Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Discounted holiday offer Pearly Grey Ocean Club/Tenerife

Pearl Grey Ocean Club

The attached offer was given to the Police Federations and Narpo last year and was well received by your members.  We are continuing with the offer for 2011 and can now take reservations as far in advance as 18months with a choice of 1 bed units sleeps 4 or 2 bed units sleeping up to 6 people for an incredible £150 per apartment per 7 night stay, this is a saving of £300. Please quote NARPO when submitting your enquiry and one of our friendly reservation staff will contact you to answer any questions and finalise your holiday request.

I will shortly be forwarding the Special Offer relating to our quiet period for people wanting to use this offer in May, June & July which offers an additional €50 of spending credit in our 5* Bar/Restaurant during their stay with us.

Regards

Bernadeen Robinson

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Death of a retired Police Officer - Mr George Proud

We have been notified of death of a former Durham officer who transferred to Northumbria in 1974 with the boundary changes.

Mr George Proud aged 89 years.
Funeral service on 5th April 2011 at 2.45 p.m. at St Thomas Church, Harelaw, Stanley, followed by cremation at 3.30 p.m. at Mountsett Crematorium, Dipton. Neither service is private. 

Notified by Mr Proud's daughter, Mrs Anne Fothergill, who asked us to welcome all who wish to refreshments afterwards at her house :- 72 Brian's Leap. Burnopfield NE16 6BS.  Mr Proud also leaves a son, David.

ACC John Wright OBE

John Wright O.B.E. portrait. A.C.C. Durham County Constabulary 1942  to retirement 5th September, 1953 ( Died 9 days after retirement) Most decorated officer in the County at that time: O.B.E. ; King’s Police Medal; Jubilee Medal ( King George V); Coronation Medal King George VI; Coronation Medal Queen Elizabeth II; Long Service Medal/

ACC John Wright O.B.E.

Durham County Constabulary 1942  to retirement 5th September, 1953 ( Died 9 days after retirement)

Most decorated officer in the County at that time: O.B.E. ; King’s Police Medal; Jubilee Medal ( King George V); Coronation Medal King George VI; Coronation Medal Queen Elizabeth II; Long Service Medal

 

John Wright . Sir Frank Brooks HMI
John Wright & Sir Frank Brooks – HMI
Miners Gala. Herbrert Morrison MP & Michael Foot MP with John Wright
Durham Miners Gala
Herbert Morrison MP & Michael Foot MP with John Wright

Mounted Branch pictures

A couple of photo’s of PC 1506 Barry Purdy Simpson

PC 1506 Barry Purdy Simpson PC 1506 Barry Purdy Simpson

Barry joined  Durham County Constabulary in 1963 and transferred to the Mounted Branch, Harperley Hall 1967 and retired 1984. (Died 27th July, 2010 aged 73 years. http://www.durhamnarpo.com/2010/07/death-of-retired-police-officer-pc1056.html )

Do any of you mounted branch officers know the name of the police horse ??

Anybody got photo’s or any info about mounted branch, officers, horses, vehicles etc ??

Friday, 25 March 2011

Reminder about Durham NARPO AGM

AGM-2011 Well - Last chance to put this one in your diary - not long to go -
Monday night 7.30pm at Durham Indoor Bowling Centre.
 
There's lots of people getting this email and visiting the website, so why not show some support for your committee and 'catch up' with some 'old' friends by coming along to the AGM.
 
Chief Constable John Stoddart and his Deputy Mike Barton should be there, together with Dave Robinson from the Federation and you'll hear all the latest NARPO updates  from Alan Watson.
 
If you don't know where to go, Click On This Link and you'll see a map of the location and you can get driving directions to it.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Norah McKay – seriously ill

Norah McKay Retired Sgt, Norah McKay (nee Milburn) who is 83 years old, has had a serious stroke - back in January.

Norah is paralysed down her left side and seriously ill.

She is in Room 3, Brierton EMI Nursing Home, Hartlepool – but unfit to have visitors.

Norah was at last years Garden Party at HQ and our thoughts and best wishes are with her.

Norah was married to the late ‘Roy’ (Rodderick) McGregor McKay who was Motor Patrols through the 1960s and 70s.

Who is the ‘mystery’ Policeman ??

 

Sadler Street, Durham Notting_Hillb

This one came through to us from the Met Police Historical Section – they’d been told it was Notting Hill in London… but thought it looked like a Durham uniform.

Some ‘Detective’ work has been done by one or two already (Alan Hutchinson & Alan Watson (Chairman)  ) and with the help of Google’s technology it’s believed that the location is Sadler Street in Durham.

The consensus is that the photo was taken mid to late 60’s at Durham Big Meeting (Miners Gala)

So let’s see if we can do a bit of ‘detective’ work in retirement and identify the ‘mystery’ policeman.

If you know who it is either post a comment at the bottom of this article (please remember to include your name) or email : durhamnarpo@gmail.com

Last printed edition of CopperPlate

Issue 83

CopperPlate, Durham Constabulary’s official newspaper, has become a victim of the force’s need to tighten it’s purse strings and the last printed version of the newspaper – Issue 83 (March 2011) has just been released.

Subsequent editions will be in electronic format only and will be available to view in pdf format via the pages of this site, by clicking on the CopperPlate header and then clicking on the image links within that page (see Screenshot below)

CP Screenshot

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Annual Reunion Garden Party at HQ, Aykley Heads, Durham

Durham-Crest Building on the success of our first all new ‘Reunion Party in June, last year, we are delighted to extend an invitation to :
ALL  Retired Police and Civilian Personnel [Serving Staff also  very welcome] to attend the Annual Reunion Garden Party at HQ, Aykley Heads, Durham,

To be held on Sunday, 12th. June, 2011.
(commencing at 1.30pm, for 2pm. to 5pm.)
NARPO-Crest


Come and enjoy a great afternoon out– lots of things to see and do.
Everyone who attended last year agreed that it was a wonderful afternoon out and the time simply flew by.
Meet old friends and colleagues.
Police Band &  Police Choir;
Motor Patrol and Motor Cycle  vehicles on display;
Dog Section practical demonstration;
NARPO and Force H.Q. Display Stands; to name but a few …
Light refreshments available.
Chair lift for those unable to manage the stairs up to the Dining Room
Note: Admission by ticket only.
Apply for your tickets early to help in the organisation of security, safety  and  catering please.
Tickets available for NARPO members from  Mrs. Angie Crawford  
Email -  angiechilton@yahoo.com.  Tel. No.  0191 5180996.
All others from  Colin Appleby,
Email:-   Appleby.colin@btinternet.com   Tel. No.   0191 5846178.
 
Photo's from the 2010 Annual Reunion Garden Party

 

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Death of a retired Police Officer - Sgt 1155 William ELLEN

It is with regret that we announce the death of ex-Sgt 1155 William ELLEN of Consett who died on 20th March 2011 aged 68 years. Mr Ellen leaves a widow, Mrs Stella Ellen.
Mr Ellen joined Durham Constabulary in 1965 and served in various postings including Durham, Gateshead, Blackhill, Lanchester, Chester-le-Street, Peterlee, HQ Traffic, and Consett from where he retired in 1993.
The cremation service will take place on Monday, 28th March 2011 at 2.30 p.m. at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham. The service is not private.
Donations in lieu of flowers are requested to Alzheimer's Research UK.
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Our thoughts are with Mrs Ellen and her family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Death of a retired Police Officer - James Edward Robinson

It is with regret that we announce the death of retired police officer James Edward Robinson from Newcastle, who died on the 8/03/2011 aged 94 years.
Unfortunately we have no details of his service history or previous postings.

Monday, 14 March 2011

A couple of retirements ‘do’s….

Frank Hewison, one of Durham's previous 'County Mounties' is retiring again, this time from his 30+ Police Officers job up ‘the dales’. 

He is opening a shop in Stanhope selling luxury handmade chocolates! 

He is having a do at Willington Cricket Club at 7pm Tuesday 22 March 2011.

Also

Trevor Robinson is retiring.

His retirement ‘do’ is at the Pot and Glass at Neville’s Cross on Friday 25th March at 7pm

Police Pensions – RPI / CPI and Index Inking info

INFLATION FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 2010 ANNOUNCED

The latest inflation figures have just been released and the CPI stands at 3.1% whilst the RPI stands at 4.6% for September. As you will know the September inflation figure determines the increase to police pensions in April the following year.

This Government have in their budget indicated that public sector pensions will rise by the CPI and not the RPI from April 2011 and whilst NARPO is actively campaigning against this move, together with other pensioner groups, the indication at present is that police pensions will rise by the CPI in April this year.

THE BUDGET AND PENSION INCREASES

Following the Emergency Budget delivered by the Chancellor it would appear that this Governernment are seeking to change the up-rating of Police Pensions from the Retail Price Index to the Consumer Price Index from April 2011. Use the links below for further information.

BUDGET AND PENSION INCREASES

DWP STATEMENT ON INDEXATION CHANGES

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RPI AND CPI

POLICE PENSION AND INDEX LINKING

Police Pensions are currently Index Linked from age 55yrs and are increased in line with the Retail Price Index.

Pensions are uprated each April and the level of increase is determined by RPI in September of the preceding year. (From Sept 2010 CPI will be used instead of RPI)

For details of the increases applied see below:

Index Linking

RPI INCREASES 1948 - 2010

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Death of a retired Police Officer - Sgt 657 William Weddle

It is with regret that we announce the death of ex- Sgt 657 William Weddle who died on 5th March 2011 aged 70 years. Mr Weddle leaves a widow, Muriel and two daughters, Helen and Rachael.
Mr Weddle joined Durham Constabulary in 1959, having previously served as a Police Cadet. He served in various postings including Bishop Auckland, Jarrow, Felling, Gateshead, Secondment to R.C.S., Sedgefield, Durham and CID from where he retired in 1987.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

AGM of Durham NARPO – Monday 28th March

AGM-2011

Date for your Diary…….

Monday 28th March at 1930hrs

The Annual General Meeting of Durham NARPO, with guest speakers from Force Executive and Federation.

All members welcome to attend and participate 

Ideal time to meet your old colleagues and friends.

(Please put the date in your diary and see if you can attend, meet your committee and see the hard work they are doing for you)

The meeting will be held at the Durham Indoor Bowling Centre, Pity Me, Durham, County Durham DH1 5GE


View Durham Indoor Bowling Club in a larger map

CG Spring Sunday Lunch

Durham Indoor Bowling Club,Pity me.
Sunday 8th May 2011.
12 noon for 1pm. Cost £15:00
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You are cordially invited to the above function,now in its ninth year.
The price includes:-Sunday lunch (see menu below) and raffle.
Please advise of any dietary requirements. Seating arrangements are round tables of eight and every effort will be made to comply with your requests.
The caterer requires 14 days cancellation notice,should the required numbers not be reached. The closing date therefore is Saturday 23rd April 2011. There can be no refund on any withdrawal after 30th April 2011.
Kind regards, Harry. (Tel: 01913840505).
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Please forward Menu choice and Cheque (payable to CG Fund) to:-
H. Angus. 26 Edlingham Road, Durham DH1 5YS.
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STARTER. SOUP OR MELON.
MAINS. BEEF OR CHICKEN.
DESSERT.APPLE PIE OR GATEAUX.
CHEESE AND BISCUITS. TEA/COFFEE.
VEGETARIAN OPTION:- TUNA PASTA BAKE.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Police Cadets (1956)….

A couple of pictures sent in by Mike Chambers of cadet days approx 1956….
(See comment below from Bill Shanks - Confirmed as 1954)
Photo of cadets taken at Bishop Auckland Technical College.



Top row: -        Norman Hutchinson, Keith Tweddle.



Centre row: -   Bill Leadbeater, Joe Hann, Peter Ward, Mike French, Neville Kirby, Peter Willis,



Alan Hall, Brian Mensforth, Keith Carney, Mike Chambers, Ricky Wall.



Bottom row: - Peter Reay, Ken Parnaby, Alan Reed, Dave Gill, Miss Jenkins, Barry Rutherford, 

? Smith, Malcolm Lowson.



(Photo courtesy of Mike Chambers)

_____________________________ Photo of cadets taken at Bishop Auckland Technical College.
Top row: -        Norman Hutchinson, Keith Tweddle.
Centre row: -   Bill Leadbeater, Joe Hann, Peter Ward, Mike French, Neville Kirby, Peter Willis,
                          Alan Hall, Brian Mensforth, Keith Carney, Mike Chambers, Ricky Wall.
Bottom row: - Peter Reay, Ken Parnaby, Alan Reed, Dave Gill, Miss Jenkins, Barry Rutherford,
                         ? Smith, Malcolm Lowson.
    (Photo courtesy of Mike Chambers)

Photo of cadets taken at rear of Police H.Q. at Aycliffe.



Top row: -        Mike Chambers, Mike French, Keith Tweddle, Barry Rutherford, Peter Reay.



Bottom row: - Tony Docherty, Dave Gill, Colin Harrison.



(Photo courtesy of Mike Chambers) 
Photo of cadets taken at rear of Police H.Q. at Aycliffe.
Top row: -        Mike Chambers, Mike French, Keith Tweddle, Barry Rutherford, Peter Reay.
Bottom row: - Tony Docherty, Dave Gill, Colin Harrison.
(Photo courtesy of Mike Chambers)
 
All these photo’s (and more) can be viewed on our ‘Those Were The Day’s’ album in the Photo Gallery
If you have any photo’s from your time in Durham Constabulary which you’d like to share,please send to, or contact durham.narpo@gmail.com

FA Cup comes to Jarrow

Showing Sgt Joe Spencer holding the cup.

(Photo courtesy of Mike Chambers)
Sgt Joe Spencer holding the cup.
Photos of F.A Cup in Jarrow Police Yard.  Kept for safety before the match. 

(Photo courtesy of Mike Chambers)
F.A Cup in Jarrow Police Yard.
Kept for safety before the match
Showing John Parish, Tommy Douthwaite and unnamed D.C. with the cup.

(Photo courtesy of Mike Chambers)
Showing John Parish, Tommy Douthwaite and D.C. Ian Fox
Pictures from Mike Chambers of the last time the FA Cup was in the region, ( and for all you Newcastle fans amongst us… it was when Sunderland won it in 1973)

Colin Hogg had previously sent the picture below  - a press cutting of the team being escorted from Durham Railway Station back to Roker Park !!  It’s really about time it was brought back again by one of the regions teams
1973 - Sunderland bring the FA Cup from Durham Railway Station to Roker Park
All these photo’s (and more) can be viewed on our ‘Those Were The Day’s’ album in the Photo Gallery

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