Heart of Gold Cop Retires From WMPolice

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One of West Midlands Police’s most senior black officers has retired after a law and order career stretching back more than 30 years − and has urged more members of the black community to “make a difference” by choosing police careers.

Keith Fraser − the only black Superintendent currently with the force − has spoken of his immense pride at serving the public since his first day on patrol back in 1985. In a varied career he’s gone from beat patrols in Barking, via New Scotland Yard to the West Midlands where he’s worked in child protection, crime investigation, neighbourhood policing and specialist roles like tactical firearms commander.

He said:

“The service really does need and value difference. Anyone who cares about their communities should look at joining the police… there is no point standing on the outside looking in when you could make a real difference. One of the proudest moments in my life was putting on my uniform for the first time: the look of pride on my family’s faces will never leave me. It made me feel so happy and confirmed I’d make the right decision.

“I’ve lost track of the amount of times people have come up to me in the street to shake my hand or say how ‘it’s good to see a black police officer here’ − some have literally stopped their car to get out and say thanks. People who are not white shouldn’t be such a rarity in policing.”

“I have experienced some challenges based on the colour of my skin and some racist comments − but they have been very rare occasions. There is less racism in the police than some people want to believe. I feel sometimes where we get it wrong it’s as a result of unwitting actions or lack of knowledge. The vast majority of police officers I have come into contact with are really driven with a passion and a desire to help others. Most members of the public will not see most of what officers do to help them behind-the-scenes.”

Since joining West Midlands Police in 2005, Keith has worked in Birmingham, Stourbridge, Walsall and Wolverhampton and been the force’s lead for children and young people and a victims’ champion. He’s also helped create a group aimed at preventing young people getting sucked into crime and gang activity and received several bravery commendations, including one for tackling a knifeman while he was off duty at a post office paying his car tax.

“It’s a hugely rewarding job,” added Keith.

“As a child I always had a strong desire to help others − it sounds a bit clichéd but I think it was driven by watching my mom and dad who worked hard, gave a lot to others and expected nothing in return.

“I first applied to become a police officer when I was 13-years-old. Thankfully someone from the Home Office replied with a fantastic letter of encouragement and advice for the future. The person who took the time to reply helped to keep my desire to be a cop alive.”

Keith has a big Heart of Gold – is a Trustee at Sports Birmingham – Sport Birmingham is governed by a number of Board members who bring with them a wealth of skills and knowledge. The Board’s key aims are to work with partners to increase participation in sport, physical education and active recreation, and to build clear pathways for people with sporting talent to enable them to reach their potential.

Keith is very passionate about helping young people and was delighted to be asked to Chair a charity that shares the same commitment to raising the aspirations of young people throughout the West Midlands and beyond. Is now Trustee of Employability UK – which is designed to meet the needs and expectations of students, teachers, governors, parents/carers and OFSTED. They are flexible and targeted and can be shaped to individual school needs.

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Monster don’t just live behind your door

Whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines can offer expert advice.

#WorldSmileDay Because you are stronger now than you were yesterday

“Laugh, even when you feel too sick or too worn out or tired.
Smile, even when you’re trying not to cry and the tears are blurring your vision.
Sing, even when people stare at you and tell you your voice is crappy.
Trust, even when your heart begs you not to.
Twirl, even when your mind makes no sense of what you see.
Frolic, even when you are made fun of.
Kiss, even when others are watching.
Sleep, even when you’re afraid of what the dreams might bring.
Run, even when it feels like you can’t run any more.
And, always, remember, even when the memories pinch your heart.

Because the pain of all your experience is what makes you the person you are now. And without your experience
–you are an empty page, a blank notebook, a missing lyric. What makes you brave is your willingness to live through your terrible life and hold your head up high the next day.

So don’t live life in fear.
Because you are stronger now, after all the crap has happened, than you ever were back before it started.”
― Alysha Speer

Random tweet off @MaddieJo_13 for a wedding date leads to ‘I Do’…

When Madison O’Neill tweeted the day before a wedding that she needed a plus-one, she did not expect that two years later he would propose to her.
They went to the wedding together, and now, just over two years after that random date, O’Neill posted on twitter where it all began, that they are engaged.
People on Twitter are in love with this fairy tale story and it is now a featured moment on Twitter with more than 87,000 retweets.





Help secure the Severn Valley Railway’s unique heritage for future generations

Help secure the Severn Valley Railway’s unique heritage for future generations.

Bridgenorth Comment:

We launched our Share Offer last November to help fund transformative works at Bridgnorth Station. Proceeds will support ambitious plans to deliver much-improved visitor facilities whilst at the same time conserving and enhancing the line’s main destination station.

Can you help us raise £2.5 million? We have now sold over £1.7 million shares leaving £800,000 shares still available to purchase at a price of £1 each.

The Share Offer closes on 31 October 2017, so time is running out.
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Or call us on 01562 757900

Loose Weight with Peanut Butter

In 1884, Canadian Marcellus Gilmore Edson became the first person to patent peanut butter. It’s been a staple in homes for the most of the 131 years since, and it’s easy to understand why.

Peanut butter is both nutritious and delicious. It pairs well with everything from fruits to chocolate and jelly to celery. High in healthy monounsaturated fats and nutrient-rich, it’s one of our favorite foods for weight loss. So how exactly does it promote a flat belly, and what else does PB do to your body? We went to the experts, and some of what they told us could surprise you.

According to a 2015 Vanderbilt University study, eating nuts every day is linked to a lower total death risk. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids have been shown to decrease LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, lowering the risk of metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Even when you’re on a calorie-restricted diet, studies have shown that including nuts can help with weight loss. According to a study in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders, peanuts can even increase your metabolic furnace. In that study, subjects’ metabolic rate jumped by 11% when they ate about 500 calories of peanuts daily for 19 weeks.

Why not become a @vegsoc volunteer #charity

The Vegetarian Society is a national charity based in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.  They have a small, professional staff team but also work with volunteers in many different ways.

  • Local Network of vegetarian groups around the UK give you the chance to join like-minded people and make a difference in your own local community.
  • Volunteer Speakers give talks and cookery demonstrations to community groups and all sorts of other places around the UK.
  • Trustees are elected from the membership each year to form the Vegetarian Society Council.

Every year the Vegetarian Society run National Vegetarian Week. The aim is to celebrate all things veggie. The week relies on involvement from individuals, schools, community groups and businesses to make it the great succcess it is. If you’d like to take part in next years event, then you can find out more about ways to get invovled – Click on this link >  National Vegetarian Week website. 

Thinking of going veggie? In the UK alone, over two million land animals are slaughtered daily – Methane has 25 times the global warming impact of carbon dioxide and a single cow can produce 500 litres of methane a day. Find out why cutting out meat will help reduce your carbon footprint.

Most land animals killed for food in the UK are stunned before bleeding to death. We have some of the most stringent regulations in the world, but still many animals die in fear and pain. For many vegetarians, no form of slaughter can ever be considered humane.

Get involved and join the Vegetarian Society.

Make sure that the people who make the food you buy know that you expect the best.

  • If you’re not sure whether your local cafe uses free range eggs in their veggie quiche – just ask. By raising the question, they’ll know you care; they may even swap over to free-range eggs as a result.
  • If your local off licence doesn’t know which wines are vegetarian, talk to staff about why this is important to you.
  • If somebody sells you food that isn’t vegetarian when you thought that it was, make a complaint. We have advice on effective ways to complain.
  • Don’t forget to reward good practice too. Buying Vegetarian Society Approved products encourages companies to stick to our high standards and it’s always good to give positive feedback when you get the chance.



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