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PMA events 2016Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 7pm

Because of the current restrictions, our AGM will be a 30-45 minute Zoom call. Details of how to join the meeting will be circulated to members nearer the time.

Our association is run for the benefit of all past members of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. Plans are in place to propose a change to our Constitution at our AGM, to recognise the merger with the Isle of Wight and open up membership to past IoW FRS colleagues.

We do hope you can attend our AGM and look forward to seeing you there.

Funeral for Mark Harris on Wednesday 14 April 2021

Mark’s funeral is taking place on Wednesday 14 April at 1045 at Aldershot Crematorium.

Anyone wishing to pay their respects can now utilise the car park and stand inside the grounds of the crematorium, making sure to observe strict social distancing.

Due to timings of previous and following funerals, there is very little attendance time so anyone wishing to attend, please arrive at 1030. After the family have entered the chapel everyone else will need to leave promptly.

Hopefully, there will be a fire service attendance from Rushmoor, but please note this isn’t a Service funeral, attendance is to allow anyone who knew and worked with Mark to pay their respects.

If you wish to make a donation in memory of Mark, please visit: https://mark-richard-harris.muchloved.com

New website for The Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust

The Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust have launched their new website. Chair of the Trust, Alan House, said that that although there is still work to be done on the site, the decision was made to launch it as a source to provide heritage information related to the Fire and Rescue Service and to the Constabulary. It is hoped that this can be a useful portal for anyone doing research or who are just curious about the proud histories of both public services and how they have served the communities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight over many decades. The Trust has strong ties with the PMA, with a number of its members involved on the weekly work days, building the exhibits and renovating the many artefacts in the collection.

There have been many changes and additions in the Trusts home at the Solent Sky museum as a whole over the past 6 months. The Fire and Police team are busy creating their third display room and they have been instrumental in the creation of a brand new World War 2 ‘Home Front’ experience area. Work on this is ongoing and it will be open to the public later this year – Covid restrictions permitting.

Being an independent museum, the restrictions over the past months have had a significant financial impact and as these restrictions lift, everyone looks forward to welcoming new and returning visitors.

Visit The Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust website.

Hampshire Pension Services are changing the way they contact you

Hampshire Pension Services (HPS) are changing the way that they contact you, in order to lower the environmental impact of their business and to reduce costs.

Future payslips, P60s and newsletters from Hampshire Pension Services

You will receive your April and May 2021 payslips by post as usual. You will also receive a P60 by post if you paid any tax during the tax year 2020/21. However, HPS will not post you a payslip when there is a change to the amount that they pay during the year.

In future, HPS will not automatically send you paper copies of payslips, newsletters, or P60s by post. Your payslips and P60 will be available online. You will be able to view these through the Hampshire Pensions Member Portal and you will be able to print a copy from the Member Portal at any time if needed. The next annual newsletter will continue to be available on their website.

Opting out of online communications

You will need to write to HPS if you wish to opt out of online communications and instead receive paper copies as HPS cannot accept requests to opt out of online communications by telephone.

To register or sign in to the Hampshire Pensions Member Portal

To register or sign in to the Hampshire Pensions Member Portal, visit: https://upmliveportal.hants.gov.uk

If you have any issues registering or signing into the Member Portal, please contact Hampshire Pension Services by phone on 01962 845588 or by email to pensions@hants.gov.uk

Future changes in the Scheme Regulations

In addition, HPS will no longer send you written advice of future changes in the scheme regulations that may affect you. This information will be publicised via:

If you have provided HPS with an email address, they will send you an email to advise that a change in regulations has been made and that details can be viewed through the Member Portal or on their website.

Your health – consider a flu vaccination

It’s that time of year when the NHS makes available the flu vaccination for the at risk groups across the nation. With Coronavirus still lurking in the background it’s perhaps more important this year than any other for us ‘Baby Boomers’ and the retired youngsters from ‘Generation X’ to join the queue for the flu jab to protect each of us from this debilitating illness.

Clearly everyone has their own choice to make and it’s only right that, whether you do or do not wish to have the jab, you at least give it some clear thought right now.

The government wants to increase the number of people receiving the flu vaccination this year amid fears coronavirus cases could coincide with cold and flu season. In July, plans were announced to double the amount of people who receive the flu jab, from 15 million to 30 million.

Flu can be unpleasant, but if you’re otherwise healthy, it’ll usually clear up on its own in about a week. But flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:

  • anyone aged 65 and over
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
  • children and adults with weakened immune systems

Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.

Whatever choice you make please stay safe and we look forward to times when communicating with each other includes actually being together again.

More information on the flu vaccine can be found on the NHS website.

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2019

Article provided by Phil Webb

Sunday 3rd November 2019 saw our first visit to the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Sadly we didn’t fill the coach but 35 intrepid members prepared to brave the forecast inclement weather. We need not have worried, the weather was wonderful with the rain only appearing whilst we were on the coach, as we alighted the sun came out – it was all down to careful planning!

Our first stop was at Hassocks Garden Centre where we enjoyed a hearty breakfast before most of us went to view the veteran cars……. I say most of us, because several of the ladies (led I’m told by Julie Cowmeadow ) stayed in the Garden Centre perusing the extensive displays – Julie did suggest we have another trip to the same Garden Centre and ignore the cars – philistine!

Many of us took the short half mile walk to Clayton Hill where we were within 2-3 feet of the cars as they struggled up the incline. Some didn’t quite make it and passengers were ejected to lighten the load, running up the hill or giving a push where necessary. Several intrepid cyclists on Penny Farthings struggled up the hill but few actually reached the summit under pedal power. 

There was an enormous range of cars, mainly fuelled by petrol but some still running on steam, most of the manufacturers of these early cars have disappeared, but there were several large Mercedes showing off their power as they overtook the smaller cars on the hill.

Around 1.30 pm we re-boarded the coach and drove into Brighton alighting on Marine Drive (just above the finish line). Here we could see the cars close up and see the drivers and their passengers celebrating their arrival. Champagne flowed – sadly not for us – we made do with fish and chips under the arches. At 4.30 pm  we boarded the coach for a leisurely drive home – listening to the comments it was clear that everyone had enjoyed themselves, for most this was their first visit.

Recycle with The Fire Fighters Charity

The Fire Fighters Charity has run a successful textile recycling scheme since 2008, in partnership with fire and rescue services and textile recycling companies across the UK, which today raises over £500,000 a year for the Charity.

So far this year (April to August 2019), Hampshire’s fire stations with a textile bank have raised £5633.76 for the Charity and diverted 25,608 kg of textiles from landfill. You can help by donating your old clothes

What you can donate to textile banks

  • Adult and children’s clothing
  • Socks
  • Coats
  • Underwear
  • Paired shoes
  • Handbags
  • Linen

Please NO bric-a-brac, plastic, toys or electrical items.

Find your nearest recycling bank

https://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/get-involved/recycle-your-textiles/recycling-banks/

 

Lunch and Skittles at Wellow – 11 November 2018

The 11th November is the date that nationally we mark the end of World War One, but on this day in 2018 forty-six people gathered at Wellow Golf Club for Sunday lunch and to battle for the PMA Skittles trophy.

The skittles competition got under way at 1230 breaking at 1315 to partake of the superb Sunday lunch. By the time we got to 1615 the competition whittled down to the final contenders: Barbara House, Lin Winter and Colin Warwick. Each still had several lives left so it was all to fight for. They took their bowls in rotation and for a while it looked like we’d be there forever, but eventually, Colin Warwick was the last player still standing and the trophy was his to claim along with the pint pot full of cash.

An excellent day was had by all and a trip to Wellow for Sunday lunch and Skittles is likely to be held again in 2019.

Sunday Lunch and Skittles – 11 November 2018

Lunch and Skittles

Where

Members/partners and guests are invited to a 3 course Sunday lunch followed by a game of skittles at Wellow Golf Club, Ryedown Lane, East Wellow, Hampshire SO51 6BD

When

Sunday 11th November 2018
Skittles at 12:00pm – lunch served at 1:30pm

Cost

The cost per person is:

  • PMA member/partner: £17.50
  • Guests: £18.50

Please note that on the day an additional £1 per person will be charged as prize money.

Book your place

Please download a booking form in either Word or PDF format and return as per the instructions given. Please do not send any money now – we will advise when money is due.

The closing date for the return of booking forms is 30th October 2018. Numbers are limited so please book early to ensure your place!