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Many within our Division will remember late
1960 as a period when a veritable tonguetwister
came into our daily conversation.
This, of course, was ‘Xerography’. There were
few who understood the real implications
behind that word, and even less who realised
the potential of this technique through the
medium of the now well-known 914 Office
sM Copier.
Management decisions taken at that early stage
were, to say the least, adventurous and, as
events have since proved, quite inspired.
Infected by the enthusiasm of their American
partners, Rank-Xerox tackled the Marketing and
Service problems with a drive that must be the
envy of many organisations. The problems were
immense, both in staff and technical training.
Nevertheless, we as a Division were authorised
to take steps towards quantity production
which, in July 1961, resulted in our first
building to cater exclusively for production
of 914 Copiers.
Production schedules appeared at first sight
impossible by previous standards, being many
times the original requirements. However, the
challenge was taken!
February 1962 saw the 1,000th Copier delivered
and the decision to increase the production
rate by at least 50°- To achieve this the
XeroX building was further extended by some
22,000 sq. feet including a Warehouse and
Despatch area. August close-down this year saw
two notable milestones, the 2,000th Copier and
the inauguration of the Mitcheldean Warehouse
and Installation Service.
What of the future? 3,000 Copiers by November-
6,000 by next August – an increase in 1962/3 of
at least 230% over 1961 output. In short, a
future full of promise if we continue to play
our part in ensuring high productivity and a
top quality product.
The successful integration of the 914 programme
into the Rationalised Production plan
of the Division was a very welcome change and
is, we hope, a fore-runner of equally successful
projects to ensure continued prosperity
and security for our Mitcheldean team.
Manager, XeroX Projects =A
READERS may be interested to learn that
the Cinderford & District Debating
Society was recently reformed and meets
fortnightly in the old Council Chamber,
Cinderfor-d, when various motions are
put forward for debate.
Several people on our staff at M itcheldean
are already members of the Society
and a very hearty welcome is extended
to any employee who would like to take
part in these lively debates.
Many have found that such a society
oilers extremely good training for speaking
in public-and holding one’s temper
when under pressure!
If you would like more details, get in
touch with the Hon. Secretary, Mr.
D. R. Elliott-the writer of our leader
this issue.
VIV’s and VIC’s
AMONG recent notable visitors to
Hanover Square were Mr. Patrick
McGoohan of the ‘Danger Man’
television series, and Mr. George Brown,
Labour Party Shadow Cabinet.
Equipment supplied to VIC’s (Very
Important Customers) has included:
a 200EE 16 mm. camera for King
Hussein of Jordan: a 603 Autoload
16 mm. camera fitted with Angenieux
Zoom lens to Mr. Wrangham for use on
the successful British-Soviet Pamirs
Expedition: a 642 16 mm. Filmosound
projector for use in the theatre of the
Japan Tourist Office in London: and a
Sportster V camera acquired by the head
of the Japan Tourist Bureau for his own
use in this country.
Mr. A. J. Pincombe, who is President of the British
Photographic Manufacturers’ Association, and
Mrs. Pincombe arrive at Nairobi Airport. During
his visit to East Africa Mr. Pincombe met the main
distributors of British photographic products at a
reception at the Stanley Hotel. He was also guest
at a luncheon arranged by the Skal Club at the
Avenue Hotel. Nairobi. Mr. Pincombe is visiting
India. Colon, Singapore and Australia during his
trip, and meeting distributors of British photographic
its twenty-one-year-old Miss Wendy Halle.
newly-crowned ‘Miss Rank, Mitcheldetne,
all set for a happy and glorious reign. Wendy
is secretary to Mr. R. E. Baker. Manager
Manufacturing. For more pictures taken at
,,ur Annual Dance and Reunion by Clive
Brooks, turn to pages 8 and 9.
They’re All Building Quality! A recent general
view of the XeroX Assembly Floor.
Sister Townroe tells of a
HAVING at last bought a non-vintage
car, although this one is a bit
mellow (1949), I decided to go exploring
in Brittany to find out if the car would
go properly.
For company I took George Allen,
late of Transport Department, and
Henrietta Wilkins, late of Purchase
Department. They had no idea what
they were in for!
We took off from Hum airport one
bright Saturday in July. The man in
charge asked incredulously: “Are you
exporting that, Madam ?” I retired.
hurt, to talk to the nice man who looked
after the passengers. For the first of
many times we lost George; he turned
up again only just in time to get
In 40 minutes flat we were out on the
road in the Cherbourg area. George
said he had the route numbers and we
would not need the maps, but he soon
found out that he did.
We went round the Normandy coast,
staying at Relais Routiere’s (French for
‘Lorry Drivers’) Hotels. We developed
a great respect for these men-they
know something! We also explored
every inch of the Brittany coast; it was
At one time George was found
weeding the Prefecture garden at
Coutance by one of the local policeman.
He explained in ‘World War One French’
that he thought it was time someone did
it. They refrained from having him
In St. Ma lo we introduced Henrietta
to one of those ancient types of toilettes.
I spent hours trying to pacify her after
that. For the rest of the journey we
made her inspector of plumbing.
Battery Charge
One Sunday morning in Auray, South
Finistere, we discovered that the battery
was not charging. As we could not find
the cause, in spite of George’s screwdriver,
we had to go on to Vannes, about
20 Kilometres away. Found the
Michelin Guide garage apparently
closed. I asked a man standing by if he
knew where we could get help; he
thought a minute then said: ” Allez me
suivez “. He hurled himself into his
large Simca. I leapt into my hot rod, and
we flew through the streets, indicators
flashing, scattering population, police,
pedestrians and plant pots. George and
Henrietta clung to whatever was still
anchored in the car.
We jerked to a standstill in an
enormous Shell depot, and our helper
went into a noisy huddle with all
present. Again he yelled “Encore allez
me suivez”. Encore we did; same dash
through otherwise peaceful town. We
hove to at the back of our original
stopping place, and found an elegant
monsieur in a white coat who soon had
our buggy fixed, at a cost of three francs.
Another slight contretemps was when
the Madame, who owned the hotel we
stayed at in St. Nazaire, only pushed
over two registration cards. I said
casually: “He’s not my husband”. I
could not understand why she froze up.
About 300 miles further on I started to
laugh-the implication had sunk in!
We went to Bordeaux, and were
greatly envious of the locals who all have
wine barrels slung somewhere round the
car-the ox carts carry one too. We
had to be content with bottles.
We did 1,800 miles altogether; the old
car only used two pints of oil the whole
journey, and we had no trouble except
for the fun in Vannes. We had quite a
wonderful time; my crew were well
behaved on the whole(!) despite our
trying all the wines from A to Z! Now
we are already planning another journey.
Chess Club Re-starts
THE Mitcheldean Chess Club recommenced
activities-after its close season
-in mid-October, and the first competition
for the Interdepartmental Trophy,
presented by Mr. F. Wickstead, is now
under way. Also in progress is the
Challengers’ Tourney to establish who
has the right to challenge ‘King Rook’
(Mr. H. L. Jones of T.E.D.) for his title.
Incidentally, the winner of the Summer
League Contest was Mr. P. Trollope
(Autos) who was proclaimed victor after
a close fight.
Mr. Naji Murad and
Mr. Joseph Muradpartners
in the Modern Art
Studio. the Company who
are our distributors in
Bahrein-looking round the
works with Mr. John Ash
of Export Department.
For Mr. Nail Murad, it was
his first visit to
Mitcheldean since 1932.
In the small but oil-rich
territory of Bahrein. the
Company achieves an annual
sale In excess of SO sound
projectors, as well as selling
a large quantity of 8 mm.
TO His astonishment, Harry Helm of
P.E.D., Mitcheldean, recently received
a letter appointing him ‘Atomic Raid
Warden’ for his home district. This
surprising letter, which purported to
come from Civil Defence quarters,
enclosed the following list of even more
surprising equipment which, it was said,
would be supplied at a later date to all
‘Atomic Raid Wardens’:
I. Respirator.
2. Axe to be carried in belt.
3. Stirrup pump to be carried over right
4. Extending ladder to be carried over left
5. Long household shovel to be carried under
left arm.
6. Rake to be carried under right arm.
7. Whistle from lanyard to be carried in mouth.
8. Scoop to be carried in left hand.
9. Belt to be worn round waist with ten hooks
for carrying six sandbags and four pails of
10. Two wet blankets to be slung round neck.
11. Tin helmet with brim upturned for carrying
extra water.
12. Box of matches to light atomic bombs which
to ignite on landing.
13. Extra sand to be carried in all pockets.
14. Ship’s anchor to be carried in case warden
wishes to stop galloping.
15. Broom to be carried in the only place
available so that warden may sweep the
floor as he progresses.
As far as we know, he has not
accepted the appointment’
This Autumn marks the re-entry of the Cine
& Photographic Division into the ‘still’
camera field.
For both the trade and ourselves this is an
important occasion.
You, however, may be speculating as to why,
when all the photographic shops seem to be
filled to capacity with all types of still
cameras, our Company should associate
itself with yet another one-and of Japanese
manufacture at that!
In this, the first of two articles, General
Marketing Manager J. Duffell outlines the
background to the new agreement and
explains why
IN 1959 we relinquished our agency with
the German Linhof company and
renounced commercial interest in the
still camera market. Since then we have
concentrated all our efforts on building
the name ‘Bell & Howell’ in this country
into what it is today-the leading name
for 8 mm. and 16 mm. cine equipment.
Why, then, do we now bother to reenter
the highly competitive (and,
apparently, overcrowded) still camera
Since the livelihood of all of us in the
Cine & Photographic Division depends
upon our continued prosperity and
survival as a company, we must expand.
In the world of cine this is just what we
have been doing-expanding the market
by extensive advertising and extending
the range of Bell & Howell products to
meet the demands of that expanded
However, in the still camera market
an even greater degree of growth has
been experienced. There is certainly a
greater variety of equipment availableboth
home-grown and imported. Austria,
Switzerland, Russia, Germany, France
and, more recently, Japan, all contribute
their share. Indeed, in the last few
months, the influx of Japanese cameras
has increased tremendously and there
are few dealers who do not sell at least
one of the many different types available.
What are they like, these Japanese
For the most part, very good indeed.
The Japanese have outgrown-at least
so far as cameras are concerned-their
habit of copying other people’s models.
Instead of looking like a cross between
a Leica and a Contaflex their 35 mm.
cameras, for instance, have a design and
dignity all their own. Their optics are
AS-AH-HEE with the ‘ AS’ as in ‘as’, the All
as in Ah, what a camera!’ and ‘HEE’ to rhyme with
‘me’. PENTAX’ sounds just as it’s spelt.
One of the Pentax models we are handling.
first-rate and, price-for-price, the quality
is equal to anything produced by those
erstwhile leaders in the photographic
trade, the Germans.
It is perhaps worth mentioning here
that one leading national paper in this
country has equipped all its photographers
with a Japanese miniature
camera-the Asahi Pentax. And it is
this camera-manufactured by the
Asahi Optical Company of Tokyo-for
which we have accepted the sole U.K.
distribution rights.
Although a relative newcomer to the
British market it has already won tremendous
popularity with discerning
users-both amateur and professional.
Ask any photographic dealer who sells
quality precision equipment and he’ll
tell you that the Asahi Pentax is probably
the most sought-after single-lens
reflex 35 mm. camera in Great Britain.
Why? What is so special about the
In our second article we shall attempt
to answer this question.
AT THE beginning of October Mr. Walter
Rubel, our Overseas Sales Executive,
and Mr. John Ash, from Mitcheldean’s
Export Department, set off on a car trip
to Eastern Europe. Their mission was
to maintain contacts made at the
Leipzig Fair and to promote trade with
the Eastern European countries. They
flew to Vienna and went on by car to
visit Sofia, Bucharest, Budapest. Warsaw.
Berlin and Prague. They will be
flying back from Vienna early this
Holidays in Snowdonia-Cottage in the
heart of Snowdonia, near Llanberis.
available for holiday letting. Sleep five.
Electricity, Calor gas cooker. Everything
supplied except linen. Terms:
May-September 12 gns.; October-April,
10 gns. Apply Box No. 18.
Wanted-Junior bicycle for child of
about eight years. Replies to Mr.
E. Parsons, Tool Room.
Lined up at the Division’s Annual Dance and Reunion, held on October 19 at Cheltenham Town Hall. ar_
the contestants for the title of ‘Miss Rank. Mitcheldeon’, a trophy and a prize of LS. The judges (below)
were hard put to it to reach a decision. Bearing the heavy responsibility were Messrs. E. J. Preece of
Gordon Payne & Preece. R. Hall of the Plessey Co.. R. Tumblety. our Marketing Controller, R. Hodge of
the Rank Film Library. and B. H. Sweetman, R.P.I. Group Accountant. Mr. F. Wickstead guided the pro.
ceedings and announced the winner – Wendy Haile (No. 3), with Gillian Phelps (No. 6) of Design Drawing
Office a close runner-up.
Bowing to the new queen ? No. it’s
just the Twist Competition getting
them right down!
Here’s a tocst unto her majesty! A hcppy group pieta c Cf t,,
Mrs. Wickstead places the glittering
crown in place. It was specially made by
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. H. Carpenter (of Quality
Control and Service Deportment respectively).
Angling Club News
THE Mitcheldean Angling Club have
acquired new waters at Lydbrook,
known as the Courtfield Arms waters.
The Club’s headquarters are at the
Courtfield Arms where a monthly
committee meeting is held by kind
permission of the proprietor, Mr.
F. Higgins. Up to the time of writing,
they have had five contests, three of
which have been won by Mr. J. Price of
Hon. Secretary J. D. Williams (Xerox)
says that what he is most pleased about
is the number of members who last
season had little or nothing to show for
their efforts and who now figure in the
prize list.
The first contest was held on June 17,
after which a general meeting was held
to elect officers for the 1962-63 season,
who are now as follows: Chairman:
H. Holmes; Hon. Secretary: J. D.
Williams; Treasurer: L. Hart; Committee:
W. Brown, R. Morse, J. Price,
R. Turley, R. Twohig. Membership now
numbers about 50, with more enrolling
each week.
Biggest fish so far caught in the
contests was that hooked by R. Turleya
3 -lb. chub. There have been individual
bags of 20 lb. upwards caught by
members pleasure fishing; also some
nice pike have been landed.
One of the Club members-J. blooding
(Small Batch)-caught a pike
weighing 23 lb. one morning on the
Club’s waters.
Five pegged-down contests and two
pike contests, with scrambles in between,
have been arranged for the 1962-
63 season, as well as a dinner-social and
IF you have any copies of magazines,
books (paperbacks in particular), that
you don’t want, don’t burn them-send
them to Miss Ena Fletcher, secretary to
Mr. G. E. A. Perutz, Director of International
Operations, at Mortimer House,
37-41 Mortimer Street. London, W.I.
Ena visits a large hospital in North
London and would be grateful for
reading matter to take to patients.
IHL sports field belonging to the Sports
& Social Club that proved unsuitable
for sports and has been something of a
white elephant for a long time has at
last been sold. We hear that it is now
to be used for the raising of chickens by
the battery method. However, there is
no need for alarm as the prevailing wind
does not blow from that quarter!
Clive Brooks of Quality Control recently took some aerial photographs of Mitcheldean for the Press &
Information Office. One of these was the first main picture in the new Rank Organisation accounts
brochure, and It drew praise from Mr. John H. Davis for its photographic quality and composition.
Young Susan Ellis made the presentation to
Miss Margery Brooks.
In Search of
THE ‘Social Event’ of Mitcheldean’s
Cine Club season was undoubtedly the
Treasure Hunt held on September 23.
Des Haines, Ron Payne and Jimmy Clare
were responsible for its organisation
and they dreamed up numerous ‘hazards’
and ‘tasks’ which were well appreciated
by the 32 actual starters. It was a
wonderful sight to see whole families
in cars entering into the spirit of things
and thoroughly enjoying themselves,
with some of the younger element belting
round on scooters.
Apart from the odd navigational
error, all went very well, everyone
returning safely to the Club House.
Over 100 enthusiasts were there, and
refreshments and film shows were laid
on while the results were checked.
Miss Margery Brooks, making one of
her last appearances as ‘Miss R.P.I.’ for
1961j62, most charmingly presented the
Treasure Trove in appropriate caskets to
the winners. She in turn was presented
with a bouquet and a box of chocolates
by young Susan Ellis (daughter of keen
club members Peter and Joan Ellis.)
The maximum points possible were
340 and the minimum miles 58.3. A
close finish resulted and the winners
were: 1st: A. Price (340 points, 61
miles); 2nd: J. Henwood (340 points, 64
miles); 3rd: J. Goode (340 points, 66
miles). Hard luck for K. Hobbs, who
gained 340 points but clocked up 69
miles. The Cine Club Committee would
like to thank all those kind helpers
whose efforts ensured such an enjoyable
There was still quite an amount of
editing and titling to be done on the
Treasure Trove
‘Rally’ film at the time of writing, holidays
having retarded progress somewhat.
However, completion and a
‘preview’ are eagerly awaited and further
details will be announced later.
‘Club Nights’ on the first and third
Monday of each month are well
attended, due no doubt to the interesting
programmes arranged; and the winter
season promises more good things to
come. One outstanding event will surely
be the Grand Film Competition for
which entries are invited. Films can be
any length, about any subject, black and
white or in colour, the only proviso
being that titling must be an amateur
job. Latest date for entries, which
should go to Mr. W. Brown, Tool Room,
is November 30.
All the winners! Left to right: J. Henwood, A. Price and J. Goode, with their Treasure Trove.
C. Hmsom _
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Last month M. Armaqd Bobanga. the Minister of
Educatba for the Equateur Province. Congo.
visited our Mitcheldean factory, as part of an
educational tour in this country. He was shown
round by Mr. E. Mason. Chief Production Engineer.
and Mr. F. Edwards, who is in charge of Personnel.
Training and Education. Pictured here with the
Minister are Mr. R. D. Thomas of the Central
Office of Information, Mr. F. A. G. Cook from the
Foreign Office who acted as interpreter, and
Mr. Edwards.
We Sigh with relief that at long last the
Social & Sports Club has a secretary.
Miss Julie Williams (Stock & Progress)
is now nominated, accepted and actively
in action looking after Club interests.
We Congratulate Mr. Arthur Hall’s
secretary, Miss Barbara Ballard, who
became Mrs. Williams on September 29;
also Miss Marian Corric who is now
living au pair with Mr. Maloney (which
is another way of saying she married
him, on September 8).
We Announce the Annual Dinner and
Dance which will take place at the
Oldfield Hotel on November 30.
We Have Joined the North Acton Darts
League, where we are competing in both
the Ladies and Gents Competitions.
We Welcome Mr. E. A. Fisher who has
joined Film Hire Department to replace
Mr. Ron Crafts. We also welcome
Miss Smith (Production), Mrs. Mosley
and Miss Astley (Booking). Miss Russell
and Miss Skipp (Accounts), Mr.
Galkowski (Despatch), Mr. O’Reardon
(Stores), Mrs. Fidler and Mrs. Tippins
(Film Repair).
We Were Worried when Miss Marion
Noble (Direct Mail) almost didn’t make
her trip to Paris. Now that she has, we
are still worried!
We Praise Mr. ‘Charlie’ Robb for
winning the G.B. Newsreel Golf Cup at
Upminster Golf Club on October 6.
WHOSE teeth flew out when he walked,
coughing, across the shop floor?
WHAT member of the staff got up at
6 a.m. to gather mushrooms and eventua
II) returned home at 9 a.m. N1 II only
four mushrooms and feeling too tired to
cook them ?
WHO was the sprayer seen walking into
the Nelson’s Arms on a Sunday morning
with a bunch of flowers in his arms,
hoping to get a free beer?
WHICH apprentice dined in the Executive
Dining-room and had his sandwich
lunch consumed by an executive who
couldn’t get in ?
WHAT panel beater spoilt two films on
holiday? Does she know her line?
WHICH storeman found himself trouserless
for a couple of hours during night
shift ? He had taken them off to remove
some paint and some practical joker
walked off with them.
WHAT lady on the Assembly floor is
embarrassed by the wind?
WHICH engineering type had to be
revived with oxygen when olereome by
the heating in his department ?
WHO is smoking himself to death in
order to obtain ten extra coupons on
200 Embassy cigarettes?
WHO was seen to pull the handle of one
drill and then stand watching the adjoining
drill, puzzled as to why it didn’t come
down ?
WHO lost his car at Farnborough ?
WHO is the girl who smokes a lot but
never has any matches or a lighter ?
Mr. C. W. Hotchen
I HE appointment of Mr. C. W. Hotchen as Chief Production Executive am! Deputy
to Mr. F. Wickstead at Mitcheklean was announced at the beginning of September.
Mr. Hotchen, A.M.I.Mech.E., M.1. Prod. E., and an original member of the Society
of Instrument Technology, is a Londoner by birth. After serving five years’ general,
mechanical and electrical apprenticeship at the Royal Ordnance Factories,
Woolwich, he commenced his industrial career vith Negretti & Zambra La,
scientific, industrial and aircraft instrument makers, where he attained the rank of
Assistant Technical Manager. He joined the Plessey Co. Ltd. as Deputy Chief
Engineer of the Components Division, and was eventually promoted to Chief
Engineer. He left Plessey to take up a career in production engineering and works
management with S. Smith & Sons Aircraft Instruments Ltd., Cheltenham, as
Assistant Works Manager in 1950. In 1958 he was one of the only two employees
selected by ‘Smith Group’ for an advanced course at ‘Greenlands’ Administrative
Staffs College, Henley-on-Thames. He held the position of Works Director
Designate when he left to join the Rank Organisation. Mr. Hotchen lives at
Leckhampton and has two children-a girl aged 13 and a boy of 7. He is a keen
bowler and is President of the Whaddon, Cheltenham, Bowling Club. He has
represented in some 14 inter-county games, has been County
rice-Captain this season and is County Captain-Elect for 1963.
Putting YOU
Further changes in the set-up of departments
have recently been made in order
to strengthen our Management team.
Mr. E. Mason becomes Chief Production
Engineer and will co-ordinate all
production engineering, i.e., Planning,
Time Study Costs, and Metallurgical &
Chemical Services. It is intended to
appoint a new Chief Planning and Tool
Engineer responsible to Mr. Mason;
when this occurs, Mr. E. Bryan will
revert to Chief Jig and Tool Design
it Engineer. Mr. D. C. Ashall will become
Chief Planning Engineer for Bell &
Howell products. Mr. C. O’Sullivan will
be transferred eventually as Chief
Planning Engineer of the XeroX 813
project, while Mr. S. Imm will become
Chief Planning Engineer of XeroX 914
Commercial Manager Mr. B. C. Smith
has taken over the additional duties of
in the Picture
Personal Assistant to Mr. F. Wickstead.
As from this month, Mr. F. W. Court
becomes Chief Inspector and Quality
Control Engineer. His Deputy, Mr.
R. F. Watkins, is made responsible for
inspection and quality control of the
new XeroX 813 project. Mr. E. Watkins
will act in the same capacity as before on
the XeroX 914 and Mr. T. Baxter will
act similarly on Bell & Howell products.
Mr. J. Evans joined the Company on
November 1 as Production Control
Manager. Mr. E. V. Carter has been
appointed Works Order Office and
Stores Controller and Deputy to the
Production Control Manager.
Mr. F. J. Edwards has been appointed
Personnel, Education and Training
Manager. This appointment widens the
scope of the Personnel Department to
include all training, first-aid and welfare
matters. It is envisaged that Mr.
Edwards will ultimately be responsible
for channelling all Trade Union negotiations,
for both staff and hourlypaid
workers, to Senior Management.
For the time being, however. Mr. R. E.
Baker, Manager Manufacturing, will
continue to handle internally Trade
Union matters relating to hourly-paid
employees. Mr. Baker will co-operate
with Mr. Edwards in handling this
aspect for the next few months. All
Staff Union negotiations will be handled
by Mr. Edwards.
The Plant and Maintenance Department
will in future be under the control of Mr.
W. E. Blaich who will be directly responsible
to Mr. C. W. Hotchen. Mr.
Blaich and his Department will provide
services to all departments. Factory
security, so far as plant, roads, fencing,
etc., are concerned, will be Mr. Blaich’s
responsibility, and Mr. B. A. Moger will
be directly responsible to him.
Mr. E. N. Fry, who had been in the
Shipping Department ever since its
transfer to Mitcheldean. retired last
September. He was presented with an
electric fire and a pipe by his colleagues.
Mr. D. R. Richards has joined Wages
Office. Miss Carol Hart has left the
office, having moved from the district.
Mrs. Elizabeth Kelsey has left Small
Batch after six and a half years’ service
to await a happy event.
Mrs. Elizabeth Brown of Home Sales
has also left for the same excellent
As reported in our last issue. :VIr. Winston Jenkins
(right) wed Miss Barbara Short at the end of July.
And when Tool Room colleague Mr. Brian James
(below) married Miss Brenda Ray in September. he
wisely chose his experienced bridegroom friend.
Winston, to be his best man.
reason. Her place in Statistics has been
taken by Miss Iris Chappel.
Mrs. Margaret Ambury has joined
Purchase Department.
Miss Dorothy Smith has transferred
from Central Progress to Rank-XcroX
in London.
Mr. P. Preuss and Mr. L. Edmonds have
left Service Repair.
Miss Pamela Jones has joined Export
Department. Miss June Wellington has
left the Department to study at Technical
Mr. F. Amos
We regret to report the sudden death of
Mr. F. Amos (XeroX Machine Shop).
He was taken ill on the night shift on
September 26 and died of a heart attack
about midday. Mr. Amos was a Long
Service member and had worked at
Mitcheldean since 1948. He had been a
prisoner of war in Japanese hands and
had worked on the notorious railway
featured in the film The Bridge:over.the
Riser Kwai’.
‘ Major’ Birthdays
Miss Barbara Protheroe (XeroX Electrical
Subs.) on August 14.
Miss Jean Norman, secretary to Mr.
F. O’Hare, Service Manager. on
September 8.
Miss Valerie Frost (Comps.) on
September 18.
Engaged …
A Quality Control romance! Miss Pat
Martin and Mr. L. Wheeler became
engaged on June 30.
Miss Eileen Adams (Comps.) celebrated
her engagement to Mr. J. Avery on
August 18.
… and Married
Mr. A. Allen (Cost Office) to Miss
Margaret Bowen on September 1 at
Mr. B. James (Tool Room) to Miss
Brenda Ray at Newent Church on
September 15. Best man was Tool Room
colleague Mr. W. Jenkins, whose own
wedding we recently reported.
Miss Ann Rogers (Clean Room) to
Mr. B. John at Drybrook Congregational
Chapel on September 22. September
was a very important month for Ann
for another reason-she celebrated her
21st birthday on the 13th.
Also married on September 22-Miss
Brenda Harris (Small Batch) to Mr.
(XeroX Packing) at Our Lady
of Victories Church, Cinderford: and
Miss Pam Munden (Machine Shop
Office) to Mr. M. Gaylard.
Miss Janet Bradley (Service Repair) to
Mr. A. Layton at St. Stephen’s. Cinderford,
on October 6.
Miss Shirley Gardener (Small Batch) to
Mr. K. Brown on October 13 at Lydney.
New Arrivals
Nigel Paul, a son for Mrs. Gillian
Eckley, formerly of Assembly. He
arrived on August 8, weighing 9 lb. 81 oz.
Leslie Robert, a second son for Mr.
R. Evans (Sub-Contracts Manager).
Leslie arrived on August 15, weight
6 lb. 15 oz.
Keith Raymond, a 6 lb. 12 oz. son for
Mrs. Norma Weaving from Assembly,
born September 5.
Kevin Derck, an 8 lb. 9 oz. boy for Mr.
D. Bourne, Paint Shop, born on
September 13.
Mr. and Mrs. B. Davis after their wedding at
Cinderford last September.
New faces at Mortimer House belong to:
Mrs. Una Roberts of Peckham. London,
secretary to Marketing Controller Mr.
R. Tumblety. She hails from Anglesey
and is married to a motor sales representative;
red-head Trad. jazz fan Miss
Margaret Sampson, secretary to Mr.
Gerry Gask, Audio-Visual Dealer
Manager. She conies from Surbiton.
Surrey, and has the responsible job of
planning itineraries for the A-V Dept.
Baccy Secretary
Smoke seen issuing from the office of
Mr. Barry Clifton, Educational Advisor,
probably comes from the pipe (lady’s
version) adopted by Miss Gwen Wilson,
his secretary. She acquired it in Denmark
and is now seen smoking it in
the office!
Mr. Charles Cracknell at Hanover
Square completed 25 years’ Bell &
Howell service this year, and was
presented with a carpet at the last Long
Service Association Dinner, held at Perivale.
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