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Diamond Jubilee Celebrations – update

Siste nytt angående jubileum i 2010 for section UK


Diamond Jubilee Celebrations – Update

2010 will see the International Police Association celebrate its Diamond Jubilee and the British Section – the founding Section – will be marking the occasion with events throughout the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.

Here’s a flavour of what’s being planned.

The 2010 National Council Meeting of Section UK will be held in Guildford, thus taking the celebrations into the south east of England. Members from the area, the Metropolis and the National Executive team are working on a programme of events around the dates of the meeting, which will include a Golf Tournament.

The jewel in the crown of the programme will be a special service at Guildford Cathedral in Surrey which features a stained glass window commemorating IPA. Invitations are being issued to VIPs and notable IPA members to come and assist in the re-dedication of the window, a personal gift by the 3rd President of Section UK and simultaneous International President Sir Peter Matthews. The international committee – the Permanent Executive Bureau – will be in attendance.

Over in the south west of England, a friendship weekend is being held around ‘Royal Windsor’.

Moving west into Wales, members there will make the Rugby 7s competition their main focal event.

Moving east across to the middle of England to Hereford. This is the home of Section UK’s longest serving member – Len Washer, UK4. He and other members will start a tour visiting three other founding Sections – the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany – and re-enact the early days of IPA as a truly worldwide body.   Members of Section IPA attending the marc h in Arnhem will use the opportunity of a symbolic handover of the Diamond Jubilee Flag to Section Netherlands (details of this event will be released later).  Netherlands is the second Section of the International Police Association so the flag is being handed over in readiness for their Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in 2010.
Len is also featuring on a special edition picture produced by cartoonist Jedd. The picture, depicting officers in period uniforms from the first seven Sections, will be reproduced on Christmas cards and memorabilia. These items are now available for sale.

Nottingham, situated in the east Midlands, is the home of the British Section Administrative Centre and International Administration Centre. The Diamond Jubilee flag will be raised at the outset of the year and an Open Day will be held on Saturday 24 July so members can visit, see the building and meet with members and staff from Section UK and the IAC. Tours of Trent Bridge Cricket Ground and NottinghamCity highlights are also being planned. (Details of this event will be released later).  Nottingham is also the venue for a Ten-pin bowling competition.

In the North of England, Durham Branch members are holding a friendship week ‘Historic Durham’.  The city of York is the venue for an international football competition in September. The Camping and Caravan Group will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with a nationwide Roadshow, the centrepiece of which will be a rally in Liverpool – confirmed see Events for final details.

In Northern Ireland, members are hosting a friendship week ‘A Taste of Ulster’. There’ll also be a delegation of national and regional office holders attending the National Police Memorial Day in Belfast.

Returning to Scotland, friendship weeks are being held in Stirling and plans are afoot for IPA involvement in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo as well as the annual traditional Burns Suppers.

You can view up to date details of the planned events by viewing the appropriate pdf file or emailing the contact address shown:


Date Event For more details
Ongoing Jedd Items for sale www.ipa-uk.org/Jedd-Merchandise
1st week of January 2010 Raising of Diamond Jubilee Flag mail@ipa-uk.org
23 January 2010 Burns Night supper Lothian-and-borders@ipa-uk.org
6 January 2010 Burns Night supper ayrshire@ipa-uk.org
26 February 2010 Ten Pin Bowling Competition 10pin@ipa-uk.org
13 – 16 May 2010 Royal Windsor Friendship Weekend windsor friendship week.pdf
27 May 2010 National Golf Tournament golf@ipa-uk.org
27 May – 1 June 2010 Diamond Jubilee Caravan Rally caravanning jubilee event.pdf
18 June 2010 Guildford Cathedral Service To be posted later.
24 July 2010 Open Day at the Admin Centre of the British Section and International Secretariat To be posted later
31 July –  7 August 2010 A Taste of Ulster Friendship Week Ulster friendship week.pdf
1 August – 8 August 2010 DurhamCity Friendship Week Durham friendship week.pdf
7 August – 14 August 2010 Central Scotland Friendship Week (fully booked) central-scotland@ipa-uk.org
6 August – 28 August 2010 Edinburgh Military Tattoo To be posted later
4 September 2010 Handover of flag to Section Netherlands To be posted later
6 – 15 September 2010 Tour of Founding Sections with Len Washer west-mercia@ipa-uk.org
12 September 2010 Four Peaks Hillwalk To be posted later
17 September 2010 International Football Tournament To be posted later
26 September 2010 National Police Memorial Day, Belfast To be posted later
  Rugby 7’s To be posted later

Yours in friendship

Lee Hemmings

Communications Team




As part of the special Diamond Jubilee Celebrations next year, the two Admin Centres, situated at 1 Fox Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, England will be opening their doors to members and guests for an Open Day on Saturday 24 July 2010.


The programme is in the very early stages but here’s what’s being organised:

In the morning:

– arrival by members and guests at their leisure.  A welcoming coffee/tea and biscuits will be served at the world famous Trent Bridge Cricket Ground (situated on the other side of Fox Road).  Thereafter, visitors are free to wander back across to the Admin Centres to tour the building and look at the many items of memorabilia on display.  So we don’t get too overcrowded with everyone visiting at the same time, we’re organising optional tours of Trent Bridge Cricket Ground throughout the day.

In the afternoon:

– at 12.45pm – 3pm a finger buffet with bar will be available at the Cricket Ground.  By mid-day we hope all our visitors will have arrived but if not there’ll still be an opportunity to visit the Admin Centres.  Members of the international and national executive committees and staff will be here to welcome you throughout the day.   West Bridgford is in easy reach of Nottingham City Centre so anyone wanting to fill their time at the shops or any of the tourist attractions can do so.

In the evening:

– Nottinghamshire Branch will host a three course gala dinner in the banqueting suite at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground from 7pm – 12pm.


As soon as more precise details are available we will issue them, along with booking forms.  In the meantime, we do hope you will put the date in your diary and consider paying us a visit.  We hope to make it a special event with as many people as possible visiting from afar.  If you feel it’s a long way to travel just for an Open Day, there’s plenty to do and see in and around Nottingham so why not make a weekend of it.  East Midlands Airport is only 20 minutes away with a superb shuttle bus running backwards and forwards every half an hour (the stop is 5 minutes’ walk from Fox Road).


Remember – Saturday 24 July 2010!


Yours in friendship


Lib Jones

For the Communications Team

Av: Johnny Langmo

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