(Newsletters from 2005 AGM when the current Secretary was elected.)
No. 1: December 2005
GWENT POLICE PENSIONERS’ ASSOCIATION
(President Mr Michael TONGE, Chief Constable)
NEWS, VIEWS, EVENTS & INFORMATION
SECRETARY & EDITOR
7, Tulip Walk, Rogerstone, NEWPORT NP10 9LF. Tel 01633 891749
eMail [email protected]
6, Denbigh Close, Grove Park, Blackwood. NP12 1JH. Tel 01495 228392
eMail [email protected]
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Annual General meeting was held on Wednesday 28th September 2005 at Blackwood Police Club. There were 47 persons present.
There were no matters arising from the 2004 AGM.
Apologies were received from our Chairman Mr Royce Gardener who could not be present due to the failing health of his wife, Marion. It is with great sadness that we report that Marion passed away since the AGM.
Mr Joe Frost took the Chair and the Chairman’s Report was read. Royce stated that the meeting was the 67th year of the GPAA but that after over 25 years as Chairman, he was retiring from office.
All present were asked to stand for a minutes silence to remember those who had died since the last meeting.
The Secretary gave the current state of GPPA membership. last years figures in brackets.
Total membership 778 (760) including widows and overseas members.
The Treasurer outlined the finances for the year ending 31st August 2005. Copies of the balance sheet were distributed to those present.
At the end of the financial year there was £718.65 in the current account at the bank and £3,356.06 at the Halifax Building Society.
The accounts were certified as correct by our auditors Ray Elliott and Dave Thomas.
Stella Coburn reported that all was well in hand for the Annual Lunch on 30th October 2005 at the ROF Club. An account of the event appears later in this Newsletter.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Chairman Bryan Davies
Vice Chairman Joe Frost
Secretary Laurie Oliver
Assistant Secretary still vacant
Treasurer Mike Johnson
Assistant Treasurer still vacant
Auditors Ray Elliot & Dave Thomas
Annual Dinner Organiser Stella Coburn
Annual Trip Organiser John Godfrey
Annual Draw Organiser Mike Johnson
David Lurvey, Jack Harries, John Godfrey, Nigel Pocknell, Raymond Elliott, Dave Thomas, Doreen Butterworth, Margaret Morgan, Desmond Waite, Stella Coburn, Max Willetts, William Powell, Norman Crockett, Anthea Crockett, Keith Edwards, Bryn Pugh, Eryl Durham, Lydia Clarke, Jean Jeffries.
FUNNY OLD WORLD
“This is an embarrassing incident”, Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Evans admitted at a news conference in Melbourne, “and it clearly shouldn’t have happened. The seven dogs completed their intensive training in January, and had been working with Victoria’s elite drug sniffing team for several months before when we realised that something was very wrong indeed. So we made enquiries and discovered that they had all been trained with the incorrect substance. Which means that although they are superb at sniffing out talcum powder, they still have no idea what cocaine smells like”
Assistant Commissioner Evans was explaining why the seven dogs had so far failed to detect a single gram of illegal drugs, despite having patrolled the streets of Melbourne for the past five months. “They were trained to sniff at people in the street and to sit next to them if they detected a familiar scent, but they kept identifying well-groomed people who had no trace of cocaine on them and we eventually began to suspect that something might have misfired with their training. It had. Unfortunately, it seems the bag of white powder that was used at the training centre had been labelled as Cocaine when it was actually talcum powder. We think this happened due to an administrative bungle although there may be a more sinister explanation and we cannot yet rule out police corruption”.
“I was very surprised and disappointed when I found out”, he added, “and we are now holding a full investigation into what went wrong. Meanwhile the seven dogs are being retrained so that they will be able to detect drugs. But in the meantime, at least we expect to be able to quickly track down any lost babies. Actually we get a lot of those”
Reproduced by kind permission of PRIVATE EYE Magazine
As Secretary and editor, I would like to introduce myself.
I have served with Gwent since 1st November 1971 and actually retired on 28th March 2005. I have the unusual claim to having a foot in both camps, as I rejoined Gwent Police in the same rank on 30th March 2005 (after a compulsory day’s retirement) and so am in the novel position of being both a pensioner and a serving officer!
Having attended my first AGM, I was overjoyed to renew old acquaintances with some of the heroes of my youth. I hope to do the position of secretary justice and aim to continue the sterling work of Vince. Both my wife and I work full time, but I can be contacted by telephone or email for those who have access to the internet.
The Annual Lunch took place on Sunday 30th October 2005 at the ROF Club, Glascoed. A record 147 people attended and enjoyed an excellent 4 course roast meal. Over 120 prizes were raffled, with most people taking a momento home.
Royce Gardner, the retired Chairman, thanked all the members who attended his wife Marion’s funeral at St Cadoc’s Church, Caerleon on Tuesday 11th October 2005. He also gave thanks for all the letters and cards of sympathy. He read the verse that was read in the Church, “Miss me, but let me go”. He thanked all members for their loyal support during his 26 years as Chairman and mentioned that there were only two members present who had been at the original meeting at the Civic Centre 26 years ago, namely Ron Arthur and Olive Pitman. He thanked Bryan Davies for taking over as Chairman and Laurie Oliver for taking over as Secretary. During his 56 years connection with Gwent Constabulary, he has served under 9 Chief Constables, but singled out John OVER for his help in organising the first Annual Lunch.
Joe Frost and Chief Constable Mike Tonge also addressed the assembly, with some reminiscences but also thoughts of how the future of policing in Wales will develop.
We were delighted to welcome one of our senior members, Mrs Lena Hacker, who will be 100 years young in June 2006.
A group photograph was taken outside following the meal, the weather kindly offering us the opportunity. A copy is shown later in this newsletter.
Our thanks must again go to Stella & Verdun Coburn for their sterling work in organising this most enjoyable function. We hope to see even more guests next year!
We were delighted to welcome one of our senior members, Mrs Lena Hacker, who will be 100 years young in June 2006. A group photograph was taken outside following the meal, the weather kindly offering us the opportunity. A copy is shown later in this newsletter.
Our thanks must again go to Stella & Verdun Coburn for their sterling work in organising this most enjoyable function. We hope to see even more guests next year!
“MURDER MOST FOUL”
Whilst researching the history of Newport, I came across reports of a terrible crime some 130 years ago.
As the Divisional Commanders prepare for the forthcoming Bonfire Night and rest days are once again cancelled amidst moans and mutters of ‘over-reaction’, we must look to our local history for the roots of this problem.
How many of you are aware that a local police officer was murdered by a Bonfire Night Mob?
On this, the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, we must look back to the mid 1800s, where the 5th November was an excuse for the ‘yob’ elements of Newport to show their antagonism towards Catholics.
The Monmouthshire Merlin newspaper at this time of the year would stir things up by referring to the ‘Popish Plot’ of 1605, thereby causing an anti-Catholic feeling in the town. Irish youths, resentful that they were being accused of somehow being implicated with the English traitor, Guy Fawkes, would meet their opponents outside the Westgate Hotel where battle was done.
Tar-barrels of all shapes and sizes, including hogsheads of sixty gallons of molten tar, would be set ablaze and rolled through the streets. Home made fireworks or ‘squibs’ would be thrown at passers-by.
In 1837, the Superintendent of Police, John Redman and his men were attacked by a gang of roughs with clubs and stones. Redman himself was so badly hurt that he had to take to his bed for several days.
Each year the problem got worse and escalated to such an extent, that by the 1860s, Newport had become notorious throughout Britain for this annual event. The religious rivalry by this time had disappeared and “Squib Night,” as it was now known, became the excuse for a general riot. (Some things never change)
The Council seemed powerless to do anything about the situation. This extract from the ‘Star of Gwent’ of 1868 shows the general opinion:
“The Gunpowder Plot was commemorated with more than ordinary spirit in this town on Thursday evening. There was an abundance of squibs, rappers and suchlike fireworks, but the more enthusiastic had prepared effigies of Guy Fawkes, the hero of the great plot, which while in flames were carried about to the great delight of the juvenile population. Others there were who had procured a number of tar-barrels, which were set on fire and under the control of sturdy fellows, were dragged along the streets. The police have been pretty successful in preventing a practice, which to say the least, is highly dangerous. On Thursday evening however, the mob appeared too strong for the “peelers” and on the latter interfering and attempting to take forcible possession of the tar-barrels, a regular set-to was the consequence – we regret to state that in two or three instances the police came off second best. They succeeded however in getting hold of one or two barrels which roused the ire of the roughs who inflicted serious injury on Sergeant Wilcox, wounding him severely on the nose and eyes, and another officer was thrown upon a blazing barrel. Defeated in their objective, the roughs sought to wreak their vengeance on the civil functionaries by smashing the windows of the Town Hall and of the borough police court by means of stones, pieces of the tar-barrel, hoops and other missiles. Such wanton destruction of property cannot be too highly censured. The whole scene before the Town Hall is described as a disgraceful riot.”
It was evident that before long a tragedy would occur and Newport did not have many years to wait.
On 5th November 1875, P.C. Thomas Turner and P.C. George Jones were on duty in Portland Street, when a mob rolling tar-barrels came round the corner from Castle Street and seeing the two constables, charged them with stones. Both men were seriously wounded and P.C. Turner died two days later at the Infirmary. An inquest was held at the Queen’s Hotel before Mr. Brewer, the Coroner. The verdict of the jury merely stated that “Thomas Turner died from a compound fracture of his right leg and there was no satisfactory evidence to show how the fracture was caused.”
Merlin 12th November 1875
Rioting on 5th November at Newport
Death of Police Constable
An inquest was opened by Mr. Brewer, Coroner, at the Queen’s Hotel, on Wednesday night on the body of Thomas Turner, aged 43, police constable in the Newport Borough Police Force. He leaves a wife and seven children. P.C. George Richard Jones, a police constable, was the first witness. He said that on Friday night last he and P.C. Turner were on patrol together in Portland Street until about a quarter past eight.
They then proceeded on the right hand side of the ballast road, going towards the Royal George. Everything was quiet at the time in the street. As they came opposite Mr. Kerslake’s mill they saw a mob coming around the corner into Portland Street from Castle Street to meet them. P.C. Turner said to let them go by, but the mob turned opposite Portland Street Chapel, and charged them with stones they had in their hands. They did so without provocation; nothing had been said to them. The stones were so numerous it was impossible to escape them. The crowd had a tar barrel dragging it along, witness received a blow on the side of the neck from a stone and one on the shoulder. The blows came one after the other and knocked him down, just opposite Mr. Daniel Horner’s shop. Witness got up and found his brother officer (Turner) lying about a yard off. Witness went to him together with William Morgan, who lived opposite, and they raised Turner up. They found he could not stand and he complained of pains in his back and his one eye seemed to be damaged. Someone came with an armchair and they took him in this to the station at Temple Street. On the way Turner said, “Jones, take hold of my leg,” and witness did so as he believed the leg to be broken for blood was running onto his fingers under Turner’s leggings.
At the station the deceased was left in charge of Sergeant Wilcox who called a doctor and Turner was taken to the Infirmary. Dr. Turner, house-surgeon at the Newport Infirmary, gave evidence that at 10 o’clock on November the 5th the deceased was admitted with a bad fracture of the leg and other abrasions. The bleeding in the leg was immediately stopped and the leg was set and every means taken to subdue the inflammation.
Notwithstanding, on Sunday morning mortification set in. After due consultation of all the medical officers, they were agreed that nothing further could be done. The deceased died on Monday afternoon, at a quarter to two, the cause of death being shock from the injury and mortification.
The Coroner then addressed the jury, who retired and after about fifty minutes of deliberation, returned the following verdict.
“That the death of Thomas Turner was caused by a compound fracture of his right leg, on the night of November the 5th, but there is no satisfactory evidence to show how the fracture was caused; and the jury beg to recommend the Watch Committee to take steps to prevent any more Licenses being granted for the sale of fireworks, as they are of the opinion that such a course would be the first step to putting down the disgraceful scenes witnessed on the 5th of November.”
Merlin 19th November, 1875
The Death of P.C. Turner
The funeral of P.C. Turner, who received injuries on the 5th of November, was on Friday afternoon, and the event naturally elicited considerable sympathetic interest in the town. As many of the police as could be spared from duty attended. We are glad to see that a subscription list has been opened for the benefit of the widow of the deceased, and the seven children, and no doubt people will readily and generously respond to the charitable appeal made to them.
Amazingly, no effort was made to trace the culprits. The following year the violence on the ‘fifth’ was as bad as ever.
Reproduced by kind permission of Chris Vaughan
WAR VETERAN & EX POLICEMAN MEETS ROYALS FOR THIRD TIME
A Griffithstown former policeman who captured a knife-wielding murderer, has met Prince Charles as part of the 60th anniversary of D Day.
BILL DIXON’s sparkling military and police career spanned 40 years. he has met three generations of the Royal family and has made it into the history books.
In the course of his police work, young Pc Dixon’s bravery prompted a local author to feature the case in his book, “Seek out the Guilty”.
It told of several gruesome murders in the area, including the case of a young Somali man who brutally stabbed his victim before he was brought to justice by Mr Dixon.
“Someone had been murdered near the lighthouse at Ebbw Bridge – stabbed 33 times”, said Mr Dixon. When he spotted the wanted man, Pc Dixon gave chase and his tenacity paid off.
“I chased him through the reeds and I caught him. I didn’t even have handcuffs”. Getting closer to the killer, Pc Dixon saw the knife. “I was nearest to him so I said Don’t be a fool.” The murderer was wrestled to the ground and captured by Pc Dixon. He was later sent to Broadmoor prison, but later sent back to Somalia where he reportedly killed again and was beheaded.
Before joining the police force, Mr Dixon led a distinguished military career with the Monmouthshire Royal Engineers. He joined the regiment back in 1938. He earned the Dunkirk medal and was mentioned in dispatches in the London Gazette for distinguished service.
Mr Dixon stated he met Prince Charles’ grandfather, King George VI in France, when he was chosen from his regiment to be presented to the King for inspection.
He was also inspected by H.M. The Queen in London in the mid 1950’s when he represented Monmouthshire Constabulary.
(for those that enjoy the odd “senior moment”)
“Just a line to say I’m living
That I’m not among the dead.
Though I’m getting more forgetful
And mixed up in the head
I’ve got used to my arthritis
To my dentures I’m resigned
I can cope with my bifocals but
My God I miss my mind
Sometimes I can’t remember
When I am standing by the stair
If I should be going up
Or have I just come down from there.
And before the fridge so often
My mind is full of doubt
Now did I put some food away,
or come to take it out
So, remember I do love you
And wish that you lived near
Now its time to post this
And say Goodbye my dear
At last I stand before the Post Box
And my face – it sure is red
Instead of posting this to you
I’ve opened it instead.”
ANNUAL PRIZE DRAW
The Christmas draw was held on 30th November 2005 at Blackwood Police Club. The draw organiser, Mike Johnson expressed his deep thanks for everybody who supported the event. It was great reading the letters and notes which were sent back with the ticket stubs. Please keep them coming next year! A total of £2881 has been received from this years sales plus donations. This income allows the association to keep the membership fees low and supports the activities of the membership. It is very much appreciated.
The lucky winners are:
1st Prize – £250 cash – Ticket 4489
Mr Charles Nunn, The Wirral.
2nd prize – Bristol Theatre Trip donated by European heritage – Ticket 4186 –
Mrs H.W.Powell, Swffryd
3rd prize – £100 – Ticket 2554 –
Mr Gordon Lane, Newport
4th Prize – £60 – Ticket 1380 –
Sian Sexton, Cross Keys
5th Prize – £40 – Ticket 3759 –
Mrs Margaret Colbeck, Tredegar
6th Prize – £25 Boots Voucher – Ticket 4089 –
Mrs Barrett Milton Keynes
7th Prize – Table Lamp – Ticket 2511 –
Mr. Ron Bendall Newport
8th Prize – Hand Knitted Father/Mother Christmas Ticket 1721
Mr Clive Williams, Blackwood.
The evening went well and our thanks again go to Blackwood Police Club and particularly David Davies who organised the evening and also acted as MC, keeping the members amused with some funny true stories.
We also had a free raffle on the night which was organised and run by our own Doreen Butterworth with great support from Eryl Durham and the other ladies of the committee. Thanks girls. Following another superb buffet supper, everyone went home happy.
The secretary has heard recently from John & Marion Fudge (HQ) who are living in Brixham. They are in good health having recently enjoyed a visit to France & Spain where they met up with Barrie & Margaret Collin (near Dinan) and Steve & Tracey Rogers (near Albanchez) All are well and enjoying their retirement in the sun.
Eddie & Therese Evans (Newport) have now settled into their new home in Spain and Eddie has bought a motor boat to enjoy the nearby Mediterranean.
Peter Rich (Newport) is currently undergoing treatment in the RGH, where he has been visited by Royce Gardener.
Val Connor is currently in St Woolos Hospital, Newport where he has been visited by Royce Gardener.
Nelda SPOONER, one of our members, has recently been in hospital for a Quadruple Heart by-pass. Nelda is now home and is recovering well. She wishes to thank everyone for their kindness and support during her illness and also to be remembered to all her friends and ex colleagues. Nelda is well known, having been in the Police Family for years, not only marrying a policeman Jim Spooner, but also for her service at Newport Borough then force Control Room and finally CID Admin at HQ.
Megan Collins (Newport) widow of John Collins Ex. P.C. Newport Borough is proud of the fact that her grandson Karl James Beresford had achieved a master of science degree having studied at Plymouth University
Marion Joan Gardener, (Caerleon) wife of Royce Gardener passed away on 4th October after a long illness. Royce sends his thanks to all who attended her funeral at St Cadocs’ Church, Caerleon for their kindness.
Alfred James McKinty (Newport) collapsed and died suddenly on 26th October 2005. He is survived by his wife Jean. His funeral was at St. John’s Church, Maindee on Friday 4th November 2005.
Celia Laws wrote to the treasurer to tell us that her mother Vera CONLEY, the widow of Ex Pc 49 Adrian CONLEY, died on the 13th September 2005. Celia asked that we pass the sad news on to her old friends and fathers ex colleagues; she further stated that her mother always read and enjoyed the news letter.
Mrs Jill HAYNES wrote inform us that her father Ex Ps Mike HAYNES who joined Monmouthshire
and later transferred to South Wales died on the 3rd June 2005.
Martin Christopher Brady (Pc 593) a serving officer at Newport Central died suddenly on 30th September, 2005. Martin leaves a widow Helen and a daughter Ceinwen. The funeral service was at St Julians Church on Friday 7th October 2005
Watt Tyler died on 6th December 2005 just as this was going to press. No funeral details to date.
Mrs Doris Dales, widow of the late Pc 8 Dales died on 20th November, 2005 at Crickhowell.
Peter John Sinclair Russon former Inspector of Hove Avenue, Newport passed away on 21st November 2005.
Whilst not a police pensioner, the secretary reports the death of Maureen Peake, former traffic warden at Pontypool
It is my belief that we never take enough photographs. What better way to perpetuate our memories for our families and friends.
If anyone has any police related photographs that they would like to share, please contact Laurie Oliver, who is hoping to scan them and reproduce them, possibly in book form, for the future. All photographs will be returned undamaged. It would help if any officers pictured could be named.
If anyone would like the Newsletter sent to them via eMail, (which will save on costs) please contact the Secretary with your email address.
and finally the Officers and Committee of Gwent Police Pensioners Association
wish all members and their families a very
Happy & Healthy New Year.
“Keep drawing the pension!”
No 2: March 2006
Gwent Police Pensioners’ Association
The last edition of the Newsletter was somewhat of a baptism of fire. I have had several favourable comments and hope that you enjoyed it. For those that didn’t, thanks for keeping your comments to yourselves!! (although constructive criticism is welcome)
I had around 20 Newsletters sent back via Royal Mail marked “Gone away”. PLEASE let me know if you are moving or have moved. If not, it may be a year or more before I find out.. and think of all those Newsletters you will have missed!!
If any of you have any stories or articles which you would like included, please let me know!
Which brings me nicely to an amusing incident that occurred early into the New Year. As some of you will know, I am still serving and my present role includes supervising Newport Central enquiry office.
One cold morning, early in January, I was sitting at my desk in the enquiry office at around 7.45am when I took a call from a rather embarrassed male. I will spare him the further embarrassment of naming him, out of regard for the Data Protection Act, but he wondered if ‘we’ could help. He continued in a roundabout fashion, describing how he and his girlfriend were at their home in the Llanmartin area and the previous night, they had been getting somewhat amorous. Her dad, apparently, was a retired policeman and upon his retirement, had retained a set of handcuffs.
My caller had, the night before, in the throes of passion, decided somewhat recklessly to handcuff himself to his girlfriend. I say recklessly, because it was only when the dirty deed was done that his girlfriend explained that ‘Dad’ had taken the key to Spain when he emigrated following his retirement.
Our hapless duo had been trying all night to escape from the handcuffs, and after an uncomfortable night were on the verge of deciding whose hand would have to be chopped off!
I sympathised with his plight, (incredibly having been called upon once before in my service to perform a similar task ! – but that’s another story..) and enquired what sort of handcuffs they were.
“A very old pair” was the reply, and I asked him to examine them for a make and model. “Hyatt 1960” was the reply. For those familiar with Police handcuffs (most of you I imagine) the old ratchet handcuffs with a screw-key were in fact an earlier model to this, and were pretty useless. In about 1978, or thereabouts, the Gwent Support Group were among a small group of officers to trial the Hyatt 1970 pattern, a lightweight and very easy to operate style…. but alas, the Hyatt 1960 pattern was never, to my knowledge, issued in Gwent. However, all was not lost.
By an amazing coincidence, I, the person who had taken the distress call, had, in 1976 decided to buy my own set from the Police Review and I thought the cuffs and key were still somewhere in my garage. I quickly drove home and found the keys after a brief search and drove with them to Llanmartin to free the hapless duo. After releasing them, and much shaking of my hands by the embarrassed but grateful couple, I made my way back to work, assuring them not of my utmost discretion, but that I would dine out on this tale for years to come!!
In early January, the Secretary visited Colin Powell (Ex Sgt and Telephonist at Blackwood) at his home in Two Locks. We enjoyed an hour or so of reminiscences and Colin has kindly loaned me an old photo for my growing collection. Colin has not enjoyed the best of health over recent years, but maintains a healthy interest in life and the changing face of the police service.
I have also had a letter from Beverley MOORE, daughter of the late Pc 126 Monty MOORE, who very kindly sent me some photographs for scanning. This included a lovely group from Monmouth Division in the 1950s – with all the names!! Copies available upon request.
Thanks also to Harry Moore, Colin Powell and N D Crockett for their help in supplying old photos.
“Letters to the Editor”
This letter was spotted in an American newspaper by Colin Childs.
“We have a place in Cabo that we share with a our friends. Their son is down there now and he was walking from Squid Roe to Cabo Wabo last night with his friend and was picked up by five police for no reason. They were roughed up and thrown in a police truck and accused of being on drugs One of the bays who is 24 offered $200 to the officers and they took the money and still threw the kids in jail over night. The Police never booked them, and never allowed them a phone call. The kids begged the police to release them and in the morning the police asked for more money and then they took the boy’s watch and took another $200
I realize we all have to pay a little shake down money here and there but there is no– need to rough up and scare the stuffing out of these kids and hold them in jail for no reason. They are good kids and we are locals!
Please let me know who the kids should contact should this happen to them again. American Consulate? English speaking lawyer? Cabo San Lucas is a beautiful town, however, if my family cannot walk the streets why come here. The shame is the locals are great and I know they can use the revenue. We have a place at La Estancia and we are planning on alerting the homeowners association and the general manager. I would appreciate any help you may have.
La Quinta, CA
Thanks for that, Colin! And we think WE have problems!
I have received recommendation about an excellent 24 hr locksmith – trades under the name of LOCKS. Freephone 0800 612 09 86. They advertise Locks Supplied, fitted and opened. No call-out charge! The tradesman is Gareth Rundle – He has relations in HQ, so a mention of Gwent Police Pensioners should get you a discount.
It was with great sadness that the New Year brought the news of the death of Raymond “Ray” Denzil HAPGOOD of Brynmawr on 31st December 2005. The funeral was held at Libanus Chapel, Brynmawr on 11th January 2006 followed by internment at Brynmawr cemetery. Ray is survived by his wife, Irene. Ray retired in the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. His son Terry is currently Det. Supt in Gwent.
Adrian George (Alan) RUDMAN passed away on 4th March, 2006. He is survived by his wife Patricia. The funeral service was held at Gwent Crematorium, Cwmbran on 13th March 2006.
Mrs C.A. Hambleton passed away on 8th March 2006. Her late husband was Ivor Hambleton of Newport Borough.
IN MEMORY OF MYRA
Following the recent death of one of our oldest NARPO widows, Mrs Myra Boon, aged 93 years, NARPO Secretary, Margaret Morgan had a very interesting conversation with her brother, Mr Hugh Sturley. She discovered that Myra was the widow of …
Ernest Thorning Boon, who was Acting Chief Constable of Newport Borough Police in 1952. Mr Sturley kindly provided the photograph.
Mr Boon was a native of Barnstaple and was a clerk with the Port of London Authority before joining the Devonshire regiment in 1916. During World War One, he served in India and held the India General Service Medal with clasp for Afghanistan service and the King’s Coronation Medal.
Mr Boon joined the Newport police in 1920 and nine years later was promoted to sergeant. He became a Detective Inspector in 1933. He was promoted to Chief Inspector at Headquarters in 1940. When he was promoted to Superintendent, he served at Maindee Police station, but was later recalled to Headquarters. Mr Boon was 50 years of age when he was appointed Deputy Chief Constable in 1947. He retired in April 1952, having served 32 years with the Newport Police.
Interestingly, he was also Secretary and Treasurer of Newport Borough Police Benevolent and Assurance Fund.
Although Margaret had spoken to Myra by telephone several times, she only met Myra once, at the NARPO Widows Garden Party in August 2005. Sadly, Margaret was not aware of Myra’s interesting background. Myra was a grand lady and will be greatly missed.
I heard this tale from a colleague in the USA.
He was on traffic patrol and was nearing the end of a long day, having issued many tickets for speeding. He was about due to return to the station house for a much-deserved long weekend, when a small car shot past him, well over the speed limit. He swung his cruiser round and floored the pedal, sirens wailing and lights flashing. Surprisingly, the little car didn’t stop until they had covered several miles, but when it eventually stopped, something in the middle-aged driver’s sad eyes stirred a little compassion within the heart of the grizzled old patrolman.
“I’ll tell you what son, if you can give me an excuse I haven’t heard before, you can go on your way, otherwise it’s a ticket for you”
The driver looked the old cop in the eyes and said with a resigned look on his face “It’s my wife, officer – last weekend she ran off with a cop…. and I thought for a horrible moment he was bringing her back!”
“Have a nice weekend, sir” , called the cop as he walked back to his cruiser.
A neighbour of mine disturbed two youths breaking into his garage one night. He rang 999, only to be told, “We have no one available to attend” He rang again two minutes later and said “Don’t worry about sending anyone – I’ve shot them”. Almost before he had hung up, the police helicopter was overhead and two armed response vehicles and a dog handler were outside his home. Sirens could be heard for miles as units responded. An officer in body armour approached him and said “I thought you said you had shot them?” My neighbour said, “I thought you said you had no-one available!”
POLICE CAR PHOTOS
The Secretary has had a request from former Traffic Sergeant John Davey (known to many as “JD, late of the Borough”)
John is looking for photographs of three police cars that he used to drive, these being Ford Zephyr 6 Mk 2 (1961-ish) Ford Zephyr 6 Mk 3 (1963-ish) and the Rover SD1. If anyone has any photographs of these cars, (or indeed any other police cars) please could you contact the Secretary who will scan them and return them to you.
John DAVEY is also planning a Charity Banger Run starting 8th September 2006 from UK to Barcelona in a car costing under £200. More details to follow, as he is interested in Sponsorship.
The run will consist of thirty teams using cars valued at two hundred pounds or less, and will involve taking part in challenges during the journey to Spain.
Each team chooses their own Charity to support and he has decided to support THE BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION.
He requires as many donations as possible to ensure a good result, and therefore I am hoping that you will feel able to support this venture.
All costs are being paid by the team (including obtaining suitable vehicle )
Their team will be named “DAI HEART 4”.
NARPO WEEKEND IN TENBY
A party of 25 members, wives and friends of Gwent Branch NARPO spent a thoroughly enjoyable weekend in Tenby at the beginning of March. Despite the wintry weather, members were able to visit the seaside town and beautiful Pembrokeshire coast. The hotel facilities were excellent as was the food. Many thanks to Social Secretary Ken Baker and his wife Ann for providing the entertainment and arranging the trip. We hope to make a return visit in the autumn.
Police Rehabilitation Centre & Convalescent Home – FLINT HOUSE
I have been asked by Nigel Pocknell to put a short note about Flint House. Although retired officers do not contribute to this facility, they may use it, provided they were contributors whilst they were serving.
Please ensure you keep an old salary slip if possible, to show that you contributed, as Pay section only keep their records for a few years.
MONMOUTHSHIRE POLICE MOUNTED SECTION
Whilst perusing the hundred or so old photographs that I have traced so far, I have found several with a mounted officer. My research has shown him to be Superintendent Lawrence Spendlove. The following contains a brief summary of this former officer.
Lawrence Spendlove was not bothered what people did, providing they did it peacefully. As a representative of law and order, this philosophy accompanied him throughout a long and distinguished career.
He was born in Pembrokeshire and grew up in India, his father having been an Army schoolmaster. His parents brought him back to England at the age of’ 14 years. In 1901 he joined the 7th Dragoon Guards before serving with them for eight years, which included periods in South Africa and Egypt.
Entering the Monmouthshire Constabulary in 1909, promotion to sergeant soon followed. On four occasions during his career, he was recommended for the King’s Medal for bravery. As a brilliant horseman, much of his time was spent introducing a troop of mounted police into the county. However, it was his early experience as one of the constables who participated in the violent 1911 Tredegar riots, which later proved invaluable.
Arriving in Pontypool as Superintendent in 1923, he already sensed the growing unrest in the valley which would culminate in the miners general strike in 1926. In July, 1926, a small number of men decided to work at the Quarry Level Colliery, to be found a few miles outside Pontypool. When they finished their shift. around one thousand demonstrators, who regarded them as blacklegs, were in position at the colliery entrance.
Superintendent Spendlove and just seventeen police officers had the unenviable task of escorting the workers through the hostile crowd. Halfway into the melee. stones began to rain down on the police and records show that the Superintendent had no other course of action but to order a baton charge. The demonstrators fled in all directions, and the strike leaders were seen to quickly hide under a nearby railway truck.
The following year, Lawrence H. Spendlove, Superintendent of the Pontypool Division of the Monmouthshire Constabulary, had the MBE conferred upon him for his courage and efficiency on that black day in Eastern Valley history.
On a fine April day in 1929, Superintendent Spendlove married at Risca. the wedding being kept quiet with only a few members of the family present.
In 1950, Lawrence Spendlove. MBE, retired as Deputy Chief Constable of Monmouthshire, to live the remainder of his life contentedly in Skenfrith.
(Supt Spendlove outside the Supt’s house at St. James’ Fields, Pontypool)
Many senior folk will remember this dedicated officer, sitting astride his well turned out majestic horse, as he led numerous processions along the roads of our valley.
A report has been received that two traffic patrol officers from North Berwick were involved in an unusual incident whilst checking for speeding motorists on the A1 Great North Road between Oldhamstocks and Grantshouse.
Last May, they were using a hand-held radar device to trap unwary motorists on the Edinburgh to London trunk road. One of the unnamed officers used the device to check the speed of a vehicle approaching over the crest of a hill. He was somewhat surprised to find that the speed recorded was off the scale, in excess of 300 mph. The machine had then seized up and could not be reset by the bemused PCs.
The radar had in fact latched onto a NATO Tornado aircraft in the North Sea, which was taking part in a low flying exercise over The Borders and Southern Scotland. Following a complaint by Sir William Sutherland, Chief Constable of Lothian & Borders police to the RAF Liaison Office, it was revealed that the officers could be classed as ‘very fortunate’!
The tactical computer on board the Tornado had not only detected and jammed the hostile radar equipment, but had automatically armed a Sidewinder Air-to-Ground Missile, ready to neutralise the perceived threat.
Luckily the Dutch pilot was alerted to the missile status and was able to over-ride the automatic protection system before the missile launched.
The Police have so far declined to comment, although it is understood that officers will be advised to point the radar guns inland, in future.
These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published bycourt reporters that had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.
Q: What is your date of birth?
A: July 15.
Q: What year?
A: Every year.
Q: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
A: I forget.
Q: You forget? Can you give us an example of something that you’ve
Q: How old is your son, the one living with you?
A: 38 or 25, I can’t remember which.
Q: How long has he lived with you?
A: 45 years.
Q: What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke up that
A: He said, “Where am I, Cathy?”
Q: And why did that upset you?
A: My name is Susan.
Q: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he
doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
A: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
Q: The youngest son, the 20 year-old, how old is he?
Q: Were you present when your picture was taken?
Q: She had three children, right?
Q: How many were boys?
Q: Were there any girls?
Q: How was your first marriage terminated?
A: By death.
Q: And by whose death was it terminated?
Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.
Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
Q: Did you check for breathing?
Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the
Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
Q: But could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
A: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law
If anyone finds this newsletter difficult to read and would prefer a larger print, please contact the Secretary who will provide a special version for you.
Overleaf are a few of the many photographs that I have been loaned to scan. I have all the names for those shown.
If anyone would like an A4 copy of the photo, with names below, please give me a call!
Keep looking for those old photos!!
and above all…..
“Keep drawing the pension!”
BLACKWOOD DIVISION c 1962
ABERTILLERY DIVISION c 1962
MONMOUTH DIVISION 1950s / 1960s?
No 3: June 2006
Gwent Police Pensioners’ Association
NEWS, VIEWS, EVENTS & INFORMATION – JUNE 2006
JUNE 2006 ISSUE
WHATS NEW ?
Val CONNOR has moved to a retirement home in Petworth, West Sussex. She asks to be remembered to all and looks forward to keeping in touch through the newsletter.
Jim Travers who is now living in Littleton, Hampshire asks to be remembered to all our members.
John & Marjorie GODFREY, long standing and valued members of the pensioners, celebrated their 56th Wedding anniversary on Saturday 3rd June. John has now had a pace-maker fitted and is back to his former sprightly self. Not one to rest on his laurels, he is currently organising this years trip to Sidmouth!
Sid Parfitt was visited by Royce Gardner. He is now 97 years of age and is resident in the Thomas Gabrielle Nursing Home, Old Cwmbran. Sid was also visited by Doreen Butterworth in early March. He also put in an appearance at the NARPO meeting at ROF Glascoed Club on 30th March, where he looked very well. He served for 30 years and has been on police pension for 42 years.
Max Willetts has been ill for the past few months but is making progress.
The Secretary has heard that Bill MUTTON has been quite poorly following a stroke. However, he is on the mend and back playing a little golf.
John OVER has recently come out of hospital in Bristol following a back operation.
Ralph Clarke and Royce Gardener called to see Lawson Williams who is now in Panteg Nursing Home. Lawson, who is now 82 years old, is not well and his sight is failing.
We hope that their health improves in the near future and wish them all well.
I have had a lovely letter from John YATES, former SoCo, who has retired to the beautiful Gower! Lucky fellow! He sends fraternal greetings to all.
Margaret Morgan had a telephone call from ex PC 311 Ralph Mackintosh now aged 91years and living in Ruthin, North Wales. He has recently recovered from having part of his leg amputated, but wanted to let us know that he is alive and well. He wished to be remembered to all back in the south. Ralph joined the Monmouthshire Constabulary on 7th April 1937, saw service in the navy during the Second World War from 1942 to 1946 and then rejoined the police. He would be pleased to hear from any of his old colleagues and looks forward to news from Gwent. Should anyone wish to contact him, I have details.
Mrs Jean Jeffery has taken part in a Sponsored Walk for Kidney Research on 19th March 2006 and raised a creditable £82 for the charity. Well done Jean!
I have had a phone call from Roy SMALLCOMBE who has settled in the Barry area. He is well and enjoying his retirement. I have distant memories of Roy repeatedly throwing a power-ball at his office wall and catching it (shades of Steve McQueen as “The Cooler King” in “The Great Escape” ) Oh, the good old days! J
The warmest of wishes to Roy and all the others mentioned!
If any of you have any stories or articles which you would like included in the Newsletter, please let me know!
I belatedly report the death of Jim JONES formerly of Tintern. Jim passed away in October 2005 after reaching the age of 100 years.
I have just heard that Ethel NEWMAN of Ebbw Vale has died. She was the widow of Pc Oliver Newman who worked on the gate of Cwm Marine Colliery for many years.
Former PC Derek Richard DYER (Newport) passed away on 15th April, aged 65. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia. The funeral was at St. Stephens Church, Newport on 21st April, followed by cremation at Croesyceiliog.
John Morgan HARRIS (Oakdale) (Ex Sgt 733) died on 7th April, aged 63, whilst on holiday with his wife, Lesley. The funeral was on 21st April at St David’s Church, Oakdale followed by cremation at Croesyceiliog.
Bernard Jeffrey Collins (Ebbw Vale) Ex DC 778 dies on Saturday 6th May 2006 aged 58. He leaves a wife, Carol. The funeral was on 11th May 2006 at Garnlydan Presbyterian Church, Ebbw vale, where he was married in 1970, followed by cremation at Llwydcoed Crematorium, Aberdare. ‘Bernie’ will be remembered for his humour and strength, both physical and moral, but also for his tremendous work in recent years with ‘The Event’ and ‘Wings to Fly’ preventing youth offending and setting up the drug referral scheme, which is held as a Model of Excellence throughout the UK.
Ex Pc Keith DAVIES (Pontypool) died on 24th May 2006. He leaves a wife, Linda. Keith will be remembered for his immense strength, as British Police Weightlifting Champion. Also for his sporting ties and sterling work with young offenders. In recent years, Keith was closely involved with GAVO (Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations) and he is pictured here in March with Royce Gardener MBE presenting a cheque for £2390 to Mrs Nancy Wollan of Caerleon Pensioners.
Edith HARNETT (Varteg) died on 14TH May 2006. She was the widow of Pc 229 Harnett of Varteg, who retired on ill health in 1944.
Many officers from the old Tredegar Division will remember Mrs Elizabeth Prosser, the cleaning lady at Tredegar station, who sadly passed away aged 97 on 6th May 2006 at the Christina Louise nursing home in Tredegar. She worked for 20 years starting at the old Georgetown police station in the mid 1950s and retiring from the new station in the mid 1970s at the age of 65. She will be sadly missed by her friends and family.
Roy WILLIAMS (ex traffic and later CC’s driver) has been in touch. He is a volunteer driver for the Grass Routes scheme, which is a minibus service throughout the Monmouthshire area.
The Welsh Office and Mon CC have bought 2 minibuses to cover this area, crewed by volunteer drivers. They are looking for volunteers, particularly retired police officers (because of our driving skills??)
Roy currently drives around 3 days per month. They will provide appropriate training.
Any volunteers, please contact Jacqui Hathaway on 0800 085 8015
INHERITANCE TAX (IHT)
I have kindly been sent some details regarding this insidious stealth tax by several members. Due to the large rises in house prices over recent years, many people who would not describe themselves as wealthy are being affected.
Basically, where an individual dies, the value of their estate over £285,000, (including the value of their home), is subject to tax at a punitive 40%
There are reasonably simple ways of avoiding much or all of this, by taking action NOW.
The options include spending the money (which will save you 40p in every pound!!), giving assets to children or grandchildren, in which case the IHT liability ends after 7 years (This is known as Potentially Exempt Transfer or PET), Gifts to Charities and Will Trusts. These require professional advice. I have been sent the details of several financial advisors, but would not wish to recommend any one individual advisor, as to do so might compromise my position – my wife being a financial advisor herself!
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
“How does a fortnight in a 5 star hotel at no expense and no strings attached appeal to you?”
Too good to be true, I hear you all respond.
Well. It is not. There is however one qualification required. You have to be recovering from an illness or an injury that would benefit from a period of rest and rehabilitation.
For two weeks in January I was fortunate, or unfortunate enough if you like, to be a guest at the Police Rehabilitation Centre – Flint House, in Goring-on-Thames following a heart attack a couple of months earlier.
From the moment I arrived until I left 14 days later I was the subject of first class care, courtesy and consideration combined with the very best of medical care including 24 hour nursing, on-call doctors, counselling and therapy. They even taught me to swim again – and I played water polo for the Welsh Police when I was a young copper! All in all, a 5 star hotel with it’s own hospital. Something that money couldn’t buy. And the cost to me? Nothing…..Provided of course that you were a contributor when serving.
Nigel Pocknell is the man to collate the paper work and submit the same to Flint House and his assistance in this field is invaluable.
If any of you think that I can answer any minor points of detail, then my telephone number and e-mail address is available from the association.
If you need to go to Flint House, be sure you will be impressed. I hope we all stay healthy.
Pete Chappell ex PC 561
SUPERINTENDENT LAWRENCE SPENDLOVE. M.B.E.
“I read with great pleasure the reference made by our Secretary in the March Newsletter to Superintendent Lawrence Spendlove, M.B.E.
It brought back some of my greatest memories of my service in the old Monmouthshire Constabulary. During the two years, 1947-8. I was a Boy Clerk at Risca Police Station. He was the Divisional Superintendent and Deputy Chief Constable residing with his wife Nora and daughter Christine in police quarters attached to the station on the Risca Park side of the building.
Superintendent Spendlove was a remarkable man in every sense of the word. A man who was greatly respected by all who served under him and members of the public alike. However, I am sure that he is best remembered by all who knew him for his great knowledge of horses and horsemanship. His knowledge of both, to say the least, was second to none. This is borne out by the fact that in every horseshow and gymkhana held in the county for many years he was always The Chief Judge. It was wonderful to witness him walking the show ring, “King of all he surveyed”.
During my time at Risca, he had a horse that was more like a family pet and was mostly ridden by Christine. During the winter it was stabled in the stable adjoining the rear station yard and during the summer on the Risca rugby football ground complex opposite the Station. How do I know this?
Because it was my job to help the Superintendent to groom and feed it on a regular basis.
Superintendent Spendlove was also the secretary of the police rugby team with Sergeant Pickernell as his assistant. There is no doubt that at that time it was the best police side in the U.K. Many times have I heard him state that he could field at any one time several Internationals and trialists, past and present. Players that included stars such as Bob Evans, Wilf Evans and Euart Tamplin. It was my duty to wash each week the rugby kit for which I was paid the princely sum of 2/6d.
The staff at Risca police station in those days included Inspector George Lewis, Sergeants Woods, Pickernell and Deadman. The constables included such characters as Euart Tamplin, Stan Dowden, Bert Wilkins, George Verrier, Dave Rollings and Jim Deakin. The two detectives were Wally Phillips and Ted Morgan. Heulwyn Yates, B.E.M. was the teenage clerk/typist. The Superintendent’s Batman was P.C. Eddie Moore-Haines who left the Force shortly after the Superintendent retired and kept a petrol station at Pontymister. In later years he was the Licensee of a public house on the old Abergavenny – Usk Road.
Amazing as it may seem we all worked in the Day Room. The large room containing the telephone exchange was rarely used whilst the first floor rooms were nothing more than store rooms. The Superintendent only used his office, which was next to his quarters, to sign the daily outgoing mail (which was not much).
Superintendent Spendlove’s first task each morning was to visit the Barber’s Shop opposite the Police Station for his morning shave. At this time he was the proud owner of a small (14″ tall) monkey which he carried around the station in his tunic with the monkey’s head outside the top button. Whilst the Superintendent was in the shop he left me responsible for the monkey. Believe you me it was a difficult job, because at every opportunity it would escape into one of the two trees at the entrance to the station with branches overhanging the pavement. The main purpose of it going there was to hang from the lower branches and steal fruit etc from the shopping baskets of passing ladies.
The Superintendent affectionately called both the monkey and myself by the name “Shadrach”.
There was a lawn at the side of the Superintendent’s quarters, where the dwelling is now positioned, and he expected me to keep it in prime condition by the use of a “Pull and Push” mower which was many years past its’ sell by date.
We all know that The Superintendent was a wonderful horseman. How I wish his driving had been the same. He was the proud owner of an old Rover saloon. Many of the older members will remember that at that time a policeman’s weekly pay was put into an old tobacco tin made up from the Pay Sheet each Monday morning. Many of Stan Dowden’s old “Gold Block” tins were used for this purpose. Later in the morning I would accompany the Superintendent when he visited the section stations with these pay tins. The route would be Abercarn, Newbridge, across to Bedwas then to St Mellons and Rogerstone and back to Risca.
As I have said, although traffic was light, he was not the best driver in the world. My uncle at that time was a flagman with the Mon C.C., and he would enquire of me each weekend as to the approximate time the Superintendent would be passing a particular section of road that he would be working on so that he could give him the green signal. My uncle knew that if he gave him the red signal the Superintendent would ignore it and at the same time say to me “Shadrach, how dare he wave the red flag to me” and would pass on without even a glance. He never did know that the flagman was my uncle. As a matter of interest my weekly pay was 20/6d whilst the Superintendent was paid £51 monthly (for doing less work than me, or so I thought at the time!).
The last memory that I would care to comment upon which is one that I have related on many occasions since, occurred one afternoon. Several of us were sat working in the day room when the telephone rang with someone wanting to speak to the Superintendent. At this time a Probationer Constable, Pc Spiller had only been from Training School two days and Inspector Lewis told him to go around to the Superintendent’s quarters and tell him he was wanted. Now Mrs Spendlove was an extremely attractive, pleasant lady of smart appearance but years younger that her husband. A few minutes later Pc Spiller returned but no Superintendent. When asked where he was, the constable said, “I don’t know Sir. A young woman came to the window and I asked her if her father was in and without saying a word she slammed shut the window”. You can imagine the outburst of laughter that took place. Even the Superintendent smiled later at this innocent act by P.C. Spiller.
It was some years later that I was privileged to be one of six officers that formed the Bearer Party at the funeral of Superintendent Spendlove; a man who was, to those of us old enough to remember him, somewhat more than just a fine Police Officer of his time.”
Regards from Ray Burton
Last GPPA Meeting
The association held their latest meeting at Blackwood Police Club on 31st May. Royce Gardener chaired the meeting and it was nice to see Vince Mudford, the recently retired secretary present. Sylvia Dyer also attended and it was nice to see her, following Derek’s recent death.
The Treasurer gave a resume of the finances and whilst the association is not rich, there are sufficient funds to support this years activities.
Jack Godfrey gave an update on the Sidmouth Trip (28th June) and we are keeping our fingers crossed for the weather.
Stella Coburn confirmed that arrangements are under way for the Christmas Lunch, to be held again at Glascoed Club on Sunday 29th October. Letters will be sent out at a later date.
Again, it was nice to see and hear the interaction between those present and many lively and interesting conversations took place during the meeting and afterwards, over the usual superb buffet.
These meetings are recommended to the younger members, who are often noticeable by their absence. Come along and have an enjoyable evening!
A few younger pensioners have asked if I can liven up the newsletter a little – well, the answer is in your hands. What would you like to see? More importantly, what would you like to contribute?
Ideas for the Newsletter have included a crossword, or similar puzzle – and some more light-hearted content. I might even throw in a prize or two if we can get some interest!
I’m sure everyone has a humorous tale from their service – don’t keep it a secret! Let us all in on it! The names can be changed to protect the guilty/innocent!!
A rookie police officer was out for his first ride in a cruiser with an experienced partner. A call came in telling them to disperse some people who were loitering.
The officers drove to the street and observed a small crowd standing on a corner.
The rookie rolled down his window and said, “Let’s get off the corner people.”
A few glances, but no one moved, so he barked again, “Let’s get off that corner… NOW!”
Intimidated, the group of people began to leave, casting puzzled stares in his direction. Proud of his first official act, the young policeman turned to his partner and asked, “Well, how did I do?”
Pretty good,” chuckled the veteran, “especially since this is a bus stop.”
Two guys, one old and one young, are pushing their carts around the DIY store when they collide.
The old guy says to the young guy, “Sorry about that. I’m looking for my wife, and I guess I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going.”
The young guy says, “That’s OK. It’s a coincidence. I’m looking for my wife, too. I can’t find her and I’m getting a little desperate.”
The old guy says, “Well, maybe we can help each other. What does your wife look like?
The young guy says, “Well, she’s a redhead with blue eyes, long legs, good figure, and she’s wearing a blue midriff tank-top and white shorts. What does your wife look like?”
The old guy says, “Doesn’t matter — let’s look for yours.”
The secretary was chatting with Idris Davies (Cwmbran) last week and the name of Keith Davies came up in conversation. Idris had crewed with Keith in a traffic car for some years and he reminisced about an incident where a Land-rover and trailer containing a cow had overturned. The driver was trapped beneath the overturned vehicle, and there being no heavy lifting gear available, Keith elected to lift the Land-rover. To us lesser mortals this seems incredible and impossible but Keith just said to Idris, “I can only lift it for five minutes”, and with his body audibly creaking and the veins in his neck standing out like fingers, he lifted the Land-rover and held it whilst Idris clambered underneath and rescued the driver. They resuscitated him but sadly he died from an infection of his wounds a few weeks later.
From such stuff are heroes made. Remember them with pride!
JD’s Barcelona Banger Run
You may remember from the last newsletter that ‘JD’ (or John Davey to the rest of you) is shortly to leave on a Charity Banger Run to Barcelona.
Their car is being prepared – as you can see, it has been transformed into Thunderbird 2, and any donations will be gratefully received.
Please make out any cheques to The British Heart Foundation and address them to J. Davey, 14 Forest Close, Coed Eva, Cwmbran NP44 4TE.
The AGM is at Blackwood Police Club – 7pm Wednesday, 27th September, 2006. Lets see the best turnout yet please! The ‘boring stuff’ doesn’t take long and then there is a superb buffet and the chance to have a drink or two with old friends and colleagues!
Annual Lunch – 29th October 2006 at ROF Glascoed Club. – definitely worth the trip!
Also, Draw Night is at Blackwood Police Club at 7pm Wednesday, 29th November, 2006. We hope to get tickets sent out with the next Newsletter! This is another lovely night – not to be missed!! Be there!!
I have had another 20 Newsletters sent back via Royal Mail marked “Gone away”.
PLEASE let me know if you are moving or have moved. If not, it may be a year or more before I find out. and think of all those Newsletters you will have missed!! Don’t forget, if you have eMail, give me a call and you can have your Newsletter FIRST and ‘for free!’ – Save our postage!
President – Mr MICHAEL TONGE,
CHAIRMAN – T. BRYAN DAVIES
SEC. & EDITOR – LAURIE OLIVER
7, Tulip Walk, Rogerstone, NEWPORT NP10 9LF. Tel 01633 891749
eMail [email protected]
TREASURER – MICHAEL JOHNSON
6, Denbigh Close, Grove Park, BLACKWOOD. NP12 1JH.
Tel 01495 228392
eMail [email protected]
The picture overleaf was sent to me by Ken Breach. It shows recipients of a First Aid certificate, back in 1960’s. Who can fill in the blanks?
There are 8 names missing. 2 in the rear row and 6 in the centre row.