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NEWS & EVENTS
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MARCH 200 CLUB WINNERS
Our Branch has members all over the world. A large number are naturally in England and Wales, where NARPO has a network of branches. If you live outside our area, it may be useful for you to be in touch with the local branch where you live, but you may not be aware that you can join other branches as an additional member. You may well be asked to pay an additional subscription, but it should not exceed the amount of your main subscription retained by your own branch, which is £12.96. Enquire with the Secretary of the Branch you wish to join additionally.
PENSIONS FOR LIFE
Our application is now being dealt with by the High Court in Manchester. On 7th May, the move by the Home Office to strike out the claim was refused, and it was ordered that the applicants (i.e. us) should be ready to proceed by 21st May.
BENEVOLENT FUNDNWPBF continue to support their members within the parameters allowed by the pandemic restrictions. See www.thebenfund.co.uk for details. The lodges will reopen when the next phase of lockdown is removed, planned to be 12th April. Bookings are now being taken by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NARPO TRAVEL INSURANCE
Rumours have been circulating of members being given much increased quotes for the travel insurance premiums. The following announcement has been made by Headquarters.
has informed us via Towergate Health
& Protection of its decision to
cease providing Standalone Annual Travel
insurance to NARPO members.
"For members who have purchased Standalone Travel Cover via Towergate Health & Protection, this means when their travel cover renews after 1st May 2021, it will be their final 12 months of cover with AXA Health. All affected members will be written to by AXA Health in good time before the renewal date with more detail about the impact on cover for the affected members.
"Furthermore, AXA Health will cease to offer travel insurance via Towergate Health & Protection to NARPO members wishing to join (or re-join) the scheme from 31st October 2021.
"We have instructed Towergate Health & Protection to source an alternate travel insurance product which can be purchased from them and we hope they will have this in place by summer 2021.
"If you require any advice regarding either your existing travel policy, or if you are considering joining the travel insurance scheme, please contact Towergate Health & Protection on 0800 3897724 or email email@example.com .
"Please note that any annual travel insurance purchased as an option on an AXA Health Private Medical Insurance plan will continue to renew as usual."
Apparently there are still people who think that this television thing has a future, and some of them are launching a new channel this year to join the three that I've heard about. This one is called GB News, and they are seeking to assemble a list of potential contributors for the new channel, and are very keen to get people on the channel from all spectrums (sic.) of life and perspectives from all over the UK. Senior Producer Rhys Gunther wishes to see if any former police officers connected with NARPO would be interested in appearing on the channel to discuss policing issues and any other areas of their expertise when the channel has launched. He is looking for a wide range of voices, so if any of you would be interested feel free to contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org
Bolton Branch have arranged a gathering at the Ukraine Club, Castle Street, Bolton on Thursday 8th July 2021 starting at 3p.m. Treat it as a ‘re training’ course in how to socialise.
A Moments Reflection to remember members who have died during Lockdown
In addition, at about 3.30pm they intend to pause and have a ‘moment’s reflection’ to remember their members who have sadly passed away during this pandemic. There are ten members who have died where members were unable to attend the funeral and pay their respects as they would normally have done. The ‘reflection’ will be led by the Branch Chaplain, the Reverend Moira Slack. Moira is also the Police Chaplain. After which there will be a wake to share memories of them.
Each family has been written to to see if they wish to attend on the day. The members concerned are:-
Derek Whitehead; Ian Glover; Jack Counsell ; Jack Archer ; Bob Tonge ;
John Maitland Smith; Ian Moss, Phil Jones , Denis Cunliffe & Les ScobleIf you knew or worked with any of them, please come along.
If you have an interesting story to tell, please contact Alison Bellamy at Brown Bob Productions.
AUGUST'S NARPO NEWS
In the August issue the editorial staff are currently considering putting together features on getting back to education after retiring and about taking a on a self-build or major home renovation project after retiring (I’m not thinking some crazy grand designs style project but it would be good to have something more extensive than say an extension). Carly Scott (01924 331256) would be interested in speaking to members who might have done either of these things.