Newsletter 2/2009

Sad News

I am sorry to report on the death of a member, Jack Wareing, aged 76, on the 17th May after a long illness. Jack was a County man who served at Seaforth, Maghull, Clitheroe and as a Detective Sergeant at Blackburn. His funeral is at Accrington Crematorium at 11.40am on Tuesday 26th May. Family flowers only please. Any donations may be made to Cancer Research.

Good News

For those who know David Baines who served in East Lancashire and currently serving in Cheshire, he is to become the Commissioner of the Turk and Caicos Police.

Social Events

The event organised by Jim Wilson last Friday at Revidge Golf Club was excellent and saw many old friends meeting. An excellent supper was also provided. We hope that future events will be better attended and as, always, we would be grateful if other members would agree to co-ordinate an evening event of this nature. How about it someone PLEASE?

The lunch yesterday at Burnley Golf Club was also excellent but not very well attended. We can't put on events which are not better attended. What will you attend?

We do believe that it is important that the branch arranges social events because it greatly assists in getting information on members in need, members willing to visit such members, as well as being an enjoyable experience with old friends.

Our next event is the bowling competition at Greenhill Bowling Club, Manchester Road, Burnley on Wednesday 17th June at 1pm. Not only will there be mixed bowling and prizes for those who want to play, there will be a buffet tea. CAN WE STRESS THAT THIS IS A SOCIAL OCCASION AND CAN, AND SHOULD, BE ATTENDED BY THOSE WHO ONLY WANT TO SIT AND WATCH AND TALK.

Friday 10th July is the day for York Races and/or shopping trip to the city. Tattersalls is £10 entry with concessions, Inner ring is £2. Evening meal at Toby carvery.

We have arranged a lunch at Whalley Golf Club on the 30th September, details of which will be circulated nearer the time.

Neil Crawshaw is looking at another trip to Paris later in the year.

Web Site

The Lancashire website is developing thanks to the efforts of Bernard Davis, a Preston Branch member. Our Branch contacts are Kevan Dickin who is very knowledgeable on IT matters ( or the chairman, who isn't).

An incorrect spelling of Darwen on the site, kindly passed to be by a sharp eyed member, has been rectified. Articles for inclusion on the website are welcomed as outlined below from Bernard.

"I've made some additions and slight changes to the web site. I've now activated the 'Articles' section amd placed three articles of my own on there just to get things started.

You can get to see them by following the links from the Menu, using Members-Articles and selecting them from the list that you will see.

My intention is that any member can and perhaps should, be encouraged to contribute their own articles to 'flesh out' the site and provide a focus of interest for all members. To that end I've included an invitation at the bottom of each article asking them to send details of what they can contribute.

If you agree that this is a useful idea, please let the members in your respective branches know and maybe we'll discover the next Booker Prize winner.

In the event that you get any interest, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me and I'll do whatever is necessary to get people's words and pictures on the site."


Face Book

We previously circulated a message from Roger Marsden about the Lancashire Constabulary Veterans group site on Facebook. He tells me that about 30 former Lancashire officers have made contact through this facility. Unfortunately, he was taking photographs of some of us who attended the Re-union at Blackburn last Friday and I have received the message shown below.

"Roger tagged a photo of you in the Lancashire Constabulary Veterans group. To see the photo, follow the link below:
Click here
To see the group, follow the link below:
group link

Facebook helps you keep in touch with your friends and family and reconnect with people you have lost touch with. You can share unlimited photos, plan events and join discussion groups. It's free and everyone can join. To register, go to:Face Book
The Facebook Team"

How about looking to see if you want to join or at least passing information to Roger who is on our Branch circulation list on e-mail.

Mailing List

Incidentally we are now on over 260 members on this list which has to be split in three because I can't send more than 100 members on one circulation. The email providers often prevent me from sending the third group on the same day as the first two because it considers the messages may contain spam. I am also addressing each one to a Committee Member and Blind copying the remainder of the groups to prevent unnecessary circulation details.