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IF YOU ARE NOT YET RECEIVING YOUR POLICE PENSION OR ARE JOINING A BRANCH OUTSIDE YOUR FORMER FORCE AREA, PROOF OF YOUR POLICE SERVICE WILL BE VERY HELPFUL AND SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE APPLICATION TO BRANCH SECRETARIES.
This will take place from 1830hours on THURSDAY 13th SEPTEMBER 2018 We shall be running a free coach to the event and if you want a place on the coach YOU MUST ENSURE YOIUR NAME HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE SOCIAL SECRETARY BECAUSE WITHOUT A RESERVED SEAT YOU CANNOT TRAVEL WITH US. At present there will only be 35 seats available with 12 of those already allocated.
We have been given another unique opportunity of having a black tie dinner in the Mess on board HMS Victory. The date is to be confirmed and may be around late September or into October.
There will be a 5 course menu with a reception drink on arrival, wine on the table, and port afterwards. The cost is expected to be around £50 per person. Dress code is black tie for gentlemen and evening or cocktail dress, below knee length, for ladies. Drinks on board are at Mess prices so are cheaper than pub prices. Places for the event will be limited because regular Mess members from HMS Victory will also be attending, therefore if you are interested in securing a place for this event please submit your names to the Social Secretary as soon as possible and in any case by MONDAY 16th JULY 2018.
I would like to extend my grateful thanks to all of you who so very kindly donated books for our annual bookstall event at Families Day on Saturday 2nd June 2018. We have managed to raise £415 with the expectation of some more monies yet to be collected. All of the monies raised will go towards this year's Branch charity which is The Guerney Fund.
If you want 5 days of carefree fun in the company of like minded fiends, why not join us on our annual trip this year to Yorkshire. We shall be staying at the Mercure Hotel Leeds Parkway set in a tranquil spot of 130 acres of parkland close to the Yorkshire Dales. Accommodation will be in twin bedded or double, en suite rooms, with each having HD Television, Complimentary Wi Fi Hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. There is also an indoor pool and sauna and steam room available. Your package will consist of Bed Breakfast and Evening Meal, with a choice of three different dishes every evening, which can be ordered from your table, followed by Tea or Coffee. Remember that ALL coach travel is included in the price so the only additional expenditure for you will be any admission charges to events we travel to on a daily basis. The cost of the package is £389 per person and the single supplement is £119. You can of course always "buddy up" to avoid the dreaded single supplement. All single travellers will have the use of a double or twin bedded room for their sole occupancy.
We are looking at a range of activities to do whilst in the area which will include one or more of the following:- Visit to Harrogate with tea at the famous Betty's tea rooms. Visit to Thirsk for the James Herriott trail. Visit to Skipton market town with perhaps a trip, with a cream tea, on the Skipton canal. Trip on the North Yorks Moors Heritage Steam Train Railway from Picton to Goathlands (The fictional Aidensfield in TV's Heartbeat series) where we will be met by our coach for onward travel to Whitby. A visit to the Black Sheep Brewery at Masham and Wensleyday Creamery for a Cheese making demonstration at Hawes. A visit to the City of York. A drive through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
I have to remind you that I am dealing with our trusted travel partner Jamie, who has provided excellent travel arrangements for us on previous occasions, and he has had to reserve a number of rooms for this trip. The hotel will not hold on to the rooms indefinitely, so if you are contemplating travelling with us, I do need your confirmation as soon as possible and in any case by MONDAY 23rd JULY 2018. Those of you who came with us to France on our previous trips will no doubt remember our very popular driver Dave, so I have made a request that if he is available he would be our choice to drive us again this year.
Members family and friends will be made very welcome if they should decide to join us again this year as are fiends from other NARPO Branches. I already have a total of 26 Members who want to attend this trip so if you are not sure if your name is on the list please check with the Social Secretary.
Dave Knapper is enquiring about having another skittles evening about the end of July or early August. He is considering using the Masonic Club at Albert Road Cosham and will be enquiring about what meals could be made available for us to have. More details will be published later.
We are presently exploring the facilities offered by the above club for our use in further social functions and skittles evenings. More information when we have it.
Our next meeting is on Monday the 12th SEPTEMBER 2018 at the White Horse Pub Droxford.
Our host Shekhar is anxious to ensure we enjoy the most comfortable arrangements and is aware that recently with high numbers and limited seating space we may have been cramped with our eating arrangements. Those attending recently will have noted that he has been refurbishing the whole premises.
Regretfully the back bar now has a full size pool table installed and it is not possible to move this each time we attend for lunch. Conditions for service and transporting of food from the kitchen is also difficult for the staff to implement.
I have agreed with Shekhar that if we have high numbers at future lunches we shall set up some additional tables in the front bar to accommodate the extra people attending. Those of you who have been attending for some time will recall that this arrangement has been used in the past when a table was set up in the front bay window and seemed to work well. He has also suggested, that if we have over 15 persons wanting to have curry for lunch, he would set up a buffet bar for the curries and people can help themselves to their meals allowing them to select their own size of meal and thereby cutting down on the time you wait to be served. I will stress that this arrangement will only be implemented when sufficient numbers of people select a curry for their main course.
I am certain that these arrangements will not impact at all on the enjoyment of attending and socialising at these events and it is evident that many people now arrive around 1130 hours to have a drink and a chat with their friends before sitting down for lunch. I will remind you that he is also continuing to supply us with a reduced price for tea and coffee after the meal.
Names of those persons wishing to attend the forthcoming lunch, together with the number of places required and your lunch choice, should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org by MONDAY 10th SEPTEMBER 2018.
Pappadums with a selection of dips
Hot or Mild Chicken curry
Mild Vegetable curry
BBQ Chicken Melt topped with cheese and bacon and served with chips
Grilled chicken salad served with vegetables
Minted Lamb or Rosemary Shank served with vegetables or chips
Beer battered cod chips and peas
Scampi chips and peas
Crispy whitebait served with chips and peas
Omelette chips and peas
Fruit crumble served with cream or custard
May I take this opportunity of once again thanking you all for your continued support of our Branch activities. The work which goes into organising these events is always rewarded by seeing so many of you who have chosen to support us.