Update March 2021

With the impressive vaccination programme continuing to motor on and a “roadmap” in place, things do look brighter now than for quite a while. I, like almost all pensioners, have had at least one dose of the vaccine and it is very difficult to stop that changing our perception of the risk. But the vaccine is not 100% effective and a large proportion of the population have yet to be vaccinated. So we are nowhere near out of the woods yet. The message therefore remains that we must continue to observe the rules and take great care with all our social contacts.

The most important thing about any pension is that it continues to drop into your bank account every month and for many people, as long as that happens, they see no need to know any more about it. However, if that is not you and you have a Royal Ordnance pension, why not join ROPA, attend our Annual General Meeting (AGM) by Zoom and hear more about your scheme directly from your representatives.

As always, remember that if anyone has any Royal Ordnance pension queries or issues that they have been unable to resolve you can contact us quickly and easily using the Contact Form below.

Frank Spencer

ROPA Chairman

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The ROPA AGM is now to be held on 7 April 2021 at 10:00 AM. This date has unavoidably had to be brought forward by 1 week from the original schedule. If you are a ROPA member & have yet to register, please do so as soon as possible either by email to info@ropa.org.uk or through the Contact Form below.



Making A Difference

After health, a pension is one of the most important things in later life. We are dedicated to helping to ensure that your Royal Ordnance pension is properly managed, you know what you are entitled to and you get what you are due.



We watch, we listen, we share experiences, we inform our members and, if they ask us to, we help. Pension management is complicated, involves a number of organisations and sometimes, even in well run operations, something goes wrong.  So if you, or your spouse/partner, are a member of one of the Royal Ordnance schemes, either as a pensioner, a deferred member (having left before retirement) or are approaching retirement, it makes sense to be a member of ROPA. 



As long-time members of the Royal Ordnance Pension Scheme, we have an in-depth understanding of it’s particular complexities.  We have a combined experience of more than 100 years in pensions and several of us are still active as member nominated trustees or pensioner representatives in the Scheme.


We are independent, non-profit making and funded only by our members subscriptions


“A member’s widow wrote to ROPA to cancel her late husband’s membership. She disclosed that he had died a year earlier and she had provided the relevant certificates to the pension administrators. She was surprised not to receive a letter of condolence - we were surprised she had not received a widow’s pension! We put her in touch with a senior administrator and the omission was quickly resolved”

“ A member’s widow was advised by the administrators that she would receive a pension of one half that of her husband. Her husband had told her that it would be roughly two thirds of his and, on checking the section of the scheme he was in, we were able to assure her that he was right. We provided an appropriate contact number and the correct position was confirmed. Further training was also put in place in the administrator’s call centre”


Any member of the Royal Ordnance Pension Scheme is eligible to apply for membership.  You do not have to be a pensioner.

Joint membership is available if you wish to include someone living at the same address.


  • Help with understanding your specific pension issues

  • Informing you about scheme, pension & taxation developments:

    • Two ROPA Newsletters a year, to keep you in touch

    • An Annual General Meeting, where any issues can be aired

    • Access to the website's Member Area, where you can find relevant information

  • Personal support with accessing entitlements

Annual membership subscription is only £8.00.  Joint membership is £10.00.  Subscriptions are due on the 1st January.  Payment may be made by Standing Order, bank transfer or cheque.



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