Weston-super-Mare Police Officers 1890

Police Memorial Day

The Weston-super-Mare act of remembrance for fallen comrades will take place again this year, in conjunction with the Headquarters and National Services to mark Police Memorial Day at 2.45pm for 3pm. on Sunday 24 September 2017 at Clarence Park Baptist Church, Weston-super-Mare.

A tea and refreshments in the adjoining church hall. This is another important opportunity to show how fallen members of the Service are not forgotten so please attend if you are able.

Contact Neil Goodwin - or telephone 01934 636702 for catering arrangements.

Date 14/09/17


David CHAMBERLAIN, 71 years, who died on 6 September 2017. David retired in 1996. He leaves a widow, June, living at Huish Episcopi. David was not a member of this Branch and the funeral information is not known at this time.

Date 09/09/17


Mrs Thelma THOMAS, 81 years, who died on 5 September 2017. Thelma was the widow of John Thomas who retired in 1978 and died in 2013. Her next of kin is her daughter, living in Stockwood, Bristol. Thelma was not a member of this Branch of NARPO. Funeral details not known at this time.

Date 09/09/17

Freddy's Fight For Life

Freddy's Fight For Life - Benefit Concert

Avon and Somerset Constabulary Male Voice Choir - 14 October at 19:00-22:00, Taunton Baptist Church.


Date 08/09/17


Mrs Yanske Louise ROBERTSON, 94 years, who died on Tuesday 22 August, widow of Patrick who retired as Borough Chief Inspector, Bridgwater, in 1976 and died in 2001. She had been living near Chard for many years.

Her next of kin is her son, Gavin, notified her death to the Pensions Office but we have no further information. Due to the time elapsed it is likely that her Funeral Service has already taken place.

Date 05/09/17

Branch Autumn Luncheon

Date 25/08/17

Obituary- UPDATED

Mrs Lynne FORD, 49 years, who died on Tuesday 22 August 2017, retired after twelve years' service in 2003. She leaves a widower, Richard, living at Cheddar.

Date 23/08/17

Obituary - UPDATED

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.

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