Durham Branch N.A.R.P.O. Magazine
Getting to Know Me.
Durham Chief Constable, Jo Farrell
“I have the best job in the world.” You’ll often hear police officers saying that. And it’s true, despite all the stresses and pressures that modern day policing brings. When we get it right, the positive impact we can have on people’s lives and the good we can do to our communities is phenomenal. There really is no other job like it in the world. From a young age, I knew I wanted to become a police officer. I didn’t have any family connections to the police service, but I knew I wanted to make a difference.
Aged 22, I achieved my childhood dream by joining Cambridgeshire Constabulary and served as a constable in Cambridge city centre. I loved everything about it – that feeling of making a difference; of doing something worthwhile; the camaraderie on your shifts; the buzz of never knowing what’s going to happen next. Fast forward 28 years and, while policing has changed almost beyond all recognition over those three decades, one thing has remained the same – my love for the job. Which is why it was such an honour to be appointed as Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary earlier this year, becoming the first woman to hold the post in the force’s 180-year history. Leading a police force that has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by H.M.I. Inspectors for the past four years is an absolute privilege. But we cannot be complacent and rest on our laurels – we need to continue to improve on what we already do. While victims are already very much at the heart of everything we do, I want to see high-harm crime become a priority over the coming years. I am encouraging officers and staff to put a renewed focus on cases in which the victim has suffered the greatest harm or been caused the most anxiety. I do not want our officers to shy away from tackling complicated cases in favour of investigations carrying less risk and personal impact. Policing is about people and how we keep them safe. It’s about helping those victims who are the most at risk. Another key priority for me, is staff and officer well-being, ensuring everyone has the right tools – both physically and mentally – to do their absolute best for the public. Which is why I have made the decision to make Tasers available for every frontline officer who wishes to be equipped with one. It is not a decision I have taken lightly, but sadly there are situations in which our officers need to take immediate action to subdue violent suspects to protect not only the public, but themselves. All too often our officers are subject to assaults in the line of duty, simply for doing their job and it is not acceptable. As Chief, it is my responsibility to do all I can to ensure my officers feel safe and to give them the equipment which could save their lives and the lives of the public we serve. Jo Farrell. Chief Constable
Centenary Anniversary of NARPO. What a Memorable & Busy Year Here we are again, welcome to the winter 2019 issue of our Durham Peeler Magazine. How do you like the festive front cover? A little different to previous covers, well it is Christmas just around the corner after all. Do you remember “the season of good will?” Let us hope we will be seeing a lot more of this in the near future… Please share a kind thought for colleagues recently bereaved, having lost a loved one or a dear friend. We extend sincere sympathy in these distressing times and offer a caring, sharing support and advice in matters of welfare and social well-being of our members. Similarly, please remember the many older members of our society. A quick visit, call or a few kindly words may be of great comfort. The Durham Branch Committee wish you all a Merry Christmas and a contented retirement in the New Year. Chief Constable, Mike Barton retired in June 2019, with a very proud record of forty years of distinguished police work and leadership. We wish him and his wife Maggie a long, healthy and very happy retirement. We warmly welcome the appointment of our new Chief Constable, Jo Farrell, who I’m confident will continue to build on the momentum of achievement and high morale in the future. She has accepted the (ex officio) position of Hon President of our Branch, is very supportive and confidently looking forward to a continued mutual support to our retired NARPO members. Congratulations are also extended to David Orford, who has been appointed as the new Deputy Chief Constable a very able and loyal member of the Executive team. Sadly, the Durham Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner, Ron Hogg has been diagnosed with the devastating motor neurone disease and has retired from his post on medical grounds. Over the last seven years, in partnership and leadership, with the Chief Constable, Mike Barton, the Force has achieved four successive years ‘outstanding’ grading for effectiveness and efficiency by Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary. We wish Ron and his wife, Maureen every good wish in adapting to this illness. His Chief Executive officer Steve Wright has been appointed in this post to the next four year tenure election in 2020. I have been your Editor and publishing manager of the Durham Peeler for 22 years and enjoyed every moment. However, the time is right to “hand over the reins” at the end of 2019. Chairman Ray Jones has gallantly promised to keep the magazine active. I continue in an advisory capacity. Watch this space. I would like to thank all members and friends who have consistently excellent articles and photographs, supported me in the past, especially Ray, Stuart, George Hartley and Fred Farley for their time and patience in cultivating our excellent magazine. I’m going to miss the sage advice, support and contributions of Graphic Designer, Mike Robinson, who has worked hard to create the high quality of our layouts (in colour); to my diligent neighbour, Geoff North for his regular proof reading; the Bench Hut printing team, Ben & Chris. A special thanks also to our team of NARPO volunteer members around the County, who have ‘hand delivered’ the Peeler magazines in their Divisional areas (a huge saving on postage!) Can you spare a couple of hours to deliver the Peeler magazines in your area? Please contact Stuart Ingram Secretary, Tel. No. 01388 814768. Email: sji1179 @btinternet.com Thank you in anticipation. We need your support and participation in events that our hard working committee arrange throughout the year and you are always welcome to attend our bi-monthly Branch Meetings. If you know of any member who may need help, support or even just seeking company, do not hesitate to inform our Chairman or Secretary, who may be able to resolve those problems.
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N.A.R.P.O. Durham Branch Meetings 2019 / 2020 Monday
11th November 2019
Monday 13th January 2020 * NOTE EARLIER START TIME Monday 9th March 2020 Monday 11th May 2020 Monday 13th July 2020 Monday 13th Sept. 2020 Monday 8th November 2020
Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
AGM Durham Indoor Bowling Centre 19:00 hours* Durham Indoor Bowling Club Bishop Auckland Hospital Club Bishop Auckland Hospital Club Bishop Auckland Hospital Club Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
19:30 hours. 19:30 hours 19:30 hours. 19:30 hours. 19:30 hours
Durham Indoor Bowling Club: (Behind) Abbey Leisure Centre, Ryelands Way, Durham DH1 5GR Bishop Auckland Hospital Club: 32A Escomb Road, Bishop Auckland DL14 6TZ
Bishop Auckland PSU duty. New Yearâ€™s Eve, 1999 (photo Bill Lister) Inspector Ian Storey and driver P.C. Bill Lister.
Durham Branch– River Cruise and Bar-be-cue, Saturday 22nd June 2019. Report by Stuart Ingram Using some of the grant offered by NARPO HQ to finance a local NARPO Centenary Celebration, our Branch decided to hire the Prince Bishop on the evening of 22nd June (almost the longest day of the year) to enjoy a River Cruise and Bar-be-cue. The queue at Browns Boatyard started to build as members and friends from all points of the compass made their way to board the “Prince Bishop” motor launch. Our guests were all greeted by the Branch Chairman, Ray Jones, as they came on board. Many made for the open top section of the upper deck. That is where the excellent chef was showing his skills with the tongs on a huge - charcoal fire. Others chose to travel indoors either in the lower saloon deck or on the ‘upper aft’ section. There was plenty of room. The music was kept low so that guests could enjoy the conversation. We “weighed anchor” at 7-30pm with 53 on board. We cruised east for a short distance passing beneath the road bridges and passing the rear of the Royal County hotel and the old swimming baths, now sadly boarded up and looking rather sad, but many remembered being put through their “life- saving” practice in those baths as young Police Officers / Cadets. The craft then made a “turn in the road” and re-traced its route passing beneath the bridges and around the loop in the river towards and through Prebends Bridge. Opposite the splendid towers of the famous Norman Cathedral we tied up close to the weir and the barbe-cue was served. We all enjoyed a beautifully cooked meal with all the trimmings imaginable whilst tied up opposite the famous Grey Towers of Durham Cathedral. At some point on the evening the chef and our treasurer, Sue Knaggs realised that they had in fact been at school together and became enthralled in a conversation regarding their youth. It was great to see their friendship rekindled with gusto. Surely this is what can be achieved at our social events. Not only meeting up with former colleagues, but also people from before “The Job” took over a section of our lives. Well-fed and watered, we returned as the light faded and tied up again at the boat yard. Admittedly numbers could have been better but we all enjoyed the company of those present. Quality rather than quantity!
Long Service Medal Presentation. Aykley Heads 1981 (photo George Hartley) Chief Constable E.J. Boothby presenting medals to: (L – r) C/Insp. Eddie Marchant; Insp. Ray Clish’ Sergeant George Hartley; Sgt. Howard Hudson and Sgt. Raymond Hughes-Jones
22 years Long Service Medal 1985 (photo. Keith Redman)
l– r : Arthur Charlton; John Laycock; Brian MacKenzie; Ken Lavery; Colin Metcalfe; Bob Hall Front row : Keith Redman; George Kirsop
The City of Durham. The Mayor’s Ceremonial Bodyguard Robert W. Clarkson. (Member of the Mayoral Bodyguard for 25 year & Hon. Secretary / Treasurer for 15 years) The original Bodyguard, is one of the oldest institutions in the City of Durham and dates back as far as the thirteenth century. The wealthy Prince Bishops directed the Trade Guilds, (who governed and maintained the work in the City) to appoint The Warden of the City, who in turn appointed a body of men as his Bodyguards, collectively charged with protecting the City from marauders, to maintain order and to collect taxes from the toll gates of the City and of course protect the Warden from attack. The first Mayor of Durham was appointed in 1602 and the first provincial ceremonial Mayor’s Bodyguard Escort was instigated at that time, (continuing to collect taxes from the tollgates. The proceeds went into the civic coffers. It was said that when the Mayor left office – so did the money!) In Victorian times, the Bodyguard lost its “tough” image and took on the smart uniform appearance of frock coats and top hats and carrying long thin canes. They pride themselves on never failing to respond to the Mayor’s call to duty. (The oldest Mayoral Bodyguard outside of the City of London). It is ranked equal fifth in precedence in the country, following York, Belfast and Cardiff. Locally, the Mayor ranks, after the Sovereign and his/her Lord Lieutenant for the County. In May 2019, Councillor Katie Corrigan (27 years old) became the youngest ever Chairman of Durham County Council and within days by election of the charter trustees, she was sworn in as the 417th ‘The Right Worshipful, The Mayor of Durham’ receiving the chains of Office* in the traditional ancient Mayor Making ceremony dating back to the year 1602 at the Durham City Town Hall. After being ‘robed’ and invested with the chain of office, she was handed the mayoral seal by the clerk, who then asks the councillor elected to take the oath of acceptance of office. The council then proceeded to appoint a Deputy Mayor. The Right Worshipful then presented four members of the Bodyguard with long service awards: Mace Bearer David Baker and Billy Gary received awarded for 25 years of service, whilst Stan Lincoln received his 15 years award and Tom Dixon for his five years. The newly appointed Mayor of Durham went on by tradition, presenting silver coins to the citizens of Durham in Durham Market Place. *The mayor’s chain of office was bought by public subscription and presented to the City in 1870 and a chain for the Mayoress was presented by the immediate past- Mayoress, the Lady Anne Lambton in 1901. The mayoral chain is 44 inches long and made of 18 carat gold. The style of the Mayor’s Bodyguard dress today, consists of long black cloaks and Tudor style hats and each year, the Mayor chooses the colours of the rosettes which are worn on the right side of the headgear. Each member of the appointed Bodyguard carries a halberd (a long pole with a spike and axe head at its tip). Some of the ceremonial weapons are original, dating back to the sixteenth century and others are replica weapons. Originally, the halberd weapons, together with the longer pikes, were held at 45 degrees as a first line of defence in battle, particularly during the English Civil War. Two of the Bodyguard carry staffs, (which were originally used by the ‘constables’ appointed by the Warden in the days prior to the formation of the police force in 1840). The Captain of the Bodyguard carries a silver topped cane with which he taps the timing of the march. The Bodyguard walk very slowly, taking very short paces in time with the Captain. The Civic Sword and Mace are carried by special bearers. The Mace is a symbol of the Mayor’s
authority, but is always reversed in the presence of the Sovereign. The Bodyguard comprises 15 members including four retired officers from Durham Constabulary:David Baker 25 years of membership of the Bodyguard and the Durham Cityâ€™s Mace Bearer for the last 6 years. Robert W. Clarkson 25 years of membership and has been Hon. Secretary/Treasurer for the last 15 years. Peter Chadwick & James Anthony Cowan M.B.E. (Retired Squadron Leader R.A.F.) The Ceremonial Bodyguard has had a particularly busy weekend early in July with duty at the Miners Gala and Service for the Courts in the Cathedral. The voluntary group hold an Annual Meeting on Mayor Making day (the meeting of the Charter Trust) when the Captain is elected and the Secretary of the bodyguard deals with any vacancy on which all members have a vote. I would describe the role as very fulfilling and the group operate like a family and yet pride in their appearance and performance is the key. It may appeal to any Police Officer approaching retirement in the Durham City area and who has an interest in the history and traditions of the City. I would welcome applications for future vacancies. Robert W. Clarkson
Durham City Mayoral Ceremonial Bodyguard in ceremonial dress Robert W. Clarkson (Secretary/Treasurer); David Baker (Mace Bearer) and Peter Chadwick
Further reading A fuller explanation of the Civic Insignia, symbols for the Charter Trust and the Mayor of Durham City can be found on the internet: https:www.durham.gov.uk/article/2768/Civic â€“insignia-and-Durham-Town-Hall.
Gordon Bacon, O.B.E. Master of Arts honoris causa Awards Ceremony, Durham Cathedral, 10th January, 2019. Oration by Professor John Williams Gordon Bacon is a North East lad, turned global citizen, who has served communities from County Durham to Myanmar and has been recognised for his exceptional contribution to humanitarian work supporting victims of human atrocities and natural disasters. Gordon grew up in Sunderland. He left Bede Grammar School and joined Durham Constabulary as a Cadet. He was a policeman for 27 years. Gordon gained his first international experience during a secondment from 1977 to 1984 to what was then still the British colony of Hong Kong, working on anti-corruption. In October 1992 Gordon became an emergency aid worker. He was appointed Country Director for the charity ‘Feed the Children’’ in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia, coinciding with the first years of the wars in the former-Yugoslavia. Often working close to frontlines and regularly crossing them, Gordon’s team established aid distribution programmes in areas of Bosnia where there were none. Feed the Children helped Bosnian Muslims, Croats and Serbs. The aim was to reach the most vulnerable babies and young children. Ethnic cleansing would leave huge numbers homeless. Within Bosnia alone more than 2.5 million people were displaced. The Yugoslav wars saw humanitarian aid workers come under attack as some warring groups saw their efforts to provide relief to civilian populations as breaking sieges they were trying to maintain to force a population to capitulate and then be cleared out. Gordon and his team quite regularly came under fire. Delivering humanitarian assistance became a very difficult and dangerous job. This was most apparent in trying to provide relief to principally Bosnian Muslim populations’ cut-off in enclaves within territory that was predominantly controlled by Bosnian Serb militia groups, backed by the Yugoslav army. Despite their declaration by the UN as ‘safe havens’ these enclaves were often hard to access. Gordon’s negotiating skills and persistence eventually saw Feed the Children given permission to deliver aid to babies and young children, saving many from starvation. In summer 1995 the ‘safe havens’ were overrun, most notoriously with the massacre of the male population of Srebrenica. Gordon and Feed the Children were among the first to reach 20,000 exhausted, starving and terrified women and children in Tuzla. When the ‘safe haven’ of Zepa was overrun, Gordon set-up an emergency reception centre. In 1998 Gordon’s humanitarian work was recognised with an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. He was also presented with the European Commission Task Force Medal by General Martinez Esparza, Head of ECTF. After a period working with Feed the Children and the New York-based International Rescue Committee, Gordon retuned to Bosnia in August 2000. He took charge of the International Commission on Missing Persons which at the time was short of funds and struggling with internal and external political disputes. Set-up at the suggestion of President Bill Clinton, with Senator Bob Dole as its Chairman, its aim was to recover and identify the war dead. There were 40,000 missing across the Balkans. The reality was that almost all were dead. 30,000 of these were in Bosnia, of which over 8,000 were from Srebrenica. A ground-breaking DNA programme helped identify the bodies that were recovered. The cemetery just outside Srebrenica contains 6,000 headstones with the names of the deceased, thanks to ICMP’s work. Gordon’s role in securing substantial funds from new donor countries, and his patient expertise in brokering access to mass graves was pivotal to this success. Subsequently, Lord Paddy Ashdown, the High Representative in Bosnia, asked Gordon to represent the International Community on a Commission, set up by the government of the principally Serb-populated element of Bosnia, Republika Srpska, looking into the events of Srebrenica. The Serb members of the Commission had to endure verbal abuse, as well as threats to themselves and their families. Nevertheless, the Commission
acknowledged the reality of the massacre at Srebrenica and made strong recommendations to the government of Republika Srpska, controversially including an official apology. Gordon’s expertise in humanitarian work has seen him play important roles in subsequent crises outside the former Yugoslavia. After the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, Gordon joined a team in Sri Lanka as Emergency Co-ordinator. Following the devastating cyclone Nargis in May 2008, which killed 140,000 people in Myanmar, International Rescue Committee asked him to work in a politically sensitive liaison role with the military government. Like all aid workers at the time, Gordon was initially refused a visa but secured one by outlining his experience in the Balkans with missing persons. He was the only international from any organisation allowed into Myanmar at the time, establishing the blueprint for an emergency aid programme. Significantly, Gordon persuaded the military government to allow International Rescue Committee to implement a programme, something which, in the past had taken up to three years to secure. Gordon returned to Sri Lanka in 2009 for International Rescue Committee during the last months of the civil war between government forces and the Tamil Tigers. Again, Gordon successfully navigated deep suspicion of the international community to establish an emergency aid programme for displaced, traumatised families many of whom had endured months of bombardment trapped in a besieged stretch of land. Gordon continues to travel extensively, sometimes witnessing different sorts of disasters, as a dedicated supported of England’s cricket team. His most recent trip to Sri Lanka was a far happier event. Chancellor, John Gordon Bacon to receive the degree of Master of Arts honoris causa.
Gordon Bacon with proud daughters Jill and Lesley Congratulations are extended to Gordon on the prestigious award of Master of Arts (honoris causa) in recognition of his charity works. Alan S. Watson Editor
The weekend of the 21st - 23rd June saw the annual Light the Lakes event take place in the Lake District in aid of the charity COPS (Care of Police Survivors). The event this year saw the biggest participation to date with 208 Wainwright peaks nominated by various UK forces and other organisations - an estimated 1,500 people taking part.
Each year has seen the Light the Lakes event (organised by Surrey Police) going from strength to strength, raising awareness and monies for the COPS charity. Durham had 5 teams taking part in the 2019 event with each nominating a Wainwright peak. Our teams chosen peak this year was Helvellyn standing at 3117ft. Our party of 17 set off from Grasmere shortly after 11:30pm, climbing the peaks of Dollywagon and Nethermost en route to the summit of Helvellyn. The conditions were perfect with good visibility and a beautiful moon to guide us. At 3:00am beacons were lit from the summit in respect of fallen colleagues. As you looked out, the peaks in the Lake District simultaneously lit up making for a fantastic spectacle. (Right: Team pictured on the summit of Helvellyn) For our particular team, it was our 5th year of participation following the tragic and untimely death of our friend and colleague, D/S Dave Storey. Included in the team were Supt. Graham Hall (retired), Insp Caroline Shields, P.C. Helen Inglis, D/Sgt Steve Smyth, D.C. Gordon Reid & P.C. Janice Price. I would like to thank these people for being with me over the last 5 years and for their support and enthusiasm. Thanks also goes out to their families and friends who accompany us in these ventures.
After the initial event, a barbecue followed on the Saturday afternoon at Brathay Hall on the shores of Lake Windermere. This event was well attended by participants including the Chief Constable from Leicestershire, Simon Cole. There were also representatives of the Cops charity present along with a visit from one of the world’s leading mountaineers, Alan Hinks. (Left: Alan Hinks & some of the Durham teams gathered at the barbecue.) This year’s Light the Lakes raised £26,780 for the Care of Police Survivors charity. For those who may be interested in taking part in Light the Lakes it will be held next year on the weekend of 12th to14th June with the beacons being lit on the summits at 3am on Saturday 13th. Please check out the Light the Lakes Facebook and Web page for further information. Having climbed in six events to date, from a personal stance, it is a moving and brilliant spectacle which will give you an experience you will never forget and at the same time you help to raise funds for a worthwhile cause. Nev Price
N.A.R.P.O. Centenary celebration banquet June 13th 2019. Tower of London Written by Sue Knaggs
Photographs by Stuart Ingram
As everyone is aware 2019 marks the centenary of our organisation. To mark this milestone a celebration banquet was held on Thursday 13th June 2019 in the presence of our patron for the year HRH Princess Royal. Each branch was asked to nominate a number of members to attend this celebration and Durham was represented by Stuart and June Ingram, Margaret and Ken Anderson, Sue Knaggs and George Bainbridge. Instead of just going down to attend the banquet, we all decided to make a short break of it, so we left Durham on Wednesday 12th June and returned 15th June. After having all enjoyed a full English breakfast on board the train, followed by an uneventful rail journey to Kings Cross we made our way to the hotel, ideally situated a ten minute walk from the Tower of London. On check in we were fortunate to have all of our rooms upgraded! We spent the next few hours in the pouring rain, walking around the vicinity of the Tower and Tower Bridge. Soaking wet we decided to retire to the hotel and enjoy a few drinks. The following day, the weather was a little better which enabled us to enjoy a trip along the Thames to Greenwich. Passing many landmarks. Stuart and June even enlightened us of their experiences in a certain hostelry, â€˜The Grapes, Limehouse, on the banks of the river, (a number of years ago!!!) Very interesting!! Greenwich market was fascinating and we even sampled the cuisine, sat on the wooden benches. The Cutty Sark was interesting and we were all amazed that such a small ship was one of the fastest tea clippers ever built. That evening we were all dressed in our finery and made our way to the Marquee in the moat of the Tower. We were allowed access at 6.30pm where we enjoyed cocktails listening to a string quartet. It was then that Stuart was allowed to announce that he had been selected to be presented to HRH Princess Royal. We were all quite excited about this honour and watched him engage with HRH Princess Royal, even making her laugh.
HRH Princess Royal then continued to chat to the other assembled groups whilst we made our way into the dining area. We were sat together and chatted to the members from South Yorkshire, who were on the table too.
We all enjoyed a sumptuous meal of:Asparagus mousse with roasted cherry tomatoes, shimeji mushrooms, parsley and chervil salsa. Beef sirloin, beef cheek bon bon, sweet potato dauphinoise, charred tenderstem, carrot puree with summer herb emulsion. Cranachan, honey and whisky cream, fresh raspberries, toasted oats and honeycomb. Selection of cheeses, tea/ coffee and petit fours.
Ken was particularly happy when his “dietary requirements” of ‘two puds please’ was met! All washed down with copious amounts of wine.
HRH Princess Royal paid tribute to our organisation and wished us well, even remarking that ‘she could spot a policeman at 50 yards!’ The president, Brian Burdus presented her with a cheque for £5000 for her charities.
On leaving the venue there was a blue NARPO sign projected onto the side of one of the Towers, which we all thought was a nice gesture. The following day the weather was kind to us when we went to Kew Gardens, where we enjoyed some spectacular specimensand not just the males in the party!!!! The 2 for 1 entrance tickets had really worked well, Ken’s forethought in printing them out saved us quite a lot. The Friday evening called for fish and chips, but the party were shocked when the bill came and a glass of wine was £11! Saturday morning was filled by a visit to the Houses of Parliament, before heading off to Kings Cross for our journey home. Not as uneventful as the previous journey as a train in front of us had an alarm activated and coupled with signalling faults between Doncaster and York we arrived 152 minutes late. We all had an excellent four days and were proud to represent Durham at such an event. We were especially proud that one of our members, Stuart Ingram, was introduced to HRH Princess Royal.
To celebrate such an auspicious occasion each guest received a specially designed medal.
Durham Constabulary Male Voice Choir Performance British Symphony Orchestra 30th Anniversary Concert The Royal Albert Hall. Saturday, 11th May, 2019 Report by Stuart & June Ingram
On Friday 10th May 2019, our Male Voice Choir, with partners and friends, boarded a coach at Ferryhill for the onward journey to London. We were, sadly without our Musical Director, John Willis, who passed away in March 2019. We reached our hotel, The Britannia, on Canary Wharf, where we were to stay for the weekend. The hotel management made us very welcome and nothing was a problem The following morning the choir members had to be at the Royal Albert Hall for rehearsals at 09:30 hours and which lasted all day until the performance started on the evening! Our wives, partners and supporters had a free day to do as they liked -with the coach being ready to take the ladies and supporters to the event after an early evening meal. The British Symphony Orchestra’s, 30th Anniversary Concert was to raise funds for various Charities including C.O.P.S. (Care of Police Survivors), a charity supporting the families of police officers who have lost their lives whilst on duty; Youth Music and the British Police Symphony Orchestra, featuring over 670 performers drawn from the police service throughout the U.K. The Musical Director was Dr Richard Jenkinson (Who had also flown north to Edinburgh for our North of England rehearsal earlier in the year). The evening was compered by PC Danny Mizon from the Metropolitan Police Service and Nick Knowles the TV presenter. There were four Soprano Soloists, Claire Prewer, Jane Stevenson, Penny Ashmore and Hollie Avery. With Piano soloist Ed Bussey and Arranger / Composer John Chapman. Guest appearances were made by Poet – Kurly McGeachie and PC Dave Wardell and his “Faithful Friend and life saver” Police Dog Finn (PDSA Gold Medal considered the Victoria Cross for Dogs) An excellent evening of music designed to meet all tastes. The rousing pipes and drums playing and marching to “Highland Cathedral” to the 5000 flashing lights in the audience accompanying Rick Wakeman’s “Dance of a Thousand Lights”; from “Finlandia” by Sibelius to “Hymn to the Fallen” by John Williams A wonderful evening and one that the members of the Choir were pleased and proud to have been asked to take part in. Our then Chief Constable, Mike Barton and the Durham Police, Crime & Victim Commissioner, Ron Hogg were both able to attend along with their ladies. After the Concert both the CC and the PCVC both made ‘Bee Lines’ to thank the Durham contingent for taking part in such a well presented and professional evening. Finally, it was our very great delight to see Sir Roderick David Stewart, C.B.E. in the audience – That’s right – Rod Stewart and his wife Penny supporting the cause. Penny Lancaster being the Patron of the COPS Charity. After a very long day we got back to the Britannia at 00.30 hours to find that they had retained kitchen staff and our roast pork dinner was still available for which we were most grateful.
A break from rehearsal
Reception Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords
Report by Raymond Jones, Chairman
Reception Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords
On the afternoon of Wednesday 17 July 2019 together with our branch secretary, Stuart Ingram I attended a NARPO Report by Raymond Jones, Chairman Centenary Reception in the Cholmondeley Room of the House of Lords. We were by joined other NARPO members from around England and Wales, including NEC members and executive officers. On the afternoon of Wednesday 17 July 2019 together with our branch secretary, Stuart Ingram I attended a NARPO Reception in the Cholmondeley Room of the House with of Lords. We wereand byStakeholder joined other The eventCentenary was organised by NARPO Head Office to bring together members Parliamentary NARPO members around England and Wales, including and executive officers. supporters from thefrom wider policing community to celebrate the NEC work members and achievements of NARPO over the past 100 years. The invitation to the reception came from Baroness (Angela) Harris of Richmond (North Yorkshire), The event was organised by NARPO Head Office to bring together members with Parliamentary and Stakeholder who welcomed those present. supporters from the wider policing community to celebrate the work and achievements of NARPO over the past 100 years. The invitation to the reception came from Baroness (Angela) Harris of Richmond (North Yorkshire), There was a speech from Louise Haigh, the Shadow Policing Minister, who was very supportive of the Police Service who welcomed those present. and its supporting associations. Our Officer, Steve Edwards responded, thanking Baroness and LouiseofHaigh MP for ThereChief was Executive a speech from Louise Haigh, the Shadow Policing Minister, who wasHarris very supportive the Police their kind and ongoing support. Brian Burdus, NARPO’s President and NEC Chairman followed Service andwords its supporting associations. Our Chiefthe Executive Officer,of Steve Edwards responded, outlining development the Association over thethanking past 100Baroness years. Harris and Louise Haigh MP for their kind words and ongoing support. Brian Burdus, NARPO’s President and NEC Chairman followed outlining the One of our own Lord development of themembers, Association over(Brian) the past Mackenzie 100 years. of Framwellgate, was also present and extended his
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Latest News: Extract from Northern Echo Saturday 12th October 2019 report Ron Hogg photos
Ron Hogg, who has just stood down as Durham’s Police & Crime Commissioner has been given the FIRST international Sir Robert Peel Award for Excellence in Policing It was given by the board of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) which works to change drugs policy. Mr. Hogg said “I am thrilled to be the first to receive this award… However there is still much more to do and I hope that positive steps which we have made, continue to take us in the right direction.” Major Neill Franklin, executive director of LEAP said “Sir Robert Peel was the first person to professionalise policing….. His principles are no less relevant today than when they were written 200 years ago. His ideas continue to live out in practice in the works of people like Commissioner Ron Hogg, who has been a tremendous inspiration to so any of us working in reform”
The Container People
by George Hartley
The year 2019 has been a very busy time for retired police officers, due the number of funerals we have attended… Condolences to all bereaved. Some people say it is a sign of our age, which just seems to have crept up on us. At one such gathering, I met Max. Currah and his lovely wife, who kindly spoke to me and told me that she had read all of my stories in the Durham Peeler and liked them. I recalled a day when staying at my daughter’s in Morogro, East Africa, when ‘that girl’ asked me if I had seen the “container people?” No, I hadn’t, so very soon, we took ‘Basha’ the dog and walked up into the foothills of the Uluguru Mountains. en-route up the red rutted dirt road, we passed a number of well set up bungalows, mostly owned by the wealthy ‘Wahindis’ and ‘government men’- (the latter living well on aid money…) One of the houses was guarded by a Maasai Warrior. I wanted to take his photo but he demanded money for that privilege. She talked to him in Swahili and he settled for a copy of the photo..! It is worth mentioning that my warrior was just a rough, dangerous workman, who looks after a house all day and night. (He is not like the well made up Maasai doormen who welcome tourists at the Sea Cliff Hotel in Dares-Salaam or around Kilimanjaro…) Even though we were just in the foothills, the climb became quite steep and eventually we came across a man laying stones on a rough dug out attempt at road making. We finally reached a flat plateau and there we saw two ship’s containers, being used as dwellings by a number of people and quite a few children. She greeted them and in the usual ‘to and fro’ of words passed between her and them. Quite how they had managed to get the containers up there I don’t know, but it certainly couldn’t have been by lorry! I suspect that physical man hauling. Anyway, there they were. ’Dawn and I walked to the edge of the plateau and with binoculars, it was possible to see for miles and I was given a geography/ history lesson. She pointed to the east and said that the port of Tanga was there on the Indian Ocean coast. It was the next main port south of Mombasa in Kenya and when the Europeans landed at Tanga, they were told that the wild unchartered land beyond, was called The Nyka. Hence the country was named Tanganyika until it joined with Zanzibar in 1963 and the name was changed to Tanzania.’ Well I thought there were some interesting things to see and learn about the area whilst walking with my daughter and her dog- but I’m not sure that the Maasai House Watchman got his picture….
‘Hakuna Matata’ George Hartley. 12th September 2019
Plawsworth Initial Training. Syndicate ? (Early 1950s?) (photo Julie Suggett (daughter of the late Bill Newby)
When Bobbies Retire When a good bobby leaves the ‘job’ and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased and yet others, who may have already retired, wonder. We wonder if he knows what he is leaving behind, because we already know. We know, for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times. We know in the law enforcement life there is a fellowship which lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet. We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him with every step and breath that remains in his life. We also know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is. These are the burdens of the job. You will still look not see or choose to ignore and always will look at respect for what they do; only grown in a lifetime of escaping from that life. You are only escaping the ‘job’
at people suspiciously, still see what others do the rest of the law enforcement world with a knowing. Never think for one moment you are and merely being allowed to leave ‘active’ duty.
So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget for one moment that ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called children of God,’ and you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever known.
BIKEWISE 2019 BikeWise was set up in 1995 by Durham Constabulary’s Motorcycle Section, under the leadership of Sgt Bob Brown. This was seen as an opportunity to bring together riders of motorcycles of all types and capacities with the common goal of promoting the safe riding of these machines, reducing theft of motorcycles (which at the time was very high), breaking down the barriers that existed between motorcycle clubs and police and to engage it all with the public, at Police HQ. The award winning Durham Advanced Motorcycle group was launched at the first show and over the years that group grew to the point where it had to split and the Northumbria Advanced Motorcycle group was formed. Both of these groups are still training motorcyclists to IAM test standard. This year Durham Constabulary’s BIKEWISE celebrated its 25th anniversary; its very first ‘Motorcycle Show’ was opened by actor Eric Richards (Sgt Bob Cryer of the television programme, The Bill). Bob & retired PC Mick Alder have been involved & attended all twenty five BikeWise shows, although Sgt Iain Rodgers (who took over running of the motorcycles upon Bob’s retirement in 2007 and retired himself in 2018) & serving officers Gary Ward & Ali Bonar have been the mainstays in running the show over the past few years. As those who have attended any of the BikeWise gatherings will know, there has always been a good balance of motorcycle manufacturers and clubs, training bodies, protective clothing manufacturers and suppliers, accessory and security device providers and installers. In addition, there has always been a variety of both static and dynamic displays and demonstrations and this year was no exception, with an anticipated footfall of some 10,000. Motorcycle stunt rider Dave Coates performed his BikeWise debut in 1996 and had been one of the main attractions each year, carrying out some breath-taking manoeuvres. A youthful schoolboy and National Trials Champion Andrew (Andy) Huddleston entertained the crowd at the first BikeWise show in 1995 initially at the rear of the main HQ garage, subsequently on the Driver Training area of the old Police Headquarters complex and finally on the main car park. Andy rode over large cable drums set up on an articulated semi-trailer, in and out of builder’s skips as well as various other platforms. He continued his performances at BikeWise up to 2007 and took an interest in the Police Service from his first appearance, so much so that he joined Durham Constabulary, climbing the promotion ladder and reaching the rank of Chief Inspector. Although he ceased performing at BikeWise, he has also attended every one of the shows in some capacity or other and this year came out of his ‘motorcycle trials’ retirement to appear once more with Dave Coates. Andy transferred on promotion to Superintendent, to Northumbria Police, where he is the National Lead for the National Police Chiefs Council, Rural Crime Group. N.B. Special thanks are extended to Mick Alder and Bob Brown who have been the only one’s who have been involved with every BikeWise show over the 25 years! .
Durham Branch N.A.R.P.O. Centenary Celebrations Luncheon Report by Raymond Jones. (photos: Martin Hall) Our annual luncheon took place on Sunday 15 September at Durham Indoor Bowling Club, when 53 members and guests enjoyed socialising during a 3-course meal with tea/coffee. We did have 55 booked for the meal however, due to sickness, 2 members were unfortunately unable to attend. Considering that we have a membership of some 770 members, the attendance figure was very disappointing. Chief Constable, Jo Farrell, very kindly gave up her valuable time to come along and join us, giving updates in respect of a number of matters including the roll-out of Tasers and the promised increase in Police Officer numbers. She also advised the audience of the request from Police Crime and Victim Commissioner, Ron Hogg, to the Police Crime Panel, for an Acting Commissioner to be appointed, whilst he temporarily stood down due to illness. A Get Well card had been delivered to Ron’s home and the best wishes of the Durham Branch of NARPO was asked to be forwarded to him by the Chief, when she met with him the following day. Since this luncheon was in NARPO’s 100th year, it was decided to make our ‘Centenary Luncheon’ a little special, with various items of Police memorabilia on display. There were helmets (day and night shift), flat cap, uniform, capes, handcuffs, truncheons, whistle and chain, various books and numerous photographs; a collection of Durham Peeler magazines, including the first issue, were also displayed.
A CD showing â€˜100 years of Durham Police Transportâ€™ photographs was shown on a continuous loop on computer screen. The CD had been put together by the Fleet Controller of the day, for a presentation back in 2000. There was a display board of Pin Badges, which had been sold over a long period of time to raise money for Police charities. In addition, another display board consisted of Durham, photographs of Constabulary Patrol Cars and Motorcycles, an Accident Unit Van and the original rotary and fixed-wing aircraft of the North East Air Support Unit. The various variants of the menu were well received and we are grateful to the caterers for the quality of the meal and the service provided. Thanks also to Ray Johnson and staff at the Bowling Club for the use of the venue and the setting-up of the room. The entire afternoon seems to have been enjoyed by everyone present, finishing with a huge free raffle of prizes supplied by the branch and a number which were kindly donated. I would like to thank the main contributors to the displays, especially Stuart Ingram, Alan Watson (Durham Peeler Editor) and Sue Knaggs, who also did a lot of work behind the scenes in respect of the raffle tickets and prizes, place cards and table information. Ray Jones
Letters to the Editor Dear Alan I write this brief report with the agreement of Mr and Mrs Derek Mapp, of School Aycliffe. Regards Stuart Ingram Durham Branch NARPO Secretary Members will recall that towards the end of 2018 an advert appeared in the NARPO news highlighting a very special offer being made by the Police Mutual Assurance Society. We had experienced at first hand the effects of the PMAS restructuring of funds, which had resulted in the finance offered to our Branch to assist with the Durham Peeler magazine being no longer available. However, the offer they were now making was directed to help our members and their carers personally who were living with the problems of Alzheimer’s Disease or the numerous Dementia problems. I was contacted by Mrs Christine Mapp, the wife of former Det. Constable Derek Mapp, Christine, had read the article in the NARPO News and was wondering if we could help with the plight she and Derek were suffering. Having made enquiries through NARPO and the PMAS it seemed that Christine and Derek were exactly the right people to apply for the holiday offered through PMAS but run by Mind4You Our Chairman and I visited Christine and spent a short time in completing the none intrusive paper work of the application. The form was duly signed by our Chairman and it was sent off to Litchfield the PMAS headquarters. Within three days we had the answer – Yes we will take Christine and Derek on one of our holidays. In due time and convenient to all Christine and Derek were whisked away from School Aycliffe to Scotland where they enjoyed the break and the assistance provided. They were both very well looked after in 5* accommodation with all the carers and helpers that were necessary to ensure BOTH Derek and Christine had the break they so well deserved. I should point out that two separate charitable organisations are involved in providing the holiday breaks. It was Christine and Derek’s choice to go with Mind4You Upon their return from the holiday Christine put pen to paper to say “Thank You” to our organisation for all the help and assistance they had received. I attach a copy of her communication below. Dear Stuart, Derek and I have just returned from a holiday in Scotland with “Mindforyou” arranged with your help through NARPO. It was absolutely excellent and if I’m honest, much better than I expected. We were sent lots of information beforehand including directions and menus and were visited by one of the carers a couple of weeks before. The accommodation was “five star” with all disabled equipment provided. But it was the carers who made the holiday. They made delicious meals, drove us on excursions every day, pushed Derek’s wheelchair uphill and downhill, provided entertainment and were endlessly patient and good fun. We can’t thank you and NARPO enough for making this possible. With our very best wishes, Christine and Derek Mapp I contacted Christine and asked for her permission to write this report and outline what good service she had received from PMAS and their partners and if she would recommend others in a similar position make use of this offer. Her reply - “Yes, please do spread the word. I’m sure many people could benefit from this opportunity if they were made aware of it”. Derek Mapp overlooking one of the Lochs north of the border.
Gordon W. Callender, Pace, Florida, U.S. A. Hi Alan, Thanks for another great issue of the ‘Peeler. We have always enjoyed reading you mags. Great cover. We hope that Chief Constable Mike Barton enjoys a happy retirement. Too bad that police dog Kaizer is gone too. The 100th Anniversary Celebration Cruise on 22nd June, sounds great. Enjoyed the photos of you and congratulations on your NARPO Honorary Life Membership award. It was a remarkable co-incidence to read the article “Tribute to Sally”-W.W.II Policewoman in Darlington’ in which she mentioned driving a U.S. Air Force Captain, Clark Gable, from a hotel in Darlington, to the nearby R.A.F. airfield at Middleton St. George. I had just been researching and collecting information about the U.S. Air Force during and after W.W.II, most of which was from a 1993 book entitled Winged Victory by Geoffrey Perrett. Crazy!! He wrote that Clark Gable was sent to O.C.S. with an MGM cameraman. They graduated and went on to aerial gunnery school and then to England in mid-1943. They flew three missions before returning to the U.S. with 50,000 feet of film. Gordon Callender Hello Alan, Laurie Cummings update Well we are now almost into the month of September, 2019, and time to return to Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, to continue with my winter training and sub-aqua diving activities. Included in my diving is the love of underwater photography and videography of which I have made hundreds of videos and photographs which appear now and again on Facebook. If anyone wishes to borrow any of my videos please feel free to contact me by Messenger. I have had a fantastic year in both my running and sub-aqua activities and could not have asked for any better results. With my 5k Park Runs I have now done 131 races out of which I have broken a total of 58 age category records. In my sub-aqua activities I have now well over 12,600 dives, all of which have been certified, logged and recorded. I even managed to attain the Lone Diver`s qualification which entitles me to dive on my own within certain criteria. This was something personal that I have wanted to do for a long time as there are not many people who have the qualification, especially in Sharm-el-Sheik . Laurie Cummings Hello wonder if you can help? I am looking for stories from those serving with Durham Constabulary between 1975- 1985. In particular those working in Peterlee, Seaham, Durham city, Aycliffe and Easington. I am interested in those who worked on traffic - cars/motor bikes, but all stories will be appreciated (good, bad, or risqué!) My late husband- Sergeant John Noble was a traffic officer and I would like to capture those memories to put into a script I am writing. Email- firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks Marie Noble
Obituaries Durham NARPO. From 1st May to 11th October 2019
Mrs Valerie Roberts 61 years (Widow of the late Brian Roberts)
died 19th May 2018
Mrs Eleanor Simmons (Widow) (Widow of the late Bill Simmons)
died 28th October 2018
died 4th May, 2019
died 18th May 2019
died 31st May 2019
died 31st May 2019
died 14th June 2019
Mrs Dorothy Appleby (Wife of Colin Appleby)
died 16th June 2019
died 29th June 2019
died 15th July 2019
died 17th July 2019
died 30th July 2019
Mrs. Joan Charlton (Wife of Alf Charlton) John Beadle Gill
Stephen Mann (Police Staff)
Jeanette Hooper (nee Allen) 88 years died 16th July 2019 Ex. W.Riding, Durham (Sgt), Newcastle, Hull & Nottingham.(Supt.)
Robert (‘Bob’) Coxon Sheppard
died 6th August 2019
Mrs. Mary Burdis (wife of Eric Burdis)
died14th August 2019
Thomas William (‘Bill’) Hillery
died 17th August 2019
George Ronald Cook
died 19th August 2019
Mrs Ellen Maud (‘Nell’) Newton 101 years died 28th August 2019 (wife of the late Charlie Newton)
died 5th September 2019
died 16th September 2019
died 1st October 2019
died 3rd October 2019
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