Branch Annual General Meeting - Force HQ - 3 pm Saturday 24 March 2018.
Members who intend to be at the AGM are reminded that the Branch Secretary is coordinating responses regarding the names of those attending for the benefit of the Headquarters Security Staff.
Please contact the Honorary Secretary through this website or by telephone (leave message if no reply). Please provide name(s), and make and registration of the vehicle in which you will be arriving.
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 email@example.com
Beryl BLACKMORE, 91 years, who died on Wednesday 21 February, widow of Malcolm, who retired in 1969 and died in 2016.
Beryl's Funeral Service will take place at 1.30 pm on Thursday 8 March 2018, at Taunton Deane Crematorium.
Gordon CARMODY, his 86th birthday, who died on Friday 23 February. Gordon retired in 1988 and leaves a widow, Rita. He was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.
The Funeral is Tuesday 3 April 2018 at 12.45pm at Canford Crematorium.
All friends and colleagues are welcome. Refreshments at Kingsweston House afterwards.
Mrs Pauline SYMONDS, 74 years, who died on Wednesday 14 February. Widow of Dudley, who retired in 1986 and died in 2010. Her next of kin is her daughter, Joanne.
Funeral Service to be held on Friday 2 March 2018 in the Chapel of Sedgemoor Crematorium at 1.00 pm.
Mrs Jessica Alexandra Janina (Nina) HOLE, 87 years, who died on Monday 19 February. Widow of Mike HOLE, who retired in 1975 and died in 2010. Her next of kin is her daughter, Elizabeth.
Funeral is 2 pm on Friday 9 March 2018 at Milbourne Port Parish Church.
Mrs Thelma BURR, who died on Saturday 17 February, widow of Gerald, who retired in 1983 and died in 2002. Her next of kin is her son, also a Branch Member, David, living in Herefordshire.
Thelma's Funeral Service is to be held at Hereford Crematorium at 4.30 pm on Monday 26 February 2018.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary Sailing Club
Introductory and Training Sessions
The Sailing Section of the Force Club are holding an introductions/re-introduction session between 11 & 15 April 2018 at the Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club. The five-day session is to achieve RYA level 2 Dinghy sailing. Members of the Force Club will be charged at £115 for the session, including group membership to the CVLSC.
There will also be an opportunity for those interested to visit the Club as they prepare for the next season, on Saturday 24 March 2018 and have a casual chat about what is on offer. The gates will be closed but not locked on this day.
For further information please contact Jeff Stratford on firstname.lastname@example.org.
John BELL, 81 years, who died on Friday 9 February, retired in 1985. He leaves a widow, Kate, living in Exmouth.
John's Funeral Service is to be held at Exeter Crematorium at 12.30 pm on Wednesday 28 February 2018.
Anthony Brian (Percy) PASSMORE, 84 years, who died on Monday 12 February, retired in 1983. He leaves a widow, Rita, living in Taunton.
The Family have expressed the wish for the Funeral to be confined to Family Mourners only.
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.