Weston-super-Mare Police Officers 1890

BBC Programme Research - D/Supts & D/C/Insps Sought

We have received a request from a BBC Researcher, Ms Suzi Baker for contact from retired Detective Superintendents and Detective Chief Inspectors.

If any appropriate Branch Member wishes to get involved please make contact with Ms. Baker direct and not with the Branch Secretary.


Date 12/08/17


We have been informed of the death of Michael (Mick) COOMBES, former mechanic at the Taunton Headquarters Police Garage and latterly Garage Foreman. Mick was not a Branch Member and our information is limited.

Mick's Funeral Service takes place today, Wednesday 9 August 2017 at 1pm.

Date 09/08/17

State Pension Contributions

Following a suggestion for younger members to be made aware of the complexities of state pension benefits and how they are paid for, the Deputy Chief Executive of NARPO, Alan Lees, kindly offers the following advice.

There are two issues, contracting out and additional pension contributions


The former has been extensively covered in NARPO News and on our website.

The latter has also been on our website, but it is matter of personal choice if someone wishes to pay extra contributions based on their own circumstances.

State Pensions

We would advise people that they can check thein national insurance contributions using the Government website.

National Insurance Record

Date 07/08/17


James Charles (Jim) DRINKWATER, 96 years, who died on Tuesday 1 August, retired in 1972 and had recently been living in the Southampton area.

His next of kin, daughter Pearl, informs us that Jim's Funeral Service is to be held at St Luke's Church, Bath at 12 noon on Friday 25 August 2017.

Date 07/08/17


Mrs Margaret O'CONNOR, 64 years, who died on Tuesday 25 July 2017, widow of Sgt T O'CONNOR, who died in 1996. Neither were members of this Branch of NARPO. We have been given no further information regarding either of them, save that Margaret had been living in Pucklechurch, South Gloucestershire.

This entry will be updated if we are made aware of her funeral information.

Date 02/08/17


Richard (Rick) PALMER, 65 years who died on Sunday 30 July 2017. Rick came to the Police Service after service in the Royal Navy and retired in the post of Chief Superintendent North Bristol in 2003. He leaves a widow, Marion.

His Funeral Service is to take place at 11.15 am on Wednesday 16 August 2017 at Weston-super-Mare Crematorium. Donations, in lieu of flowers are invited to W-s-Mare Hospice or W-s-Mare Sea Scouts.

Date 02/08/17


Beryl HALL, wife of Kenneth John (Ken) Hall from Bath.

Beryl's Funeral Service will take place in the Top Chapel at Haycombe Cemetery, Bath, at 2 pm on Wednesday 16 August 2017.

Date 31/07/17

NARPO Golf Day

On Thursday 13 July 2017 members gathered at Mendip Spring Golf Club. After enjoying coffee and a bacon roll the competition began. The day brought beautiful weather and the course was in great condition.

Champion Golfer on the day was Peter SCOTT, with 39 points; 2nd Mike HEDGES with 36 and 3rd Sean LEWIS with 34. Nearest the pin, in 2 was Sean LEWIS and nearest the pin was Roger Davies. The 2's pot was shared by Bill HOLE and Phil Stone. Over 75s winner Derek Stacey.

Missed from this year's competition were Hugo PIKE, who had injured his shoulder and Frank BOWDERY who, as he approaches 89 years of age, has given up competitive golf.

After the competition, players enjoyed a roast beef dinner and desert.

Thanks, I am sure from all who participated, to David WALBYOFF for organising another enjoyable day.

Date 22/07/17


Hazel Frances EARL, 80 years, who died on Monday 17 July, wife of George Earl, who lives in Taunton.

Hazel's Memorial Service has already taken place.

Date 21/07/17


Margaret WEBB, 91 years, who died on Saturday 8 July 2017. Widow of Fred Webb, who retired as a Sergeant in 1973 and died in 2003. Margaret's next of kin is her son, Alan, who lives in Taunton.

Her Funeral Service is to be held at 1 pm on Monday 24 July 2017 at Taunton Deane Crematorium.

Date 17/07/17


Penelope Anna (Penny) WEIGHT, 53 years, who died on Wednesday 5 July, the wife of Richard Weight, Detective Sergeant who retired in 2012.

Penny's Funeral Service is to be held in Chapel Allerton Church, Chapel Allerton, Axbridge, Somerset at 2 pm on Tuesday 25 July 2017.

Date 17/07/17

Obituary - UPDATED

Islwyn HOWE, 92 years, who died on Wednesday 5 July 2017. Islwyn retired from 'A' Division in 1976. He was living in Knowle, Bristol. His next of kin is his daughter, Marion, who lives in Middlesex.

Date 13/07/17

In Memoriam

DC Colin John Batchelor
Died 12 July 1984, aged 45
Killed in a police car accident returning from an investigation.

Roll of Honour

Date 12/07/17


Lilian JOHNSON, 87 years, who died on 5 July, widow of George Johnson, who died in 2014. George worked in the Bristol Traffic Department and on 'A' Division and was a member of the Avon and Somerset Male Voice Choir. They were not members of this Branch of NARPO.

Her funeral service is to be held at 3.45 pm on Tuesday 18 July 2017 at Weston-super-Mare Crematorium.

Date 07/07/17

Sailing Section

Avon and Somerset Police Sailing Section
Open Day at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club
Wednesday 6 September 2017

From: Jeff Stratford

We have the most active Police Sailing section in the country. We hosted the PSUK Nationals in the 90's at CVLSC and had over 100 entries, last week the Met hosted the 2017 Nationals at Stokes Bay, Gosport. They had 16 entries and 6 of those were from Avon & Somerset.

Our Open is at CVLSC on Wednesday 6 September and we aim to make it bigger than the Nationals. Lots of our members are retired, in fact most are. To enter you have to be serving or retired Police Officer or Police Staff, if anyone has their own boat and would like to enter we would love to see them.

If people just want to see what the sailing section is about, come and see. If you fancy a day or a few hours out at a fantastic location right on your doorstep come along. It is a members Club but on the day we will take the padlock off the outer gate so that people can drive in. Spectators are welcome and free. The galley will be open all day with hot and cold drinks, bacon sandwiches and a variety of lunches available at a reasonable cost.

You can catch up with old friends, we have a lift and disabled facilities if anyone needs them. There is a huge car park and I cannot think of a reason not to come. All I ask is that if you are coming and intend to eat you give me a few days notice just to make sure the caterer does not get caught out if the whole of NARPO turn up.

If people want alternative food very close we have Salt and Malt and Woodford lodge next door has just reopened.

If anyone has any questions please ask.

Date 04/07/17


Barbara BAILEY, 93 years, who died on Monday 26 June. Widow of Bill Bailey, who died in 2011. Her next of kin is her daughter.

Barbara's Funeral Service is to take place at 12 noon on Friday 14 July 2017, at Sedgemoor Crematorium.

Date 03/07/17

Obituary - UPDATED

Ralph Lewis 76 years who died on Saturday 1 July 2017. Originally a Gloucesteshire officer, who joined in 1964. He was a Sergeant at Nailsea from 1980 - 1989. Before this he worked in the Control Room at Almondsbury. He leaves a widow Lorraine living in Nailsea

Date 01/07/17

July Newsletter Error

The Secretary offers his apology that the July Newsletter, edition number 170, has been printed and is ready for distribution but an error has now been identified on the front page - reply slip for the Autumn Luncheon on Wednesday 4 October 2017. The correct cost of the meal, which is shown in the text on page two, is £12.00 each for members and spouses and £16.95 for Guests. The reply slip, in error, shows the prices as £11.00 and £15.95 respectively. When completing the reply slip to send to Graham (Tug) Wilson, please enclose your cheque, made out to 'Avon and Somerset Branch NARPO' in the correct sum for the cost of the meal as in the text on page two - not for the lower amount.

Date 29/06/17


Joan HUNT, 88 years who died on 7 June 2017. Joan served in the Somersetshire Constabulary and following career transfers, retired elsewhere as a Chief Superintendent. She came to Wells for the 150th Anniversary celebration parade and joined us as an Additional Member, she lived in Cheshire.

Her Funeral Service took place on Monday, 26th June, 2017 and her next of kin is her nephew.

Date 29/06/17


Mary Oakwell who died on Saturday 24 June 2017. She leaves a husband, Charles Oakwell who retired from Yeovil in 1977. Charles now resides in a care home in Yeovil.

Mary's funeral will be on Wednesday 5 July 2017 at 11am at Holy Ghost Church, 73 Higher Kingston, Yeovil, BA21 4AR.

Date 28/06/17

Obituary - UPDATED

Ernest Arthur ANNING, 86 years, who died on Sunday 25 June, retired in 1984. He leaves a widow, Pauline, living in a Care Home in Taunton.

Date 27/06/17