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Sub Branch Chairman

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Mike Kozam

01785 257578
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Treasurer
Welfare Officer

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Brian Whitehouse

01785 215099
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Sub Branch Secretary

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Norma Kozam

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Chairman's latest message.
Sub Branch Reunion Lunch: Took place at the Tillington Hall Hotel on Saturday 24th January 2015.

Forty three members and guests attended what turned out to be an extremely enjoyable event for all. Besides the excellent food and service, highlights included meeting up and socialising both with many first time attendees and valued ex colleagues such as Gordon Wood and Jean Turner. Raffle prizes included two vouchers for afternoon tea at Weston Hall and for a gift from Marks and Spencer. Due to its undoubted success we are likely to book the venue again for next year (possibly towards the end of January) where we wish to reach a target of 100 attendees. Hope you will join us!

New Sub Branch Activities
Lunch Club: Dates: Will be arranged and circulated well in advance.
Cost: Your transport to the venue and the price of a meal and drink(s).
What is it? An opportunity for members to meet up every 3 months or so, at different inns and pubs, to experience good food and the company of fellow members. Gerry Robinson will make and communicate the arrangements.
A great way to maintain or extend your social network but numbers may be limited (by the size of the venue) so please book early.

Book "Readcycling" Club: Cost: Books donated and 50p per book purchased.
How to join: Please bring any books that you may have lying around (and are prepared to give up) to the next sub branch meeting. The club works by you (and others) then allowing fellow members to view your books, together with those brought in by other members, so that they can choose one or more to take away at the cost of 50p per book. Monies generated will be donated to club funds - and so for the further benefit of members.
At the conclusion of the meeting take home any books brought in by you (and not selected by other members) together with any books you may have purchased. Repeat at subsequent meetings, bringing along previously purchased books for "readcycling" if you wish.
N.B. If every attending member was to bring 5 books each then we would have a "mobile library" of well over 100 books (based upon current attendance numbers) to choose from at each meeting.

Future Meetings & Events:
Theatre Trip - Stafford Gatehouse 2:30pm Saturday 18th April 2015:
Cost GBP 12.50, reduced to GBP 9.00 or GBP 10.00 depending on numbers. The Witches of Eastwick - Live Musical Comedy. ‚ÄčThis exciting musical is set in the small town of Eastwick, where the prudish community frustrates our three modern day witches. When they conjure up their ideal man, he arrives in the devilish shape of Darryl Van Horne. With magic, a fantastic score and wonderfully choreographed numbers you will be taken on a whirlwind journey of wicked delight. It is dark, sexy, mysterious and fun!
For further details contact Mike Kozam by e-mail mikekozam@narpo-staffs.co.uk or 01785 257578. Book early to get the best seats. The greater the number, the cheaper the price.
City of Liverpool: Thursday 11th June 2015:
Cost GBP 10 to 13 (depending on numbers)
A vibrant city steeped in history, places of interest and home to the greatest band the world has ever known. Transport provided and then the day is yours to enjoy in the way that best suits you; whether that be shopping, re tracing the 1960s Beatles footsteps or just general sightseeing. No itinerary, no pressure; just enjoy the day and the company of your many friends and ex colleagues.
For further details contact Bryan Tunney bt e-mail bryan.tunney@hotmail.co.uk or 01785 253910. Please book early as numbers are likely to be limited. The greater the number, the cheaper the price.
Houses of Parliament Tour: Aiming for September 2015:
Cost and other details to be confirmed and circulated later.
An opportunity for members to "lift the lid" on one thousand years of history and view modern day politics together with the associated art and architecture saturated throughout the buildings.
No doubt the highlight, for most visitors, will be to visit the Commons Chamber where you can imagine an adversarial Prime Ministers Question Time, with members of parliament perched on those green leather benches and the Speaker of the House shouting "Order, order". This is where MPs debate, discuss and make the laws that have shaped the activities of the police throughout the long and fascinating careers of our members.
There are, of course, lots of other very interesting things to see here and, again, arrangements are being put together by Brian Whitehouse who is also investigating the opportunity to combine the 90 minute tour with the option of undertaking another pleasurable activity whilst we are in the capitol.

Mike Kozam (Chairman) 19 February 2015

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The next Stafford SB Meeting & Social is at
7:30 pm on Wednesday 24th June 2015 Stone
All members welcomed.

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.

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