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24 September 2020
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23 September 2020
Valediction - Retired Firefighter, Mr Francis William Coley

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of retired Firefighter, Mr Francis William Coley, aged 85 years on Saturday 12 September 2020.

Mr Coley started his career with the Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Fire Brigade in May 1959, where he served mainly at Oaks Lane Fire Station, until his retirement from South Yorkshire County Fire Service in May 1983.

The funeral service is to be held on Wednesday 7 October 2020 at 1315 hours, Rotherham Crematorium, Ridgeway, East Herringthorpe, Rotherham S65 3NN.

Unfortunately, due to social distancing measures, attendance to burial and cremation services will be restricted to maximum of 30 people in the chapel. However, we have been advised that you may stand on the street leading up to the main entrance should you wish to participate. Please ensure that you remain at least 2 metres away from other visitors and staff.

Family flowers only and if desired, donations can be made to the Firefighters Charity.


08 September 2002
Valediction – Retired SYFR Chaplain, Rev David Benson

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of retired SYFR Chaplain, Reverend David Benson, aged 84 years on Sunday 10 August 2020.

David is believed to have been one of the first Chaplains working with SYFR from around 1985.

Whilst Reverend at Totley All Saints Church, he supported Ringinglow Fire Station and on his retirement he moved to Doncaster, Adwick-le-Street, Thorne, Aston Park and Rossington Fire Stations.

The funeral service has already taken place on 25 August 2020. A Service of Remembrance is to be arranged and we will circulate this information as soon as it becomes available.


07 September 2020
NARF 2020 Christmas Cards

NARF Christmas card, pictured below, is available from Peter Buckland, the NARF Shop Manager by contacting his email address p.buckland2@ntlworld.com.

NARF Christmas Card

The cards are priced at £5.00 for a pack of 10, and postage is as follows:

1 pack - £1.40
2 packs - £1.83
3 packs - £3.10


18 August 2020
Valediction – Retired Firefighter, Mr John Kenneth Morley

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of retired Firefighter, Mr John Kenneth Morley, aged 63 years on Thursday 30 July 2020.

Mr Morley started his career with the Fire Service in July 1979, where he served mainly at Lowedges Road Fire Station until his retirement in July 2009.

Private funeral service is to be held on Friday 21 August 2020 at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium, Periwood Lane, Beauchief Sheffield S8 0HP.

No flowers and if desired, donations can be made to the St Luke’s Hospice, Little Common Lane, Sheffield, S11 9NE.


13 August 2020
Scam Alerts - TV Licensing, Test and Trace and Covid 19

TV Licensing
As of this week TV Licensing have commenced sending letters to anyone aged over 75 asking them to either pay for their TV licence or apply for a free one.
The letter TV Licensing sends will include  your licence number, your title and your last name and they will only ask you to pay using the following options:

If you are contacted and asked to pay for your TV licence using a different phone number, a different website or by posting your details to a different address, this is a scam.

Helping you avoid TV Licensing scams – and how to report one

COVID-19
Anyone offering cheap sanitiser, masks or purporting to have test equipment is likely to be a scam. In some cases, the sanitiser has been known to cause damage to the skin. Do not pay for test equipment.  The NHS or your GP will offer it free.

NHS Test & Trace – the original scam on this was shut down by the Fraud Action Line. However, it is operating from another phone number and will text you asking for payment, The NHS will never ask you to pay. 

For more information on scams see the below links

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/check-if-something-might-be-a-scam/
https://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/scams
https://www.fca.org.uk/scamsmart


27 July 2020
To All Council members, and All District and Branch Secretaries

Please find attached for onward transmission to your members documents from the NPC regarding pensions consultations following the McLoud judgement together with a Pensions Consultation document (74 pages).

Also attached are two letters regarding proposed prescription changes.

Regards
Michael Halley - National Secretary

Documents:


15th July 2020
Retired Firefighter John Anthony Breckin - Funeral Details

John's funeral will be held at 10:15am on Thursday 30th July 2020, at Rotherham Crematorium, Ridgeway, Rotherham S65 3NN

On the day of the service limited numbers will be allowed in the chapel. Nevertheless, you are welcome to stand outside to pay your respects.

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 2 meters away from other visitors and staff.

Flowers are welcome and should be sent prior to the service to:

J H Clark and Sons 
88-90 Katherine Road
Thurcroft
Rotherham
S66 9HR

Or if you wish, donations may be made to the Fire Fighters Charity.


12 July 2020
Consultation on free TV licences for over 75’s

From Michael Halley - NARF General Secretary

The Association has received the following information directly from the BBC following our involvement in their consultation on free TV licences for over 75’s. This information will allow you to update members, particularly those aged 75 and over, on the current situation regarding TV licence and the need to obtain one if not on pension credit.

Any household with someone aged over 75 who receives Pension Credit will be entitled to a free TV licence paid for by the BBC. Read More>>


12 July 2020
National Pensioners Convention - Press Releases and Letter

>>Letter to Sec of State Work & Pensions - State Pension Retirement Age
>>NPC makes the case for a National Care Service
>>NPC blames Government over decision to end free TV licences

Please note the National Pensioners' Convention Campaign expresses political opinion, and by virtue of the fact that their documents are reproduced on this website, without prejudice, does not mean that we are in agreement with their statements and assertions.

10 July 2020
UK Government Update - Your Right to Live, Work or Study in the EU Common Travel Area

If you’re a British or Irish citizen, you will not have to take any action to protect your CTA rights now that the UK has left the EU.

More information
Common travel area: rights of UK and Irish citizens
Updated - 10 July 2020

Get ready for 2021


3 July 2020
Message from the Fire Fighters Charity

Our Welfare Team continues to support beneficiaries with the unexpected issues and concerns that the coronavirus pandemic and life in lockdown has raised. 

Our latest video with Welfare Caseworker Jason Stone explores 10 ways in which we’ve been helping people over the last few months.  

If something is worrying you at home, we might be able to help. 

Contact our Welfare Team on 0800 389 8820 or by visiting
www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/support

>Watch Our Welfare Video<


27 June 2020
Valediction - Retired Firefighter John Anthony Breckin

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you of the death of Retired Firefighter John Anthony Breckin (AKA Jabber), aged 59 years, who passed away on Wednesday 24 June 2020.

Mr Breckin started his career with the Fire Service in September 1980, where he served numerous locations, including Fitzwilliam, Maltby and Edlington until his retirement in May 1994.

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

Further details regarding his funeral will be posted when they are made available to us.


20 June 2020
Message from the Fire Fighters' Charity

This week is Men’s Health Week. So we’re shining a spotlight on three health conditions that affect men – prostate cancer, testicular cancer and breast cancer – and explain what to look out for with each. For those concerned about any of these health conditions, we also signpost to further information and to specialist organisations and charities offering advice.  

As with any health condition that is of concern to you, if you notice something that is out of the ordinary, we urge you to contact your GP. Remember, the NHS remains open for business and, with the number of coronavirus cases thankfully declining, it is slowly returning to business as usual, albeit socially distanced.

Read More>>


16 June 2020
Message from the NARF National Secretary

Please find attached several letters of correspondence which will be on interest to your members.

Regards and keep safe,

Michael Halley
National Secretary

The documents referred above to are from the National Pensioners Convention as follows:

Please Note: As our National Association purports to be non-political, these papers are reproduced on this website without comment, as the content can be construed to be of a political nature.

5 June 2020
Valediction - Retired Sub-Officer David Frank Harrison

It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you of the death, this morning, of Retired Sub-Officer David Harrison, after a long battle with serious illness.

David served at Rivelin, Darnall Road, Division Street, High Green, Penistone and Central Fire Stations, and retired in the rank of Sub-Officer from Central Fire Station in 2002.

Our thoughts are with David's wife Marilyn, their son Ryan, and daughter Francesca.

David's funeral service is to be held at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium, Periwood Lane, Beauchief, Sheffield S8 0HP, on the 17 June at 11:00 am.

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Please Note: After careful consideration of Government and Public Health England advice, with reference the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Sheffield City Council have put in the following restrictions for funerals:


29 May 2020
A Message form the Fire Fighters' Charity

We’re so excited to tell you that our brand new Shout! Podcast is now available across all major podcast platforms.

Our new podcast explores the health and well being of the UK’s fire services community, offering unique insight into the physical, mental and social challenges facing those who live and work around the fire service.

The first episode of the Shout! Podcast includes an interview with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s control room Commander, Cailli Anderson, on the mental health challenges of working during lock down. It also discusses how we’re helping people through the pandemic; asks why it’s so important to keep talking and reveals how listeners can get involved in a fundraising challenge with a difference. 

To have a listen and find out more about the first episode go to www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/shoutpodcast.

We’d like to remind you that our Support Line remains open and we are here to help you, throughout the period of the pandemic and beyond. So, if you have a concern about your mental, physical or social well being, call our Support Line today on 0800 389 8820.

We may have had to adapt the way we support the fire services community in light of lock down and social distancing, but we can still help you through a broad range of online, digital and telephone support, delivered by our teams and our trusted partners.

If you need help, please get in touch today, through the Support Line or via the enquiry form on our website.

10 May 2020
Have you spotted a suspicious email?

If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS):report@phishing.gov.uk

The message might be from a company you don’t normally receive communications from, or someone you do not know. You may just have a hunch. If you are suspicious, you should report it.

Your report of a phishing email will help us to act quickly, protecting many more people from being affected.

In a small number of cases, an email may not reach our service due to it already being widely recognised by spam detection services. The vast majority of reports do reach our system so please keep reporting any suspicious emails you receive.

If you continue to have problems then please contact us so we can investigate it further.

As a result of your reports, 395 phishing sites* were successfully removed from the internet within a week of launching. Thank you to everyone who has helped and please keep reporting suspicious emails to report@phishing.gov.uk.
*as of 28/04/2020

For more information go to: National Cyber Security Centre

28 April 2020
Message from National Secretary

Please find attached copies of correspondence from the National Pensioners' Campaign to which the Association is affiliated for onward transmission to your members.

Trust you and your families are keeping safe.

Regards
Michael Halley
National Secretary

National Pensioners' Campaign Documents - Downloads:

Please Note: As our Association is non-political, these papers are reproduced on this website without comment, as their content is considered to be of a political nature.

14 April 2020
To All Members

Please be advised that following an online Council meeting it has been decided that there will be no AGM this year.  All business normally dealt with at the AGM will be held at a Council meeting in Sutton Coldfield on 14th October.  The Treasurer will be asked to recommend subscriptions for 2021.  Resolution 4 which was withdrawn from the ballot will be re-presented for next years AGM which will be held in Leeds on 17 and 18 April 2021.

With regards to the ballot paper issued in the Spring Edition I can advise you that 140 papers were returned.  All were in favour of the resolutions 1 - 3 and therefore they were accepted.  The Equality and Diversity Policy will now be amended and issued to all Branches in due course.

Regards
Michael Halley
National Secretary


14 April 2020
To All Members

On behalf of the President it is with deep regret that I have to advise you of the death of former Council member Jeff Goddard.   His knowledge of the pension scheme was invaluable to Council, and many members of the Association.

Condolences have been expressed to his family on behalf of the Association.  Regrettably due to the current situation it is likely to be a private funeral.

Regards
Michael Halley
National Secretary


4 April 2020
Do we have your correct email address?

To check if we have your correct email address. Please email:
narfsheffield.rotherham@gmail.com.
Simply put 'NARF email check' in the subject line and your name in the email body, and I will do the rest.

Please Note:
If you received the last email about our cancelled meetings in April - You do not need to do anything.

Regards, Ted Mullins - Sheffield and Rotherham Treasurer.


4 April 2020
NARF Sheffield and Rotherham AGM and Ordinary Meeting

Dear Member,

Because of the current life-threatening situation we collectively face, it has been necessary to cancel the Annual General Meeting and Ordinary Meeting, which were to be held on the 20th April.

However, to ensure you are kept informed of branch business, two reports have been posted on the 'Meetings' page of this website for your perusal.

To download these reports please use the links below:

Copies minutes of all the recent meetings, can be found on our 'Meetings page.

I will try to keep you informed of all developments via this website

I hope both you and your families are able to keep safe, and well, during this unprecedented emergency

Ted Mullins - Sheffield and Rotherham Treasurer.


29 March 2020
National Pensioners' Convention Circulars

Please find attached documents from National Pensioners Convention for onward transmission to your members.

Hope you are keeping safe and well

Regards

Michael Halley, National Secretary

Please note the National Pensioners' Convention Campaign often expresses political opinion, and by virtue of the fact that their documents are shown on this website, it does not mean that we are in agreement with any such statements.


19 March 2020
Coronavirus/Covid19 - Social Distancing Guidance

The Government has introduced social distancing guidance, which includes vulnerable people

The information is available >here<


13 March 2020
Coronavirus/Covid19 'CATCH IT, BIN IT, KILL IT'

Please share the following:

The very simple message to keep everyone safe 'CATCH IT, BIN IT, KILL IT'
CATCH any sneezes/coughs etc in a paper hanky BIN throw the hanky away in a (normal) bin KILL wash your hands thoroughly.

If you are worried please consult the latest government advice:

As you would expect, we are following the guidance given to us by government and the public health authorities, and if possible we will continue to update you as soon as we receive further information.


13 March 2020
NARF National Council Meeting and Annual General Meeting

Please be advised that due to the current health situation the above meetings due to be held on 28 and 29 March in Leeds have been postponed until late September.

Full details of the revised meeting times and venue will be promulgated in due course. Voting papers received will remain sealed until the date of the rearranged meeting.

I wish you all a safe few months ahead.

Regards
Michael Halley
National Secretary


9 March 2020
Valediction – Retired Firefighter, Mr Peter Riggall

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of retired Firefighter, Mr Peter ‘Pete’ Riggall aged 59 years on Saturday 29 February 2020.

Pete started his career on White Watch at Division Street August 1978, after which he served at various locations including Darnall Road, Tankersley, Rivelin Valley and Wellington Street Headquarters until his retirement in March 2010.

The funeral service is to be held on Friday 13 March 2020 at 1200 hours at Stannington Christ Church, 17 Church Street, Stannington, Sheffield S6 6DB followed by a private cremation.

After the funeral, the family would like to invite all friends and colleagues to the Rose and Crown (Minnie’s), 15 Bankfield Lane, Stannington, Sheffield S6 6BR to celebrate Pete’s life, as it would have been his 60th Birthday on this date.

Family flowers only and if desired, donations can be made to the St Luke’s Hospice.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


7 March 2020
National Pensioners' Convention Campaign

Annual Conference Special Bulletin >Download<


5 March 2020
Valediction – Retired Station Officer, Mr Alan ‘Wally’ Keith Windle Armeson

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of retired Station Officer, Mr Alan ‘Wally’ Keith Windle Armeson aged 82 years on Saturday 21 February 2020.

Mr Armeson started his career with the Fire Service in April 1995, where he served at several locations including Erskine Road Fire Station and Fire Prevention until 1995.

The funeral service is to be held tomorrow, Friday 6 March 2020 at 0900 hours, at Grenoside Crematorium, North Chapel, 5 Skew Hill Lane, Grenoside, Sheffield S35 8RZ followed by a get together at The Droppingwell Pub, 162 Upper Wortley Road, Kimberworth, Rotherham S61 2AB.

Family flowers only and if desired, donations can be made to the Rotherham Hospice.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


19 February 2020
South Yorkshire Fire Fighters Charity Prize Draw

Please >click here< to download the results of the Fire Fighters Charity Prize Draw held on 23 January 2020.


3 February 2020
Funeral Arrangements Cyril E Booker and Valediction

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of retired Firefighter, Mr Cyril Edward Booker, aged 71 years on Tuesday 7 January 2020.

Cyril started his career with the Fire Service in December 1974, where he served at numerous locations including Lowedges Road, Division Street and Central Fire Stations until his retirement in June 2003.

His funeral service is to be held on Friday 7 February 2020 at 1230 hours, at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium, Periwood Lane, Sheffield, S8 0HN

Family flowers only and if desired, donations can be made to the Woodland Trust.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


30 January 2020
Valediction – Retired Brigade Engineer, Mr Michael Barrington Cawood

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of retired Brigade Engineer, Mr Michael ‘Mick’ Cawood aged 74 years on Tuesday 14 January 2020.

Mick Cawood started his career with Workshop and Transport department in October 1979 until his retirement in March 2006.

The funeral service is to be held on Friday 21 February 2020 at 1130 hours at Doncaster Crematorium, Cantley Lane, Doncaster DN4 6NE followed by a get together at Sprotbrough Country Club, 2 Cadeby Road, Doncaster DN5 7SD.

Family flowers only and if desired, donations can be made to the Firefighters Charity – where a collection plates will also be available at the service.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


30 January 2020
Valediction – Retired Control Room Operator - Mrs Patricia Skelton

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of retired Control Room Operator (Rotherham Fire Station), Mrs Patricia Skelton aged 90 years on Sunday 12 January 2020.

Mrs Skelton was a widow to late Mr Paul Skelton (Assistant Chief Fire Officer, until his retirement in July 1978) who sadly passed away on 27 March 2019.

The funeral service is to be held on Monday 3 February 2020 at 1615 hours at Rotherham Crematorium, East Ridgeway, Rotherham S65 3NN.

Family flowers only and if desired, donations can be made to Sight and Sound in Rotherham.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


27 January 2020
National Pensioners Convention Bulletin

Download NPC Bulletin 150
26 January 2020
Funeral Arrangements - Rod Mansell

Rod's funeral service is to be held at 10:30 am, on Friday 7th February 2020, at the South Chapel, Grenoside Crematorium, 5 Skew Hill Lane, Grenoside, Sheffield S35 8RZ.

Family flowers only and if desired, donations can be made to Macmillan Cancer Support - Palliative Care.

The family welcome anyone wishing to attend.


20 January 2020
Valediction - Rod Mansell

It is with sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Sheffield and Rotherham Member Rod Mansell, who passed away in Truro Hospital on Tuesday 14th January.

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

Once available further details will follow.


18 January 2020
NARF Sheffield and Rotherham Branch Meeting

Please be advised that the next meeting of the Sheffield and Rotherham Retired Firefighters' will be held at the 'Showroom and Workstation', Paternoster Row, Sheffield, at 7:30pm, on Monday 20th January 2020.

Download Location Map for the Showroom and Workstation


15 January 2020
Valediction - Retired Firefighter Cyril Booker

It is with sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Sheffield and Rotherham Member Cyril Edward Booker on Saturday 11 January 3030.

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

Once available further details will follow.


15 January 2020
TV Licensing Scam

Dear Member,

We have been aware that individuals are being contacted to be told that their TV licence cannot be renewed as something is wrong with their direct debit.  The email asks you to set up a new direct debit by clicking on a link.

We believe this to be a scam - one of a few that TVLA are experiencing at the moment. TVLA always put part of your post code into their email heading so you know it is the real thing.

If you pay your licence fee by direct debit and you are not sure whether a payment has been taken (or is due), contact your bank. You can also contact TVLA on: 0300 790 0368. Opening hours are 8.30 - 18.30 Monday-Friday and 8.30-13.00 Saturday

If you receive one of these emails, please do not be panicked into setting up a new direct debit before you have followed the above route to ensure that your personal details (and your money) are kept safe.

Please circulate this message as wide as possible. Thank you.


7 January 2020
Valediction – Retired Sub Officer, Mr Trevor Ryalls

It is with sadness that we have to inform you of the death of retired Sub Officer, Mr Trevor Ryalls, aged 84 years on Tuesday 17 December 2019.

Mr Ryalls started his career with the Fire Service in 1961, working at various Fire Stations including Darnall Road in 1978, as Sub Officer until his retirement in September 1990.

The funeral service is to be held at 1230 hours, on Monday 13 January 2020, at Charnock Richard Crematorium, Preston Road, Charnock Richard, Chorley PR7 5JP.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


7 January 2020
Valediction – Retired Sub Officer, Mr David Jardine Morris

It is with sadness that we have to inform you of the death of retired Sub Officer, Mr David Jardine Morris, aged 80 years on Friday 20 December 2019.

Mr Morris started his career in the Ambulance service, based at Thorne before joining the Fire Service in May 1974, where he served at numerous locations including Doncaster, Mansfield Road Fire Stations and Brigade Training Centre until his retirement in August 1993.

A private cremation service (for close friends and family only) is to be held on Tuesday 14 January 2020 at Rosehill Crematorium, Cantley Lane, Doncaster DN4 6NE.

Family flowers only and if desired, donations can be made to Firefly Cancer Awareness and Support (Doncaster).


7 January 2020
Valediction – Retired Assistant Divisional Officer, Mr George Anthony ‘Tony’ Struggles

It is with sadness that we have to inform you of the death of retired Assistant Divisional Officer, Mr George ‘Tony’ Struggles, aged 77 years on Wednesday 25 December 2019.

Mr Struggles started his career with the Fire Service in October 1966, where he served at numerous locations including Central and Sheffield Headquarters until his retirement in November 1991.

The funeral service is to be held at 1400 hours on Wednesday 15 January 2020 at Rotherham Crematorium, East Ridgeway, Rotherham S65 3NN.

Family flowers only and if desired, donations can be made to the Cancer Research UK.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


20 December 2019
New NARF Advertising Officer

I am pleased to inform you that the Association has appointed Anita Atkinson to the above post of Advertising Officer. Anita is a former Fire Control Operator with Durham County Fire brigade  If you have any contacts who would be interested in advertising in the NARF NEWS please forward them to Anita at anitaatkinson128@btinternet.com.  The purpose of the appointment is to reduce the cost of publishing the magazine so that we can maintain the current number of issues to 4 per year and possibly extend the number of pages in each issue.

May I take this opportunity to thank all Branch and District Secretaries for their continued support and to wish all members of the Association best wishes for Xmas and the New Year.

Michael Halley - National Secretary