Friday 18 August 2023

Change of venue for the North of the county NARPO meetings

The next meeting of the Durham Branch of NARPO will be at Bishop Auckland Hospital Club, 32A Escomb Road, Bishop Auckland DL14 6AD on Thursday 14th September at 19:30 hours

After this meeting we have now secured a new meeting place for our meetings which we hold in the North of the county. (Previously held at Durham Indoor Bowling Club & Spennymoor Masonic Hall)

We will then  REVERT to our agreed meeting of the Second Monday in the month so the following meetings will be held at the Masonic Hall, Station Road, Chester-le-Street DH3 3DU starting at 19.30 hours.

Monday 13th November 2023 - Branch Meeting

Monday 8th January 2024 - This will be our Annual General Meeting

Monday 11th March 2024 - Branch Meeting.

NARPO Durham Branch - Sunday Luncheon..... Final Call

FINAL CALL.....   a quick reminder that the NARPO Durham Branch -  Sunday Lunch being held at the Masonic Hall Ferryhill on Sunday 3rd September 2023 is approaching quickly.

The booking form and menu choice are within the back page of the last Peeler Magazine.

We have to advise our caterer of final numbers etc at least SEVEN working days before the event. So the final applications that Branch secretary Stuart Ingram can process will be Friday 25th August .

If you cannot put your hands on your copy of the Peeler, you can  access it online via this link

PLEASE NOTE : If paying for the meal by BACS the name of the account is: Durham County Branch of the National Association of Retired Police Officers and not as stated on page 22 of the magazine.

Wednesday 9 August 2023

Death of a Retired Police Officer and his Wife: Insp David Corfield and wife Carolyn

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer, Insp David Corfield, who died at St Teresa’s Hospice, Darlington on 18th May 2023, aged 79 years.  David’s wife Carolyn, an accomplished ceramic artist, had died at their Darlington home, with David by her side, on 3rd March 2023, aged 77 years.

David joined Durham County Constabulary as a cadet in 1960, becoming a regular officer on 28th July 1963. In 1966, newly married to Carolyn, he seized the opportunity to experience Channel Island life as a Guernsey policeman. In 1969, due to a family illness, he returned to the North East, rejoining the Durham Force and was posted to Kibblesworth.

He later transferred to Traffic Patrols (South) in the early 1970’s and was later promoted to the rank of Sergeant.  In 1979 he attended the Home Office Central Planning Unit at Pannel Ash, Harrogate, where he qualified as an instructor.  By 1980 he had passed his Inspector’s exams and in 1984 was seconded to the Police Training Centre at Harperley Hall, near Crook.

In 1985 David gained a Diploma in Supervisory Management and worked as Operational Shift Commander, later becoming Deputy Sub-Divisional Commander.  In 1986 he completed Air Reconnaissance Training with the RAF and qualified as an Authorised Firearms Officer the following year.

His remaining years of active service, up until his retirement on 17th October 1993 was spent as A/Chief Inspector at Barnard Castle.  Although retired as a Police Officer, David remained with the Force as a civilian member of staff in Traffic Management at Aykley Heads from 1994 until 2000.

Between 2002 and 2005 David was one of six founding members of Darlington Borough Council CCTV Independent Inspectorate.  He then continued to work for the National Centre for Social Research; as an Examination Invigilator for both Teesside University and Darlington College; and became an established figure within, and ultimately Chairman of the North Eastern Railway Association.

David and Carolyn are survived by daughter Sue, son Nathan, sister Tina and grandchildren Honor, Rebecca and Kim.

At the request of the couple no funeral services were arranged, however a small memorial service was held for Carolyn, prior to David’s death in May, at St Oswald's Church in Durham, where they were married and their children christened. 

A memorial event for David was held on 6th August 2023 for close friends and family at Tanfield Railway, Tanfield Lea, Stanley.  Donations in their memory can be sent to St Teresa’s Hospice, Darlington DL3 7UA.

To a genuine gent and to a woman of creative force, our thoughts are with their family and friends at this very sad time.

Friday 4 August 2023

Death of a Retired Police Officer: PC 1189 Robert Barry Moore

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of retired Police Officer, PC 1189 Robert Barry Moore, who died at his home in Lanchester on Tuesday 25th July 2023, aged 88 years.

Barry joined Durham County Constabulary in 1951, as a Police Cadet, working in ‘A’ Division until 1953.  In February 1956 he was appointed as PC 1189 with the Force and after initial training was posted to Stockton-on-Tees until 1958 when he was posted to Billingham Village and I.C.I. in 1960 Barry transferred to the Traffic Department, working Motor Patrols, Motorway and Accident Unit.  In 1979 he worked in Accident Prevention / Traffic Management in ‘C’ Division.

Between 1967 and 1992 he remained with the RAF Volunteer Reserves.

Barry is survived by wife Connie, daughter Bev and her husband and grandchildren and great-grandchild; son David died in 2008.

A funeral service is to be held at 11.30am Thursday 10th August 2023, at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ.

Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Marie Curie and Help for Heroes.

After the funeral, friends are invited to join the family at the Duke of Wellington, Darlington Road, Durham DH1 3QN.

Our thoughts are with Barry’s family and friends at this sad time.

Death of a Retired Police Officer: Insp 476 Ronald (Ronnie) Tarn

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer: Insp 476 Ronald (Ronnie) Tarn of Easington Village, who died at his home on Wednesday 26th July 2023, aged 78 years.

He joined Durham County Constabulary in 1961, as a Police Cadet.  When eligible, due to age, he joined Durham’s Regular Force and after initial training, he was based in Stockton.  Most of Ronnie’s Police career was around the Durham Area and he spent a number of years as a Supervisory Officer within Traffic Patrols (North); his final posting was in the Force’s Headquarters Control Room.  He rose through the ranks and was promoted to Inspector some years prior to his retirement in 1998.

Ronnie is survived by wife Eileen, sons Russell and partner Amie, David and wife Sara, daughter Lindsay and partner David and grandchildren Laila, Mollie, Olivia, Harrison, James and Charlotte.

A funeral service is to be held at 11.00am Friday 11th August 2023, at St Mary’s Church, Easington Village, Peterlee SR8 3AR.  This will be followed by a private Committal Service at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ.

Family flowers only, any donations in lieu to St Mary’s Church, Easington Village.

Following the funeral, friends and colleagues are invited to join the family for refreshments at Easington Village Parish Council, Hall Walk, Seaton Holme, Easington Village, Peterlee SR8 3BS.

Our thoughts are with Ronnie’s family and friends at this sad time.

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