Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Cancellation of Older Peoples Question Time

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Older People’s Question Time will no longer be taking place as planned. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. Pease be assured that the campaign is continuing at full speed and we will be pressing politicians for answers in other ways.

Connect PA will be writing to inform all those individuals that agreed to attend that unfortunately Older People’s Question Time will no longer be taking place as planned on 27th February.

We were extremely pleased that some members were able to take part, and please be assured that we will continue to push politicians to answer our questions on later life. If you or branch members have any specific questions that you want to raise with politicians, please do send them to us via Will Sexton on w.sexton@connectpa.co.uk or 020 7222 3533 and we will make sure that we put them to those that we are talking to.

We hope that you will continue to work with us to raise the issues that matter to older people as the General Election nears. If you haven’t done so already, please do download our local lobbying toolkit which has details of how you can get involved in your local community.

Angela Calvert
Senior Administrator
National Association of Retired Police Officers

Monday, 23 February 2015

Consett Police 1989 ??

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‘Many Thanks’ to Neil Walker for sending in this photo which was taken outside of Consett Police Station about 1989
Neil was a Police Constable at Consett for a short while during the late 1980's before transferring to Cleveland Police during September 1990 and he recalls his time there with great fondness. His tutor Constable was Steve Smith.
Neil cannot recall why the photo was taken

Back Row: PC Ray Armstrong, PC Joe Minto, PC Sean McCarrol, PC George Ledger, Sgt Eddie Bell, Sgt John Bartlett.

Middle Row: ?, Me (PC Neil Walker), PC Darren Ellis, PC Steve Campbell, Sgt Bill Ellen, Sgt Dave Taylor

Front Row: DI Arthur Proud, Insp. Ian Thew, Supt. Stan Heggarty, Ch. Insp. John Guest.

If anybody can identify the ??’s or let us know why the photo was taken please either leave a comment or send a quick email to durhamnarpo@gmail.com

Friday, 20 February 2015

Federation Magazine for February now online

February 2015Police Federation Magazine for February 2015 is now online on the website.
To view the magazines please click HERE and then click on the individual thumbnail image on the page

B & B at Police Treatment Centres

Dear NARPO Branch
I contacted you last November to tell you that we were starting to take bookings for B&B at St Andrews and Castlebrae for 2015.  As you know bookings are open to all serving and retired police officers and represent great value for money with a double en suite room costing £100 for bed and breakfast and £80 for a single en suite room per weekend (Friday and Saturday night).
I am pleased to say that we have had an excellent response and have already sold out a number of weekends here in Harrogate.   We do however still have rooms available at St Andrews for the week-ends of 24-26 April and 1-3 May.   These are both great weekends to be in North Yorkshire with the Harrogate Flower Show - http://www.flowershow.org.uk/ and Le Tour de Yorkshire - http://letour.yorkshire.com/ respectively. 
We also have plenty of availability for weekends later in the year Availability is also generally good at Castlebrae which is of course a beautiful venue all year round.
I hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you or your members for B&B soon!   We are in a state of great anticipation here in Harrogate for our first B&B guests of the year who will be arriving on Friday and trust they will have a lovely stay with us.
I would be very grateful if you could circulate this information to your members.
Kind regards.
Wendy Bartlett
Fundraising Administration Assistant
The Police Treatment Centres
Tel: 01423 504448
Email: wendyb@thepolicetreatmentcentres.org
Click on the links below for more information

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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Older People’s Question Time (via NARPO HQ)

Free travel on National Express coaches – contact us for your free voucher code
Join us in Birmingham at Older People’s Question Time to directly question politicians and high profile commentators ahead of the General Election.
This will be your chance to join 200 older people from across the country to discuss the issues that matter most to you. In what is expected to be one of the most uncertain elections in a generation, the votes of the older generation will be more important than ever. With pensions, social care and housing all featuring heavily in the build up to the election, make sure your vote counts.
Led by the 250,000 members of the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, the Civil Service Pensioners Alliance and the National Association of Retired Police Officers, Later Life Ambitions brings issues that affect the lives of our older people to the forefront of politicians’ minds.
Please register your attendance:
  • Register online by clicking “Book Tickets” 
  • Call James Noble on 020 7592 9490
  • Email your name, address and contact number to laterlife@connectpa.co.uk
  • Post your name, address and contact number to Later Life Ambitions, PO BOX 67187, London SW1P 9SZ

Monday, 9 February 2015

Death of a retired Durham/Northumbria Police Officer : PC Derek Davison

It is with regret we have to report the death of a retired Police Officer : PC Derek Hathaway DAVISON, aged 85yrs, of
30 Newcastle Road, Chester-le-Street who died on Friday 30th January 2015.
Derek served in the Durham Force up to the amalgamation in 1974, transferring to Northumbia Police Force until his retirement in 1976.
He joined the Durham County Branch of NARPO, and immediately became a Committee Member serving thereon until his retirement from the Committee due to ill health in 2011.
In September of that year he was made a Life member of Durham NARPO for his service to the Branch.
The funeral will take place at 11am on Friday 13th February 2015 at Durham Crematorium. Family Flowers only.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Police Federation Magazines : Nov & Dec 2014 & Jan 2015 now online

November 2014
November 2014
December 2014
December 2014
January 2015
January 2015
Police Federation Magazine’s for November & December 2014 & January 2015 are now online on the website.
To view the magazines please click HERE and then click on the individual thumbnail image on the page

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

National Police Trainers Reunion 2015

The second national police trainer’s reunion has been booked !  It will take place:-
WEDNESDAY 23 September 2015 -HOLIDAY INN, HARROGATE,  which is next to the  Conference Centre
Due to popular demand this year’s reunion will be open to anyone who served at any of the training centres in England and Wales.  (Including CPU and the Police Staff College)
Reception 6pm for 7pm  in a private lounge with Cash Bar, at substantially reduced prices!
Three Course dinner with 3 choices per course,  plus coffee & mints and wine.
Cost of the meal is £32.50 per person, which includes room hire and 4 bottles of wine per table of 8 people.
After dinner we have the use of a private lounge with a cash bar, AGAIN at substantially reduced prices. 
We have managed to secure a special room rate £92.50 for B&B for 2 persons, Single Occupancy £82.50.  Furthermore if anyone wants to stay a second night either before or after the event we have also negotiated the same discounted rate
PLEASE NOTE in event of the unforeseen happening, rooms can be cancelled up to 4pm on the day of the booking, but no refund on meals can be paid after 21st August.
Parking will be free saving you a further £7 per night
Rooms will be available from 2pm on the day of the booking and there is complimentary use of leisure facilities nearby.
Dress. Lounge Suit or Jacket and tie - Ladies accordingly.  Wives, partners etc most welcome
Last year we ran a raffle to cover the cost of the entertainment, this year we will hold a raffle again, but this time we will donate the money to the Police Treatment Centre in Harrogate.  If you have any raffle prizes they will be gratefully received.  The hotel has already donated a prize of a weekend away for 2 at the hotel on a date of the winner’s choice, subject to availability.
Action required if attending
1.     To reserve accommodation, please contact hotel direct 01423 849900
Please mention what the event is – the Police Trainers Reunion- There are limited rooms, which should be sufficient to cover our needs, but once they have gone they have gone so get in quickly !
2 .   Reunion Dinner is to be paid separately and cannot be included in the hotel booking. Please send details and    cheque made payable to Brendan Lally at 230 Manchester Road, Millhouse Green, Sheffield S36 9NR.  The dinner has to be paid for before the event, so please ensure that Brendan receives your dinner payment not later than 20th August.  Brendan will confirm receipt if you include your e mail address.
3.     With seating in mind, it would help to know where and when you served or attended.  Please let Dave Tingle know and he will try to accommodate particular requests.
Please bring pictures or other memorabilia for display if you wish but ensure  it is identifiable.
We intend to do all we can to do make this a special occasion- so tell your former colleagues too.  When it's full it's full!!
Contact details for you if you have any questions  are
Dave Tingle  email dave@tinglefamily.net Phone 01909 772173
Brendan Lally email bplally146@sky.com

Monday, 2 February 2015

1st Refresher Course at Plawsworth : 1951

1st Refresher at Plawsworth 1951

Back Row – L to R : 2nd - Ray Thompson, 6th - Ray Kirtley & last Norman Davison

Front Row – L to R : 1st - Eric Best, 3rd Norman Simpson (or Ken Elliott)

The picture was provided by the late Eric Best’s daughter Elizabeth Best.

We have subsequently been contacted by Ian Raine (Retired Senior Sergeant, Queensland Police) to say that the constable in the back row, 5th from the right is his father, Raymond Haw Raine who was a detective at Stockton and Newton Aycliffe before he emigrated to Queensland, Australia in 1965. He died in Bundaberg, Queensland in November 2012.



Sgt Ted Brewster–Tour of Britain

Ted Brewster 1 Ted Brewster 2

Some great pictures of Sgt 378 ‘Ted’ Brewster (who sadly died in December 2013), performing duties at the Tour of Britain cycle race in the late sixties/early seventies.

Durham’s motorcyclists have performed duties all over the country with escort duties for National & International Cycle races/tours over the years, Commonwealth & Olympic Games etc and  and had the responsibility for operating the ACPO National Escort Group for a number of years in the late nineties

1951 Festival of Britain Celebrations ?

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Kings Head Traffic Point, Darlington.

Busy Pedestrian Crossing at junction from Bond gate near to Woolworths. 

P.C. Eric Best on point duty. (identified by Derek Sayers)

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