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Dear all,

Greenham Common protests
Please see the attached letter received from the Police and Crime Commissioners office.

It is relating to a request for officers to take part in a Welsh Language TV programme about the Greenham Common protests 40 years ago. They are looking for any Welsh speaking officer they may have been deployed at the time and are interested in taking part, hopefully the letter is self-explanatory.

If you wish to take part the PCC's office could help coordinate communication with the production company.

Regards

Phil

Phil Addicott NARPO

Secretary

Dyfed Powys Branch

19th Feb

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New year message

May I wish our members a Happy New Year.

Like you all I look forward to the vaccines being available to all as soon as possible, enabling normal life to return. Christmas day was particularly difficult for us. We were due to spend the day with our younger son and his family, but our daughter in law tested positive for the virus a week before. She has now fortunately recovered.

It has been very difficult not being able to see our families and friends, in some cases for several months. Normal life and routines have been interrupted in ways we could never have thought possible. Let' s hope in 2021, all this disruption to our lives will end. Stay safe and well.

Brian Davies
Branch Chairman.
1st January 2021

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Newsletter – If you have anything that would be informative or of interest that could be included in the newsletter please forward to Andrew or Carole Milne.  Email: aamilne@hotmail.co.uk / carolemilne@hotmail.co.uk

Narpo update pension and subscription
The annual percentage increase for police pensions 2021 will be 0.5% (previously 1.7%)
As from the 1st January 2021 the minimum NARPO subscription will be £21.60 annually, (previously £21.48), this amounts to £1.80 per month (previously £1.79).

Committee Meetings – All meetings have been cancelled; they will be arranged when deemed safe to do so.  If you want any issue raised, at a future time please contact any Committee member or our Secretary Phil Taylor Tel. 01792 842378 or email:  narposwansea@yahoo.co.uk   

   

NARPO Member Survey December 2020
Here at HQ we are currently planning the 2021 issues of NARPO News.

NARPO News is our flagship publication, which is first, and foremost, for you, our members, and we want to make sure we’re giving you the best publication possible. So that we can make sure we’re doing that, we would like to find out your views on the magazine as it is currently, things you might like to see in future issues, and more about you. This is so that we can make sure future content and advertising matches Members’ interests and outlooks.

To do this, we are asking if you would take part in this short survey, that should take around 5 minutes to complete. All you have to do is click on the Survey Monkey link below to take part. The closing date for responses is 4th January 2021.

NB. COVID-19 – Coronavirus has affected all our lives this year and has meant that we haven’t been able to do the things we normally do or had planned to do. Hope is on the horizon though and as this survey is about the bigger picture could we please ask that you answer the questions from the perspective of ‘normal/none COVID times'.

Thank you,

NARPO HQ

Don’t forget, we are also always on the lookout for member participation in NARPO News, whether that’s letters, an event you would like to publicise or something from across the work, life leisure spectrum which you think would inspire others, we want to hear from you. Please send your submission ideas to businesssupport@narpo.org .

Members of the Committee continue with Welfare calls
Following on from the positive feedback from previous months, the committee of Swansea NARPO decided that they would continue in their efforts to contact, by phone, widow(er)s, single persons and people living alone, who are members, to ensure they were alright.  The purpose is to have a general chat, and to listen to their concerns and individual circumstances in coping with the restrictions.  The response continues to be one of thanks, that they had not been forgotten in these strange times.  The participating members of the committee enjoyed listening to many delightful stories from those contacted.  The committee all agree that it is a really satisfying exercise.

Although the committee attempt to contact everyone in these categories, there were several who could not be reached.  We realise that it is likely that some members are staying with families away from home during these times.  It also showed up that some members details were out of date, and where possible, these were updated. 
However, if you did not get a call, or would enjoy a phone call please contact our secretary, Phil Taylor by Email: narposwansea@yahoo.co.uk to request a call and to check he has your correct contact details. 

Visually Impared


Corona Virus

OFFER OF HELP Chief Superintendent Maal wants to let you know that if any of the members
require any support at this difficult time, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Kind regards
Diana Price
diana.price@south-wales.police.uk
Title: Ysgrifenyddes i Brif Uwcharolygydd Joanna Maal a Thîm Rheoli Adran y Gorllewin
Title: Secretary to Chief Supt Joanna Maal and
Western Divisional Command Team
01792 450600 | Ext: 50287

BLUE LIGHT CARD
To remind you of this opportunity to benefit from genuine discounts.  This is a computer-based discount facility available to employees of emergency services and includes retired personnel such as ourselves.  You need to visit www.bluelightcard.co.uk to register and view what is available locally and nationally.  There are hundreds of on-line discounts you can purchase a Card for £4.99 which lasts for 2 years and can be used at participating checkouts. 
A few of the local discounts available include Halfords - Lloyds Chemist – Hotpoint - Mobile phone companies and many coffee shops and restaurant’s when they re-open. Morrisons Swansea were recently offering 10% discount.

Committee Changes - a warm welcome to Carole and Andrew Milne, Terry Arnesen who have joined our Committee. Our Welfare Co-ordinator Bryon Tucker is relinquishing his various commitments which have been reallocated. Bereavements should be referred to Erika Fowler by email; erikafowler762@gmail.com who will arrange for the Force Coffin Drape etc.  Ill health should be referred to Carole by email carolemilne@hotmail.co.uk;  Andrew will produce the Newsletter.  Future Coffee Mornings will now be arranged by Gerry Coad.

Ill Health - We don't normally broadcast anyone with Ill Health unless we have consent.
Wes Weekes is currently in the Cardiac Ward at Morriston Hospital. He has consented to us broadcasting his condition and would welcome any visitors but best to contact the Ward first to check before visiting.
6th March 2020

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, unless we have prior consent) 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  Marjorie Owen – Alwyn Hughes - Ann Osborne – Ruth Norwood. Mrs Ruth Norwood was one of our eldest members at 98.  Our secretary Phil Taylor received a lovely email from Ruth’s daughter informing us that her mum had enjoyed being a member of Swansea NARPO and reading the newsletters.

Special BirthdaysOn their Special Birthdays in the coming months
Phillip Smith – Tudor Davies - John Hughes - David Rowe – Harry Good - Pat Smale
Gillian Llewelyn – Aneurin Lewis – Gwyn Evans – Paul Stephens – Keith Knill – Jane Sheila Green
Jerry Horgan – Stephen Gallagher – Agnes Hughes – Patricia Mary Harper – Mike Troake – Neil Rooney – Peter Hall.  

New Members - Welcome to - Roger Hopkins (Ex Met Police) - Peter Thomas (717) Ian Williams (91) - Peter Williams (1394) - Paul Rees (2994) -  Clive John (1981) - Gareth Hawkins (1082) -  Nia Mears (Na).

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 our welfare officer by email; erikafowler762@gmail.com.
Any contact with Erika will be totally confidential.

Free Wills Offer and 25% discount on Power of Attorney
Ex Inspector 1490 Ray Milne is now assisting his son Gareth Milne at Swansea Legal Solutions Ltd. Gareth and his team specialise in wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney [‘LPA’s’], probate, property trusts, care fee planning, tenants in common, PROTECTING FAMILY HOMES. Please see Free wills [basic] and an excellent 25% reduction in price for LPA’s in advert alongside. Any questions/ queries or for an informal friendly chat, simply call Ray 07790 416 512 or Gareth 01792 420844. Keep an eye out for further articles on the above services on NARPO Facebook and website.

Free Wills update

Wills update

 

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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
Christmas Dinner - 2019


 

 

 

'Computer Stuff'

Computer News

 

 

Website don’t forget to visit our Swansea Narpo Facebook page plus our website  www.narposwansea.co.uk regularly to get news updates, latest photos and many informative and advisory articles. You are reminded that a section of our website is for Members Only and to gain access to this you can obtain a password unique to yourself by emailing Jeff at beewise@talktalk.net . Some of you are having difficulty in accessing the Members Only pages because you are using Safari Browser - we suggest you use another browser e.g. Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox - again contact Jeff if you want further advice on this.

Personal Records To ensure 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.
At present we have some members whose only contact details are their home addresses.

Contact details: Important - In order that we are able to contact members in an emergency we ideally would like to have at least a contact telephone number, and possibly an e mail address.Your details are treated as confidential and will not be passed to any third party outsideof Narpo. If you have any doubts you can check the records we have on you by contacting our Sec Phil Taylor.


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?

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.

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 on offer right here...
8th Feb 2017

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