Weston-super-Mare Police Officers 1890


Kim COLLS, 60 years, who died on Friday 18 August, wife of Mike, who retired in 2012. Kim was a member of the Support Staff of the Constabulary. She was being cared for in the Weston-super-Mare Hospice at the time of her death.

This entry will be updated when the Funeral arrangements become known.

Date 21/08/17

BBC Programme Research - D/Supts & D/C/Insps Sought

We have received a request from a BBC Researcher, Ms Suzi Baker for contact from retired Detective Superintendents and Detective Chief Inspectors.

If any appropriate Branch Member wishes to get involved please make contact with Ms. Baker direct and not with the Branch Secretary.


Date 12/08/17


We have been informed of the death of Michael (Mick) COOMBES, former mechanic at the Taunton Headquarters Police Garage and latterly Garage Foreman. Mick was not a Branch Member and our information is limited.

Mick's Funeral Service takes place today, Wednesday 9 August 2017 at 1pm.

Date 09/08/17

State Pension Contributions

Following a suggestion for younger members to be made aware of the complexities of state pension benefits and how they are paid for, the Deputy Chief Executive of NARPO, Alan Lees, kindly offers the following advice.

There are two issues, contracting out and additional pension contributions


The former has been extensively covered in NARPO News and on our website.

The latter has also been on our website, but it is matter of personal choice if someone wishes to pay extra contributions based on their own circumstances.

State Pensions

We would advise people that they can check thein national insurance contributions using the Government website.

National Insurance Record

Date 07/08/17


James Charles (Jim) DRINKWATER, 96 years, who died on Tuesday 1 August, retired in 1972 and had recently been living in the Southampton area.

His next of kin, daughter Pearl, informs us that Jim's Funeral Service is to be held at St Luke's Church, Bath at 12 noon on Friday 25 August 2017.

Date 07/08/17


Mrs Margaret O'CONNOR, 64 years, who died on Tuesday 25 July 2017, widow of Sgt T O'CONNOR, who died in 1996. Neither were members of this Branch of NARPO. We have been given no further information regarding either of them, save that Margaret had been living in Pucklechurch, South Gloucestershire.

This entry will be updated if we are made aware of her funeral information.

Date 02/08/17


Penelope Anna (Penny) WEIGHT, 53 years, who died on Wednesday 5 July, the wife of Richard Weight, Detective Sergeant who retired in 2012.

Penny's Funeral Service is to be held in Chapel Allerton Church, Chapel Allerton, Axbridge, Somerset at 2 pm on Tuesday 25 July 2017.

Date 17/07/17

Sailing Section

Avon and Somerset Police Sailing Section
Open Day at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club
Wednesday 6 September 2017

From: Jeff Stratford

We have the most active Police Sailing section in the country. We hosted the PSUK Nationals in the 90's at CVLSC and had over 100 entries, last week the Met hosted the 2017 Nationals at Stokes Bay, Gosport. They had 16 entries and 6 of those were from Avon & Somerset.

Our Open is at CVLSC on Wednesday 6 September and we aim to make it bigger than the Nationals. Lots of our members are retired, in fact most are. To enter you have to be serving or retired Police Officer or Police Staff, if anyone has their own boat and would like to enter we would love to see them.

If people just want to see what the sailing section is about, come and see. If you fancy a day or a few hours out at a fantastic location right on your doorstep come along. It is a members Club but on the day we will take the padlock off the outer gate so that people can drive in. Spectators are welcome and free. The galley will be open all day with hot and cold drinks, bacon sandwiches and a variety of lunches available at a reasonable cost.

You can catch up with old friends, we have a lift and disabled facilities if anyone needs them. There is a huge car park and I cannot think of a reason not to come. All I ask is that if you are coming and intend to eat you give me a few days notice just to make sure the caterer does not get caught out if the whole of NARPO turn up.

If people want alternative food very close we have Salt and Malt and Woodford lodge next door has just reopened.

If anyone has any questions please ask.

Date 04/07/17