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Apologies for the short notice, information just received that the Welsh Police are playing the English Police tomorrow night 3rd May 2017 at the Glamorgan Wanderers Ground with a kick off at 6:00 pm
Hopefully some of you will be able to pop along and offer your support
Paul Bryant
Cardiff Narpo
2nd May


It's time once again for our monthly coffee morning. Its on this Friday morning (21st April) 10am until 12md at Tapestri, in the old Swansea Central Police Station, Orchard Street Swansea. It should be a popular gathering, especially after our very sucessful AGM last week. Why not come along to have a chat with old friends and colleagues, and if you weren't able to attend the A.G.M. find out what you missed
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Phil Taylor
17th April


Hi Swansea Narpo Members - A reminder that the 2017 AGM will be held on Tuesday 11th April 2017 at Sketty Hall.
Tea/ Coffee will be provided on arrival at 1.45pm
- and the AGM will commence at 2.00pm. finishing about 2.30pm when we will be provided with our Afternoon Tea.

At 3.30pm we will be entertained by professional Story Teller “Debra John” who in costume will describe the life of Amy Dillwyn of Hendrefoilan House, a Novelist, Businesswoman and Social Benefactor.

The Afternoon Tea is free to members/partners and £11.95 to guests who are welcome and can pay on the day cash or cheque to be handed to Gerry Coad (cheques to be made out to NARPO Swansea Branch).

We need to advise the catering staff as to the numbers attending so phone Gerry Coad at 01792- 202538 or email by Friday 7th April 2017.

Another great opportunity to meet up in pleasant surroundings so if you have not yet booked there is still time- looking forward to seeing you next Tuesday.


Widows Pension for Life campaign - We now have a template letter for members to complete and send to their MP asking them to support EDM 1063 which supports our widows Pension for Life campaign. These are available on our website together with further information

Please circulate to members, the more pressure we can put on MP’s the better.

Steve Edwards
Chief Executive Officer
01924 331 251
27th March


Employment Support Allowance - Please see the latest update on this issue on our website as you may receive enquiries from your members who are now having this deducted.

Alan Lees
Deputy Chief Executive Officer

26th March


Police Mutual Care Line - In partnership with Police Mutual, NARPO are pleased to be able to announce the launch of the Police Mutual Care Line providing support for the police family, serving and retired, in times of need. The service will be provided by Red Arc, a nurse led advice service, who are at the end of the telephone to help with a range of concerns, including coping with bereavement, serious physical or mental health problems, disabilities, trauma, post-hospital care or dealing with long term elderly matters.
All nurses are specially trained advisers with a great deal of knowledge who treat all callers with compassion, sensitivity and in confidence.

Please see the attached leaflet for more information.

This is another useful Welfare resource for Branches and Members to consider when facing difficult situations.

Steve Edwards
Chief Executive Officer
01924 331 251
14th March

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 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 5th April - Faye Ashman says that Dick is making good progress and is in good spirits. He is able to see all these bulletins via face book. He is at Ward 2 in Bridgend Hospital and is receiving visitors. the preferred time for visiting is during the afternoon.

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 to the following who are celebrating Special Birthdays in coming months:
Phil Davies-John Williams - Irene Roberts - Brenda Rees - Diane Arnall - Diane Davoren - Linda Gills- Diane Knight - Laurence Jones-Cheryl Allsopp - Jeanette Hamilton- Susan Rowe- Phil Rees - Brian Davies - Sarah Walters - Ruth Price - David Thomas -Zona Jones - Ian Davies and to Barry and Jan Huxtable on their Golden Wedding – Belated greetings to Brian and Pat Baynham on their Diamond Wedding in September 2016.

Bereavements - Condolences condolences to families of John Rosser MBE - Barbara Crocker - Norman Hathaway - Non members Idris Keefe - Derek Shadrach - Roy Blackmore (Ex Warrant officer) - Elli Norbeck granddaughter of members John and Anne Smith.

Free Coffee MorningsFREE COFFEE - Our monthly coffee mornings continue to attract more members and as a result the time has been extended to from 10.30am to 12noon. They are normally held on the 3rd Friday of each calendar month, the next dates are 17th March, 21st April and 19th May 2017. Just turn up at the Tapestri Café/ Bar (old CPS) in Alexandra Road on those dates - we are footing the bill. - You do not need to book just enjoy your 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!!!

AGM/ Afternoon Tea

The 2017 AGM will be held on Tuesday 11th April 2017 at Sketty Hall. Tea/ Coffee will be provided on arrival at 1.45pm - and the AGM will commence at 2.00pm. finishing about 2.30pm when we will be provided with our Afternoon Tea. At 3.30pm we will be entertained by professional Story Teller “Debra John” who in costume will describe the life of Amy Dillwyn of Hendrefoilan House, a Novelist, Businesswoman and Social Benefactor.

The Afternoon Tea is free to members/partners and £11.95 to guests who are welcome and can pay on the day cash or cheque to be handed to Gerry Coad (cheques to be made out to NARPO Swansea Branch). We need to advise the catering staff as to the numbers attending so phone Gerry Coad on Tel: 01792- 202538 or email by Friday 7th April 2017 . The Xmas Dinner at this venue went smoothly thanks to your cooperation in the notifications of attendance etc. (Note for your diary- we have booked the 2017 Xmas Dinner for Friday 15th December 2017) The AGM is also an opportunity for any interested member to join our Committee!

Phil Taylor (Sec)

Flint House. You may recall some time back that attendance at this establishment was no longer free to Narpo members and that after some subsidising there would be a charge of £80 per day. The South Wales Force Benevolent Fund for an experimental period has decided to supplement this by £35 therefore reducing the cost to £45 per day and travelling costs will also be met. Unfortunately there is no facility for partners to stay. Applications should be made through the South Wales Police Federation Office by phoning Kay Bennett at 01656 869900 who can advise you further on the Application Process

Narpo Travel and Health Insurance - The function of the admin and processing has now been taken over by AXA and any enquiries or requests involving payments or cancellations should be directed to: Harry McGimpsey tel 02891882814 or email

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

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.


Steve Edwards
Chief Executive Officer
01924 331 251


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:


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


Alan Lees
Deputy Chief Executive Officer

38 Bond Street

Tel 01924 331254


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 –

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

Kind regards

Helen Blackshaw
Wellbeing Services Manager | Police Mutual

Phone: 01543 305351 | Mobile: +447710701298
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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


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

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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


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




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. (

· 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 – 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).


ply 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


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 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 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.

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