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19 May 2017

It is with deep regret that we have to informed you of the death of Douglas Lightning who passed away on 5th May 2017 aged 95. Doug was the last surviving fireman on duty during the Sheffield Blitz on 12th to 14th December 1940. At that time he was just 22-years-old and one of only 68 fully trained firemen in the city at that time.

No funeral details are available at this time.

19 May 2017

It is with deep regret that we have to informed you of the death of retired Assistant Divisional Officer Peter Grimshaw aged 69 years, on Thursday 11 May 2017.

Peter commenced his career with the Fire Service in October 1973 until his retirement in April 2001.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00pm at Rose Hill Crematorium, Cantley Lane, Cantley, Doncaster DN4 6NE on Wednesday 24 May 2017

16 May 2017

It is with deep regret that we have to informed you of the death of retired Station Officer, Howard Newsome aged 71 years, on Tuesday 9 May 2017.

Howard commenced his career with the Fire Service in September 1968 until his retirement in February 1992.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30am at The Parish Church of Saint Andrew the Apostle Bolton-Upon-Dearne S63 8LW on Tuesday 23 May 2017.  The cremation service will be held at 11:30am at Barnsley Crematorium, Ardsley S71 5EH. 

After the funeral, the family would like to invite all friends and colleagues to The Oaks Working Men’s Club, Doncaster Road, Barnsley S71 5EF for refreshments.

Family flowers only and if desired donations may be made towards Macmillan Nurses during the Crematorium service. 

3 April 2017
Meeting Notice - Sheffield and Rotherham Retired Firefighters

Please be advised that the AGM of Sheffield and Rotherham Retired Firefighters' will be held in at the 'Showroom and Workstation', Paternoster Row, Sheffield, at 7:30pm, on 24 April 2017. The Ordinary meeting will be held immediately after the AGM.

Notice of the above was not shown on April's pay slips due to lack of space.

30 March 2017
Fire Service Pension Increase 2017

In November 2016 The Office of National Statistics released the Consumer Price Index for September 2016 which shows an increase of 1%. As a result, Police Pensions, and Fire Service Pensions will increase by 1% as of 1st April 2017.  

Full details can be found on the ONS website at: ONS

The source of this information is the National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO), and further information can be found by using the following link:

This information was first posted by us on 12 November 2017 under the title 'September CPI Now Released'

28 March 2017
Annual Service of Thanksgiving – Firefighters Monument – National Memorial Arboretum Sunday 14th May 2017

I write to make members of NARF aware on an invitation to attend the Annual Service of Thanksgiving at the Firefighters Monument ‘Firefighters Serving Humanity’, on Sunday 14th May 2017.  This annual service is an Act of Thanksgiving and celebration for the work of the Fire & Rescue Services and all who have served are serving or will serve in it.  The Monument is located at The National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, DE13 7AR.

The Service, to be conducted by Revd. Mia Hilborn (Chaplain to the Trust), will commence at 12:00 hrs, and will be of approximately 40 minutes duration. You are however requested to be in position by 11:40 hours.

To assist in planning it will be helpful if any members of the Association who will be attending the Service of Thanksgiving  confirm their attendance as well as that of any  family or friends to:  Colin Bailey - by 21st April 2017.

7 March 2017
Message from Pete Riggall - 'Volunteers Required for The Ethel Trust'

I have been involved with a wonderful local organisation, The Ethel Trust for over five years. We are a charity barge operating out of Sheffield and Thorne giving free or subsidised day and residential trips to all kinds of vulnerable groups from 4 to 100 years old.  The Trust coordinate a small project providing free of charge day and residential trips for learning disabled/disabled children, this year we plan to provide happy memories for up to 500 local youngsters.

We are currently looking for new volunteers to be given flexible training as crew; some may develop to become skippers so that they can lead the day. Travelling expenses and where applicable subsistence are paid to make sure that no one is out of pocket when helping.

So if you are interested get in touch, come along and see what we do, and if you like what you see sign up for crew training, you'll love it.

Pete Riggall:

2 March 2017
Message from Mrs Jean Williams, Widow of Retired Fireman Eric Williams

On Wednesday, 8 February 2017 two of Eric's former colleagues attended his funeral service at Worcester Crematorium. They introduced themselves to Jean but left at the end of the service. Jean would like to contact them, and thank them for attending. If you were one of these former colleagues, Jean would like to hear from you, so please contact her on Tel No. 01386 300977

23 February 2017
NARF National Council Meeting and AGM, Provisional Agendas 1st & 2nd April 2017

Download Council Meeting Provisional Agenda
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23 February 2017
British Red Cross Support at Home Befriending Volunteer - Rotherham

If you are caring, compassionate and up for a natter, this could be the role for you!

About this role
The aim of the Befriending service is to reduce loneliness and social isolation, helping people to engage with activities in their local community. We place the person at the centre of what we do and help them get through a crisis by offering positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support.

Additional information
The Befriending service supports residents in the Rotherham area. We are looking for volunteers to offer support and friendship to those with long term and/or mental health conditions.

The service helps to improve the wellbeing of individuals, increasing their independence and quality of life by encouraging them to engage and be involved in local activities.

Activities can include exercise classes, lunch clubs, community groups, taking walks, or something as simple as having a chat. Activities they can participate in will be dependent on their individual needs.

We ask for volunteers to be positive and friendly with a real interest in encouraging people to pursue their interests and connect with their community. Hours are flexible and can be chosen to suit the individual. If you are interested in other people, a good listener, reliable and have 2-3 hours a week to commit each week then this could be the ideal role for you.

Hours are flexible but must be available for at least two hours a week, any day of the week.

Typical tasks include
>     Visiting the service user in their home
>     Keeping someone company for a few hours at a time
>     Escorting them to an activity or community group
>     Taking them for a short walk to build their confidence
>     Providing their carer with a break by keeping the service user company

For more information about the role, the requirements and the excellent training available, please contact:

Janet Stocks   Telephone 01142427376

Application Form: >Click Here<

19 February 2017
Message from NARF General Secretary

The delay in individual members receiving the current copy of NARF News is due to the publishers changing the distributor after the bulks had been sent to Branch secretaries, and also because we wanted the ballot papers inserting into the magazine.  This move by the publisher has also saved the Association money in the process.  The late delivery has however brought publication of the NARF News into line with our original thinking of 4 issues per year which should now be May, August, November and February 

Accordingly I have extended the deadline for the competitions until 15 March.

Ballot papers should also be returned by that date. 

Members are asked ‘indicate ballot paper’ on the envelope to avoid them being opened accidentally as part of the Secretaries own correspondence.

15 February 2017
Request for Assistance Re: History of Rotherham Fire Brigade, Bedford SB Emergency Tender built in 1954 and Information on Wortley RDC Fire Brigade

I am Simon Rowley and I am a very active fire service historian and, along with a small group of 11 colleagues with like-minded interests, exchange historical information on a regular basis. I have an interest across the board including the present day. 

I served for a short time with the Hampshire Fire Brigade back in the early 1960s, have been a freelance press photographer since 1965 and started Fire-Aid International in 1990. This has now grown to a considerably sized business as can be seen on 

On a trip early this week we came back through Rotherham where, after visiting the South Yorkshire fire station, we had a look at both Erskine Road and Oaks Lane. I had been there before since closure and it was pleasing to see both buildings in continuing use rather than suffer the ignominy of demolition. Whilst at Erskine Road, I realised that there was a ‘fire station’ looking building across the street (now a community centre) but until I saw a picture of Erskine Road with appliances on both sides of the road, I had not realised that the station was in two completely separate buildings. Did the smaller building house the brigade’s ambulances?   

That got me thinking about the Rotherham Fire Brigade history but unfortunately, unlike the excellent history on the History of Sheffield Fire Brigade website, nothing seems to have been put in print unless, of course, you can steer me in the right direction. 

Next we come to the Bedford SB emergency tender built in 1954. The picture of the appliance on your members’ photos section was very interesting and was, in fact, taken by my colleague Ian Moore during a Fire Brigade Society visit in the late 1960s. The bodybuilder has always been the subject of discussion and I see from the caption, it is now thought likely that the coachwork was completed in-house although I must say that the finished article looked very professional. 

Do any elderly former members of the Rotherham Fire Brigade still exist, especially those who would have been in their early twenties in 1954 and would therefore now be in their eighties. If the appliance had been bodied by the brigade, this is something that would have been known by everyone at Erskine Road. 

Any contact that you can give me would be very much appreciated. 

The second question is that of the Wortley RDC Fire Brigade. I must confess that this is a new one for me (and my colleagues) and I would again be very keen to know a little bit about it. I have found its location and it seems to be very rural apart from High Green that I assume was in the district until 1974 with the fire station part of the West riding Fire Brigade. It would be very useful to know where the brigade’s fire station and headquarters was located (I assume that they had only one station) but I have found that the RDC’s offices were in Chapeltown so I wonder if that was also the location of the district council’s fire HQ and station. 

I would be very grateful for your members’ assistance in solving these queries and I look forward to hearing from you. 

Thank-you and kind regards. 
Simon Rowley
Tel: +44 (0)1425 402430
Mob: +44 (0)7860 914650
Fax: +44 (0) 1425 402331
Academy: +44 (0)1425 674390

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1 February 2017
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28 January 2017
Retired Fireman Eric Williams - Funeral Arrangements

Eric died aged 87 years, on Thursday 19 January 2017 at the Bricklehampton Nursing Home, Worcester.

He commenced his career with the Fire Service in October 1950 where he served at Maltby Fire Station until his retirement in June 1982.

The funeral service will take place at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Worcester WR3 8HA on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 at 1515 hours.

No flowers, but if desired a donation can be made to either Parkinson’s Society or Cancer Research.

The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.

21 January 2107
Valediction - Eric Williams

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Eric Williams, who passed away on 18 January 2017. Our thoughts are with Eric's wife Jean, and his family at this sad time.

Further details will be made available when we receive information from the brigade.

13 January 2017
Email from Caroline Frewer, Viewber Ltd

Caroline works for Veiewber Ltd who outsource viewings for estate agents/auction houses etc. 

Times are changing for Estate Agents, many people are using on-line agents more and they do not necessarily have the people available to show the properties and that is where Viewber come in.  They are desperately looking for more VIEWBERS and believe they will be carrying out some viewings in the Sheffield and Rotherham area in the near future.

Any potential VIEWBERS, can contact them on or on the phone number below or they can sign up on the website the address is below.

Caroline Frewer, Viewber Ltd
Tel: 03330 124186

5 January 2017
Valediction - Retired Firefighter, Mr Trevor Bann

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of retired Firefighter Trevor Bann aged 87 years.

Mr Bann joined the Fire Service in 1952 and was based at Barnsley Fire Station at the time of retirement in November 1982. The funeral will take place on Tuesday 10 January 2017, at 14:10 hours at Barnsley Crematorium, Doncaster Road, Ardsley, Barnsley S71 5EH. Family have advised that donations to the Dementia Charity can be made at the end of the funeral service. There will be a buffet at Co-operative Funeral Care, 50 Huddersfield Road, Barnsley S75 1DR following the service. The family would welcome anyone wishing to attend.

12 November 2017
September CPI Now Released

The Office of National Statistics have now released the Consumer Price Index for September 2016 which shows an increase of 1%. As a result, Police Pensions, and Fire Service Pensions will increase by 1% as of 1st April 2017. 

Full details can be found on the ONS website at: ONS

The source of this information is the National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO), and further information can be found by using the following link: