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Summer 2010 W elf a r e U n i t City of London Police W alb r o o k W h arf 7 8 / 8 3 U p p e r Th am e s S t r e e t L o n d o n , E C 4 R 3 TD

SUMMER IN THE CITY

Jan Jones

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Force Welfare Unit

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Snow Hill Luncheon Club

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Cadet Haydon

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CID Association

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Safe Deposit-Jim Mason

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Norman Dore

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Kiwi Watch-Ken Jones

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Cloak Lane Association

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PC 253B Len Woodland

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In Memorium

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Pensioners Down Under

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The Senior Brigade

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Letters

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Man in the Museum

9 London Marathon results

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Diary Dates

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Contact Sheet

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Rob Jerrards Book Corner 10 Medical Notes

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Welcome to the Summer 2010 City of London Police Pensioners‘ Newsletter. In this issue, as with all others of course, we have the sad news of former colleagues and friends who have recently passed away. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the families of those bereaved. If anyone has any photographs or stories and memories of former colleagues please send them in for inclusion in the next issue. The newsletter fails or succeeds of course, by the quality of articles submitted by you. So thank you to all those who have taken the time to put pen to paper or fingers and in some cases thumbs, to keyboards. I have now been ‗retired‘ and fortunate enough to draw my pension for a whole year now! However I still have some catching up to do on some of you oldtimers. I can honestly say, hand-on-heart, that I do miss the job and my old mates just a tiny, tiny bit. I still think that I am on a course or holiday of some description and will be going back soon. I suppose it takes a little while to sink in.

It is nice to keep in touch and find out what old friends are up to though and as well as the newsletter, you can do that by logging on to www.citypensioners.co.uk We now have about 250 members onsite and numbers are growing. The site is a secure site and can only be accessed with a password after your City Police credentials have been proven. On the site, you can catch up with people that you haven‘t spoken to for years and can finally reclaim the fiver you lent them all those years ago. There are archived Newsletters and Force magazines dating back to the 1970‘s. Also up to date Force magazines and live links to the City Police website. Forthcoming events and get togethers are published and details of those who have passed away are also listed. Finally, thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings and I wish you a long, hot and healthy summer. Chris Pearson (Guest Editor)

FRONT PAGE— thanks to former PC 175 Mark Fairhust for the aerial photograph of the City and to PC Chris Berry of the CNC for the cartoon of the summer pensioner.

Guest Editor...er, very recently.

Force Welfare Unit. Hi everyone, we just wanted to show our faces and let you know what we are up to these days. Firstly, I‘d like to introduce Trudi Cox who is a very welcome member of the team and has coped with the challenges of the unit very well. We‘ve had some name changes and Trudi is the Senior Welfare Adviser and she deputises for me in my absence. Yvette has a new title of Health, Safety and Welfare Assistant, and me I‘m Karen, Welfare Manager. I‘ve been in post almost ten years now and the work load of the unit bears no resemblance to what I did ten years ago. There is much more emphasis on the psychological well being of officers and staff. The old coping mechanisms people used are no longer considered healthy and so we‘ve had to work on supporting people to stay in the job healthily by introducing counselling, psychological assessment and trauma support. People are also much more aware of their mental health and expect to be supported and not damaged by the work they do.

So it‘s great having a balance to all the serious stuff by providing support for all of the retired community and organising the summer luncheon, helping people via the Widow‘s and Orphans‘ fund and organising the Christmas gifts etc. Also, whilst it‘s a sad task we take great care to provide a sensitive and helpful response to loved ones and families when we hear of a death of a retired officer. It‘s been a very busy and interesting year, with many changes to cope with and I‘d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your patience and understanding when we‘re busy, or you cannot get a response immediately. We do enjoy talking to you or trying to help you out with queries, it‘s a welcome break in the day and the formal business of ‗Welfare‘. With our very best wishes,

Karen Yvette and Trudi.


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The Force Welfare Unit

Karen 0207 601 2706 karen.cattermole@city-oflondon.pnn.police.uk

Trudi 020 7601 2214 trudi.cox@city-oflondon.pnn.police.uk

Yvette 0207 601 2081 yvette.Addo@city-oflondon.pnn.police.uk Left to right– Yvette, Karen and Trudi

Cadet Haydon Dear ―Ed‖, Thank you for publishing my letter in the last issue of the ―Newsletter‖. As usual, your editorial skills were admirable but I have to say that I was intrigued as to how you came by the photograph of me on the beach…Clearly you have managed to raid my family archives……!!!!! Of course the picture is not of me……….it is actually an action shot of a long lost distant cross dressing relative – twice removed (who the family prefer not to talk about) who I knew as ―Uncle Ossie.‖ Little is known about him. Briefly, the story is that he was born somewhere near the Afghanistan / Pakistan border some nine months after a British regiment passed that way in 1918, and spent most of his early life in seclusion in a cave up The Khyber Pass. I haven‘t got the faintest idea where the photo came from but I am sure that you ―Dear Ed‖ know the answer…………..all good fun. Keep up the good work with the magazine. Regards to all from Chris Haydon Bolzano, Italy.


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SAFE DEPOSIT One for the City Police annals by Jim Mason

Back in the early eighties there was a lot of trouble between America and Iran which was partly due to the storming of the American Embassy, by various unruly mobs. There was a lot of tit for tat retaliation between the two countries. One of the American sanctions was to confiscate all of Iran's assets, including quite a lot of gold. After months of negotiations it was agreed that the gold would be returned. However, America would not send it to Iran, but agreed that it could be sent to the UK. I t was then arranged between the Bank of England and the City that they would hire two tail lift lorries and an armed guard of two cars and six motorcyclists, as an escort. We were to spend four days collecting the gold from RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk and delivering it to the B of E. I was one of the chosen drivers, but the only others I can recall were Jim Miller and Willie King. (Apologies to the others for not remembering their names, but it was a long time ago). We were under orders that on no account was the convoy to come to a standstill on either the outward or inward run. Upon arrival at the air base we found that they had built a large compound surrounded by miles of razor wire, with a machine gun tower at each corner and dozens of flak jacketed soldiers patrolling the area. There was only one farm style gate in or out , with extra guards on

it. We were not allowed in, apart from the lorry and driver.

and helicopter gunships protecting it. They cold not believe that with only our little popguns, we had been able I was chatting to one of the sentries to carry out this operation and not a who was carrying an assault rifle word of it was published in any UK which had two barrels. I stupidly newspaper. We were finally told that asked why it needed two barrels and this was the largest transfer of bullion was told that if a baddie was hiding in history, THIRTYFOUR BILLION behind a wall (his words not mine), he dollars! could blow away the wall with the big one and take out the baddie with the Incidentally we did obey the orders small one. ‗Some weapon‘ I thought. not to stop for any reason thanks to All this time he was holding the rifle the excellent work by the team of mowith the barrels pointing upwards, the torcyclists led by Jim miller, but I wont butt resting in the crook of his elbow, mention how many times the road with his finger on the trigger. Sudtraffic act was flouted! denly, the farm gate swung shut trapAfter all of the hoo-hah that had taken ping his heel and he screamed out place in the U.S over the transportaand fell to the ground. He fell to the tion of the gold, every afternoon when ground fast but he didn't beat me. I hit we arrived back , the B of E yard the deck first expecting a hail of bulwould only take one lorry at a time lets to fly over our heads. Fortunately and consequently, the other lorry was he didn't fire and I felt a bit foolish until parked outside Wood Street nick I looked around and saw that everywhere we left one man guarding it , one else was on the ground as well. It while the rest of us, including the seturned out that he had snapped his cret service men, piled into the canachilles tendon and was later returned teen for a well earned cup of tea. In to the USA for treatment. mitigation I must say that we were able to keep an eye on it from the There was only one other incident of canteen windows. As I said before, note. On one of the days the Commisthe yanks were astounded at our laid sioner, Peter Marshal spent the day back style, but nothing was stolen, with us and travelled in my car. On which was the whole object of the the way back on the motorway we exercise. were spread over all of the lanes so that we could not be overtaken. I was Best wishes to all , the leading car when some idiot tried Jim Mason to overtake using the hard shoulder. Mr. Marshal said "Can you stop him Mason?" which I did by going onto the hard shoulder and forcing him backwards. I was comforted when Mr. Marshal said "Don't worry about any complaints Mason, they will finish up in the waste bin" We had two American secret service men with us and they said that whilst the gold was travelling in America, there were armoured cars


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KIWI WATCH Ken Jones, Tauranga, New Zealand

Greetings from the land of the long white cloud. Although lately we haven‘t seen much cloud and we are in a semi drought. It was very appropriate to get the Winter newsletter with the snow scene on the front when you were having blizzard conditions in the UK and we were sitting out in the sun!! I think I mentioned before that I am a volunteer Police Community Support Patrol in downtown Tauranga as the photo shows. ―Downer‖ on the jacket is the name of the engineering firm that sponsors our ―uniform‖. I ―work‖ 4 hours a week on a Tuesday covering the lunch period when the town is at its busiest mostly just walking around, answering questions and checking car security in the open car parks. We are especially busy at this time of year when a cruise ship is in, with visitors mainly from OZ and the US of A, with some rich Brits – they will have to be rich with the poor rate of exchange for the £ at the moment. Great seeing all the photos of the LMS, pity about the weather but I thought that the Commissioner looks very much like Michael Douglas and Trog like Stalin!!! By the way Wanderlust, did you know that you have a Backpackers hostel named after you in Katikati which is about ¾ hr drive north of us. Re the puzzle picture, the guy in the plain clothes and bowler hat must

be a dog handler or is that a very large cat sitting in front of him!! Was it Supt Howard who used to bring his dog with him when he came round for his weekend inspections? I remember at Cloak Lane shortly after he arrived and being the office PC kicking the door to the front office open with a tray of tea in my hands to hear much yelping and getting a dirty look from the Guvnor. I suppose I got off lightly really. I was on Walbrook South every day for the next week. (only joking Best wishes to you all and if any of you are in my neck of the woods, give us a bell. Ken

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caseworkers and visitors, as well as treasurers and fundraisers. Our Branch Office Holders are also volunteers, who help organise and run their Branch. We offer team work, job satisfaction and all out of pocket expenses. Well over 800 serving and retired Police Officers are already working for us throughout the United Kingdom. SSAFA FORCES HELP NEEDS YOU The Charity exists to serve anyone who is, or has been in the Armed Forces, Reserves and TA. They and their families can call on us for the rest of their lives. More than 10 million people in the UK today are eligible for our help, good advice and friendship. More than 50,000 call on us each year and a much greater demand is anticipated in the future. Our network of 95 Branches aim to serve the ex service community and their dependents and you could help us to achieve this. If you like being part of a very important team, please volunteer. Training is given and all out -of-pocket expenses are paid. You tell us how much time you can spare. Policemen and women, by the nature of their profession, are accustomed to offering help and support in the community. Well over 800 serving and retired police officers are already working for us. Please contact: Mr. Glen Smith Branch Support AdvisorMembership 19 Queen Elizabeth Street London SE1 2LP Telephone: 020 7463 9273 E-mail:glen.s@ssafa.org.uk


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Helping with Police Enquiries. Mrs Betty Woodland, the widow of former PC 253 B Len Woodland (known as ‗Rob‘ to his family), has kindly sent some old photographs that she found whilst sorting through some things at home. PC Woodland (The very smart photo—top right), retired from the Force in 1961 and sadly, passed away in 1996. The photo at the bottom of the page is of the City Police Joint Branch Board in 1957-58. The centre photograph is a bit of a mystery though. Anyone any ideas? Betty can remember Wally Hailes and Wally Stapleton, but would like to know if anyone knows the whereabouts of Dick Kirby , who was a sergeant and also Tom Hayward, who was responsible for introducing her and Len in 1951, which was the beginning of 45 years together.

PC Len Woodland

If anyone can help, please drop me a line and I can put you in touch with Betty.

Chris Pearson

City Police Joint Branch Board 1957-1958

anyone know the whereabouts of Dick Kirby or Tom Hayward...

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PENSIONERS ‘DOWN UNDER’ COLPASC News from Down Under. Sandy PELLING

Gordon SIDNELL Ex PC 715 „E‟. It was with great sadness that we received the news of the death late last year of Gordon SIDNELL 75yrs, who had endured a long illness. Gordon and his wife Pat moved to Australia after his retirement from the COLP.. He joined the Force in July 1956 and retired in April 1985. A small group of COLPASC members attended his funeral, and according to the speakers he was a popular member of his community, sporting and otherwise. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Pat. I

Brian (Jock Garry) and Peter Murray We met again in April to finally acknowledge Brian „Jock‟ Garry‟s entry into the senior brigade of Pensioners. Peter Murray presented Jock with a pewter tankard engraved with: City Of London Police Presented to Ex PC 237E Brian Garry First Australian Resident To enter “The Senior Brigade” COLPASC 17/9/2009 Melbourne-Victoria

Brian (Jock) Garry and Dick Pelling on the ferry SOCIAL As all our group are based at different points around Port Phillip Bay we try and accommodate all, and vary our meeting points. So February saw Jock & Edna Garry and Dick & Sandy Pelling board a the Ferry at Sorrento for a very pleasant trip across the bay to have lunch with Jill & Keith Cronchey who don‘t seem to live anywhere near any real meeting point. Now most people bring photos of family, grandchildren etc to show around, but not the Cronchey‘s, they brought photos of the Bearded Collies that they breed. They also show the dogs and frequently travel around the world judging at dog shows. The ferry trip home was not quite as smooth and we managed to disembark just before a storm hit.

Although the tankard was filled with beer on the day, we expect as a Scot it will contain something a little stronger in future More News. Queensland member Ted Croften has just finished his latest bout of chemo for non Hodgkin‘s Lymphoma but is now having Radiation treatment, which entails a 200klm round trip to Brisbane every day for 3 ½ weeks. Thankfully the Cancer Foundation runs a daily bus for residents in his area, but it still means hours of travel and waiting for everyone to receive their treatment before the bus can return. We all hope it works out well for Ted so that he can join his wife Carmen on the bowling green. Ann MERRY another of our ‗mob‘ who lives far away has just returned from a successful trip to UK and USA only to be met by her partner Steve with a pen in his hand ready for her to sign on the dotted line for their new house. How trusting, letting him chose! Let us hope the move goes smoothly and that they have a spare room for us southern visitors.


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LETTERS Whilst de-cluttering the house the other day I came across this old photo and I thought it might jog someone‘s memory as to who some

that Commander Rice has reported back to you that he presented Dale with his Silver Policeman at the recent Annual Lunch of the Association of Ex CID Officers of the City of London Police.

From Angela Brown- Widow of the Late Colin Brown Last one out Young newly weds in September 1966, Colin and I moved into our Police flat in Fermdale Court, Brixton, well you have to start somewhere! A large lounge overlooking the well kept Bowling Green, three double bedrooms, kitchen & bathroom. All this whilst we looked for a house not too far from the City of London. I also worked in the City; Head Office of the Prudential in Holborn, net to what was the large shop Gamages!

of them are. I can name four of them:-On the right of the picture in civvies is Det Sgt Henry Davies (my Father). In civvies on the left I believe to be Det Ch Insp Francis (father of Alan and Robin). In the front centre is Det Sgt Gilmour and looking over his left shoulder in D.C Jock Scrimger. The remainder I do not know. I hope the picture is of some use to you and the magazine. Roy Davies (ex 373A)

Dear Commissioner Bowron, I wrote to you some time ago regarding the possible award of a Silver Policeman to ex Detective Constable Dale Wilkinson. I now write to thank you on behalf of myself and Peter Simmons for authorising that award. I am sure

It was a complete surprise to Dale, and he received a standing ovation from all those present. I can tell you that when Dale returned to our table clutching the Silver Policeman there were tears in his eyes. Dale informs me that he is due to have yet another operation in the New Year, which this time involves a further repair to an artery which was damaged as a result of the explosion in 1973. Thank you again Commissioner for taking the time to authorise that award and for arranging Commander Rice to present it. Peter Simmons and I are eternally grateful to you. Andrew Day.

Then only two months after our wedding day, my Colin had a bad car crash in Nov ‘66 and ended up in the Westminster Hospital. So I continued to live in the Brixton flat on my own. By then we had found our house, which I am still enjoying living in at Petts Wood, backing onto the forest. So many residents in Fermdale Court had already moved out, and more in the Jan and Feb 1967. Then in April ‘67 I moved out, and actually I was the last person to leave there.

When I look back on it all, I think I must have some nerve walking into that large dark quadrangle of 200 flats in Brixton, knowing they were all empty…. So I really was the last one out. Sadly Colin passed away in 2008. Perhaps others remember living there.

Retired D.C. 541‟E‟. Angela Brown.


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THE MAN IN THE MUSEUM Alan Francis At the age of 6 (1936) the family home was in Lambeth and I was taken to this newly opened war museum by my maternal grandfather who had experienced four WW1 tours at the Somme in the Royal Flying Corps. The museum exhibition was then small and all I can remember of that day was a large model of the Somme trenches with cotton wool depicting shell bursts. It is still there, now protected by a large pristine glass case. I have the privilege several times a month of meeting school parties at the Children‘s Exhibition. (Yes, I have been CRB checked!) The museum now houses major exhibitions and has been much extended as a result of WW2 and wars across the globe. It is great to see children arrive dressed in 1940 style (yes, there are a lot of Richmal Crompton‘s ‗Just William‘) carrying sandwiches in cardboard gas-mask cases. On my last visit schools came from Greater London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Southampton, Bristol, Northampton. They have already downloaded questionnaires and it is heartening to experience their enthusiastic interest in this modern history. I am able to help by telling them of my paper-round experiences, like seeing the 1000 USA bombers heading south in support of D Day landings, RAF bombers limping home to Hendon in the dawn, dropping flares to indicate injured on board, of seeing V1s coming over low (2419 reached London), of hearing V2s through the sound barrier (500+ reached London). Robin and I were lucky to not be evacuated to Canada – which was on offer from the school – for all those who agreed to go lost their lives when the ship City of Benares was torpedoed in the Atlantic. 97 died and there was just one Wembley survivor. (We still go to Preston Park School, Wembley in November for the 2 minutes silence).

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the ‗Benares‘ and the autumn blitz when there were 57 consecutive night raids. The last civilian (of 60,000) to be killed in a WW2 ‗air raid‘ lived at Orpington. Ivy Millichamp was the victim of a V2 which fell on 27th March 1945…our brave troops then over-ran the launching sites, and the war finished five weeks later. Her grave has a military headstone. When I joined the job there were many good men who carried the ribbons of two world wars, some decorated for bravery. I recall that on the occasion of H.M. the Queen‘s 1953 Coronation Review of police in Hyde Park the contingent of the City of London Police must have been specially picked for their medals, which ‗clinked‘ in rhythm with their marching. After getting out of earshot of the band at the saluting base they whistled ‗The Happy Wanderer‘ and thus kept in step – very impressive. Little did I think that I would later be among pensioner volunteers talking to schoolchildren about those vital six years whilst sitting on a Morrison shelter. I can mention the war at IWM and get away with it!

Want to chat about the ‗good old days‘ in the Job?

www.citypensioners.co.uk

looking for someone

Alan Francis Petts Wood

that still owes you a fiver From 1973?

www.citypensioners.co.uk

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ROB JERRARD’S BOOK CORNER Ex Police Inspector Rob Jerrard Has sent in the following book Reviews. He says “Can you Mention me and my website www.rjerrard.co.uk\law\policela\police.htm This is "Internet Law Book Reviews". Publishers send books but no money Changes hands, the site provides academic independent reviews of law books, but these are more general of interest.

Whilst I write this Review, my dog is staring at me and I know exactly what he wants. My dog along with the narrator of this book, would if he were French, say, ‗Je sais tout‘, because dogs have a way of knowing everything we humans do and think.

This is an excellent book, which could be enjoyed by everyone, because unlike so many crime writers, at least one of our authors has inside knowledge, and yes, has actually stepped inside a Police Station. I understand more books are planned in the series and I look forward to them.

The particular dog in this story is ‗Mr Mosey‘, who‘s favourite toy is a battered latex chicken. This wouldn‘t appeal to our dog who prefers his ‗reindeer‘.

Rob Jerrard

This is a thoroughly enjoyable book, which I had great difficulty in putting down, it also takes a serious look at the duties of the Police Doctor/Surgeon and the duties of the Custody Sergeant, which suggests that it is written by somebody with inside knowledge of some the aspects and problems that are encountered daily by Forensic Medical Examiners, commonly known in my time as Police Surgeons, but now apparently Forensic Physicians. Having performed the duties of a Custody Sergeant for many years, my mind wandered back to those busy shifts when I called out the Police Surgeon as regular as clockwork. In the City of London, before PACE the duties where carried out by the Station Officer of whom C H Rolph wrote in an autobiography, ‗Living Twice‘ Victor Gollancz 1974. The Station Officer was an Inspector.

Police Surgeon Lethal Deception Edition: First

―I believe that the station officer is, and I am certain that he was, the mute inglorious Milton of the police service. He is the police system's only creative artist. During my own short period in this exacting role, I suppose three years at the most, I found the routine work stupefying, the telephone maddening, the Found Property fascinating, the duty parades faintly comic, the unlawful arrests a marvellous challenge to inventive lying, and the grape-shot of the criminal law highly dangerous.‖

Format: Paperback Author: Pat Scott & Dr Tom White ISBN: 9781906510084 Publishers: Matador Price: £7.99 Publication Date: 2008 Publisher‟s Title Information


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PENSIONERS‘NEW SLETTER with Dr Yusef. I thought my attempts to get through on the MEDICAL NOTES telephone were a model of self control. Having pointed out that the name of the doctor was wrong she told me that anybody who had an appointment in the rheumatology department got It's too late to give Mr W the name and address of the hoDr Yusef because his name was the only one the computer tels in Croatia since he has been and, hopefully, come recognised, honest you can't make it up. Having heard my back. I say hopefully because if it is true that the authorilaughter she asked me if I needed an ambulance. I declined ties have arrested an illegal immigrant trying to smuggle on the grounds that I did not have enough life left to wait. I am himself out of the country, anything is possible. For the sorry to read of so many colleagues in ill health, I know the record the hotel in Dubrovnic was the Europa and the one NHS is the butt of my jokes but in all honesty the Queens in Split, Gulag something or other. Hospital in Romford is new, clean, the staff nice people and I have just come back from the Lake District but I think it is my treatment is second to none. the last visit. I cannot walk too far now and walking in the Thinking of the torture previously mentioned I recall that a Lakes was something of an annual treat. It is irritating to young missionary was sent out to the Congo to recruit converts watch geriatrics older than me strap on their walking boots but he was told not under any circumstances to interfere with and stride off into the wild blue yonder, so why torture mylocal customs. The tribe put on a magnificent feast for him. To self. With that in mind, during my recent check up at the his horror he saw what he thought was a human head meanQueens I told my specialist of my regrets and the growing dering about in the pot. Every now and again someone would discomfort, even whilst walking short distances. After some rush out of the audience and hit the head with a huge ladle. Hmmmms she gave me a prescription and the warning Caution was thrown to the winds and he protested to the chief "Take just one only, before exercise". Off to the hospital about the torture. The chief was mystified, "What torture, we pharmacy to hand it in. The lady on the counter looked at are just trying to stop him eating the vegetables". (I know it is the form, sucked her teeth and said "Have you had these an old joke but it still makes me laugh, probably because it is before?" "No" says I. More Hmmms. Forty five minutes so delightfully not politically correct). Well, dawns coming up, later a gorgeous girl, with teeth to die for, and a beaming time for the box. smile called me to the counter and handed over the pills. She dropped her eyes demurely to the packet and said, Regards to all. "Remember only one before exercise". My God what's in Allan Coleman, these pills? I have not taken one yet so there they sit on the kitchen worktop, large yellow zoom tablets, the packet Gidea Park throbbing with repressed energy. I think I might take one and ask J to lock me in a darkened room to await the effects Mr Hyde style. Incidentally whilst I was standing at the animal proof customer hatch at the pharmacy counter a man collapsed in the seating area, people rushed to help as they do and I heard a woman offer the information that it was very sad since he had just been discharged from the ward! I replied that I had just paid a ÂŁ1 for a cup of the worst coffee this side of Montenegro and I thought I saw him in the queue. I am sorry that it is all medical this time but the amusement supplied free of charge by the NHS keeps me cheerful. For instance having seen my specialist she told me to book an appointment for 6 months hence. Once upon a time the date would have been settled there and then but they have improved the system. We will write to you, and so they did. The appointment was in October with Dr Yusef. January to October is not six months even with my fevered brain in top gear and Dr Yusef is not my doctor. I eventually got through and changed the appointment. The lady said they would write and confirm it. They did but still


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S N O W H I L L A D M I N LU N C H E O N C LU B 2 0 0 9 Snow Hill Admin Luncheon Club 2009 For ―The Piggy‘s‖, 2009 was another good lunches in, considering our busy life styles get up, shall I cut the grass, pop down to holiday? Do I go with Saga or Thompsons, do I get out of going down to Sainsbury‘s. to do so because without your efforts there is be quite lonely if I had to drink by myself. In 2009 we welcomed several new Wybrow, Eric Locke, Bob Hennessy, Phil Seymour, Brian Tibward to seeing them throughout this year.

year. How we managed to squeeze our amazes me. Between deciding what time to B&Q (only on a Wednesday) to where to go on on a Cruise or ―All In‖? All this along with how Gentleman I can only thank you for managing no Snow Hill Admin Luncheon Club, It would Guest‘s. Wally Unit, Peter Woodley, Paul benham and Fred Blease and we look for-

This year we managed to raise a total of £647.00 for charities. Our Christmas Lunch, with 38 members, donating £310 of that amount. I would like to thank those members who, when unable to attend, were more than happy to forward a donation. The charities we supported in 2009 were Macmillan Cancer Support, British Heart Foundation, Little Haven Children‘s Hospice and Cancer Research UK. Our grand total donated stands at £7132.70. On behalf of all the charities I would like to thank for you continued support March 2010 At our March lunch we welcomed Alan Goss. As always it is nice to see the younger pensioners and to hear new stories and anecdotes. We also celebrated Bob Hennessey‘s 60th Birthday; we enjoyed a nice soft, fruit topped sponge cake (thinking of our teeth) and welcomed him to the Freedom Pass and B&Q Gold Card club. Our supported charity was Macmillan Cancer Support, donating £163.00. For all of you reading this entry in our magazine, which ever division you were stationed at, I would like to extend a warm welcome if you would wish to attend the luncheon club. It is a special way of meeting old friends and colleagues, enjoying good food, excellent wines and beers, humour in the City Police tradition, and at the same time giving an enormous amount of help to some very worthwhile charities. For any further information please contact me on my mobile or email address. Mobile: 07939499905 email: mike.f.surgett@ntlworld.com

The lunches are held four times a year at ―Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese‖ Fleet Street, The remaining dates for 2010: Tuesday 7th September & Tuesday 7th December 2010 2011 Proposed dates for your Social Diary Tuesday 8th March 2011 Tuesday 7th June 2011 Tuesday 6th September 2011 Tuesday 6th December 2011


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A S S O C I AT I O N O F E X - C I D O F F I C E R S Association of Ex-CID Officers The Association is still going strong with 163 members in this country and across the world. Sad to see some old colleagues have left us. The memorial service in the City for Tony Drain was really well attended with the rector commenting that his church is not normally so full! Wally Hailes, Peter Gwynn, Fred Brennan and Ernie Bransgrove were all past colleagues, although not all members (not that that matters) - and we have seen the loss of some of our old uniform colleagues as well, real characters amongst them! Peter Moynan from the Met also died. Peter was well known to many City officers who served with him on the RCS at East Molesey and the Anti-Terrorist Squad. Goodbye old friends. We had a very successful Annual Reunion Lunch in the Warrant Officer‘s & Sergeants Mess, 1 st Battalion Grenadier Guards, Wellington Barracks in Westminster. 180 members and guests enjoyed a lunch, afternoon and for some…….an evening as well in the excellent surroundings of the Garrison Mess, with some ex-guardsman particularly becoming quite dewy eyed – although the ex cadets seemed to be made of sterner stuff! Mustn‘t forget Gerry Wallace who unfortunately was unable to attend – but very kindly sponsored the Port – well done Gerry!

Chairman Fred Simmons presided over a fine lunch and amongst the guests present were Lord Peter Imbert, C.V.O., Q.P.M, D.L., Graham Cole Esq. and Brigadier Martin Roberts, O.B.E. who responded for the guests in the absence of Sir John Dellow, C.B.E., D.L., who was unwell. Former Commissioner Perry Nove, C.B.E.,Q.P.M., attended along with Commander Patrick Rice who represented the Force.

It was a memorable day for Dale Wilkinson. Dale, a former Scenes of Crime Officer, was seriously injured in the Old Bailey bomb blast in 1973 with over 400 pieces of metal in his body. Dale left the City Force as a result of his injuries, but his service with the City Police was at last recognized with Commander Rice presenting him with the Silver Policeman.

One sad feature was the death in Afghanistan of Regimental Sergeant Major Darren Chant of the Grenadier Guards, one of five soldiers killed in one day in November 2009. It was Darren whom we met and who gave permission for us to use the Garrison Mess for our lunch. He was an impressive man. Guardsman Scott Blaney, badly injured in a mine explosion was also a special guest and was presented with a City of London Police plaque by the Chairman for the Mess. A City Police Helmet collection during the Lunch raised over £2,000 for the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards ―Soldiers in Afghanistan‖. A very memorable day and we look forward to returning this year on 2nd December 2010.

We managed to arrange the April Spring Buffet in the Wakefield Mess right in the middle of the proposed train strike…..and So d‘s Law resulted in the strike being called off shortly after a new date was fixed! Anyway, it was a good turnout and enjoyed by all. The only panic was the goods lift door becoming stuck with the draught bitter inside. After a 20 minute delay whilst a technical solution was sought….a pair of size 13s eventually came to the rescue!

Whilst we really enjoy getting together from time to time, we also remember those members and their families who are going through more difficult times and we send gifts and remembrances to all those we hear about, plus contact with old friends and our very best wishes.

Jim Jolly

www.citypensioners.co.uk

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C LOA K LA N E A S S O C I AT I O N A N N UA L G E N E R A L M E E T I N G Friday 19 March 2010 A few years ago I bought an old Citroën 2CV as a restoration project. The chassis had more plates welded to it than the Graf Spee and had to be replaced, along with the floor, bulkhead and several other bits that fell apart as soon as they were touched. My garage reverberated with the noise of banging and crashing for several weeks, including the odd shout of ‗ouch - that hurt‘. In fact the only thing noisier in Harold Wood was the continuing laughter of the man who sold me the car. It took me a long time to find the engine, until I realised that the little Singer sewing machine under the bonnet was in fact the engine, although not quite as powerful. Anyway, I finally finished the job and within my limited talents, it wasn‘t too bad a job. For the last couple of years I‘ve neglected the little car, so I recently took a week off work to get it back on the road. I found that it doesn‘t really want to get going in the morning, and it is now certainly showing its age. It‘s not that bad on downhill bits, but, like life, uphill is a struggle. Its joints aren‘t quite what they were and I‘m sure there are more creaks and groans than there were. It‘s taxed out of all proportion to what it‘s worth, and I don‘t suppose it could pull like it used to. That might be something to do with the fact that it sometimes leaks a bit. The only good news is that it seems to perk up a bit when it‘s well oiled, and for some unknown reason I‘m reminded that I‘m supposed to be telling you about the Cloak Lane AGM. We had quite a good turnout, and as always it was good to see some new faces. When I say new, I mean old, but you know what I mean. The only one who really bucks the trend is the ever young Ken Dodsworth, who is living proof that there exists somewhere an elixir of life, for his has truly supped deeply from it. He is the only person I know who has had Cosmetic Surgery to make him look older, otherwise he wouldn‘t be allowed anywhere near the CLA I‘m sure you will all be pleased to discover that the Officers were all re-elected without all the razzmatazz of the unseemly rabble that make up our Parliament. You will also be pleased to know that rumours of extravagant claims for maintenance of the moat at Keating Towers have been greatly exaggerated. Lord Keating responded from his office on duck-house island to say that he had been advised to never plead guilty. The dates for the next meetings are as follows:

Lost Touch

Summer Meeting Friday 26 June 2010

With Old

LMS Meeting Friday 12 November 2010 AGM Friday 18 March 2011

Cliff Rowlinson Secretary

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IN MEMORIUM

STAN MILLS My family and I would like to thank all who sent cards and letters on the death of my husband, Stan Mills, also to those who attended the funeral. Stan enjoyed his 30 years as a City of London Policeman and made so many very good friends during that time. I was very proud to see the City of London Police Drape on his coffin at his funeral. Barbara Mills DAVID DAVIES (Died 12/03/2009)

HILARY GRAY Hilary died on Monday 8th March at Yeovil Hospital aged 77. She was the Commissioners PA until her retirement and was the wife of Colin. Colin Gray (PS 69E) High Acres 48 Barn Close Crewkerne Somerset TA18 8 BN 01460 76316 07989 296193 gray.colin@tiscali.co.uk

MAUREEN ROWE The sad news is that my dear wife Maureen died suddenly on 11th December. Peter Rowe

On the first anniversary of the death of dear Dave I would like to express belated, but sincere thanks on behalf of myself and my family to all those who helped make his funeral such a tribute to him. His sudden death was a tremendous shock to us all and is taking time to come to terms with. A special thank you to Des Knox who helped with the arrangements and has been a huge support. It was such a privilege to have the City of London Drape and also the police outriders. Dave‘s career in the City of London Police meant so much to him and he would have been really proud. The guard of honour provided by friends and colleagues especially dear to him and the fact that over three hundred people attended the funeral speaks volumes about a man who touched the lives of so many, always passing on his encouragement and enthusiasm for life. Finally thank you for the donations to the Epsom Medical Equipment fund on Dave‘s behalf. The money has gone towards buying 5 monitors for Epsom Hospital. They are used in A&E to monitor percentage of oxygen in the blood, pulse rate, temperature etc. Our daughter Julie and I presented them to the hospital and the doctor who accepted them said hundreds of people will benefit from them daily and they will save thousands of lives. Judy Davies


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MARY BENDER Ex PC642D Roy Bender would like to inform us that sadly , his wife of 57 years Mary passed away on the 22nd January 2010.

RICHARD STURMAN It is with sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Ex Police Sergeant 103 'A' Richard Sturman.Richard died at the age of 53 on the 1st March. He joined the COLP on the 31st August 1976 and retired on 21st February 2008.

LETTER FROM IAN HARMER

I first met 'Dickie' Sturman in 1977, shortly after he joined the City. In the years that followed, Richard was promoted and became my sergeant I served with him in the Force TONY DRAIN Communications Centre. From that day, we became good friends, a friendship that continued throughout the remainEx T/D.Ch I. Anthony Drain Tony passed way on Monder of my service and after my retirement from the City. day 28th December 2009. He was 56 years old. We would regularly meet and go for a pint ands a natter. It is only 6 weeks ago that we were putting the world to rights over a pint and 'swinging the lamp' together. Richard was one of the kindest people I have ever met, always there for his friends in time of trouble, ready to advise and help whenever he could. I think his life truly changed when he met Anne and there was no one happier than me when I discovered on my wedding where they were guests, that they themselves had quietly married a few months previously. It is so cruel that their lives together have been cut so drastically short. So goodbye old friend. The world will be a sadder place without you. You'll always be remembered as one of life's' best. Your friend, Ian Harmer (Ex Tex 781A)

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80 or over on 21st June 2010

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Pensioned

Rank

William

White

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10/08/72

PC 633E

Walter

Stapleton

93

01/07/76

Ass Commissioner

William

Gallafent

91

31/08/76

PS 93E

Philip

Coppack

89

30/05/78

Det Chief Supt

Eric

Ellwood-Wade

89

28/04/75

Ch/Insp

Annette

Turner

89

14/11/66

Francis

Stubbs

88

07/01/74

PS 23B

Frederick

Chamberlain

88

20/09/76

PC 700E

Sidney

Smith

87

02/10/79

Ch/Supt

Frederick

Butterfield

87

01/06/76

PS 75C

George

Fell

87

04/10/82

PC 172B

Laurie

Lacey

86

23/01/78

PS 27E

Stanley

Geale

86

01/07/77

Insp

Cyril

Breeze

86

17/09/79

PC 658D

John

Aitken

85

23/12/76

PC 274B

Kenneth

Short

85

10/05/76

Ch/Supt

Ernest

Jordan

85

03/09/79

PC 678D

Albert

Parry

84

03/05/83

PS 44E

Cyril

Tolhurst

84

28/01/85

PS 35E

John

Leppard

84

01/11/82

Det Ch/Insp

Ronald

Goldson

84

21/02/86

PS 8B

Marcus

Kirkwood

84

21/11/84

Det Ch/Supt

Ronald

Edrupt

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21/04/81

PC 645D

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Donald

Bull

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01/03/78

Insp

Gordon

Muffett

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13/06/83

PS 104C

John

Thacker

83

04/07/77

PC 477B

Charles

Torrance

83

06/02/78

PC 606D

Leslie

Hollett

83

03/09/79

DC 458E

Francis

McPherson

83

01/11/76

DC 723E

Gerald

Wallace

83

06/02/87

Det Insp

William

Webster

83

21/02/77

DS 912E

Ronald

Enston

82

17/08/83

DS 921E

Ronald

Scriven

82

05/11/73

PS 78E

John

Sherlock

82

01/07/83

PC 468E

Andrew

Graham

82

05/10/83

PC 420C

Richard

Johnson

82

13/04/78

PS

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Lorton

82

21/03/83

Insp

David

Pronger

82

05/09/83

PC 644E

Donald

Smith

82

29/02/84

Ch/Supt

Robert

Wilson

82

18/02/84

PC 445E

Ronald

Westgate

82

29/10/84

PC 192E

Denis

Edwards

81

28/08/84

PC 460E

Ernest

Jones

81

01/03/78

PS 108E

Leonard

Wilson

81

28/02/83

DS 904E

Stanley

Roberts

81

01/09/83

PC 453E

James

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28/01/85

PS 61E

Albert

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Edward

Hughes

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14/09/83

PS 94D

Joseph

Anders

80

18/04/84

PC 484E

Thomas

Angus

80

18/01/85

PC 483E

Roy

Barron

80

24/09/84

PS 99C

Ronald

Buckland

80

14/11/83

Ch/Insp

Peter

Emeny

80

01/12/82

DS 939E

Alan

Francis OBE

80

01/02/78

Ch/Supt

James

Gargate

80

20/02/85

PC 475E

Michael

Golden

80

28/01/85

DC

Derrek

Hall

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21/05/79

DS

Dennis

Pratt

80

20/01/86

PS 79E

Ernest

Thomson

80

29/10/84

Det Ch/Insp

Douglas

Cooper

80

01/10/87

PC 411E

Peter

Couzens

80

04/11/85

PC 454C

Congratulations to all those newly arrived on the ‗Senior Brigade‘ list, please let me know of any inaccuracies in ages or dates etc. On that note, many apologies to Bill Gallafent who was omitted from the last list. Bill still attends some functions through out the year and was a little worried about turning up at events and shocking those who may have thought that he was no longer with us! Bill is still in good health.


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DAVE McGINLEY’S GOLF LODGE Tuesday 7th September Muswell Hill Force Championships 36 holes 18 AM for the Foxon Trophy. 18 PM for the Seniors Force Championship(Open to all 49 years and over) Dinner – Suit required

City of London Police Golf Society An n u a l F i x t u r e s 2 0 1 0

Friday 24th September Warley Park

Tuesday 15th June

Captain‘s Day

Muswell Hill

AM – 9 holes

Guest Day

PM – Captain‘s Prize

27 holes

Dinner – Jacket/Suit required.

AM - Stableford. PM Lascelles Trophy Dinner – Jacket/Suit required. Monday 5th – Friday 9th July Tour – North Devon Jacket/Suit required. Tuesday 20th July Lambourne Golf Club 27 holes AM – Stableford PM - Sid Pearce Trophy Dinner – Jacket/Suit required.

Friday 13th August Worplesdon AM – 18 holes PM – 18 Chairman‘s Cup Sandwiches afterwards – No jacket required.

Friday 15th October Theydon Bois 18 holes Match against Guildhall Society

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2010 VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON RESULTS

Trevor Holden

3 hours 8 minutes 50 seconds

Ryan Shipman

3 hours 13minutes 29 seconds

John Shickel

3 hours 26 minutes 57 seconds

Dave Wood

3 hours 49 minutes 42 seconds

Steve Brooks

3 Hours 51 minutes

Scott Fisher

3 hours 53 minutes 54 seconds

Eamonn Keane

3 hours 55 minutes 25 seconds

Paul Claydon

3 hours 55 minutes 44seconds

Richard Fullbrook *

4 hours 8 minutes 23 seconds

Graham Riddell

4 hours 11 minutes 31 seconds

Daniel Berry

4 hours 12 minutes 57 seconds

Jonathan Gilbert

4 hours 14 minutes 54 seconds

Dave Manley

4 hours 15 minutes 14 seconds

Rhea Evans

4 hours 17 minutes 36 seconds

Jonathan Witt

4 hours 17 minutes 56 seconds

Luke Harley

4 hours 18 minutes 47 seconds

James Swift

4 hours 25 minutes 1 seconds

Jeremy Lee

4 hours 36 minutes 37 seconds

Scott Reeves

4 hours 49 minutes 55 second

Joanne Rinn

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2010 VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON RESULTS Continued Jonathan Sanders

4 hours 57 minutes 7 seconds

Neil Hossack

5 hours 4 minutes 33 seconds

Turkel Mahmout

5 hours 4 minutes 33 seconds

Andre Cundall

5 hours 6 minutes 59 seconds

David Foy

5 hours 7 minutes 7 seconds

Alison Youles

5 hours 7 minutes 29 seconds

Giles Otomewo

5 hours 15 minutes 27 seconds

Stephanie Petty

5 hours 26 minutes 3 seconds

David Carter

5 hours 26 minutes 12 seconds

Peter Digby **

5 hours 49 minutes 38 seconds

Katie Balls ***

6 hours 23minutes 13 seconds

* 2nd Marathon in 7 days ** carried a fridge!!!? *** 2 x visits to St Johns Ambulance for a sprained ankle

PC Trevor Holden wins the DARREN PIKE CUP—First male finisher. PC Rhea Evans wins the LORNA GREEN TROPHY—First female finisher DC James Swift wins the STEVE DYER CUP— Most improved finisher T/Supt Dave Wood wins the new DAVE DAVIES CUP—First novice finisher.


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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

2.30pm Tuesday 10th

2.30pm Tuesday 12th October 2010

August - The Chatsworth Hotel, Eastbourne.

Sands Restaurant Western Esplanade Southend-on-Sea

6.30pm Thursday 12th August - Conference Room, Bishopsgate Police Station NARPO and COLPPA Meetings

2.30pm Tuesday 14th September - The Cliffeside tel, Bournemouth.

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Saturday 13th November Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street Lord Mayor's Show.

Due to unacceptable increased costs at the Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff, the venue and date for the October Seaside Meeting has now been changed, see ‗Sands Restaurant‘ above. This is a modern restaurant situated adjacent to the Pier and Adventure Island. It has views over the Estuary and an outside veranda with seating. They will provide the usual afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones, tea and coffee. They also have Bar facilities for those who wish to avail themselves of a beer or glass of wine. Please support this new venue as we have a quote based on 30 to 40 attending.

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WELFARE CONTACT FORM

RESTRICTED

Information held on record by the Welfare Unit Title: Forename: Surname: d.o.b. Rank/Collar number: Pension number: Address:

Postcode: Telephone number (home) Telephone number (mobile) Fax number: Email address: Next of Kin: Date joined: Date retired:

Please confirm if you are happy for your contact details to be shared or used only by the Welfare Unit. Please complete and return to Yvette Addo, City of London Police, Welfare Unit. Walbrook Wharf. 78-83 Upper Thames Street. London EC4R 3TD

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