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Social News - Extracted from Autumn Newsletter 2019

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Coffee Morning and BuscuitsNovember Coffee Morning : Our next coffee morning will be held on Friday 15th November 2019 between 10.30am and 1.0pm at the completely refurbished Grand Theatre Restaurant/Bar now known as “The Malthouse” (formerly Footlights Bar) which is under new management. The Conservatory area of the restaurant will be dedicated for our use.

The new team have kindly extended a warm welcome to us on the same format as previous arrangements, that is, - Self service from Pots of Coffee. Tea and biscuits which will paid for by Swansea Narpo. Those who would prefer a. Cappuccino, Latte , Hot Chocolate etc will be able to buy such items at the counter.

So why not pop along on Friday to see some old friends and colleagues We look forward to seeing you at what will be the final Coffee Morning of 2019 as we do not meet in December. You do not have to book, just turn up, a warm welcome is guaranteed.

Philip TAYLOR
Secretary
Swansea NARPO(98)

Coffee mornings photos - We now have a brand new page with links to photographs of our Coffee Mornings.
A special mention to Cheryl Taylor for your photo contributions during this and previous years.

Coffee Morning Photos can all be viewed here

Narpo Privacy Policy/ Photographs - our national body has produced a Privacy Policy document which sets out precisely how information you have supplied is dealt with. On a local basis at all our social events, several photographs are taken of individuals, and group photographs. These are then published on our website and Facebook page, for other members to see, and as a record of the events.

Should you not want your photograph taken, please inform the photographer at the time, otherwise it will be presumed that you consent to your photograph being taken.

Please note: The full privacy document from Narpo HQ can be downloaded here

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Swansea Halberdiers - Just spent this morning (11th November) at Police HQ attending the Remembrance service. Whilst there I had a long involved conversation with members of the Swansea halberdiers. They have recently reformed , and have a nucleus of about 10 officers who attend parades etc whenever duties permit them to.

They are very passionate, especially the fact that they are the SWANSEA halberdiers. They are trying to model their uniform upon the old Swansea Borough one. What they are finding is that, now the weather is becoming colder, if they perform outdoor duties their uniform is not really warm enough. They have asked me to see if any ex Swansea officer has a greatcoat that they would be willing to donate to them. They have already been able to source four, but really need 8 to clothe a full working squad. The force tailors dept. have been unable to help.

So if anyone has any old Swansea Borough greatcoats, squirreled away in their attics etc, which they no longer want could you let me know and I will arrange collection. Also if you have any other Swansea Borough memorabilia in you possession that you either happy to donate, or lend to us for the Swansea Borough reunion please let me know.

Philip TAYLOR
Secretary
Swansea NARPO(98)
11th Nov

ITV Wales: Looking for election debate audience members

Hello Mr. Taylor,

I am contacting you because at ITV Wales we are looking for audience members for a live hour-long election debate programme we are organising. It is early days so we have not got many solid details but it will take place in Cardiff on a Sunday evening probably mid-late November. When we know exactly what/if an election is happening I will be able to give more information so sorry it is vague for now.

We are looking for people who might have an interest and want to take part as audience members. We are looking for people with a range of political views and opinions - although we are also particularly keen on targeting people who would vote either Liberal Democrat, Plaid Cymru or Brexit Party as we have less of those at the moment.

I was hoping you may be able to pass this information on to some of your members and anyone potentially interested (including yourself) can then drop me an email with their name, contact details and answers to the following:

- How did the vote in the 2017 General Election

- How would they vote in another General Election

- How did they vote in the 2016 EU referendum

- How would they vote in another EU referendum (Remain, Leave no deal, Leave Boris Johnson's Deal, Would not vote, Don't know)

We will probably only have an audience capacity of 100 and we will have to balance it politically and have a diverse group so may not be able to accept everyone who expresses an interest. At this stage though it would be good to gather some details for people who are interested.

If you have any questions you can email or call me on 08448 810 085. Hope this is something that interests you.

Thanks very much,

Sarah

ITV Broadcasting Limited (Registration No. 955957) (“ITV”) is incorporated in England and Wales with its registered office at 2 Waterhouse Square, 140 Holborn, London EC1N 2AE. Please visit www.itv.com for further information.

25th October 2019

FREE Bus passes - You need to renew your existing card BEFORE 31st December 2019
Important - Concessionary Travel Cards - From Wednesday 11th September, Transport for Wales have been working with all Welsh local councils and Welsh Government to roll out new-style Concessionary Travel Cards by the end of December 2019. These cards will replace the current green 'bus passes' across Wales.

If you have a council-branded card, you’ll need to get a new-style card before 31 December 2019 to continue enjoying concessionary travel benefits. It’s an easy and quick process.

These cards will replace the current green 'bus passes' across Wales. The old-style cards will not be recognised by electronic readers on buses after 31 December 2019. Click here to apply for a new style card.

Free Bus Pass Changes

Free Buss Pass eligibilty changes - The Buses (Wales) Bill will make changes to the planning and delivery of local bus services in Wales. It will amend the eligibility age for the mandatory and discretionary concessionary fares scheme. Over time this will align with a person’s State Pension age.

Read more here

Data Protection-Newsletter We have reverted to our practice of mentioning Special Birthdays, Golden and Diamond Wedding Anniversaries. However we will no longer post details of a member’s hospitalisation, but individual members can post it on our Facebook Group or colleagues on their behalf.

(If you do not wish for your particular event to be mentioned in the Newsletter please inform our Sec Phil Taylor).

Bereavements our condolences to the families of Gillian Weston, John Pickard, Del Grace, Lyn Beynon and non members Colin Williams  - Youla Thomas – Rosemary Lewis

Special Birthdaysbest wishes to the following who have special Birthdays in the coming months - Cecilia Harding- Elaine Haylock- Janet Rees- Nigel Woodward -Karen and Spencer Goulding -Stephen James - Christine Bowen - Neil Morris and Ian Folland-Jim Evans-Huw Griffiths-Geoff Johnson - Carl Shackley- Phil Stocking-and Stuart Murray. Also congratulations to Barbara and John Price on their Golden Wedding.

New Members - welcome to David Peart, Rowan Moore, Gareth Jones, Martin Thomas, Kath Brown, Phillip Morris and Jonathon Davies.

Welfare Matters Benevolent Fund Please be aware there is money available in the fund, for home improvements, for disabled members, this application is subject to means testing. However, there is also NON MEANS TESTED funding for a rehabilitation break to Flint House. Also, for unforeseen hospital admissions, which require travelling and overnight accommodation for family members. For further information, to establish if you are eligible to claim these allowances, please contact Erika Fowler welfare officer–at Telephone 01269 597081 or by email; e.fowler@talktalk.net. Any contact with Erika will be totally confidential.

Free Wills Service

South Wales Police Federation Pensions Stance
Dear Colleague, I write to you as your Chair with regards to the stance of your local South Wales Police Federation inrelation to the latest development on the pension’s judgement, which ruled that the transitional arrangements were deemed discriminatory and therefore unlawful. Read more here (PDF file)

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50 years of South Wales Police  Celebrating 50 years of keeping South Wales safe

Another Video can be viewed here, presented by Chief Constable Matt Jukes

Also, a PDF Booklet outlining the first 50 years of the Force has been prepared and distributed.
Download your copy here.

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Quick Guide - New Photographs available to view below
Select links of your choice -

Coffee Mornings - New page
More to follow

Golf competition May 2018
Part 1
Part 2

Swansea NARPO golf day 0n Friday 31st May 2019

Updated - View photos here

Christmas Dinner - 2017
Christmas Dinner - 2018


 

 

Computer News

Computer stuff... Upated August 2019
Website/Newsletters by Email - our rolling programme on this is progressing well and it continues it's onward march. We appreciate your co-operation and the Branch funds are now benefitting as a result.

Please, please remember to update Phil when you change your email address, phone number or home address for any reason - this is essential for us to keep you informed – Phil recently had at least 8 emails rejected that he had sent to members because he had not been updated.

If you are not yet receiving your copy of the news letter by Email only and you wish to change to that method, then send Phil Taylor an Email to narposwansea@yahoo.co.uk and he will arrange it. This saves us postage costs and gives you a much better presentation in colour etc.

All e-mails are sent via BCC (Blind copy) so that members e-mail details will not be shown on any one else’s e-mail, thus protecting their privacy. If you are receiving the Newsletter by Email and by post could you please contact Phil Taylor to let him know that you are content to receive the e mail copy only?

Personal Details - in order that you are kept informed of what is happening in Narpo locally and nationally it is essential that you keep us updated on any changes such as new home address, telephone number and/or email address.  If you have any doubts you can check the records we have on you by contacting our Sec Phil Taylor.

Facebook Our Swansea Narpo Facebook page (already over 300 members) is already a well-used and an established part of our communications network with news updates, old photos etc. being added daily.  Regular users will be already aware of some of the information in the Newsletter but many of our members do not have computers. Also, many who do are not Facebook subscribers so some repetition is unavoidable.

All members with access to computers are welcome to join in - including bone fide family members who can show the items to their Narpo parents for example. It's a closed group so the content is not available to non-members.


Old Photographs - our treasure trove of old Swansea Police photographs is in need of some new items - contributions have virtually dried up.  If you also have in your possession some old photographs that are not in good condition- perhaps cracked or blemished - our new Committee Member Mike Green can enhance the quality considerably. If you have such items. You can contact Mike by Email : mikal.greenberg@me.com and he will advise accordingly.

Update: 17th May - Photo Repair. Please do not use shown phone number on the Summer Newsletter but email me instead - mikal.greenberg@me.com with highest quality scan that you can do. Or, send the original to my address (Please email me for the address) I will respond straight away. Mike Green.

Website appeal - Our Website continues to flourish, is well visited and complemented by our Facebook page 'Swansea Narpo'. We are confident though there must be many photographs and interesting/amusing anecdotes from 'your time in the job'. So, please do feel free to contribute and get in touch - you can of course remain anonymous if you so wish! We also welcome any suggestions you may have for improving 'your' website.

Difficulty opening our Newsletters - We are aware that some of you may still be experiencing problems when opening Newsletters. The Newsletter is created using Microsoft Word but not everyone has this program installed, so to get around this issue, the document is sent out as a PDF file which can then be opened and read using the FREE program Adobe Acrobat Reader. Be very careful though when about to install because the 'optional offer' boxes are already ticked. To disable, just untick the 2 boxes before installing. We hope this clarifies things but of course should you have further questions then please feel free to contact us.

Jeff Davies
Website Officer

Travel Services Offered - Hi, my name is Christina and I’m a Travel Counsellor In my ‘former life’ I was a Police Officer for 13 years in South Wales. In 2014, my husband Andy retired from South Wales Police and we bought a round the world ticket and went exploring for a year. On our return, we decided I should set up my own business doing what I love and bought a franchise in Travel Counsellors.
You can read about all I have offer right here...
8th Feb 2017

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