Rockford Files and Maverick star James Garner dies aged 86

US army veteran was injured twice during Korean War before finding fame as an actor and starring on the small screen as well as in films such as The Great Escape. He was found dead at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. No immediate cause of death is available.

A dashing, dark-haired and dark-eyed figure with a sly sense of humor, Garner played private investigator Jim Rockford from 1974 to 1980. He came back to play the character in several TV movies in the 1990s.

He had already achieved stardom as the gun-slinging Bret Maverick from 1957-1960, and reprised that cowboy character in the 1980s.

In a movie version of the show in 1994, Garner had a cameo role with Mel Gibson playing the title character.

Garner was unusual for being successful in both film and television. He starred in more than 50 films, including The Great Escape and Murphy’s Romance in 1985, for which he received an Academy Award nomination.

How will you remember James Garner


West Mercia Police Announce Sudden Death of Serving Officer PC Duncan Jones Aged 41

Bs02MkYIMAAs_uVWest Mercia Police is sad to announce the sudden and unexpected death of PC Duncan Jones.

Duncan, 41, was a serving police officer in Worcester Police Station, where he worked as a response officer.

He was a passionate sportsman and spent much time helping others to develop through sport, supporting young people and those who were disadvantaged to help build their confidence and develop skills through Judo. He also achieved personal success in the sport, participating at the highest levels and winning many competitions.

Duncan lived in Worcester with his wife and three children.

His wife, Sarah, said:

“He will be greatly missed by his family and those who came into contact with him through work or sport.”

He died Wednesday 16 July, after he was taken seriously ill whilst instructing at Worcester Judo Club.

As with all sudden and unexplained deaths the police are investigating the circumstances, however at this time they are not thought to be suspicious.

Duncan Jones started judo in 1978 aged just 5. He took his first grading aged 7 a year before the minimum age of 8 years as he showed potential at such an early age. Duncan became a very successful junior player winning many major and national tittles. He represented his club, City (Worcester), County (Worcestershire), Area (Midlands) and National GB Squad at junior level Under 18 and Under 21

Duncan has fought in many countries around the world but mostly in Europe and has also appeared on national TV on a popular programme called “You Bet!” was challenged to throw 60 players in 60 seconds (1 throw a second), hegained his 1st degree black belt at the age of 17 in 1990

Duncan competed in major tournaments winning gold and silver in European championships during his judo career and retired from competitive Judo in 1998 not achieving the ultimate goal of representing his country at the Olympic Games in Atlanta after he gained his 2nd and 3rd degree black belts in 1998 aged 25 in impressive style,. After many years studying the art of Judo

Duncan turned his attention to teaching and coaching Judo gaining the coach award in 2000 then gained the senior coach award and technical advisor at Worcester Judo club in 2002

Duncan has taught junior and senior players at Worcester Judo club and Children in Schools in the Worcester Area. He has also taught children from disadvantaged backgrounds, less able bodied and visually impaired and his efforts have all been achieved on a voluntary basis and he has seen success in the players he has coached.

Duncan has become as well known for his coaching ability as he did as a competitor prompting The British Judo Association Midland Area requesting Duncan to demonstrate World and Olympic level techniques to the senior grading examiners

In 2010 PC Duncan Jones competed in the National Police Judo Championships 2010 held in Aberdeen, and fought his way to yet another victory. The third Dan black belt won gold and the national title in the Under 100 kilos category. He won all of his fights in tremendous style, using superb technique to conquer his opponents – winning with a full score, without conceding a single point! This was Duncan’s third national title as he had won in England, Wales and Scotland.

Superintendent Mark Travis said:

“I would firstly like to offer my thoughts for Duncan’s family, friends and colleagues. This news has devastated Duncan’s colleagues, Duncan was an exceptional officer who was patient and tolerant, he had a compassionate approach to policing.

His professionalism in sport was reflected at work. He delivered a great service for the public of South Worcester, loving his job. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this.

This is a tragic loss, we will honour Duncan’s memory be continuing to police with his enthusiasm.”



Boxing Charity Match In Memory of ‘Little Alfie’ In aid of The Brain Tumor Charity



Fire Safety Advice During Industrial Action

The strike action will take place Thursday 10th July 10.00am until 7.00pm. This period of strike action will see HWFRS operating a reduced service.

Adrian Elliott, Group Commander of HWFRS said

“We are encouraging motorists and residents to take extra care during the strikes when there will be reduced fire cover. Not all of our firefighters are members of the Fire Brigades Union which means some stations will be working normally but people should be aware that it may take us a little longer to respond to calls in some instances”.

“During the firefighter strikes, we want people to be clear about what to do in the event of a fire. The most important point they need to know is that they will still get an emergency response and they should not be tempted to tackle fires themselves.”

He continued:

“General fire safety messages that we promote throughout the year become even more crucial at times of strike action. An early alert to a fire in your home is just as important for avoiding injury and damage to property, and we would also like to remind people to install a smoke alarm on every floor of their home and to test each alarm is working on a weekly basis.”

He also encouraged people to plan an escape route and to make sure everyone in the house is aware of it.

Other fire safety messages to consider are:

Close inside doors at night to help prevent a fire from spreading.

Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully. Put them out. Right out.

Take extra care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended.

Do not overload electrical sockets and watch out for faulty and over-heating electrical equipment and wiring or cables.

Don’t tackle a fire yourself. Keep calm and act quickly, get everyone out as soon as possible.

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Armed Forces Day – Once a Soldier Always a Soldier



Doing Something Special For My Birthday

Each year I’m asked what I would like for my birthday, which is July 2nd and each year I never have a clue as I don’t really want anything. Not a material girl – so, thought would be a great idea to set up a charity page. Instead of buying me a gift or card I have asked Friends and Family to Macmillian Nurses they do so much for others – like my dad …

16th September 2013 aged 64 my dad passed away at home from Prostate Cancer. He’s Ex West Midlands Police and Ex Army a brave hero until the end. I miss him lots everyday.

This will be my first birthday without him so I’m not really in a celebration birthday type mood this year. My own health is pretty ok ish so this seems like a logical thing to do, especially as I’m promoting charity events and love taking part in charity events like Race For Life ect. Whats makes me very happy, is being able to help others.

The Macmillan Nurses were amazing. There like Angels without wings. Visiting Dad at home and whilst he spent time at Pendleside Hospice in Lancashire. They do so much, that many, until you need them, are unaware of.

For many people affected by cancer, Macmillan nurses are a valued and trusted source of expert information, advice and support – free of charge. As of December 2011, there were 3,707 Macmillan nurse posts across the UK, both in hospitals and in the community.

All Macmillan nurses are registered nurses with at least five years’ experience, including two or more years in cancer or palliative care. They complete specialist courses in managing pain and other symptoms, and in psychological support.

Macmillan nurses are usually employed by the NHS and their posts are funded by Macmillan for a set time, often for the first three years. After that time, the long-term funding is taken up by the NHS or other partner organisations.

If you would like to donate to my Charity Birthday please click this link .. Thank You

charity birthday

Always Hug Before You Say Good Bye

I Miss You Daddy L

My Dad, Patrick Sedgwick passed away Monday 16th September 2013 aged 64. He’s Ex Police and Ex Army a brave hero until the end. Pendleside Hospice provided him with amazing care, help and advice with the help of the Macmillan nurses including day trips and home care, and were with him and with his family at home til the very end. The Macmillan nurses and Pendleside Hospice survive on donation so what ever you donate it will be very much appreciated Your donation will help the nurses care for others with cancer.

Take on The Challenge of a Lifetime For Charity – The London Triathlon 2014

Take on the challenge of a lifetime. The Olympic distance event is a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run.

To see the distances for other categories see  Triathlon information.

 Public entry will open later in the year, although you can register your interest on the official website now. If you would like us to tell you when entry opens, give us your name and email and theywill contact you when we have an update. Please email or call 0207 840 4937.

Macmillan has a number of guaranteed places available. To secure a place they ask you to pledge to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship for Macmillan, due in one month after the event. You can choose any distance.

Pay a registration fee of £1, details of how to pay this will be given after you have secured your places. When securing a Macmillan Guaranteed Place you agree to the terms and conditions of the race organiser.

Whether you have your own place or a charity place, they will provide you with the same amazing level of support. You’ll receive a dedicated triathlon training and fundraising guide, regular newsletters packed with training advice, a free Macmillan vest or t-shirt to wear when training and on the day, the option to order Macmillan tri belts, swimming caps and arm bands available for free, the opportunity to purchase a Macmillan tri suit and support on the course whatever the weather and no matter what your start/finishing time is.

Most importantly they will provide you with a reason to put in those months of training and fundraising, because you’ll know that your efforts are going towards improving the lives of people living with cancer in the UK today.


Two Manchester Macmillan Volunteers Awarded Platinum Long Service Awards

Pauline with her award

Pauline with her award

Pauline Renshaw, 74, and Betty Thorne, 81, have been awarded Platinum Long Service Awards by Macmillan for volunteering for the charity for over twenty years.

The pair both started volunteering for the charity many years ago, after survived cancer and wanted to thank Macmillan for the support they received. The office was then in Sale, where they both gave their time and quickly became firm friends.

They helped out in office administration, event organisation and collections.

Pauline hosted a stall at Tesco in Sale and raised over £400 every year. Betty is still famous for her World’s Biggest Coffee Mornings, having hosted one thirteen times and raising nearly £5,000.

Pauline said,

‘We’d have a laugh all day, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute.’

Sadly Betty has been re-diagnosed with cancer, so was unable to receive her award in person. Pauline has accepted her own award, and Betty’s on her behalf.

Amy Lewis, local Fundraising Manager for Macmillan, said

‘This is a most prestigious award and is testament to the commitment Pauline and Betty have shown to Macmillan over the years. We rely on volunteers to do our work, so to have individuals such as them on your side is a great bonus, especially if they always do it with a smile! Macmillan is proud to inspire such dedication in its volunteers.’

20 Men & Women Diagnosis of Breast Cancer Wanted To Take Part In Breast Cancer Care Scottish Fashion Show

breast_cancer_ribbonThe search is on for models for 2014 glittering Breast Cancer Care Scottish fashion show, The Show Scotland, one of the country’s most anticipated events.

The Daily Record have teamed up with Breast Cancer Care for a wonderful event to show that you can feel confident again after being affected by breast cancer.

They are looking for 20 inspiring people from all walks of life who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer and who would love to take to the catwalk on Wednesday, November 12, in front of more than 800 people at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Argyle Street, Glasgow.

There seeking applications from both women and men who would enjoy the opportunity to become a model for the day and make a great ambassador for Breast Cancer Care. The Show Scotland helps to raise funds to continue Breast Cancer Care’s vital services, which offer support to the 42,000 people living with breast cancer in Scotland.

The models who take part in The Show come from all walks of life and have ranged in age from 20 to 90 years old and it’s also a good way to meet and make new friends. There will be lots of emotional moments but usually any tears are tears of joy. Last year’s show all the models were in tears over the courage shown by one of the models, Marie Russell, whose daughter Mandy had died as a result of having breast cancer just a couple of weeks before the show. Mandy, who had previously been a model in the show herself, was supposed to be in the show again with her mum. For Marie to get up there and go down that catwalk herself was so amazing and I think everyone just felt so much for her and was so proud of her but the biggest cheers on the night often go to the male models, who are stepping out on the catwalk to show that breast cancer can happen to men, too.

To apply to be a model in Breast Cancer Care’s Scottish fashion show 2014, please fill out an application form at

For more information call 0141 353 8330 or email

Closing date for applications is March 31.

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