Update June 2021

Just as the prospect of a return to the everyday life we once knew began to look a little better for us pensioners. Then very quickly along comes another variant or mutation of Corvid to remind us that we are not totally out of the woods yet. However, looking on the bright side and, with the majority of us now having had two doses of the vaccine, some relaxation in the lockdown measures and more opportunity to see friends and family. We are all now feeling little bit happier. This happiness is also boosted by the recent spell of nice warm weather. Then to top it all I go check my bank account and see my pensions been paid in …. That cheers me up even more. 

Since the start of the year your ROPA Council has been very active attending various meetings, producing the spring Newsletter and arranging the ROPA AGM, which for the first time was held using the digital media platform Zoom. Though there is clearly no substitute for face to face meetings the AGM was well attended and a very successful outcome was achieved. For those interested, those who attended the AGM or indeed those unable to attend the AGM, you can now view the draft minutes of the meeting in the site’s Members Area.

Once again, Maureen Sawtell has been busy with her poet’s pen and you can read her “Reaching for Freedom” here. Written back in March, the last stanza sadly turned out to be somewhat prophetic!

Finally, on behalf of your ROPA Council, I would like to wish all our members a warm, enjoyable and Covid stress free summer.

Frank Spencer

ROPA Chairman



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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