News from The Friends of The Devon & Cornwall Constabulary Heritage & Learning Resource

The Friends will be working closely with the new charity which has been established with the charities commission - The South West Police Heritage Trust (SWPHT) and six trustees have been recruited from a wide range of backgrounds and experience. The board of trustees is meeting monthly to develop their plans and I, as your chairman, have accepted their offer to sit on the Board as an ex officio member. The incredible collection of police history held at Okehampton has been notionally transferred to the South West Police Heritage Collections Trust (an arm of the SWPHT) for them to protect and develop in line with their aspirations. This significant step forward in the history of Devon and Cornwall Police heritage naturally brings with it imminent changes for our Friends Group. Your committee will be discussing how we can best integrate with the new arrangements. Key will be ensuring there is a clearly defined and understood role for the Friends and a delineation with the work

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Our own specially adapted van is ready to book with full liability insurance for Friends activities. The volunteers are happy to attend pre booked community events when they can display such items as replica objects, activity boxes for young people as well as information on the South West's policing heritage. Police officers may loan and drive the van themselves.
At least four weeks notice is required for its loan.
We are always looking for funding to keep it on the road so if you can help please contact us

Plymouth Museum - Historic collection on the road

On Saturday 14 November 2015, the Friends of the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary Heritage & Learning Resource took the Driving Heritage van, handling boxes and trusty police box to Plymouth Museum to attend the ‘Plymouth past, sustainable future’ event organised by Plymouth Law School.
If you think we can help at an event or function you are holding Contact us now

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Rethinking Murder

The 'Friends' organised a very successful fund raising event 'Rethinking Murder - Lost Lives and Living Archives'. It was very well supported with an opening address by Sir John Evans. There were two exhilarating illustrated talks by Angela Sutton-Vane BSc MRes. & Simon Dell M.B.E. and everyone had a fantastic day.

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Start Bay

Operation Tiger was a WWII training exercise held off start Bay when nearly1000 American soldiers lost their lives following German U boats attacking the exercise. A memorial service was held at start Bay to mark the 70 anniversary. Over 200 local school children attended as well as representatives from the armed forces and local population.
The friends attended with their van and displayed such items as a World War Two siren and war posters all of which come from the heritage and Learning resource collection.

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‘Come inside the tardis’

‘Come inside The Tardis’ was a display and open morning at Cheriton Bishop. It was a great success and even more with the children!. We loved meeting everyone from the area and plan to do similar events throughout the year. This event was sponsored by the Cheriton Bishop & Crockenwell Neighbourhood Watch, helping to make old and young aware of the heritage that protected us then and now.
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Police Car renovation

Here are images of the restoration project carried out by the students at South Devon College on the old police car donated to the collection that was kept in a garage at Okehampton Police station. It is now in a temporary facility in Okehampton and we are looking for a more permanent home. If you can help please contact us.

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Devon & Cornwall Constabulary Heritage & Learning Resource
Okehampton Police Station
Exeter Road
Okehampton
Devon EX20 1NN

Chairman: Andy Bickley
Vice Chair: Miss Pam Giles
Secretary: Miss Jane Wilkinson
Treasurer: Mrs. Sue Crowley
Van rep: Brian Edmunds
Webmaster: Andy Francis