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Assistance to fellow members 

Chris Lynch has offered to assist with odd jobs for members. 

Chris lives in St Helens and regularly visits Newton le Willows.

Chris will do any odd jobs ( subject to discussion) especially gardening tasks.

contact Chris on 07847420888 or 01744 670090 

315 mile Charity Backpack by Branch Member 

Whilst I realise that like me, many people limit their donations to charity to a select few and by direct debit, I humbly ask that the below be circulated to fellow members for their consideration of a single donation which will go to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

On 10th April, I shall commence a solitary 315 mile ‘backpacking’ hike, from Poole in Dorset, through South Devon and finishing just west of Falmouth. This will be exactly half of the rugged South West Coast Path. I shall carry all of my own equipment, being totally self-sufficient and camping wherever I can each evening, carrying my own tent, sleeping bag, provisions, etc.  The journey should take me between three to four weeks.

The Just Giving charity website page that explains exactly what and why I am doing this is:

Any donations from just £1 upwards will be received with my heartfelt thanks on behalf of the RNLI. The website explains how donations may be made.

I thank you in anticipation of your help.

Kind regards,

Mel Brunskill.


Please read the reasons behind Mel's epic walk by clicking on his just giving link, it really shows how important the RNLI is to our coastline. 

All contributions, no matter how small, will help to maintain this vital service.  


Get fit for the New Year ahead!

Committee member Maureen Hamer has negotiated a deal at a local keep fit organisatio of NARPO members. The class is run by the wife of a retired Wigan Police Officer.

This could be just what you are looking for! 

Just click on the link to the  website (class timetable page) for details.

The offer I generally do for new members (who want to weigh and exercise) is £24 for the first 4 weeks. I'm happy to extend this to 6 weeks for Narpo members, but I will need them to contact me to pre-book into a class first then I can inform the cashiers.


Chris Whistlecroft

Maureen Hamer 9/1/15

water meters - useful advice 

a branch member  shares his expereince 

 This may be of interest to our members.  Water rates are based upon the rateable value of your property as determined by the local authority. Depending on which band your house is in, the amount payable could be in the region of £600-£700, or more.

Consider having a water meter fitted, if there less occupants than you have bedrooms.  Look at the United Utilities website for all the information.  Fitting is no problem, under the sink usually.

Now there just the two of us, the monthly bill is in the region of £25-30 , which represents an annual saving of over £300.

All it takes is one phone call to arrange an appointment for engineer to fit the meter.  After twelve months, if it doesn't save you money, you have the option to revert back to quarterly bills based upon your rateable value, at no cost.

hope this helps! 


Members mum in sponsored walk! 

Branch member Reg Haslam is shortly to undergo heart surgery, as a result his 82 year old Mum Dorothy undertook a sponsored walk at her care home in Warrington in support of the British Heart Foundation 

the local paper suggested she did it in memory of her son Reg, but he is very much alive and kicking 

Reg  writes 

I am really grateful to those who have made contact for sponsorship details.  Mum has raised over £700 so far  by walking six laps of her retirement village every day during the month of September.  Roughly forty miles in total, not bad for eighty two years young.  The Warrington Guardian headline read " Pensioner honours her sons memory with refreshing fundraising village walk mission"

Still here and Mum has been on to the editor, who has pledged some money by way of an apology, so some good has come from the mistake.  I am still here, awaiting the operation in November. 

Here are the details for anyone who wishes to donate to the British Heart Foundation 

donations by text to FIGHT 70707 to donate £3 to research or cheque to British Heart Foundation

Address BHF Customer Service Centre
Lyndon Place
2096 Coventry Road
B26 3YD

Reg can be contacted via the Branch secretary or the Website administrator 
Well done Dorothy!