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05 May 2021
Valediction - Alistair John Frith (Jock)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of our member - Alistair John Frith, on Thursday 22nd April 2001.

Our thoughts are with his Wife Sharon and the rest of his family at this very sad time.

Further details will be released when they become available

01 March 2021
Valediction - Retired Firefighter Mr Mark Ralph Sykes

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you of the recent death of Retired Firefighter Mr Mark Ralph Sykes.

As Mark was living in Paignton, Devon, we have no further details.

Our thoughts are with Marks's family at this very sad time.

15 February 2021
Valediction – Retired Assistant Divisional Officer, Mr Phillip Arthur Housecroft

We now have full details re the recent death of Phil Housecroft, aged 74 years on Saturday Tuesday 19 January 2021.

Phil started his career with the Fire Service in January 1974, where he served at numerous locations including Brampton Bierlow, Tankersley, Stocksbridge, Elm Lane and Fire Prevention in Wellington Street Headquarters up until his retirement in January 2005.

The funeral service is to be held on Thursday 18 February 2021 at 1300 hours, Ardsley Crematorium, Doncaster Road, Barnsley S71 5EH

Family flowers only and if desired, donations can be made to The Fire Fighters Charity.

The Crematorium and Memorial Group would like to politely remind all visitors that social distancing must always be respected within their grounds, and you should ensure that you remain at least two meters away from other visitors and staff.

You can also watch the live-streamed service, which is available for seven days from the above date.

Here are the details:

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9 February 2021
Valediction - Philip A Housecroft

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of our member - Retired Assistant Divisional Officer, Mr Philip A Housecroft, on Tuesday 19th January 2001.

Our thoughts are with Philip's family at this very sad time.

Further details will be released when they become available.

14 January 2021
Covid-19 Vaccinations

Please remember you will need to take your NHS Number with you.

9 January 2021
Appointment of NARF National Vice President

Please be advised that Frank Byrne from Leicestershire was the only applicant for the vacant post of Vice President of the Association and therefore in accordance with the Constitution he is elected with immediate effect.

President Alex Jeffrey had indicated at the October2020 Council meeting that he would be willing to carry on for a further year to allow the new Vice President time to become familiar with the work of Council. However, in view of the fact that Frank Byrne previously served as Vice President for a reasonable period of time and has been a member of Council for a number of years the President feels that having completed three years in this position in April 2021 it is no longer necessary for him to stay in post after the Annual General Meeting this year and that the newly appointed Vice President will take up the position of President at the next Annual General Meeting of the Association.

Accordingly applications are invited from the membership for the post of Vice President of the Association and any member wishing to be considered for this position should forward their name to the National Secretary by way of nomination together with a supporting statement as to why you wish to be considered. This should arrive by post or email by 1st March 2021. If after that closing date there be more than one candidate then a ballot will be required.

Michael Halley, National Secretary -

9 January 2021
Alert - Coronavirus Vaccination Scams

As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said:
“Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”

How to protect yourself:
In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination.

Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.

The NHS will never:

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting

6 January 2021
Guidance - National lockdown: Stay at Home

Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country. Find out what you can and cannot do, go to:

6 January 2021
You and Your Family and the European Common Travel Area

Find out your right to live, work or study in the Common Travel Area if you're an Irish or UK national

You can continue to live, work or study within the Common Travel Area.

More information: Common travel area: rights of UK and Irish citizens

4 January 2021
Valediction – Larry James

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of our member - Retired Sub Officer, Mr Edward Laurie (Larry) James, aged 79 years on Saturday 12 December 2020.

Larry started his career with the Fire Service in February 1962, where he served at Lowedges Road Fire Station up until his retirement in November 1991.

The funeral service will be held today, Monday 4 January 2021 at 1300 hours at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium, Hutcliffe Wood Road, Sheffield S8 0HN

Unfortunately, attendance to burial and cremation services will be restricted to immediate family only. However, we have the permission to view the service via live streaming as follows:

1st January 2021
NARF Subscription Increase

Please be advised that as of 1st January 2021 the subscription to the National Association of Retired Fire Fighters’ will be increasing from £0.50p to £0.70p per calendar month.

December 2020
Predicted Pension Increases April 2021

The State Pension is to rise by 2.5% from April 2021. Provided the Government maintains the triple-lock promise, which means that the state pension will rise every year by the highest of either the consumer price index (CPI), average earnings or 2.5%.

However, the current the consumer price index (CPI) indicates that Fire Service Pension payments may increase by 0.5% from April 2021.