Narpo Swansea Branch
News page


Future Narpo events can be viewed on our Social Events page.
The January Coffee Morning this year (2024) was very well attended and the Photo Album can now
be viewed here.


The latest IPA Dec Newsletter can be downloaded from our website by selecting the following link.

Denis Hunt
29th Dec 23


Call for help - PNC will celebrate 50 years of service in April 2024

We have been asked to support a request for information and any photographs, stories etc that will help the NPCC Lead for PNC/LEDS and were wondering if you or anyone in your network that would be in a position to help in relation to experience, knowledge or images etc.
PNC will reach 50 years of service next April… which we believe, and are currently liaising with Guinness Book of Records, that PNC is the longest, continuously running, computer software application in existence… Plans are underway to ensure a suitable celebration for this… To support this, we are looking for:
Items of original PNC hardware – including terminals/monitors, keyboard units

    Pictures / videos of early PNC usage
    Stories / anecdotes of how PNC has either helped policing, and/or that are interesting/funny

If you have any items that can be passed to us that would be greatly appreciated. The event is going to be held on April 25th 2024, so as you can imagine they need to collate the items/information early in the new year.

Please email me any stories, images, or anything you think would be useful (or not) so we can collate the information and send it to the NPCC in one message.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and a blessed New Year.
Diolch/Thank you

Melanie Thalayasingam

South Wales Police Heritage Centre




Myself and Barrie Lewis attended at the Force HQ at Bridgend to take part in the annual Remembrance Service. It was very impressive and Barrie laid a poppy wreath at the Forces Cenotaph, on behalf of the Swansea branch.

Phil Taylor.
Friday 10th Nov 23

SWP 2023 Remembrance Day by Darren Thomas Photography.

Dear Phil and Barrie,

Thank you very much for your attendance today. Your support is really appreciated.

Here is a link to photos of the event.

Kind regards
Gareth Madge
10th Nov 23


Remembrance Day service 10th Nov 23

Remembrance Day 23



I am trying to get hold of some ex players and I am looking for help to get a message to them.
If anyone knows any of the below mentioned ex players /committee men to ask them
to contact me on 07307 854404

The list of ex players and committee men are as follows:-

1. Dave Griffiths Committee man.
2. Andy Macarthy Committee man
3. Dai Holt
4. David Benny Goodman
5. Nigel Tootle
6. Merion James
7. Gareth Bradley
8. Jeff Jenkins
9. Peter Thomas - Merthyr area ?
10. Chris Symons
11. Wayne Tucker
12. Harry Davies
13. Matthew Curtis
14. Steve Roderick
15. Gary Diamond
16. Dai Harrett
17. Neville Roberts
18. Andy and Paul Phillips.
19. Geoff Roberts.
20. Mike Trigg.
Many thanks for this.

Phil Noble - 8th Nov 23



Annual Narpo Christmas market trip on Thursday 23rd November 2023
Circulated and republished on Facebook and Narpo website, not just to remind people of the trip but to also notify them of the pick up points & times. It is just a month away. I am suggesting leaving Bristol by 4.30pm, which will give people six hours there, more than enough time for everyone. I currently have 26 names, please let me know if you are attending, if you are not currently listed.


Gareth Heatley
21st Oct 23

Located in the very heart of Bristol City Centre, the Christmas market is home to over 40 unique stalls where you’ll find an array of traders selling seasonal delights, crafts and unique items which are perfect for those hunting for that special Christmas gift.

There will also be a wide range of delicious food available, from traditional Bratwurst to crepes, churros and plenty of sweet treats.Visitors can enjoy free entry to the market and experience a wide range of food and drinks whilst enjoying live music in the Jager Barn, all under the sparkling Christmas lights.

In addition, Bristol Broadmead shopping centre has everything you need for the perfect Christmas shopping trip, with the usual well known high street shops. NARPO will cover the cost of the bus, you just have to get on it :-)

Pick up points & times are as follows:-
1. Swansea city centre (Tesco’s) - be prepared to leave at 8.15am;
2. Felindre (former steel works site) - be prepared to leave at 8.40am;
3. Neath railway station- be prepared to leave at 9.00am.

Bus is estimated to arrive at Bristol for 1030am.
We will look to leave Bristol by 4.30pm.

If you are interested and have yet to put your details forward, then please contact Gareth Heatley
via Email: or Tel no 07814 539693.



Christmas Lunch 23



Make the National Bus Passes UK Wide.
I wanted to bring to your attention an important matter that was raised during the September NEC meeting by No 7 Region, regarding a petition to make the National Bus Passes UK wide.
After further discussion with our LLA partners, we are circulating the petition, should Branches and members wish to get involved.

Many thanks
Kind Regards



Bowls Team
We have received the below e-mail from our Narpo colleague, retired Sergeant Gwyn Hughes.
If anyone is interested in playing bowls, please contact him.

I'm looking at setting up a Bowls team for retired and serving officers. Potentially playing from Swansea Bowls Club on a Thursday and entering the Private Rinks League in South West Wales.

Could you circulate please to any bowls players (of all standards) likely to be interested to contact me please.

Many thanks Phil

Kind regards,

Gwynfor Hughes
27th June 23

Unsolved Murder

South Wales Police are conucting a review of the undetected murder of Muriel Drinkwater.

Known as the 'Little Red Riding Hood' murder, is an unsolved 1946 child murder case from Wales.

When I was working at ITV News I did an item on it for Crime Secrets.I used a psychic to see what information she would come up with - traced a woman who was a friend of Muriel and interviewed her.Here’s YouTube links in relation to the videos I produced - I have sent these to the review team in case it helps solve the crime.File 1 - Crime secrets File 2 - Phychic interview

Grave pic

These photos have appeared in the press over the years. The photo of the search team shows PC Jones, father of retired PC Dick Jones of Pontardawe - his father was part of the search team and he is seated first on the left of the phot.
They were having a break during a long days search.

Search team Muriel Drinkwater

Gun 1

Gun 2

Peter Hall
25th April 2023


Thursday 20th April 2023

This months well attended coffee morning was combined with the AGM which was well attended as always.
The AGM started at approximately 11am with Barrie Lewis being voted in as chairman as Brian DAVIES had to stand down due to ill health. Gareth Heatley was voted in as vice chairman whilst all the other positions remained the same.

At the end of the meeting both Gerry COAD and I were both surprised to be awarded Life Membership of Narpo.
I would like to thank everyone who was involved in organising this. It was a complete surprise, and very much appreciated.
Also for the lovely flowers and card presented to Cheryl, my wife.

Report by Phil Taylor and wife Cheryl.

Photos mainly taken by Cheryl
AGM Photos

Video clip (unedited) by Jeff Davies
AGM Presentation clip


The 2023 Swansea NARPO AGM was held on Thursday 20th April at the Malthouse bar in the Grand Theatre Swansea. 
The meeting was held on the same date as April’s coffee morning. 

The coffee morning starts at 10.30 am and it is hoped we can start the AGM at 11.00am which should give everyone time to be served with a drink and settle down. There are a few important decisions to be made this year, the first being election of a chairman following the resignation of Brian Davies due to ill health. Barrie Lewis has stood in as Acting chairman for the last few months from his post of Vice Chairman. He is happy to carry on doing so, and will stand for election as such, but it will be up to the members present to vote to accept him. If there is any other nominations for the post a vote will be taken.

Similarly, we also need to consider the post of Vice Chairman. We also would welcome someone who is prepared to stand as Social Secretary. At present Gerry Coad organises social lunches etc, but we do need someone to possibly assist him to do this and also plan future trips and outside events which at the moment are either managed by one of the committee or else not happening. Are you someone who would like to take on this role? If so let me know and this will be presented to the meeting. (This could be done in your absence if you are unable to attend the AGM).

At the moment we have an active committee all of whom are prepared to continue, and their positions will be up for re-election. New members of the committee would be welcome, in particular members who are younger, or female would be welcome. If you would like to join the committee, please let me know, and I will ensure your name is put forward at the meeting.

The AGM will also be a chance for you to raise any query you may have about the running of the branch. Questions may be asked at the meeting, but it would be desirable if such questions could be forwarded to me in advance so that I can ensure a full and honest reply can be made.

The committee are looking forward to seeing as many members as possible at the AGM

Phil Taylor,


Swansea Narpo

11th April

A committee meeting was held on Thursday 9th February 2023.
One item on the agenda ‘Social events’ please make note of all the dates in the newsletter above, please come along and enjoy.  
It was discussed that we need new committee members, ideally younger than present members, and also multi-cultural and female members would be welcome.  

We recognise that several of our committee members are getting older, and although they are doing a splendid job, it would also be an opportunity for new committee members to be able to shadow posts, such as secretary, treasurer, welfare etc with a view to taking over that post in the future.

If you are interested and would like to become a committee member or assist Swansea NARPO in anyway.  Please contact any Committee member or our Secretary,
Phil Taylor Tel. 01792 842378, email

The next committee meeting will be held on Thursday 27th April 2023.


28th March Update - Photos can now be viewed here...

Note: Archived Coffee Morning Photos can be viewed here...

Don't forget the monthly coffee morning which will be held this Thursday, 23rd March 2023, 10.30am at the Malthouse Bar, Grand Theatre, Swansea.

It is always a popular event, so why not pop down and meet up with old friends and comrades, for a catch-up.

Hope to see you there.

Phil Taylor

21st March


State pension increase confirmation...
On Monday 20th February, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Mr John Glen, made a written statement to the House of Commons on public service pensions increase.

Mr Glen stated that public service pensions will be "increased from 10 April 2023 by 10.1 %, in line with the annual increase in the Consumer Prices Index up to September 2022, except for those public service pensions which have been in payment for less than a year, which will receive a pro-rata increase."

He noted that this was because "Legislation governing public service pensions in payment requires them to be increased annually by the same percentage as additional pensions (State Earnings Related Pension and State Second Pension.


Another succesful and enjoyable Coffee morning, held at the Malthouse Bar, Grand Theatre, Swansea on Friday 24th April 2023.

Thanks to our resident Photographer, Cheryl Taylor.

Latest Photo slideshow can now be viewed here.

Archived Coffee Morning Photo Slideshows can be viewed here...


A committee meeting was held on Thursday 9th February 2023.
One item on the agenda ‘Social events’ please make note of all the dates in the newsletter above, please come along and enjoy.
It was discussed that we need new committee members, ideally younger than present members, and also multi-cultural and female members would be welcome.  

We recognise that several of our committee members are getting older, and although they are doing a splendid job, it would also be an opportunity for new committee members to be able to shadow posts, such as secretary, treasurer, welfare etc with a view to taking over that post in the future.

If you are interested and would like to become a committee member or assist
Swansea NARPO in any way. 

Please contact any Committee member or our Secretary,
Phil Taylor Tel. 01792 842378, email

Prospective NEW members please free to come along with no obligation.

28th Feb



Coffee morning - Just a reminder that the February coffee morning will be held this Friday 24th February 2023, at the Malthouse Bar, Grand Theatre, Swansea. It will start at 10.30am until 12.30pm.

This will be the first coffee morning of the year so why not come along and meet up with old friends and colleagues for a cup of coffee/tea, a chat and a catch up on old times. We look forward to seeing you there.

Phil Taylor


Photo slideshow can now be viewed right here.

Coffee morning

Coffee Morning dates agreed with the Grand theatre, to be held at the Malthouse Bar. All welcome. Further dates will be published later this year.

Thurs 26th Jan
(Cancelled due to no heating on premises)

Friday 24th Feb
Thurs 23rd Mar
Thurs 20th April (AGM)
Thurs 18th May
Thurs 15th June
Thurs 20th July

Gerry Coad
5th Jan 2023


The cafe at the Grand is now fully operational and shown below is the menu.

If any of our members wish to pre-order at our coffee mornings the their choices would be prepared for service at the end of the coffee morning.

Obviously this would be at the members own expense.





Malthouse Bar Menu

Report on the appeal about widow(ers) Pension for Life campaign, unfortunately not a good result
The Court of Appeal has now ruled against NARPO, stating that that the policy decision made by the Home Secretary not to retrospectively repeal Regulation C9 could, on balance, be justified.

Please Click Here to read the full judgement. Click Here for the Press Release. 

Kind Regards,

Marketing Manager
23rd Dec


The Narpo Christmas Lunch was held on Tuesday 13th December at the Norton House Hotel, Swansea.

Photos can now be viewed here.

A lovely Narpo Christmas lunch at Norton House.
The food was delicious and nothing was too much trouble for the attentive staff .

Thank you to Gerry Coad for arranging it, a perfect job as always and to Geri Wheeler for organising the raffle which was a great success with many happy recipients taking home a lovely prize.

Cheryl Taylor

Thanks again Cheryl


  Christmas Lunch 2022

Asda announces it will extend its 10% off offer for emergency workers with Blue Light Card until at least 31st March 2023.
The discount is available in all Asda’s 635 stores across the UK and includes food and drink, George at Asda clothing and homeware, toys, gifts and optical.

Blue Light card holders will receive the discount by presenting their own, valid, Blue Light card and ID (Driving Licence) at checkout.

If you are not yet a member, you can apply for a card here:

(£4.99 for 2 years access of exclusive offers at a huge range of Stores)



Christmas Coffee Morning held on
Friday 9th December 2022

Photographs courtesey of Cheryl Taylor

Christmas Coffee Morning 2022


Widows Pensions for Life campaign
Press release from Narpo HQ can be viewed here

Sophie Maxwell - Clayton (Maketing Manager)
Phil Taylor
30th Nov 2022


Coffee Morning November 2022 - Photo album now live for all to view
Another successful coffee morning at the Grand theatre, Malthouse bar today, it was one of the largest turnouts we’ve had so far!

Note: Photo albums of previous Coffee mornings can now be viewed on the following dedicated page.

Swansea Narpo was represented at the Remembrance Day Service held at Police Headquarters, Bridgend on Friday 11th November 2022.
Barrie Lewis laid a poppy wreath at the force memorial; he was accompanied by Phil Taylor.

Rememberance Day 2022

University of St Andrews Covid-19 Research - received from Age Cymru.
We are looking for participants (age over 60) to take part in a PhD (doctoral-level) research project at the University of St. Andrews and we would be grateful if you could spread the word about this opportunity to older people.

Read more here (PDF file)

Christmas Lunch reminder
A reminder to one and all for our Narpo Christmas Lunch to be held at Norton House Hotel, Swansea on Tuesday 13th December.
Details also posted on Facebook page...

Photos of the event can now be viewed here

Christmas Lunch 2022

Christmas Lunch 2022

Christmas Shopping trip to Gloucester
This is planned for Saturday 19th November, and so far has had a good response. There are a few seat still available, so if you would like to join us for this trip to the Christmas market, just contact Barrie Lewis by text or phone on 07799 133565, or e mail him at

Phil Taylor,


Swansea Narpo.

Coffee morning dates

October coffee morning will be held this Thursday 20th October at The Malthouse Bar, The Grand Theatre, Swansea, starting at 10.30am, until 12.30pm. Free coffee and teas, and also welsh cakes and biscuits. The last few months gathering have been very well attended, and have seen some new members coming along. So if you are one of the ones who have been thinking, I must go to the next one, take the plunge, we would be glad to see you. Join old friends and colleagues for a drink and a chat, and relive old times.

Phil Taylor

Oct coffee morning will be held on Thursday 20th October.

Nov coffee morning will be held on Thursday 17th November .

Dec coffee morning will be on FRIDAY 9th December as the pantomime rules out the usual date.

Note: December 13th on a Tuesday will be the Xmas Lunch.

Phil Taylor

9th Sept


Our Chairman Brian Davies is in hospital -he underwent a successful heart op but has since suffered stroke at the moment losing the use of his left leg. He has consented to this posting and would love a phone call or text from any ex-colleagues etc tel number 07974 - 033040 to cheer him up.

He is in good spirits and having Physio every day to get his leg working properly once again.

He told me he would love a Pint of 'something' :-)

Jeff Davies/Bryon Tucker

2nd September


Good Police work never forgotten
Fiona my wife Fiona in her role as a Local Area Coordinator has been working with a remarkable 96 year gentleman Des living in Sandfields, Swansea.

Approximately 50 years ago Des was a victim of robbery at his home in the Uplands, Swansea during which time he was hit over the head with a bottle by the assailant. The persons responsible were subsequently arrested by Wally Carey.

Wally's kindness and consideration at the time and throughout has never been forgotten as can be seen in the attached video.

Feel free to share this video wherever appropriate.

We have the full consent of all parties to do so.

Gwyn Hughes
22nd August 2022


August Coffee Morning
Update - 22nd August - Photo Gallery now available...

15th August - Good evening, just a reminder that the August Narpo coffee morning will be held this Thursday, 18th August 2022, between 10.30am and 12.30pm at the usual place, The Footlights Bar, The Grand Theatre, Swansea.

Come along and meet up with friends and ex colleagues, for a chat and reminise over old times, and battles fought!

The tea and coffee is free, and hopefully we will also have a welshcake �

I hope to see you there.

Phil Taylor (Swansea Narpo secretary)
15th August

4th August 22 - Click here to view photos - Thanks to Cheryl Taylor

Summer Lunch reminder
A quick reminder for those of you who haven't yet booked our Narpo Summer Lunch to be held on Wednesday 3rd August at the Norton House Hotel. The last date for bookings and menu selection is Tuesday 26th July. Please refer to your copy of the Newsletter for Gerry's home address.

Summer Lunch 2022

Latest Next Coffee morning was held on Thursday 16th June starting at 10.30am.
Photos are now on Facebook - coming here later...


We have now been supplied with detail of the NEW NARPO Travel Insurance.
The document is too lengthy to publish here and also includes hyperlinks to other documents.

For more information please go to the NEWSHEADLINES page located under the WELCOME menu of our website where the full information can be viewed.

The following has been received from Wakefield:
Circulated to NEC, Branch Secretaries and HQ

Dear Colleague
Today we received an email update from our legal team
We have now received confirmation that Mr Justice Fordham’s Judgement on the legality of Regulation C9 of the Police Pensions Rules 1987 that affects so many of our members will be handed down in Court this Friday, 27th May at 10am.
As soon as we receive the Approved Judgement a copy will be posted on our website

This is also on our website-

Paul Bryant - (Thanks Paul)
Cardiff Narpo
26th May

Swansea Narpo Golf Day
The Swansea NARPO golf day is being held at Clyne Golf Club on Friday 10th June 2022.

This will be our 6th year of running the event, which is growing in popularity year on year, 43 people played last year.
The format for the day is a yellow tee stableford with a maximum handicap allowance of 28, which includes any slope adjustments.
There will be a bacon roll and coffee on arrival, a two tee start in 3 balls.
Followed by a one course meal when you come off the course.

Prizes for top 3 scores, along with spot prizes for nearest the pins on par3’s, visit this link to view these holes.
The day is being organised by Simon Merrick on behalf of the branch and I will be assisting him in the admin of it.
If you would like to play, please forward your name, handicap, preferred playing partners (partners can’t be guaranteed but we will try) to either Simon or myself. Current list of participants - we are at 35 at the moment. See Swansea Narpo Facebook page for latest update or contact Warren or Simon. We have tee times for about 50 people. We will then run a reserve list.
First tee time will be 09:45 last tee time 10:30.

Warren Williams
25th April

Cardiff & Vale NARPO Golf Day
A golf day has been arranged for Friday 23rd September 2022 at Creigiau Golf Club, Llantwit Road, Creigiau, Cardiff CF15 9SL
This is an 'Open Competition' with an invitation extended to members of other branches to participate
The competition is being sponsored by Cardiff & Vale Narpo.

The details of the competition will be :- 18 Stableford, playing handicap off the yellow tees with a maximum of 28.
two divisions based on how many in each handicap category nearest the pin on one of the par 3's & nearest the pin 2nd shot on the 18th green.

The prizes for this event are being provided with thanks to a donation from Cardiff & Vale NARPO

For full details,and an application form which will download to your computer please go to the NEWSHEADLINES page of our website

The application form can also be downloaded from here.


Payment can also be made using BACS, details as follows...

Account number 81232908

Sort code 40-09-15

Note: Please use the players name & Narpo Golf as a 'Reference'

Can you please send the completed application form to Graham Bartley either by post or email mentioning that payment has been made via BACS.

Paul Bryant
Cardiff Narpo
25th May 2022

May Coffee Morning UPDATE

This morning, Thursday 19th May, Swansea Narpo held its monthly coffee morning at The Malthouse Bar, at The Grand Theatre, which was very well attended. We were treated to a surprise visit by the Swansea Grand group, Ambition.

They were made up of Steve Balsamo, Christian Patterson and Michelle McTernan.

Steve treated us to a song
, and Christian gave us a reading of one of Dylan Thomas’s works.

The audience were spellbound!

Thank you Ambition, your surprise performance was greatly appreciated.

Once again nothing was too much bother for the staff, and everyone left having enjoyed the gathering.

19th May - Photographs can now be viewed via our Coffee Morning page

Just a reminder that the May Narpo coffee morning will take place this Thursday 19th May 2022, 10.30am, at the Malthouse Bar, at The Grand Theatre, Swansea. Everyone is welcome. Come along and meet old colleagues and friends, have a cup of tea or coffee and reminise over old times.

I hope to see you there.

Phil Taylor
Coffee Morning May 22

Thank you to Vera
Last week at our AGM you will have probably seen that we took the opportunity of officially presenting Bryon Tucker with his Life Membership certificate. However we were foiled with our intention of presenting his wife Vera with some recognition for her years of preparing, beautiful hand made cards to assist Bryon in his duties of Welfare Officer. It is believed over the years she had made about 1000 cards. However Vera was not fit enough to attend the AGM, so I made a visit to the Tucker household to present Vera with flowers as a thank you for all she has done for Swansea Narpo.
Thank you once again, Vera.

Phil Taylor Sec
2nd May 2022

A thank you to Vera



Update from Sec. Phil Taylor
This afternoon (Thursday 21st April) the Swansea branch of Narpo held its first AGM since 2019, at The Malthouse Bar, at The Grand Theatre. It was well attended, and finally gave us the opportunity to present BRYON TUCKER with his life membership certificate.
Afterwards we all enjoyed an afternoon tea.Thank you to Gerry for arranging it and the staff at the Grand for their excellent service .

Notice of Annual General Meeting
on Thursday 21st April, 2022

The Swansea NARPO - AGM was held at the Malthouse in the Grand Theatre, Swansea
'our usual venue' for Coffee Mornings on Thursday 21st April 2022 at 2pm.

Following the meeting, a sumptious 'afternoon tea' was served to all those attending.

Thanks to Cheryl Taylor, our resident photographer for taking photos which can now be viewed here.


Ukraine Crisis - Former retired Police Sergeant Ray Harries (Gorseinon) providing humanitarian suppport.
Following email received from Ray Harries on 22nd March - self explanatory. We hope to invite Ray to contribute 'live' to this page.

Hi, my name is Ray Harries, I am a 70 year old retired Police Sergeant (1353) in the South Wales Constabulary.
My friend, Paul James, is a 55 year old Occupational Health Worker, employed by Howell Dda NHS Community Mental Health Team, as an Occupational Therapy Support Worker, currently based in Llanelli (good old Saucepan country.)

We have been friends for many years, having first made acquaintances at a local Buddhist Centre in Uplands, Swansea. We have decided to team up, and have already made full arrangements, to freely offer our love, help, and services in the Ukrainian Crisis and will be travelling to Lublin, Poland - situated on the Ukrainian border -on Saturday, 2nd April, 2022 to provide all we can and are able to of ourselves. We are in liaison with various charitable and humanitarian organisations, especially the Polish Red Cross, with whom we anticipate working together. Paul and me also hope to bring some encouragement and happiness to the poor unfortunate people of Ukraine; though we are well aware that this may not always be easy.

Finally, please allow me on behalf of us all to thank you for taking the time to both read and consider our request for publication.
We would also heartily encourage donations - monetarily and otherwise - to all the various charities; especially the Red Cross Poland, and ‘Family For Every Child’ Charity - Ukraine Children in Crisis Appeal ( (tel no: 02077492490) though we respect all charitable and humanitarian organisations for their great and unstinted contributions at this supremely difficult time - and have no favourites as such.

We rejoice in all who help the people of Ukraine during this reprehensible act of terrible aggression against them.

Yours most sincerely and respectfully, on behalf of us all,
Raymonde J. Harries,

The following photographs are a few of some of our Ukrainian Friends (names accompanied thereon) - Ollia and Julia are the most loving-hearted sisters anyone could ever meet, and Illia is Ollia’s son. How very very sad that their happy, joyful, fun loving faces of former times is so far removed from their present reality.

Ollia and her son have managed to escape to Poland and are presently staying with family in Markzeuin in Deutschland/Germany; sadly, Julia remains (at the time of sending this request) in her home in Lviv, together with her boyfriend Roman.

Two photos: one of me (I’m riding the Red Dragon of Wales); and one of my friend Paul (who went bicycling a bit off course on that particular occasion). Permission has been obtained from all persons concerned with a view to possible publication.

Ray Harries in Poliand 2022

Update from Ray on 10th April
He is not on Facebook so is communicating with us via WhatsApp.

Let me share this little heartbreaker. Whilst staying at a hostel in Kraków. I had the most blessed opportunity of meeting a mother and young daughter. I gave the little girl a small gift. Ten mins or so later she returns to the communal kitchen...she’s made a little something for me. Can you believe it? She a small drawing, in colour, of a red dragon on a green background, with the Ukrainian flag on the other side. I, along with others present, simply melted. They were refugees from Ukraine.

May they know the joy of life once again - their hearts are full of love. It’s a most humbling honour to serve them as best I can.
I’ll keep you posted.


10th April 2022

Ray Harries Story from Poland

Latest Travel Insurance Update From Towergate

Circulated to the NEC, HQ, and all Branch Chairs and Secretaries.

Good Afternoon,

Please see the attached for the latest update from Towergate regarding travel insurance.
For any queries regarding this, please contact Towergate directly on: 0800 389 7724.

The announcement can also be found on our website:

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Kind Regards


Narpo HQ
8th April


Swansea City Stadium

We are currently looking to recruit matchday stewards at the Swansea City Stadium.

Click here for further details

Emma and Stephen Hughes (Narpo members)

19th March 2022


Swansea Borough Reunion 2022
Golf plus Christmas Market


NB. We now have a dedicated 'archived' page for Coffee Morning photographs.

Coffee mornings at the Malthouse will continue in 2022 and are well attended and enjoyed. Swansea NARPO members enjoy the chance to meet old and new friends, catching up with colleagues, having a chat, remembering old times, stories, and tales.     

NB. We will review the change of day from Friday to Thursday following the April AGM.

There is also a slight change in the catering arrangements; whatever coffee is requested will be available at the expense of NARPO, whether it be Cappuccino, latte, filter, or instant together with biscuits and Welsh cakes. Tea will also be available if preferred.

Phil Taylor
Swansea NARPO
19th March

BEST WISHES - On their special birthdays in the coming months
Caroline Rees – Shirley Balzano – Mary Jones – Roy Pascoe – Gareth Jones – Phil Davies -   Malcolm Arnall – Richard Trimmins – Ian Morris – Phil Davies – Graham Mill -
Dianne Davoren - Linda Gills - Menna Hughes – Laurence Jones – Mike Williams -
Mildred Davies – Cheryl Allsopp - Dennis Pritchard – Christopher Rees – Susan Rowe - 
Phil Rees - Wayne Thomas – Mary Evans.

CONGRATULATIONSOn their Special Anniversary
Dave and Karen Brewer – Phillip and Cheryl Taylor – Roger and Barbara Bevan
BEREAVEMENTS – Our condolences to the families of
Andrew Slade – Mike Watts – Glen Gwilym – Beryl Thomas - Peter Tovey – Keeron Jones - Jeff Evans (Iscoed Chambers) -
Brian Hole (non-member “Magistrates Clerk” a regular visitor to the old Swansea Central during his lunch times)

NEW MEMBERS – Welcome to:
   Martin John (699) – Martin Phillips (2464) – John Richards (2550) –
   Andrew Thomas (1231) – Gareth Madge OBE (retired Force solicitor)

Data Protection 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.

The Swansea branch of NARPO have a policy of acknowledging members and their spouse or partner's “Special birthdays” also their “Golden and Diamond wedding anniversaries.”
For these occasions members will receive a card and a shopping voucher.

Special birthdays are 65, 70, 80, 90, 100, and each birthday after that.
If it is your wish to be acknowledged in this way, you will need to inform our secretary Phil Taylor, of your date of birth and your spouse, partner’s date of birth and date of marriage. All information is confidential and treated as such, its only purpose will be for this reason. Inform our secretary Phil Taylor email: -  or Telephone 01792 842378.

Please also make sure, you update any changes of address or telephone number.

(If you do not wish for your particular event to be mentioned in the Newsletter please inform our Sec Phil Taylor).

Next Committee meeting will be held at 3pm on Thursday 10th Feb 2022
at Cocket Police Station.
Please contact any Committee Member or the Sec. Phil Taylor on Tel: 01792 842378 or by email  if you want any issue raised. NB. NEW Committee members are always welcome. We are always on the lookout for fresh younger blood!

Important - The NEW Email address to contact Phil Taylor Sec. is now -

We are no longer using the Yahoo email address.

NARPO email address compromised
Important information from our Secretary, Phil Taylor.
Many of you will be aware that the email account was recently hacked. 
It took the format of a series of emails, purporting to be from me, asking for help in purchasing vouchers on his behalf.  It is hoped no one was caught out by this scam. As a result, all emails from the Swansea NARPO secretary will now be sent out via, which is an account supplied by NARPO head office, and in a format used nationally. Also, it is possible that some items such as email addresses, and emails were lost during this hack, so if anyone is expecting a reply from me or has not received any NARPO emails for a while then please contact me via the new email address so we can rectify the matter. This has been a wake-up call to remind us that we should all be using a strong password for our email accounts.

A strong password should consist of at least 13 characters, and include upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters, and preferably nothing too personal to the user.  
An example would be: - travel.21#£Insurance   
It is strongly advised that members, check their existing passwords, and if need be, change to a more secure one.

Website contact details will be changed accordingly and further information has been included in our Winter Newsletter.

Please contact Phil at the 'new' email address should you require further information.

Phil Taylor
December 2021

NewsletterIf 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: /

Murder: First on scene
We have been approached by Tanita Mathews at Phoenix Television, who is interested in speaking with retired officers who have been the first to arrive at the scene of a murder.

Phoenix Television is currently in production on a new TV documentary series commissioned by CBS Reality with the working title “Murder: First on Scene” to be broadcast later this year / early next year in the UK and Worldwide.

The series is designed to reveal the dedicated role of professionals who work tirelessly to bring perpetrators to justice. In particular, it will explore the specific processes used during police investigations from forensics to criminal psychology. We are looking to speak to members of NARPO who recall being the first/one of the first officers on a murder scene (from the year 2000 onwards) who would be willing to talk to us about their experiences so that we might potentially feature the case as part of the production.

Please contact Assistant Producer Tanita Matthews on 07791779203 or Email:

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 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 presently available include Halfords - Lloyds Chemist – Hotpoint - Mobile phone companies and many coffee shops and restaurant’s.

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.

Ill health should be referred to Carole and Andrew will produce the Newsletter.  Future Coffee Mornings will now be arranged by Gerry Coad.

Contact Phil Taylor by Email to obtain contact details for BOTH Erica and Carole. Erica will arrange for the Force Coffin Drape etc. 

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 - Welfare Officer (Request her email address from Phil Taylor - our welfare officer by email;
Any contact with Erika will be totally confidential.

Advertising - Please note:
'Swansea Narpo' do not promote or recommend any individual company and accept no responsibility for the quality and pricing offered with our advertisements.

It is up to the individual to compare quality and pricing against other similar establishments.


Advert Janet D Jenkins Accountants

Advertising - Please note:
'Swansea Narpo' do not promote or recommend any individual company and accept no responsibility for the quality and pricing offered with our advertisements.

It is up to the individual to compare quality and pricing against other similar establishments.


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

Quick Guide - Photographs available to view below

Assorted 'Quick' Links

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 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 . 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.

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 complimented 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 will have been be experiencing problems when opening Newsletters. The Newsletter is orginally created using Microsoft Word but not everyone has this program installed, so to get around this issue, the document is now being sent out as a PDF file which can then be opened and read using the FREE program Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Jeff Davies
Website Officer

April 2022

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