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 Obituary Notices 

 

Full details of obituaries will appear below.  Acknowledgements and IN MEMORIUM notices will be found under the WELFARE menu

The placing of an obituary notice on this page will only be undertaken on receipt of instructions from the Branch Secretary, or from the Branch Secretaries from any of the other Branches of NARPO within the South Wales Police area.

It is with regret that the Officers and Committee members of the NARPO Cardiff Branch notify our members of the passing of the following, Acknowledging that some may not have been members of the branch, but they were former colleagues, and friends of our members and were a part of the larger Police family in their lifetime.

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DIARY DATES 2022 / 23

The branch committee and in particular the Social Secretaries Frank & Mel Stockham, are already busily reserving dates and commencing arrangements for events in 2022 & 2023.  The following dates should be entered in your diaries diaries / wall calendars as being NARPO events with further details to follow nearer the time.


Wednesday 7th December 2022 - Christmas Lunch.  Whitchurch Golf Club

Wednesday
 1st March 2023  -  75th Anniversary Lunch 

Tuesday March 14th 2023 Branch AGM  followed by branch meeting.  To be held at the Fairwater Conservative Club

WIDOWS PENSION FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN - APPEAL UPDATE

The following has been received from Wakefield and is placed here for the information of all members:

 Widows Pensions For Life Campaign - Appeal Update
 



Circulated to all Branch Secretaries and NEC on behalf of Alan Lees.

 

Good Morning All, 

 

HM Courts and Tribunals Service have confirmed the hearing will be live-streamed. To watch the live-stream please click here. For more information, please see the attached.

 

Kind Regards

Sophie

TO VIEW THE ATTACHMENT MENTIONED ABOVE CLICK HERE

 

CHRISTMAS LUNCH UPDATE 

There are only a few places left for this years Christmas Lunch,  so if your thinking of coming along please get your application form in now to avoid disappointment.

To access the form simply scroll down this page until you see the image of a roasted turkey and click on the picture

11-2022

 HOLIDAY LODGES - UPDATE

The following information has been received from Wakefield:

 

Circulated to NEC, Branch Secretaries and HQ

 

Dear Colleague

 

I have been in email contact with Lord Wolf who owns the Villa Scylla properties in Italy and also Villa Endymion in the Netherlands.

 

Over recent years, NARPO Members have been given the opportunity to stay at these properties due to Lord Wolf’s generosity.

 

The current situation is that the Villa Scylla properties are in the process of being sold privately . The Villa Endymion is being used to house Ukrainian refugees, and may also be sold. Therefore, neither will be available for NARPO Members. 

 

Lord Wolf will keep me updated with progress.

 

I have updated our website- https://www.narpo.org/narpo-villas/

11-2022

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NARPO CARDIFF
75th
ANNIVERSARY

NARPO CARDIFF
75th
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NARPO CARDIFF
75th
ANNIVERSARY

In 2023 the Cardiff Branch of NARPO will celebrate its 75th Anniversary. As part of these celebrations the branch will be holding a St. Davids Day lunch on 1st March 2023 at the Leonardo Hotel (formerly Jury's Inn) 1, Park Place, Cardiff

Further details to follow so keep watch this space for further updates.

11-2022


 

MONDAY CLUB - Xmas Doo!!!

It's nearly that time of year again when plans are put into action for Xmas Doo's.  This time its the turn of the Monday Club who will be having their usual Xmas curry and a drink doo at the Wetherspoons Central Bar on Monday 12th December 2022.  The curry menu is as follows:

Chicken Korma
Chicken Tikka 
Chicken Jalfrezi
Katsu Curry
Sweet Potato Curry
Mangalorean Curry
Chicken Vindaloo

If you going on the 12th and want a curry please contact Howard Cooper by text on his mobile 07736697896 in order that catering arrangements can be put in place

10-2022

 

The Derrick Hasssan Equality,Diversity and Inclusion Award

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Members may recall our item of a few weeks ago in relation to the South Wales Police honouring retired D/C. Derrick Hassan with an annual award is his name to be known as the  'Derrick Hasssan Equality,Diversity and Inclusion Award'

Last night (26th
October 2022) saw the first presentation of the award by Derrick's widow Ceri to:

Police Sergeant Sarra Kew

The images opposite show Ceri with Sgt Kew as well as the award itself.

 

ON THE OTHER HAND 

Members who do not live in Whitchurch or Llandaff areas of Cardiff may not have seen the Aug/Sept 2022 copy of the Whitchurch & Llandaff Living Magazine.  The magazine dedicated an article on pages 6 & 7 to Derrick Hassan.  The below links will take you to copies of the article which makes great reading.

https://livingmags.co.uk/derrick-hassan-the-man-who-changed-everything/


01-2022

LIVING IN CARE - KNOW YOUR RIGHTS !!!

As always we are extremely grateful to Mr Steve Bartley for providing us with the below information.  Please take the time to read it or if it does not impact you directly you may know someone it does.  So why not print off a copy and give it to them.  We all need a helping hand these days.

To read more or to down load the booklet please
CLICK HERE

10/2022

XPS & INJURY ON DUTY PENSIONS

Our grateful thanks to Mr Dave A'herne (Branch Chairman & Welfare officers) for the following update concerning XPS and injury on duty pensions.

 

When a police pensioner in receipt of an injury on duty pension reaches state retirement age there is a statutory requirement that they be asked about any other benefits they receive. XPS are now sending out those letters. They should be replied to even though any benefits received do not affect the injury on duty award nor the amount paid. This may appear a pointless exercise but XPS are legally obliged to do it.

 

The previous pension administrators failed to carry out this statutory task.

10-2022

CARDIFF BRANCH CHRISTMAS LUNCH 2022

Just like Royal Mail .... This years motto is 'POST EARLY TO MAKE SURE OF A CHRISTMAS LUNCH'.

We are putting the application forms out a little earlier this year due to the threatened postal workers industrial action and the possibility that although you may have posted the application form, it may get stuck in the post.  

Please ensure you get your application in as soon as possible in order that it does not become entangled in any dispute.

To access the application form & menu please CLICK on the Roasted Turkey image below, the form will download to your computers download folder
10-2022

 

URGENT UPDATE

COMPLETED APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE FORWARDED WITH THE APPROPRIATE CHEQUE TO:
Mr Frank Stockham, 5, Conybeare Road, Sully, Vale of GlamorganCF64 5TZ

 

NATIONAL POLICE MEMORIAL DAY - 2022

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The National Police Memorial Day 2022 took place in Belfast.  A short video has been produced (19 mins) with highlights from the service.

To view the film either
CLICK HERE or copy the link below into the search bar of your internet browser

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DWnZuGNINE


10-2022

NARPO WAKEFIELD 
SHOP SALE

Please note we have reduced the price of the following items on our shop

 

Centenary Scarf                               £2.50

Centenary Tie                                  £2.50

Centenary Mug                                £2.50

 

Centenary coins have been removed and are available free of charge.

 

If anyone wishes to purchase any of the above items  please send your order to hq@narpo.org and make payment direct into our bank account.

 

Items will be on a first come first serve basis.

10-2022

ANOTHER CHRISTMAS DOO !!!!

This time its the turn of Cardiff Police RFC

The annual Cardiff Police RFC Xmas get-together which is, of course, open to all.

 

Will take place Thursday 8th December 2022 at 2.00pm at the Old Arcade, Church Street, Cardiff.

 

We look forward to catching up with as many people there as possible!

 

SOUTH WALES POLICE - ANNUAL AWARDS

As many will know South Wales Police hold an annual achievements award to recognise the Police Officers and staff who go above and beyond the norm expected of them.  This years ceremony will include a new award for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 

We are honoured to announce that the award is to carry the name of our former member Mr. Derrick Hassan and will be known as the:

                                                            'Derrick Hassan Equality, Diversity & Inclusion award'

                                                              There are four nominations in this award category.  


 

SWC Eastern Old Farts Function Group - XMAS 2022 Do

As in many years past, the OLD FARTS GROUP have always been the first to provide details of a Christmas Do.  And this year is no exception.  (Wonder how many others we will get)  The following has been received from Neil Godfrey 

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It has been a while since our last function due to Covid and the loss of many of our friends and colleagues. However in honour of the great Watty who started this The Old Farts Reunion is to be reinstated for Christmas 2022.

It will again be held in The Mount Stuart (Wetherspoons On the Waterfront) Stuart Street, Cardiff Bay, and will take place on Friday 2nd December 2022 with a start time of approximately 1415 hours (2.15pm). Whilst the groups focus is on Traffic/Roads Policing across the Force Area  do not be deterred as all SWC/SWP officers past and present are welcome.

If you are in contact with former officers or staff who are not on the list they are all welcome. The proviso is it is not likely to be PC or have generational view on humour, so Snowflakes beware. You are welcome to attend and have a drink and a laugh with friends and former colleagues , just like a line up ,you may struggle to recognise us. There is food on site, however the adjacent curry house has now closed so you may have to travel a bit further for the optional Ruby later.

Hope to see you there
Regards Neil

THINKING OF A HOLIDAY ???

Hello from Dawn at Greatdays Travel Group

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone at NARPO for your continued support to us here at Greatdays Travel Group, during these testing times. It has been a while since I have communicated with you all directly, hence I thought it would be nice to say hello to you today.

I do understand there has been lots of changes with group organisers in the past few years, therefore I wanted to personally reach out and introduce myself to all the NARPO Sports and Social Clubs, that I have not yet been able to speak to.

We are a family owned and run tour operator specialising in putting together tailor made tours for groups of a minimum 12* passengers, for UK/Ireland, Europe and Worldwide destinations including cruises, by land sea or air and have won several awards over the years, in particular as one of the best group operators to Disneyland® Paris. We can also arrange conference or AGM events.

Most importantly we are members of ABTA and hold an ATOL licence, which offers you and your members financial peace of mind.

I am your account manager and first point of contact with 35 years experience in the travel industry, please feel free to call me at anytime, I would be delighted to discuss your requirements. 

Each year Greatdays Travel Group raise many thousands of pounds in our charitable functions. The chosen charity for 2022 is Dementia UK.

I very much look forward to hearing from you in the near future and please do visit our website:

www.greatdays.co.uk


+44 (0)161 928 3242

 

dawn.bennison@greatdays.co.uk
09/2022

SPECIALIST DEMENTIA HOLIDAYS

Dear Alan

I’m so excited to tell you that we’ve restarted our holidays and you can book them NOW!!

We are thrilled to confirm that we will be offering fabulous specialist dementia holidays in the beautiful Peak District. We have chosen this area because of its fantastic location, outstanding beauty, and so many wonderful trips to choose from and amazing places to visit, including the gorgeous Chatsworth House and your feedback from our recent dementia holiday survey.

Introducing a wonderful Nature Centered Holiday in the Peak District

Come and join us for a glorious week of getting back to nature with a wide range of activities to further your interest in the world around you. From star gazing, bird watching, an art class and everything else the beautiful autumnal Peaks has to offer, including trips to local places of outstanding beauty and historical interest.

You’ll leave feeling connected to your outside world, refreshed and with a keen desire to explore more of what your surroundings have to offer when you return home.

The available date is: Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November 2022

 

Introducing the return of our MindforYou Christmas Getaway - Come and Celebrate Christmas with us!

We’re thrilled to bring back by popular demand our Celebrating getaways - a truly special week celebrating all things Christmas and really getting you in the festive mood. 

Everyone always raves about the special MindforYou Christmas Day - Turkey and all the trimmings, Christmas carols, secret Santa, crackers with bad jokes, silly hats, a visit from Santa and of course a snooze after lunch!

An opportunity to enjoy the Christmas feeling and maybe do a spot of Christmas shopping knowing that we’re there with an extra pair of hands to help.

Of course it wouldn’t be complete without you spending a lovely evening at the splendid Chatsworth House, all decorated for Christmas. It really is a magnificent sight, and always guarantees to put everyone in the mood for Christmas.

 

The available dates are:

  • Monday 28th November to Friday 2nd December 2022

  • Monday 19th December to Friday 23rd December 2022

 

It's a fabulous way to get you in the Christmas spirit with MindforYou doing all the hard work so you can just put your feet up! 

 

So, do you want to come on holiday with us?

We have a limited number of spaces available, and as you know we limit the holidays to just four couples.

To secure your holiday, please click on the link and complete the online booking form and pay your deposit online through the secure payment system. Once we have received the payment you will receive an automated confirmation, and then we’ll call to confirm your room, answer any further questions and to book the home visit.

Click this LINK for the online booking form to book your holiday with us.

A deposit of £250 per person is required to secure your holiday.

You can take a look at the room layout by clicking this LINK and if you wish to secure a specific room please call our team on 01509 351008

If you have questions please check out the Frequently Asked Questions first or call our super friendly team on 01509 351008

We know these will sell out really fast, so please don't delay and book your holiday today by clicking this LINK 

We really look forward to welcoming you on holiday with us!

Kindest regards

Carol x

Carol Sargent

Founder & CEO Mind For You

 

PS: Donations Really Matter!

We passionately believe that everyone has the right to have a fabulous holiday and making a donation can make that happen for someone who may really need it! 

If you would someone else to benefit from a future holiday with MindforYou, and you’d like to pay it forward please click this link:

https://mindforyou.co.uk/donate-to-mindforyou/

09/2022

RESIDE IN BARRY AREA - THIS ONES FOR YOU

If you live in the Barry area, of perhaps you know a vulnerable person who does please pass on this information to them.  The following has been received courtesy of an RAF friend.

Your Vale of Glamorgan Neighbourhood Watch has put forward a wonderful idea, keeping in mind the heating crisis we are all facing this winter. The chairman, David Ellis, has put forward his thoughts on the subject, which I'll let you absorb below. 

 

I spoke with the lady who runs the Gallery Coffee Shop in Barry, opposite the Casa Paca Restaurant. For those people wanting a warm place to go, during the winter months, she is planning on the 1st Monday of the month (1200-1330 hrs), to offer a free cup of coffee or tea. A chance to meet other people, chat, read a book etc and get warm at the same time. So, watch this space for further information.

09-2022

PETITION FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

As a former, once proud, Sussex police officer, along with many others, I am deeply concerned with how police impartiality is now being disregarded and in fact, extraordinary favour is being shown to some

minority groups. Particularly singled out for this support are, for example,Gay Pride and Black Lives Matter,

(bending the knee).

I cast my mind back to 1984, when as a police officer and a Northumbrian coal miners son/brother, my loyalties were tested when I policed the Miners Strike in Yorkshire and Kent. I had sympathies for the miner and his cause BUT I disguised them and did my duty. Had I faced the picket line displaying a banner saying,Proud to be a miners son, I'd have found myself very quickly back in Sussex and charged with discreditable conduct in bringing the police service into disrepute. Whilst times have changed the

concept of British policing, police oath and disciplinary regs. have not...AND should be abided by.

The news is far too frequently reporting on officers, participating in Gay Pride by painting their cheeks with the rainbow emblem and now videos of them embarrassingly dancing the macarena. This is not just a show of support, its turned into the main entertainment.

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting a female parent, who has no police connections and aptly compared police conduct to this, I compare it to a parent neglecting their all-important parenting duties by prioritising and focusing on befriending the child.I must make it clear that I am neither homophobic nor racist and therefore I am against ALL and ANY group that is supported by, on or off-duty officers IN UNIFORM participating, in ANY event, staged by a minority group.

Like me, many of my ex-colleagues say that they are now ashamed of the complete disregard shown to the once worldwide respected reputation of the British Police in their policy of TOTAL IMPARTIAL POLICING.

My initial findings are that it appears that the participation outlined is encouraged by chief police officers and PCCs BUT it has clearly gone too far.

Many of the public are simply outraged at being told when reporting crimes such as house burglary and assault, that there is no police available to attend BUT at the same time are viewing uniformed police dancing the macarena, whilst some say the criminals dance circles around them.

 

I am not content to merely grumble about the situation and I am prepared to spearhead a fight back to police basics. With this in mind, I have started a petition to restore impartial policing.However, I need your support in signing the petition and I hope you join me in the signing.

Here is the link to the petition;

 

https://www.change.org/p/stop-on-duty-police-from-showing-support-and-remain-impartial-whilst-policing-events?

Tom Curry (Sussex).

09-2022

DERRICK HASSAN - MEMORIAL PLAQUE

The following has been circulated on by the Welsh Conservatives on Facebook and other Social Media and is placed here for the information of our members 

"We are backing the creation of an official Blue Plaque scheme for Wales, which would recognise notable people.
Derrick Hassan, the first black police officer for South Wales Police, would be a wonderful first choice."

08-2022

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COST OF LIVING PAYMENTS & SCAMMER INCREASES


Over eight million households on means-tested benefits will automatically get the first Cost of Living payment instalment of £326 from this month.


This means that, combined with other support, millions of low-income households across the UK will receive at least £1,200 from the Government by Christmas to ease Cost of Living pressures.

 

  • £326 – the first of two cost of living payments – will automatically hit seven million bank accounts between 14 and 31 July 2022. Those on Tax Credit and no other benefits will receive their first payment by autumn.

  • Second instalment of £324 will follow from the autumn, with separate payments for pensioners and disabled people also coming later this year

 

 You may have seen in the media that there has been a significant increase in scammers attempting to obtain personal information from customers by sending out texts suggesting that customers are eligible for Cost of Living payments.


Please remind family, friends, neighbours and any vulnerable people that you know that they do not have to do anything. If they are eligible:

 

  • they will not need to apply for the payment

  • they will not need to call us

  • the payment to them is automatic

  • DWP will never ask for personal details by SMS or email.

07- 2022

ADVICE RE XPS LETTERS - PENSION SLIPS

The following update is provided by our branch Chairman Mr Dave A'herne Police in relation to XPS Pension Slips and P60 documents.

 

Members will be receiving a letter from XPS informing them that as from August their pension advice will be on line and asking them to set up an on line account.

For those members that do not wish to use an on line account or are unable to use an on line account there is a right to request paper pension advice and P60 slips.

To do so either write to Leon Webber, South Wales Police HQ, Finance Department , Exchequer Service, Cowbridge Road, Bridgend CF31 3SU

or e mail leon.webber@south-wales.police.uk

07- 2022

FLINT HOUSE UPDATE

Many of our members will know of the benefits that can be achieved by visiting the Police Rehabilitation Centre at Flint House, when they were serving officers or during the times when retired officers could attend and benefit from the centres facilities.

NARPO are now delighted to announce our friends at Flint House are launching a support programme for retired police officers.
 

For a minimum monthly donation of £5 retired police officers can now apply to benefit from their world class physical rehabilitation and mental health support. 

Whether it’s for a new injury, post operative rehabilitation, physiotherapy for cancer, long standing back or knee pain, stress, anxiety – Flint House are here to help you recover.
 

Visit https://www.flinthouse.co.uk/retired-officers/ to find out more.

07/2022

NARPO TRAVEL INSURANCE - A MEMBERS EXPERIENCE

The below item has been received from our member Mr Jeff Barley and is published here in its entirety in order that branch members can be aware of the issues and make their decisions accordingly.

 

I recently had to renew our travel insurance so I set about logging on to the new NARPO Towergate site.

I must say that  I found it heavy going as unlike other companies, not only did I have to declare my health conditions, which I expected to do, but I also had to list all medications that I take daily , which amount to 13 in total.

Then I had to do the same for Jane.

 

When I was reviewing my list of medications, I realised that I had missed one off but I was unable to 'edit' the section and consequently  had to start all over again. At this point I gave up and went to the site of 'Able2travel ' which is the original company provided by NARPO before the recent change.

 

The site was simple to navigate, and having submitted my health conditions consisting of -

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. 

HEART ATTACK,

ANGIOPLASTY AND 2 STENTS,

COLON CANCER and

MENTAL HEALTH,

the cost for Annual Multi Trip for 45 day per trip for a couple travelling in Europe cost just £345.00 .

 

I did not add on any extras like hazardous  activities, or cruising but did extend the duration of cover from 31 days to 45 days away at any one time. 

I was delighted with my quote compared with other companies and think that 'ABLE2TRAVEL'  (who will consider insuring travellers up to 85 years of age)  may be of interest to other members.

06/2022

CONGRATULATIONS !!!!

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As many members will know we have amongst our membership many talented people from authors to musicians and composers.  

One such member is Mr Jeff Barley, composer & musician extraordinaire.  We recently published details of Jeff's latest recording 'The Red Line' and how to download it from our Books, Music & Other things page.

We congratulate Jeff once again in achieving the No1 spot in the 'Reverbnation Download charts.'

If you haven't already downloaded and listened to this recording, you can do so by clicking on the link below


https://youtu.be/lVO7jIzVoPs

 


ATTENTION 'BLUE LIGHT CARD HOLDERS'

Are you the holder off a 'Blue Light Card'.  If so please read on!!!

 
We have been advised that 'ASDA' have brought back its 10% off your shopping deal including food, clothing and homeware for all 'Blues Light Card holders'  

Simply show your Blue Light Card at the till  


'This offer does NOT include the purchase of Alcohol or petroleum products 

05/2022

NARPO TRAVEL INSURANCE - ANOTHER UPDATE

We have once again received a further update from TOWERGATE concerning the provision of the NARPO travel insurance. Please check it out to ensure that you are up to date with the latest version.

 

Message from Towergate Health & Protection

 

Travel insurance update – 5th May 2022 

 

In our last update two weeks ago, we explained that the new travel scheme planned for launch on the 20th of April has been postponed and an alternative discounted  interim travel insurance offer for NARPO members has been put in place with Able2Travel. 

 

This offers either single trip or multi trip cover and members should use the discount code TGT5 as part of the straightforward online quote process which we recommend you have your medial history and any current medication to hand as details may be required.

 

In the meantime, work continues with the originally preferred travel insurer to address the aspects of their offer that had not met expectations when launched with other clients. As we previously advised, the previous AXA Health scheme was unique in the market; while we were able to agree an extension to this scheme following their decision to exit the travel insurance market, it has proved impossible to source cover with directly equivalent ‘fit to fly’ acceptance terms.

 

We now expect to launch the preferred option, Lighthouse, later this month and as with all travel insurance offers, the quotation and application process is on-line. This will offer an increased upper age limit for single trips and an annual multi trip cover option. We appreciate that some members may not have internet access who may then need to speak with our team to help them purchase a policy. This can be a lengthy call for those with complex medical history and while we have increased the team to support, the large number of calls continue to mean members may need to leave a message to be called back. 

 

If you are unable to complete your Able2Travel application online, we are encouraging members then please email our team in the first instance at: haps-narpoenquiries@towergate.co.uk

 

If you do not have access to email, then you can call us on 0800 389 7724. As above, our expanded team continue to receive high call volumes while working through a backlog of messages in an orderly fashion and we kindly ask for your patience while we return or answer your call.

 

Thank you

 

The Towergate Health & Protection Team

05/2022

CADET REUNION - 50 YEARS ON

Cadet Reunion intake September 1973.

2023 will be our 50th year since we joined South Wales Police Cadets. An invite to all of this intake for a reunion dinner at a venue that is fairly central to all. The Grove Golf Club, Cornelly near M4 junction 37 has been mentioned.

Any other venues that you think suitable please advise. Date to be arranged when we have replies with availability, looking between June to October 2023. Although we have quite a few names and emails etc, please contact ex cadets that you have details for in your area, especially those that that left early in service and forward to me.

Clive Jones
clivejones1188@gmail.com
07967 369 856.

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This is Cadet year 1973/1974 1 year residential Course. These cadets are at the rear from left to right: 

Ceri Williams (Insp), Brian Rees, Neil Godfrey (Insp), Clive Jones (PS), Gareth Richards Insp, Salvatore Balzano (DS),Chris Rees, Steve Owen, David Saville (R) Martin Stevens (F) Chris Merchant, Paul Bond (R deceased) Clive Protheroe (F) Gareth Davies, Andy Rea (PS)(R), Brent Parry (DCI) (F), Richard Lloyd-Hughes, Kevin McCarthy (PS)(F), Tony Hicks (R) Craig Yoxall (Insp),Steve Thomas (Insp), Jeff Jones, Carl Fullstone, Allan Mathews, Tony Nicholas (PS), Mike Hill (PS).

Front Seated
Kevin Wiltshire, PC Huw Morris, PS Jeff Matthews, Supt Fred Thomas, ACC Richards, Inspector Ted Jones, PC George Coughlin, Steve Horton.

TRAVEL INSURANCE -  BRANCH UPDATE 27/04/2022

If you haven't already been on the new NARPO Travel insurance to get a quote from the new service provider you may get a shock, when you compare it to the previous AXA payments that were made.  We are already aware of members being quoted over £1,000 for an annual policy.  Plus others being declined a quote.  If you do get a quote ensure that you complete a full medical declaration if you have medical problems.

Failure may result in any claim being declared null & void along with the insurance leaving you with a hefty bill.

If you have a medical condition and feel the quote is excessive:  The below government web site has a list of insurers willing to give quotes for those with medical conditions:

 

www.moneyhelper.org.uk/en/everyday-money/insurance/travel-insurance-directory

Or you may wish to contact the British Insurance Brokers Association:

www.biba.org.uk


Who have previously assisted some of our members with medical conditions

04/2022


 

GATED WEBSITE CONTENT


NARPO HQ at Wakefield have from the 1st March 2022 introduced a an exclusive members - only gated content area on their website www.narpo.org 

This is designed to ensure that their advice on on pensions, offers and other alerts remain exclusive to NARPO members.  Selec areas's of the Wakefield website will now require a LOGIN to access the gated area.

The current password will be found in ISSUE 109 of The NARPO NEWS Magazine or by LOGIN to the members only area of our website visiting the top of the COMMITTEES CONTACT Page 

03/2022

CSSC and POLICE OFFICERS

CSSC Sports & Leisure is an exclusive membership organisation for Civil Service and Public Sector workers. So, if you work in the Welsh Government, Civil Service or Public Sector you can get exclusive discounts on supermarket and retail shopping, fitness, insurance, travel, holidays, virtual events and much more - all for just £4.50 a month.

Research has been undertaken with CSSC and serving as well as retired Police officers are able to join as they are Public Sector Workers. Members may find there are advantages to joining as being a member of CSSC offers some distinct access to savings that can be made.

If your interested go to their website www.cssc.co.uk and see if what they offer suits your needs.

03/2022


 

COMMITTEE CHANGES

As a result of the Branch AGM held on Tuesday 8th March 2022 the following changes have taken place:

Vice President:  Mr Roger Jones has been elected to become one of the branches Vice Presidents

Branch Secretary:  Mr Alan Greaves stood down from this role after 20 years of loyal dedicated service to the branch. He is replaced by Mr. Paul Hayes 

Social Secretary:    Mr Albert & Mrs Mo Hayes stood down from this role after many years of service.  They are replaced by  Mr. Frank and Mrs. Mel Stockham.

All other Branch Officers and committee members were duly elected unopposed to the positions they held prior to the AGM.

The branch committee are looking for members to join them to take the branch forward.  If you think you have what it takes to help steer the branch forward in years to come then please come and join us.

03/2022

 

St. DAVID's DAY AT THE HILTON

A very enjoyable and successful St. David’s Day lunch was held at the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff.   As usual all the available seats were taken.

 

The event was also used to mark the retirement of Alan Greaves as the secretary to the Cardiff Branch after over 20 years service. As Alan once said, he only took over the post as a temporary measure until the following AGM.  

 

Alan was presented with a whisky glass engraved with his initials, a bottle of Welsh whisky and a voucher for a meal. His wise counsel and expert knowledge on many issues will be missed.

 

David A’Herne Chairman.

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Images are of Mr. Alan Greaves with the Chairman Mr. Dave A'herne and Vice Chairman Mr. Howard Davies.  Alan's wife Trish also received flowers in recognition of the assistance she has provided to Alan during his term in office

ATTENTION - MILITARY VETERANS

Many retired and serving Police Officers were previously military personnel.  We have become aware of the following information which may be of relevance to those who served in the armed forces prior to joining the Police Service. We apologise in advance if the information is a duplication of something you are already aware of.  But, history has proven that it is better to be notified twice than not at all:

The Veterans’ Recognition Scheme has a two-phase rollout. Phase 1 is complete; with Service leavers receiving a recognition card as part of the discharge process.

Phase 2 is to extend the scheme to existing veterans so that they can more quickly, easily and securely prove they served in the UK Armed Forces so they can access the services they need.

There is a need to future-proof the roll-out and ensure that we are giving ID cards only to those with verified service to guard against fraudulent use as veterans become able to access a wider range of benefits.

In the Veterans’ Strategy Action Plan (2022-2024) the government committed to exploring the secure, digital verification of veterans’ status. This work is underway, and we are currently working with veterans and other stakeholders to ensure any solution meets the needs of all veterans. This will support delivery of the Phase 2 roll out of ID cards. The government is still committed to delivering ID cards but cannot give a timescale for final delivery as this work is in progress.

More information can be found by copying the below 
into your web browser

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-veterans-id-cards-rolled-out-to-service-leavers

or
SIMPLY CLICK HERE 

02/2022

WEBSITE SEARCH FACILITY ADDED

Some of our more diligent members may have already noticed the latest feature that has been added to our website, and may even have tried using it.  For those who have not, we have now added a search facility to the website.

It is located in the banner heading at the top of screens, thereby making it available on whatever page you are on in the website.  It is hoped that this feature will prove useful to all our members and visitor.

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ATTENTION HOTMAIL, OUTLOOK, MSN, LIVE email users !!!!!

Are you a branch  member whose email provider is one of the above,  Then please be area that our e-bulletins to your accounts are being blocked and bounced by your services providers.  This may be as a result of recent security upgrades they have undertaken.

As a result you are not getting our messages and will not be aware of the planning that has gone into the forthcoming St. David's Day, lunch at the Hilton Hotel, Cardiff.

As a first resort we would ask you to create in your email list of contacts one for NARPO Cardiff and copy, and paste the below email address into that entry.  PLEASE ENSURE it is copied exactly as written here.


cardiff.narpo.adm1n.gmail.com@send.vpcontact.com

Hopefully this will cure the issue and you will be reunited with our e-bulletins. 

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AOL EMAILS AND iPAD ISSUES

If you own an iPad and your email service provider is AOL then the article below kindly supplied by Mr Dave A'Herne will be of great interest to you.

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HEED THE WARNING - BEFORE ITS TOO LATE

The below item has been captured from a Facebook alert and has been placed here for our members benefit and knowledge.  On a personal front the webmaster receives on average 4-5 messages asking for this sort of information.  The messages appear to be a friendship sort of enquiry, but you don't No1 know the person asking and No2 what their intentions are.  So please take note and keep yourself safe.

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NARPO BULLETINS GOING TO SPAM

We have once again started to receive complaints from our members in relation to our e-bulletins going straight to the SPAM / JUNK mail box on arrival at their computers.  Unfortunately there is very little that we can do at our end to prevent this occurring.  The issue lies within the members internet service providers domain, in relation to the various security settings that they have in place to prevent what appears to be spam mail reaching the members INBOX.  To help counter this situation here are a few things our members can put in place which might remedy the situation:

 

How to Ensure You Always Get Emails From a Sender

 

  • First, add the sender’s email address to your contacts or address book. This tells your email service that you care about a particular sender’s emails. For example, if you always want to receive How-To Geek newsletter emails, add “newsletter@howtogeek.com” to your contacts. If you want to ensure messages from a friend are never sent to spam, add that friend’s email address to your address book instead.

  • Second, if a message ends up in spam anyway, go into your email client’s spam, select the message you don’t consider spam, and click “Not Spam” (or a similarly labeled button.) Your email client will learn about your preferences as you do this.

 

our email address is: cardiff.narpo.adm1n@gmail.com

 

However, here are a few other tips for marking messages as legitimate in Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo.

 

Gmail

To preemptively stop a sender’s future messages from getting marked as spam, add that sender to your contacts.

To do this in Gmail, hover your mouse cursor over the sender’s name at the top of the email message. Click “Add to contacts” when the card appears.

 

Let’s say an email from that sender was already marked as spam. In Gmail, open the email that was sent to spam. If you haven’t removed it from your Spam folder yet, click the “Not Spam” button at the top of the email.

 

Microsoft Outlook

In the Microsoft Outlook desktop program (not to be confused with Outlook.com, described below), there’s a special option that prevents emails from getting marked as spam. Click the “Junk” button in the Delete section on the ribbon and select “Never Block Sender”.

 

Outlook.com

Outlook.com considers emails from your contacts to be important, so you can simply add an email address to your contacts. Emails from that sender shouldn’t be marked as spam in the future.

To do this, click an email from that sender and locate the sender’s email address at the top of the email. Hover your mouse cursor over the sender’s name or email address and a pane will appear. Click the “…” menu button and click “Add to Contacts.” Enter whatever information you want for the contact and then click “Save” to add the email address to your contacts.

 

While Outlook.com will prioritize emails from your contacts, it may still send them to spam if they look unusually spammy. If emails continue getting sent to your spam even after you add the email address to your contacts, you can completely override the spam filter with the “Safe Senders” list.

To do so, click the gear menu at the top right corner of the Outlook.com website and then click “View All Outlook Settings.” Click the “Junk Email” option in the left pane. Add senders to the “Safe senders and domains” list to prevent Outlook from ever sending emails from them to your spam filter.

 

Yahoo! Mail

In Yahoo! Mail, add a sender to your contacts and its emails won’t get sent to spam in the future.

To do so, open an email from that sender, mouse over the sender’s email address at the top of the email, and click “Add to contacts”. Enter whatever information you want for the contact and click “Save”.

 

For services and email clients not mentioned here, you can almost always prevent emails from getting sent to spam simply by adding the sender to your address book or contacts.

If your email service has an option to mark as “Not Spam,” “Remove From Spam,” or something similar, you can always click that too. However, it’s generally better to add a sender to your contacts. That’s a clearer signal to your email service that you want to see emails from that sender.

Above information courtesy of www.howtogeek.com

If for any reason you no longer wish to receive the e-bulletin messages, please do not mark them as SPAM.  Simply scroll down to the footer area of the bulletin and press unsubscribe.  Your deatils will automatically be deleted from the system.  We may however email you to ensure that is indeed your wish, as we have had previous occasions where members have hit the unsubscribe button in error

05/2021

WHAT 3 WORDS - COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE !!!

No it's not a quiz question its an APP that could possibly save yours or someone's else's life.

Many thanks to Roger Duffy for remininding us about it, we published details about this APP a few years ago and it maybe worth while providing the information again.

For details of how this APP can be used to pin point you in an emergency anywhere in the World please click on the link below.  The APP is free and with it on your phone just might help you in any emergency where you don't know your exact location.

https://what3words.com/about

03/2021

I NEVER KNEW THIS !!!!!

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In these days of 'SMART' technology here is something I recently found out that you can do with iPhone's, iPad's and similar technology from other mobile device providers.

Did you know that you can also use your device as a scanner, scan in documents  and notes to them and then email them to wherever they need to go.

If you did, then please feel free to skip the rest of this information, but if you didn't and you want to know more, please read on.

This information maybe invaluable to parents, grandparents etc who in these difficult times are trying to help family members, with things such as submitting homework to teachers etc.

If you need to scan anything then you can use the 'NOTES App'

SCANNING:
Open a new note, press the camera button, the option to scan document will pop up. Once the document is scanned you can email it easier than a photo, plus you can add notes to the scanned doc.

EMAILING:

Once you’ve scanned the document, it saves it as a document in notes. From there, you can open the note, click the 3 dots in the top right corner n you can “share” the note, by text or email etc 

The webmaster has been advised that this also operates on other smart mobile devices, but has only been able to vaildate this on his own iPhone and iPad 

Hope our members find this useful

01/2021

NARPO RULE BOOK

The latest version of the NARPO Rule book has been published and is available on the Wakefield website www.narpo.org

 

or

 

click on the link below: 

NEW SITE SIGN UP / LOGIN SCREEN

Just in case you had not noticed, when you wish to LOGIN to the members only area of the site the SIGNUP / LOGIN screen that used to appear, has changed and now looks like the image to the left.

The procedure to LOGIN is still the same click on the white LOG IN button under the main area of the screen and the LOGIN screen appears and you complete it in exactly the same way.

The main reason our suppliers have changed the screen is to make it hopefully more user friendly, but in the background they have added additional security functions as well 

The branch officers, and committee trust that you will find the new screen easy to use etc.  if you have any issues / concerns please use the e-mail template on the CONTACT US page and drop the webmaster a message.

DO YOU OWN A SMART PHONE - THEN THIS APP HAS THE POTENTIAL TO SAVE YOUR LIFE

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT THE WELFARE PAGE

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