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16 May 22
VALEDICTION – RETIRED DEPUTY CHIEF FIRE OFFICER, MR ANTHONY ‘TONY’ CHARLES HEWITT

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of retired Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Mr Anthony ‘Tony’ Charles Hewitt, aged 82 years on Thursday 14 April 2022.

Tony transferred from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue in July 1984, where he served at Division Street and Wellington Street Headquarters until his retirement in January 1990.

The funeral service is to be held on Thursday 19 May 2022 at 1000 hours at St Mary The Virgin Church, Market Place, Ilkeston DE7 5HY followed by a burial at the Park Cemetery, Cantelupe Road, Ilkeston DE7 5HT.

Please note:  The family has requested no uniforms to be worn at the funeral.

Family flowers only and if desired, donations can be made to the Salvation Army https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/donate

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


01 May 22
Return of the Photo Album

Following requests from website users, the Photo Album has now returned to this website. The album will be redeveloped, and expanded in the future.


01 May 22
Fire Service Pension Increase 2022

The government's Pensions Increase (Review) Order tells public-sector pension schemes how much to increase pensions by. Your payroll provider will apply the increase to your pension if you get an increase. Please contact them if you have questions about the payment of your monthly pension or the tax on it.

This year's increase is 3.1%, unless you retired part way through the 2021/22 financial year and you get only a partial increase. For example, if you retired on 30 September 2021 you would get just a 1.55% increase in 2022 but the full increase in future years.

As a pensioner you normally get the increase if

There is more information about Firefighters' Pensions on the West Yorkshire Pension Fund website at www.wypf.orq.uk


28 April 22
NARF National AGM and Council Meeting Minutes April 2022

All District and Branch Secretaries

Please find attached minutes of the Council meeting held on 2nd April and the Annual general meeting held on 3rd April 2022.

Copies of the various reports have been circulated but are available on request.

Regards

Michael Halley, National Secretary


8 April 22
To All members from Mrs Hazel Jones

I would like to thank everyone who attended my husband’s funeral  (Stanley Jones) at Grenoside Crematorium on 4th April.

I & our family were so pleased & touched by the guard of honour you provided for Stan.

We all thank you very much for your support at this difficult time.

Yours sincerely
Hazel Jones.


4 April 22
Forthcoming Branch Meeting

Please be reminded that our next Branch Meeting and AGM will be held at at the 'Showroom and Workstation', Paternoster Row, Sheffield, at 7:30pm, on Monday 25th April 2022.


TO ALL BRANCH SECRETARIES - FOR IMMEDIATE ONWARD TRANSMISSION TO YOUR BRANCH MEMBERS

URGENT ACTION REQUIRED

The FBU has received a communication from the Local Government Association Firefighters Pension Advisor with urgent action required for members who opted out of the Firefighter Pension Scheme 2015.

If you chose to opt out and intend to buy back your opt out of service for the remedy period, you must speak to your pension/payroll department and arrange to be opted back into the Firefighter Pension Scheme on or before the 1st April 2022.

If you are affected by this we would recommend you contact your Fire and Rescue Service immediately.

The FBU have raised concerns regarding the short notice.

I will keep you informed if I get any more information.

Regards

Michael Halley
National Secretary


23 March 2022
Valediction - Retired Firefighter, Mr Stanley Jones

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of retired Firefighter, Mr Stanley Jones, aged 81 years on Sunday 13 March 2022.

Mr Jones started his career with the Fire Service in February 1967 where he served at Division Street and Elm Lane Fire Station up until his retirement in June 1986.

The funeral service is to be held on Monday 4 April 2022 at 1530 hours at South Chapel - Grenoside Crematorium, 5 Skew Hill Lane, Grenoside, Sheffield S35 8RZ followed by a reception at the Wadsley House Social Club, The Drive, Sheffield S6 4AL.

Family flowers only and if desired, donations can be made in Mr Jones’ memory to The Fire Fighters Charity.
https://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/donate/donate-in-memory.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


3 Feb 2022
Valediction – Retired Divisional Officer, Mr David Lockwood

It is with regret that the National Association of Retired Firefighters, Sheffield and Rotherham Branch have to inform you of the passing of retired Divisional Officer, Mr David Lockwood, aged 84 years who died on Wednesday 26 January 2022.

After completing his National Service with the RAF Military Police, Dave joined Sheffield Fire Brigade in 1958, serving at Darnall Road, Division Street, Mansfield Road, 'E' Division Headquarters, and West Division Headquarters, from where he retired in 1989.

His funeral service will be held on Thursday, 3rd March 2022 at 10:15 hours, at Hutcliffe Wood Cemetery, Periwood Lane, Beauchief, Sheffield S8 0HP.

If desired, donations can be made to British Heart Foundation.

The family will welcome anyone wishing to attend.


27 Jan 2022
Valediction - Dave Lockwood

It is with sadness that I have to inform you that Dave Lockwood passed away peacefully this morning in the Northern General Hospital.

Our thoughts are with his wife Pat, and his family at this very sad time.


08 Jan 2022
NARF Branch Meeting Cancellation

Dear Member,

Please be advised that as a current pandemic precaution, the NARF Sheffield and Rotherham Branch meeting scheduled for the 17th January, 2022, has been cancelled.

Thank you for you co-operation, and ongoing support.

Kind Regards,

Andrew Hopkinson, Branch Secretary


04 Jan 2022
Request for Assistance

Please can we have some assistance in the form of a touch of detective work?

Aa Fire Service Long Service and Good Conduct Medal was recently found in the street in Hertfordshire. It is inscribed "Sub Officer Owen Price".

Unfortunately that name is not recognised by anyone in the Hertfordshire retired members group as having served in the Brigade. Does anyone recognise the name?

One possibility is that it could belong to someone who was passing through to attend the Cenotaph in November, from anywhere in the country and that is why I'm casting the net to all points of the compass.

In the absence of any individual recollection, does anybody know if there is a central register held listing recipients of LSGC Medal.

If you have any details please contact us.


Pension Increase 2022

It is anticipated that Public Service Pensions will rise by 3.1% in April 2022 based on the following statement:

Civil Service Pensions will increase by 3.1% in April, following confirmation today that the rate of inflation in September, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), was 3.1%.

However it is likely that prices will rise further in the next few months as recent sharp rises in petrol and home energy costs feed into the inflation rate.

The basic State Pension will also increase by 3.1% from the start of the new tax year in April, but this is much lower that’s it would have been had the triple lock (of the higher of inflation; earnings growth; or 2.5%) not been suspended in September, as earnings had risen by 8.1%.

How the figures stack up for the basic state pension:

From April 2022, those on the basic state pension, the current figure of £137.60 will rise to £141.86. Then for those who receive the new full state pension can expect a rise from £179.60 a week to £185.15 next spring.