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THE advent of a New Year puts us in the mood to reminisce-and since
five of our oldest employees are now retiring, we thought it would prove
interesting, particularly to newer employees, if we asked them for their
reminiscences of earlier days with the Company.
Ted Wells, who started way back in 1930, recalls that his first place
of work for our Organisation was in a London pub, converted into a
workshop, together with some 20 people whose sole piece of capital
equipment was one in. portable electric drill. “It’s a bit different now,”
says Ted, “with over 500 machines of all types, some costing considerably
more than £10,000.”
Transport was a problem in the early days and Ted recalls the very old
Albion charabanc, with a cape hood and door to every row of seats, that
had been requisitioned from holiday duty in Ilfracombe. Really a museum
piece, this fine old vehicle ran for a considerable time between Monmouth
and Mitcheldean, but had to be taken off the I.)dnt*-Mitcheldean run
because the `locals’ stoned it!
The first canteen facilities available, Ted remembers, were in a shed
near the Malthouse; here one could get a cup of tea and a rake, but one
had to consume them in a perpendicular position in the Yard at the mercy
of the elements. Midday meals, however, were served in more palatial
surroundings-in the Youth Hostel opposite the White Horse, where the
seating accommodation consisted of converted car seats!
Mrs. Gladys Martin commenced with us in 1942, and at that time
everyone expected to be back in London as soon as the war was over.
The wives of employees transferred from London-making do with oil
lamps, and without mains water or drainage-longed for that day as they
trudged to work from such outlandish places as Wigpool and May Hill.
But by the time the war was over, roots had been established and quite
a few elected to remain in this part of the world.
Bill Knapgate started work with us in 1946 in the Packing Department
on the bottom floor of the old Malthouse. He remembers that to get
goods to the top of the Malthouse they had to be carried up very steep
wooden stairs, and the top floor was reached by means of a ladder.
But, as Bill says, they were ‘good old days’ and the exercise kept him in
trim for the weekly skittles match for the Works team with whom he has
been connected for most of his time with us.
Mrs. Ruby Cinderby, who has been associated with the Print Room
ever since she joined us in 1948, can tell you about the old manual methods
of printing and developing, and how fatiguing they were compared with
operating the latest equipment and microfilming facilities.
1948 was the year Mrs. Emma Marshall joined us too. She worked
first as a polisher in the subterranean caverns of the Brewery Building,
to the rhythm of the pumping system connected to an artesian well. She
afterwards transferred to the Plating Department where she says conditions
have improved to a fantastic degree over the years.
All these veterans are unanimous about the vastly improved working
conditions; they are unanimous too in saying how much they will miss
their colleagues and the friendships that they have established during their
term of service.
To them we say-“A Happy Retirement!” To everybody we say-
Three pretty contestants for the title of ‘Miss Rank, Mitcheldean for 1965-(left to
right) Marjorie Woodward (who came third), Pat Smith (who was second) and Lesley
Davis, who now wears the crown.
NIEW cGMItiS M..4 .NIE 99
n UR Fifth Annual Dance and Reunion,
V held on November 27, differed from
its predecessors in several respects.
For the very first time it was held on
home ground-in our new Social
Centre-and every one of the 600 tickets
had been sold well before the dance.
A study in judgeswho
has a big decision
to make.
And also for the first time, contestants
for the ‘Miss Rank, Mitcheldean’ title
had previously been reduced by ballot to
the three finalists-Lesley Davis (813
Inspection), Pat Smith (Quality Control)
and Marjorie Woodward (T.E.D.).
This made the task somewhat lighter
Dancing for everyone
for the four judges-Mr. J. P. Collis
(Managing Director, Rank Audio Visual
Division), Mr. N. G. Foulkes (Assistant
Managing Director, Rank Xerox Ltd.),
Mr. R. D. Turner (Managing Director,
Metal Castings Doehler Ltd.), and our
Chief Executive, Mr. Wickstead.
Lesley, who seemed overcome with
Solo for the top ‘Twisters.’
surprise at winning, found more surprises
awaiting her, after Mrs. Wickstead
had kindly performed the crowning
ceremony and the money prizes had
been handed out.
Miss Jeanette Short of Purchase
Department, ‘Miss Rank’ for the previous
year, charmingly presented a
bouquet to her successor.
Then Mr. Wickstead made an unexpected
announcement. It was felt, he
said, that the usual presentation could
do with some improvement, and this
year a trip to London for the new Miss
Rank had been planned as part of her
prize. Lesley was to have a night out
in London, see a show, stay at a hotel
and visit the Rank Organisation’s studios
at Pinewood to see some of the stars in
And, because she was ‘sweet seventeen’,
he said, she could take a partner
of her choice with her.
The floor of our Social Centre was
severely put to the test when Dennis
Wheeler and his Orchestra left the field
to Mike and the Mystics for the Twist
Roy Johnson (Tool Stores) and his
partner Marilyn Watts out-twisted the
many competitors, and gave a special
demonstration of their version of the
Twist before everyone took to the floor
for somewhat less exhausting dancing.
Morecambe and
Wise sign a
for me.
I’D never been further into London
than Paddington Station before, so
my visit was a great thrill.
Everything was laid on for me and
my fiancé, Fred Beard. Early on
December 9 we were taken by car to
Gloucester Station. Miss Wendy Price,
secretary to Mr. John Hayward, the
Rank Organisation Press Officer, welcomed
us on arrival and took us to book
in at the York Hotel, Bayswater.
After sightseeing in Parliament Square
we had lunch with her at the Refectory
Club, then we went by special hired car
to Pinewood Studios, where we met Mr.
Derek Coyte, the Publicity Controller.
We had a marvellous time, seeing the
different film sets and looking over the
warehouse where the props were kept.
On the set for the film ‘The Intelligence
Men’ I met comedians Morecambe and
Wise. ‘Ernie’ Wise spoke our names
before we had a chance to introduce
ourselves and kept up a stream of
We also met dancers from the Covent
Garden Ballet who were in the film.
In the evening we saw ‘Pickwick’ at
the Saville Theatre, and, though Harry
Secombe wasn’t in it that night, we
thought it was a wonderful show.
Fred and I try some scene-shifting.
Next morning we went shopping in
Oxford Street (I spent some of my £10
prize money), and then went to lunch at
the George Hotel with the Rank Xerox
Press Officer Mr. Philip Currah and
Technical Manager Mr. J. A. Hargroves.
The top floor restaurant was so high up
it looked down on a church steeple and
the nearby BBC tqwer.
At 3 p.m. we had to leave for Paddington
and when we got to Gloucester we
were taken home by car.
I would like to say a big thank you to
all who arranged for us to have such a
wonderful time, not forgetting those in
Inspection who kindly collected some
extra spending money for me to take.
Looking at stills
of the film
‘The Intelligence
Men’ with Miss
Wendy Price and
our guide at
Pinewood, Mr.
THE diversity of interests for which the
Sports & Social Club caters is increasing
Hot on the heels of the Motor Club
and the Ladies’ Keep Fit comes the new
Clay Pigeon Club, which held its inaugural
meeting last October, and its first
shoot on Sunday, November 15, at
Haigh’s Farm, near Bradley Court.
As you probably know, the ‘clay
pigeon’ is a clay disc about 4 in. in
diameter which is flung into the air by
a spring-loaded trap and each member
of a five-strong team takes it in turn to
shoot as the ‘pigeons’ are released,
scoring marks according to his success.
Twelve-bore guns are used; clay targets
and cartridges are provided and
must be paid for before use. At the time
of writing, a round of five shots cost
about 5s. including targets.
Needless to say, a strict set of safety
rules must be complied with by everyone
participating in a shoot, and two range
marshalls are appointed to ensure these
are carried out.
Apart from practice shoots, matches
and competitions will be arranged and
members will be able to introduce
visitors to practise or shoot in open
sweepstakes on occasion. The annual
subscription is 10s.: beginners (both
male and female) will be welcome and
will receive the necessary instruction.
If you are interested, please contact
any of the following: Club Chairman:
Mr. J. Barratt (Resident Rank Xerox
Quality Control Engineer): Secretary:
Mr. T. Stephens (Tool Room); Treasurer:
Mr. R. Hamblin (Tool Room); Committee:
Messrs. R. Bayliss, D. Cook.
J. Dennis, G. Hall, R. Jones, J. Lin ley,
E. Parsons and J. Williams.
ALTHOUGH our entries suffered because
of their lack of taped sound (an aspect
on which the judge was particularly
keen) and one, ‘Blackpool Lights’, because
of lack of titling, our Cine Club
can feel gratified with the results of the
recent inter-club cine film competition
organised against Gloucester Cine Club.
The three entries-all films taken by
club members-were first chosen by
Mr. F. Wickstead and Mr. Russell
Adams, the well-known aerial photographer,
and it is interesting to note that
the order in which they placed the films
was the same as that appearing in the
final results. These were as follows:
1st. Woodchcster Roman Villa (sound) –
2nd. A Trip Round Europe-Rank (A. R.
3rd. A Dying Craft-Baskettnaking-Gloucester
4th. Cornwall-The Delectable Duchy-Rank
(W. E. Austin)
Sth. Aircraft (sound)-Gloucester
6th. Blackpool Lights-Rank (Mrs. S. Buckman)
The judge, Mr. Fletcher Cooper,
awarded total marks of 50, comprising
ten each for titles, idea, entertainment
value, editing and photography. The
top film scored 42 marks, while the
Cornwall film gained 32, so you can see
it was fairly close.
Mr. R. Berks (Joint Programme
Secretary) reports that the 15 members
who attended enjoyed their evening at
Gloucester and they are looking forward
to doing better next year.
On November 26 the Cine Club once
again gave us the chance of seeing the
Ten Best Amateur Films of the year:
the varied and entertaining programme
provided in the Abenhall School hall
made the 2s. entrance fee excellent value
for money.
THE Motor Club committee send seasonal
greetings to all Club members and wish
them trouble-free motoring during the
coming year.
Although the Club is barely six months
old, its programme has been full and
varied, what with rallies (day and night
events), a film show, driving tests,
miniature car racing and a dance-all
well supported.
At the time of writing the membership
numbered 70 and with a full programme
coming up for this season, it was felt
this total could well be doubled. Proposed
events for the first quarter of
1965 include a rally (Rank and Ross
Motor Club), a dance about mid-
February, and a film show; and there
are hopes of getting the car badge design
selected, approved and manufactured in
the very near future.
Top table at the celebration dinner P,C,CS: C. E4COKS
To mark their achiewment of the
‘best collective examination results
award’ at the Forest of Dean Technical
College for the second year running,
our apprentices were treated by the
Management to a four-course celebration
dinner in the new Social Centre on
November 20.
Also invited to join in the celebration
were apprentices’ parents, and guests
who included Mr. J. Moon, Ministry of
Labour; Mr. J. A. Moon, Three
Counties Industrial and Educational
Association; Mr. F. Price, Principal of
the Forest of Dean Technical College;
and Mr. R. B. Petrie, Head of Engineering
at the College; together with their
respective wives.
After Mr. R. W. Charles, Personnel
Officer, had proposed the Loyal Toast,
Mr. F. Wickstead spoke of his pleasure
in giving this special dinner for the
apprentices-and he said he hoped he
would have the opportunity of doing so
He was glad to be able to report that
employment had been found at Mitcheldean
for several A.E.I. apprentices who
would now be able to complete their
training, despite the closing of the
Lydney cable works.
He then presented indentures to nine
apprentices (one anonymous ex-apprentice
was, he said, having his teeth out
to make room for them!).
Personnel Manager Mr. F. J. Edwards
afterwards proposed a toast to ‘Our
Guests’, to which Mr. J. A. Moon
An informal social evening, during
which the film of the 813 Office Copier
launching was shown, rounded off this
enjoyable occasion.
Pictured here after receiving their indentures are Messrs. J. G. Birch, C. W. Brain’
R. W. Giles, R. J. Harris, K. T. Horrobin, K. Jones, J. R. Newman, M. R. Salmon
and P. R. Thomas. (Two further apprentices, D. Hill and K. W. Morgan, who were
due to receive indentures, were unable to attend the presentation.)
we said.
And they came –
in their thousands !
AuroorrHER some 3,000 people came
-many more than we ever expected.
Originally it was intended to throw the
Plant open on two evenings, but the
applications that poured in made it
necessary to extend the invitation to
employees and their families on four
separate evenings, with a fifth evening
for the public.
The guides specially appointed to
show guests round did their job well and
there was someone qualified to explain
or demonstrate the work of every
department visited. Said Personnel
Manager Mr. F. J. Edwards: “Cooperation
from all employees has been
absolutely first-class.”
Visitors eventually made their way to
the Social Centre for tea and biscuits
and a showing of the film of the 813
Office Copier launching (pictured on
The event proved a tremendous
success-people showed great interest
and asked many questions. (We like the
story about one girl who, when told
that a certain jig borer would ‘make
holes in anything’, asked: “What, even
in doughnuts?”)
While visitors, both young and not so
young, found Neuf I. to capture their
attention, works photographer Clive
Brooks captured these shots of them as
they progressed round the Plant. The
pictures ( from top left) show them in 813
Assembly, examining an optical head and
seeing a demonstration of an 813 Office
Copier; in Accounts Department where
they saw the data processor in operation;
in 914 Assembly for a demonstration of a
914 Office Copier (bottom left hand
corner); in Xerox Machine Shop to see
‘automatic profiling’-at a safe distance(!);
in the Paint Shop and (bottom
right) the Print Room, appreciating what
modern equipment can do. “You sure this is the place?”
MULTIPLICATION and division in the
binary system are performed in
exactly the same way as in the decimal
system, except that any addition or
subtraction must be carried out as
explained in our last issue. A few
examples will demonstrate this:
J: 1111+11=101
This is straightforward as in the decimal
system. The result is easy to check and
is equivalent to 15+3=5.
Ex. 2: 110001+101. This long division
is not so easy because it involves subtraction.
101)110001 5)49
100 (remainder)
The first step is simple: 110+101
gives 1 in the answer in the normal way.
Having placed the 101 under the appropriate
figures we have to subtract.
Using the principles explained in the last
issue, we borrow one `two’ for the first
column, and then one from two gives
one in the answer. Paying back the
borrowed one in the second column
gives nought for the answer and the
third column again gives nought.
The second step is to bring down the
next figure which is nought. In schoolboy
terms. 101 into 10 ‘won’t go’,
so nought goes in the answer and the next
figure must be brought down.
This gives 101 into 100: again it won’t
go and a further nought must go in the
The last step is to bring down the
final I and we then have 101 into 1001.
With our decimal-trained minds, our
first thoughts might be that this would
go nine times but it can only be nought
or one in the answer: therefore it must
go once. Nought is obviously ridiculous.
The final subtraction is easy and
gives a remainder of 100.
9 (+4 remainder)
The decimal equivalent is again given
so that the result can be checked.
Multiplication follows similar lines.
LA.. 3: 11001 x 1101:
11001 25
1101 13
11001 25
I looio 75
It will be seen that the multiplication
process is performed in the usual manner
and only in the adding of the columns
must we remember that we are using
the binary system. I leave this for the
reader to work himself, but don’t forget
-carry one forward for every two in the
column totals.
The most interesting aspect of all this
is that similar arithmetical methods can
be used in any system of numbers. The
binary system works to the base two:
the decimal system to the base ten. The
only requisite is that we must have the
same number of digits (figures) as the
value of the base: i.e. to the base two we
need two digits and to the base ten we
need ten digits. It is essential that one
of these digits should be nought.
It is said that we use the decimal system
because we are born with ten fingers.
Had the human race evolved with one
arm we might have worked to the base
five! This would require five digits:
0, 1, 2, 3 and 4.
If you enjoy mental gymnastics, try
working out this addition which assumes
we only have these five digits.
Er. 4: 12+231+30+4=332
(Decimal: 7 + 66+ 15 +4=92)
I once knew a man who had an extra
little finger on each hand: he might
have worked to the base twelve. Had
he done so, he would have had to invent
two new figures.
Let us say that represents 10 and A
represents eleven: then his digits would
be: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, C and A.
Try checking this addition which he
could have worked to the base twelve.
Ev. .5: L 3+4 A A +9 =22 C
(Decimal: 123 + 59 131 +9= 322)
I hope readers will have found this as
interesting and entertaining as I do
myself.-H. Hartley.
One of the doctors tries the
patient’s chair while examining
the treatment record book
Wt. are a much visited works and used
to seeing groups of strangers being
ushered around.
But the groups who visited the Plant
on the afternoons of December 9 and 10
were welcomed with smiles of recognition,
and here and there one heard a
friendly, “Hallo, Doctor!”
We refer, of course, to the visits of
19 local medical practitioners, together
with the Forest of Dean Medical Officer
of Health. Dr. A. T. Hunt. and our
own works doctor Dr. K. Pauli, who
were invited by the Management to make
a tour of the Plant.
Such visits, it was felt, would enable
us to get the doctors’ opinion of our
welfare, medical and first aid facilities,
and at the same time provide an opportunity
for discussion about the employment
of registered disabled persons and
mentally retarded young persons, and
the rehabilitation problems regarding
employment in which most doctors are
interested through their various professional
The fact that almost all the doctors
invited accepted, proved their interest in
the project -for doctors are notoriously
busy people. “In fact,” said Dr. Hunt,
“I was hoping to receive such an
On both days the groups were enter-
Mr. D. R. Elliott
and Mrs. E.Jones
with seine of our
in Project
9 First Aid
tained to lunch by the Management.
then taken on a tour of the works, after
which they assembled in the Conference
Room for a cup of tea and a chat with
Departmental Heads concerned with
personnel and welfare.
As they sipped their tea they inspected
drawings showing the future development
of the Plant and Mr. Wickstead
outlined the changes that would be
taking place.
When we sought their professional
opinion about the medical facilities in
the Plant, the doctors were unanimous
in pronouncing them A.1. Said Dr.
Rocyn-Jones of Ruardean: “They are
very, very good. right down to the small
first aid posts. Even the local cottage
hospitals could bow to you.”
Referring to this “marvellous factory”.
Dr. McMinn of Lydbrook said he could
remember it when it was a tiny little
place. “1 have seen a lot of my patients
here this afternoon, all smiling, and
obviously feeling very well-in fact,
much better than A do!”
It must have pleased many employees
to see their own doctors taking such an
interest in the place where they work.
Surely everyone-doctors, Management
and employees-cannot help but benefit
from such visits as these.
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One for the album-the Keep Fit group pose with their president, Mr. G. S.
Hemingway. The little girl, dressed in the group’s colours, is Barbara Beard,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. OM Beard, who presented flowers at the function.
WHEITIER modelling fashions by Raynors
of Ross-on-Wye, or demonstrating
‘music and movement’, our
Ladies’ Keep Fit group showed last
November that they know how to do
things gracefully (and never a hair out
of place!).
Talking of hair, the programme item
provided by Josephine of Littledean was
zi hit particularly, with the menfolk.
Mr. Wickstead, presenting a corsage
from ‘the girls’ to their leader, Ruby
Phillips, thanked everyone who had
helped to arrange the event and complimented
them on its excellent organisation.
The fact that the event enabled
the group to subscribe L20 to the Cobalt
Unit Fund made it very worthwhile.
Thanks are due, not only to Raynors
and Josephine, but also to Mrs. Roberts
of Mitcheldean who provided footwear
for the fashion parade, Vine Bros. who
loaned carpeting, Mrs. E. Olivey who
did the decor, and Mrs. G. Negrin who
provided just the right piano accompaniment
for the programme.
(ABOVE) Trim in green shorts
and white tops, the girls march
on, carrying their green hoops
at a fashionable angle. (LEFT)
Look, no hands! Diane Rogers
and Marjorie Jarvis practise a
neat bit of waist-whittling with
their hoops.
Angela Morgandressed
for cold weather
Elizabeth Wright
-dressed for
formal events
Margery Brooksdressed
for relaxation
Josephine (far right) and her assistants about to create some striking hair styles for
the grand occasion.
Fellowship Award
Our Chief Engineer, Mr. A. S. Pratt,
has been awarded Fellowship of the
American Society of Motion Picture and
Television Engineers in general recognition
of his contribution to the motion
picture industry. Mr. Pratt is already a
Fellow of the British Kinematographic
Society (for services to the industry in
connection with the development of
magnetic sound recording equipment).
And, as reported in an earlier issue of
VISION, he shared, with two Bell &
Howell (Chicago) engineers, an ‘Oscar
award of merit made by the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in
New Appointment
Mr. Cyril Morrey was appointed Foreman
Inspector, Goods Inwards Inspection
Department, on November 16.
Welcome Back
Nice to see Mr. Ken Bunn (Supervisor,
Press & Sheet Metal Shop) back in
circulation after his recent operation.
21st Birthdays
Mrs. Maureen Howells (813 Stores) on
October 20.
Mrs. Pat Roberts (B. & H. Assembly)
on October 27.
Mrs. Denise Jones (B. & H. Assembly)
on December 4.
Mr. J. Pearce (Press Shop) on December
Mrs. Joan Reed (813 Progress) on
February 8.
They’re Engaged
Mr. W. H. Wheeler (Xerox Warehouse)
to Miss Barbara Lewry on December 13.
Miss Lynn Turner (813 Assembly) on
Christmas Eve to Mr. Victor Jones.
Miss Josie Manning (813 Stores) to Mr.
Clive Reid (813 Assembly) on Christmas
They’re Wed
Miss Mary Flewelling (914 Assembly
Time Office) to Mr. Cyril Smart at
Lydbrook Baptist Chapel on September
Miss Joan Kibble (813 Progress) to Mr.
David Reed at St. John’s Church.
Cinderford, also on September 26.
Miss Maureen Pye (813 Stores) to Mr.
Glyn Howells at the Forest Church,
Drybrook, on October 10.
Miss Olwen Howell (Purchase Department)
to Mr. Gerald Taylor at Lydney
Registry Office on October 30.
Miss Eileen Leighton (Goods Inwards)
to Mr. Michael Falwasser at St.
Stephen’s, Cinderford, on November 7.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Smart
Miss Pat Parry (B. & H. Assembly) to
Mr. Frank Knight (B. & H. Machine
Shop) at Lydney Registry Office on
November 28.
Miss Gillian Pow les (813 Assembly) to
Mr. Terry Duberley (Mechanical Laboratory)
at St. Mary’s Church, Ross-on-
Wye, on December 19.
Miss Ann Harris (B. & H. Inspection)
to Mr. Cedric Harris at Drybrook
Congregational Church, also on December
They’ve Arrived
Jeremy Keith, a son for Mr. D. Barnard
(T.E.D.), on September 29.
Gary Brian, a son for Mr. Tommy
Knight (Casting Stores Inspection) and
his wife Pamela (ride Phelps) who used to
work in Production Control. Gary
arrived on October 6.
Sarah Jane, a daughter for Mrs. Marlene
Field (formerly B. & H. Assembly) on
November 8.
Iiiisimas has meant saying goodbye
to Iie long service employees who
arc rem mg. They arc, in order of
length or service: Mr. E. W. Wells, Chief
Casting Inspector (joined 1930); Mrs.
(i. Martin, Welfare (1942); Mr. W. J.
Knapgate, Despatch (1946); Mrs. R. M.
(‘indcrby, Print Room (1948); and Mrs.
E. Marshall, Plating Department (1948).
All members of the Long Service
Association, they received gifts of their
own choice on leaving.
Interdepartmental Skittles K.O.
AS we went to press the surviving teams
were: Management, Mech. Laboratory,
813 Inspection, 914 Assembly ‘A’ and
‘C’, Tool Room. Work Study and Design
Dept. or 914 Assembly ‘B’ (still to play).
Finals should be in January or early
Poppy Day Collection
11-1E collection made at the Plant last
Poppy Day amounted to £30 9s. 7d.,
compared with last year’s total of
£28 17s. 8d.
AT the I CSI IN al of Remembrance, held at
the Royal Albert Hall, London, on
November 7, Mr. Eph. Evans (Quality
Control, Goods Inwards) had the honour
of carrying the standard of the Littledean
branch of the British Legion. Also
attending the Festival were the branch
chairman, Joe Burke, and secretary, Ray
Hawkins, both of Quality Control,
B. & H. Machine Shop.
They slept overnight at the Royal
Mews. Buckingham Palace, where, we
understand, they were under the keen
eye of the Irish Guards!
British Legion
Eph. Evans.
Mr. and Mrs. Al. Falwasser
wrrH the transmission of Variety on
Tour’ on the Light Programme on December
29, we can truly say we have been
on the air, even if only our clapping and
laughter were recorded.
Compered by Derek Jones, the show
featured singer David Hughes, comedian
Dennis Goodwin, vocalist Anita Harris,
folk singers Tom, Dick and Harry and
the Ron Millington Trio.
WE have, from time to time, mentioned
the racing pigeon exploits of Ira Griffin
(Planning Department) and we must
certainly record his latest successes in
the Gloucestershire Federation St. Malo
Young Bird Championship Race on
September 12, when one of his birds
won Fifth Championship, Fourth Club,
and 15th Open Federation placing in
the results, bringing its owner £15 in
prize money.
Ira also finished the season as runnerup
for the Young Bird Average award
in the Herefordshire City and County
Flying Club-not bad for his first season
back in the sport after eight years’
Moped for Sale-N.S.U. 1962, in good
running order, £20. Apply Mr. G. Pitt
(Maintenance), tel: 352 internal, or at
2 Mill End, Mitcheldean.
Wanted-A .410 shotgun or light 20
bore, not bolt action. Replies to Mr. E.
Parsons. Tool Room.
Jack Russell Puppies-Bitches and dogs
for sale. Apply: Miss Allen. Canteen.
WHICH female inspector lights a cigar with a brandy at 4 a.m.?
WHO ordered a deaf aid and didn’t hear anything for a fortnight?
WHO saw clouds in B. & H. Assembly during a recent power cut?
WHO washed his hair one day and not only couldn’t do a thing with it, but couldn’t
do a stroke of work either?
WHO supports Cinderford Town Football Team simply in order to buy hot dogs
at half time?
WHO slipped his Lily cups?
WHO in Xerox Machine Shop spent one and a half hours on a rubbish tip looking
for baked bean tin labels so that he could take advantage of an offer of a pair of
shirts for Is. 8d. and two labels?
WHO in Design D.O. said: “If I keep on doing these ‘mods I shall go off my
WHO puts the breeze up the girls on the B. & H. Assembly sub line?
WHICH angler went for a day’s fishing and came home with a remarkable catch of
mushrooms and apples, but no fish?
WHO keeps his trousers up with staples?
WHICH Goods Inwards inspector has fairies at the bottom of his garden?
WHICH lady expressed a preference for the flower that looks like a cowslip and
comes out like a daisy? Can any botanists help identify it?
WHO tilled his new car with oil through the dipstick aperture?
WHO pinched the ‘doctor’s’ apples? Were they wanting to test the theory that
‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’?
WHO has invented a novel means of getting into his department in case he should
forget the key one morning?
WHO engaged ‘Noddy’ to work in Xerox Machine Shop?
WHAT happened to the left-handed draughtsman for whom a left-handed draughting
machine was supplied to Design D.O.?
WHICH female time clerk always uses EC.7I I as a perfume?
WHO bought a motor boat and then attempted to go for a trip without casting off?
WHO went to buy 4 lb. sugar from Mitcheldean Post Office?
WHO took his party of visitors on one ‘Open Evening into the ‘chain gallery’?
Open Day – Open Season
WHO boils their shoes
before wearing them?
WHICH department must
not bolt during working
WHO said, when his wife
gave birth to a baby the
day after attending an
‘Open Evening’, that he
.k hoped they weren’t going
to make such evenings an
annual affair?
Who in the Mail Room
threw a letter into the air
and shouted “Air Mail “?
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