We have been informed of the death, on 22 February 2018 of Mrs Norma WRIGHT, 87 years, the widow of Ken Wright, who retired in 1982 an died in 2010. The next of kin is her daughter, living in Bristol. Norma was not a member of this Branch and it must be assumed that the funeral took place some time ago.
Michael John WILLCOX, 83 years, who died on Wednesday 18 April, retired in 1983 from Bridgwater. He leaves a widow, Hilary, who lives in their home in Cornwall.
Further details will follow when we have the funeral information.
Andrew Richard MOORE, 57 years, who died on Tuesday 17 April, retired in 2011. He leaves a widow, Rosina, living in Watchet.
Andrew's Funeral Service is to take place at Taunton Deane Crematorium at 10.00 am on Wednesday 25 April 2018.
Clive D T WYNESS, 86 years, who died on Monday 16 April, retired in 1978. He leaves a widow, Jan, living near Bridgwater.
Clive's Funeral Service is to take place at Sedgemoor Crematorium at 1 pm on Friday 27 April 2018.
Keith RICKARD, 70 years, who died on Saturday 14 April, retired on a medical pension in 1989. He leaves a widow, Mrs M J Rickard, living in Newport, Gwent.
Originally a Glospol officer, at the time of retirement he was a traffic officer based at Almondsbury.
Keith was not a member of this Branch of NARPO and we do not, at present, have any information regarding the funeral arrangements.
Bob GIBBS is, again this year, the source of season tickets for the section of the River Avon at Farleigh Hungerford and they will be available from him from 1 May 2018.
Bob is also trying to track down two cups previously awarded but not yet returned:-
The Norman Frost Cup, for the Regional PAA(PSUK) Team Championships
The Colin Forty Pairs Cup.
If you want to get your ticket for the coming year or have any information as to the whereabouts of the trophies, please contact Bob GIBBS at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following discussions between Avon & Somerset Police and Peninsula Pensions, it has been decided that when the responsibility of Pensioner Payroll transfers in June 2018, the Pension Payment dates will continue to be in line with those that the Constabulary and Somerset County Council have historically used (i.e. Pension payment made on the first day of the month in which pension is due, unless that falls on a weekend or Bank Holiday, in which case, it would be the last working day of the previous month).
Peninsula ill be issuing all Police Pensioners a letter shortly advising them of the change in Pensioner Payroll administration responsibility to Peninsula Pensions, and it will also confirm the Pension Payment dates as advised above.
Simon Dean CHUBB, 53 years, who died on 9 April, left the Force in 2016. He was not a member of this Branch of NARPO. We have not been informed of the funeral details.
Mabel SANDERS, 94 years, who died on Monday 9 April 2018. Mabel was the widow of W S Sanders (Sandy) who died in 2014. They were not members of this Branch of NARPO.
Mabel's funeral will be held at South Bristol Crematorium at 12.45pm on Tuesday 1 May 2018.
Harold (Abe) BICKNELL, 91 years, who died on Tuesday 27 March, retired in 1979. Abe was not a member of this Branch of NARPO and our only other information is that his next of kin is his daughter.
His Funeral Service is to be held at 1.30 pm on Wednesday 18 April 2018 at South Bristol Crematorium, Bedminster Down.
Paul WINSHIP, 71 years, who died on Wednesday 4 April, retired in 2012. His next of kin is his daughter, living in Lancashire.
Paul's Funeral Service is to be held at Sedgemoor Crematorium TA6 4SR, at 2 pm on Tuesday 24 April 2018.
Jeffrey Dennis LOWE, 66 years, who died on Saturday 31 March, retired in 2001. He leaves a widow, Drita, living in Salisbury.
Jeffrey's Funeral Service is to take place at 3.15 p.m. on Tuesday 17 April 2018 at Salisbury Crematorium.
His family warmly invite anyone who worked with him to come along to his funeral. This will be followed by a get together at The Pheasent Pub, Salt Lane (Corner of Rollestone Street) Salisbury, SP1 1DT. It would be great to hear some good stories from his police days and share memories of the times he had in the force.
David C A BUTTON, 86 years, who died on Friday 30 March, retired in 1982. He leaves a widow, Christine, living at Street.
David's Memorial Service is to be held at The United Reform Church at Street at 3 pm on Thursday 19 April 2018.
George CURLEY, 87 years who died on Friday 30 March 2018. A former officer of Gloucestershire Constabulary and Avon and Somerset, stationed at Staple Hill. His next of kin are a son and daughter. He was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.
The funeral will take place at Westerleigh Crematorium at 12.15pm on Thursday 26 April, followed by a reception at the Kendleshire Golf Club.
Former Sergeant, Mary WESTBROOME who died on 11 March 2018. Mary was not a member of this Branch of NARPO and we have no further details, other than she was living in Keynsham.
Mary's Funeral Service is scheduled to take place at Haycombe Crematorium, Bath, at 2.30 pm on Friday 13 April 2018, followed by a gathering in St John's Church Hall, Keynsham.
Christopher Robert READ, 69 years, who died on Friday 23 March 2018. His next of kin are his children. Christopher retired in 1998 and was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.
Friends are invited to attend a Thanksgiving Service for Chris which will be held at Mudeford All Saints Church, (BH23 3HS) on Friday 13 April 2018, starting at 1pm.
Followed by a reception at Bransgore Village Hall (BH238AY).
Replies to Terry Elcock for catering at email@example.com
Philip John LEWIS, 67 years who died on Wednesday 21 March, retired in 2000. He leaves a widow Glynis living in Bristol. Phil was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.
Phil's funeral is to be held at Westerleigh Crematorium at 12.30pm on Monday 23 April 2018.
David Barry McDONALD, 72 years, who died on Thursday 15 March, retired in 1996. He leaves a widow, Lynne, living in Weston-super-Mare.
David's Funeral Service is to be held at 11 am on Monday 9 April 2018 at Weston-super-Mare Crematorium.
Brian HEALEY, 81 years, who died on Saturday 10 March, retired in 1984. He leaves a widow, Margaret Joan, living in Taunton.
Brian's Funeral Service is to be held at Taunton Deane Crematorium, Wellington Road, Taunton, at 12 noon on Tuesday 27 March 2018.
James WHETREN, 71 years, who died on 3 March, retired in 1995.
This message will be updated when we hear of the funeral details.
Gerald JOURNEAUX, 94 years, who died on 3 March, retired in 1976. His wife pre-deceased him in 1997. Gerald was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.
Funeral - Taunton Deane Crematorium at 1 pm on Thursday 22 March 2018.
Branch Member, Dave Walbyoff, has once more, taken on the task of organising the NARPO Golf Competition, this year on Thursday 7 June 2018. The event will take place at the Mendip Spring Golf Club, starting with coffee and bacon roll at 11 am for the tee off at 12 Mid-day.
Following the 18 hole Stableford Competition there will be a two course meal. All-inclusive for £34.00.
Contact Dave on 01934 834 159 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Avon and Somerset Benevolent Fund - Annual General Meeting 1.30 pm on Friday 27 April 2018 in the Main Conference Room Force Headquarters,
All subscribing members of the Force Benevolent Fund are invited to attend the AGM of the Fund.
It will be helpful, for site access purposes, of those attending would give prior notice of their intention to the Benevolent Fund Office at email@example.com or on 01278 647084.
Branch Summer Outing - Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Railway
Wednesday 4 July 2018
Members and their Guests are welcome to enjoy another great Branch Summer Outing. This time Linda Gittings is our organiser and we will have a day on the, nationally recognised, Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Railway from their station at Prestbury - alongside the car park of the Cheltenham Race Course - all the way up to Broadway.
There will, of course, be a cream tea available on the 15.10 train departing Broadway but the day can start as early as 10.30 from Prestbury and you will have unlimited travel for the day.
Full details and the booking form will be available to Members in the April edition of the Branch Newsletter.
We have recently been made aware of an issue in relation to the inadequate retention of important pension records around the election made by Officers in 1972, when an option was given to uprate their widows pension entitlement from a third to a half.
To make enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org give date of birth, NI number and payroll number.
There appears to some uncertainty regarding widows pension entitlement.
For clarity prior to April 1972 widows pension entitlement was a third. The Police Pension Regulations changed in 1972 and Pension Contributions increased to 7% which increased the widows entitlement to a half.
The Regulations allowed those in service prior to 1 April 1972 to enhance their pre April 1972 widows entitlement to a half at a cost. At that time officers were given a time limited opportunity to upgrade pre 1972 service for the purpose of their widows pensions. In order to achieve this upgrade of earlier years, three options were offered; the payment of a lump sum, additional contributions from pay until the end of service or payment from the future police pension. Not all officers took the option to 'buy back' service.
Anyone who joined after April 1972 will automatically leave a half rate widows pension.
Anyone with service prior to April 1972 and continuing to serve, will either leave a half [if they chose to upgrade] or a mixture of a third for service prior to April 1972 and a half for the period after 1972. The election was effectively to 'buy back' previous service pre April 1972, to attract a half rate widows pension.