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                     CHICHESTER BRANCH
                        SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2009
                                  Secretary: Les Mann,
                                    2 Devon Cottages,
                                      Lower Street,
                                  West Sussex RH20 1EJ
                      Tele: 01798 865776 Mobile: 07527 548491
                        e mail:

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING                        Treasurer             Keith Mates
89 members attended our AGM held at the       Assistant Treasurer Ian Arnold
Royal Norfolk Hotel at Bognor Regis, on       Social Secretary      Carol Wiseman
16th April 2009, which was slightly down      Chaplain       Rev. Cannon Jo Gavigan
on numbers from the previous year, As         Committee Members: Barbara Collison,
usual, the meeting was deliberately kept as   David Warner, John Paice, Lin Herbert,
short as possible to allow for a supper       Mike Herbert, Steve Rolfe
afterwards, and this again proved to be a
very successful evening. Since the last       OBITUARY
AGM, Hugh Creed had resigned from the         It is with great sadness that we announce
Committee, and the Chairman presented         the passing of the following members:
him with Life Membership of the                Heather Bourne on 19th January. Heather
Association in recognition of his valuable    was the widow of Clifford Bourne who
service over many years. We welcome           served at Petworth
John Paice who has replaced him on the        Ron Pulsford on 13th March. Ron was ex
Committee. In his report, Bob Davies          Met ‘F’ Division, and Hendon Driving
announced that after many years, this         School Instructor, (who taught Prince
would be his last year as Chairman and        Charles to drive).
that he would be handing over to a new         Jim Campbell QGM, aged 66 years, on
Chairman at the next AGM.                     24th March. Jim joined us after leaving the
The full committee is as follows:             Army, and served at Petworth, Bognor and
Chairman               Bob Davies             Littlehampton.
Vice Chairman          Barry Wiseman          Frank Sloggett on 3rd May. Frank served at
Secretary              Les Mann               Bognor as rural and station Sergeant and is
Assistant Secretary Ken Whitfield             survived by his two daughters.
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TRADES AND SKILLS                                TRAVEL INSURANCE.
Following retirement, member Peter Webb          Some of you will have found that as one
re-qualified as a locksmith, his trade           gets older, holiday insurance spirals in
before joining ‘the job’. He is a member         cost. Here are a couple of suggestions;-
of the Institute of Certified locksmiths. He
has offered Narpo members half-price on          Intune Contactable on 0800 022 3192 or
all work. Contactable on 01243-600890 or,
07786-813862                                     Intune is a subsidiary of Help the Aged.
A member south of Chichester who does
not wish to advertise was a shopfitter (not      EHIC Plus on 0845 055 5222 or
lifter) in his previous life. He offers offers an unusual
furniture restoration and repairs. Details       angle. Offered by the Medical Screening
with the Secretary.                              Company, it is underwritten by a Lloyds
                                                 syndicate and offers reasonably priced
WELCOME                                          European travel insurance in parallel with
We welcome the following to the Branch           the European Health Insurance Card
as new members:                                  (EHIC). The EHIC card has replaced the
Cliff and Julia Holman of Midhurst as            E111 and is required to obtain help at state
Additional Members, Full members at              run hospitals. EHIC Plus adds insurance
North Sussex, Cliff served at Midhurst           for private ambulances and repatriation, as
before moving to Horsham.                        well as the usual possessions insurance.
Tim and Enid Pilbrow of Pulborough as            There is no upper age limit. EHIC Plus
full members. Tim is an East Sussex man          advise that many tourist hotels are in
having served at Danehill Rural Beat, he         league with private ambulances, that take
was at Pulborough for several years from         customers to private clinics in the first
where he retired.                                instance. They say that people should
Ian and Ann Smith of Chichester. Ian             make it clear that they have only an EHIC
served at Midhurst and Chichester.               and insist that they are taken to a state
Sally Campbell of Eastergate, to whom we         hospital. If you don’t have an EHIC, they
offer sincere condolences on the passing of      are free to obtain, the Post Office has
Jim.                                             application forms, or go direct to
TRAVEL TIP.                                      Please note that these are only suggestions
When going on holiday, instead of using          and that we accept no responsibility for
tiny weak padlocks on suitcases, try using       any pesky little problems
nylon ties. They are cheap and can be            that arise, should anyone take up these
threaded through the eyes of zip fasteners,      suggestions.
to be cut off on arrival at your destination.
Mark them in some way, say with a felt-          EXPIRED EHIC CARDS
tipped pen and you will know instantly if        And on the subject of EHIC cards! The
someone has interfered with your luggage.        EHIC card is a government scheme giving
You will also know that nobody has put           the cardholder free or discounted treatment
something in your case that shouldn’t be         in state-run hospitals in the EU or
there, so you can answer with confidence         Switzerland. Why have they expired? The
when asked “Has anybody put anything in          EHIC card replaced the E111 in September
your case?” (I’ve since been told this is        2005, and until March 2006 cards of 3 year
compulsory when entering the USA)
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and 5 year duration were issued to spread        member that a friend of his had a slight
expiry dates. Now nearly 3 million have          bump in the car park at work and when
run out and only 250,000 have been               he processed the claim he was told by
renewed. It is important for emergency , that commuting was extra
treatment, it means you get identical            and he was not covered! Worth a check!
treatment to that country's citizens. It does
not replace travel insurance and only            LET HIM DIG
works in state hospitals.                        An old man and woman were married for
                                                 many years, even though they hated the
And still on this subject – if you are           sight of each other. When they had a
planning a holiday in the Channel Islands,       confrontation, screaming and yelling could
did you know they are not part of the            be heard deep into the night. The old man
European Union? (I didn’t). On 1st April         would shout, "When I die, I will dig my
this year the longstanding reciprocal health     way up and out of the grave and come and
services agreement with them was                 haunt you for the rest of your life!"
terminated. Visitors to Jersey, Guernsey         Neighbours feared him. They believed he
etc., will continue to have free access to       practiced black magic, because of the
treatment in Accident and Emergency              many strange occurrences that took place
Departments, but must pay for all further        in their neighbourhood. The old man liked
treatment, which will include admission to       the fact that he was feared. To everyone's
the hospital. Therefore the EHIC card is of      relief, he died of a heart attack when he
no use and it is essential to have travel        was 98. His wife had a closed casket at the
insurance if going to any of the Channel         wake. After the burial, she went straight to
Islands. Apparently the Channel Islanders        the local bar and began to party, as if there
wanted to continue the reciprocal                was no tomorrow. Her neighbours,
agreement, our Department of Health did          concerned for her safety, asked "Aren't
not. Yet something else to blame our             you afraid that he may indeed be able to
Government for!                                  dig his way up and out of the grave and
                                                 come back to haunt you for the rest of your
A DARWINIAN DILEMMA                              life"? The old woman put down her drink
A zookeeper was doing his rounds one day         and said, "Let him dig. I had him buried
when, at the monkey house, he came upon          upside down"!
a monkey sitting on a branch with a copy
of the Bible in one hand and Darwin’s ‘On        HAVING A KIDS PARTY?
the Origin of Species’ in the other. The         David and Tina Newnham, members of
zookeeper asked the monkey: “What on             Worthing Branch, offer quality bouncy
earth are you doing sitting there with those     castles for hire ranging from toddler to
books in your hands?” The monkey                 adult size to NARPO members, families
Replied: “I’m trying to discover if I’m my       and friends, at a reduced price. They are
brother’s keeper or my keeper’s brother”.        members of the British Inflatable Hirer's
                                                 Association, the recognized trade body and
CAR INSURANCE                                    have public liability insurance. All castles
If you are still working! Please check the       are regularly cleaned and inspected. A free
details of your car insurance to confirm         delivery, erection and collection service is
that you have cover for "commuting to and        provided. Prices start as low as £45 daily
from work" I have information from a             with special rates for shorter periods. Half
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day rates are also available. See their
website on             almost exclusively provided by the
                                                   Charitable Trust. They are becoming the
SUSSEX POLICE CHARITABLE                           primary point of contact for all pensioner
TRUST                                              related queries, and anticipate this demand
Some of you may have met one or both of            will increase as the expertise of others
the two Liaison Officers employed by the           diminishes. This has changed the direction of
Sussex Police Charitable Trust, and based          the Liaison Officer role, with an example of
at the ‘Health and Wellbeing Unit’ (Yes, I         this being where they are notified of a death.
know)! at Police Headquarters, Lewes.              Initially, the role provided for a home visit to
David Lloyd (who covers West Sussex)               a recently widowed spouse after the funeral.
and David Thomas (East), do fantastic              The Liaison Officers now deal with all
work on behalf of the members and cannot           aspects, except the force announcement.
be praised highly enough for their efforts.        This includes initial contact with the
They have produced their Trust Liaison             bereaved to ascertain the details for the force
Officers Annual Report for 2008 which              announcement, liaising with the Funeral
gives figures in comparison to the year            Director, WSCC Pensions and the Health
2007. The following is an extract which            and Wellbeing Unit, in addition to providing
may be of interest to you, and will give you       ongoing support to the bereaved, as required.
an idea of what support is available to            The current work priorities are referred cases,
members should it be needed, just by               new clients, clients living alone, vulnerable
making a telephone call.                           clients and listed visits. The Liaison Officers
During 2008 the Trust Liaison Officers made        role continues to develop and regular contact
515 (450 in 2007) home visits to Sussex            is maintained with NARPO through the six
Police Pensioners, Widows and Widowers             Sussex Branches and also via the quarterly
over the age of 78 years. They made 363            meetings of the NARPO Sussex
referral telephone calls resulting in a further    Coordinating Committee.
106 (96) home visits. There were 10 (6)            Footnote: As I write, sadly David Lloyd is
applications for assistance to the Charitable      currently off sick and expected to be so for a
Trust. They referred 119 cases onto other          little while yet. David Thomas is deputising
agencies, and liaised closely with other           in his absence. We wish David a speedy
agencies on 224 occasions. Joint funding was       recovery.
obtained on one occasion, with other funding
being secured for a further 37 clients.            MORE FACTS AND FIGURES
Invariably, the referral cases are time            In Sussex there are 3,168 Police
consuming due to their complexity and              Pensioners, including widows and
involve multiple visits and multi-agency           widowers. 1,791 are members of one of
involvement/solution. In consultation with         the six Sussex NARPO Branches.
the Trust Secretary, the Trust Liaison Officer     Chichester Branch has grown during the
role continues to evolve. During the last          last year and membership is currently:
twelve months the demands on the Trust             225 Full members,
Liaison Officers' time and expertise has           49Additional Members,
increased greatly due to operational changes       40 Widows/widowers,
in the Health and Wellbeing Unit. There is         1 Associate member
now minimal input from the Unit in relation        7 Life members,
to pensioners, so the pensioner service is         Making a total of 322
                                                   Interesting isn’t it! Is everyone still awake?
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In April it increased by 5% due to last          above that speed. Even unnecessary weight
year's high inflation. Future years depend       affects fuel consumption, so why drive
on September’s RPI rate; and currently it        around with a full fuel tank and a boot full
is almost zero! So if there's deflation, will    of rubbish? Check your tyres. We tend to
pensions be cut? Thankfully no, the rules        fit and forget these days, but low tyre
currently say the state pension's                pressures have a remarkable effect on fuel
guaranteed to rise by at least 2.5%, even if     consumption. Usually, too, good quality
the RPI is lower. That could be good news        tyres tend to give better fuel consumption
as growing pensions and falling prices           than cheaper brands.Think about what you
should in theory make us all better off!         are doing. The best consumption is
Bet it doesn’t work like that though!            obtained at steady speeds, making
                                                 motorways the most economical way to
THE ECONOMY                                      travel. Remember, though, that doing
Gordon Brown, Alistair Darling and Peter         55mph uses 25% less fuel than 70mph.So,
Mandelson are flying to a world economic         whilst we can’t save the world, we can
summit. Peter looks at Alistair and              save some pennies and provide our
chuckles: 'You know, I could throw a £50         passengers with a nicer experience, too.
note out of the window right now and
make someone very happy.' Alistair shrugs        GET UP TO SEE IT!
his shoulders and says: 'Well, I could           At five minutes and six seconds after
throw five £10 notes out of the window           4.00am on the 8th of July this year, the
and make five people very happy.' Gordon         time and date will be 04:05:06 07:08:09.
says: 'Of course, but I could throw ten £5
notes out of the window and make ten             2010 NARPO DIARIES
people very happy.' The pilot rolls his          NARPO Diaries are available free of
eyes, looks at all of them, and says: 'I         charge once again, please let the Secretary
could throw all of you out of the window         know, as soon as possible, if you require
and make the whole country happy.'               one. Contact details at the top of front
                                                 page. So that I can send off orders, the
SAVE THE WORLD.                                  closing date will be 21st JUNE 2009 , after
Well, maybe we as a group can’t save the         that you’re out of luck!
world from becoming a desert, but at least
it is possible to stop the Government from       POLICE FEDERATION WEBSITE
getting a bit of your fuel tax. Here are a       The Sussex Police Federation website now
few economy tips to remember:                    has a Narpo page accessible as follows:
Save fuel by looking well ahead, just like
we were taught. Drive smoothly and avoid         We have been offered the facility of
heavy braking.Try to feather the throttle at     putting our newsletters onto the site, which
cruising speeds. If you have a fuel              I intend to do. You will also be able to
computer, it is amazing to see how low it        read other branches newsletters – Horsham
is possible to get your fuel consumption,        and Brighton are already on. The website
just by delicate throttle work. Limit drag,      also has a 'Member Services' area that
by removing unnecessary roof racks. They         carries certain offers, some of which are
say that leaving a window open up to             specific to serving officers, but most of
55mph has the same effect as using air-con       which are available to retired officers as
                                                 well. That area requires a username and
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password to access it. The Joint Branch         process. It is our understanding that the
Board have agreed that Narpo members            date of commencement of the new factors
should have access to this part of the          resultant from this court decision will be
website on the understanding that a degree      confirmed as 1st December 2006.
of security over the distribution and use of
the username and password is exercised.         CRUISING
Our thanks to The Police Federation in          Is anyone interested in a cruise in late
Sussex for allowing us this facility.           April 2010 to the Norwegian Fjords? If
Contact the Secretary for details.              we can get sufficient numbers, Carol will
                                                try to negotiate a discount for members.
AUTUMN SOCIAL                                   No flying is involved, the ship is the
By popular demand, our Autumn Social            ‘Marco Polo’ which sails from Tilbury.
this year will once again be a concert,         Depending on numbers a coach will be
featuring the return of the Southdowns          organised to get there. The cost should be
Musical Society. Those of you that have         from around £650 pp. The trip is seven
seen them perform at previous events will       nights, full board and (important on a
know what a very professional outfit they       cruise I'm sure you will agree) includes all
are, but if you haven’t seen them, this will    tips. At less than £100 per night for all the
again be a very good evening and is             food you can handle, plus all entertainment
recommended. There will be a fish and           and first class accommodation, this is good
chip supper to follow, and you are              value! As usual with cruises, the price is
welcome to bring your own drink (there is       for an inside cabin, but upgrades are
no licensed bar). The venue is Westmeads        available at additional cost. As the ship
Community Centre, Bognor Regis, at              seems to sail mainly at night, a porthole
7.30pm on Saturday 26th September.              doesn't seem too important. We need to
Friends of members will be most welcome.        know if anyone is interested in joining us
Please return the form at the end of this       before time and money is spent on
newsletter to Carol together with               research. For those who are interested
your cheque and S.A.E. The closing date         Carol will make further details available.
will be the 10th September 2009.                Please return the form at the end of the
                                                newsletter, or contact her on 01243
COMMUTATION LATEST                              827402 by 20 July to register your
Following the announcement of the               interest.More information on the cruise on
Judicial Review Decision, the Home    
Office has not appealed the decision in
respect of the backdating of the new            CENOTAPH PARADE
commutation factors. We are advised that        The Royal British Legion will as usual be
the appropriate circular has been prepared      organising the Ex-Service and Civilian
by the Home Office to provide Pension           Contingents attending the Parade and
Departments      with     guidance     and      Service at the Cenotaph, Whitehall, on
instructions as to what to do now. We           Remembrance Sunday, 8th November
understand those members, who will now          2009. As last year, Narpo have been
be within this new backdated period,            invited to send a contingent and have been
should be contacted by their Pension            allocated a total of 48 tickets, to take part
Departments automatically once they             in this unique national event, in the heart
receive the Home Office correspondence.         of London. Last year Hilary Fogarty
This may however, take some time to             represented us and you may remember her
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report of the day in a previous newsletter.    Springfield’, Blunt Way, Horsham, West
She described it as an amazing experience      Sussex RH12 2BL. Tele: 01403 275495.
and is happy to go again this year if          e-mail
selected by Wakefield, but is prepared to
give someone else from the Branch an           A WEEKEND
opportunity to attend. For those attending,    Bob and Barry went on a fishing holiday.
you will have to assemble not later than       They loaded up Bob’s motor and headed
10.00am on the day in Whitehall, You           north. After driving for a few hours, they
should be aware of the physical demands        got caught in a terrible storm so they
of standing in Whitehall for at least one      pulled into a nearby farm and asked the
hour and then marching for a distance of at    very attractive lady who answered the door
least one and a half miles, possibly in        if they could spend the night. "I realise it's
inclement weather. A meal including tea        terrible weather out there and I have this
and coffee will be provided for each           huge house all to myself, but I'm afraid the
member of the parade in the Peelers            neighbors will talk if I let you stay in my
Restaurant at New Scotland Yard,               house" she said. "Don't worry," Barry said.
If interested in this opportunity to take      "We'll be happy to sleep in the barn. And
part, please contact the Secretary             if the weather breaks, we'll be gone at first
immediately, as places are obviously           light." The lady agreed, and the two men
limited                                        found their way to the barn and settled in
                                               for the night. Come morning, the weather
SSAFA                                          had cleared, and they got on their way.
If you are looking for an opportunity to do    They enjoyed a great weekend, but about
voluntary work for a charitable cause, The     nine months later, Barry got an unexpected
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmens Families         letter. It took him a few minutes to figure it
Association already have a large number        out, but he finally determined that it was
of retired Police Officers throughout the      from the solicitor of that attractive lady he
UK working on their behalf, but are            had met on the fishing weekend. He
looking for more! They are a welfare           dropped in on his friend Bob and
charity looking after the Armed Forces as      asked, "Bob, do you remember that good-
well as the ex-Armed Forces and their          looking lady from the farm we stayed at,
Families. Over 50,000 calls for assistance     on our fishing holiday about 9 months
are made to them every year and                ago?" "Yes, I do." said Bob "Did you
volunteers obtain over £20 million for the     happen to get up in the middle of the night
clients from a variety of Civilian and         and pay her a visit?" "Well, um, yes," Bob
Military charities. SSAFA covers every         said, embarrassed about being found out "I
village and town throughout the U.K.           have to admit that I did." "And did you
including Sussex. If interested, contact       happen to use my name instead of telling
Mrs Ann Needle MBE, 1 Haywain Close            her your own? " Bob's face turned beet red
Kingsnorth, Ashford, Kent. TN23 3QL.           and he said, "Yeah, look, I'm sorry mate
Tele: 01233 640797 or,                         I'm afraid I did. Why do you ask?" "She
e mail:            just died and left me everything!"
OR contact the Branch Secretary of             And you thought the ending would be
SSAFA Sussex- Richard Cossins,                 different, didn't you?...
           Please complete the following, where appropriate and forward to
                                    Carol Wiseman,
           6 College Close, Aldwick, Bognor Regis, West Sussex. PO21 5RR


           I/we are interested in a Cruise to the Norwegian Fjords in April 2010.

                         (Or telephone Carol on: 01243 827402)



Telephone…………………………………………… Closing date for replies 20th July 2009


  I/we would like…………………tickets @ £9 each, for the Autumn Social at Westmeads
       Community Centre, Bognor Regis at 7.30pm on Saturday 26th September 2009,




Please make cheques payable to ‘NARPO Chichester’ closing date for replies is 10th
September 2009, Tickets will be issued, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope