Pensioner Associations

Pensioner Associations for Scheme pensioners and those in receipt of dependants' pensions are located throughout the country.

The Associations are run independently and have no formal association with the Scheme. If you would like to join an Association, or would like to receive further information, please refer to the contact details shown below.

Cumbria Retired Colleagues Association

Contact: Tom Whitehead
Telephone: 01900 63044
Membership: 640

The Association is open to all British Steel pensioners living in the West Cumbria area who are over the age of 55.

The Association holds an Annual General Meeting usually around March which offers an opportunity for members to discuss pension matters generally.

A number of varied social events are held over the year which aims to cater for all members’ tastes. These have included summer bus excursions to Liverpool to see the Terracotta Army exhibition and to Dumfries House to explore the beautiful interiors as well as sample the coffee and shortbread!

A Christmas Social event is held each year to encourage members to get into the festive spirit through the means of bingo, live entertainment, a buffet and a free raffle.


London Retirement Association

Contact: Alasdair Bavister
Telephone: 01202 469007
Membership: 238

The Association was set up in 1978 for retired employees from the London or Overseas offices of British Steel, Corus, Tata Steel and the Iron and Steel Statistics Bureau (ISSB) or any associated companies. All new members are welcome. Membership is free although the Association relies on member donations to help meet running costs.

The Association is run by a small committee of members, assisted by 21 “Keep in Touch” officers, who are responsible for maintaining contact with members. Members receive birthday and Christmas cards, home or hospital visits (if appropriate).

A regular newsletter covering a wide range of interests and topics is distributed to every member either by email or post.

The Annual General Meeting is held in London and is combined with a reunion lunch usually around June or July. This always provides a great occasion of fun and friendship.

National Federation of Occupational Pensioners

Contact: 01582 721652
Membership: 600

NFOP is a not-for-profit membership organisation, our focus is our members - keeping them connected, informed, and up to date on key issues affecting them as pensioners. We’ve been around since the 1930s.

In 2004, The National Association of British Steel Pensioners merged with NFOP. Currently, over 600 BSPS pensioners belong to NFOP with their own group, run by its members.

The membership offering includes our magazine issued every other month (4 times a year), support through our affinity partner helplines covering tax, legal and financial advice matters, a computer help service, and offers from select third parties such as white goods, cruise deals, car and home insurance, and a popular annual travel insurance scheme. Plus we have a small UK based dedicated team at Headquarters. Membership is through a small subscription, details of which can be found on the website along with more information at

Port Talbot Retired Employees Association

Contact: Paul Ace
Telephone: 01639 792537
Membership: 40

Membership is open to all former company employees and partners are welcome to join as Associate members. Members meet every Wednesday afternoon (excluding August and the Christmas period) in Port Talbot’s Royal British Legion Club. The weekly meetings are attended regularly by guest speakers who have talked on subjects such as local history and fire safety amongst other things.

The Association holds social events throughout the year involving many activities and a plentiful supply of tea and biscuits! Members can also enjoy the popular annual Christmas dinner and winter breaks.

The Association generally organises two holidays every year, in the Spring and Autumn time. Recent holiday locations have included Torquay and Weston Super Mare offering members the opportunity to explore some of the twenty-two miles of coastline, cliffs and beaches in the “English Riviera”.

Shotton Works’ Annual Management and Staff Pensioners

Contact: Dawn Brassington
Membership: 130

An annual reunion for Shotton Works’ management and staff pensioners is normally held around April each year and includes a two-course dinner with tea/coffee.

Currently the reunion is organised by Peter J.Summers (Chair), Alan J. Bengey, Dawn Brassington, Brian Brooks, Gordon Smith and Kath Tellett. An annual newsletter, circulated to everyone on the mailing list in October, includes the date of the reunion as well as updates on other matters of interest including current operations at the Works.

If you wish to have your name added to the mailing list or want further information on the next reunion event, please contact Dawn Brassington using the details above.

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