Welcome to Stafford Sub Branch
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Sub Branch Chairman

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Mike Kozam

01785 257578
[Mobile: 07806 732968]
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Sub Branch
Welfare Officer

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Brian Whitehouse

01785 215099
[Mobile 07909 883756]

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Sub Branch Secretary

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Norma Kozam

01785 257578

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Chairman's latest message.

We have been busy in the sub-branch during the first 6 months of 2016 with various events and activities. Our annual Sub-branch Reunion Lunch, held at Tillington Hall, Stafford in January was well supported, with 58 members and guests attending. This is the second year that the event had been held, and in light of its success, I anticipated that we will be holding it again in January 2017. There was also a good turnout of members to the History of Stafford Borough talk held at the Council Offices on 9th February over 20 members attended.
Although the numbers were a bit low (22) for our sub-branch meeting at the end of February, the talk by our guest speaker Peter Taunton, Stafford Town Crier, was enjoyed and appreciated by everyone. In April, Gerry Robinsons lunch club met at The Bell in Haughton. It was the first time I had been there, and I enjoyed it so much that I have been back since. I can highly recommend the food and service. In May, 20+ of us enjoyed Afternoon Tea at Weston Hall to celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday, the food and service was as good as ever, and the event was a real success. In June, a group of us visited Chillington Hall, Brewood, for a tour of the Giffards family home. We were able to tour the gardens and view the memorial to those Staffordshire Police Officers who have sadly been killed or died whilst on duty.
Also in June, we held our early summer sub-branch meeting & social at Stone Golf Club, where 28 members heard a really interesting talk by John Pye. John, a Northern sub-branch member, who wrote a feature in the February edition of the Knot, described how he realised his ambition to be an author, and the success he has had as a self-publisher of e (electronic) books via Kindle. If any of you are aspiring authors, I would suggest you contact John for advice on ways to achieve this, at little or no expense. Details of Johns books can be found at www.catheraloflies.com
In May, I attended a NARPO Access to Support (welfare) seminar at Wakefield; I found it most informative and useful, and have already used some of the knowledge gained, to obtain support for one of our widows. One of the speakers was from Benefits Information Services, which is based in Dorset. The company produces the Benefits Update Wordshop feature which appears in each edition of the national NARPO News. All NARPO members (including widows, widowers & partners), can obtain free advice on benefits from the company. Details on how to contact them are contained in their update. You will require your NARPO membership number: contact your sub-branch secretary if you do not know it.

Finally, our sub-branch is holding an extra members meeting (to include a lunch) on Tuesday 23rd August 2016 at the Arthur Findlay Centre, Stafford (click here now for booking form). It is felt that some of our members might prefer to attend a sub-branch meeting during the daytime rather than in the evening. This lunch and afternoon meeting will be an experiment,the cost of the lunch will be GBP 16 per person and a booking form is included in the summer edition of the Staffordshire Knot. There is a licensed bar, and you can bring your own wine to have with your meal. The centre has full disability access and facilities. For those of you who cannot make the lunch, do come along to the meeting which will start at 2:00pm. Please support this experiment if you can.

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 23rd August 2016 12:00pm for 12:30pm lunch followed by sub-branch meeting (at 2:00 pm) at Arthur Findlay Centre, Stone Rd, Stafford ST16 2RS
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Thursday 29th September 2016, National Police Memorial Day Service at The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Burton (Contact Brian Whitehouse for details)
Wednesday 5th October 2016, Luncheon Club (venue to be confirmed)
Thursday 27th October 2016, 7:30 pm sub-branch meeting (AGM) & social at
The Constitutional Club, Lloyd St, Stafford
I am looking forward to meeting up with as many of you as possible at our various meetings and activities throughout 2016.

Mike Kozam (Chairman)
3rd July 2016

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Stop Press:

The next Stafford SB Luncheon Club is on

Wed 6th July 2016

at The Wayfarer, Stone
starting at 12:00 noon.
All members are welcome. If attending please let Gerry Robinson know to ensure seating is available.
Other Committee Members

Gerry Robinson - Vice Chairman
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Bryan Tunney

Paul Gilbert

"Book Recycling Club"
Do you Read? If so Please Consider Joining our New 'Book Recycling Club'. (It's Easy, Cheap and, Most Importantly, Pleasurable!
If you are still reading this article, then you will probably be well 'qualified' to join the Club. You will probably have unwanted books hogging space on your bookshelves or in storage units.
Unless you have a Kindle, or similar device, you will probably go out and buy more books - that again takes up more space and this is often repeated over and over at no small expense (particularly if members of your family are doing likewise). Undoubtedly, there will be a significant number of us in this position. I am.
Benefits of Joining the Book Recycling Club
Minimal effort required to take part - no administration
Money saved by reading books at a fraction of the purchase price
Providing hours of pleasure (between meetings) both to yourself and fellow members
Encouraging more members to attend meetings (with added interest through opportunity of joining the club)
Small financial contribution made towards club funds or charity per transaction.
Members' families and friends may also read the recycled books

How to Take Part:-
1) Bring along a selection of your books to the next Sub Branch Meeting so that they can be viewed together with books brought in by other members;
2) During the social section of the meeting browse and select books brought in by other members (even if you haven't brought books along yourself);
3) Having chosen 'new' books to be read, contribute 50p per book. Proceeds will go towards club funds or charity;
4) At the conclusion of the meeting, take home any books brought in by you (and not selected by colleagues) together with any books 'purchased';
5) At the next meeting bring books again for recycling (these may include those 'purchased' at the previous meeting and read during the intervening period).
The Committee is constantly looking for new ways to support and benefit our members. Invariably though, we need to invest time, effort and small amounts of money in order to get something bigger and better out of it.
The investment here is to make unwanted/unused resources available to others. The benefits are described above. PLEASE bring some books along to the next meeting. Let's see if we can make it work.

Paul Gilbert

"Blue Lamp Society"
All NARPO members are welcome to the meetings of the Blue Lamp Society at
the Constitutional Club, Lloyd Street, Stafford, ST16 3AS.
This is an informal social get together for former colleagues, organised by Brian Whitehouse.
Meetings take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:30 pm.

Sub Branch Chaplain
RevdJohn Davis MBE
01785 661382
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Staffordshire Knot
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Last update 4Jul2016