Wednesday, 21 October 2020

September CPI Published

The ONS have now published the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September 2020 and this stands at 0.5%.

As a result, Police Pensions will increase by 0.5% as of 1st April 2021.

Full details can be found on the ONS website

Monday, 19 October 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Supt. 94 Raymond Brammer

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Supt. 94 Raymond Brammer who died on 13th October aged 89yrs.
Raymond commenced his Police career in May 1956 with Lincoln Police where he worked until he joined Sunderland Borough Police in 1960.
Raymond’s career saw him working in various divisions and after the amalgamation in 1974 he remained in Durham and was promoted to Sgt,  serving as an Instructor at Harperley Hall before being transferred after eighteen months to the  District Training Centre at Newby Wiske.
After two years he returned to Durham as a Section Sgt. On promotion to Inspector he was posted to Peterlee. His next move was into HQ Training where he was promoted to Ch Insp and returned once again to Peterlee/Seaham.
Promotion to Supt. followed with a move to Darlington from where he retired in February 1985.
Raymond’s beloved wife Anne also worked for the Force as staff for 20 years in the old Police HQ prior to her retirement in 1990. They were married for 65 years.
The funeral service will be taking place on Thursday 22nd October,1130am at St Johns Church in Seaham.
Due to the current restrictions numbers are limited in the church but those who wish to pay their respects are welcome to stand outside as long as the social distancing guidelines are met.
Our thoughts are with Anne and all the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to The Coldstream Guards.

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1378 George Michael (Mick) Keen

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1378 George Michael (Mick) Keen, who died on the 26th September 2020 aged 82 years.

Mick joined Durham Constabulary on the 1st April 1962 in HQ Training. He was then posted to Stockton for 6 months before moving to Darlington in January 1963. 

From February 1965 to May 1984 he covered the detatched beat at Middleton St George and then to Darlington, working in Enquiry/Comms and as a Jailer.

He retired from the Force on 29th June 1998. 

Mick was the dearly loved husband of the late June, much loved Dad of Carol and the late Raymond, dear father-in-law of Charlotte and loving grandad of Megan.

Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to St Teresa’s Hospice in Darlington.

A service will take place at Darlington Crematorium on Thursday 8th October 2020 at 13:45.

Due to Covid-19, the number of people able to attend the service is restricted to 30.

If you would like to pay your respects you are invited to stand outside of the crematorium. Please adhere to social distancing restrictions.

Any condolence cards are welcome and will be distributed to the family via Occupational Health at Headquarters (Please write on the envelope FAO The family of Mick or George Keen).

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC1762 William Cuthbertson Maltman

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC1762 William Cuthbertson Maltman. William died on the 15th September 2020 aged 86 years.

William served in the Royal Military Police and then moved to work in Sunderland.

He started with Durham Constabulary on the 15th August 1955 and served on Mounted Branch at Harperley Hall for many years prior to his retirement on 23rd November 1980. 

He leaves two sons, Craig and Trevor.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Weardale Community Hospital.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1551 Barrie Cowey

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1551 Barrie Cowey.
Barrie died on the 6th September 2020.
Barrie was appointed on 28th December 1965 and retired on the 26th October 1993.
Barrie served at Peterlee, Hartlepool, Houghton le Spring, Motor Patrol retiring from Peterlee Town Office.
A private family Funeral will take place due to the current restrictions, at Durham Crematorium 16th September at 14:00pm. 
You may pay your respects from outside the crematorium as long as social distancing rules are adhered to.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Macmillan’s.
Any condolence cards are welcome and will be distributed to the family via Occupational Health at Headquarters (Please write on the envelope FAO family of Barrie Cowey)

Friday, 11 September 2020

Death of a Retired Police Officer : Insp 182 Edward Jackson

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a Retired Police Officer : Insp 182 Edward Jackson.
Edward died on the 7th September 2020 aged 91 years.
Edward served Durham Constabulary at Bishop Auckland and Peterlee for the years prior to his retirement on 31st December 1982.
Edward was a much loved husband and father and will be sadly missed by his wife Violet and daughters Susan and Helen.
A private family Funeral will take place due to the current restrictions.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham.

Death of a Retired Police Officer : Sgt 1097 Colin Barnes

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a Retired Police Officer : Sgt 1097 Colin Barnes.
Colin died on the 1st September 2020 aged 84 years in hospital.
Colin started his career at Durham Constabulary on 2nd June 1958 and worked at Bishop Auckland, West Hartlepool, Stainton, Bishop Auckland CID, Crime Prevention, Wear Valley Enquiry/Comms and Bishop Auckland Town Section.
Colin Retired from Barnard Castle as Sgt 1097 on 2nd June 1988.
Colin was a much loved husband to the late Jean, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather who will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
The Funeral will take place on Monday 14th September 2020 at Wear Valley Crematorium Coundon at 1430pm.
Those wishing to pay their respects to Colin may stand outside the Crematorium as long as social distancing restrictions are adhered to.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1929 Michael James Alder

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1929 Michael James Alder, who died peacefully at home on the 7th September 2020, aged 59 years.
Michael  joined Durham Constabulary as a cadet in January 1978. On appointment in 1979 he initially served at Bishop Auckland and then Crook before transferring to HQ motorcycles (M64N) continuing to serve there until retirement after completing thirty years service in June 2009.

Upon retirement Michael continued to do voluntary Road Safety work as leading member of the BikeWise team during which time they were recognised nationally with a Prince Michael of Kent Road Safety Award,  Auto Cycle Union Commitment to Coaching Award and locally with the Durham County Council Chairman's Medal.

Michael leaves a wife Karen, sons James and Tom
The Funeral service will take place at Coundon Crematorium on Wednesday 16th September 2020 at 3.30pm
Due to Covid restrictions only thirty family members and close friends are allowed
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to go to Macmillan Cancer Care
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Cancellation of Branch Meeting & Annual Lunch

REMINDER:
Our next Branch Meeting was scheduled to be held at Bishop Auckland Hospital Social Club on Monday 14th September 2020.
Please note that meeting WILL NOT take place, due to the current pandemic.
We have a further meeting scheduled in November, at Durham Indoor Bowling Club.
It is unlikely that this meeting will be held, however if the position changes a further notice will be issued.
If you or someone else in our Police Family have fallen ill, had an accident or need help with welfare matters please let us know.
In the meantime take care and stay safe

NARPO (Durham Branch) Annual Luncheon
I am sure that you will all be aware that we were unable to print the Summer Edition of the Durham Peeler this year and that the Annual Luncheon Menu and Order Sheet would have been delivered along with the magazine.
Whilst we had made arrangements for the luncheon prior to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus pandemic, we have been monitoring the position ever since.
As I am sure that you will all expect we have made the decision to cancel this year’s luncheon.
Our paramount concern was for the safety of our loyal members, who support the event. 
Other considerations were the uncertainty of a venue that would be available on the day for the number of attendees, given the ever changing government guidelines and able to comply with all social distancing and sanitising.

Ray Jones (Durham NARPO Chairman)

Friday, 21 August 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 242 Graham Johnson

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : DC 242 Graham Johnson, who died on the 9th August 2020, aged 62 years.
Graham joined Durham Constabulary in 1987 and initially served at Seaham.
He then served at Peterlee in CID and Crime Prevention for many years and served at Teesside Airport as a Counter Terrorism Officer for the years prior to his retirement in 2011.
Graham was very proud to be a representative for Durham and British Police at cricket.
Graham leaves a wife, Joanne and was a loving father, father in law and brother and an all-round good family man and a loyal friend to many.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to go to the Brain Tumour Trust.                                                                                                                      
Joanne has a tribute and donation page for Graham on her Facebook page if anyone would like to contribute.

The Funeral service took place at Sunderland Crematorium on Tuesday 18th August 2020 at 1pm
Due to Covid restrictions only thirty family members and close friends were allowed.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer: Insp. 109 Henry (Harry) Rogers

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer: Insp. 109 Henry (Harry) Rogers, who died on the 5th August 2020 aged 89 years.
Harry joined Durham County Constabulary on 18th October 1952 having previously served with HM Forces for 2 years with the Royal Horse Guards.
From Training Harry was posted to Stanley, before moving to Seaham Harbour then Eppleton, before he was promoted to Sergeant in October 1965 and he moved to Motor Patrols at Whickham.
In July 1966 he moved to Jarrow, then in September 1969 he became an Instructor at Harperley Hall. 
From July 1972 he served at Durham City until he moved into the role of Chemist Shop Liaison from October 1975 until he was promoted to the rank of Inspector in April 1976 and moved to Peterlee then later to Durham.
In February 1979 he returned to Training for two years before being posted to Stanley for 9 months. In October 1981 he moved into Control Room for 4 months before returning to Peterlee.
Harry retired on 15th September 1983.
A family Funeral will take place on Thursday 20th August 2020 11:30 at Durham Crematorium.
Due to the current restrictions only Harry’s direct family will be able to attend. Friends are invited to stand outside of the Crematorium to pay their respects but must adhere to current restrictions.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Our thoughts are with Harry’s family and friends at this sad time.

Harry’s daughter Tracy would love to hear from anyone that could share their memories of him. As well as being special for the family to hear, some words they could share in tribute at his funeral would be wonderful. Tracy can be emailed on : tracy_stead@yahoo.co.uk

Death of a retired Police Officer : Supt.2197 James (Jamie) McAloon

It is with regret that we have announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Supt.2197 James (Jamie) McAloon who died on Wednesday 5th August 2020 aged 62 years.
Known to colleagues as Jamie, Mr McAloon joined Durham Constabulary on 30th July 1979 and from HQ Training he served at Durham then Peterlee. 
Promoted to Sergeant in January 1985 he returned to Durham then Peterlee before joining Training Department before being promoted to the rank of  Inspector in February 1990. 
He went on to serve at Aycliffe, Consett and Durham before taking on the role of Staff Officer in Force Executive Department.  From there he returned to Durham for a while before moving into Resourcing and leading force recruitment. 
In October 1997 Jamie was promoted to Chief Inspector and was initially Operations Manager based at Chester-le-Street before moving into Corporate Development. 
In December 2001 he was promoted to the rank of Superintendent and became Head of Training, serving next within the Personnel Department before retiring on 2nd August 2009  from the post of Operations Commander in OSD.
Jamie leaves a wife Linda, who is a former Durham Constabulary police staff colleague, and a grown up family. 
Our thoughts are with Linda and Jamie’s children – Jamie, Heather and Karen (who is a police staff colleague) and also Linda’s children Glen and Jill.
Due to Covid the number of people able to attend the service is restricted to those who have been invited which will include representation on behalf of Durham Constabulary.
Nobody else can be allowed in the church. 
Anyone who would like to pay their respects by taking part in a Guard of Honour as Jamie is taken to the Crematorium, should meet outside of Durham Crematorium no later than 9.20am on Saturday 15th August. 
Please adhere to social distancing restrictions.
Should anyone wish to send messages of condolence to the family then these can be directed via Occupational Health at Police Headquarters who will pass these on to the family.
If anyone wishes to make a donation in lieu of flowers in memory of Jamie then they are asked to consider making this to St Cuthbert’s Hospice, as Jamie was involved in supporting the work at the Hospice.
Our thoughts are with Jamie’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.

Friday, 24 July 2020

Death of Elsie Richards, 69yrs, the wife of John Richards, a Durham NARPO member.

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Elsie Richards, 69yrs, the wife of John Richards, a Durham NARPO member.
Elsie died suddenly at home on Monday 13th July 2020 (13th July was also Elsie's birthday).
Elsie was the wife of John, devoted mam to Victoria, precious grandma to Jack and Poppy, loyal and caring sister and aunt.
Funeral service to be held at Wear Valley Crematorium on Tuesday July 28th at 2.30 p.m.
To celebrate a truly beautiful soul, please can all attending wear something Pink and if you would like to send flowers please could they match the Pink and White theme.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Request for info. re death of a retired Durham/Cleveland officer : Leslie George Fleming

Cleveland NARPO have taken a report of the death of one of their members : Leslie George Fleming, 93yrs, who died on 26th June 2020, peacefully in hospital after a fall at home.
Mr Fleming served between 1956 – 1986 in Durham, Teesside and Cleveland Constabulary’s so may be known to some of Durham Branch members.
He leaves a widow Irene, three children, grand children and great Grandchildren.
His funeral is to be held at Stockton crematorium on Friday 10th July 2020, restricted to close family only due to current restrictions.
The family would be interested in information regarding four commendations he got during his service, which force is unclear, it is believed he generally worked Stockton, Norton and Billingham areas
If anybody has any information with regards to Mr Fleming,  please could you email : cleveland@narpo.org

Death of a Durham NARPO committee members daughter : Lesley Shaw (nee Brighouse)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a Durham NARPO committee members daughter : Lesley Shaw  (nee Brighouse)who passed away peacefully on June 24th, aged 56 years.
Lesley was the dearly loved wife of Tony, precious mam of Katy & treasured daughter of Ches and Maureen Brighouse.
Ches & Maureen said that Lesley  died in St Cuthbert’s Hospice and the family wish to express their gratitude to all of the staff at the hospice for the care, comfort and compassion given to Lesley during her stay.
A private Funeral will take place.
Donation in lieu of flowers, to make it to St Cuthbert’s Hospice.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Monday, 29 June 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 435 Ian Thew

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 435 Ian Thew, who died on the 18th June 2020, aged 78 years .
Ian served Durham Constabulary at Consett in the years prior to his retirement on 30th August 2001.
Ian will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
A private family Funeral will take place due to the current restrictions.
Our thoughts are with Valerie Ian’s wife and all the family at this sad time.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Information needed

Qatar Officers trained at Durham in the 80's
Russ Robson is presently working in Qatar on a security project in relation to the 2022 World Cup.
Russ is attending a meeting in Qatar  this week with a person who's father was a Qatar police officer who was trained at Durham in the 1980's.
If anybody has any photos or info from when the Qatar officers were at Durham please can you email :  durhamnarpo@gmail.com

Det Sgt Dennis Scaife   (d.o.b. 25/08/1925)
Andy Scaife is looking for any history or photos of his Dad – Dennis Scaife
Dennis was stationed at Spennymoor CID for many years as a DC, then Aykley Heads on fraud squad as a DS followed by light duties post illness, as chemist shops inspector, still holding the rank of DS.
Dennis retired late 1970s (mid 77?) and deceased Good Friday 1986.
If anybody can help with any info, photos or stories,  please email Andy at : borntoolate@hotmail.co.uk

Monday, 8 June 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 414 Stephen Bell

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 414 Stephen Bell who died peacefully at home on the 29th May, aged 68 years.
Stephen  served with Durham Constabulary for 32 years and was a Sergeant in Newton Aycliffe before his retirement on 30th May 2007.
Stephen is survived by his wife Linda, Martin, Alex, Matthew & their families
A private family funeral will take place due to the current restrictions on 9th June in Gainford Cemetery at 12:30pm.

A Memorial will be arranged at a later date to celebrate Stephens life.
Our thoughts are with Linda and all the family at this sad time.

Friday, 5 June 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1531 Stewart McDade

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1531 Stewart McDade who died on 30th May aged 73 years.
Stewart served in Murton, Darlington and Barnard Castle until his retirement on 5th August 1994.
The funeral service will be a private service held at Durham Crematorium on Thursday 11th June for family members only due to the current restrictions in place.
Our thoughts are with Stewart’s wife Elaine and all the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to East Durham Heritage and Lifeboat Centre, Seaham.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 23 Katherine Beryl Sparrow (Callander).

It is with great regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  DC 23 Katherine Beryl Sparrow (Callander).
Katherine sadly passed away at St Cuthbert’s Hospice on the 23rd May after a 7 year battle with cancer.
Katherine served Durham Constabulary for many years starting her career on the beat in Durham and later worked in Safeguarding before her retirement in July 2013.
A graveside service will take place at Earsdon Village Cemetery in Whitley Bay on Friday 5th June at 11am.
Due to current restrictions the graveside service is limited to family but others are welcome to attend and pay their respects as long as current distancing restrictions are met nearby.
For those attending please park in the Cannon Inn Pub carpark, the Cemetery is opposite then located behind St Albans Church.
Our deepest condolences and thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to Maggie’s Newcastle.

Monday, 11 May 2020

Death of a retired Police Officers wife : Linda Ann Knevitt (Wife of Supt. Barry Knevitt)

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officers wife :  Linda Ann Knevitt, aged 64 years, the wife of retired Superintendent Barry Knevitt  who died on Friday 1st May 2020 after suffering a massive brain haemorrhage.
The funeral will take place at Wear Valley Crematorium at 1.30 pm. on Tuesday 19th May 2020.
Current guidelines require social distancing resulting in 10 people in the main room, 10 in the entrance hallway and the remainder, providing numbers are not excessive may remain outside, keeping at least 2 metres apart
The service will be streamed live for the many friends and relatives that may not be able to attend due to the Covid-19 situation.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pioneering Care Partnership at Newton Aycliffe.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Death of a NARPO member’s wife : Dorothy Farrell (wife of DC Paddy Farrell)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a NARPO member’s wife :  Dorothy Farrell, who died in Tenlands Care Home, Ferryhill on 4th April 2020, aged 89 years. 
Dorothy was married to retired Police Officer DC Patrick (Paddy) Farrell, one of our NARPO (Durham Branch) committee. 
Paddy’s last posting was CID Durham City prior to his retirement in 1979.
Dorothy had been in ill health for sometime and was cared for at home by Paddy, then with the assistance of carers prior to necessitating a move into the care home.
In line with current funeral arrangement and attendance restrictions, Dorothy’s funeral service was held at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon, followed by interment at York Road Cemetery, Spennymoor on 22nd April 2020.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Workshop Staff 1994

Many Thanks to Anthony Loughlin, the son of Audry & Tommy Loughlin.  for sending in the picture of HQ Workshop staff on the retirement of Alan Hodgson in January 1994.
From L to R : Gary Gilmore. (Apprentice), Tom Cowan (Driver Handyman), John Morley Hope. (Bob Hope to everyone), Dennis Williams.  Stephen Layton,  David Heightley, Geoff Iceton, Ian Morgan, Barry March, Neil Shingleton, John Knill (in front of Neil), Audrey Loughlin with Margaret short in front of her, Neville Scott, George Walker, Keith Maddison (next to Neville), Trevor Coad, Lynne Scott, Reg Stobbs (Driver Handyman), Bryan Booth, Ian Nicholson, Neville Richardson, Chris Carmichael, Ian Graham.
Front row : Tommy Chaplow, Alan Hodgson, Eric Slater.

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Durham NARPO Branch - information on planned events

Durham NARPO Branch Meetings

Although stating the obvious, due to the current position with regard to the Covid-19 restrictions, the Branch Meeting due to be held at Bishop Auckland Hospital Club on Monday 11th May 2020 is cancelled.  It may well be that we may also have to review the July meeting, again due to be held at Bishop Auckland.

The Prince Bishop river cruise that was to be considered in June 2020 has also, at this point, been postponed.  This will be reviewed as and when circumstances permit.

The Summer 2020 edition of the Durham Peeler is currently postponed and depending upon changes that would allow us to progress this we may, at present, have to dispense with the Summer edition all together and resume publication once facilities allow.

Annual Luncheon

Obviously we are not, at present, in a position to say whether or not we will be able to hold our luncheon in October.  There are a number of factors beyond our control, which will determine our final decision.  It would be great to think that some normality resumed, which would allow our annual gathering to proceed; please do not hold your breath for such news.

Advice and Assistance

Please keep up to date via the Durham NARPO website, stay safe and feel free to contact us if you have any issues that you feel we may be able to assist with.

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Death of a Widow Member : Ethel Ruth Turnbull

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of one of our Widow Members, Ethel Ruth Turnbull, who died on 11th April 2020, aged 82 years. 
She leaves daughter Claire and her husband Neil and daughter Julie and her husband Brian.
Ruth was the widow of DC Harry Turnbull who retired from the force about 1989/90, after 32 years service. 
His last posting was Police HQ, Aykley Heads; unfortunately Harry died from cancer in 1993, aged just 58 years.
After the onset of Alzheimer’s, Ruth was initially cared for at home but when her condition became unmanageable she became a resident of Stanley Park Care Home, Stanley, Consett in September 2017.
Sadly when Covid-19 struck the care home, Ruth was unable to fight the symptoms.
Due to current restrictions a private family only funeral was held on Tuesday 28th April 2020.
A fund raising page has been set up in honour of Ruth at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ruthturnbull-alzheimers
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Lyke Wake Walk - information needed

Retired Policewoman and ex-cadet, Sheila Mulgrew (nee Richardson), has been contacted by the reformed Lyke Wake Walk Club to assist in the update of the records of those who have completed the 40-mile challenging walk across the North Yorkshire Moors between Osmotherley and Ravenscar.
Sheila, like many other Police Cadets and Police Probationers, endured this ‘walk’ on more than one occasion, however, it is not just Police personnel that are being sought; anyone who completed the course with any group or organisation such as youth clubs, scouts, guides etc., are asked to provide details.
The collator is keen to know the likes of the date, direction, organisation and leader in addition to any other detailed information as can be recalled.
The information can be forwarded by email, either directly to Gerry at tiredlegs2017@gmail.com or to Sheila at sheilamulgrew@gmail.com who will pass on the information provided.

Friday, 1 May 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1939 John Wilson

It is with great regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1939 John Wilson,  who died on the 26th April 2020 aged 74yrs.
John (aka Big John) commenced his police career with the Metropolitan Police in 1963 , first as a cadet and then as a Police Officer.
John returned to the North East in 1967, transferring to Sunderland Borough Police which was then absorbed into Durham Constabulary in the same year.
John spent most of his service with Durham based at Ferryhill Section, until his retirement in 1991.
The Funeral Service will be held at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon, on Friday 8th May at 11.30hrs, this will be a private service due to current restrictions.
In lieu of flowers if anyone wishes to make a donation, the family have asked that these be made in John’s name to either: The British Heart Foundation or Diabetes UK.
John’s wife Ursula and children, Sue and Mark, hope to arrange a memorial event at a later date, to allow everyone to celebrate John’s life with family, close friends and ex-colleagues.
Any condolence cards are welcome and will be distributed to the family via Occupational Health at Headquarters (Please write on the envelope FAO The family of John Wilson)
Ours thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Death of a Widow Member of the Durham Branch of NARPO : Mrs Jessie Hunter Gray

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a Widow Member of the Durham Branch of NARPO : Mrs Jessie Hunter Gray, who died on the 21st April 2020 aged 104 years.
She leaves a daughter, Christina (Rina). 
Jessie was the widow of the late PC James (Jim) Spiers Gray (PC 188, which was later changed to PC 686), who had served at Crook, Horden and latterly Stanhope from where he retired in the late 1960’s.
After Jim’s retirement they both became involved in local activities and rural matters. 
Jessie was a very keen photographer and a member of the local photographic society.
A caricature of Jim Gray appeared in the Winter 2016 edition of the Durham Peeler (Page 20).
A private funeral due to current circumstances takes place on Wednesday 29th April at 12 noon
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 241 Arthur James Smith

It is with regret that we announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 241 Arthur James Smith, who died on the 16th April 2020 aged 87 years.
Arthur James Smith served Durham Constabulary at Aykley Heads for many years and in Chester le Street and Stanley for the years prior to his retirement on 20th February 1986.
Arthur was a much loved Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather who will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
A private family Funeral will take place due to the current restrictions.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham where Arthur spent his final days.
Any condolence cards are welcome and will be distributed to the family via Occupational Health at Headquarters (Please write on the envelope FAO The family of Arthur Smith)

Monday, 27 April 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1289 John Osbourne Davison

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer :  Sgt 1289 John Osbourne Davison who died on 9th April 2020 aged 80 Years.
John was a much loved Father, Grandad, Great Grandad, Son, Brother and a great friend to many.
John joined the Force in November 1961 and retired in March 1984 after working across South Durham.
The funeral service took place on Friday 24th April at 17:30pm at Durham Crematorium.
Due to the current restrictions this was a private cremation for family only.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 17 April 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1041 Philip Grieveson

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer :  PC 1041 Philip Grieveson who died on 10th April aged 71 years.
Phil initially joined Durham Constabulary as a police cadet and served from 30th November 1964 until 18th February 1968.
On 19th February 1968 he was appointed as constable and from HQ training he went on to serve at Jarrow, Chester-le-Street and Sacriston.
During this time he undertook a number of temporary attachments at the Technical Equipment Centre and CID Technical Aids Department.
In August 1980 he moved into photography and in January 1984 into Major scenes of crime. From 30th January 1989 he moved into technical aids training, retiring on pension on 4th May 1997.
Phil then worked with the College of Policing as a Forensic Trainer at Harperley Hall from January 1998 till retirement in September 2014.
Phil leaves a widow Lesley who have been together since they were 15 years of age.
We can confirm the funeral will take place on the 28th April 2020, at 2.30pm at Durham Crematorium but due to current restrictions this is limited to family only.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust- which will go to the Cramlington Critical Care Unit where Phil was treated.

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt William Simpson

It is with great regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt William Simpson who died on 6th April aged 93 years.
Mr Simpson joined the Force in November 1948, he was later promoted to Sergeant in 1967 and retired on 31st March 1974.
William served at Harperley Hall, Newton Aycliffe, Darlington and the Dog section.
The funeral has taken place at Gloucestershire Crematorium on 17th April at 11am but due to the current restrictions was for family only.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

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

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