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News Headlines & Updates
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.
EVANS: Ron it is with deep regret that on behalf of the Glamorgan branch, we advise our members of the passing of retired P/Sgt 1057 Ron Evans (aged 81 years)
Ron will be remembered by most due to his prolific Rugby career (or hobby as it was in those days). He played regularly in the center position for Bridgend RFC, British Police and attaining caps for Wales on several occasions. At the peak of his rugby career, he played 82 matches in one season.
1:45 pm Wednesday 5th April 2023 at the Margam Crematorium Longlands Lane, Port Talbot SA13 2NR.
GREGORY: Barrie. It is with deep regret that we inform our members of the passing on 13th March 2023 of retired Det. Insp 1533 Barrie Gregory. Barrie served mainly within the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan areas. Barrie was a keen sportsman and Rugby referee.
2:00 pm on Thursday 13/4/23 at the Cardiff and Glamorgan Memorial Park and Crematorium, Port Rd, Barry
CF62 9PX. Following the service there will be a social gathering and celebration of his life at the Wenvoe Castle Golf Club, Cardiff CF5 6BE.
Anyone attending the event is respectfully asked to confirm this by email or direct message to Gerard Petersen for the information of the family for catering purposes only.
WILLIAMS: Malcolm Thomas It is with deep regret that on behalf of the Glamorgan branch, we inform members of the death on Tuesday, 14th March, 2023 of Ret. DS 1032 Malcolm Thomas WILLIAMS (aged 83 years) of
Malcolm spent most of his service in Aberdare, but also in Mountain Ash, Merthyr Tydfil and Pontypridd. He retired in 1993, but went on to be a Coroner's Officer, firstly in Cardiff then in Pontypridd.
There will be a private, family funeral in the near future.
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
DIARY DATES 2023
The branch committee and in particular the Social Secretaries Frank & Mel Stockham, are already busily reserving dates and commencing arrangements for events in 2023. The following dates should be entered in your diaries / wall calendars as being NARPO events with further details to follow nearer the time.
Thursday 13th April 2023 - Quiz Night - Fairwater Conservative Club, Cardiff
Wednesday 10th May 2023 - Spring Lunch, Whitchurch Golf Club, Cardiff
Wednesday 6th December 2023 - Christmas Lunch Whitchurch Golf Club, Cardiff
TIME TO GET YOUR THINKING CAPS ON !!!!
Yes its that time of year again and the Branch 'Spring Quiz' is almost with us.
DATE: Thursday 13th April 2023
TIME: 7:00 pm for prompt 7:30 pm START
VENUE: Fairwater Conservative Club, 61 Ely Road Cardiff CF52BY
CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM AND MENU TO THE DOWNLOADS FOLDER ON YOUR COMPUTER
SPRING LUNCH 2023
NARPO Functions are coming thick and fast.
The 'Spring Lunch 2023' will take place on Wednesday 10th May 2023 at the Whitchurch Golf Club, Pantmawr Road, Cardiff commencing at 12:30
Please click on the Golf Club image opposite to download the application form and menu to your computer and follow the instructions to submit it.
This is always a popular function so get the forms in early to avoid disappointment
DO YOU USE TAXIS ???
If the answer is YES then you may be interested in the following which has been received from Age Cymru.
The Deputy Minister for Climate Change has announced that today we are publishing a white paper on the Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (Wales) Bill. The 12-week consultation will continue until Thursday 1 June.
We welcome views from drivers, our social partners, the wider industry and all of those who want to see a thriving, safe and reliable taxi and PHV sector in Wales. Instructions on how to respond can be found in the white paper. We hope you will share the white paper with your networks so that they too can respond to the proposals.
If you would like a conversation with us about the white paper please let us know.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any comments or questions at email@example.com
Extension to deadline to pay voluntary National Insurance
The following information has been circulated from Wakefield and is provided here for members information:
Circulated to NEC and Branch Secretaries
Please see the below from Connect
There is some information on in this issue on our website-
Please note it is an individual’s decision on whether to top up their State Pension and NARPO cannot advise on such matters.
T: 01924 331254
E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.narpo.org
members wishing to read the information will need to access the gated content area by logging in. Please see how to access this and the required code above.
NEED A LOAN, MORTGAGE or JUST WANT TO SAVE !!!!
As a result of the webmasters subscrption to Police Discount support he has become aware of the work undertaken by www.no1copperpot.com so he thought he would let his fellow retirees know about the organisation and what it does in support of the wider Police family
No1 CopperPot Credit Union is a not-for-profit organisation that offers financial services exclusively to the Police Family. We were founded in 1986 by a group of Greater Manchester Police Officers and originally named GMP Credit Union. Years later, following a merger with CopperPot Credit Union in Leicester, we became No1 CopperPot Credit Union. Currently, we have over 39,000 members and we are the largest Police Credit Union in the UK.
No1 CopperPot Credit Union membership is open to any serving or retired Police Officers, Police staff, Police Specials, PCSO’s, immediate family of a Police member (living at the same address), and children/grandchildren of a Police member.
AGE CYMRU FORUM
The following has been received by the branch and is published here for the information of our members should you wish to become involved :
Age Cymru Older People’s Consultative Forum
Age Cymru is the leading older people’s charity for Wales. Our Consultative Forum enables older people to be fully involved in our work and ensures that the strategic direction of Age Cymru is directly informed and influenced by older people.
It advises on the development and implementation of the charity’s policy positions on ageing and older people and provides feedback about Age Cymru’s key activities and helps us to monitor and review our work.
Age Cymru would like to invite any older people in Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham who may be interested in joining our Consultative Forum to contact us.
This is an opportunity to directly influence and contribute to the work of Age Cymru and make a difference to the lives of older people across Wales.
For more information about the Age Cymru Consultative Forum and about how to apply to be a member, telephone Kathy Lye on 029 2043 1570 or send an email to email@example.com.
Please contact us as soon as possible as the deadline for receipt of applications is 31 March 2023.
ILL HEALTH PENSION - McCloud/ Sargeant update
The following has been received from Wakefield and is duplicated here for the benefit of our members.
Our website has been updated with information on the Home Office Public Consultation and also letters from Forces to those receiving Ill Health Retirement pension who are part of the Remedy process-
Please send any queries to myself.
NARPO CARDIFF 75th ANNIVERSARY
St. David's Day 2023 (March 1st) saw the NARPO Cardiff branch reach another milestone in its history celebrating 75 years since its foundation. A celebration lunch was held at the Leonardo Hotel, Park Place, Cardiff.
The gallery below contains photos taken at the event, to view the photos click on an image to enlarge it, and then use the arrows to the right or left of the image to scroll through the gallery.
Please note the images were taken utilsing a camera setup for web images and whilst they appear to be of good quality here that will not be the same for printed images.
NB Copyright of all images is now held by the Committee and Members of the NARPO Cardiff Branch.
As part of the 75th Anniversary celebration and with the assistance of South Wales Police a keepsake brochure was produced and presented to those attending the celebratory lunch. This brochure is also available to be viewed 'online' by clicking on the image below.
RECENTLY RETIRED - CHECK THIS OUT
Have you recently retired from the force? NARPO Cardiff has received the following which may interest you. If after reading the below and checking out the links please contact the researcher direct:
I hope you are well.
My name is Maisy and I am writing to you from a television production company called Red Sauce - we make a show called 'Special Ops: Crime Squad UK'. The show is a documentary series looking at the work of the super-specialist, elite police teams across the UK that are assembled to make a breakthrough in investigations. The stories are told first hand from a police perspective, giving insight into how they came to crack the case.
We are currently looking for recently retired police officers who may be happy to be featured in our documentary to discuss any major crime investigations they have been involved in. We are looking for cases that have happened fairly recently, where the involved officers are either aware of or have access to supporting audio/visual evidential materials that will help to tell the story to an audience.
I was hoping you would be able to help by sending a message to the officers in your network with my contact details so that any who may be interested can reach out to me. We would be happy to make a donation to the organisation as a thank you for any help you can give us with this project.
To tell you a little more about the programme, the first and second series aired last year on both Dave and UKTV, and after being extremely well received, we have now been commissioned for a third series which is amazing news. Ranking shows by their highest-rating episode, Special Ops was Dave’s 2nd highest-rating weekend title of 2022 (7-day consolidated) and, across 98 total TXs of the show on Dave to date, Special Ops has reached 5.8m individuals, and 636k 16-34s (1+, 3+min)
You can find the episodes here:
Please feel free to give me a call on 07990 742 008 if you would prefer to chat about this over the phone. I’m also happy to answer any questions or provide more information that might help when reaching out to officers.
Thanks so much, I look forward to hearing from you.
DOCUMENTARY - OPPORTUNITY
The following has been received by Mr. Steve Bartley and is published here for the information of our members.
Should you wish to be involved please contact Mr. Tane Rogers Direct via the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m carrying out research for Zwwm Films on a BBC-commissioned documentary about arson attacks by Welsh nationalists that occurred throughout Wales from the late 1970s to the early 1990s.
It’s primarily focused on what was happening in North Wales concerning the burning of holiday homes and the NWP's pursuit of the group known as Meibion Glyndwr or Sons of Glendower.
As part of the documentary we're also looking to hear from former South Wales Police officers involved in the Cardiff Explosives Trial - the arrests and investigation.
Several arrests were made following the planting and explosion of devices at the Pontypridd army recruiting office, Wales HQ of the British Steel Corporation and the Welsh Office agricultural offices in Cardiff from 1981-1982.
It would be great to speak to someone who was involved with the case in some way to bring the audience more into the story rather than relying on third-person accounts.
Would I be able to have a conversation with any of your former colleagues on the subject?
Look forward to speaking.
Diolch yn fawr,
We have received the below invitation which maybe of benefit to our members who suffer from hearing issues. If you want to get involved please make direct contact with Dr. Emma Richards via the email address or telephone numbers below
Project Opportunity: Hearing loss feasibility project
Hi there, we have a new project opportunity. Dr Emma Richards is looking to recruit some older people with hearing loss to discuss over zoom the feasibility of creating a project.
If this sounds of interest and you meet the criteria, please can you contact Emma on:
Tel | Ffôn:01792 604219
Email | e-bost: email@example.com,
Cyfle Prosiect: Prosiect dichonoldeb colli clyw
Helo yno, mae gennym gyfle prosiect newydd. Mae Dr Emma Richards eisiau recriwtio rhai pobl hŷn sy'n colli eu clyw i drafod dros zoom ffeinal creu prosiect.
Os yw hyn yn swnio o ddiddordeb ac yn bodloni'r meini prawf, gallwch gysylltu ag Emma ar:
Ffôn | Ffôn:01792 604219
Ebost | e-bost: firstname.lastname@example.org,
PENSION UPDATE - IT'S OFFICIAL - 10.1%
The following content has been extracted from an email sent out nationally from NARPO Wakefield.
Please see the below email from Connect regarding the confirmation of the increase to public-sector pensions
Yesterday, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen, made a written statement to the House of Commons on public service pensions increase.
Mr Glen stated that public service pensions will be “increased from 10 April 2023 by 10.1 per cent, in line with the annual increase in the Consumer Prices Index up to September 2022, except for those public service pensions which have been in payment for less than a year, which will receive a pro-rata increase.” He noted that this was because “Legislation governing public service pensions in payment requires them to be increased annually by the same percentage as additional pensions (State Earnings Related Pension and State Second Pension).”
Mr Glen further commented that “As announced by the then Secretary of State for Health and Social Care as part of the Government’s Plan for Patients on 22 September 2022, the effective date of revaluation will be 6 April 2023 for the NHS Pension Scheme England & Wales, subject to a consultation by the Department for Health and Social Care. The NHS Pension Scheme (Scotland), the Local Government Pension Scheme England & Wales and the Local Government Pension Scheme (Scotland) will also use 6 April 2023 as the effective date, subject to consultation and other processes by the Scottish Government and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. For all other schemes in scope of this Order, the effective date of revaluation remains 1 April 2023.”
Following the ministerial statement, HM Treasury published a covering note and multiplier tables for public service pensions for 2023.
Separately, Connect will be monitoring the second reading in the Commons of the Social Security (Additional Payments) (No.2) Bill.
Please let me know if you require any further information.
HELP WANTED !!!
Attention all former Cardiff City Police officer, did you know a Phillip Charles Williams (DECEASED) born in 1925 he served in the Royal Navy during WWII and is believed fro have been discharged in 1946 after which time he joined Cardiff City Police and later South Wales Constabulary upon amalgamation.
His son is trying to locate information about him in relation to the compilation of a family tree. He has been advised of the facilities of the Glamorgan Archives.
If you knew him then please let the webmaster know especially if you are prepared to talk about him and details can then be passed onto his son.
CAN YOU HELP !!!!
The following has been received from NARPO GWYNEDD (NORTH WALES) branch and is published here for the information of our members who may wish to donate to this well deserving cause:
Pete Cooper is a retired Police Officer and a member of the Gwynedd Branch, NARPO. He has survived two life threatening Cancer illnesses and now suffers Parkinson disease and is at home. It is difficult for him to communicate but his wife Karen understands him well and has become his carer for a number of years now. Along with his wife Karen, Marie Curie Nurses having been looking after Pete Cooper for the last 6 months as he is receiving end of life care for the Parkinson's disease. They give Karen a break as it's been very hard for her caring for him by herself. I hope we never need the assistance and expertise of these nurse but you never know what's round the corner?
Bob Hind, another retired Police Officer and member of the Gwynedd Branch NARPO and very good friend of Peter is raising money for the wonderful Marie Currie Charity. He had a target of £2000. He has already raised £1000 in donations and wants your help to complete his target. In reality he hopes to exceed his target for the Marie Currie Charities as they depend on YOUR donations.
We all know Bob to be a very keen runner so he is entering the London Marathon this April to raise as much money as he can for this very worthy cause, supporting Marie Currie who are supporting Pete Cooper right now. Please follow the link below and DONATE what you can, every penny counts for this worthy charity.
Diolch / Thank you.
Marie Curie: Help Bob Raise £2000 for Pete Coopers Marie Curie Nurse (enthuse.com)
BLAST FROM THE PAST
The following images have been received by Mr Ross Mather and added to his collection of Police Memorabilia. Ross has kindly forwarded copies to us for inclusion on this website. The following is extracted from the Facebook entry Ross has created for them
'Sent to me today by a friend, for the photographic collection. He picked them up in a Cardiff shop, and I believe possibly showing a No. 8 D.P.T.C. Class photo? The cap / helmet badges are Kings Crown so pre 1953. A long time ago I know, but wondering if anyone might recognise the couple who are shown in evening dress?'
PLEASE NOTE THE COUPLE SHOWN IN EVENING DRESS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED - they are Dave Hambleton and his wife Jean
But if you can name others in the images we will pass them onto Ross for inclusion in his files.
The gentleman in civvies in the image with the coach is Mr John (Jack) Davies who used to drive the recruits in the No8 DPTC bus to various venues in the force area. Please click on the image to enlarge same
CADET REUNION 2024
Yes we know it's a bit early (12 months away) but it gives you plant of advanced warning. We have received the below from Nige Brown who is reproduced here in full.
I am organising a 50yr reunion on Friday 18th October 2024 for any ex cadet serving in 1974.
The drink/catch up will be held at the Army Reserve Centre, W Plas Rd, Litchard, Bridgend CF31 1PA or if not available it would be in a function room at a local pub in Bridgend.
If anyone interested can message me or contact me at email@example.com thanks very much.
Just to jog some memories the images below are of the 1974 Cadet Intake, Please click on the image to enlarge it.
VOTING & PHOTO ID
From 4 May 2023 you’ll need to show photo ID when voting in person in some UK elections or referendums.
You’ll need it to vote in:
UK Parliament by-elections
local elections in England (including councils, mayors, the Greater London Authority and parishes)
recall of MP petitions in England, Scotland and Wales
Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales
neighbourhood planning referendums and Business Improvement District referendums in England
local authority referendums in England (including Council Tax increase referendums)
There are different rules if you vote in Northern Ireland.
For more details including what PHOTO ID is acceptable and how to obtain a VOTER AUTHORITY CERTIFICATE if you have no acceptable PHOTO ID please go to:
BLUE LIGHT CARD - UPDATE - MEMBERS ONLY DAYS
Since 2015, members have had the opportunity to book reduced priced tickets to exclusive days out at Merlin attractions, and 2023 is no different! Perviously known as Services Days, Member Days are days out exclusively for Blue Light Card members. In partnership with Merlin Entertainment, theme parks across the UK (locations to be announced) close their gates to the general public, and open exclusively for you – our members – to enjoy smaller crowds, faster services and reduced ticket prices.
The only slight change this year is we have secured even more Member Days than ever before and will be launching all dates together. Making it easier for you to find a day out that works best.
What makes Member Days so special?
On these days, top attractions across the UK close their gates to the general public and open them exclusively for you to enjoy a fun day out with smaller crowds and faster services.
Plus you’ll receive a fantastic saving on the standard ticket price!
Ticket prices start from just £18 per person, including complimentary parking, and 20% off selected food and drinks vendors. What’s more, extend your trip by booking a hotel stay and receive discounted rates at each attraction (subject to availability).
Member Days (previously known as Services Days) are a small way for us to say thank you for all you do. We are here for you because you’re here for all of us.
For more information including how to join please go to https://www.bluelightcard.co.uk/
GOING ON HOLIDAY - TO EUROPE
Have you ever heard of an ETIAS?? NO!!! then you will soon be needing one, if your are planning to holiday in Europe after 1st November 2023
The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is a bit like the USA's ESTA program and will cover the Schengen Area which is made up of 26 European Union (EU) countries and 4 European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries.
From 1st November 2023, British travellers will be required to have an ETIAS visa waiver to enter the Schengen Area.
For more details including Countries, costs etc please click on the link below.
NON-PRESCRIBED ZEBRA CROSSINGS IMPACT
The Following has been received from Age Cymru, and is circulated with a short reply time for the information of our members and others:
Research into the impact of non-prescribed zebra crossings on disabled people
The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), on behalf of the Welsh Government and Transport for Wales, is conducting research on the safety of a new type of side road crossing design and how people may anticipate behaving around these crossings. The purpose of the proposed side road crossings is to increase convenience for pedestrians overall, providing more direct walking routes and so encouraging active travel. It is extremely important, of course, that these crossings are safe, convenient and comfortable for everyone to use, particularly for disabled people and others who are more vulnerable.
Non-prescribed zebra crossings
A non-prescribed zebra crossing uses the prescribed black and white markings without the other features of a prescribed crossing, such as Belisha beacons and zigzag markings on the road. By not including the zigzag markings, with the consequent minimum set-back distance of nearly 5 metres, it is possible to install the crossing on pedestrians’ desired walking line, directly across the mouth of a junction. The simplified design requirements, in particular the lack of illuminated beacons, would also reduce the implementation and maintenance costs of providing new crossings.
TRL is conducting an in-depth monitoring of three trial non-prescribed zebra crossings in Cardiff to understand their impact on road user behaviour in terms of key indicators such as safety, propensity of drivers to give way, crossing and waiting time etc. During December 2022, Artificial Intelligence-based video analytics were used to understand pedestrian and vehicle movements at the trial crossings, before and after their implementation. We also engaged with road users to understand their perceptions of the new crossing – both pedestrians and drivers. An important part of the project is to engage with individuals and relevant organisations who might provide insights into the possible impacts of non-prescribed zebra crossings on disabled people.
To help to illustrate the concept of non-prescribed crossings, attached is a photo of one of the trial crossings that were used in Cardiff. One thing to emphasise, please, is that these non-prescribed crossings will be positioned where no crossing currently exists – there is no agenda for them to replace current prescribed crossings.
There are four issues that are of interest to us in relation to the crossings:
Actual or perceived safety issues
Issues with people understanding the right of way between motorists and pedestrians
The convenience of using the crossings
The likelihood of people using the crossings
Please could any views be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 25 January.
Engagement Development Officer
029 2043 1570
CARDIFF BRANCH FACEBOOK GROUP - BANNER IMAGES
Members will notice that from time to time we change the banner image at the top of our Facebook Group page. This is done to bring a freshness to the page and to make it more impactive to those who view it.
So now it is your opportunity to have a go. Previous images have all been those taken by the webmaster, his family, or downloaded from other platforms. So if you fancy a challenge and would like some of your photos to see the light of day why not email them to the webmaster for inclusion on the FB Group page.
All we ask is that the image is yours, and has a relevance to Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan area. Please include details of the location where taken and your name. Hopefully we will receive sufficient to change the banner image on a weekly / monthly basis.
If you want to get involved forward the photos to email address: email@example.com
BLUE LIGHT CARD - ASDA DISCOUNT EXTENDED
If you are the holder of a BLUE LIGHT CARD you may be interested to know that their 10% off deal has been extended to 31st March 2023 oat all of their stores.
NB this does not include alcohol or petroleum based purchases.
If you have not got a card then please click on the link below to visit their website and apply.
HOLIDAY LODGES - UPDATE
The following information has been received from Wakefield:
Circulated to NEC, Branch Secretaries and HQ
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/
The Derrick Hasssan Equality,Diversity and Inclusion Award
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.
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.
NATIONAL POLICE MEMORIAL DAY - 2022
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
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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
07967 369 856.
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).
Kevin Wiltshire, PC Huw Morris, PS Jeff Matthews, Supt Fred Thomas, ACC Richards, Inspector Ted Jones, PC George Coughlin, Steve Horton.
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.
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.