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cofepow vacancies

COFEPOW is a charity run by volunteers, as such, from time to time we have some vacancies.  Would you like to volunteer a few hours of your time by helping us to remember our FEPOWs?  All of the these posts are of great importance to COFEPOW, either to its’ running or the continuing quest for information. Please give some thought as to how you could help!

COFEPOW Secretary 2021

David Brede has been the COFEPOW Secretary for the past 4 years and, when Paul Watson stepped down in 2019, he gallantly stepped into the breech and became the acting Chair of Trustees, which was ratified in 2020.

As a result, David has been performing the dual roles for over 18 months and, has decided it is time to relinquish the role of Secretary.  This is a very important role which will bring its own satisfaction.  You will get real pleasure helping the members and know that they value and appreciate your input.

The role involves the following:-

  • Supporting the Chairman and Trustees
  • taking the minutes at the AGM and Trustee Meetings
  • preparing the documents for these meetings
  • handling correspondence, telephone calls, emails from members and external bodies
  • issuing access to the FEPOW Database
  • maintaining the Data Protection Database.

Full support and guidance will be offered to the successful candidate.  The Trustees are a friendly bunch and will welcome anyone who has the best interests of the Charity at heart.

If you are interested in the role, please contact David Brede in writing by the end of July 2021 to 3 Blossom Way, Little Billing, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN3 9ET, or by email to cofepow.chairman@gmail.com  Should you wish to have a discussion about the role first, please call 07930 960241.

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Membership Secretary

Catherine Penketh undertook this role over 5 years ago, despite having a young and growing family.  Now due to the increasing demands of her family, she has given the Trustees 12 months’ notice before stepping down.

Do you think you could take over this very important role for COFEPOW?  The person required will need to be computer literate and very organised.  Catherine would like to step down next year, so the person applying will have a 12 month period to ‘learn the ropes’ to ensure a smooth hand-over.

You would be required to 

Answer membership enquiries by phone, email or letter

Maintain membership list -

  • Add /Remove/Amend members details (using Excel)
  • Share membership list with COFEPOW officers, trustees and area coordinators
  • Record membership payments (using Excel)
  • Understand importance of data protection

Maintain FEPOW list -

  • Add/Amend details for FEPOWs (using Excel)
  • Share FEPOW list with COFEPOW officers and trustees

Newsletters -

  • Send out COFEPOW quarterly by post (around 600 newsletters 4 times a year)
  • Liaise with COFEPOW officer who sends the newsletter out by email
  • Purchase stamps, envelopes and labels and submit receipts to treasurer
  • Use Excel to record number of stamps, envelopes and labels purchased and used
  • Print address labels using mail merge in Excel
  • Prepare newsletters and other mailings, put in envelopes, add address labels and stamps
  • Take newsletters to post office or arrange collection via Royal Mail

Payments -

  • Receive and record payment of membership fees
  • Paypal - record and archive payments
  • Cheques - record and pay in to the bank
  • Bank transfers - request statements from the treasurer and record

If you are interested in the role, please contact David Brede in writing by the end of July 2021 to 3 Blossom Way, Little Billing, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN3 9ET, or by email to cofepow.chairman@gmail.com  Should you wish to have a discussion about the role first, please call 07930 960241.

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Archive Assistant

Do you have any spare time and would like to help COFEPOW for a few hours a month? If so, would you like to be a volunteer Archive Assistant.

This would entail, manning the Archives in the FEPOW Building at the National Memorial Arboretum, on occasion, and helping members to research their FEPOW, which is an essential role for COFEPOW.

You will gain a great deal of personal satisfaction and gratitude from the people you help – full training will be provided.

Ideally we would be looking for several people for this role, so if you think you might like to help please contact Keith Andrews, Archivist.

Contact Keith Andrews by email scubaka@yahoo.co.uk or by phone 01530 450621.

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National Archives Volunteers

Photographers for the national archives

Members will be aware that for a number of years COFEPOW has been building a master FEPOW list and producing copies of Liberation Questionnaires (LQ) completed by service personnel at the end of the war in the Far East.

There are 96 File boxes at the National Archives at Kew containing FEPOW’s files, an estimated 58,000 personnel of which an estimated 30,000 completed an LQ.  None of the LQs have been officially digitised. COFEPOW has permission from Kew to photograph the LQs. Those that have already been photographed and processed have been added to the COFEPOW website.

There are 8 file boxes yet to be searched and LQs photographed and a few other boxes to be checked for where some names have not been assessed.  We are so close to completing the process after more than 10 years.

For the last five or so years, only one volunteer, member Ivor Watson (no relation) has been going to Kew three or four times a year and taking images of LQs for as long as his camera battery allowed!

He has forwarded them to me and then members - Valerie Rodgers, Jane and Roland Stuart helped by converting the camera image number to the name of the FEPOW, which then enables Guy Metcalfe-Hume, Trustee and Webmaster, to upload them to the website.

Sadly, as we all know, March 2020 changed the world.  Along with all the adversity the public were faced with, the project was suspended as Kew closed.  We are now finding a new normal is evolving and, freedoms are returning, enabling us to plan future actions.  Kew is re-opening soon, however, there will be restrictions on its opening hours and the number of items available. We understand each item has to be sanitised after use.

We are asking for help from members and are looking for volunteers willing to visit Kew to help with photographing LQs.  Ivor will continue to do this long running task but, the restrictions being imposed at Kew will prevent him covering the numbers required.

We are so close to completing the LQ project and really need the help of additional members for the final phase - COFEPOW would be so grateful for any help you can give.

Paul Watson is heading up the project so, If you are interested and would like to know more, please feel free to contact him by email- paulwatson2241@gmail.com.

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