Weston-super-Mare Police Officers 1890

IoD Pensions

Ashcroft & Evans -v- Chief Constable South Wales

Although we have no reason to believe that there are local instances of the issues addressed in the above Court of Appeal Judgement nor any indication from any of our members that they have been impacted by inappropriate deductions, we feel that we should bring the matter to your attention and value the consent of the Police Federation of England & Wales to enable access to their recent Branch Board Circular 011-2019.

If you feel that you have been subjected to incorrect deductions of such a nature, please follow the link to the Police Federation circular which is self-explanatory and provides detailed information and advice.


Date 20/06/19

Obituary UPDATED

John ORGAN, 88 years, who died on Wednesday 12 June, retired in 1981. John was not a member of this Branch of NARPO and had been living at Downend. His next of kin is his daughter, Sandra, living in Yate.

Funeral 1.45 pm on Thursday 11 July 2019 at Westerleigh Crematorium.

Date 17/06/19

Award of BEM

Our Congratulations to Serving Constable, Tony Freeman, of Bridgwater on his award of the British Empire Medal in Her Majesty's Birthday Honours.

Date 12/06/19

Coarse Angling

Bob GIBBS has informed us that the Tabs are available for the Force stretches of water at £21.00 for this year. Tab holders can entertain up to two guests to fish the two-mile stretch of water rented by the Club on the River Frome at Raleigh Hungerford or the River Avon at Swineford.

Further information from Bob at

Date 10/06/19


Gerald Raymond (Gerry) WALL, 84 years, who died on Friday 7 June, retired in 1985 and had been living in Bath. Gerry's wife had only predeceased him by a few days.

Gerry's Funeral Service is to take place at Haycombe Cemetery, Bath Crematorium at 2.30 pm on Friday 28 June 2019.

Date 10/06/19

Award of QPM

Our heartfelt congratulations to our Branch Member, Christine Anne WILLIAMS QPM, on the award of the Honour of the Queen's Police Medal in Her Majesty's Birthday Honours.

Date 10/06/19


We have received a request from a NARPO member from another Branch, who is inevitably not conversant with the amount of attention we have given to the matters of Injury on Duty Pension Reviews over the past several years. We have agreed to adhere to his request to further enable those of you in receipt of Injury on Duty Pensions to be aware of the existence of the 'Injury On Duty Pensioners Association' (IODPA). You can find the IODPA website here.

Date 10/06/19


Donald CARPENTER, 88 years who died on 31 May 2019. Donald was not a member of this Branch of NARPO and we have no further information at this time.

Date 07/06/19


Mick COWLAM, who died at his home in Yeovil on Monday 3 June 2019. His next of kin is his daughter, Zoe. Mick was not a member of this Branch of NARPO and we have no further information.

Funeral - Yeovil Crematorium. at 3.20 pm on Thursday 20 June 2019.

Date 05/06/19


Frederick COLLINS, 73 years, who died on 4 June, retired in 1995 and has been living in Australia. He leaves a widow, Patricia. Frederick was not a member of this Branch of NARPO and we have, at present, no details of his funeral arrangements.

He retired from the Magistrates Court in Bristol but served many years as a dog handler.

Date 04/06/19


John FROST, 91 years, who died on Sunday 2 June, retired from Bristol 'B' Division in 1979. John was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.

Funeral is at South Bristol Crematorium, Bridgwater Road, Bristol at 11.15 am on Tuesday 2 July 2019.

Date 03/06/19


Frederick James (Fred) BATES, 85 years, who died on Wednesday 29 May, retired in 1986. He leaves a widow, Sadie, living at Creech St Michael.

Date 01/06/19


John GOVER, 87 years, who died on Monday 13 May, retired in 1985. His next of kin is his son, Peter, living at Bishops Lydeard.

John's funeral service is to take place at 2 pm on Monday 3 June 2019 at Taunton Deane Crematorium.

Date 29/05/19


Mrs Miriam (Ena) WATKINS, 95 years, who died on Wednesday 15 May, the widow of Frank Stanley WATKINS, who retired from Bath in 1978 and died in 2007. Ena had been living near York, as does her son and next of kin, Brian.

We have no information regarding Ena's funeral arrangements.

Date 21/05/19


Mrs Doreen VOWLES, 92 years, who died on Thursday 16 May, widow of Reginald, who retired in 1983 and died in 1996. Doreen was not a member of this Branch of NARPO and we are told that her next of kin is her daughter, Janice.

This entry will be updated should we hear of the funeral arrangements.

Date 17/05/19

In Memoriam

PC Stephen Jones
Died 17 May 1999, aged 34

During the pursuit of a stolen vehicle on the M48 motorway near Bristol, the officer deployed a spike strip in front of the vehicle to stop it but it swerved towards him as he stood on the motorway hard shoulder and he was struck and killed.

Roll of Honour

Date 17/05/19


Keith MYERS, 85 years, who died on 30 April, retired in 1983. He leaves a widow, Patricia, living in Winford. Keith was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.

We are told that Keith's Funeral Service is to be held in Winford Church at 11 am on Thursday 30 May 2019.

Date 15/05/19

Role Play for Force Firearms Training

We have received a request from one of our members who is on the Police Staff at the Black Rock Operational Training Unit for interested former colleagues to assist in the training by role-playing characters.

Anyone interested, please contact Colin WARREN

The Branch Secretary has no other information regarding this invitation.

Date 10/05/19

Obituary - UPDATED

David STUCKES, 84 years, who died on 8 May, retired in 1985. He leaves a widow, Sylvia, living in Portishead.

His three sons, Tim, Stephen and Andrew all served in Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

David was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.

Date 10/05/19

Obituary - UPDATED

Wilfred NUNN, 70 years, who died on Wednesday 1 May, retired in 2002 and then served as a member of the Support Staff until 2011. Wilf originally joined the Gloucestershire Constabulary.

He leaves a widow, Eileen, living in Mangotsfield. Wilf was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.

Date 03/05/19

NARPO Centenary Celebrations - UPDATED

A reminder to those who have not, yet, seized the opportunity to attend the Celebrations at Clevedon for the Centenary of NARPO.

The gathering for the conducted tours and tree-planting ceremony at the Wilfred Fuller VC Centre, David Lane, Clevedon BS21 6TG is at 10.45 am and is free to all Branch Members. An interesting morning is being planned by the Officers and Staff at the Centre, including horses, dogs and public order training sessions.

The select buffet lunch is at Clevedon Hall, Elton Road, Clevedon BS21 7RH from 12.30 pm and is at the subsidised charge of £15.00 each. This is another great opportunity for a special get-together for us all.

We hope that many members will make point of being at both events, they are only a few minutes drive apart.

The closing date for those wishing to attend, either or both, events is Monday 20 May 2019.

Please, if you have not already done so, contact Chris Lockyer on 01275 845736 or at

Date 01/05/19

Gloucestershire Cadet Reunion

After a six year break there will be another Gloucestershire Constabulary Cadet Reunion.

This will be held at Wotton Hall Club, 138 Barnwood Road, Gloucester, GL4 3JS on Saturday 26 October 2019 starting at 7pm. The cost will be £15 per person, to include buffet.

Anyone attending should advise Keith Jones by EMAIL. Keith is responsible for contacting and collating details of those attending.

All monies to Paul Organ, 3 Lilliput Avenue, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol, BS37 6HT. Paul can be contacted on 07702 393 873. Cheques to be made payable to P Organ, early remittance would be appreciated to cover costs.

Others involved in the organisation include Brian Page - Gloucester, Tania Hussey - Cheltenham and Sue Mace - Avon and Somerset.

Date 04/02/19