Weston-super-Mare Police Officers 1890


Michael RYAN, 65 years, who died on Tuesday 10 October, retired in 2004. He leaves a widow, Priscilla, living in Galmington, Taunton. Michael was, during his service in Taunton, a District Federation Representative - he was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.

Michael's Funeral Service is to be held at Taunton Deane Crematorium at 4 pm on Friday 20 October 2017.

Date 13/10/17


Walter Rodney (Ron) MITCHELL, 89 years, who died on Tuesday 10 October, retired in 1983. He leaves a widow, Cynthia, living at Stratton on the Fosse.

This entry will be updated when the funeral information is available.

Date 12/10/17


Harold STRINGER. 92 years, who died on Saturday 7 October, retired in 1971. He lived at Coalpit Heath and his next of kin is his daughter. Harold was not a member of this Branch of NARPO and we have no other information. This entry will be updated should we be informed of the funeral details.

Date 09/10/17

Christmas Gathering

7 December 2017 - Temple Meads, Bristol.

Colston Chappell is, once more, organising a pre-Christmas get-together, for former colleagues at the Knights Templar pub at the rear of Temple Meads railway station in Bristol at 5.30 pm on Thursday 7 December 2017.

Colston can be contacted at

Date 08/10/17

Emergency Services Open Day

Police Headquarters, Portishead - Sunday 1 October 2017

The Branch Committee ensured our very visible representation at the Open Day, with much for the large number of visitors to see around the Headquarters site. A somewhat threatening weather forecast did not deter most of the many ticket holders from attending.

Open Day

Our picture shows the Chief Constable, Andy Marsh, visiting the NARPO stand and with Chris Lockyer, Linda Gittings, John Vincent and Rod Deane.

Date 02/10/17


We have been informed of the death, on 5 September 2017 of Ernie MILLER. Ernie served with the Bristol and Avon and Somerset Forces before taking promotions through other Forces and reaching ACC in Merseyside. He was not a member of this Branch of NARPO.

His Funeral took place in Liverpool on 8 September 2017.

Date 29/09/17


We have been informed of the deaths of the following police pensioners, none of whom were members of this branch of NARPO and of whom we have no further information. If information regarding Funeral Services comes to our notice the entry will be updated:-

Walter ANNETTS, 89 years, died on Sunday 17 September 2017. He leaves a widow for whom we do not have her name. He transferred to Bristol from Glamorgan in 1952 and retired from the Force in 1978.

Jessie BENNETT, 92 years, died on Friday 22 September 2017. She was the widow of Robert Bennett who retired in January, 1980 and she had been living in Bishopston, Bristol with her daughter.

Thomas Edward PETHER, 39 years, who served between 2001 and 2016. He lived with his next of kin, his father, near Langport, Somerset.

Date 28/09/17

Memorial Day

The service at Portishead was attended by about the same number as in previous years, and took the now accepted form. This year the Chief Constable was able to attend, because the National Service in the afternoon was held at Cardiff, and all CC are expected to attend.

Insofar as Weston-super-Mare, sadly there was no parade from the former police station to the church, because of the lack of a marching band. There was a possibility that it would not be held at all, but there was a late reprieve - the Avon and Somerset Police Choir made two contributions during the service, conducted as usual by Rev. Steve Christian. The deputy Lord Lieutenant and this wife, together with other local civic dignitaries were in attendance. About thirty police widows, retired police officers, and members of the fire service made up the congregation.

Afterwards refreshments were provided in the adjoining church hall. Our thanks to Sgt Neil Goodwin and Rev Steve Christian for keeping this event going.

Date 26/09/17

Obituary - UPDATED

Nelson Bleakley BURROUGH, 85 years, who died on Saturady 23 September, retired in 1986. His next of kin is his son, Stephen, who is also a Branch Member.

Date 23/09/17

Police Memorial Day

The Weston-super-Mare act of remembrance for fallen comrades will take place again this year, in conjunction with the Headquarters and National Services to mark Police Memorial Day at 2.45pm for 3pm. on Sunday 24 September 2017 at Clarence Park Baptist Church, Weston-super-Mare.

A tea and refreshments in the adjoining church hall. This is another important opportunity to show how fallen members of the Service are not forgotten so please attend if you are able.

Contact Neil Goodwin - or telephone 01934 636702 for catering arrangements.

Date 14/09/17


David CHAMBERLAIN, 71 years, who died on 6 September 2017. David retired in 1996. He leaves a widow, June, living at Huish Episcopi. David was not a member of this Branch and the funeral information is not known at this time.

Date 09/09/17


Mrs Thelma THOMAS, 81 years, who died on 5 September 2017. Thelma was the widow of John Thomas who retired in 1978 and died in 2013. Her next of kin is her daughter, living in Stockwood, Bristol. Thelma was not a member of this Branch of NARPO. Funeral details not known at this time.

Date 09/09/17

Freddy's Fight For Life

Freddy's Fight For Life - Benefit Concert

Avon and Somerset Constabulary Male Voice Choir - 14 October at 19:00-22:00, Taunton Baptist Church.


Date 08/09/17