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Committee Meeting - The next one will be held on Monday 24th April 2017 @ Cocket Police Station. Please contact any Committee Member or our Secretary Phil Taylor on Tel: 01792 842378 or email narposwansea@yahoo.co.uk if you want any issue raised.

New Members - Welcome to – Steve Daniels, Tony Davies, Emma Hughes, Gary Thomas- Bob Whomes -Russ Paul and Suzanne Hughes.

Ill HealthIll Health - Updated 12th March - David William Jones known as Will, retired P.S.1085 is not very well having kidney dialysis and is housebound apart from hospital visits.
Just to let everyone know my dad Ieuan John (Pc 2044) is currently in Singleton having treatment for a Lung problem. We are hoping he will be fighting fit soon. Jayne Thomas.

Our best wishes to Dilys Beynon - Grey Phillips- Peter Tovey - John Knight- Denis Greenall and Dick Ashman.

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

Congratulations Congratulations to the following who celebrate special Birthdays between October and December – Lesley Davies - David Walters – Susan Davies – Jeff Davies - John Hovestadt – John Price – Jennifer Powell – Fiona Jones - Patricia Baynham – Mary O’Connor- Linda Hubschmid – John Lewis - Ian George – Tony Gill – Bette Edwards.

Also to John and Hilary Williams, John and Margaret Hovestadt and Willand and Eryl Jones on their Golden Weddings and lastly to John and Joan Hunt on their Diamond Wedding.

Bereavements - Condolences to the families of Fred Grace, Alan Davies.

Free Coffee MorningsFREE COFFEE - Coffee Mornings continue to be well attended at the Tapestri Café/ Bar (old CPS) in Alexandra Road. They are normally held on the 3rd Friday of each calendar month, from 10.30am to 12noon. There will be no coffee morning in December.

Remember we are footing the bill. - You do not need to book - just turn up and enjoy your free coffee/ tea and biscuits and have a chat. We will send Email and Facebook reminders.

Remember - You don't even need to be a member of Swansea Narpo!!!

Phil Taylor (Sec)

 

Swansea Narpo Golf Day
Many of us will remember Dai Rees, famous post war Welsh and British Golfer - well not to be accused of name dropping our very own Committee Member Dai Rees and Branch member Warren Williams have organised a Golf Day at Clyne Golf Club on Friday 26th May 2017 The event will be an 18 hole Stableford Competition with tee-times having been reserved from 0945hrs.

The advantage of Clyne is that players can tee-off at both the 1st. and 10th. Tees. We will also have use of 5 buggies. The day includes coffee and bacon roll on arrival, followed by 18 holes of golf on a championship course, a two course meal after the round followed by a short prize giving which will include the presentation of the old Swansea Police Golf Club “Joe Trigg” Trophy.

Members with current club handicaps and lapsed handicaps are welcome as the entry will be split accordingly with prizes for both groups and lady golfers are welcome. The total cost for the day is £30 per person but the event is subsidised including the purchase of prizes, so depending on the number of entries we hope to make a refund of £5 to £10 per person on the day. Those members who do not wish to play golf are welcome to attend the social event / meal after the round at a cost of £10 for the 2 course meal.

This is a great opportunity to meet up with some former colleagues, catch up in a friendly social environment, and with your support we are sure it will be a successful day hopefully to be repeated annually. It is vital that we know the numbers attending- many have already been contacted and expressed interest so if you wish to participate please phone Dave Rees at 07521 293843 or email daviderees129@gmail.com

Disability and long term health conditions.
The National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO) aims to support all of our members as fully as possible.
We would like to build a clearer picture of the needs of our members in relation to disability and long term health conditions.
To create greater support for our disabled members and their families NARPO has created a partnership with Disability Rights UK (DR UK), whereby all NARPO branches are now organisational members of DR UK.

As part of our Partnership with Disability Rights UK they have designed a survey for our members to complete in an effort to collate information in relation to disability issues within our membership. Please encourage all members to complete the survey using this link.

The survey will also be included in the next edition of NARPO News so that we can capture as many responses as possible from those who do not have access to or use of a computer.

Regards

Steve Edwards
Chief Executive Officer
01924 331 251
www.narpo.org

ALSO

Later Life Ambitions Campaign Please circulate the below survey to all members which is part of our Later Life Ambitions Campaign as we seek views on members in relation to what they think the forthcoming budget should prioritise.
The survey can be accessed at right here:

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Employment Support Allowance (Injury on Duty)
Please refer to the latest latest update on our website

Regards

Alan Lees
Deputy Chief Executive Officer

NARPO House
38 Bond Street
Wakefield
WF1 2QP

Tel 01924 331254

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Dementia Pilot - I’m sure you have already seen the article titled ‘Dementia Pilot’ in the February edition of NARPO news. As you have read in the article, the great news is that Police Mutual aim to offer a respite break to a further 40 families in 2017.

I’m sure this article will lead to more enquiries and questions about the service, I know we have already had quite a few. So, I thought you would appreciate some more information on the service. The original email I sent to you back in May 2016 is below and the nomination form is also attached.

The Retirees Respite Service process -

· A nomination form is received by Police Mutual from the nominator (nominations can be made by Chairs, Secretaries and Welfare Officers)
· An acknowledgement email will be sent out to confirm receipt of the form
· At the end of each calendar month we will review the nominations
· An email will be sent to the nominator to confirm the outcome of the nomination following the review
· Once an application has been accepted, we will write to the family with details of the breaks available and include brochures from the 3 specialist break providers we are working with.
· We will then make all the arrangements for the break for the couple

If you would like more details of the specialist providers please take a look at their websites –

www.mindforyou.co.uk
www.dementiaadventure.co.uk
www.revitalise.org.uk

I hope this is helpful to you but please let me know if you have any queries.

Kind regards
Helen

Helen Blackshaw
Wellbeing Services Manager | Police Mutual

Phone: 01543 305351 | Mobile: +447710701298
Email: helen.blackshaw@pmas.co.uk | Web: policemutual.co.uk

Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/PoliceMutual

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/policemutual

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Coffee Morning - From your Committee Our next coffee morning will be held this coming Friday 17th February 2017, at our usual place, Tapestri, (inside the old Central Police Station), Orchard Street, Swansea, between 10.30am and 12.00noon All are welcome to attend, and it will be nice to see any new faces that wish to attend, as well as the old stalwarts. We had an excellent turnout in January
We hope to see you there next Friday to put the world to rights and have a good natter. Remember Coffee/Tea/Biscuits are on us !

Coach trip to the National Arboretum & Memorial

Good evening Friends,
Attached is a copy of the recent IPA Newsletter for the Wales Region, should you care to place it upon your websites.

The South Wales Branch is organising a coach trip to the National Arboretum & Memorial. If any NARPO member is interested in joining with us, you can dowload the following forms right here - I attach the Flyer/Booking form.

Many thanks

Kindest Regards

Denis Hunt

Secretary

IPA South Wales Branch & No 4 (Wales) Region
9th Feb 2017

Heart Matters from the British Heart Foundation is designed to help you keep your heart healthy, especially if you have a heart condition, care for someone who does or might be at risk of developing heart problems.
The free, award-winning magazine offers information, inspiration and support with access to the latest research and updates on treatments and condition. You’ll also receive fabulous heart-healthy recipe cards in every issue, as well being able to browse hundreds of recipes as via an online recipe finder and explore nutrition features and information. More information here
9th Feb 2017

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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

Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning - From your Committee -
Once again the march of time 'grinds on' and it is almost time for our January coffee morning.
The next one will be held this Friday 20th January 2017, at our usual place, Tapestri, (inside the old Central Police Station), Orchard Street, Swansea, bewteen 10.30am and 12.00md.

All are welcome to attend, and it will be nice to see any new faces that wish to attend, as well as the old stalwarts.

I hope to see you there.
Bryon Tucker
18th January

 

Golf Day - The Committee of Swansea NARPO are looking at ways of getting members together, and one such way under discussion is to hold a Golf Day. Whilst it is early days and no final decision has been reached, the following are some ideas being considered: ·

Venue – not decided upon, but in all probability Clyne Golf Club, Mayals Lane, Swansea. (http://www.clynegolfclub.com/).

· Time and date – to be decided upon.

· Cost – to be calculated.

· Format – 18 hole Stableford Completion along with ‘Longest Drive’, ‘Closest to the Pin’ etc.

· Post-competition dinner.

· Small prize-giving.

In order to gauge interest and viability, could you please indicate whether you would be interested by either replying to me via email – daviderees129@gmail.com or

Via my mobile – 07521 293843.

NB. It would assist if you could do so before Monday 16th. January which is the date of the next Committee meeting. If you have any questions or queries please feel free to contact me as above.

I hope that as many of our members as possible will take part, and hopefully this event can become an annual one.

Dai REES (Ex-2880).

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PRESS RELEASE
Those aged 65 or over in Wales are urged to protect themselves against flu Read more here
26th November

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Protect your State Pension - Protect your State Pension - Attempts are being made to stop increases - Steve Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, Narpo. The triple lock is a guarantee to increase the state pensions, every year by the higher of inflation, average earnings or a minimum of 2.5% and was introduced to make sure that pensioner income was not eroded by the gradual increase in the costs of living.

The Work and Pensions Select Committee said that continuing with it was “unsustainable” and “unfair” on younger families. They think it would be better if the new state pension and basic state pensions were linked to average earnings with a formula included to protect pensioners during periods where earnings lag behind inflation.

Many pensioners still need the triple lock guarantee to ensure that their standard of living is safeguarded and we are worried that these changes would not be enough to do so.

You can read more and take action right here...
11th November

Government Autumn Survey - Later Life Ambitions wants to know what our members want to see in the Autumn Statement:

1. Do you believe universal benefits should be protected for all pensioners after Britain has exited the European Union?
2. Do you agree that better off pensioners should not be entitled to winter fuel payments, TV licences and bus passes?
3. Which universal benefit do you value the most? Read more here

Steve Edwards
Narpo HQ
Wakefield
8th November

Coffee Morning - The November coffee morning will be held on the second Friday of November, instead of the third Friday it usually is held on. This is to avoid a clash with next weeks bus trip to Gloucester, and means the coffee morning will be held this Friday, 11th November 2016, between 10.30am and 12md.

To date these events have proved very popular, with several new members attending each one. We usually see a cross section of ages present at each one, and it is a good time to renew acquaintances, meet other members, have a chat and put the world to rights.
If you have a few hours to spare this Friday, come along, you will be welcomed. Remember the tea/coffee and biscuits are free.

Computer Fraud - The screen capture shown below was first publicised by Dyfed Powys Police. This telephone scam is now even more common. If you receive a phone call saying that you may have a problem with your computer, just put the phone down. DO NOT allow the caller to obtain access to your Pc. (They may ask you to download a small file which will enable them to see and access anything and everything) It's also now common to receive emails with the same intent.

Also, if your page is hacked with a warning message, purporting to come from Microsoft, (there may also be an audio message) you may not be able to close the page using the normal X. To close the offending message, hold down Control/Alt delete at the same time and then press down the delete key.

A window will then pop up - Choose Start Task Manager
Navigate to Applications (top left of next pop up window) and simply select the web page and then End Task. That offending page will then be shut down.

You may wish to practice using Control/Alt Delete keys right now in order to become familiar with the process.

Jeff Davies
Web Officer
4th Nov 2016


Telephone Scam

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Hi all

Memorial Garden - HQ I just wanted to update you on the changes that are due to take place in HQ specifically in the memorial garden.

As you may be aware there has been a lot of building work going on over the last few years and the main HQ building has been extended and renovated with staff due to move back in the New Yr. In addition to the changes to HQ a new building is going to be created on the site of the memorial garden, this will be a café and hot desking area which will replace the current Ty Coffi/old canteen area.

As you know, the memorial garden an important part of the site and will of course be retained, however, it will need to be relocated. Plans are currently being drawn up based on a brief to locate it in an appropriate position within the site with capacity to remember more officers and staff.

I just wanted to let you know, should you receive any queries from retired officers who may become aware of this or see the building work taking place and have concerns about the garden and those remembered there. Therefore, I would be grateful if you could reassure anyone who contacts you that the relocation of the garden will be done as sensitively as possible will be replaced in another location on the HQ site.

Also contact has been made with the relatives of those currently remembered in the garden to tell them of our plans and share the plans for the new garden.

Any queries please let me know

Regards

Emma Mills
Police Headquarters
Bridgend
3rd November

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Hi All,

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse - Click here to read the Circular
The Guidance mentioned can be read here

Regards

Steve Edwards
Chief Executive Officer
30th Oct

An appeal from Australia - Jacqueline Sutherland from Queensland Australia is seeking information regarding her Grandfather David Arnold who was Constable 294 in the British Transport Police based at Swansea. He is pictured in this probably 1940’s photograph in the back row on the far right. It is believed he was serving in the 1920/30’s.
If you can help the please email Jacqueline at imcds2012@gmail.com (Please copy us into any feedback to keep us in the loop)

A photo appeal Queensland Australia

Monthly coffee morning
Good afternoon,
Once again, time has flown and it is almost time for the monthly coffee morning. The next one will be held on this Friday, 21st October at the usual place, Tapestri in the old Central Police Station, Swansea. Why not come along and meet old friends and colleagues and have a natter for an hour or so. The coffee morning starts at 10.30am and runs to 12md. Plenty of time to put the world to rights, and discuss old events.

Hope to see you there

Phil

Philip TAYLOR
Secretary
Swansea NARPO(98)
17th Oct

Will your MP help protect 'Attendance allowance'? Read more here 17th Oct

Swansea Police Whistle Police Whistles- We now have a new page - something different - something new.

All contributions invited.
Oct 2016

Age UK - Are you interested in helping shape the best quality and most relevant healthcare services for the over 50’s?
Then, please do click here to download more information.

Motor Vehicles - Are you thinking of purchasing a new car, and save yourself a few thousand £'s?
If the answer is yes, then you may wish to take a look at this page on the Narpo HQ website. 7th Oct

NARPO Conference 2016 - Just to let you know that you can now watch NARPO Conference 2016 on our You Tube channel right here. So, if you want to know what was discussed please view it now.
I would be grateful if you could forward to your members so that they can if they wish view Conference.
Steve Edwards (Narpo HQ) 6th Oct

Forthcoming Christmas Dinner and Bus Trips can be found right here.

 

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.

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.

Art Gallery - You may not be aware that we have our very own 'Art Gallery'. You can visit the page right here.

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
12th Sept 2016

Website/Newsletters by Email - our rolling programme on this is progressing well but it is 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.

Our rolling programme continues its onward march and we appreciate your cooperation. The Branch funds are now benefitting as a result. 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?

Narpo News – as usual this is packed with a variety of informative articles, advice and special offers - Keep your eyes out for the next edition and order your 2017 Narpo Diaries- We appreciate that the magazine has a lot of information to digest at one reading –so do not discard it –put in to one side and refer to it over the next week or so.

Facebook Remember, for up to date news between Newsletters just log in to our website at www.narposwansea.co.uk or/and for those of you on Facebook, we also have our very own Facebook page. If you are not already a member and wish to join, please send a request.

Now for the 'boring small print' - It's a closed group and we have the following ground rules:

Our ground rules - This Facebook page is open for all to view, Membership is restricted to retired and serving officers, and support staff, their relatives, close friends, and any member of the greater Police family. It aims to keep us all in touch with each other and to share news, views and events. Please keep it light-hearted. Any unsuitable comments/derogatory/character assassinations etc will be deleted.

Friends can only add new members with Admin approval. We have already had several requests from people wishing to become members who have been unable to justify their connection to the Police family, and they have been rejected. Also, please, no business advertising is allowed; there are already opportunities on our website to advertise for a small cost, on an annual basis which includes an entry in our quarterly newsletter.

If you are a member please do not hesitate to post any news, events or anecdotes that you would like to share with ex colleagues. We also welcome photographs for this Facebook page and our website, helping to keep everything fresh and interesting. Thank you all for your support and submitions to date. It's very much appreciated, thank you.

Stunning Brand New 2016 Holiday Home Available for Private Rental at Haven Devon Cliffs Holiday Park, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 5BT. 15% discount for Police /NARPO members. Click here for further details.
2nd June 2016.

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