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Sketty Police Station - Do you have any photographs or information about Sketty Police Station?
Further contributions would be very welcome.

We already have a dedicated page here and one of our contributors, Mr Paul Gibson, who does some film extra/acting work is writing and learning about his g/g Grandfather and writing his story from his humble beginnings being born in the workhouse and his policing career around South Wales. He was also one of the founding inspectors of the NSPCC in Swansea and South Wales in the EARLY 1890,s,which he combined with his police work.

There was actually a protection of cruelty to animals act RSPCA 1834, before there was an act of cruelty to children passed in 1889! The age of consent wasn't raised from 12 to 16 until 1885! He lived in a few of the stations including Sketty and Loughor and Paul's great Grandmother was born in Pontycymmer station in 1888.
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Travel with Narpo - Click here to view the monthly Newsletter
9th April
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Swansea Narpo AGM - Updated 22nd April - Photographs can now be viewed here
Courtesy of Cheryl Taylor and Jeff Davies


Just a few lines to remind you of the forthcoming AGM, which is being held in a different format this year to encourage members to attend. It will be held in the afternoon of Thursday 16th April at Llys Glas, which is the old Swansea Central Police Station in Alexandra Road/ Orchard Street, which is easily accessible by bus, park and ride, or car, with several car parks near by.

The proceedings start at 1.45pm with the business meeting, which it is hoped will finish by 2.45pm.

Note At 3.0pm we have a talk by Retired Captain Cledlyn Jones about his exploits during World War II, and in particular when his ship was sunk by a German U boat.

Note At 4pm we have an afternoon tea, which is free to members and one guest.
If you want to bring more guests the cost will be £7.95 per person. It is not necessary to attend all of these events, if you prefer, either turn up for the talk or the tea only.

If you wish to attend, and have not already done so, it is essential that you please ring Phone Brian Jones
Brian Jones ASAP on Tel: 01792 299762
to book as we need to have an accurate number for the catering.

Also as has been pointed out in the newsletter, we have vacancies on the committee, so any member who fancies becoming a committee member please let me know, either by e mail or phone on 01792 842378, and even if you are unable to attend the AGM we can arrange to vote you on.

Philip TAYLOR
Secretary
Swansea NARPO(98)
7th April 2015

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Scam Phonecalls Police have identified that members of the public have received scam phonecalls from persons purporting to be from computer companies, as a result of this interaction they find themselves at a financial loss.

Beware - Theft of Lawn Mowers - Its that time of year, when new lawn mowers are purchased and kept in garden sheds. Its also that time of year when traditionally, those persons who can't afford a lawn mower, whether its new or not, steal lawnmowers and other items from insecure sheds. Members are requested to review their security of sheds etc to prevent themselves from becoming victims of crime.

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In a recent twist, scam artists are using the phone to try to break into your computer. They call, claiming to be IT techs associated with well known companies. They state that they’ve detected viruses and other malware on your computer to trick you into giving them remote access. By doing so provides the caller with easy access to your personal details and compromises the security of passwords, which they change preventing you access.

“If a computer company calls to tell you that there’s a problem with your machine, it could be a scam.”

For more advice and guidance click here

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: gary.payne@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

Regards,
Gary Payne
Senior Office Assistant
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: gary.payne@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk
3rd April 2015

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Carry a Medical cardCarry a Card As part of the branch's continued research and supportboth to its members, families and friends we often come across items which we believe will be of help and assistance especially in times of emergency when it is difficult to obtain the information often required by emergency personnel such doctors, nurses and paramedics.

Which is why we a suggesting that members who have health issues carry a card that provides emergency medical advice and contact details together with a list of your more serious illnesses and medications. If you want to carry such a card you can complete one on line, print it and laminate it.

It is known from the personal experience of some of our members how beneficial the contents of the card are to medical personnel especially when you are not in a position to answer any questions.

Check out the free cards here

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ITV's 'Wales Election Debate'
ITV Wales are staging an election debate on Wednesday 22nd April 2015 at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff between 18:30 and 21:30. The debate will feature a representative from the six leading political parties who will answer a selected number of questions from the audience, broadcast live on ITV Wales.

I would be very pleased to hear from any members or affiliates of South Wales NARPO who might be interested in being members of our audience. Could those interested please contact me directly on 07880 475 645 or by email to rosie.mercer@itv.com, by Friday 10th April 2015?

Please include a very brief profile of yourself including occupation, age, ethnicity and political leaning (no problem if you're unsure or undecided!) as this will help us to ensure that we source a balanced audience. Please also let me know if you have any accessibility or other specific requirements so that we can notify the venue in advance.

Many thanks and look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, don't hesitate to contact me with any queries.

Best wishes,

Rosie
1st April

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Pension updates etc.

We frequently get asked questions about Pension issues but regretfully, cannot always assist. For example, The mention in the recent Spring 2015 Newsletter about Injury Pensions is printed in full on the Narpo HQ website.

In order to bring you fully up to date, please navigate to the main NARPO Wakefield website or use the below contact details. Thank you.

National Association of Retired Police Officers, 38, Bond St, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. WF1 2QP

Tel: 01924 362166 Fax: 01924 372088 - Email : hq@narpo.org

Office hours: 0800hrs - 1600 hrs Monday - Thursday

0800hrs - 1530hrs Friday

26th March 2015

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Later Life Ambitions brings together the collective voices of over a quarter of a million pensioners through the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, the Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance, and the National Association of Retired Police Officers Association.

We know the challenges that older people face in today’s Britain but we also know that our members have ambitious aspirations for the next generation of pensioners. Sign the pledge here
24th March

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Digital Exclusion Survey - I would be grateful if you would circulate a survey to your members regarding Digital exclusion.

(See link below to download this survey in PDF format)

Please return by 30 June 2015 to:

Sally West, Policy Team, Age UK,
Tavis House, 1- 6 Tavistock Square,
London, WC1H 9NA
email policy@ageuk.org.uk

Please click here to download and complete the survey

Hint: If you can open and complete the survey you are unlikely to tick the relevant "Can't use a computer " boxes unless you have help

19th March 2015

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Owl Watch






OWL keeps communities safe, helps reduce crime and keeps people informed of what's going on locally. It's a shared, secure platform for the public and local authorities to maximise the potential of Neighbourhood Watch, Rural Watch, Business Watch and dozens of other schemes. OWL sends you the latest local crime alerts and provides management tools for maintaining and expanding watches. Read more here...

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Solar Eclipse - And now for something completely different

solar eclipseA total solar eclipse--the biggest in Europe since 1999--will darken skies over parts of the continent at 9:45 a.m. UT (5:45 a.m. Eastern Time) on Friday, March 20. The eclipse is expected to block a whopping 98 percent of the sun's light in northern Scotland, The Telegraph reported. As for London, it's expected to see an 85-percent reduction in sunlight. More here...

London, England
Solar eclipse begins: 8:25 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Greatest eclipse: 9:31 a.m. GMT
Solar eclipse ends: 10:41 a.m. GMT
Maximum obscuration of solar disk: 84%

List of solar eclipses visible from the United Kingdom AD 1000–2091

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Subject: EDM 828 - a terrible injustice that involves many a Police widow

As part of the campaign and petition launched by Cathryn Hall with regards to righting an injustice which still affects lots of Police widows both now and in the future. An Early Day Motion No 828 has been started with cross party support in the Commons.

To: jonathan.evans.mp@parliament.uk

Good Evening Sir,

As you are aware I am a retired Police Officer, one of your constituents and a supporter of the Conservatives as well
As your good self over quite a number of years.

That is why am writing to seek your help and request that you sign EDM828 and help correct a terrible injustice that involves many a Police widow, The extract below is the wording of this particular EDM.

'That this House recognises that police officers often place themselves in the way of harm to protect their communities, sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice and leaving behind families and loved ones; believes that we have a moral and public duty to ensure all police widows and widowers are financially provided for for their lifetime; is deeply concerned that the Police Pension Regulations 1987 do not allow police widows or widowers the opportunity to marry or cohabit, without losing their right to a police widows' or widowers' pension for life; agrees with the Police Federation of England and Wales that it is morally and ethically wrong to make police widows and widowers and their dependants effectively choose between future financial security and the possibility of future personal happiness; welcomes the fact that the Police Pension Regulations 2006 allow new entrants or serving officers to transfer to a new scheme which permits their survivors to access benefits which are payable for life regardless of whether they remarry; regrets that nevertheless many police widows and widowers still remain disadvantaged by the Police Pensions Regulations 1987, and calls on the Government urgently to review the Police Pensions Regulations 1987 to ensure that the families of those who have served their community and been lost in the line of duty receive financial security regardless of their decision to remarry or cohabit.’

I trust that on this occasion you will find it in your heart to sign this EDM which has cross party support

Yours faithfully

Paul Bryant
CF14 1UJ
9th March

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Update - 6th March - Thanks very much to Paula at the Switchboard, South Wales Police Control Room, Andrew Walters has now been traced - A very Happy Ending :-)

Hello from Auckland, New Zealand.
Can anybody help me at all? I am trying to trace a Welsh police officer [I think based in Cardiff around 2003?] Andy Walters. He was working on motorway recovery patrol the day my sister and I had a rather nasty accident and was so helpful. We all kept in touch for several years then, as happens, the connection slipped. He did try to make contact with us through a friend's Facebook page about a year ago but the email address didn't work.

I would be so grateful if anyone has a contact address for Andy [wife Australian]. I have tried through local council offices but to no avail. Trish.

Any information please email jeffdavies@talktalk.net

Thanks
6th March 2015

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For those who access Facebook there is s very interesting group which are very active in relation to the PO case.
The group is closed and secure but welcomes Police & Fire service pensioners who are affected by he issue to join them IE Those who retired between 1998 and 2006. The face book group Name is: Police and Fire Service Fairer Commutation Campaign.

You may wish to let your members know, and perhaps any firefighters that you or the members know as well

Paul Bryant
Cardiff Narpo
5th March 2015

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2015 AGM - On Thursday 16th April 2015. we have arranged an Afternoon Tea at LLys Glas – (Old Central Police Station) - many of you will remember the superb catering we had at a Slide Show in 2013. Read more about it here
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Hi All,

Several new job opportunities have recently been put on the NARPO website that may be of interest to your members More details here

Total Fitness Gyms have now agreed that NARPO members can access the Corporate membership rate of £35 per month on production of their Membership Card. More details here

Regards
Steve Edwards
Deputy Chief Executive
Narpo
01924 331 251
www.narpo.org
27th Feb 2015

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Dyfed Powys Police Helicopter
Reverse the decision to close the Dyfed-Powys police helicopter base at Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, on New Year's Day 2016. At 4,000 square miles, the Dyfed-Powys police force area is half the size of Wales. It is a vast rural region with almost 300 miles of coastline. Having a police helicopter based within the force area, as at present, is essential to ensure a rapid response to many types of emergencies.

Please click here or the above photograph to sign the petition.
25th Feb

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Future events - The Christmas Dinner will be held at the Manor Park, Clydach and we will be arranging another Christmas Market Bus Trip   - fuller details in forthcoming Newsletters and Social Events page.

BBQ – Karaoke - Quiz Evening   We are aware that our traditional Social events do not appeal to our younger Members – so we are offering something different

On Friday 10th July 2015 commencing - 6.0pm, we have arranged a Barbecue at the Dunvant Rugby Club (with indoor facilities should it be raining) - The evening will also include some Karaoke Fun   a quiz, and a raffle with good cash prizes   The cost will be £5 per head and again payable by cheque on the night and non member guests are most welcome at the same price. Your cheque will virtually be your admission ticket -    Again, it is essential that we know the approximate numbers attending by contacting Brian on Tel: 01792 299762

Ill HealthIll Health - our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the following:

Gareth Jones is in Singleton Hospital Surgical Assessment Unit following a hall at his home on Tuesday.
28th May

Vera Tucker and Norman Hathaway - 9th April

Len Ballinger has been having a bit of a rough time lately with his health.

Howard Davies has been in hospital and had his spleen removed; he is now at home recuperating.

Ian George who is in Singleton Hospital.
Les Clements who has recently been in hospital.
John Gronow - Gladys Spencer- Nesta Sanger- Les Clement

If you know of a member's special birthday, anniversary or admittance to Hospital, please inform Bryon Tucker (Welfare Officer) We rely on all of you for updates. Thank you.


Special Birthdays & Celebrations Special Birthdays-

Congratulations to the following who have special Birthdays in the coming months
Hilary Williams, Jenny Troake, Mike Thomas, Spencer O’ Connor, Shirley Hamer, Barbara Edwards, John Knight, Janice Jones, Alan Mages, John Gower Williams, Jeff Stephens, June Mill and Morwen Williams.  

Also to Brian and Mary Jones -Golden Wedding , Graham and June Mill - Diamond Wedding. 

New Members - Welcome to June Price, Jacqueline Brooks, Mark Jutsum,
 Michele Joseph (Day), Janet Richards, Tony Gill (transferred from Glamorgan Branch) and  David Gould (many ex Swansea Borough Officers will remember David – PC115)

Bereavements - our condolences to the families of Bernard Grey - Civilian Van Driver - CPS.

Newsletters by Email - our rolling programme on this is progressing well but it is vital that we have your correct email addresses.  We will be contacting members who have Email addresses on our system and still receive the Newsletter by post, inviting them to receive the Newsletter electronically – whish saves us postage costs and gives you a much better presentation in colour etc.

The next Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday 6th May 2015 – In the meantime, please contact any Committee Member or the Secretary Phil Taylor at 01792 842378 or email narposwansea@yahoo.co.uk  if you would like any issue raised. 

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Peoples's Collections - A Bit of History

If you are interested in local history,and or local Policing history we have updated our BYGONE Days page with two additional links. These links access various elements of the website.

Part of this website is updated and maintained by retired constable and former South Wales Police musuem curator Mr. Ross Mather. There is a wealth of information held here which may be of use to you or even your grandchildren undertaking school projects. Why not give it a visit, its just a click away from the Bygone Days Page.

Paul Bryant
Cardiff Narpo
11th Feb 2015

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No 8 RCS Reunion
I am arranging an informal re-union of officers who served with No 8 RCS. It will be on Friday 20th March 2015 at The Gatekeeper PH, Westgate St., Cardiff which is opposite the Millennium Stadium. It will start at 4.00pm. Informal means (a drink). We have met a few times previously with officers from Gwent and South Wales and it would be nice to see old colleagues from Dyfed Pwys.

I can be contacted on: Tel: 07770-981361 or via e-mail spc1793@talktalk.net.

Thanks
Steve Cotterell
11th Feb 2015

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Hi all,
Please see our main Narpo website for details of an EDM in relation to the Commutation Factor dispute, and also circulate to members.

Regards
Steve edwards
Deputy Chief Executive
01924 331 251
www.narpo.org
6th Feb 2015
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Special benefits for NARPO members. See here for further details
As part of the Later Life Ambitions campaign Connect have organised the below event in Birmingham:

Join us in Birmingham (27th Feb 2015) at Older People’s Question Time to directly question politicians and high profile commentators ahead of the General Election. Led by the 250,000 members of the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, the Civil Service Pensioners Alliance and the National Association of Retired Police Officers, Later Life Ambitions brings issues that affect the lives of our older people to the forefront of politicians’ minds.

Please register your attendance:
Register online by clicking “Book Tickets”
Call James Noble on 020 7592 9490
Email your name, address and contact number to laterlife@connectpa.co.uk
Post your name, address and contact number to Later Life Ambitions, PO BOX 67187, London SW1P 9SZ

See the website for more information

Regards
Steve Edwards
Deputy Chief Executive
Tel: 01924 331 251

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Website errors - Due to a serious server breakdown with our Hosting Company in 2014, the entire Swansea Narpo web site was lost and deleted. This meant that all files had to be uploaded back on to the server. However, it is likely that there will still be instances where there are pages with missing photographs and broken links etc.

If you do come across such errors, please do send an email to the Web officer, Jeff Davies (jeffdavies at talktalk.net) informing him and by also including the relevant web page address. Eg. www.narposwansea/news.htm.

Thank you.

For the website to continue to be a success and to continue to 'look fresh' we need your help!

We are confident that there must be many photographs and interesting / amusing anecdotes from your time in ‘the job’ that could be shared with others. Also, if you’ve embarked on an interesting hobby, enjoyed a new career or have advice for those about to leave the service - why not share your experience?

PLEASE email your photos and articles to any committee member together with any suggestions you have for improving the website.

Our email addresses can be found here.
Thank you - 23rd Oct


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Newsletters by Email

During (2014) our Email system was hacked and our complete list of Email contact addresses was wiped out. We have managed to recover the vast majority but we are aware that in the aftermath of this hacking some of you had difficulty in re-submitting your details. If you have any doubts as to whether or not we have you listed correctly then please contact Phil to check. A brief Email to narposwansea@yahoo.co.uk will suffice. This is now doubly important as we are moving towards a “presumed consent” system of sending the Newsletter by Email to the addresses we currently hold

Generally speaking the reaction to send future Newsletters by Email has been very positive. However, we appreciate that this is a major change and we have decided to proceed slowly and as previously indicated we will extend this system to more members progressively throughout the coming year and completion by the start of 2015.

We would like to reassure all members who do not have a computer that you will continue to receive your Newsletter by post and those of you with computers can continue to receive by post by opting out of our Email scheme!

NB: It is vital that we have your correct up to date email addresses!

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