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(Previous News - Archived 10th July 2016)

Invitation to Older People’s Question Time - I am currently at a PFW meeting, where I raised the contents of this e-mail. I shall be unable to attend, but the meeting is open to all. If you, or any member(s) of your branch would like to attend, could you please contact Kathy Lye by e mail or phone as listed below. wrote: I would like to invite you to take part in an Older People’s Question Time with prominent Welsh politicians on Tuesday 27 September 2016.

The Question Time will be held in the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay, from 9:30 – 11:30am.

This event will be a key part of Age Positive Week 2016, which is run by Age Cymru to mark the International Day of Older Persons. Age Positive Week aims to celebrate ageing and the many contributions that older people make to Welsh society. Our panel will present an opportunity to question politicians from parties represented at the National Assembly for Wales on key subjects related to older people.

We hope that you will be interested in participating in this event to support Age Positive Week.

Please RSVP to Kathy Lye on 029 2043 1570 or

If you would like to ask a question to the panel on the day, please submit this when confirming your attendance. Unfortunately, due to the limited time available, it will not be possible to ask all questions on the day and questions will be pre-selected to ensure a wide range of topics are covered.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event.

Many thanks
Phil Hopkins

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. So, 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
Annual Narpo Conference at Torquay on Friday 9th September can be viewed live right here.
2nd Sept

An appeal for information about Glynn JONES (Bolton)

Hi Phil,

I was browsing the Swansea NARPO site when I came across a Class photo of the District Police Training Centre, Bridgend, June/August, 1959. (SEE BELOW)

I note that it was donated by one Glynn JONES, now of Bolton, who had served in the former Denbighshire Constabulary.

For a couple of decades I have been relisting the names of those who served in the old force, in one spate of luck acquiring the names, number and dates of all officers serving in the Wrexham Division in 1874.

I reckon I have recomposed some 90% of officers to date, the original lists having been destroyed/lost/taken following amalgamation.

Not long ago I completed 100% the names and details of those who served in the former Anglesey Constabulary from date of inception in 4.4.1857 to amalgamation on 30.9.1950.

My purpose in communicating was to find if you have any contact details of the aforementioned Glynn JONES (Bolton) - who is not known to me. I wish to make contact to confirm his collar number and dates of joining/retiring.

Trusting that all is well with you ( I am missing the Regional Meetings already !)

Kindest Regards,

Gwyn Roberts (North Wales retiree and represented Denbigh branch)
23rd August

Bridgend Training Centre Class of 1959


From: Alan Lees
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
38 Bond Street
Tel 01924 331254

Subject: ITV series opportunity

My colleague Jessica was in touch with you a little while ago regarding a new consumer series that we are developing about cons and scams for ITV. I wanted to follow up as this is our final casting week and we are doing one last push to see if we can speak to some more retired police officers. We are particularly keen to hear from any of your older members who may be able to offer some wise advise on how to prevent yourself from being scammed. I wondered if it might be possible to see if you could pass our flyer onto anyone from your organisation who might spring to mind?

Look forward to hearing form you.

Many thanks,

Sophie Mohamed (Producer at
The Garden, One America Street. London SE1 ONE

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7261 1252 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7620 6724


Tw: @TheGardenTV

19th August


Palace Revolution/ Cabinet Reshuffle aka Branch Committee Changes. There are several Committee Changes – Leighton Jenkins our long serving Chairman has been elevated to the Upper House so to speak by becoming President and our even longer serving Brian Jones has retired as Social Secretary. Both have recently been made Life Members but in Brian’s case we have rewarded him further by henceforth he and June will no longer have to pay for any of our social functions - a well earned bonus. Grey Phillips has also retired having served on the Committee in various roles since the 1970s - Thanks and Best Wishes to all three.

Our new Chairman is Brian Davies pictured left – His Vice is (What vice have you got Brian!) Chairperson is Erika Fowler. In addition we welcome on board ship- Bob Whitter- Jones, Dave Rees, Tony Imlach and Del Hastings.

Our Website - continues to flourish and is well visited and complemented by our Facebook Group. However we would like some fresh photographs/ stories/ articles – so if you can contribute then get in touch by visiting 'Contact Us' page.
The next Committee Meeting will be held on Monday 16th January 2017 @ Cocket Police Station.
Please contact any Committee Member or our Secretary Phil Taylor on Tel: 01792 842378 or email if you want any issue raised.

Coffee MorningFREE 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 so the next 2 dates are September 16th - October 21st. However, because of the Christmas Shopping Trip and the Christmas Dinner the November and December sessions will be held a week earlier - so its November 11th and December 9th.

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)


Ill HealthIll Health - Get well soon please to John Davoren and Norman "Ianto" Evans who are both in hospital at present - 26th September. Also, to Selwyn Davies and Phillip Evans.

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.

New Members - David Burch, Nigel Orrells, Clare Williams, Gerwyn Brooks, Nigel Doxsey, Mark Davies and Mike Grey Phillips.

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

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 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.

FacebookRemember, for up to date news between Newsletters just log in to our website at 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. It's a closed group and we have the following ground rules:

The page is open for all to view but 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.

Becoming a member - 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.

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.

Help Required - For the website to continue to be a success and to continue to 'look fresh'.
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.

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.