Sunday, 27 January 2019

Join us for our Friendship Weekend in Birmingham UK - 10th to 12th May 2019

How do you fancy a Friendship Weekend with IPA friends and colleagues in England's 'Second City' of Birmingham?

This year, the IPA Birmingham, West Midlands branch have arranged a Friendship Weekend for visitors from across the UK and abroad.

We have a wide variety of activities already booked and IPA colleagues, friends and families can join us for some or all of the activities shown below.

If you are a fan of the British drama 'Peaky Blinders' then you will be able to see some of the sights and learn more about the history behind the series. Additionally, there will be lots of opportunities to see other parts of Birmingham and meet old IPA friends and new!

The weekend activities so far include:

1 - Friday 10th May 2019 - 1900hrs -  A welcome buffet and evening at Tally Ho! Sports and Conference Centre in Birmingham. This will include a welcome briefing for the weekend, music, quiz, photographs and a chance to catch up with old friends and new.  Cost £13.00 per person.

2 - Saturday 11th May 2019 - 1000hrs to 1200hrs (meet in central Birmingham at 0945hrs) - A guided walking tour of Birmingham City Centre and the Jewellery Quarter. The tour will be led by a guide/serving West Midlands Police Staff member. Branch members will be present to escort the tour. Cost £10.00 per person.

3 - Saturday 11th May 2019 - 1300hrs to 1700hrs - Steelhouse Lane Lock-up and Pop Chorus Concert.  Spend an afternoon at the Old Central Lock-up cells....often frequented by the original 'Peaky Blinders' and now a permanent museum. Following an opportunity to tour the cells and learn about the history of the site, there will be a concert delivered by the amazing Pop Chorus in this unique setting. Cost  £10.00 per person.

4 - Saturday 11th May 2019 - 2000hrs - An evening meal at a top Indian Restaurant in the City Centre.  Costs for this meal will be paid for by individuals attending and are extra to the weekend tickets.  We are able to provide alternative restaurant suggestions if you feel you would rather a different cuisine.

5 - Sunday 12th May 2019 - 1200hrs - Did you know there are more canals in Birmingham than in Venice? At lunchtime we will be taking a canal boat through the city and enjoying a lunch on board. This will be a great opportunity to experience the city from a different viewpoint and enjoy a buffet-style lunch with friends.  Cost - £20 per person.  

We are not providing accommodation with the above costs. The prices shown above are for the event tickets only. Individuals can book their own accommodation in Birmingham City Centre or contact for further advice.

If you book individual tickets to all the events above, it will cost £53.00 per person; however, if you book a Full Weekend Ticket, then there is a slight discount at £50.00 per person.

To book tickets, please click the following links:

Option A:

Full weekend ticket - cost £50.00  (includes tickets to all the above events. The only additional costs are for your own personal accommodation and the cost of your meals on Saturday).  Click here -  (A new web window will open, allowing you to purchase these FULL weekend tickets)

Option B - individual tickets for separate events:

Tickets for Friday 10th May 2019 - 1900hrs -  Welcome evening and buffet at Tally Ho!  Cost £13.00 per person.
Click here -  (A new web window will open, allowing you to purchase these individual event tickets)

Tickets for Saturday 11th May 2019 - 1000hrs to 1200hrs - Guided walking tour of Birmingham City Centre. Cost £10.00 per person.
Click here -  (A new web window will open, allowing you to purchase these individual event tickets)

Tickets for tour of Steelhouse Lane Cells and the Pop Chorus concert - Saturday 11th May 2019 - 1300hrs to 1700hrs. Cost  £10.00 per person.
Click here -  (A new web window will open, allowing you to purchase these individual event tickets)

Tickets for Sunday 12th May 2019 canal boat trip and buffet lunch. Cost £20 per person.
Click here -  (A new web window will open, allowing you to purchase these individual event tickets) 

Please remember that the meals on Saturday 11th May 2019 and your accommodation costs will be in addition to the costs of the above tickets.

For further details and enquiries about local accommodation in Birmingham, please contact the branch committee via the following email address - .

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Friendship Weekend

In May 2019 the Birmingham, West Midlands branch are planning a Friendship Weekend. Further details will follow .... watch this space!!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Charity Ball - 5th September 2014

On Friday 5th September 2014, the International Police Association (IPA Birmingham, West Midlands branch) in partnership with Cherish Properties, a local Solihull business, are hosting a charity evening in aid of a number of charities. There will be a charity auction, silent auction, raffle, three-course meal and a brilliant band. Following a hugely successful event in October 2013, we have decided to repeat the format and host what we hope will be another fantastic evening. The venue will be Hogarths Hotel, Four Ashes Road, Dorridge, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 8QE. The chosen charities to benefit from this event will be: - Acorns Childrens' Hospice, - Care of Police Survivors (COPS), - Marie Curie Hospice, Solihull, - The Brain Tumour Charity, - The Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Music at the event will be provided by: - Junction-2 and - Marty Elliott Tickets are now on sale -

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Branch member raising funds for Marie Curie hospices

Birmingham branch member Inspector Mark Stokes (West Midlands Police) and colleague (retired Detective Sergeant) Paul Robinson are currently two weeks in to a gruelling cycle ride from John o' Groats to Lands End. Affectionately known in sporting circles as JOGLE .... whether cycling or running this route, it is extremely challenging!

Mark first conquered the route from Lands End to John o' Groats some 31 years ago and this year decided it would be appropriate to complete the challenge in reverse - that is from Scotland to Lands End, NOT cycling backwards! Over the years the two friends have raised thousands of pounds for various charities and this trip will help Marie Curie cancer hospices

During some weeks of planning and training, the two friends had mapped out an alternative and considerably longer route through the outer and inner Hebrides and other Scottish islands, before hopping over to Ireland, Wales and England. As part of Mark's training plan he also recently took part in the London to Brighton cycle ride with a group of IPA branch colleagues (featured in Police World issue 3, 2010).

Mark and Paul started the JOGLE event from John o' Groats on 26th August and after some fantastic weather in Scotland they headed over to Ireland where they were greeted by IPA Region 2 secretary Pete Connolly for a much deserved beer in Belfast.

The duo then left Pete and continued into southern Ireland before catching a ferry over to Wales. In recent days the weather has taken a turn for the worse, but they have not let this dampen their enthusiasm and they are now over 800 miles into their challenge and making their way through Devon.... and are a few days away from Lands End.

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Thursday, 25 February 2010

Wednesday 3rd March 2010

Updated Branch Meeting tally Ho! 7 for 7.30pm Tea and coffee served. Followed by a presentation by Mr. Bob Horner from Bletchley Park, concerning the Enigma machines and code-breakers in World War 2.

Saturday 6th March No5 Region AGM Lincolnshire, location to be confirmed

Wednesday 24th March Buffet Lunch. Buffet Island,Tyburn Road, Erdington. No need to book. Meet at Midday

Friday 30th April Updated 1100hrs Visit to the Gurudwara, Sikh Temple, 18-20 Soho Road, Handsworth B21 9BH. Limited party numbers (15-20), please book in advance. Be there for 1045hrs.

Wednesday 5th May Branch Meeting Tally Ho! 7 for 7.30pm Tea and coffee served

Sunday 23rd May 45th Anniversary Birmingham Lunch,IPA Jubilee Anniversary. Tally Ho! 12 for 1230.Entertainment by Police Band.£10 each. 40 places booked. Tickets to be available from AGM date onwards.

Tuesday 8th June Trip and lunch at National Memorial
Arboretum,Alrewas. No group transport. However Arriva bus 112 from Birmingham Upper Bull Street to Burton. Every hour on the hour. Stops at the gate.90 minute journey time. Bus does stop at Sutton

Wednesday 16th
To 20th June

NEC meeting in Surrey to celebrate 60th Anniversary

Sunday 20th June London to Brighton Cycle Ride

Wednesday 7th July Branch Meeting tally Ho! 7 for 7.30pm Tea and coffee served

Friday 30th July Strawberry cream tea and river Avon cruise on the Countess of Evesham. Sails at 3pm. 2 Hour cruise from Bancroft Basin. Bus X20 from Birmingham. Please book

Tuesday 3rd August Real Ale lunch The Wellington, Bennetts Hill.10 Real Ales, take away curries and Chinese can be delivered, plates and cutlery provided.12 noon.

Sunday 5th September Branch meeting Tally Ho! 1130hrs Followed by lunch at 1pm.If you require lunch please advise Tally Ho! Quoting IPA

Tuesday 5th October Lunch at Wolverhampton College,12 noon, travel by tram. College is at Wolverhampton Terminal stop

Wednesday 3rd November Branch Meeting tally Ho! 7 for 730pm Tea and coffee served

Monday 15th November Evening meal Birmingham College of Food, Summer Row, details to follow

Wednesday 15th December Christmas Lunch at Baddersley Clinton National Trust Property. Public transport to Dorridge rail station ,lifts to be arranged from there.

Sunday 30th January 2011 AGM 1130hrs Tally Ho! Followed by lunch.

Exact details will be confirmed nearer to event date.
Other events including visits to:

Barry Knee’s garden, Alvechurch to be confirmed.

London Met Police Museum to be confirmed.

Sparkhill Police Museum to be confirmed.

Theatre trip to be confirmed.

Coventry Police Museum trip to be confirmed.

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Meeting and event dates for 2009

Sunday 8th February 2009 - Birmingham Branch AGM, 1100hrs for 1130hrs start, Tally Ho Sports and Social Club

Friday 27th February 2009 - Lunch at Tamworth College. 1200 for 1230hrs start. Speak to the committee if you wish to attend.

Sunday 1st March 2009 - Number 5 region AGM, 1000hrs for 1030hrs start, Tally Ho Sports and Social Club

Wednesday 4th March 2009 - Birmingham Branch meeting, 1900hrs for 1930hrs start, Tally Ho Sports and Social Club

Friday 3rd April 2009, Chinese buffet meal. 1200hrs meet at Buffet Island, Tyburn Road, Erdington, Birmingham. No need to book.

Wednesday 6th May 2009 - Birmingham Branch meeting, 1900hrs for 1930hrs start, Tally Ho Sports and Social Club

Saturday 9th May 2009 - National Council Meeting. Hinckley, Leicestershire.

Friday 5th June 2009 - Trip and lunch at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas. Lunch if required is at 1pm (Cost £10), no group transport.

Wednesday 1st July 2009 - Birmingham Branch meeting, 1900hrs for 1930hrs start, Tally Ho Sports and Social Club

Thursday 2nd July 2009 - National Gardens Scheme visit to gardens of Barry Knee, Weatheroak, Alvechurch. Speak to committee for details.

Sunday 6th September 2009 - Birmingham Branch meeting, 1100hrs for 1130hrs start. Followed by lunch at Tally Ho Sports and Social Club. Contact the club to book lunch and quote "IPA".

October 2009 - Lunch at Stratford College - date and time to be confirmed.

Wednesday 4th November 2009 - Birmingham Branch meeting, 1900hrs for 1930hrs start, Tally Ho Sports and Social Club

December 2009 - Date and times to be confirmed.

For further details on any of the above events - email:

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Next Branch meeting dates:

Wednesday 7th May 2008, 7.30pm, Tally Ho

Wednesday 2nd July 2008, 7.30pm, Tally Ho

Sunday 7th September 2008, 11.30am, Tally Ho

Wednesday 5th November 2008, 7.30pm, Tally Ho

Visit to Highgrove House

Wednesday 30th April 2008 saw 25 members and friends from the Birmingham Branch spend a thoroughly enjoyable day out at Prince Charles' home - Highgrove House.

Apart from the weather it was a fantastic day and we had a wonderful tour of the gardens. The rain did not dampen our spirits and the tour guide gave us enough information delivered in a humourous way. Many thanks to our social secretary for arranging the day ..... certainly one to remember!

Friday, 14 March 2008

IPA Member Publishes novel

One of our members Trevor Hodson has just launched a novel he has been writing.

Trevor is now retired and has had an interest in flying matters all his life. In 2002 whilst recovering from Cancer he decided to write a Novel loosely based on true events.

He is married and enjoys gardening, theatre, music, and motor sports.

He is currently the Treasurer of a charity, which supported his cancer recovery, and he has been a Chairman and Secretary of other associations.

Trevor is very active within the Birmingham branch and we'd like to wish him every success with his novel!

Copy and paste the hyperlink into a new browser to view online or click the links section on the left hand side of this page.

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Branch meeting dates

The dates of the branch meetings for 2008 are as follows:

Tuesday 4th March 2008, 7.30pm, Tally Ho

Wednesday 7th May 2008, 7.30pm, Tally Ho

Wednesday 2nd July 2008, 7.30pm, Tally Ho

Sunday 7th September 2008, 11.30pm, Tally Ho

Wednesday 5th November 2008, 7.30pm, Tally Ho