New Photo Album

New Photo Album



Due to technical issues, it has not been possible to post photos onto the Photo Album section and despite numerous attempts to rectify the problem, the problem has not been fixed.

Therefore, the DPP NARPO website now has two Photo Albums.

To access photos posted on the website from October 2021 onwards go to the Menu Bar and click on NEW PHOTO ALBUM.

To access photos posted on the website pre October 2021, go to the Menu Bar and click on OLD PHOTO ALBUM.


After missing last year due to Covid restrictions, it was good to resume the North Powys retired police officers’ Christmas lunch at the Lakeside, Garthmyl on Tuesday 30th November.

Many thanks to Derek Bloomfield for organising this year’s event.

1. Kevin Scourfield, Paul Herdman, Bill Rowbottom    2. Gloria Hughes, Edwina and Derek Bloomfield   3. Gary Jones, Roger Eagles, Myra Williams   4. Bill Smith and Keith Blanchard.   5. Brian Randle, John Williams, Jan Eagles   6. Bob Evans, Dave Crees   7.Teresa Jones and Grace Blanchard.   8. Phil and Gill Hopkins   9. (Partial of Trudy Randle), Meudwen Rowbottom, Vi and Lyn Clark

Derek received the following email prior to the lunch from former Chief Constable Mr. Ray White:

Dear Derek,

Although I now live in Queensland, Australia, I try to keep in touch and have managed to visit Wales about every two years prior to Covid 19. It is now 15 years since we emigrated and as you probably know just over two years since our sad loss of Trish from a sudden heart attack.

When Covid hit, I had booked up another trip to the U.K. which, of course, had to be cancelled. If possible, I hope to make it for May/June next year. My sister, Chris lives on the Isle of Wight and I would really like to see her.

Australia has had it relatively easy during Covid compared with the U.K. Over the whole of the country, we have only had about 1000 deaths in  total and only six in Queensland.  Our government shut down all air travel from the outset and being an ‘island’, we have been able to keep tight control.

I hope that you enjoy a lovely Christmas Dinner.

Please pass on my very best wishes to all of our colleagues.

Kind regards,

Ray White


In August 1921, Supt. WG Thomas of Pembrokeshire Police arranged a charity cricket match between Pembrokeshire Police and a Captain Ferguson’s Xl.

The match was held to raise funds for Pembroke Dock Nurses Home and it is envisaged that the nurses were tending to men wounded in WWl which ended less than three years previously. A letter appealing for donations was sent to residents of Pembroke Dock which can be read by clicking on APPEAL.


The above photograph from the collection held by the late Mr. Eric Powling was taken in 1921 and features the Pembroke Division. Supt WG Thomas is sat in the middle of the front row. Supt. Thomas joined Pembrokeshire Police as PC 9 in 1894 and retired as Deputy Chief Constable on 14th April 1924.


The below photos have been posted on the Memories of Welshpool Facebook page. The three smartly turned officers are stood outside the old New Street Police Station in Welshpool town centre.

It is thought that the officer in the middle is Inspector George and from a comment posted on Facebook, he was not someone to be messed about! The names of the other two officers are not known.

Judging by the uniform tunic and cap badge, it is believed the officers were members of the Montgomeryshire Constabulary. The force amalgamated with the Radnorshire & Breconshire Constabularies in 1948 to form the Mid-Wales Constabulary. 




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