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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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Golf Day

Swansea NARPO golf day 0n Friday 31st May 2019

Updated - View photos here

 

 

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Coffee Morning and Buscuits

COFFEE MORNING

Coffee Mornings are now held at the Grand Theatre Footlights Bar. The bar at the café is not currently open during the day but Front of House Staff will open up the Conservatory area of the Footlights Bar and provide us with pots of coffee, tea and biscuits.

They are held on the 3rd Friday of the month so the next dates are Fridays - 16th August, 20th September, and 18th October from 10.30am to 1.0pm

This new location is proving very popular; location is extremely convenient to the Quadrant Bus Station and there is also parking nearby. Reminders will be sent via Email, Website and Facebook which contains many pictures of our sessions.

Photos for Friday 19th July 2019

Bryon Tucker
22nd June

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Centenary events 2019
As part of our centenary celebrations we have produced a short timeline video to highlight some of the landmark events and dates in our 100-year history. Narpo Wakefield - May 2019

Justice for Widows/Widowers and other survivors - As part of our continued campaign to seek justice for all our widows/widowers and other survivors, we are looking for information and examples of the following:

Any information/copy letter given/sent to a widow who has had their pension withdrawn as a result of remarriage or cohabitation.

Any information/copy letter of Forces that contact widows/ers asking them to confirm their marital status and provide a countersigned certificate of such status. Any copies of the actual letter and certificate/form would be most welcomed.

Please send any such information to me at this email address ceo@narpo.org or via post to NARPO House, 38 Bond street, Wakefield, WF1 2QP.

Steve Edwards
Chief Executive Narpo
27th April

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Free Will Service - Good News for all Narpo Members and extended families, I [Ray MILNE Retired Inspector 1490 ] have now retired from the Department of Work and Pensions and will shortly be assisting my son Gareth in his business at Swansea Legal Solutions with the preparation of Wills, Lasting Power of Attorneys, Care Fee Planning and Funeral Plans. I have spent the last 10 years reading and advising persons about Lasting Power of Attorneys.

I have persuaded my son to extend the FREE WILLS MONTH to include APRIL 2019 and include a 20% discount on Lasting Power of Attorneys. NOTE THERE IS also NO VAT BEFORE 1st APRIL 2019 so rates are very competitive.

Free Will Service

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.
(Photos are now available to view here)

Special Birthdays - Congratulations to the following on their Special Birthdays Phil Rees - Veryan Walters - Barbara Pye - Bob Whitter –Jones- Keith Watkins - Tony Jones - John Thomas -Joan Place -Dorothy Stocking. Keith Williams - Bryan Jenkins - Tim Davies - Sarah Price- Len Protheroe -Jennie Scourfield- Marilyn Jones - John Davies  Geraint Bale -Delyth Tovey- Linda Pascoe -Frances Jeffreys- Wendy O Brien –Catherine Evans-Julian Scott Williams -Len Boyle- Paul Finch - Graham Davies- Betty Jones   and  to  Bob & Kaye Topliss -Terry & Pat Williams and Terry & Marilyn Hughes on their Golden Weddings.

Bereavements - Our condolences to families of Brian Jones (see obituary), John Driscoll - Stuart Winks-Paul Harris - Dick Owens – Marjorie Rees and non member Peter Allen.

New Members -Welcome to – David Lee  - Phil Barrett - Wayne Bowen - Frances Jeffreys - Lawrette Hamilton - Peter Lloyd Davies- Tony Meyrick - Adam Paul -Tudor Davies, Andrew Slade, Alistair Smith Ian Roderick and at long last Graham Lloyd!

Data Protection-Newsletter We have reverted to our practice of mentioning Special Birthdays and Golden /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).

Widows Pension For Life - Between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesday 1st May 2019 in Room R, Portcullis House, London, we will hold another drop-in reception to raise awareness of our Widows Pension For Life campaign, which calls for parity for police widows/widowers within the United Kingdom, should they choose to remarry or cohabit following the death of their husband/wife. More here
Steve Edwards
Chief Executive
Narpo
5th March

Work opportunity - New series of Hunted - Channel 4 - A BAFTA - Nominated series that asks ordinary members of the public turn fugitive and go on the run. The fugitives are pursued across the UK by an elite team of expert hunters drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds including police, military, intelligence and security.

We’re looking for new experts, specifically those at a senior level at the moment, to join our on-camera team in HQ and would be very grateful if you would be able to publicise the attached flyer to your members. It’s really important to us that we’re getting as many brilliant people as possible and would love your members to get involved.
More information here.

4th March

Pensioners Forum Wales
CUT OFF DATE - Thursday 14th March 2019
Good afternoon all - As you know, I attend meetings of the Pensioners Forum Wales group in Cardiff. One of the topics which the group have initiated involves sounding out interest throughout Wales on the idea of a Freedom Pass (extending the concessionary bus pass to include free rail travel throughout Wales). To this end, a questionnaire has been produced (attached). It is self explanatory and I would be grateful if you would forward this email and questionnaire to all NARPO members on your distribution list.

Unfortunately, there is no facility to complete the form online- the questionnaire will have to be downloaded, completed and posted back OR scanned and Emailed back to the address given on the form.
Many thanks for your cooperation.
Phil Hopkins.
28th Jan

"Pensioners Forum Wales - We want to know what you think about public transport in Wales.
Pensioners Forum Wales is starting a new campaign for improvements in public transport and for a Freedom Pass for older people in Wales. A Freedom Pass would enable older people to travel free on all forms of public transport".

You can go to our website www.pensionersforumwales.org to download a questionnaire, or you can email info@pensionersforumwales.org if you need us to send you hard copies.

We are also on Facebook

Thanks for your support
28th Jan.

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BBC Criminal Justice series - Dear Colleague,
Please see below email, which may be of interest to your Members.
Please would Members reply direct to the email addresses in the request - download here.

Regards
Alan Lees
Narpo.org

28th Jan 2019

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BMW Affinity Programme - We would like to introduce the BMW Group Military & Emergency Services affinity programme, a scheme that offers members of the Military and Emergency Services. Uunique offers on our complete range of vehicles. The Military & Emergency Services have a long and successful relationship with the BMW Group and we are excited to announce that you and your family can now benefit from this BMW Group Affinity programme.
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This scheme gives you and your immediate family the opportunity to benefit from exclusive stock offers and bespoke
factory orders on the full range of BMW models, the complete MINI range, BMW Motorrad Bikes and the growing
range of BMWi vehicles and Plug - In Hybrids. .

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Important - Regarding the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance, concerns have been raised in respect of GDPR implications in publishing photographs, and details of ill health of members/partners and significant birthdays.

The advice we have received is that there is no problem with respect to photographs - implicit consent to them being used is implied when they are taken. Please keep this in mind when publishing the above information, for example on Facebook or anywhere else, publicly. As a result of GDPR, we will no longer be publishing ill heaith or any such details on this website or Newsletter, unless of course, we have prior consent!

Pay Rise Police Pensions - The annual reporting of the CPI, published for September 2018 confirms that the annual percentage increase for police pensions 2019 will be 2.4% (previously 3%). Read more here

As from the 1st January 2019 the minimum subscription will be £21.12 (previously £20.64), this amounts to £1.76 per month (previously £1.72).

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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
Christmas Dinner - 2017
Christmas Dinner - 2018


 

 

Computer News

Computer stuff...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.

It is though vital that we have your correct email addresses. 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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