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Retired Officers Association

The MDPROA was formed as the result of a few retired officers, still interested in the force that they were a part of for so much of their life, attending Passing Out Parades at PTS Medmenham, where a small corner of the arena was set aside and a tent earmarked for them to offer protection. Research has failed to establish exactly where the inspiration came from or who came up with the idea but the first mention of the forming of the association was in the form of a memo sent out by Chief Constable Jack Aspinal in about 1987, asking all Group Officers as they were then called, to find out what support there would be for such an association. The result was that, at a recruit’s parade at Medmenham, the inaugural meeting of the MDPROA was held on the third year that they had formed themselves into an organised group. A committee was elected and this was the official start of the Ministry of Defence Police Retired Officers Association.

The basic aim of the MDPROA remains unchanged and that is to form an association to promote and sustain friendship amongst the retired members of The Ministry of Defence Police and offer help or advice where it is needed.

Membership of the Defence Police Retired Officers Association does not stop there. We still regard the MDP as our Force and the DPF as our Federation. It is pleasing to note that CCMDP who is our Honorary President continues to value the important role played by ROA as does the DPF. The force magazine Talk Through is an excellent medium for communicating information together with our Newsletter. Another important way of communicating to members is via the ROA web pages hosted by the DPF website for which we very much appreciate. I would encourage members to use them.

One of the benefits of our link with DPF is access to several membership services such as free initial legal advice and travel insurance particularly if travelling abroad.

As with all well formed organisations it was decided back in 1999 that former Chief Constable Jack Aspinal, QPM who had initiated the idea of ROA be invited to take on the role of our Patron. Thankfully he accepted and continues to hold the position today.

David Rogers MBE


Staysure Travel Insurance

Members of the ROA now have the option of contacting Staysure Travel Insurance and getting a 20% discount.

When contacting Staysure on 0800 804 8184 the member should quote the code word “LOCAL“ and a 20% discount should be applied.

Fantastic news!!

Hoseasons are launching their biggest ever Flash sale with £30 off 2017 and £50 off 2018 breaks, and Cottages.com have an Early booking offer with an extra £30 off 2018 holidays. Both running until Monday 2nd October!

Lodges, Parks & Boats

*Save an extra £30 off applies to stays starting and completing between 29/09/17-31/12/17, save an extra £50 off applies to stays starting and completing between 01/01/18-31/12/18. Applies to selected accommodation at selected UK Lodge, Holiday Park and Boating breaks for 3, 4 or 7 night stays. Valid for new bookings only. Booked between 27/09/17 – 02/10/17.

Can be combined with other offers. Subject to availability. Booking conditions apply, see brochure or website.

2018 Early Booker offer- Extra £30 off and Low deposit of £50!!!

A selection of properties across the UK and Ireland offering a reduction of £30 for arrivals from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018.  The discount applies to accommodation price only. The reduction is valid for 7 night stays only – short breaks have been reduced by a lesser amount.  Offer available for bookings made between 27th September and 2nd October 2017.   Where the ‘was’ price refers to the lowest price within the last 28 days.  Depending on popularity and property availability, we can withdraw or extend this offer. Subject to availability. Booking Conditions apply.





This weekend! Autumn Sale save over £125*


*Save over T&Cs:   A selection of properties across the UK offering reductions of over £125 for a selection of arrival dates between 5th October and 14th December 2017.  The discount applies to accommodation price only. The reduction is valid for 7 night stays only – shorter durations are reduced by a smaller amount.  Offer available for bookings made between Friday 22nd September and Monday 25th September 2017 10pm.  The ‘was’ price refers to the price at August 2016.  Subject to availability. Booking Conditions apply.


20% off all September cottage breaks


*A selection of properties in the UK available with a 20% discount for arrivals between 14th September and 4th October 2017.  (In addition we also feature properties with lower reductions). Accommodation only net of £39 booking fee. Subject to availability. Booking Conditions apply.  



Hot tub getaways save over £250


*A selection of Hot Tub properties in the UK available with savings over £250 per property for a 7 night stay for arrivals week commencing 12th October 2017.  (In addition to savings over £250 we have properties offering smaller reductions). Accommodation only including £39 booking fee.  Subject to availability.  Our booking  conditions apply.


Escape to France for your 2018 holiday

Fancy travelling further afield? Then travel to France to discover traditional Gites, imposing chateaux and cosmopolitan villas with pools.  For holidays by the sea, choose the ruggedly beautiful coves of the North, the broad Atlantic beaches to the West or the famously alluring Riviera and Cote d’Azur. With a warmer, sunnier climate than Britain – especially towards the South – France has long been a favourite holiday destination.


Quirky Collection

We offer more quirky properties under one roof than anyone. Find windmills, castles, tollbooths and many more weird, wonderful, one-of-a-kind properties that you won’t find anywhere else!


Last minute September Getaways Save up to £140* 

*Price based on a 7 night stay between 15/09/17 – 06/10/17 for 4 people sharing (maximum occupancy). Applies to selected locations and accommodation types, accommodation only. Subject to availability. Booking conditions apply, see brochure or website.


Take a tail wagging holiday from now until the 18th December and your Pets go free*! 

*Pets Go Free offer applies to new bookings confirmed between 01/09/17 – 09/10/17 for arrivals starting and completing between 01/09/17 – 18/12/17. Excludes October half term breaks between 20/10/17 – 27/10/17. The offer must be applied at the time the booking is confirmed. Only applies to dog-friendly properties where a pet charge is made. If there is no charge to take your pet the discount will not be applied. Pets Go Free applies to selected UK Lodges, Parks and UK Boating locations and selected accommodation types. We reserve the right to withdraw or extend this offer at any time. All bookings are subject to availability. Booking terms and conditions apply.


Various October half term holidays from £149*

See website for details


The voting lines are still open for the 2017  British Travel awards


To vote for Cottages.com as Best UK Holiday Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company please click here

To vote for Hoseasons as Best LGBT Holiday company and Best specialist interest Holiday company please click here