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The Bowls Section season is May to August playing 7 annual fixtures.

The 2011 season has been a very successful year for the section, of the several fixtures played against top clubs including Alnwick, Gosforth and Morpeth the team only lost one game which was against Keswick B.C. (Away.)

Over the year we had a representative at the Home International series in Southend which proved successful for the English bowlers as they knocked Scotland off the top spot.

At the Regional Championships held at Selby the Northumbria bowlers did well again winning the singles title and the pairs title, which qualified them to participate in the National Championship finals held at Merthyr Tydfil Wales. The best result was in the pairs competition with Dave Smith and Ian Armstrong progressing to the quarter final stage but were narrowly beaten by one shot on the last end going out to a full International pairing from Wales, who went on to win the title.
With the indoor season now in full swing we have representatives at the PSUK organised national games over the winter period.

Please contact the above for further information.

NPSSC boxing section is newly formed and was developed after the success of a charity boxing event against Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service that raised in excess of £6000 for Charity.

The club is lucky enough to have use of the facilities at Birtley Boxing club through Sgt Rob Wileman.

All members of NPSSC are welcome to attend, there are no set times, as due to shifts training times vary from week to week. For an update list, please contact one of those Officers listed below.  

In addition Pc Danny McFarlane will be offering boxing training (Technique, fitness and pad work only) at HQ on a fortnightly basis.
Both Danny and Rob are vastly experienced boxing coaches, as well as having been hugely successful boxers in their time.

Interest generated by last years hugely successful charity event has resulted in a similar event being proposed this year in November 2014. However whether you are interested in participating or not, NPSSC boxing section is open to all members of NPSSC.

Training is held at Birtley Boxing ABC

Everyone is welcome to attend, every session. No matter what your motivation is, please come along.

Week 1. Tuesday 03.03.15. 1940 hours. Thursday 05.03.15. 1940 hours.

Week 2. Tuesday 10.03.15. 1940 hours. Thursday 12.03.15. 1940 hours.

Week 3. Tuesday 17.03.15. 1030 am. Thursday 19.03.15. 1940 hours.

Week 4. Tuesday 24.03.15. 1940 hours. Thursday 26.03.15. 1940 hours.

Week 5. Tuesday 31.03.15. 1940 hours. 

For further details contact;
Chair –         Mark Boustead 7627
Vice Chair –  
Secretary – Karen Harden  617
Treasurer -  

Northumbria Clay Pigeon Shooting Section rintl

The clay shooting section has it’s own shooting ground situated on the Tranwell Airfield site just outside Morpeth. If you have never tried the sport and fancy a go there is an idea opportunity for you to come along, get some basic tuition, free use of safety equipment, and the supervised loan of a gun. All you pay for is the clays and cartridges which are available on site. As a novice you will probably spend £15 for a couple of hours entertainment. A commercial ground would charge you £50+ for the same facilities.

You don’t need a firearms licence to get started, the ground has what is known as a Sec 11 exemption cert. At the ground you will find a 50:50 mix of serving and retired Northumbria staff all of who will gladly help you get started. We also have invited guests who range from your average club shooter to UK champions.

Tranwell shooting ground opens every Thursday evening, 5pm till dusk, and will be available to NPSSC members between 20th April and the 24th. August 2016.

Why not put a reminder in your phone diary for a Thursday evening in spring 2017, come along and see what the sport is all about.

For those who have shot before and have a better idea of what the sport is all about we can provide the following separate layouts:

  • Down the Line with acoustic release
  • Ball trap with acoustic release
  • English skeet

We also have the facility to put on a compact sporting layout using all electric traps and double rise. These two disciplines take a bit of setting up so are normally only available when we run an event day.

For those struggling with a particular sporting target we can also usually arrange something to allow practise, a bit of prior notice for this is also needed.

You won’t find a cheaper shooting ground in the Northeast. In order to keep costs as low as possible we do re-use the pick-ups and you might even be asked to mark a line or even fill a trap.

There is ample off road parking providing your not driving a low sports car. Refreshments tea, coffee, biscuits are available on site, and you can get under cover when it rains. Unfortunately we have no running water so there are no other facilities, just some large bushes. We share the field with a flock of sheep so some stout easily cleaned footwear is appropriate.

Getting there

From the south take the Morpeth slip off the A1 north, after 200m take a left which is signed for Whitehouse Farm Centre. Carry on for about a mile and at the T junction turn right. About ¼ mile the road takes a right bend with a turn on the left. Take the left turn, it is signed Tranwell Woods. Straight on to the next T junction where you turn left. It is then 0.66mls to the entrance gate which is on the right. Through the gate and follow the track for 1ml passing the old wooden huts on your right. You will be able to see the skeet towers and the steel containers, please close all gates you open.

From Morpeth take the B6524 under the A1 passed the large factory on the right. Take your next left turn signed Saltwick 2ml. Straight on for 1.3mls and the entrance gate is on your right. . Through the gate and follow the track for 1ml passing the old wooden huts on your right. You will be able to see the skeet tower and the steel containers, please close all gates you open

Google Earth coordinates for the entrance gate are:

55 07’ 38.99 N / 01 43’ 35.63 W

Nearest post code is NE61 6BG

Contact details

Chairman 1487 Steve Scorer

Secretary 739 Mark Mennim Assistant Sec. 8140 Andy Brown

Treasurer 9934 Chris Mcguckin Assistant Treas. 2763 Scott Parker

All are serving Northumbria staff so their contact details are available via the force computer system. If you can please contact one of them before your first visit to the shooting ground it would probably make your shooting experience more enjoyable.


Most of the clay shooting section are members of other local cubs and shoot at various grounds in the Northeast. One of the aims of the Tranwell shooting ground is to provide a practise facility and help in team selection to shoot at the two PSUK events held annually. There is a regional competition held in June/July and a national competition held over four days at the end the August. The events cover three clay shooting disciplines, sporting, skeet and down the line.

We also hold our own in force competition each September/October and normally hold one or two event days during the year in order to help in fund raising.

The CPSA is the governing body for our sport nationally and PSUK has its own clay shooting section. Both have web sites with lots of background information easily accessible via a search on their initials.


2019 Diary to date

 7th April 2019   -  Day trip to the Lakes - open to all. 

14/15 May 2019  -  Over night trip to Eskdale. We will walk from Langdale to Eskdale on the first day, stay over night in Eskdale and walk back the following day.

21/22 June 2019  -  Light the Lakes Charity Challenge.

21st July 2019  -  Day trip to the Lakes - open to all. 

12-15 September 2019  -  Snowdonia trip staying at the The Rocks Hostel.


If you are interested in any of the above trips please e-mail


 CLICK HERE to watch a short video of the 2018 Trip to Avimore.


The Northumbria Police CHAOS (Climbing Hills and Other Sports!) Club is probably the oldest of the sports sections having been formed in 1974. It is definitely the most appropriately named! Some History; (thanks to ex-Inspector Dave Peart).

The club was formed in the bar of the County Hotel on Gosforth High Street by Dave, Gordon Mew, Larry Trotter & Gavin Aarvold – all names that will be familiar to ex-police cadets of that era.

The spiritual home of the club became the Isle of Skye as it took six attempts to finally complete the traverse of the Cuillin ridge which was nearly as dangerous as being a passenger in the van at the time of the infamous ‘roof rack’ and ‘flying helmet’ incident which was synonymous with the ethos of the club at that time! While the main club activity was climbing and walking the CHAOS club organised a series of biannual ‘madcap’ events to raise money for children with special needs. These events raised the profile of the club, the force and considerable sums of money.

In recent seasons Northumbria police have merged with Durham Constabulary in order to resurrect the force cricket team,

The team is approaching its 3rd season and we ended up last year being runners up in the national knockout which was held at Grace Road Leicester.

This season the aim is to go one better and we are always looking for new players to join the talented squad we currently have. Due to work commitments and club cricket we have no net sessions planned.

The team is superbly backed by sports and social and also at SMT level and this is reflected in the financial backing and also force sport leave.

The force has close links to the British Police Cricket setup and have three players selected to represent the force at national level this year. The first game of the 2017 season sees Northumbria and Durham host police Scotland on 27th April 2017.


If anyone is keen or wishes to hear more please contact

Stu Taylor 36397 

Steve Patterson 36289

Police Credit Union
PSUK Cricket Final
Northumbria v Staffordshire
Wednesday 13th September 2017
Leicestershire Fischer County Cricket Ground

Northumbria rightly winners of the National Final
Northumbria beat Staffordshire 5 wickets in the Police Credit Union cricket final, a game dominated in most parts Northumbria.
Having won the toss Staffordshire elected to bat on an excellent surface at the Fischer ground and made a steady start through openers Duncan Lampitt and Jonathan Cumberbatch, putting on 47 for the first wicket, which fell in the 11th over to the bowling of Matthew Storey.
Neil Podmore joined Cumberbatch and they shared a stand of 73 from 18 overs until Matthew Storey bowled Podmore for 33. Cumberbatch was joined by Kevin Royce and they scored steadily with Staffordshire looking set for a score in excess of 250 before the rain caused a short delay, the only delay of the game. Upon the resumption of Staffordshire’s innings they failed to score as freely as they were and Northumbria took control. A key moment was in the 37 over when Cumberbatch was given out LBW to the bowling of Jon Sadler for 71 with the score on 157-3, when he had looked set for a three figure score. The loss of Cumberbatch really did seem to take the impetus out of Staffordshire’s innings who then limped to 210-7 in the remaining 8 overs. Only Kevin Royce scored a respectively 37.
Northumbria bowled and fielded very well throughout in a disciplined performance. Their wickets were shared around with the stand out bowler being Matthew Storey 2-23 from 9 overs. The other wickets fell to Mick Orridge 2-46, Jon Sadler 1-47, Steve Patterson 2-54.
Northumbria knowing they only required 211 to win from 45 overs at 4.5 an over on a batting friendly wicket and a fast outfield sent in pinch hitter Jonny Storey to open with David Bailey. Staffordshire made an early breakthrough in the 3rd over with captain, Pete Finch, bowling jonny Storey for 0. However that was the only wicket they took for another 16 overs as Bailey and Shaun Smith put on 74 easy runs in those 16 overs until Gareth Morris removed Shaun Smith for 49 and then Martin Golightly with the next ball for 0, both LBW. This encouraged Staffordshire but only briefly as Bailey and new batsman Dave Newstead then put on 64 in 13 overs. Staffordshire dropped both batsmen when the score was around 100-3, which didn’t help Staffordshire’s cause. Staffordshire eventually broke the partnership, which had seen excellent batting and running from both, when Paul Sims had Newstead stumped by Royce for 49 with score on 145. Bailey passed his 50 but then fell to an excellent catch by Morris off the bowling of Sims for 56 in the 36 over.
This bought Matthew Storey and Greg Williams together who ran, a now tired looking Staffordshire, ragged with excellent running between the wickets, easily turning 1’s into 2’s and so on. Storey hit the winning runs in the 41st over, finishing on 41 not out. An innings, combined with his tight bowling (2-23) rightfully earned him the Man of the Match award.
The game was played in a fantastic way, the true spirit of cricket, so much so umpires Dan Pedley and Ray Knowles were untroubled all afternoon. Soon after receiving their winners’ trophy Northumbria and Staffordshire were celebrating and commiserating together in each other’s dressing rooms, sharing the odd beer or two, which encapsulated the friendly and healthy atmosphere both forces had created all day – and in to the night.
From everyone involved in the organisation of this tournament, our thanks go to our sponsors Police Credit Union, ARC Legal Services, Leicestershire County Cricket Club and all of the force secretaries. Finally our congratulations go to Northumbria.