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By Simon Roberts, Chairman of Cheshire Police Federation
Simon Roberts examines the upcoming arbitration and
takes a look at the Federation's move into social media.
I wrote in the August edition of Cheshire
Beat that I was optimistic that the
negotiations with the Home Office
communities expect from us; the reality is
that sometimes these agendas don’t match.
us if you have any questions or require our
help and support.
regarding our pay and conditions would be We have seen over the last few months the Since I last wrote for the magazine we
conducted in a fair and open way. We have value of the warranted police constable; at the Federation have ventured into the
been told many times by the government 16,000 police officers deployed to the world of social media. The reality for me
that we need to reform and deliver savings. streets of London to tackle some of the is that I am not bothered how you get the
The Federation, at the conclusion of formal worst riots in living memory. Cheshire messages I send out, just that you do get
negotiations, offered a package of reform officers were also deployed to Manchester them. It has never been more important
that would deliver the savings requested and London and faced some difficult that every officer be informed. We now
by the government; this was rejected to and extremely dangerous confrontational have a Facebook page, Cheshire Police
the disbelief of many politicians from all situations. Our colleagues in Unison are Federation, and a Twitter account
parties. If the proposal on the table had currently being balloted to see if they want @cheshirepolfed. Have a look, get involved.
been accepted it is estimated that already to strike and in that event police officers We try and keep both up to date with
£60million of savings would have been will be required to fill the gaps left. These current police issues. Many thanks to Carl
realised. The question I ask then: is the are difficult times, times in which I expect Capewell and Jamie Thompson; between
current situation an attempt to reform the a government to recognise and value the the three of us we are responsible for both
police by a government who appear to be role of the police service. accounts.
listening to think tanks with no policing
experience or cost savings? If a reminder were needed of the dangers At the end of September we held our
police officers face each and every day annual charity dinner and due to the hard
The next stage of the process is for then the National Police Memorial Day in work and efforts of Mark, Kath and Anne
arbitration to consider the situation September gave us that. Families of fallen in the office over the last twelve months
and make a ruling. Crucially, the Home officers from Cheshire were escorted to the it was a great success. In total we raised
Secretary can veto any arbitration ruling. event, which was an incredibly humbling £10,800, which was split between our two
This happened in 2008 when Jacqui Smith service. Summed up in the words of local nominated charities, Halton Speak
overturned a decision by independent Paul McKeever: “Police officers across Out and the Childrens’ Adventure Farm
arbitration, which resulted in 25,000 police the country walk the line every day to Trust, Knutsford.
officers marching through the streets of protect the public. A day of reflection and
London. Nobody wants to see that sort of remembrance is our small way of paying It would be remiss of me to not
protest again. I urge the Home Secretary that back”. mention that Mark Faint, our Business
to do what the Federation will do with the Development Manager, has now had
findings of arbitration - accept the ruling We see in our own force a great deal of official notification that during December
and move on. restructuring being done. We also now he will be attending the palace to receive
have some perspective on the Force his MBE. This is a fabulous achievement,
The most sensible question I hear the commitments for the 2012 Olympic a great honour, and one I know he and
government being asked at the moment Games; reviews of shift patterns and part his family are very proud of. As you would
is: what don’t you want the police to do in time working arrangements are being expect Mrs Faint has had a field day with
the future? This question recognises that undertaken. Some unpopular decisions the new outfit for the occasion!
with a total of 16,000 less officers across have been, and I have no doubt will be
the country some of the things we now made by the Chief Constable and his team. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity
do will cease. The balance needs to be We at the Federation office are committed to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and
met with what the government and policy to supporting officers through these best wishes for 2012.
makers want us to do against what our processes and I would urge you to contact
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Chief Constable’s Message
By David Whatton, Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary
David Whatton explains what action needs to be taken in
order to ensure that the service being offered by Cheshire
police officers is not affected by officer and staff cuts.
I t is surprising to think that Macclesfield
Town FC has a capacity at the Moss Rose
ground of 6,395, of which 2,599 is seated.
a safe place to live, work and visit. It is
important that these changes are built on
understanding what makes a difference
Macclesfield has a small, loyal following and this needs more involvement from
but is not the biggest club in the county. the officers and staff who are delivering
Chester City can hold 6,012 with 3,284 our service directly to the public. For
seated at the Deva Stadium. this reason we are moving some of the
officers who have been involved in the
Why is the Chief Constable quoting football central Transforming Policing Team back
ground capacities, I hear at least one of to Areas, Force Operations and Criminal
you ask? The number of police officers Justice to help managers and staff make
and police staff continues to be a hot the changes needed from a position of
political topic but it is often quite difficult understanding of what really matters from
to picture what a force establishment the public's perspective, not just our own.
actually means; hopefully the figures for
the capacity of some local football grounds These changes continue to be challenging
will help to put the number of men and but they are working. Crime is going down
women serving as police officers in in Cheshire faster than in most similar
Cheshire into perspective: if we all went to forces, as is anti-social behaviour; it is the
either of these stadiums we would not be good work being done by officers and staff
able to fill the seats! in our communities that is allowing this to
happen. However this would not happen
as successfully without the support from As well as protecting and serving the
without the specialist officers dealing with the most public directly, I have been impressed
support our serious crimes and risks that also threaten
the public. This wider team is making us
by the amount of charitable work done
by officers and staff. As Christmas
staff colleagues give more effective and we need to continue to
break down silos that we have created.
approaches it is nice to reflect on the
efforts that have been made throughout
us and the public the year, efforts ranging from sponsored
Whilst, as officers, we face challenges, events to charity boxing matches. This
on a daily basis we the biggest changes and the ones really shows what great and caring people
could not be as having the largest personal impact are
those on our police staff colleagues,
we have in the Constabulary.
effective as we are. not only with regards to how they work
but as to whether they have a job in the
It is also important not only to think about
work but also about our friends and
Constabulary, and this is a real issue for families at this time of year. I hope that
There are 2013 police officers serving a many. It is important that we offer them Father Christmas brings you everything
population of over a million people spread our personal support and understanding you hope for and that you are able to
over 900 square miles. As the number whilst these changes take place because spend time with those you love.
of officers and staff fall over the next few without the support our staff colleagues
years we need to change how we work so give us and the public on a daily basis we Have a very happy Christmas and New
that we can continue to make Cheshire could not be as effective as we are. Year.
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Jamie Thompson, new Chairman of the Constables Branch Board introduces
himself and looks ahead to the local and national policing requirements for
the coming year.
the country, and thousands more made that Mr Winsor and his team are having
By Jamie Thompson,
sure the level of service to the public in trouble quantifying where some of the
the areas not affected did not drop. That evidence for his report came from. It is
level of policing was not sustainable for clear that this report was commissioned
any length of time though. Officers who with saving money in mind. This isn’t
were out of force worked for long periods about Police reform at all because if that
I ’d like to begin this article by thanking
my predecessor, Gary Weaver, for his
hard work as chair of the Constables'
of time without a break or anywhere to
switch off and those who remained in
force were on standard 12 hour shifts
was the case a Royal Commission would
be the way forward. Winsor, Hutton and
every other thing we have been put has
Branch Board, and congratulating him on day after day, not knowing where they been about shaving x-amount of millions
his promotion. Whilst only in the position would end up. This took its toll on officers from an already small budget. It is clear
of Chair for a short period of time he who told me how tiring it was; yet to a that policing as a whole is going through
worked hard to ensure that the voice of person, each one recognised that this was a massive makeover yet nobody seems to
the constables was heard within Cheshire, a unique set of circumstances that most know how it will look when we come out of
regionally and nationally. I have now been had never experienced in their careers the other side.
elected into the role of Chair and for those and despite the long hours everyone just
who don’t know me I currently work on the got on with the job in hand. It was policing Last month I had the honour of attending
Northern Division as part of the Crime Unit. at its very best and it shows what can be the National Police Memorial Day, held
All of my service has been spent in the done when we all pull together for the in Glasgow, along with the families of
north of the county doing various roles. I common cause. some of our fallen officers. It was a
hope to continue the excellent work of Gary fantastic experience and one that was
and represent the constables of Cheshire. We go into 2012, our minds fresh with very humbling. We become blasé at times
memories of the riots and are left to about the job we do and how things can
There is a team of excellent Federation wonder if the same will happen again. change in the blink of an eye. Going to
reps out on the division, the details of Nationally we have the Olympics, which Glasgow was one of those reminders how
whom can be found in this magazine and is a credible terrorist target, and the fear precious life can be and how we all need
also on our website www.cheshirepolfed. of further unrest on our nation’s streets. to look after each other. Cheshire Police
org.uk. I also believe in keeping members Locally we still have a job to do with big Federation was also proud to support
informed of the latest developments; as events such as Creamfields and every a small memorial to some Warrington
such I update our Twitter feed other demand that is placed upon us and officers we have tragically lost in the past
(@cheshirepolfed) and Facebook page. all of this with less officers on the streets. few years by funding the site in the refs
Both social media sites are an excellent Is it achievable? I guess only time will tell, room at Arpley Street Police Station. PCs
way of getting the latest news out and but to steal a well used phrase – the only Simon Dean, Kev Brinkman and John
people not having to wait for the email thing you get for less is less. Speakman were all known personally to
from their local rep. me and we lost all three in different but
By the time this goes to press the results very sad circumstances. Huge thanks go
So we are approaching the end of a year of the Police Arbitration Tribunal (PAT) out to PC Jo Baxendale who took time
of discontent in this country and heading over the Winsor report (part one!) should preparing the memorials.
into 2012, a year that will bring some fresh be out. At this stage the government
challenges. The one theme that will carry have given no indication whether they Clearly we face some challenging times
on into next year is just how much this will be bound by the PAT (which was the ahead as a force, nationally and locally.
country needs police officers - especially Conservative’s pledge when they were in It is vital though that we stand together,
constables. Thousands of officers were opposition), however the staff side have work hard and show the public and the
mobilised within a matter of hours to assist put forward a good argument against some Government just why we are the best
with the civil disorder and rioting across of these proposals and it appears now police service in the world.
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Dave Bamber looks at the changes on the horizon and weighs up whether
they are such a bad thing for the force.
based upon local knowledge and needs, less Surely it’s better to have fewer victims
By Dave Bamber, ability to deploy omnicompetent staff - staff of crime than a victim who was happy
Chairman Sergeants' with less money, staff with uncertainty and with the service they received around a
Branch Board staff with less security. This could lead to situation that they did not want.
staff with a lot less, who are less productive;
staff with less commitment; staff with less Cheshire Constabulary has taken, and
W e are currently in the middle of major
and, in some cases, potentially
radical changes. Changes to the way we
motivation. Is this what the organisation will
have to deal with? I really hope not.
is looking to take, some brave and bold
steps. The obvious approach to less money
is to purely scale down everything, make
police locally are underway, changes to Are we all in this together? Maybe; but some cuts across the board, go to less, and
the structure of policing nationally are in of us appear to be in it deeper than others. deliver less. The direction that the force is
the pipeline and changes to our conditions Is the pension gold plated? It's good but taking could and should result in going to
of service (including pay and pensions) we pay highly – financially, physically and more, delivering to more, delivering what
loom ominously on the horizon. But why do emotionally for what we get. is asked for not what we are told to do by
people want us to change? Why should we others. The redesigning of policing teams,
change? Can we change? The economic But is all the change bad? Who knows? the refocusing on calls for service and
climate both nationally and internationally Some change may be for the better. the move away from silos and specialism
has been widely reported so the motivation should result in smoother, quicker and
for some of the change is clear: save money, more cost effective policing. But how can
spend less. Is the pension this be achieved? The honest answer is
both carefully and with great difficulty.
We have all heard the sayings deliver more gold-plated?
for less, we are all in this together and the It has always been the case that when we
public sector gold plated pensions need It's good, but change we train our staff in new methods
reforming.... but what do these sayings
actually mean? One of the major issues
we pay highly - and systems – we teach them what is new
and for the organisation this is the easy bit.
around this current round of changes is the
uncertainty. What do we have to look forward
financially, physically The individual can be held to account and
the organisation proves that it has invested
to? We don't yet know, which is a worry, and and emotionally for in development. What is harder to achieve
it’s this uncertainty that is causing a whole is a real understanding and acceptance of
host of problems itself. Reports by Neyroud, what we get new practices.
Winsor and Hutton all propose changes
that will alter the face of British policing, if We can teach people new things, but
implemented. As they are currently written Less top-down targets driven from central what is hard is for people to forget the
they will alter (adversely?) the way in which government could mean more appropriate old things they already knew. We have
sworn and warranted officers are paid, prioritising on a local level. Less built into policing over the years many
pensioned, recruited, retained and directed. bureaucracy could result in more time systems and strategies that have become
appropriately deploying to the public’s part of the organisational culture. We have
With less money in the pot what can we as needs (but for how long have people been managed, praised and disciplined staff
individuals anticipate getting? Well obviously promising us less bureaucracy?). Less based around these long held ideals and
less; less pension for our retirement, less importance being placed on internal policy practices; people have invested in them
time to enjoy retirement and less money in and procedure could mean that we can, and now some of these practices are being
our basic take-home pay. What could be in at last, focus on what we should be doing: called in to question. The hardest part of
store for us as an organisation? Potentially, helping and protecting the community; change is not remembering what is new,
less freedom to deliver what we as police doing the right thing by the public. Less but forgetting what is old.
believe we should be doing, less flexibility to focus on outcomes and more focus upon
deliver appropriate training and recruitment prevention could result in fewer victims.
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The voice of your federaTion Cheshire Beat - Edition 24 / December 2011 - 7
This edition’s update has been made possible with the assistance of Pete
Minghella, Neighbourhood Inspector for Warrington Town Centre, who provided
PSU support to the Metropolitan Police during the riots.
Warrington Town Centre) has kindly provided at Winsford, all the while listening to
By Steve Anderson, the following diary of his experiences of the developments on national radio. Once we
Chairman, Inspectors week of violence, the images of which were arrived at HQ there was a roll call followed
Branch Board shown on news channels all over the world: by a PSU kit and equipment check. The
vehicles were being organised into 3 serials
“It had been a very long Monday; some with two additional medics but at this point
F ollowing the fatal shooting of Mark
Duggan on 4th August 2011 in the
Tottenham area of London, no one could
miscellaneous issues throughout the day
combined with an ongoing responsibility for
Warrington Town Centre Neighbourhood
we still didn't know where we were being
deployed to; all we knew is that it was going
to either Manchester or London.
have predicted the escalation to the level team meant that I didn’t finish work until
of violence and criminality that would follow 6pm. I returned home to find that I had “The atmosphere became very sombre very
what was intended to be a peaceful protest already missed dinner with my family and quickly as we were all asked to fill in next
march two days later. so sat down to watch the news. Almost of kin details, should anything go horribly
immediately I was confronted with the wrong; the reality of what might lie ahead
The march culminated with around 200 breaking news that the disorder that had was beginning to dawn on all of us and it
people protesting outside Tottenham police started in London at the weekend was was visible on the face of each and every
station when tensions began to rise. As the spreading north and had taken hold in member of the team. A free breakfast lifted
crowd increased in size rioting and looting Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. It the mood though and whilst we were waiting
quickly followed, with the mob moving to a was at this point that I told my wife I would to find out our destination, we ate.
nearby retail park in Tottenham. be expecting a phone call from work at some
point during the evening; sure enough at “It was just before midday when we were
Through the use of social media sites 11.10pm the phone rang. I was told to be at finally told we would be travelling down to
rumours quickly spread throughout the Widnes police station at 7am the following Hendon, London, to assist the Metropolitan
London area; what resulted was night after morning for Police Support Unit (PSU) Police in their efforts to quash the violence.
night of widespread rioting, looting and standby. Although not specifically advised We set off immediately in a convoy of 3 PSU
arson. Due to the seriousness and scale of to, my experience combined with what I had vans and a utility vehicle. We made only
the situation mutual aid was requested by seen on the TV earlier on told me to pack an one stop on the way down, which gave me
the Metropolitan Police Service to numerous overnight bag – I had the feeling that I might the chance to check the code of dress we
forces up and down the country. be gone for some time. needed as well as to ensure that our route
was not going to take us through any areas
Cheshire Constabulary sent a full PSU down “I got very little sleep that night after the of disorder.
to the Metropolitan Police Service for periods late night call from work – the anticipation
of up to 5 days to assist with the situation. kept enough adrenaline in my system to “It was late afternoon by the time we had
We also assisted Greater Manchester Police keep me from sleeping soundly and so I arrived in Hendon and booked in. We were
on a daily basis, particularly during night easily made the 7am start at Widnes. Once issued with a Metropolitan call sign and were
time hours. Whilst this mutual aid was there I checked my emails to see who had told to change into code 2 kit (for petrol).
being provided to other forces we still had to been allocated to my PSU serial; I was one Once kitted up we made our way to New
ensure that our own force area maintained team member short so, after a bit of frantic Scotland Yard. Unfortunately there had been
sufficient PSU trained officers available on searching around the area, I managed to find no arrangements made for any refreshments
duty to respond to any disorder that may a PSU-trained officer and, having absolutely or even bottled water for our staff, however
have occurred locally. no warning whatsoever, he agreed to join there was no time to dwell on that; almost
us in spite of the fact that he had only the immediately we were reassigned to Catford,
To give an insight into what our officers clothes on his back and his PSU kit! very thankful that we had remembered to
experienced whilst providing PSU mutual aid pack our Cheshire issue PDA/TomTom units
to the Metropolitan Police Service, Inspector “Once the whole team had been assembled as they proved to be invaluable whilst we
Pete Minghella (Neighbourhood Inspector, we made our way over to headquarters attempted to navigate our way through the
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unfamiliar streets of London. for us before heading off to a briefing at return to Cheshire; fortunately the two
2.15pm. It was here we were told we would additional Cheshire medics that had travelled
“After a short trip to Catford where the be working together with our colleagues from down with us allowed us to remain fully
local Superintendent reviewed our situation Cumbria and Lancashire to patrol Oxford operational as a PSU.
regarding tour of duty, numbers and code Street, Regent Street (easy to remember from
of dress we were on the move yet again, the many times I had owned them whilst “Our patrol began at 3.30pm and lasted
this time to Lambeth police station to get playing Monopoly!), and Marble Arch. for the best part of 8 ½ hours. After a short
some food. Unfortunately when we arrived, break at Buck Gate we were back on general
Lambeth were not expecting the large group “After a quick stop to get some trays of patrol until we were finally stood down at
of hungry officers that had just walked into bottled water and some wash-kit essentials 2am. After an incredibly long 16 hours
their canteen! After explaining to them that (especially for those who had not taken on duty and an hours’ drive back to our
we had been on duty for over 12 hours with any down with them), we headed down to accommodation we were finally able to turn
nothing to eat since breakfast they took pity patrol Westminster and Victoria Street; we in at 3am.
on us and let us eat there! were told that these two areas required foot
patrol as intelligence showed that they were “In the morning we woke up, cleared our
“Fourteen hours into our shift and tired, in real danger of being attacked by looters. rooms and packed the van up ready to make
but at least with full stomachs, we were At 8.50pm we were instructed to change our way back home. After breakfast I booked
deployed to Croydon to patrol the area where to dress code 1 (with NATO helmets), off with the Met and we set off."
a furniture shop had been left to burn. As we as an attack from looters was imminent.
walked around the retail parks in the area we Fortunately though, after two hours without Since returning from London, Pete has had
could see first-hand the utter devastation that incident we were stood down. This coincided chance to reflect on the experience and he
had already been caused. nicely with the tipping out of Wicked and has added this to his account of his role in
Billy Elliott at the theatre right next to where policing the riots:
“At just over 16 hours into our first shift we we were – the crowds must have thought we
were stood down, all completely exhausted were part of the after-show! “Every officer assisting in the London riots
and overheated from the PSU kit we were had to endure long and uncomfortable hours
still wearing. We had no idea where we “After a short refreshment break, just but not once did I hear anyone complain.
would be staying that night or what we would after midnight we were redeployed to the The officers that travelled down put aside all
be doing the next day so we made our way Piccadilly Circus/Regent Street area on of their personal commitments and gave no
to a 30 minute debriefing at Lambeth. Here general patrol. We patrolled for around 2 thought to having (or not, as the case was)
we were told that we were being put up in ½ hours when we were stood down but, as washing essentials or a change of clothes
bedsits at Imperial College where, although with the previous night, we were unaware but instead stepped forward to assist our
there were no catering facilities on-site, we as to where we would be staying and it was colleagues in the Met to deal with some of
would be able to get a well-earned sleep. another 45 minutes before we were told to the worst disorder our country has ever seen.
return to the same place we had left that
“The next morning we were up in time to morning. We eventually got back to our “One memory that I will take away from this
grab some breakfast before the 10am shift accommodation at 4am, some 18 hours experience is of meeting an American tourist
call. Unfortunately we had to pack up our after our shift began. who told me:
personal belongings and remove them
from the accommodation before we could “After the experience of the previous “Whatever happens fellas don't change the
leave the bedsit, which was, in the least, morning I decided to get up a little earlier way you are. I couldn't have a conversation
inconvenient. and contact Met logistics to see if they like this back home with a police officer. I'm
could arrange for us to keep the same not saying that they're no good; I respect
“Once on the coach to Hendon I took the rooms for a third night. Eventually they them and what they do but you only talk to
decision that we would not don our PSU agreed, which saved us all from having to them when you need them. You're thankful
jackets until we disembarked; this was an pack up our personal belongings yet again. when they come but if they stop you, you let
attempt to stave off fatigue in the team as This came as very welcome news to the them get on with it – let them do what they
it looked like it was going to be a long day staff, whom I briefed at 11am before we all have to. You guys have it right over here.
and I didn’t want the guys to feel like they went for a quick breakfast and set off for Don't ever change that.””
were in patrol mode for any longer than Hendon at 12pm.
was necessary. The coach trip was an I would very much like to thank Pete
ideal opportunity to update Cheshire Vector “Once in Hendon, following a quick briefing, Minghella for his assistance with this article.
Planning and the Force Incident Manager to we set off to our deployment at the Belgravia I think that the spirit and resolve shown by
update them on our situation. and Churchill estates and North Westminster. the officers in both the PSU teams and in
Two of my staff had prior engagements (one the local forces (Met, GMP, Merseyside etc.)
“Once we arrived at Hendon, just after 1pm, had planned 40th birthday celebrations and is exemplary. It is this superb nature, present
we took on some refreshments and picked one was due to be best man at a wedding) in officers throughout the country that Tom
up the packed lunches that had been made so the Met Commander agreed to let them Winsor will never be able to quantify.
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Health & Safety Update
Colin Searle explains how to reduce the likelihood of developing asbestos
related diseases and advises how to detect and prevent bowel cancer.
containing materials or breathing in The best advice is that if asbestos is
By Colin Searle, high levels of asbestos fibres, which undamaged or not likely to be disturbed
Health & Safety Lead may be many hundreds of times that of then the risk is minimal; in any other case
environmental levels, can increase your you should remove yourself from the location
chances of getting an asbestos-related and raise your concerns with supervision.
disease. A risk assessment should be carried out
I suspect there is not a person among
us who is not aware of the dangers of
asbestos; it was used in the construction
In the Autumn of 2011 a Hampshire
Constabulary search team were conducting
to ascertain if officers need to enter the
location and what control measures need to
be put in place to minimise the risks.If you
and repair of numerous buildings across a regular search of one of their custody would like further information www.hse.gov.
the country from shortly after World War suites when they entered a void above uk is well worth a visit.
II until the 1970’s. The Health and Safety one of the interview rooms. The area was
Executive however warn that it may still be littered with damaged asbestos, which their On another topic, a couple of months
found in any building constructed up to estates department was aware of, but had ago I attended an event where journalist
the year 2001. failed to do anything about. I’m confident and presenter Lynn Foulds-Wood gave an
that in Cheshire substantial assessments informative presentation on bowel cancer.
It was widely used for fire protection, of our buildings have been completed, but
insulation and the production of low cost what about the premises we visit every day Great Britain is well behind the rest of
sheeting for weather proofing. It’s also to carry out section 18 searches, missing Europe, Australia and the USA when it
found in ceiling tiles, Artex ceilings and person searches etc.? It appears it’s left to comes to the detection and treatment
flooring. The benefits were the low cost the individual officer’s knowledge. of bowel cancer. It is very common, has
and ease to mass produce; the negatives, subtle symptoms and many people are
with hindsight, are all too clear – it is outwardly well right up to and beyond the
the single greatest cause of work-related point of diagnosis.
deaths in the UK – around 4000 people We need
to protect Of the 138,000 Police officers in England
and Wales, statistically, 8500 will be
There are four main diseases caused by
asbestos: mesothelioma (which is always
ourselves now to diagnosed at some point during their lives
and 4000 will die of the disease. It is the
fatal), lung cancer (almost always fatal), prevent contracting 2nd biggest cancer killer and yet little has
asbestosis (not always fatal, but it can been done to improve the detection and
be very debilitating) and diffuse pleural an asbestos-related recovery rates. When you hit the age of 50
thickening (not fatal). Related diseases
won't affect the sufferer immediately but
disease in future. you are most at risk, but it is preventable,
it is curable.
later on in life, therefore health screening
or monitoring is useless. There is a need The four main things that will help
for us to protect ourselves now to prevent Commercial buildings should hold prevention are walking (regular exercise),
contracting an asbestos-related disease in an asbestos register detailing the taking an aspirin every day, taking a look
the future. whereabouts and current condition; you at your family history to identify if it’s
have a right to be given this information prevalent and to be screened for it.
Asbestos fibres are present in the by the person who manages the building
environment in Great Britain so people before you start work, as a supervisor you For further information and advice, visit
are exposed to very low levels of fibres. must pass this information on to anyone www.bowelcancer.tv.
A key factor in the risk of developing an working for you on the job. Dwellings are
asbestos-related disease, however, is another matter entirely; it’s quite likely the
the total number of fibres breathed in. homeowner may not know the location or
Working on or near damaged asbestos- condition of any asbestos.
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JOINT BRANCH BOARD OFFICIALS
CHAIRMAN SECRETARY TREASURER/MISCONDUCT
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12 - Cheshire Beat - Edition 24 / December 2011 The voice of your federaTion
Ken Davies breaks down the Assessment Notice procedure and offers advice
on the best way to protect yourself if and when complaints from the public
are made against you.
notice issued for such an allegation that The recording and investigation of public
By Ken Davies, goes beyond it being suitable for the Local complaints is a lot more detailed than I have
Misconduct Lead Resolution process. stated above; that was just a flavour of a
specific area of complaints that officers are
The query raised by officers is that surely if questioning, which is why I reiterate getting
the driver disputes the actual commission into the very simple habit of using your PNB
S ince the last issue of Cheshire Beat
I have received several queries from
officers regarding not only their receipt
of the offence then the court process is the
correct manner in which to deal with that,
and not subject the officer to being entered
to record everything including verbals and
demeanour of who we’re dealing with.
of an assessment notice but the actual into the complaints procedure. At the same time as the review of the
allegation they are facing. In particular, I complaints procedure there is also currently
am referring to those notices issued where Well I too have struggled with this issue a review of the 2008 Police Performance &
a complainant is questioning the issue and have raised many questions with the Conduct Regulations, the Police Complaints
of fixed penalty notices for various traffic appropriate authority (PSD) who determined and Misconduct Regulations, and the Police
offences; an example being: an officer that the matter was a recordable complaint. Appeals Tribunal Rules. The consultation
stops a vehicle as he believes he has just period for the proposed changes ended on
observed the driver using his mobile phone What I have to come to understand and 28th October. I have only recently had sight
whilst driving. On pointing out the offence accept is the complaints recording process. of the proposed amendments and have
the driver denies the allegation but the Although quite complicated I can simplify it; some views although the changes appear at
officer issues a fixed penalty notice (FPN) it is, quite simply, based on the perception this time not to be too significant.
explaining to the driver that if they wish of the complainant. If he/she thinks that they
to dispute the FPN they can elect for a have been wronged at the hands of a police By the time you read this edition of Cheshire
court hearing. Some time later the officer officer they are entitled to complain and that Beat, I will have attended the national DLO
receives an assessment notice with that complaint must be recorded. That is the seminar at Leatherhead, where I am hoping
driver as the complainant. Now it’s the process the Police Service must adhere to. we will use that opportunity to discus in
nature of the allegation made by that driver more detail the amendments and how they
which determines the specific breach in Up until now, the direction a complaint can may affect the way in which the Federation,
the Standards of Professional Behaviour the go has meant that few officers have been through each force's misconduct lead
officer faces. subject to such allegations. That is because represents you the member.
one of the ways to deal with a complaint
Several of you reading this may have without formalising it into, hopefully, a limited One change I have noted is the process of
been in receipt of such a notice where the and proportionate investigation is to record appeals by a complainant against a local
complainant is stating that the officer was the complaint and determine that it can be resolution process – the process for which
rude or overbearing during the stop check. dealt with as a direction and control type the majority of Cheshire complaints are
Well that is something that hopefully the complaint. Simply put, if the complaint can recorded. The appeal may no longer go to
officer can answer and as it often follows be recorded and finalised that the officer the IPCC but back to the investigating Force.
a PNB entry stating the demeanour of the was merely doing his duty and given what he Given that this may be agreed by those
accuser at the time of the stop check that states observed he has followed Force policy at PNB and the regulations may become
often suffices. But how do we deal with and in many cases the law it is suitable to be statute it flies in the face of the concerns
complaint when the driver is quite simply recorded in this manner. raised in the recent Panorama documentary,
stating he didn’t commit the offence and the which in my opinion was a very biased view
officer was wrong or, even more seriously, he That is about to change as the complaints of how the Police and the IPCC investigate
alleges that the officer must be lying. Again, recording process is again under review and matters of misconduct. Contrary to the
it is a very serious allegation to suggest that one of the proposed changes is the removal suggestions made in the programmes
an officer is lying but rarely is an assessment of direction and control type complaints. these regulations just go to show that we >>
The voice of your federaTion Cheshire Beat - Edition 24 / December 2011 - 13
can investigate our own and do so with assessment notices suitable for local assessed by Cheshire PSD. Whether the
impartiality and fairness taking on board the resolution (that I have been notified of by recording and assessing of these complaints
very ethos of Taylor, the main author of the PSD) has again reduced over the same in the future changes we will have to see.
revised 2008 regulations. period for the previous year. The total
number of recorded allegations suitable for I won’t be the first in this magazine to wish
Remember, it is a very difficult and stressful LR (up to 21st Oct) was 352. This number you and your families a happy Christmas
job that you do and occasionally you may is slightly less than the same period the and a prosperous New Year but as a
make the wrong decision or say the wrong previous year. In the next issue of Cheshire personal message from myself and all of the
thing. That is the proof that you are not Beat, I will be able to provide the complete Federation representatives who are trained
infallible or a machine, but a human being. figures for the 2011 period including those to advise and represent you should you face
Always record your actions, perceptions and that were subject to the more serious an allegation, stay safe this festive period;
honestly held beliefs in your dealings with the allegations of Misconduct and Gross whatever duty you are performing look after
public - that written record may just be the Misconduct (Regulation 14A/15). yourselves and your colleagues and be
only protective measure you have when the mindful of just who you may be dealing with.
complaints come in. I think this is evidence of the pragmatic way
in which complaints by the great British
I can state that the number of recorded public are being correctly and proportionately
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The voice of your federaTion Cheshire Beat - Edition 24 / December 2011 - 15
Two Cheshire charities will each receive a welcome boost to their fundraising
efforts, thanks to the Cheshire Police Federation annual dinner dance.
T he event, which is held in conjunction
with the Chief Constable, David
Whatton, raised a total of £10,800, which
Their sister organisation, ELLA Together,
works to expand the work they do to a
wider community. The ELLA Performance
but more importantly it will help change
people lives for the better and that can't
be bad can it.
will be split between Halton Speak Out Group brings together all members of the
and The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust, community and has put on a number of “So thank you to everyone who gave so
Knutsford. performances at the Brindley theatre that generously on the night, to Mark and Kath
has enabled people to showcase their who helped organise the night, to Ged
Representatives of both charities joined ability. Upham who nominated our group and finally
Cheshire Police Federation representatives, a big, big thank you to the Police Federation
the Chief Constable and other guests Their aim is to keep building on the for all their support over the last year."
at the dinner dance, which was held at work we do enabling more people with
Carden Park Hotel near Chester on 30th disabilities to be treated and respected as The other charity to be helped by money
September. equal citizens within the community. raised on the night was The Children’s
Adventure Farm Trust. They provide holidays
The first charity to benefit from the night, Laura Green, who attended the event on and activities for terminally ill, chronically
Halton Speak Out, was established in 2001 behalf of Halton Speak Out, commented: sick, disabled and disadvantaged children
following the launch of the Governments "The charity night was amazing, we met from all over the north west.
Valuing People White Paper. lots of lovely people. The money raised will
make such a difference to our performance Based within ten acres of beautiful
They are a Registered Charity with over 10 group. We will be buying our own sound Cheshire countryside, the farm is a
years’ experience in supporting and enabling equipment so we will be able to put on haven for hundreds of disabled and
learning disabled people to speak up on more shows and help change people's disadvantaged children. Their aim is
issues that affect them and their peers. minds about what our members can do. to provide special holidays for special
children. Groups of children, average age
Through supporting people in many “We want people to see us for our ability 4 - 14, and their carers, visit The Farm for
creative ways and always keeping the not our disability. Singing and dancing has a free week-long holiday.
person as the focus of their work, they really helped our members become more
have been able to influence both at a local confident, helped them make new friends The centrally heated accommodation
and national level the work being done to and try things they never thought possible; comprises of 4 bedrooms, each with 4 single
support the learning disabled community. so yes this money will help our group beds and one staff room (to accommodate
16 - Cheshire Beat - Edition 24 / December 2011 The voice of your federaTion
Left to right – Simon Roberts, Chairman of Cheshire Police Federation, Carol & Alistair Laing (Children’s Adventure Farm Trust), Laura Green, Mal Hampson (Halton Speak Out) and
Cheshire Chief Constable David Whatton
carers) with 2 beds, fridge, medical cabinet, for your support. The money raised will go Cheshire Police Federation, “Given the
TV and phone. All rooms are homely, towards our holiday programme to ensure current economic climate, it is testimony to
comfortable and in-keeping with the that even more children can enjoy our the generosity of everyone who supported
character of a 17th century farmhouse. wonderful facilities.” the event that we managed to exceed the
£10,000 we contributed to charities last
The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust boasts “We were delighted to have raised so year. I would like to thank everyone who
facilities including an adventure playground, much money for our two chosen charities,” helped organise the evening and to the
art, games and music rooms, BBQ area, explained Simon Roberts, Chairman of companies and individuals who supported
nature activity trail, and sports hall. All us by buying tickets, donating raffle prizes
facilities are available for hire when the farm and also lots for the auction.”
is not in use.
The charity The MC for the evening was Martin
Alistair Laing said, “It was an absolute night was Cleworth. He introduced Mr Whatton who
honour for the Children’s Adventure welcomed guests before the Chairman of
Farm Trust to be chosen as one of the amazing, we met Cheshire Police Federation said grace.
beneficiaries for this fabulous event. All the
proceeds that we receive will help to fund lots of lovely people. Entertainment was provided by the Siren
our holiday programme which provides
breaks for disadvantaged and disabled
The money raised string quartet and guests danced the night
away to Natty & The Fam (featuring KayJay).
children from all over the North West of will make such a Emily Faint, Vinny Seddon, Jack Faint,
England. Everything about the evening was
amazing, the room decorations, auction difference to our Marco Granata, Grace Faint and Kate Atkins
prizes, entertainment and the hospitality of assisted with the raffle and auction during
our hosts. Once again, thank you so much performance group. the evening.
The voice of your federaTion Cheshire Beat - Edition 24 / December 2011 - 17
Below is a roundup of the charitable donations that the Federation have
given throughout the year as well as the chance for you to appear alongside
a representative from your chosen charity in a forthcoming Cheshire Beat.
Y ou may not know this but Cheshire
Police Federation has a charity account
for the purpose of making donations
To help publicise the recipient charity
we offer the nominating officer a photo
opportunity with a representative of their
forthcoming Cheshire Beat magazine (see
article page 24 and 25 for an example).
and awards to local charities and worthy charity and a small written piece in any Charitable Donations to date:
causes. As well as this, Cheshire Federation
supports the 5 separate Cheshire branches
of NARPO. Each branch can apply for up
Charity/Cause Amount Sponsor/Event
to £400 annually towards events supporting
our retired colleagues. Charity Golf event in memory of
COPS (Care Of Police Survivors) £200
2011 has seen a significant increase
B.I.R.D. (Brain Injury Rehabilitation & Sgt Andy Miller sponsored bike
in applications for support for charity £250
Development) ride in New Zealand
donations due to your local Federation
representatives spreading the word. Ongoing refurbishment / new
Cheshire Police Museum £246:56
Requests to support your local charity display cases
or worthwhile cause can be made via an
application form that can be found on the
Prostate Cancer Charity £200 “UpUnder2001” sponsored
Cheshire Police Federation website (or
bike ride in Australia
via the Federation office). The Executive
Committee that meets every month will Supporting Cheshire Officers at
Police With Pride £200
consider that application and, if successful, Manchester Pride march
will offer a donation.
H.A.N.F.A. (Local Sth.Cheshire charity
supporting summer scheme for children/
In these financially difficult times, even £250 DC Julie Rowlands
young adults with disabilities & special
a small donation can make a world
of difference to these charities that
desperately need financial assistance to Cheshire Police Training Centre Padgate Fridge for the Police students
continue their amazing work. Campus area
DC Andy Bowen Macclesfield
The main criteria is that the causes and The Eve Appeal £200
Division annual sporting event.
charities we support are local, as they are
the ones that find it very difficult to obtain DS Andy Marshall – Providing
much financial support. Applications for Nightingale House Hospice (Wrexham) £100 Palliative care for Cheshire
national charities will only be considered if residents
the recipients of any donation are from the
Ret. Insp Tom Shaw –
Cheshire area, something which national Camsley Grange Riding for the Disabled £250
sponsored walk up Kilimanjaro
charities can rarely offer.
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20 - Cheshire Beat - Edition 24 / December 2011 The voice of your federaTion
The National Police
The 2011 National Police Memorial Service took place in the Glasgow Royal
Concert Hall in September. Here Janet Graham from Care of Police Survivors
looks back at what happened during the service and why it takes place.
T he first National Police Memorial service
took place at St Paul’s Cathedral in 2004
and since then the event has been held in
understanding and acceptance. So thank
you to everyone who organises such a big
event to make it happen.”
Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh and Liverpool.
The service is always held on the nearest Due to personal circumstances I have not
Sunday to St Michael’s Day (the patron saint been able to attend all of the services and I
of police). This years’ service was held at find that attending, for me, is a bittersweet
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, experience. Bitter, because it brings
and was attended by over 2000 people, back memories of how and when Bob
including The Duke of Rothesay (Prince died; and sweet because I have another
of Wales), Scotland’s first minister, Alex chance to celebrate his life and meet up
Salmond and Home Secretary, Theresa May. and socialise with others who have had
Also in attendance was Sue Brace, President the same experience. It is also great to
of Care of Police Survivors (COPS) and many be able to spend time with the Federation
survivors and relatives of fallen officers. representatives who, together with the Force,
kindly fund our visit, and other officers from
A group of survivors from Cheshire travelled the Cheshire Force, many of whom have
up to Glasgow for the service with members become good friends over the years.
of the Police Federation and officers Above: The scene at the memorial service in Glasgow.
from Cheshire Police Force. Although I also managed to speak to Survivor, Don
the occasion is a solemn one, we always Speakman, who attended his first Police
manage to have a laugh and it is fun to National Memorial Service in September Reverend Canon David Wilbraham, the
catch up with people who you may only 2005 after his son Jon's death. Don National Police Chaplain. As always,
see a couple of times a year. This year I commented, “I agree with Jan that it is a the service itself was extremely moving,
managed to ask a few people what they bittersweet experience. It evokes memories especially when a survivor from each
actually got out of the service; survivor, good and bad and gives you immense country in the UK stepped up to light a
Debbie Leach, said: “I have attended 3 pride in the fact that your loved one is candle of remembrance. Your heart goes
police memorials with my family and I have remembered nationally. The support given out to these newly bereaved relatives
found each one of them to be incredibly by Cheshire Police Federation, and in because you know that they have just
moving and handled with such dignity that particular Mark Faint, is enormous and experienced the same as you did.....
everyone there, whatever their story, is able having spoken to survivors throughout the knock on the door, the disbelief that
to relate to it. the country the support we receive in this is actually happening, and the final
Cheshire is second to none and is hugely realisation that all your hopes and dreams
“The weekend not only allows a time appreciated. In some ways the memories it have been shattered.
for remembrance and reflection about evokes are heart-wrenching but gratifying
the loved ones we have lost, but also it in a weird way. Long may it continue.” During the service a minutes’ silence was
also puts into perspective that we are observed as petals were dropped from the
not alone - it offers a hand of friendship, This year the service was led by the gallery in honour of the fallen officers.
The voice of your federaTion Cheshire Beat - Edition 24 / December 2011 - 21
service opens for business
at Mather Avenue
The North West Police Benevolent Fund (NWPBF) have opened up a
new physiotherapy service at Mather Avenue meaning that those in the
Merseyside area are able to receive treatment in their local area.
Y ou may remember that in December
2010 the North West Police Benevolent
Fund (NWPBF) opened a brand new
We would like to thank Merseyside Police
for allowing us to use the facilities at
Mather Avenue O.H.U.
before tax is applied. Therefore there is
tax relief on the £9.32, at the rate the
member pays tax so the net result with
facility at St. Michaels Lodge, Langho (nr regard to donations for a 20% tax payer, is
Clitheroe) for members of the NWPBF to We have had several queries as to what actually £7.46 per month, and for a 40%
access day patient Physiotherapy as part of you get for your monthly donation to the tax payer, £5.59 per month.
their treatment. NWPBF. In the last edition of Cheshire Beat,
as well as on the Cheshire Police Federation If you decide to stop your donation you will
Unfortunately for Cheshire officers, along website, you will find all the details of exactly actually only save the £7.46/£5.59 as you
with those in Merseyside and South where your donation goes and what you will pay tax on the £9.32!! So as you can
Manchester, Langho was just a bit too far have available for that amount. see, you are effectively paying less than it
away. As a result the NWPBF committee appears on your pay slip.
members have strived to obtain another
facility nearer to home. In relation to retired officers, many offer a
We would voluntary donation that is deducted from
In October, the NWPBF opened up its
new physiotherapy service, based at
like to thank their pensions. That donation is £4 per
month and is deducted from the member's
Merseyside Police Headquarters, Mather
Avenue O.H.U. We have employed our
Merseyside Police gross pension total before tax is applied
meaning that there is tax relief on the £4
own physiotherapist who will be providing for allowing us to at the rate the member pays tax. Therefore
treatment on Wednesdays and Fridays, the actual cost of the donation for a 20%
initially. use the facilities tax payer, is £3.20 per month, and for a
The booking system for this treatment
at Mather Avenue 40% tax payer, £2.40 per month.
is the same as for those attending St.
Michaels. Please check out the website
O.H.U. * Before we went to press a decision had
been made by the NWPBF Executive
at www.nwpbf.org to obtain your booking committee to finalise a long standing
form. Remember, you must have the form financial issue with St. Georges Trust
signed by either force medical officer/ For serving officers, you will obviously note donations; as a result, from January 2012
occupational health/GP or a recognised on your pay slips a monthly deduction of the monthly donation will rise from £9:32
physiotherapist to be eligible, as well as £9.32; this is deducted from the members to £9:52. The extra 20p will go directly to
being a member of the NWPBF. of the NWPBF from the gross pay total St. Georges Trust.
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Climbing to the
Roof of Africa
Retired Northern Tactical Patrol Team Inspector Tom Shaw’s efforts to
combine his love of climbing with raising funds for a charity very close to his
heart came to fruition in September when he reached the Roof of Africa.
A fter retiring from the force in January
2009 I decided that I wanted to up the
ante on my charity commitments. I have
sessions are held throughout the year. In my
experience those with disabilities absolutely
love interacting and riding with horses. In
freestanding mountain on the planet. Many
people attempt to climb it every year but a lot
don’t manage to reach the summit due to a
always been involved with charities that many cases, my daughters’ included, riding lack of appropriate acclimatisation.
have helped my two daughters, Heather not only promotes motor development,
and Lilliane, both of whom have severe posture and coordination but also encourages As far as the actual climbing goes, the
disabilities, as well as other local children/ the development of personal confidence and challenge is not necessarily a technical
disabled people with similarly complex self-esteem – all whilst having fun. In short, one needing ropes and the like, but it does
needs. horse riding is just what the doctor ordered! require a great deal of mountain fitness,
good equipment and the ability to acclimatise
The other decision I made when I retired was Running a charity such as Camsley Grange properly to the altitude; basically we needed
that I was going to increase the frequency RDA costs money and takes up a lot of to be able to take it slowly, going high,
and difficulty of my climbing trips, something volunteers’ time and dedication and the camping low and drinking a minimum of 4
which I have always been interested in. I charity can only be sustained and developed litres of water a day. The most important thing
didn’t want to enter my retirement years further with regular funding. Sponsorship we had to take with us on the climb was a
without a plan, as that would have been bad from a Kilimanjaro expedition would go a long positive mental attitude.
for both my mental and physical health and way to helping the charity achieve its goals,
wellbeing. This decision took me back to the which will ultimately benefit all the riders with We planned the ascent via the Lemosho
Alps and Scotland, as well as climbing and disabilities who use the facility. route, which gave us a total of 8 days on
walking locally. the mountain. The fact that the ascent has
So… back to the climb! to be guided is something that the visitors
In early 2011, after 2 years of retirement, I to Kilimanjaro must accept but in my
began to think about how I could combine The expedition team that would be opinion it actually makes the organisation
my climbing with my charity aspirations. All I joining me on the mountain were: fellow and logistics of the trip a lot simpler than
knew was that I wanted to complete a great Police Federation member, Sergeant most other climbs, as you can just get on
climb in aid of a charity that means so much Paul Whitehead, who had been on Kili with the task at hand.
to me. The answer was Kilimanjaro. before and immediately signed up. My
old police surgeon mate Dr Phil Burling The first six days approaching the mountain
I immediately set out gathering a climbing joined us (always handy having a doctor from the west were extremely interesting as
team together and began raising funds. I on a climbing expedition!), as did fellow we were basically moving through multiple
made the decision that the expedition would mountaineering friend, Mark Robinson, climatic zones. Our first day comprised of
be paid for out of our own pockets, meaning who also has a son with severe disabilities. thick jungle, or rainforest – and boy did it
that all of the money raised would go to the Suddenly we were a team. The only rain! For three hours it was nonstop and
designated charity. celebrities on this trip would be us. torrential. The only saving grace was that it
seemed to calm down the flying ants and
The charity I chose was Camsley Grange The Uhuru Peak (Uhuru meaning freedom) mosquitos. The ants on the ground were
Riding for the Disabled, which is a local of Kilimanjaro is 5895 metres (or for those desperate to get out of the rain as well – we
riding group run by volunteers in Rixton, nearer to my age, 19,345ft) high. Put another would be walking along the trail and all of
near Warrington. Rides are run on a Monday way that’s 3 miles. It’s one of the Seven a sudden the ground would come to life. It
and Wednesday evening and pony care Summits of the World and is the highest turned out that the floor was a carpet of ants
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and there was nothing for it but to just run
As we gained height the rainforest began
to peter out and gave way to a kind of
moorland with very large heather-type
bushes. This terrain made for a much more
amenable campsite than the rainforest (no
mosquitos!). As we pushed higher still we
entered an alpine environment, where we
were subjected to searing heat by day and
temperatures as low as -15°C as soon as the
sun went down. Each day we would slowly
gain height before dropping down a little to
camp in order to aid acclimatisation. Now
in a high desert environment, nothing more
than lichen would grow.
Above: The expedition team pose for the "customary photos" at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
On the sixth day of the climb we had a short,
relatively easy day of only about 4 hours of a 20 minute breather we marvelled at the after 5 hours of traversing the terrain and
walking; this took us to our final camp at summit ice fields, glaciers and the hollowed accompanied by a tropical rainstorm in the
Barafu campsite at 4600m, which was our out crater. The scene was truly majestic and jungle, we arrived at Mweka Gate, a village
jumping off point for the summit attempt is one that I will never forget. at 1650m, where we deregistered ourselves
that we commenced just after midnight on from the National Park and formally classed
day 7. The midnight ascent was steep and Then it was time for the descent. At this the exhibition as successfully completed.
unrelenting, with a lot of people (not from our point we had been on the go for some 7 ½
group) being forced to descend due to illness hours but we had to come down from the We still had a major task to complete back
– AMS, acute mountain sickness is very real freezing summit. We backtracked across at our accommodation, near the town of
at these altitudes. the rim to Stella Point before descending Arusha – to celebrate with a few beers; very
just slightly to the left of our original ascent appropriately, we opted for the Kilimanjaro
After 6 hours we found ourselves line, down the longest scree slope I have beer on offer, and let me tell you, it went
approaching Stella Point, at 5735m, on the ever seen. We made a fairly rapid descent down an absolute treat!
crater rim (Kili is an extinct volcano – one in increasingly raised temperatures – the hot
of three in the area). It was at this point that sun now beating down on us. Our Kilimanjaro trek was a fantastic
we were treated to a glorious sunrise and expedition; it is a mountain Himalayan in
from our incredible vantage point we could All tired but all beaming with success, we scale and is not to be underestimated at any
very clearly see the curvature of Earth. This reached the Baranco campsite from where cost. The most important thing that we have
magnificent scene lifted all our spirits; at this we had begun our summit attempt. We all taken away from this experience though
altitude upward movement is very difficult stopped there for about half an hour and is that we managed to raise a substantial
and so we all benefitted from the boost that took on a brew. We all desperately wanted amount of money for an incredibly worthy
the scenery gave us. The temperature also to sleep but, alas, we had to carry on to charity that helps people with disabilities to
nudged up a little here making it slightly our next stop, which was the Millennium have lots of fun and improve their health,
more comfortable than the temperature I campsite at 3800m. After 13 hours of and with that, their quality of life.
recorded earlier on in the ascent, which was descent from the summit we reached the
-20°C without the wind-chill, which I had camp and that night, for the first time in To date, the sponsorship raised amounts to
no way of measuring. Incidentally, a strong 8 days, we all slept soundly (for about 12 £2100, with more still being pledged and
southerly wind had accompanied us all the hours!). collected. My Just Giving page,
way up the crater rim – the coldest wind www.justgiving.com/tom-shaw2 will remain
there is in the southern hemisphere; this We experienced mixed feelings as we were open for a few more months. Alternatively,
made it incredibly cold. leaving the Millennium camp; on the one people can donate via the Camsley Grange
hand we were absolutely elated that we had RDA website www.camsleygrangerda.org.uk.
Up on the rim at 7:10am and after an hour made it all the way to the summit but on
of us moving slowly but steadily, we reached the other hand we were slightly sad that we Paul, Phil, Mark and I, on behalf of
the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. We were were leaving Kili. The campsite was the last Camsley Grange RDA and all the riders with
all exhausted but more overwhelmingly good view we had of it. disabilities would like to thank all those who
elated and euphoric that all four of our team have donated to the climb fund, including
members had made it to the Roof of Africa. Upon leaving the camp we walked out the very substantial support from the Police
After the usual summit photographs and from the Mountain towards the south and Federation charity fund.
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World Police Indoor
DC Chris McLellan writes for Cheshire Beat about Cheshire’s visit to Groenlo,
Holland, for the annual World Police Indoor Soccer Tournament.
T his year, for the fourth time, Cheshire
Police entered a team to take part in
the prestigious World Police Indoor Soccer
Tournament (WPIST) in Groenlo, Holland.
The 7 strong, extremely enthusiastic and
motivated thirty-, forty- and even fifty-
something team members packed up and
set off to take part in the 29th meeting of the
annual event. Competing in the 35+ section
were Sgts Chris McLellan and Stuart Clay,
DC’s Robert Houghton, John Callender and
Simon Maher, PC Ian Hampson and retired
DC Jon Snee.
Above: Cheshire 35+ team wearing shirts provided by Police Insure.
To give you an idea of the size of the
tournament, this year 180 teams from over whole tournament this year was in the 35+ After a mostly lazy day off on the Wednesday
40 countries took part in three separate category with teams split into two pools: A & we arrived full of optimism for our 11am
leagues: Open Age, Over 35 and the B. We were in pool B with 8 other teams: St. game against Turkey on Thursday. Our
Women’s League. Cheshire was one of 15 Petersburg (reining champions), Budapest, joints and muscles were still weary from the
UK teams that entered this year. Romani, Turkey, Katowice (Poland), Croatia, exertions of Tuesday and this meant that we
Hungary and Russia. were never fully able to get into the game.
Although the word “soccer” is in the title We crashed to a 3-0 defeat but we all felt
the sport is actually futsal, which is slightly We began our campaign at 2pm on Tuesday that this result flattered Turkey and that if we
different – much to the dismay of some of against Russia but unfortunately lost 1-0. had played them on the Tuesday we would
the UK-based teams who only found this After this we played a further 6 games; with have beaten them.The fact that we were so
out once they had entered! Futsal is similar each game lasting 13 minutes we were very weary definitely worked against us.
to our normal 5-a-side football game but tired when the day ended at around 9pm.
it’s played with a size 4 weighted ball; it’s a Unfortunately we were only able to win one We came home with some great souvenirs
very popular game in Europe, however there game during the first day – a well-fought from the teams we played against as well
is only a small representation in the UK so 3-2 victory against the Romanian team. as a lovely participating trophy. A big thank
most of the UK-based teams were playing The rest of our games were close affairs you must go to Jon Snee’s uncle who very
it for the first time. Unfortunately, Cheshire and although beaten, considering we had kindly mounted Cheshire Police helmet
didn’t have this excuse to fall back on, the reigning champions, St Petersburg, badges onto wooden shields he had made
having played in the tournament three times and the Croatian national police futsal himself; we presented one to each team
before, in 2006, 2007 and 2008! team in our group, we fared pretty well. we played and received many compliments
Unfortunately, we found out too late that about them. Thanks also go to Mark Faint
The tournament lasted for 5 days from our squad was too small. Most teams took and Police Insure for providing us with team
Monday 10th October to Fri 14th October. a squad of 12+, which allowed them to polo shirts, which we wore at the opening
All teams taking part were put up in rotate their players every two minutes. As ceremony.
accommodation at a Dutch Holiday park we only had a squad of seven we were
called Marveld. unable to rotate as frequently and this Despite the disappointing results, we all
meant there were a lot of stiff Cheshire agreed that we thoroughly enjoyed the
Cheshire’s only representation for the legs by the end of the first day. experience.
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London to Paris:
489km in stitches
In July, six friends, five of whom are Cheshire police officers, embarked on a
489km bike ride from London to Paris. Over the four days the team endured
12 punctures, ate countless Jelly Babies and suffered stitch-inducing laughter,
in aid of Action Medical Research. Simon Roberts recounts the journey here.
O ne of Action Medical Research's
(AMR) mottos, we suffer so they don’t,
became the mantra that was repeated over
and over again – more often than not when
we were halfway up one of the seemingly
never-ending hills on our journey.
Our team, The Willaston Wheelers, was 6
men strong and consisted of myself, Alan
Todd, Ian Smith, Ryan Willis, Neil Caitens
and our only non-police member, Martin
Pilgrim. (I’ve been coerced into plugging
Martin’s Cheshire- and Merseyside-based
building supply company. He’s asked me
to include his phone number, 0151 356
8995, so you can call him up for all your
building supply needs!) Above: The cycling team stand at the foot of the Eiffel Tower following their incredible 489km challenge.
Our journey began in Willaston on
19th July; we packed our bikes into alarming reason, came when Ryan Downs before arriving in Portsmouth in the
cars and drove down to the Federation disclosed that he had shaved his legs for late afternoon. Unfortunately the weather
headquarters at Leatherhead. The staff the occasion – we had to stop the car as it was a typical British summer’s day –
down there at Federation HQ were was deemed too dangerous to drive whilst overcast with light drizzle.
incredibly kind and hospitable, and out hysterical!
huge thanks go out to them for putting At the end of the first day we boarded an
us up both the night before and the night The night before we set off we held our overnight ferry to St Malo. Our cabin was,
after the ride, free of charge. Unfortunately own pasta and grape pre-trip party at a well, comical. It would have been small for
we had a slight delay in actually reaching local Italian restaurant; this was promptly two people, but for four it was absolutely
Leatherhead as Neil had forgotten his followed by a good nights’ sleep before ridiculous! That said, we all slept well and
sports gels and had to turn back to we made our way to the starting line at the following morning we disembarked at
collect them (we all still have a sneaking Chessington by 8am. 8am; unfortunately though we had taken
suspicion that sports gel is actually code the weather with us.
for teddy bear!). On the first day we covered 120km, which
took us through the Surrey countryside Throughout the day we headed up through
Another delay, this time for a more and up and over the North and South Brittany over increasingly hilly terrain
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before arriving in the riverside town of
Mayenne at the end of the day. We had
covered another 132km.
The third day started early; it was 6.30am
when we left Mayenne and it was to be the
longest day we would have in the saddle,
with 183km to cover.
We rode east through the beautiful villages
of Mamers and Belleme before arriving
at our destination, Chartres, on the back
of the River Eure. Chartres is defined by
the distinctive spires on the cathedral – a
welcome sight after a long day in the
finishing point of the Eiffel Tower. For the
Since returning final few miles we were given a police
from our escort – a very special moment indeed.
trip we have had We had done it! 87km on the final day
took us to a total of 489km covered; but
time for reflection it was not without incident. Ryan actually
had to have his bike completely rebuilt
and we can now by the mechanics escorting the party and
appreciate the Alan endured countless punctures, which
delayed us several times. We confirmed
enormity of what we with riders from other teams on the same
journey that Alan’s bike was, in fact,
did. Between us we an antique – something he remained
extremely defensive about for the duration
raised over £10,000 of the trip. Upon our return, however,
within a few months, he decided to swap
for Action Medical his steel bike for a brand new, shiny,
Research whilst carbon fibre one!
doing something we We had some incredibly good laughs on
this journey and one hilarious memory
Top: The team pose for photos before setting off on their
challenge. Above: One of many puncture repairs that
absolutely loved. that sticks out (apart from Ryan’s took place over the four days.
announcement that he had shaved his
legs, which have now, fortunately, grown
Our final day took us northeast through back!), is of Neil crouched at the side PredictorPro.com, Philip Pearson from
Rambouillet and its beautiful forest, of the road to rest and suddenly falling St James’ Place Wealth Management,
towards Paris. We stopped for lunch near backwards into a ditch! We were all Police Insure, Roto roof windows, Northern
to the Palace of Versailles before entering hysterical! Ferrari Experience, Blade Enterprises,
the outskirts of Paris. From here we could Phillip Williams and Co, Roland Smith,
see the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur, Since returning from our trip we have had Chester and Ellesmere Port Golf Society
which dominated the distant skyline. As time for reflection and we can now all and numerous individuals all dug deep to
if Nature had decided to challenge our appreciate the enormity of what we did. make this happen and raise this money for
resolve more than the gruelling four day Between us we raised over £10,000 for a worthy cause.
bike ride had, the heavens opened and Action Medical Research doing something
we rode towards the finish line through that we absolutely loved. The London to Paris bike ride is annual
a torrential downpour. Nothing could so if you would like to take part in 2012
dampen our spirits at this point though. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks please contact Action Medical Research.
to the individuals and companies who The trip is well organised and an immense
As we reached the suburb of Boulogne- sponsored us and made the whole trip amount of fun but most of all it’s for a very
Billancourt we could now clearly see the possible. Barrons Financial Solutions, worthwhile cause.
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IPA: what’s in for me?
David Moore, a retired officer from Chester, explains the many benefits
he has experienced after getting involved with the International Police
W hen I ask police officers whether they
are members of International Police
Association (IPA), the majority of the time I
1989 saw us travel around the world visiting
family and in Adelaide, South Australia. The
first overseas contact was a visit to the local
Since then, I have been welcomed at
International meetings in Luxemburg,
Bournemouth, South Africa, Australia,
receive one of two replies: 1: when I finish branch barbeque to meet new friends. On Ireland, Greece, Slovenia, Czech Republic,
my shift I don’t want to know about the our way home through Los Angeles, Bill Hungary, Russia and Turkey. I have also
police, and 2: what’s in it for me?. I have Meredith contacted us and took us out for a attended friendship weeks in Holland,
no response to the first reply, but to the meal with other local representatives; he had Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sicily, Denmark,
second my answer will always be: I can’t only travelled about 500 miles to take us out! Poland, Belgium, America, Hong Kong,
tell what’s in it for you but I can tell you Such is IPA friendship. Macau, Cyprus and Germany. In all these
what’s in it for me. places local officers have been kind enough
In 1990 we travelled around Europe, to introduce me to their local culture and
What’s in it for me is membership of an staying in IPA houses in Holland and places of interest.
organisation that promotes friendship among Germany. These houses are really well
police officers throughout the world as well worth staying at - they are incredibly well Well that’s what’s in it for me; a chance to
as the chance to make and meet friends cared for and offer a fantastic opportunity visit other countries, to be guided around
from New Zealand to Alaska, South Africa to to meet other travellers from around the them, but above all to meet other people
Russia, and all other countries. world. Most countries now have IPA houses of a like persuasion and to make friends
that enable members to have holidays at around the world.
My first knowledge of IPA came on a visit in reasonable cost.
1986 to the Headquarters in Chester when So what’s in it for you? In a word:
I saw a notice outside the bar informing that In 1991 we were back to the southern opportunity. The opportunity to be a member
the Cheshire branch was organising a trip to hemisphere with a visit to Christchurch, New of an organisation that promotes friendship
Holland. This seemed like a good idea, so I Zealand. Here we stayed with a host family throughout the world; the opportunity to
contacted the local Secretary, Mike Ashcroft, but could not pass up the opportunity to visit be accommodated wherever you travel;
and was very pleased to have been invited a world congress meeting that was taking the opportunity to study at an IPA college
to join the group. place in Wellington. It was my first ever visit in Germany in order to enhance your
to an international meeting and I am very professional career; the opportunity to join
My wife Joyce and I went to Holland and glad I went as I met friends there that I am like-minded people in a spirit of friendship
upon our return joined Cheshire branch. I still in contact with 20 years later. and enjoyment; the opportunity to attend a
began to attend the monthly meetings and study tour in another country. The list goes
join in the various social activities before In 1992, Joyce and I joined the Merseyside on and on.
a second trip took place, this time to Leck branch in a visit to Hong Kong and Bali.
in Germany. On both trips we were guided Joyce was working with one of their If you would like some more information or
by local IPA officers and were made most members some two years beforehand who advice on how to join the IPA, the British
welcome. It was after this that we decided told her of the trip and the saving scheme section administration office in Nottingham
to become ‘involved’ the IPA – firstly in the to finance it. The trip itself was fantastic and will be more than happy to help. Contact
local meetings and then in the bi-annual is one I will remember forever; unfortunately them by telephone (0115 981 3638) or
regional meetings. As a result, we hosted though, it was the last trip that Joyce was by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also
our first international visitors, Bill and Doris able to make. contact me on 01244 375 311.
Meredith, from Tucson in1988. Since then
visitors from afar afield as New Zealand, Two years later, in 1994, I went once more
Australia, Canada, America, Spain and with Merseyside branch to Alaska, cruising
Holland have stayed at our home. the Inland Passage and Vancouver.
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with Glyn Evans
Cheshire Police Federation is delighted to introduce to you Glyn Evans, a
physical training instructor (PTI) and motivational coach working in the mid-
Cheshire area, whose fitness background is essentially boxing based. Here
we travel through the years with Glyn, looking at his progression from a
warehouseman to a globetrotting, top class PTI.
I had been working in a warehouse for 18
years but when rumours of redundancy
is the floor movements where short, sharp
bursts of burpee jumps and Hindu squats
started to circle I decided that in order
to protect my future I would retrain in
are completed to the soundtrack of my
instructing – the style of which is very vocal!
something I’d love getting up for every day. I have learned over the years that some the group had never
Fitness is my passion, so I thought “why not people need more of a nudge than others
develop it?” and people are paying me food, hard- even put on a pair
I decided to be proactive and took a gym
earned money; it is my duty to push these
people because I want them to achieve their
of boxing gloves
course at Loughborough College before
going on to do a level 3 diploma in personal
before but over the
training. Whilst I was still working in the 18 months ago I started work as the regular last year they have
warehouse I trained a group of work PTI at Cheshire Police HQ, where I brought
colleagues once a week in my back garden, my years of training to the police classes. developed massively
come rain or shine, so when redundancy
was offered I was in a good position to move
Two classes are pure conditioning and last
for around 45 minutes. They include warm
and are now able to
careers and look for premises. up, circuit and warm down. The circuits
are compiled using methods such as a
deliver crisp, finely
As luck would have it I found a farmers 30-sided dice to a pack of playing cards and executed punches
barn in Stanhorne, Middlewich, which I can bring the fittest and strongest athletes
transformed into a Rocky-style gym with down in an ocean of sweat! I always lead and would not look
heavy punch bags, a speed bag and a
climbing rope. I took the garden club from
by example, getting involved where I can.
I run one session a week at Chester Police out of place in any
my back garden to the barn and through
word of mouth the group grew. Before I
Station, at 12:30 on a Thursday afternoon,
which is general conditioning.
boxing club in the
knew it I was leading a women’s class and country.
it wasn’t long until the men’s and women’s Two years ago I started learning neuro-
classed opened twice a week with an added linguistic programming, hypnosis and
mixed class on top of that! motivational coaching. I have found some class with meditation to get the mind, body
great techniques to help groups to be more and soul all working in harmony with each
At all five nightly classes the groups go positive, not only in class but out in their other.
through punishing kettle bell, sandbags and daily lives. I also use a lot of mantras and
sledgehammer routines, but the essence metaphors and will sometimes finish the I also do one boxing class at HQ. Here
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Above: Glyn with one of his classes, that he says have developed incredibly in the past year.
the aim is to get the group throwing well- whatever the weather, which can leave the 7-8pm – Men’s Boxing at the Farm
executed strikes, whether it be a jab, right class feeling exuberant - especially in the
cross or left hook. I like everyone in my brisk January weather. Wednesday
classes to put their whole bodies into the 12-1pm – Mixed Circuits at Police HQ
move by using their feet, hips and torsos. At 50 I feel I am at the fittest I have 6-7pm – Women’s Boxing at the Farm
This ensures that it is not only the hands ever been. On a weekly basis I travel to 7-8pm – Men’s Circuits at the Farm
striking the focus pads but the whole body, Wrexham for 2 hours of Jeet Kune Do with
ensuring a total-body workout. the excellent Carl Lewis; I visit ex World Thursday
Champion Thai Boxer, Pele Nathans, for a 12.30-1.30pm – Mixed Circuits at Chester
Although my classes do not spar, the way 90 minute session and also train in Jujitsu. Police Station.
they have progressed over the past 12 I run 3 times a week and have completed 4-5pm – Mixed Boxing/Core at Police HQ
months has left us all with a wonderful 3 full marathons as well as countless half 6.30-7.30pm - Mixed Circuits at the Farm
sense of satisfaction and pride; some marathons, 10-mile and cross-country
members of the groups had never even put events over the last 8 years. I feel that I have two outdoor physical training classes
on a pair of boxing gloves before but over if you want someone to do 50, 100 or a month and am available for personal
the last year they have developed massively 200 burpees you have to be able to do it training. I also offer sessions to help with
and are now able to deliver crisp, finely yourself, so there is not a day that goes by confidence for forthcoming talks, job
executed punches and would not look out that I don’t crank out burpees! interviews or written tests and exams and
of place in any boxing club the length and also with getting rid of negative thoughts and
breadth of the country. If you are interested in anything I have to beliefs.
offer and would like to give one or more of
As well as the classes, I also teach one-to- my classes a go yourself, please pop into For further details contact Glyn on
one personal training lessons both at my any one of the sessions. 07949 588151 or visit his website www.
farm and at Police HQ. I run two outdoor evanstraining.co.uk. You can also find him
physical training sessions twice a month; Times are : on Facebook at Evans Training.
one in the lovely setting of Delamere
Forest and one on Winsford Common by Monday
the equally lovely River Weaver. These 4-5pm – Mixed Circuits at Police HQ.
sessions involve bodyweight exercises, pad 6-7pm – Women’s Circuits at Middlewich
work and torturous hill efforts. I run these Farm
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The Hyundai i30 Estate
is the vehicle of choice
for the Cheshire Beat
Over the course of the next few months 43 new Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDi
Comfort Estates will hit the streets on the Cheshire Police beat. Chosen for
its practicality, usability, comfort, modern styling and value for money, the
Hyundai i30 will help Cheshire’s finest support the local community.
H yundai has recently won a tender to
supply vehicles across the North West
region and its current line-up of products
value for money, customer choice in what
is a highly competitive sector. The Saloon
version and the highly innovative 1+2 door
double the amount sold in 2008. The
progress it has made is the result of great
products that are relevant to customers,
will be used not only by the Cheshire Force Veloster coupe will be joining the line-up a strong dealer network and outstanding
but also Lancashire, Greater Manchester, early next year. These new products define customer service.
Cumbria and Merseyside. the direction of the company and are clear
examples of its new brand slogan, ‘New TWG Hyundai prides itself on its high level
The Hyundai brand has real momentum Thinking. New Possibilities’. of customer service. The Phillips family
at present. Its product range has been have owned the dealership for 33 years
completely revitalised over the last few Hyundai is also investing heavily in the and have been selling Hyundai vehicles
years and there are some exciting new future of transportation and is currently for the past 30 years. The company is a
products just around the corner. a world leader in the development of family business spanning two generations.
hydrogen-powered technology. The Over the last 30 years a number of
Hyundai has just launched the all-new i40 ultimate goal would be to see zero- members of the Cheshire Police have
Tourer – a vehicle that offers a unique, emission vehicles on UK roads within bought cars from TWG and they are repeat
the next few years; however, the market offenders - buying cars for themselves
and local infrastructure will be the real and their families! TWG Hyundai is now
The UK is determinant of this. In the interim, delighted to confirm that - through the
Hyundai is working hard to make internal Affinity Scheme - Police Officers, retired
a rapidly combustion engines as efficient as Police Officers and their families, and
growing market for possible. The i10, i20 and i30 all boast
CO2 emissions of below 100g/km and
civilian members of staff and their families
can buy Hyundai cars from TWG at
Hyundai – the fifth corresponding fuel economy benefits. discounted rates.
biggest car maker The UK is a rapidly growing market for To take advantage of the Affinity Scheme,
Hyundai – the fifth biggest car maker please contact Gabrielle Williams on
in the world. in the world. This year, it will sell almost 01606 44624.
65,000 vehicles in the UK – more than
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Leisure & health
clubs offering deals
Cheshire Police Federation have managed to secure some incredible deals
from local health and leisure clubs for the exclusive use of Cheshire Police
Federation members, retired officers, Police staff and their families.
Old Hall Country Club & Spa
Old Hall Country Club & Spa is the perfect place to wind down or shape up.
We always aim to make your visit a happy and rewarding one. Our outstanding
facilities and excellent friendly staff ensure that you will always be looked after to
the very highest of standards.
Call to arrange a visit and see for yourself just what makes Old Hall so very special!
(P.S. We don’t tie you into any contracts either!)
Only £35.00per person for a Full Peak Membership (normally £58.50)
If you would like to know more about this fantastic offer, please call Donna on
Aldford Road, Huntington, Chester CH3 6EA
Crewe Hall Leisure Club
Take advantage of our fabulous offer for police joining from October:
Join now and get one month absolutely free.
With no admin or joining fee you could SAVE £125!
Take advantage of our exclusive police corporate rate of £52.50 a month or
annual rate of £577.50, which works out at an amazing £48.12 per month!
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Cranage Hall Leisure Club
• State-of-the-art Gymnasium with cardio-theatre, heart rate monitors and
• Sprung floor Aerobic Studio with a wide range of more than 30 classes
• 18 meter heated indoor swimming pool, with Sauna, touch all senses
Steam room and Jacuzzi poolside
• Games bar with Pool and Billiards tables Tea/Coffee facilities and
• Football pitch and a 7-a-side football league (free of charge)
• One outdoor floodlit Tennis court.
• Weigh and Watch scheme (available on a weekly basis, for weight
management, nutritional advice).
• We also have a splash time for under 16s on Saturdays and Sundays
between 3 pm- 5 pm.
• We have a strictly over 16s policy during the week
Opening hours are from 7am until 10pm everyday and there is always a
qualified instructor on hand to assist with any queries.
Joining Fee £50 (During October Only, Normally £185)
Single Membership 12 Months £575; Single Membership 6 Months £310;
Single Membership 3 Months £175
Joint Membership 12 Months £890; Joint Membership 6 Months £ 495;
Joint Membership 3 Months £ 275
Police Corporate Rate 12 Months £397.50
To answer any queries you may have or to book a show round please contact
the leisure club on 01477 536775.
Carden Park Hotel Golf
Resort & Spa
Fantastic spa day offer!
For only £65 you can spend the whole day in the spa taking in morning
refreshments and a light Spa lunch before receiving one of the following
Aroma body massage,
Bespoke body wrap,
Hopi ear candle.
To book call 01829 731534 and quote Cheshire Police.
This offer is valid Sunday to Friday only and is subject to availability.
Valid until 31.3.12.
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Mere Leisure Club
Annual membership is £875 for 12 months or alternatively £77 a month via direct
Off peak membership is £625 for 12 months or alternatively £55 a month via
direct debit. (9am – 5pm weekdays, 1pm – 8pm weekends)
The Mere is a 5 star retreat which offers unrivalled luxury.
• The health club boasts a fully equipped gym with the very latest technology
• A wide variety of group exercise classes in our class studio
• A terrace outside of the gym for open air training
• Come and swim in our 20m pool or chill in a heated vitality pool with in built
seats and beds.
• Lounge out in the thermal zone including a salt room, sauna, aroma steam, ice
fountain, caldarium and Hamamm room.
• Poolside also offers heated loungers which are on a heated floor.
• The changing rooms provide extreme comfort with our ultra-relaxing relax
rooms, also your own heat rooms.
• If you’re hungry, wine and dine in the Spa Lounge & Bar with our beautiful
locally sourced food
• No joining fee on all Health Club & Spa Memberships, and five free guest
passes when joining (Total value £225)
• 20% discount on all of our Spa treatments Mon-Thu
Mere Leisure Club would also be delighted to offer a free guest pass if someone
would like to try the club out, normally chargeable at £35.00
Best Western Forest Hills Leisure Club
Discounted membership rates of 25%:
Normally Police rate
Full Individual £57 £42.75
Full Couple £80 £60
Family £115 £86.25
Junior 20 £15
Day Individual £40 £30
Day Couple £60 £45
Membership fees are collected through a monthly direct debit. No contract, just 2
months notice on cancellation.
Memberships come inclusive of all facilities and group exercise classes. For more
information or enquiries they can contact the club direct on 01928 735430 or
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Rookery Hall Health Club & Spa
18 Metre Glass Roof Swimming Pool
Essence Infused Steam Room & Sauna
Fully Equipped Technogym
Air-Conditioned Class Studio
5 Bubble Spa with 7 Treatment Rooms
Relaxation Lounge with Cascading Water wall
Normally £75.50 a month - Police Exclusive £53.00 a month
£35 Joining Fee for Police only! (Normally £150)
Join this month and receive:
- A Hotel Stay for Two including, Breakfast and a Treatment
- A Luxury Spa Day for Two
- 12 Complimentary Guest Passes
- Meal Voucher for the 2 Rosette Restaurant
- Meal Voucher for the Health Club Café Bar
- 20% off an Elemis Skincare Product
- A Personal Training Taster Session
Valid until June 2012
For Cheshire Police employees and retired officers we can offer 20% off any
brochure treatment or package – valid Sunday to Friday
Spa Day Getaway
• Choice of one 55 minute treatment per person (choose between a full body
massage or 55 min facial) • Glass of champagne
• Towels, robes & slippers • Full use of facilities
£115 for two (£57.5 pp) valid 7 days a week (subject to availability)
Hoole Hall Club & Spa
Exclusive health club features:
• Enjoy our state of the art gym, FREE induction with 6 weekly programme
reviews to help you achieve your goals
• Over 50 classes per week at times that suit all our members
• State of the art swimming pool with aqua audio
• Indoor & Outdoor hydrotherapy Jacuzzi pool
• 4 Thermal rooms including Aroma Room, Hamman Chamber, Steam
Room & Sauna
Be part of it. Simply call 01244 40 88 40 to book your VIP tour of our fantastic
DON'T MISS OUT ON CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP & SAVE A MASSIVE 15%
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A corporate deal set up for Cheshire Police at Total Fitness (Chester, Crewe,
Newcastle Under Lyme, Warrington and Wilmslow. Below are the key points for
• No joining fee – normally £25
• £5 deduction off the monthly membership rate of £45 ie.£40 for all Cheshire
officers, retirees and police staff.
• Free one day pass to come and try the facilities
• This offer can be extended to your partner, so long as the payments come out of
your bank account
• Proof of employment must be attached to the agreement – ie. wage slip or
another form of Police identification.
Fur further information visit www.totalfitness.co.uk.
Park Royal Leisure Club & Spa
Corporate membership on 12 month contract available at £44.00 a month
January will be one month free on 12 month contract.
• 2 Gyms Cardio and a weights gym
• Over 40 Classes a week in Dance Studio (5 Classes of Zumba available)
• 3 Floodlit Tennis Courts
• 22 metre Swimming Pool
• Sauna, Steam and Jacuzzi
• Half hour free Personal Training Session
• Free Induction in Gym by highly qualified Gym Team
• 20% Discount off Hot Beverages and Food
• 20% Discount off Spa Treatments
Park Royal Leisure Club, Stretton, Warrington WA4 4NS
Tel. 01925 730000
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