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News page last updated - 24th November 2015

Shopping trip to Ludlow.
Here are a few details about the forthcoming shopping trip, which is now fully subscribed, and if you have not previously booked a place, then I am afraid there is now no room for anyone else.

The trip is planned for Thursday 3rd December 2015, and the bus (which will be from Cymru Coaches) will leave Swansea at 10am from the bus stops situated between Tescos and the bus station and multi storey car park. It will be travelling up the Swansea Valley and make a pick up just north of the M4 junction 45, at the bus stop by Smiths petfoods. This will be for people who have arranged with the organiser to be collected there. If you wish to be picked up there you must inform him, but a word of caution parking is very limited there and you will need to walk a fair distance if you do want to park in the area, or risk a parking ticket.

It is planned to leave Ludlow at 5.30pm.

If you have any queries regarding the trip then either text or phone Brian Davies on 07974 033040

Philip TAYLOR
Secretary
Swansea NARPO(98)
 
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Archived photographs
- Due to a server error with our hosting company, you will no doubt already be aware that as a result, we lost many photographs on this website. The good news is that the majority of these missing photographs have now been recovered and reinstated. Many are very old and well worth viewing. They are all in the archives and can be located right here...

Just follow the archived photos links at the top of each page to view them all.

Jeff Davies
6th November
 
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Emergency Services - Christmas Carol Service 2015 - Please find attached an invitation to the Emergency Services Christmas Carol Service on 3 December 2015 to be held at Llandaff Cathedral at 19.30 hours (Arrival by 18.45 hours )

We would be grateful if you could reply - preferably by e-mail - by 20th November 2015.

Many thanks

Gwasanaethau Argyfwng
Gwasanaeth Carolau'r 2015
 
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Online Frauds of Christmas - 'Bee' on your Guard - Click here to view  
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Boxing Tourament - (Friday 27th November 2015)
Would it be possible to circulate this to the Dyfed- Powys Narpo website and to the South Wales website?

Although listed as a “Schools & Youth” Tournament, it is intended that there will, additionally, be 2 or 3 Senior Bouts included. Download the poster here...

Many thanks,

Del
(Delme Phillips) (Retired Dyfed Powys Police
23rd Oct 2015
 
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Reminder Swansea Narpo New Venture - FREE COFFEE/TEA

Fancy a free coffee and biscuit? just turn up at the Tapestri Café/ Bar (old CPS) in Alexandra Road between 10am and 110am. Next date - Friday 11th December Coffee Mornings

Please note: We intend to continue to hold it on the third Friday of each month, but due to the closeness to Christmas, and the fact it would be the day after our Xmas lunch we are bringing it forward in December.

We have arranged for a segregated area for Narpo members -on arrival just say you and your partner are with Swansea Narpo and you will be directed or met by one of our Committee.

This is a new venture by us- you do not need to book just enjoy your coffee/ tea and biscuit and have a chat. Parking in NCP Car Park £1 per hour for first 3 hours- many bus services stop outside in Orchard Street

We intend to make this a monthly meeting - on the 3rd Friday of each calendar month - you will be reminded of this. Enjoy the rest of your shopping in town afterwards !!

 
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Hello Friends,
The Loughor Town bands 20th Annual concert is to be held next Saturday 10th October at the Loughor Welfare Hall. I am sending out the poster to those on my address list who may be interested in coming along. There may be a bit of a clash with some World Cup match or other – but that can be recorded. Live music is special. The Poster can be downloaded here...

You can pay on the door. Come along and have a great evening.

Phil Pinnington
5th Oct

 
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Marriage allowance - There may be pension advantages if your spouse has a limited income. It would appear to be suitable for wives who did not work, or had a small income job. Many of our elderly members could fit into this category. Click here to find out more in the Members only section of this website. Sept 2015  
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Police Stations - We now have a new page solely for Police Stations. Please do feel free to send us photographs, especially of those buildings that no longer stand, for example, Gowerton Station.
You can access the new page here and from the Scrapbook menu on the Home page of this website.
20th Sept.
 
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Facebook Many thanks to Tyrone Rees for setting up this brand new Facebook page for Swansea Narpo. You can now access and join the group by clicking here - 1st Sept 2015

We have been overwhelmed by the response to date and a little unprepared as we have not as yet had the opportunity to discuss ground rules which will be discussed at committee level at our next Narpo meeting, to be held at Cockett Police Station at 7pm on Monday 21st September. Any person wishing to attend this meeting is welcome to do so - please do contact us first so that we can arrange entry to the police station.

Any feedback will be most welcome, as this is a new venture to us and a challenge. We value your feedback, so don't hold back, tell us what you want, as our aim is to make this facebook account into an interesting and enjoyable tool which will be used and enjoyed by all.

Thanks everyone.
8th Sept

 
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Bus/ Train Trip - On Wednesday 9th September 2015 we have a bus trip from Swansea to Devil’s Bridge and from there an 'optional steam train to Aberystwyth' at a cost of £11.50 per person.
(If you do not want to take the train you will be dropped off at Aberystwyth). The train leaves Devil's Bridge at 12.30pm so we have to leave Swansea (outside Tesco) at 8.30am sharp.

The train arrives at Aberystwyth at 1.30pm where we will stay until 5.0pm, returning to Swansea by mid evening. The bus is free to members and partners or 1 guest. Additional guests are welcome at a cost of £10 payable on the day. The bus has 48 seats and allocation will be on a first come first served basis. Please contact Brian Davies on Tel: 07974 033040 or text to book.
 
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Travel with NARPO - After the dreadful incident in Tunisia their tourist market will drop away, understandably, for a long time. It was always high on the “good value “ list for families and anyone wanting a cheap deal, although many refused to try it. But now it is facing empty hotels, bars and shops. More here...
 
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Port Talbot Station Closing

Chief Inspector Joanna Williams, extends a warm welcome to all retired officers, and in particular to anyone who worked in the old station to attend this event. More here

Port Talbot Station Closing
 
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FEDERATION GROUP INSURANCE ISSUES:
Travel, Critical Illness and similar Insurances. Several members have highlighted the below. The Life and Travel Insurance provided by Phillip Williams, Brokers, via the Police Federation does not cover critical illness on retirement and has limitations for pre existing health problems. These limitations are not unique to this policy.

It is worth checking any insurance policies you have , especially travel and cars , to ensure they have no hidden exclusions and they meet your needs.
2nd July

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GOVERNMENT ACCEPT OMBUDSMAN DECISION
NARPO are pleased to note that we have now received a response from the Treasury in which they confirm that the Government accept the determination in full - not only in relation to Mr Milne but also in relation to the other individuals potentially affected by the determination. They also confirm that Police and Firefighter Pension Scheme Administrators are now working to identify affected individuals and will ensure that payments are made as soon as possible.

We would encourage Members to be patient in this matter and not overburden Administrators with queries at this stage allowing them to get on with the task in hand as quickly as possible without distraction. - See more here
2nd July

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Spouses pension for life. Read the update here on the main Narpo Wakefield web site.
4th June 2015
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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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Scams - 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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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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Future events - The Christmas Dinner will be held at the Manor Park, Clydach and we are also arranging another Christmas Market Bus Trip PLUS FREE Tea/Coffee 'get together' at the Old CPS - Further details in 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

Due to a lack of support, the committee have decided to cancel the barbeque planned for the evening of Friday 10th July. Although quite a few people stated they were interested in attending, very few would give firm commitments, and it was felt that catering for people who may not attend was not an option. 2nd July

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 - It is essential that we know the approximate numbers attending so please contact Erika Fowler on Tel: 01269 597081 or Email - e.fowler@talktalk.net. to let us know you are attending. 

Whilst this event is aimed at our younger members all are welcome for a bit of a laugh and to meet up with old and new friends so please support this venture

Ill HealthIll Health - Get well soon please to the following: John Rosser - John has actually had a small stroke last Friday (30th Oct) affecting his left side. He is likely to be in hospital for at least a week- starting physiotherapy tomorrow. He is feeling a lot better than when he was admitted- it is hoped that early diagnosis may prevent long term problems. Doug Spencer In Hospital - Gladys Spencer phoned to say that Doug is in hospital with serious prostate cancer. She is not too well herself.

Brian Lewis (2095)
has had a very bad time health wise recently - with a severe kidney stone problem which needed an urgent operation. He then had a critical time with anasthetic followed by cardiac problems - He is now home appeared to got over the worse for now. 23rd Oct.

Hubert Thomas
who has been admitted to Ward B at Morriston Hospital for an operation - 29th August. Update 30th Sept - Hubert was moved from Morriston Hospital to Singleton Hospital WARD 4, yesterday afternoon which is more convenient to Beryl for visiting. Parking at Morriston is very difficult. No dramatic improvement in Huberts mobility yet.

Andy jones ex Pc 1777 who was recently airlifted to Morriston Hospital after suffering a very bad fall at the rear of his home. August 2015

Tony Imlach - Hugh Williams - Andy Jones – Gareth Jones who is having a prolonged hospital stay and John Rosser who was recently readmitted.

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 Congratulations to those with Special Birthdays between October and December but first an apology – to Ian”Tipster”Jones referred to as Peter in last edition. Michael Smith, Enid Rees, John Kerr, Roger Inward, Phillip Appleton,Karl Meyers, John Pickard, Roger Wedlake, John Black, Haydn DaviesAnn Rigby, John Smith, Les Taylor, Ann Thomas, Phillip Smith, David Rowe,Pat Smale, Barrie Lewis and to Dave &Janice Salter and Clive & Pauline Wynne Hughes on their Golden Weddings.

New Members - Welcome to Geraint James - Paul Challenger - Graham Stock- Caroline Milne and Steve James who has joined us from Australia.

Bereavements - Condolences to the families of – David Davies (Traffic Insp), John Hammond, John Gower Williams- Nicola - Daughter of Mike WattsNon-members Rob Burns- Christine Evans nee Breach.

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 Monday 23rd – 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. 

Committee vacancies With regret we have to say goodbye to Gareth Jones and Sheena Davies  who are standing  down due to ill health . We thank them for all their support and contributions and wish them well for the future. Consequently we now have vacancies on the Committee and if you would like to join us, please get in touch.

1st July 2015 - Welcome to our new Committee member, Tony Imlach who is at present our youngest member!

We would particularly welcome younger members of either sex. 

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Computer matters -  Andy Gill tel 01792-296275    E mail    woodsiders@aol.com  is prepared to assist any member who is struggling with basic computer techniques such as Emailing or Website research - Also Swansea Libraries offer various short courses on these aspects or do as most us do ask your Grandchildren!

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.

If you have previously sent us photographs for the website and find they are now missing, please do send them in again. 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.