Message from Welfare
W el f a r e U n i t City of London Police 5 Snow Hill London, EC1A 2DP
Sandy Pelling and the
Cadet Football Team
The Senior Brigade
NARPO & COLPPA
Welcome to the 2013 Christmas issue of the Pensionersâ€™ Newsletter. This issue is a bit lighter than usual due to the close proximity of our Autumn publication. Thank you again to everyone that has contributed and if you have anything that you wish included next year please email me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org or post to the Welfare dept. who will forward to me. As the year draws to a close, we are once again reminded of how lucky we are to have our friends and loved ones around us and of course spare some time to think about friends and colleagues that we have lost in the past 12 months. Since the Autumn issue and at the time of writing, we have lost another two highly respected and loved ex colleagues in Colin Macintosh and Terry Dove. I have had the honour of working with both during my time at Snow Hill and both were genuinely nice people and bloody good coppers! I shall be raising a glass to them during the festive period. May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Best wishes,
Chris Pearson (Guest Editor) Front cover illustration reproduced by kind permission of Julie Robertson, MUZZLE-FLASH (graphics, videos, photographs) Contact Julie@muzzle-flash.com
In Memoriam Colleagues who have passed away since the last newsletter.
Ex DC 654C
26th October 2013
Aged 70 years
27th November 2013
Aged 75 years
Rest In Peace
Christmas 2013 Message from the Commissioner Commissioner Adrian Leppard 2013 has been an interesting time in terms of policing the City, bringing with it new pressures and challenges, but also opening up new and exciting opportunities for the Force through its National Lead Role for economic crime. In my message to you all last year I mentioned the new force structure that would be in place in 2013. Well this is now in place and one of the main challenges we have experienced this year is operating with 150 less Officers. On the positive side, at present there has still been a slight reduction in crime, albeit a small one. Our Economic Crime responsibilities continue to expand, creating a plethora of opportunities for our officers and staff and raising the profile of the Force in its National Lead Force role for Fraud. There are a number of exciting developments in the pipeline, including the development and expansion of the Fraud Academy. As we move forward into 2014 however, we will obviously continue to focus on local policing issues and ensure that we keep the City safe which is one of our main priorities. The security and safety of our residents, businesses and workers will always be important to us and we will also continue to direct our efforts towards crime reduction and prevention in line with the governments focus. However, we acknowledge that there are likely to be further financial and resourcing challenges along the way and so are being inventive in terms of generating income and bidding for new funding streams! Finally - and most importantly - I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and hope that you all enjoy a peaceful festive period. Hopefully this will give you a chance to get some well earned R &R and look forward to the challenges of 2014
CHAIRMAN’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE Where did that year go? They say that time accelerates the older you get and I can certainly confirm that. I wish to start with a big thank you to your Committee and in particular Phil Gilbert (Secretary) and Chris Pearson (Newsletter Editor and Webmaster). I’m very pleased that we now have regular Newsletters and we must thank the City of London Police for picking up the cost of printing and postage for UK members. I know that the move to email distribution of the Newsletter does not work for everybody but it has helped in keeping down costs and it ensures we can have three editions each year. I’ve already mentioned that change is taking place in Welfare and we are losing the services of Yvette and Trudi from the end of this year. I’m sure you will wish to join me in thanking them both for the services they have provided to our members over the years. Both are moving on and the arrangements for how support is going to be provided to our members is still to be finalised. Thank you to all who have posted and emailed to me updated Contact Forms. Nothing has happened to them as yet as responsibility for the spreadsheet still rests with Welfare until the end of this month. I’ve very much enjoyed reading the letters that some of you have included with the Contact Forms. I cannot respond to all but it does provide evidence that many of you are very much alive and kicking. Members of your Committee will make a concerted effort to get the membership spreadsheet updated early in the New Year. I’m pleased to announce that Anne Lancaster has offered to help maintain the spreadsheet when she retires in a few months. Between a few Committee members we will need to put in place arrangements for dealing with phone messages and emails from you. All this will take a little while to put in place but be assured that we are keen that little changes in terms of the help and support we can provide to Pensioners. In terms of pension issues, I’ve not got very much to add for this edition. For those of you (like me) who are expecting a little extra in terms of commutation, there is nothing more to say other than no new applications are being accepted by the Ombudsman. A number of you have been on to the NARPO site and have seen this is the current position. The issue about the change in the qualifying years for a full state pension and how this affects female retired officers in particular has not changed. If any retired officer who is not in receipt of a state pension wishes to find out if this problem affects them then they can obtain
a pension statement. As I’ve said before, letters do come out on a regular basis informing the public about any shortfall so if you are affected this should have been pointed out – along with the notification about the changes to the state pension age. Note that we are in an interim period and not everybody is going to be affected. My understanding is (and you should consider contacting NARPO if in any doubt): 1.
If you are already in receipt of a state pension nothing you can do can change that.
2. If you will be entitled to the new proposed flat rate pension then there is also nothing you can do about that. 3. If you are about to reach the state pension age, do not have enough years to qualify for the full amount, then you can take action. This will include making up any difference and (if applicable to you) claiming that you are a full time child carer for your grandchildren. Once you start the state pension you cannot recover the situation. You Committee is constantly looking for different ways to get-together and this will be discussed again at the next AGM. Please bear in mind that I see the AGM as a social function where we have to conduct NARPO/COLPPA business and not the other way round. Please do come along and bring partners. All we need to know is that you are coming so we can make the best catering arrangements. Finally, I wish all City Pensioners, serving police officers, PCSOs and civilian staff a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Andy Odell Chairman NARPO (City Branch) and City of London Police Pensioners’ Association
MESSAGE FROM THE WELFARE DEPARTMENT Welfare would like to wish you and your families a peaceful Christmas and good health and happiness for the New Year, whilst taking time to acknowledge and remember loved ones who have passed away and our sense of loss for those we are no longer able to share Christmas with. As the year comes to a close , we are mindful that this will be our last Christmas message to you all, in fact our last message at all. As next year the running of the service transfers to a different team. We would like to thank you for all of your support and encouragement over the years, we have enjoyed the opportunity to be in contact with you. Kind Regards
Nicola, Trudi and Yvette For future contact of the ‘Wellbeing Team’ - WelfareDept@city-of-london.pnn.police.uk Tel 020 7332 3276 or 020 7332 1582
BEQUEST REQUEST We all know the importance of having a will. Have you considered that you could help support one of the CoLP Force Funds and leave a legacy by making a bequest? This is a common practice these days and many of the big charities have special telephone teams dedicated to phoning potential donors and asking them to leave a legacy in their Will. Unfortunately at CoLP we don’t have the resources to phone round and ask for donations and bequests but the Funds are reducing. You could help keep the Funds going for many years to come by making a bequest in your Will. If you are interested in making a bequest or just want further details please contact the WelfareDept@city-of-london.pnn.police.uk Kind regards,
Nicola Scoon (Wellbeing Team)
MODELS WANTED By Delia Heath Hi All, I’m doing a bit of research for the Spitalfeild Llife website , in which various people and places on the City fringes are explored and mentioned. It is utterly out with my usual role, and outside of the influence of CoLP, nevertheless a neat little resource for people interested in City, and a pleasant distraction for those who require such. So having done the ghost parade of LMS, photos are outstanding….. The Gentle Author would now like to turn his attention to old coppers, retired old school types, with a view to collating some pictures along the lines of the series ‘the boxers ‘ below… http://spitalfieldslife.com/2012/10/15/john-claridges-boxers-round-one/ Is there anyone out there willing, with maybe then and now photo links.. or just the now… as in the boxer pictures that appear on the website.. (spital fields life) it's not every day old coppers are photographed as Pirelli girls, sorry I mean, tyres, is it? Kind regards
LETTERS Greetings from New Zealand where the sun is shining and the beaches inviting. You may recall seeing a letter in NARPO NEWS a couple of years ago seeking ex-UK Police officers living in New Zealand to contact the writer with a view to meeting up. Well there were about 20 replies, but most were spread out over both Islands and many living in Auckland, but the writer and another reply live in Katikati which is just 30 minutes up the road from where I live in Tauranga. One from Nottingham, the other from Cheshire Forces. Since then we have met on many occasions and earlier this year we met Mike O'Leary from Auckland who was visiting relatives nearby. He was in the Met Fraud Squad based at Holborn nick, and well remembers days when he was attending a trial at the Bailey and lunching at Snow Hill. He recalled having to jump up to hang his coat on the hooks in the corridor outside the Mess Room!! Reading Eric Gladmans' letter reminded me of the time when the rehearsal for Charles and Diana's wedding was taking place at St. Pauls Cathedral. As Duty Inspector I went up to relieve those on duty there. The doors were just closing, so assumed all who should be in were. About 10 minutes later I saw a car racing up Ludgate Hill and turning onto the Cathedral forecourt. It stopped just by me and out jumped Prince Andrew. "Can you get me in there, I'm the Best Man and I'm *&"+~# late? We ran up to the north door, but of course there was no door bell or knocker, so I hammered on the door and fortunately there was an usher just on the other side. So the day was saved. Many thanks for all the previous newsletters which I received be e-mail. I pass them on to Morrie Radden who lives up near Auckland. Best regards to all.
CITY EX-CID ASSOCIATION For the second time in three years the weather did its best to hijack our Reunion Lunch. In December 2010 it was snow and ice and this year the wind threatened to do much the same thing. Although several members and guests were unable to make it due to cancelled trains and blocked roads, we did have a very good turnout in the circumstances. There were certainly heroic tales of some who took several hours to reach the City on 28th October and others who waited just as long on British Rail Platforms for trains that never arrived or who patiently waited for roads to be cleared - but to no avail. Some even had to spend some hours stranded in a pub until the road could be cleared........worst things could happen I suppose! We brought the Lunch forward to October/early November to avoid the snows of 2010, although some wag commented that even if we held it in summer we'd get a plague of locusts!
Anyway it turned out an excellent lunch, all the speakers turned up and did their bit and it was good to meet Commander Wayne Chance who stood in for the Commissioner. Dick Keating our Chairman welcomed everyone and proposed the Toast to the City Police which Mr Chance responded to; although not a CID man himself, Mr Chance told some amusing tales about contact he had with the Department in the Metropolitan Police. Dick Cumming proposed the Toast to the Guests (and told a few stories about our Chairman in the process!) and in responding Roy Ramm gave his usual excellent speech. Dick Keating eloquently summed the Lunch up in the following words........."It was great to celebrate our return to the City after a 5 year absence. To do so in such style at the Drapers Hall is beyond words and, like all the people I spoke to, has set the bar about as high as it can go for future lunches. To be able to sample the delightful cuisine, professionally presented, in a room resembling the Sistine Chapel in part of a building whose history dates back to 1438 takes some beating. What also impressed me was the number of members and guests who toiled through the most appalling travel conditions to be there and although we lost a few, there were sufficient numbers to do the occasion justice. Seeing the serving detectives, our future members, enjoy the experience and camaraderie can only benefit our Association in the long run as they can see its importance in securing the welfare of each individual member in retirement from the City of London Police. Roll on Drapers Hall 2014" Having donated monies raised at these Lunches in the past to Police and Army Charities, this year the collection was a bit closer to home - our Association. I'm pleased to say that we raised ÂŁ851.30p so many thanks to the members and their guests for their generosity. We are back at the Drapers' Hall on 27th October 2014! We have continued to hold the occasional get together at the Crosse Keys in Gracechurch Street and we also organised a visit to the Police Museum at New Scotland Yard which went down well. It is always sad to lose old friends and in November 2013 our old colleagues Terry Dove and Colin McIntosh passed away, both great guys and along with their families, we will miss them both. I am pleased to report that our member David Glassock and his family are safe and well following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. David and his wife Luz live in Cebu, the second biggest City in the Philippines after Manila. Dave described flying into the Philippines the day before Haiyan struck 'like a bouncing ballâ€™; he said he was thankful that it was British pilot who saw them land safely. Dave encountered winds of 200mph the day the typhoon hit, but their house survived without too much damage, although friends suffered quite badly. Not only did they have that to worry about but massive earthquakes both before and after the typhoon erupted underneath Bohol Island which is quite close to Cebu. Good to hear that Dave is coming home for Christmas.
Jim Jolly Secretary
International Police Association (IPA) Friendship Tour Sri Lanka by Ex WPC 23C Sandy Pelling In March 2013 we decided to go on the IPA Friendship tour of Sri Lanka. 5 of us Victorians members arrived in Colombo way past midnight and were met by a Sri Lankan IPA rep, our passports were collected by him, and we were through customs in a flash. This was a fore runner of the service that was extended to us throughout our stay in Sri Lanka. On our first night we were wined, dined and entertained in the late 1800s British built officer’s mess, greeted by the Commissioner of police and treated to a traditional music and dance show by the serving members of the “Cultural police group”. On the last tour that the Sri Lankan IPA organised there were 80 participants, we were a group of only 15 which meant we were able to get to know each other well, 4 from Hong Kong, 2 Sweden 1 Ireland and 8 Australia. We were treated like VIP's, having a police escort for the whole 15 days. It did seem unnecessary from a security Our escort aspect but we probably would not have got to see as much as we did without having the privilege of the escort. The traffic, consisted of lots of motorised Tuk tuks, and many pedestrians through the many townships; there are only a few freeways. We did not see evidence of the recent civil war other than the run down condition of Trincomalee which has only recently opened up to tourism. It reminded us of Bali in the 1970’s before the big hotels arrived. However there was plenty of evidence of the tsunami that hit Japan. We visited some historical sites dating back to 500 BC, including Dambulla and Sigiriya, some spectacular temples including the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy, a tea plantation at Nuwara Eliya and saw the packaging of the tea. The visit to Yala National Park surprised us with the amount of wildlife we saw, including leopards, there are 35 known to live in Yala, Elephants, water buffalo, crocodile, peacocks, monkeys, mongoose, warthogs Monitor Lizards and many other smaller animals and birds. The drivers of the jeeps are quick to spot even the most camouflaged lizards or birds. We were warned when staying in the hotel at Yala that the animals would come into the grounds at night and to be careful of them. Water buffalos and monkeys were all that wandered in whilst we were there and none of us ‘aussies’ will ever complain again about the noise of possums on our roofs after hearing a troupe of monkeys land and run around on the roofs of the chalet .
All the hotels we stayed in were 4 or 5 star, and had lovely swimming pools. The only hotel without a pool was the Colonial hotel in the tea plantation area, where the weather was much cooler. Here we got the sense of privilege that the British enjoyed and expected when colonising Ceylon. After dinner when we went back to our rooms a surprise awaited us, hot water bottles in the bed! One of our visits was to the very busy police station in Kandy, we all got a shock to see that they had only have one computer and everything else is typed or hand written. There was a room where people lined up to make a complaint to the duty PC who wrote everything down long hand, with the rest of the queue listening to all that was being said. Privacy is obviously not high on the list. I couldnâ€™t keep Dick away from the We gradually worked our way down to the south and the Indian Ocean where the swimming pools and the sea were almost the same temperature, hot. The hospitality throughout was exceptional; we ate and socialised in fine style. For an organised tour, there was not too much pressure for early rises, and there were a number of two day stopovers which provided time to put the feet up and catch up on personal needs. It is probably a fairly typical third world country, in that the cities and tourism aspects are quite organised, but poverty is evident in the outer urban and country areas, although generally the people were very friendly towards tourists. Our last night was a more relaxed evening and a chance to thank National Secretary General of IPA, Sri Lanka, Hemachandra Dias (Hema), for the excellent organisation of the tour and to meet up again with some of the IPA members who greeted us on the first day. We can highly recommend this tour, and if you are not a member of IPA, JOIN. It has a lot of benefits and we get to meet many visiting overseas members who we take out and show them our part of Australia.
Dick and Sandy Pelling
In 2008 the ’City Slickers’ took part in a cycle ride from Lands End to John O Groats. The ‘Slickers’ consisted of DCI Richard Jack, his brother Bob and DC Steve Gibbs as well as retired Met Officer Gerry Roos, as the support driver. Several thousand pounds were raised for both the John Ratclifffe Hospital and the CoLP Children's Charity. Over the next few Newsletters, Steve’s diary detailing the trials and tribulations of such a testing and demanding cycling challenge are exclusively serialized here in the Pensioners’ Newsletter. On ‘yer bike. Day 1 - Friday March 21st 2008 Are we having fun yet? By Steve Gibbs We had driven down to Penzance on the Thursday with all the gear and made the most of the local ales. The 8am train arrived from London along with Bob, the final member of the team. It was less than 20 minutes to reach a desolate Lands End but when we did, the gale force winds nearly blew us away as we prepared the gear and bikes. A few other fit looking cyclists took off along with a girl who was carrying all her gear in panniers and had already cycled 10 miles from the train in Penzance. We could have felt guilty but we were having trouble standing up in the wind. Final photos and despite Steve getting lost on the way to the start, we set off at 9.15am. It was a surprising gentle start along empty lanes. We eventually hurtled down a narrow road into sunny Penzance and rode past St Michael‘s Mount. Got lost once (a sign would have helped) and made a 3 mile detour. Steve had drunk too much coffee at breakfast and needed 3 pees in the first 20 miles. Rich ’mudguts’ Jack was complaining about a dodgy stomach which prevented him from leaving Steve and Bob in his dust. "Must have been last night’s overindulgence". "Could have been your week of overindulgence" chipped in Steve. There was a lovely path by the estuary which took us around to the King Harry Ferry but a couple of terrible hills to climb before descending to the ferry. It took less than 10 minutes to cross which was faster than the time it took us to climb the hill up away from the ferry. Rich made an "executive decision" to take a side road which was actually a 1:6 descent to a village which meant it was a tough climb back up. Steve cracked and had to step off the bike for a minute. At the top, there were desperate attempts to contact Gerry. It was 3pm. We had covered 51 miles and 36 hills and we needed some lunch and morale boosting. No signal. Gerry was actually 200m around the corner. Doh! Gerry made a splendid lunch as we hid from the wind in the van, We were seriously knackered and absent of energy stores. We knew we only had 15 or so miles to reach St Austell and decided to scrap our intended route and use the main road all the way there. Cars rushed past especially up the hills but we were on a mission and forced ourselves on. Gerry had already booked accommodation for the evening, so with daylight to spare we cycled through St Austell and headed for Lostwithal. It was hilly with a headwind against us. Rich was cycling ahead and then pulling in to get his breath back. At hill
50, he cracked feeling washed out with his ever possible exploding stomach. Hill 51 was the sting in the tail and it went on for 1 and ½ miles (not that we knew this). By the time we had climbed this with a head wind against us, we were ready to finish. Gerry picked us up and drove us back to our accommodation. Rich and Gerry holed up in a guest house to avoid various snoring from Steve and Bob who stayed in a pub. During the pub meal, Rich cried off alcohol due to his stomach. Steve made up for this by throwing up in his room during the night. Bob was still hungry and was reduced to eating day two’s supplies of peanuts and chocolate bars. What you (don’t) need to know: Distance covered: 70 miles (inc 3 mile detour when we got lost) Place reached: Between St Austells and Lostwithial Cycling time: 7 and ½ hours Number of hills climbed: 50 Fastest speed: 35.4 mph Average speed: 9.8 mph Calories burnt: 6001 Calories eaten by Steve and Bob: Probably more than 6001 Most common moan "What? Another hill?" Weather: Very windy but dry. Roadkill Spotted: Rabbits Accommodation: Duke of Cornwall Pub, St Austell
From Ken Jones - New Zealand
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City Police Cadet Football Team—Page 12 Back Row from left - Rogers, Benny Goodman, Ian Woolmore, Taff Goreing, Alan Downing, Doug Farquarson, Bill Langham Front Row from left - Bob Cotrill, Brian Pawley, Ian Gilmour, Me Ken Jones
NARPO & COLPPA
Your Committee (NARPO & COLPPA) for 2013/2014 is: Andy Odell (Chairman)
Ron Friend (Vice Chairman)
Phil Gilbert (Secretary)
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