Weston-super-Mare Police Officers 1890

Merry Christmas


Mrs Joyce JONES, 84 years, who died on Thursday 4 December, widow of Ray, who retired in 1984 and died in 2002. They were not members of this Branch of NARPO. We understand that Joyce's next of kin is her son, Alan, living in Bradley Stoke.

This item will be updated should we learn of the funeral details.

Date 11/12/18

Obituary - UPDATED

Graham Keith LOCKE, 87 years, who died on Wednesday 5 December, retired in 1991. He leaves a widow,Margaret, living near Chelmsford. Graham was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.

Date 06/12/18

Annual Christmas Concert

Once again the Police Choir are joining forces with Bold Brass to present a Christmas Concert in aid of the charity in support of Care of Police Survivors (COPS).

Coppers and Brass at Christmas will take place at The Methodist Church Portishead on Saturday December 15 commencing at 7 pm. There will be a mix of seasonal and not so seasonal music from both the Choir and the Ensemble to ease the audience into the Christmas Spirit.

Tickets are priced at £7, including refreshments, with children under 14 free and can be obtained from George Shemwell on 01179 613162 or locally from Morgan - Westley 28-30 High Street, Portishead. The Methodist Church is situated at the Marina end of the High Street and there is ample parking in the car park at the rear of the Somerset Hall a short walk from the church.

This is a smaller venue than normal and tickets are limited so please book early so as not to be disappointed.

Look Forward to seeing you there.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary Male Voice Choir

Date 04/12/18


Mary MARSHALL, 88 years, who died on Thursday 29 November, widow of Anthony, who retired in 1975 and died in 1985. Her next of kin is her daughter, living in Taunton.

Mary's Funeral Service is to be held at 1.30 pm on Friday 14 December 2018 at Taunton Deane Crematorium.

Date 03/12/18


Michael MALONEY, 82 years, who died on Sunday 2 December, retired in 1986. He leaves a widow, Pamela. Michael was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.

This item will be updated should we become aware of the funeral information.

Date 03/12/18


Mrs Esme MEAD, 91 years, who died on Sunday 25 November, widow of Sam Mead, who retired in 1982 and died in 2007. Her next of kin is her daughter, living in Bristol. Esme was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.

Esme's funeral service is to take place at 12.45 pm on Tuesday 11 December 2018 at South Bristol Crematorium.

Date 30/11/18


Peter (Happy) HOWARD, 85 years, who died on Wednesday 28 November, retired in 1993. He leaves a widow, Margaret. Peter was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.

The funeral details are 11.30 am on Wednesday 12 December 2018 at Haycombe Crematorium, Bath.

Date 29/11/18


Cyril HADDY, 89 years, who died on Friday 23 November retired in 1981. Cyril was not a member of this Branch of NARPO. We understand that his next of kin is his son, living in Worcestershire.

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

Date 29/11/18

Deborah Leat - 27 November 1986

Deborah Leat

Deborah Leat

Deborah Leat, Woman Police Constable of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary who died on 27 November 1986, aged 20.

Killed when her police patrol car went out of control on a bend and crashed into a tree while pursuing a vehicle which had failed to stop in the early hours at Speedwell, Bristol.

Roll of Honour

Date 27/11/18

Re-Dedication of Memorial

We have been informed by the Cornwall Branch of NARPO that the Memorial on the wall of Porthleven Harbour is to be re-dedicated at 11 am on Thursday 13 December 2018.

On the night/morning of 12/13 December 1978 Constables Joseph CHILDS and Martin REID died in tragic circumstances at Porthleven and the re-dedication of the Memorial seems to be to mark the 40th Anniversary of their loss. Anyone wishing to do so is welcome to attend - the organiser is Bob WOODS at on telephone number 07921 938198.

Martin previously served at Weston-super-Mare. He transferred to Devon and Cornwall.

Date 21/11/18


Mrs Marjorie CHEETHAM, 93 years who died on Thursday 8 November. Her next of kin is her daughter, living in Worcestershire. Marjorie was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.

We do not know the funeral details.

Date 20/11/18


Mrs Pamela WILLIAMS, 87 years, who died on Thursday 12 November. She was the widow of Ronald Williams who retired from Bath in 1985 and died in 2014.

Her next of kin is her daughter, living in Downend, Bristol. Pamela was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.

We are not aware of the funeral arrangements.

Date 20/11/18

Obituary - UPDATED

Mrs Nancy VENN, who died on Monday 12 November, widow of Leslie, who died in 2016. She has two daughters and the information came from Judith who lives in the Taunton area.

Date 13/11/18

Obituary - UPDATED

Herbert DEVEY, 86 years who died on Saturday 10 November 2018. He leaves a widow, Janet, living in Bristol. Herbert joined the Gloucestershire Constabulary, transferred to Bristol City and retired from the amalgamated Force in 1987. He was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.

Funeral Monday 26th November, 1.45 pm, Westerleigh Crematorium, Westerleigh Rd, Westerleigh, Bristol BS27 8QP

Date 13/11/18


Rita REES, 80 years,who died on Monday 5 November, the wife of Don Rees, who retired in 1993. Rita passed peacefully away at her home in Keynsham.

Rita's Funeral Service is to be held at 11.45 am on Wednesday 21st November 2018 at Westerleigh Crematorium, family flowers only.

Date 10/11/18


Mike Hedges is giving plenty of advance notice to all golfers that the 2019 NARPO Golf Competitions will take place at Farrington Park Golf Club on Thursday 6 June.

The first tee time will be 12.28 pm and the golf will be followed by a two course meal. The cost for non-members at Farrington Park will be £34.00 each.

Please register your interest with Mike through

Date 09/11/18

Portishead Section Reunion

Mike Rowland has arranged for a Portishead Section Reunion (not the HQ at Valley Road) on Wednesday 13 March 2019 from 12 noon onwards at the Windmill Inn, Nore Road, Portishead (formerly the 'Hole in One').

Anyone connected in any way and at any time with the former police station at South Road, Portishead - sworn officers, support staff or close associates - together with partners is welcome to attend. The event is intended to be informal but in order to keep a watch on numbers those intending to come are requested to contact Mike on or via Facebook Messenger unless they have already done so.

Date 07/11/18

REMINDER - W-s-Mare Social Evening

The Police Pensioners' Christmas Social is taking place on Wednesday 12 December 2018, 7pm to 11pm at Weston-super-Mare Cricket Club BS23 4NY.

Thus far there has not been a huge response to the Branch Newsletter entry - if you want this event to continue it is essential that sufficient support is forthcoming, otherwise it will not be viable to continue in future years.

There is no fee for the use of the club, as they rely on takings at the bar to cover their overheads. The cost of the buffet is £6 per head - please send your remittance (cheque made out to 'Avon and Somerset Branch NARPO') together with names of those attending to John Vincent. 1 Brendon Avenue, Weston-super-Mare BS23 2TE by 1st December 2018.

Date 26/10/18