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News and Information 2018

22 October 2018
Fire Service and State Pension Increases 2019

We have been informed that in 2019 the Fire Service Pension will increase by 2.4%, and the State Pension will increase by 2.6%.


16 October 2018
Fire Fighters Charity - Welcome to Shout TV

Welcome to the Winter 2018’s Shout! TV update, featuring the latest video stories from our new issue of Shout! magazine. >>view the TV update.


7 October 2018
Next Meeting of Sheffield and Rotherham Retired Firefighters

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 the 15th October, 2018.

Please Note:
The Showroom and Workstation are having work carried out on the outside of the building, and this will change the access point for anybody with mobility issues.

Access will still be provided, but further down Paternoster Row, and they will have signage in place to ensure that access is available.

If any member who is attending has access issues, please let us know ASAP, to enable us to inform the venue in good time.

>> Download Location Map for the Showroom and Workstation


11 September 2018
Valediction - Bernard Spellman

It is with great sadness that we have received the news that Bernard Spellman has passed away on Sunday 9 September 2018, aged 71 years .

Bernard served at numerous locations, including Darnall Road,  Mansfield Road, Division Street and Ringinglow Fire stations until his retirement in 1998.

His funeral will be held at 13:45 hrs on Friday 21st September 2018 at the Sheffield City Road Crematorium, 441 City Rd, Sheffield S2 1GD

Family flowers only and if desired, donations can be made at the service for St Luke's Hospice and The Fire Fighters Charity.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


11 September 2018
Valediction - Jeff Overton

It is with great sadness that we have received the news tonight, that Jeff Overton passed away on the 6th September 2018, at the age of 78.

Jeff commenced his career with the Fire Service in April 1960 where he served at numerous locations, including Darnall Road, Elm Lane and Division Street until his retirement in September 1990.

His funeral will be held at 12:00am on 5th October 2018, at Alford Crematorium, Miles Cross Hill,
Alford, Lincolnshire LN13 9LH.

Jeff’s wife, Marilyn, has contacted us to enquire who of those who will be attending Jeff's funeral, would like refreshments, or would like to act as coffin bearers. If they could they please contact Brian or Kath Marsden on 0114 2469986, it will be appreciated.

Marilyn would welcome anyone wishing to attend.

Family flowers only and if desired, donations can be made (and will be divided) to Marie Curie and Baranados charities.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


23 July 2018
Valediction - Retired Firefighter, Mr John Leslie Overend

It is with regret that the Service has informed informed us of the death of Mr John Leslie Overend, aged 63 years on Sunday 15 July 2018.

Mr Overend commenced his career with the Fire Service in February 1979, where he served at various locations, including FBU section of Command Headquarters until his retirement in January 2007.

Funeral service will be held at 1250 hours at Ardsley Crematorium, Doncaster Road, Barnsley S71 5EH on Thursday 26 July 2018.

Family flowers only and if desired, donations can be made to Pancreatic Research Fund.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


14 July 2018
Re Previous Valediction for  Mr Terence Gladwin

It can now be confirmed that Mr Gladwin's funeral will be held at 11:30 am at Rotherham Crematorium, Ridgeway, East Herringthorpe, Rotherham S65 3NN on Thursday 26 July 2018.

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

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


10 July 2018
Valediction - Retired Senior Divisional Officer, Mr Terence Gladwin

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of Mr Terence Gladwin, aged 77, on Sunday 8 July 2018.

Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Mr Gladwin commenced his career with the Fire Service in September 1961, and retired in November 1984.

Funeral details will be published when known.


8 July 2018
Sheffield and Rotherham Retired Firefighters Meeting

Please be advised that our next meeting is on the 16th July 2018, commencing at 7:30 pm, at the Showroom and Workstation, Paternoster Row Sheffield. If you require to view the minutes of the previous meeting held on 16th April please go to our Meetings Page.


8 July 2018
Fire Fighters Charity Prize Draw 1 June 2018

>>Download the Winning Numbers Here


15 June 2018
New Members

Welcome to our new members - Trevor Bernard, Robert Webster and Katherine Kempsall.


14 June 2018
Valediction - Peter Kempsall

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Mr Peter Kempsall.

His funeral service has already taken place.


31 May 2018
The New Mayor for Rotherham 2018/19
Is our Member, Councillor Alan Buckley

Councillor Alan BuckleyAfter many years looking after Brinsworth as a Councillor, and South Yorkshire as a Firefighter, we are pleased to announce that our member Alan Buckley is the new mayor of Rotherham.

All we can add is that we wish Alan and his wife Sandra all the best, as they are  looking forward to using their year in office to shine a light on the many charities, organisations and groups doing invaluable work in Rotherham. Alan and Sandra have chosen three charities to support which hold a personal and local affinity:


27 May 2018
'Christmas Night Out at the Dogs' - Book Now to Avoid Disappointment

Owlerton 2018 If you would like to go to the Sheffield and Rotherham Retired Firefighters 'Christmas Night Out at Owlerton', please contact Arthur Levick, either by:

Email on arthur.levick@hotmail.com

Or by phone 0114 2461432

Before our next meeting the 16th July.


21 May 2018
Valediction – Retired Leading Firefighter Mr Gordon Farmer

It is with regret that the Service informed us of recent death of Mr Gordon Farmer, aged 88 years on Monday 7 May 2018.

Mr Farmer commenced his career with the Fire Service in September 1950, where he served at Division Street, Mansfield Road and Mosborough Fire Stations, until his retirement in September 1980.

Funeral is to be held at 1315 hours on Tuesday 5 June 2018, Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium, Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0HN.

No flowers but if desired donations can be made to the Research and Development team, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TH.

After the funeral, the family would like invite all friends and colleagues for drinks at the Butchers Arms, Main Road, Marsh Lane, Sheffield S21 5RH.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


3 May 2018
Firefighters Charity #My75Miles

From Judith Oliver, Regional Fundraiser (Yorkshire & Humberside)

The fundraising campaign for the charity’s 75th anniversary is the #My75Miles challenge.  The Charity aims to recruit 10,000 people nationally, and If each person raises a minimum of £75 that’s £750,000 towards our critical services.

Remember – it’s not just firefighters but civilian staff, friends, family members or people you meet in the gym. And they can do whatever they want – swim, cycle, run, pogo stick, etc, etc. In fact, the more unusual the better.

Many thanks and if you need to know more, just ask.

Judith Oliver
Regional Fundraiser (Yorkshire & Humberside)
The Fire Fighters Charity
07825 182621
JOliver@firefighterscharity.org.uk


29 April 2018
Valediction - Retired Firefighter, Ray Goodall

We have just received an email from Chalky White in New Zealand (ex SFB and SYCFS), who has received an e-mail from Ray Goodall's daughter who lives in Buckingham, informing us that Ray passed away on the 6th April and his funeral is on the 3rd May.

Ray served at Darnall during the time of Mac Webster and Tom Dunhill, Ken Needham, Neil Rimmington were on his watch at the time.

We are trying to find out the time and place of his funeral, and we will update you when further information becomes available.


25 April 2018
Valediction - Retired Station Officer, Mr Derek Charles Miles

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of retired Station Officer, Mr Derek Charles Miles, aged 84 years on Thursday 8 March 2018.

Derek was appointed in April 1974 where he served at various locations around Sheffield before retiring in February 1989.

His funeral service has already taken place.


25 April 2018
Funeral Details - Retired Leading Firefighter, Mr John 'Jack' Batty

SYFR have confirmed Jack's funeral details as follows:

First service will be held at 1015 hours on Friday 4 May 2018 at St Thomas Church, Church Street, Gawber, Barnsley S75 2RL, followed by a cremation service at 1130 hours at Ardsley Crematorium, Doncaster Road, Barnsley S71 5EH.

Donations if desired, can be made in lieu of flowers to St Thomas Church and the Fire Fighters Charity.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


24 April 2018
Valediction - Mrs Pamela Brown

Andrew Brown has sadly informed us of the passing of his mother, Pamela Brown, on 16th April from Alzheimer’s.

Pamela was the Widow of Steve Brown - Steve retired from SYCFS in the early 1990’s and served as a Station Officer at Rivelin Valley Fire Station, and passed away in March 2015.

Steve and Pam did not have a large social circle but Andrew was aware that some of the attendees of at has Father’s funeral had been made aware of his passing by connections within the Fire Service.

Any former colleagues, friends who knew Steve and Pamela would be welcome to come and pay their respects.

Pam's funeral will be held at Grenoside Crematorium on Tuesday 8th May at 2.30pm, followed by a buffet lunch at the Cow and Calf pub; If you wish to pass on your personal condolences, Andrew’s contact details are:

Email: andybrown172@btinternet.com Mobile: 07540 248797


17 April 2018
Valediction - Retired Assistant Divisional Officer, Mr David Wilson

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of David Wilson, aged 76 years on Thursday 5 April 2018.

Following an initial career as a policeman, Dave joined the Fire Service in February 1969, and served at various locations including, Darnall Road Fire Station. He also worked at both Eastwood and Beaver Hill Training Schools, where he worked as a driving instructor and a driving examiner. Prior to retiring in September 2001, he worked in Operational Planning at Wellington Street.

His funeral will be held at 1200 hours on Monday 30 April 2018, Grenoside Crematorium, North Chapel, 5 Skew Hill Lane, Sheffield S35 8RRZ.

Family flowers only and if desired donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research and Ethel Trust Community Barge.

After the funeral, the family would like invite all friends and colleagues to Wortley Hall, Wortley, Sheffield S35 7DB for a get together.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


13 April 2018
Valediction - Retired Leading Firefighter, Mr John 'Jack' Batty

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of Mr John Batty, aged 87 years this morning, Friday 13 April 2018.

'Jack' as some of his colleagues knew him by, commenced his Fire Service career in December 1958, where he served at High Green Fire Station before retiring in November 1985.

The funeral details will be issued when available.


9 April 2018
AGM and Ordinary Meeting Notice

The next Ordinary Meeting and AGM of the Sheffield And Rotherham Retired Firefighters will be held at the Showroom And Workstation, Paternoster Row, Sheffield, at 7:30 pm on Monday, 16th April 2018. All are welcome.


6 April 2018
Funeral Details - Retired Divisional Officer, Mr Derek Wilson

Mr Wilson received a Chief Fire Officer's Commendation in 1964 when he was an Officer in Charge of a team of five firemen to assist with the Aberfan Disaster in 1966.

His funeral service will be held at 1250 hours on Tuesday, 1 May 2018 at Ardsley Crematorium, Doncaster Road,  Barnsley S71 5EH.

Family flowers only and if desired, donations may be made to Barnsley Hospice.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


4 April 2018
Valediction - Retired Divisional Officer, Mr Derek Wilson

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of Mr Derek Wilson, aged 80 years on Monday 2 April 2018.

Mr Wilson commenced his Fire Service career in November 1958, where he served in Fire Prevention at Command Headquarters before retiring in November 1988.

The funeral details will be published when available.


4 April 2018
Valediction - Retired Station Officer, Mr Eric Clements

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of Mr Eric Clements, aged 71 years on Thursday 29 March 2018.

Mr Clements commenced his Fire Service career in January 1969, where he served at Elm Lane Fire Station until his retirement in July 1988.

The funeral details will be published when available.


21 February 2018
Fire Fighters Charity - Shop in a Box

Are you holding a fire station open day, fete or other event?  Would you like to sell Fire Fighters Charity merchandise at your event to help boost your fundraising? If so, why not try their  Shop in a Box scheme!

Order a Shop in a Box ahead of your next event and the Charity will send you a pre-selected box of our merchandise, a price list and instructions.

Just sell as many items as you can on the day box up whatever’s left over and send it back to the Charity free of charge. Then all you have to do pay in the money you’ve raised and your event will have helped to support injured firefighters across the UK.

For more information go to: >>firefighters charity


17 February 2018
Fire Fighters Charity - Services

The Fire Fighters Charity supports over 5,000 beneficiaries a year through a broad range of services. See More>>

Services Access Line 0800 3898820


09 February 2018
Valediction – Retired Fireman, Mr Paul Burrows

It is with regret that the Service has informed us of the death of retired Fireman Mr Paul Burrows aged 74 years, on Friday 26 January 2018. 

Paul commenced his career with the Fire Service in November 1974 until his retirement in September 1983.

The funeral service will take place on Thursday 22 February 2018 at 1.45pm at the South Chapel, Grenoside Crematorium, 5 Skew Hill Lane, Sheffield S35 8RZ

Donations can be made to the Palliative Care Unit of the Northern General Hospital.


31 January 2018
Valediction – Retired Firefighter, Mr Thomas Malcolm Nurney

It is with regret that we have been been informed of the death of retired Fireman Mr Thomas Malcolm Nurney aged 85 years, on Tuesday, 23 January 2018.  It is understood that Tom served at Barnsley.

The funeral service will take place on Friday 2 February 2017 at 10.15am at Shafton Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Shafton, Barnsley, S72 8NS. 

Following the service, there will be a burial at 11.00am at St Peters Church / Felkirk Parochial church yard, Church Lane, South Hiendley, Barnsley S72 9DH.

Refreshments will be available afterwards at the Singing Man, 23 The Green, Shafton S72 8PQ.

Family flowers only and the family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.


5 January 2018
Valediction - Retired Leading Firefighter Mr Samuel Hall Cawthorne

Sadly we have been informed by Sam's son Harry that Sam, aged 96, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, 3rd January after a short illness.

Our thoughts are with Harry and the rest of the family at this sad time.

Sam commenced his career with the Fire Service in February 1952, where he served at E Division, Training School until his retirement in October 1976.

Sam's funeral service will be held at Chesterfield and District Crematorium, Chesterfield Road, Brimington, Chesterfield, S43 1AU on Friday, 26 January 2018 at 10:30 am.

Family flowers only, but if desired a donation can be made via donation box which will be available at the service.


1 January 2018
Meeting Notice - Sheffield and Rotherham Retired Firefighters

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 7:30 pm on Monday, 15th January 2018.


30 December 2017
Clive Hible, Funeral Arrangements

We have been informed by Stephen Hible that his dad's Funeral will be at the North Chapel, Grenoside Crematorium, 5 Skew Hill Lane, Grenoside, Sheffield S35 8RZ, on 10 January 2018 at 2:45 pm

The family welcomes anyone who wishes to attend.


13 December 2017
Fire Service Pension Increase 2018

The ONS have now released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September 2017 which shows an increase of 3%. As a result, it is estimated that Fire Service Pensions will increase by 3%, as of 9th April 2018.

Full details can be found on the ONS website