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer: Sgt 1301 Robert Coxon Sheppard

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer: Sgt 1301 Robert Coxon Sheppard, who sadly passed away in North Tees Hospital, Stockton-on-Tees on the 6th August 2019, aged 85 years.
He leaves a widow, Betty.
Bob joined Durham Constabulary on 4th April 1961 and retired on 3rd April 1989; he served at Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle and Traffic Patrols.
He was a keen golfer and later also took up indoor bowls.
The funeral service will take place at 12.45pm on Friday 16th August at Ferryhill Methodist Church, 2 Market Place, Ferryhill DL17 8HX, followed by a service of committal at 1.30pm at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ.  Neither service is private.
Refreshments will follow at The Dean Bank & Ferryhill Literary Institute, Ferryhill DL17 8PP.
Family flowers only. Any donations in lieu to Ferryhill Methodist Church.
Our thoughts are with Betty at this sad time.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Superintendent 401 Kenneth Lavery

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Superintendent 401 Kenneth Lavery who died on 30th July 2019, aged 76 years.
Ken Lavery worked most of his 30yrs service with Durham Constabulary at Darlington, until his retirement on 15th August 1993.

Upon retirement Ken was our general manager of Darlington Football Club for several years and guided the club through some testing years in the mid-nineties, until he left in 1999. After leaving Darlington FC, he worked for the Great North Air Ambulance before moving to Lytham St Anne’s.
Mr Lavery leaves a widow, Linda Lavery.
The cremation service will take place on Wednesday 14th August at 2pm at Carleton Cemetery & Crematorium, Stocks Ln, Blackpool, Poulton-le-Fylde FY6 7QS. The service is not private.
There will also be a memorial at The Mowden, Staindrop Road, Darlington DL3 9BE on Saturday 31st August 2019. This is not private and everyone is welcome.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Trinity Hospice Blackpool.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Supt.Jeanette Hooper (nee Allen) (ex Durham)

This message has come from Notts NARPO and is for information of members

Back in 1955 Jeanette Hooper (nee) Allen joined the West Riding Police and served at Pontefract and Ripon for approx. two years then she transferred to Durham Police on promotion to Sergeant.
Jeanette died on the 16th July 2019.  I realise it was a long while ago but I thought maybe some of your members would remember her. See details below.
Jeanette Hooper (nee Allen) 
It is with sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Jeanette Hooper (nee Allen), aged 88 years, a retired Police Officer.   She died on Tuesday 16th July 2019.
The funeral is at 11.00am Tuesday 30th July 2019 at Embleton Parish Church, Alnwick, North Humberland NE66 3UW.  The Undertakers is Alister Turner, Garden Lodge, Greenwell Road, Alnwick NE66 1HB.
Jeanette joined West Riding Police in 1955 and worked at Ripon and Pontefract.
After passing her exams she transferred to Durham Police as a Sergeant. 
Two years later she transferred to Newcastle Police as Inspector and two years later to Hull City Police as Chief Inspector. 
After a further two years she successfully applied to for the post of Superintendent and took charge of the Forces Policewomen Department.    
In 1977 with the disbanding of the Policewomens Department she was appointed the Officer in Charge of Carlton Police Station. 
We do not have her dates for joining or retiring. 
After retiring she moved back to the North Humberland area.


John Kennedy
Secretary, Notts NARPO

NARPO (DURHAM BRANCH) - CENTENARY LUNCHEON

As many of you will be aware, 2019 is the Centenary Year of the National Association of Retired Police Officers.

To celebrate this, the Durham Branch of NARPO held a successful river cruise and barbeque onboard the ‘Prince Bishop’ on the River Wear at Durham on Saturday 22 June 2019.

We also intend to hold our annual reunion luncheon at Durham Indoor Bowling Club, Rylands Way, (behind Abbey Leisure Centre) Durham DH1 5GR.  This is usually held in October, however this year we have brought the date forward to Sunday 15 September.

The luncheon, arranged for 12.30pm for sitting at 1.00pm, consists of a 3-course meal with tea or coffee and is provided at £15 per person (after subsidy by the branch); a free raffle is included.

Please be aware that this IS NOT a closed event and is open to all retired and serving Police Officers, Police Staff and family and friends.

Due to this being NARPO’s Centenary Year, there will be a small exhibition of Durham Constabulary memorabilia, including video photographs coving more than 100 years of Durham Police Transport.  If you have any items of interest and are prepared to have them on display during the luncheon, please contact any Branch Officer or Committee Member.

You should have received a flyer advertising the event and showing the menu choice with the last edition of the Durham Peeler, distributed in May 2019.  Please complete the booking form, with your meal selection and forward it with a cheque to Jim Jennings, 18 Willowtree Avenue, Gilesgate Moor, Durham DH1 1EB as soon as possible to aid catering.  If you require additional copies of the booking form please contact one of us:

Jim Jennings 0191 386 5028 Stuart Ingram 01388 814768

Ray Jones 01325 327165 Susan Knaggs 0191 388 4052

I know that some of you have attended our previous luncheons and hopefully have enjoyed the meal and meeting up with friends and ex-colleagues, but haven’t yet returned your forms for ; can I respectfully ask that you check your diaries and book your places.

Many thanks

Ray Jones (Chairman

Friday, 26 July 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : D/Sgt 2024 Geoffrey Lewis

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : D/Sgt 2024 Geoffrey Lewis, who sadly passed away on the 17th July 2019.  He was aged 73 years.
Geoff served at various stations including D/Sgt at Seaham, Peterlee & RCS
Geoff leaves a widow Beatrice and a son Richard who is a serving D/Sgt with Northumbria Police.
Geoff was also keen golfer and member at Ramside Golf Club.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 30th July at 11.45am at Christ Church Seaham,Station Road, Seaham SR7 0BH, this will then be followed by the cremation service at Durham Crematorium at 1pm.  The funeral service is not private.  Refreshments will follow at the Dun Cow pub in Seaton Village.
  Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to St. Cuthbert’s Hospice.
  Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector 232 Kenneth Baillie

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector 232 Kenneth Baillie, who sadly passed away on the 15th July 2019. He was aged 85 years.
He leaves a widow, Avis Marjorie Baillie
Mr Baillie joined Durham Constabulary on the 26th April 1954 and he served at Darlington, Houghton, Jarrow, Byers Green, Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland, West Auckland, Chester-le-Street, the control room, traffic and Sedgefield. He retired from his post of Chief Inspector, Sub Divisional Commander at Seaham on the 18th March 1984.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 30th July 2019 at 12.00pm at Durham Crematorium, the service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Dementia UK.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

BikeWise 2019 is TODAY


We’ve been counting this down for a while  and now its here….
BikeWise 2019 is on  at the Police HQ at Durham from 10am to 5pm TODAY -  Sunday (21st July).
Loads of attractions on site and the weather forecast is looking good.
FREE PARKING at County Hall for cars, onsite for motorcycles and a FREE Park & Ride to Police HQ from Sniperley Park & Ride.

If you are having difficulty due to numbers getting into County Hall then park at Sniperley Park and Ride. There are two free buses running back & forward to BikeWise 2019 throughout the day
We ask for a £2 donation from adults.
Children and parking are free.
Come along today and have a great day.
For further details please visit www.bikewisenews.org.uk where all info about the day is available or search for #BikeWise2019 on Twitter (@durham.bikewise )

Saturday, 20 July 2019

BikeWise 2019 is TOMORROW


The Cricket World Cup has come home, Wimbledon has had its last ‘rally’ and the Sunderland Airshow is not on this weekend.......
BikeWise 2019 is on though,  at the Police HQ at Durham from 10am to 5pm TOMORROW -  Sunday (21st July).
Loads of attractions on site and the weather forecast is looking good.
FREE PARKING at County Hall for cars, onsite for motorcycles and a FREE Park & Ride to Police HQ from Sniperley Park & Ride
(if you park at Sniperley Park and Ride there are two free buses running direct to BikeWise 2019 and returning to Sniperley)
We ask for a £2 donation from adults.
Children and parking are free.
Come along Sunday and have a great day.
For further details please visit www.bikewisenews.org.uk

Timetable of events at BikeWise 2019

Please note that the event timings are approximate and could be altered at short notice in the event of rain showers (although they are not forecast)
TT legend John McGuinness will also be at the show and will be 'based' around the Dick Shepherd Triumph Collection display

Friday, 19 July 2019

Dick Shepherd Triumph Collection at BikeWise 2019

If you like classic bikes the this is a must see. These bikes have never been on public display

Long time BikeWise supporter Dick Shepherd boasts an enviable collection of around 320 Triumph bikes that chart so much of the brand's incredible history. Dick makes the long trek North each year to Durham to let us see these ‘dream’ bikes.

This year Dick is bringing with him :

  1. Buddy Elmore’s Triumph T100R that won the 1966 Daytona 200 starting 46th on the Grid, starting the DAYTONA brand for Triumph!  This bike ended nearly 30 years of US (Harley Davidson) and Canadian leadership at the 200-mile race.
  2. The 500 cc Triumph Tiger 100 Daytona (T100T) was developed by Triumph's Chief Engineer and designer Doug Hele and launched as a production motorcycle the following year.

    The legendary Triumph 500cc racer sacrificed low-speed tractability for a big step up in power at 3,500rpm to deliver arguably the most famous Daytona race in history.

    Elmore sped past the whole field to win by a full minute at an average 96mph, and into Triumph and racing folklore.

    Just as powerful as its rivals but much lighter at just 315lbs, its place in history was officially recognized when the Daytona name again appeared on the Triumph 750 sport bike in 1990-91.

    After the 67 Daytona win the bike was bought by an American collector and eventually Dick traced it an bought it for his collection twenty five years ago. Since the race this bike has never been seen in public so for classic race fans and any motorcycle enthusiast this is a must see. The only picture we have ben able to find is of Buddy Elmore crossing the finishing line at Daytona i 1966 (Above)

  3. Original 1958 1st pre production Triumph Bonneville in a special Blue & White colour scheme. Again this bike has not been on public viewing

Get a good look at the bikes on Sunday at Bikes 2019 …. and bring your camera’s along to get some special photos of rare classic bikes

For more info on BikeWise 2019 please visit : www.bikewisenews.org.uk

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Three days to go…. till BikeWise 2019


The Cricket World Cup has come home, Wimbledon has had its last ‘rally’ and the Sunderland Airshow is not on this weekend.......
BikeWise 2019 is on though,  at the Police HQ at Durham from 10am to 5pm THIS Sunday (21st July).
Loads of attractions on site and the weather forecast is looking good.
FREE PARKING at County Hall for cars, onsite for motorcycles and a FREE Park & Ride to Police HQ from Sniperley Park & Ride
(if you park at Sniperley Park and Ride there are two free buses running direct to BikeWise 2019 and returning to Sniperley)
We ask for a £2 donation from adults.
Children and parking are free.
Come along Sunday and have a great day.
For further details please visit www.bikewisenews.org.uk

Parking Arrangements for BikeWise 2019

Access
We have been receiving a few enquiries about parking arrangements for BikeWise 2018, so please read below and we’ll hopefully clarify the situation :


MOTORCYCLE PARKING – At Police HQ (All weather pitch at Police HQ) See above

DISABLED PARKING – This will be at the Rivergreen Centre at the bottom of Aykley Heads Drive(Police HQ)

(You will only be allowed to proceed to this area after speaking to BikeWise staff who will be on the main access road in the area near to the motorcycle parking)

CAR PARKING – We have two main area’s of car parking :


1 – County Hall  As in previous years the car parks at County Hall will be utilized – access to the show is then via a series of steps up to the Police HQ


2 – Sniperley Park & Ride Car Park

Vehicles can be parked in this car park & we are providing Two FREE Park & Ride Bus service to and from Aykley Heads. The Park & Ride service will run regularly throughout the day and the journey should only take approx 5minutes. The bus will drop you off at Trinity School on the HQ drive and you will only have a short walk, without any steps, to the BikeWise show entrance

For more info about the show please visit :www.bikewisenews.org.uk

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Volunteer drivers needed for Shildon Community Bus

Any Retired Police Officers in the Shildon/Newton Aycliffe under the age of seventy who would be interested in being Volunteer drivers for Shildon Community Bus?
They would need to be Midas trained which would be sorted out by the Community Bus itself.
They are soon going to be very short of drivers as a couple of the present drivers are reaching the age of seventy and will  no longer be abe to drive the community bus.
If you are interested in this role please contact Kath Wilkinson (ex Control Room) on k.wilkinson24@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 944 George Jones

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 944 George Jones who died on 29th June 2019, aged 71 years.
George commenced his Police career as a Police Cadet on the 31st August, 1963. On the  22nd August, 1966 he was appointed as a Police Constable and from HQ training he was posted to Consett. 
In April 1969 he moved into the Control Room and was there until February 1972 when he then joined Motor Patrols.
George later returned to the control room and also served in Annfield Plain.
He was then promoted to Sergeant in July 1982 and went to serve in the Peterlee, Horden Section.
He was later promoted to Inspector based at Newton Aycliffe, George then moved to  worked as part of the Project Team based at HQ which is where he served until retiring in September 1993. 
The funeral service will be taking place on Thursday 11th July, 2019 at 1.10pm at St Lukes Church, Ferryhill, then Durham Crematorium for 2pm.
Following the services, refreshments will be served at the Masonic Hall, North Street, Ferryhill DL17 8HX, where parking is available at the rear.
The funeral service is not private and everyone is welcome.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to St Cuthbert’s Hospice.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Death of Dorothy Appleby : (wife of Durham NARPO member Colin Appleby)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Dorothy Appleby : (wife of Durham NARPO member Colin Appleby)
Dorothy died on June 16th, aged 75 years.
Dorothy was the dearly loved mother of Katherine and Malcolm, daughter in law Jom & granddaughter Jasmine.
The funeral service will be held at the Durham Crematorium at 11.30 am on Monday 1st July 2019 followed by refreshments at the Brambles Cafe, Poplar Tree Garden Centre at Shincliffe.
The funeral is not private and all friends and former colleagues of Dorothy and Colin are welcome to attend the service and the refreshment venue.
Our thoughts are with family at this sad time.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 434 Malcolm Hall

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 434 Malcolm Hall who died on 14th June 2019, aged 70 years.
Malcolm commenced his Police career on 14th April 1975, serving in various posts including Traffic, Motor School, Chester le Street & Easington Sub Division until his retirement on 2nd March 2001.
Malcolm was the much loved dad of Julie and Lisa, son-in-law Steven and a devoted grandad of Alex, Sophie and Oliver.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday 27th June at 2pm at St Andrews Church Blackhall, interment to follow at Blackhall Cemetery.
Refreshments will be available afterwards at Acre Rigg Club, Peterlee.
The funeral service is not private.
As Malcolm was a keen motorcyclist the family have requested an escort from any motorcyclists attending the funeral, Alan Bewley can provide details on 07581 293047
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Alice House Hospice in Hartlepool and Macmillan Nurses Peterlee
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Durham River Cruise (NARPO 100year celebration) next Saturday, 22nd June

The Boat Cruise and Bar-be-cue on Saturday 22nd June is now open to all, not just NARPO members.
The function is very heavily subsidised by a grant from NARPO to ensure that we can all celebrate the Centenary of NARPO in our own areas.
To that end the function has been advertised in the Peeler and on the website.
To date the organising committee only have 43 people attending, sad really after all the effort that goes into the organisation of things like this.
The branch have therefore decided to open it up to all and have asked that it be circulated again to perhaps try and 'jog a few memories' and spur some members into action.
It is appreciated that June is holiday time for some, but surely not all the other 700 NARPO members in Durham Branch.
If you and your friends or family can spare the time for an evening cruise in Durham next Saturday night and in doing so help support your local Durham Branch NARPO and meet some ex colleagues then please contact the Branch Secretary :
  Stu Ingram to book your tickets which are £10 per person on 01388 814768. or email him on sji1179@btinternet.com.
Cheques to be made out to "Durham Branch - NARPO" and sent to 2, Whitworth Close, Spennymoor, DL16 7LH. or speak to Stu to arrange payment by bacs.

Click this link for original posting : https://www.durhamnarpo.org.uk/2019/03/durham-river-cruise-to-celebrate-100.html

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