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Vision 042

The Sports & Social Club in the Social
Centre on January 14.
Over 500 children watched films in
the Ballroom. then filed downstairs to
a party tea in the Canteen.
Highlight of the meal was once again
a massive cake made by baker R. Meek
which depicted a cowboys and Ind’ ins
scene complete with lighted log cabin,
railroad and chocolate engine loaded
with edible novelties.
Canteen Manager Jim Bennett found
himself the most popular man in
Mitcheldean as he poised his knife to
cut the cake. Would there 1-e enough
for everyone? There was and some!
Tea over. she children enjoyed a
” EY Mister, this is the best party
11 1 we’ve ever been to!” said one
little boy as the air filled with whirling
paper plates in a friendly after-tea
This cry from the heart, if not from
the stomach, was one of those that
fully rewarded the many kind helpers
at the annual Children’s Party held by
programme of entertainment in which
they themselves took part. There were
ventriloquist Billy Sinclair and his doll
George. Mike Westbury, comOrc and
singer. and Servini the magician.
left, each child was given
an iced lolly, a bag of sweets and a
balloon to console them at the ending
of “the best party we’ve ever been to!”
Looking at this picture you can almost hear the roars of appreciation! And you can
see from our cover picture just what they were appreciating-four youngsters from the
audience up on stage, entertaining the entertainer. Mike Westbury.
Sitting down to dinner a happy picture taken at the 813 Department party, held in
the Social Centre on December 17.
Flashback to the flapper days! Under the boater is Verdun Jones (Maintenance),
escorting his wife Phyllis (Canteen) at the Fancy Dress Party held by the Canteen
at The George Hotel. Newent, on January 27. The unlikely pair on the right are the
‘Rev? Pete Welsh (T.E.D.) and ‘Bunny Girl’ Sheila. his wife.
These arc questions the reader might well ask. George Ey les, who Director of
Tests at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, wrote the following article for the Royal
Society for the Prevention of Accidents: as you might expect, a road safct% campaign
forms an important part of the Society’s ‘Stop Accidents \ ear’. And Mi. Lyles says
the answer to the question ‘Can we?’ is yes, if we can accept the word ‘we’ in its
literal sense.
ACCIDENTS are caused, many of them
by nice ordinary people, and the
major cause is human error-lack of
concentration, care, courtesy, consideration
for others, or technical skill, or a
combination of these faults.
If these could be eliminated, the
remainder would not present a very
serious problem.
First we have to get rid of the apathy
and the apparent equanimity with which
we accept road casualties.
This is a problem for us, by which I
mean you and me, because we, by our
behaviour on the road, whether on foot
or on wheels, will decide whether the
casualty rate is to go up or down.
The value of road safety education in
school has been conclusively proved and
must be extended beyond the cycling
While most parents willingly spend
large sums of money on their offspring’s
academic education, too few have them
taught to drive beyond the stage of
passing the initial test. This is when
they need to learn the real art of driving.
The prize is life itself.
There are excellent classes organised
in many parts of Great Britain by road
safety organisers, and adult education
centres in co-operation with the police.
The fees are low and it is worth while
making a phone call to your local Road
Safety Organiser, to find out what
facilities exist in your area.
You should at least make an effort
on behalf of any teenage drivers in the
family, because their casualty rate is
frighteningly high.
With traffic density increasing at its
present rate, the need for a higher
standard of road behaviour becomes
even more urgent.
Good driving is as much ‘attitude’ as
‘aptitude’. Unfortunately the word
‘safety’ is synonymous with ‘square’ –
‘not with it’ or crawling round the
roads at slow speeds. Nothing could be
further from the truth, because good
driving means smooth, safe progress.
Speed as such is not dangerous; speed
at the wrong time, place, or by a driver
in the wrong frame of mind definitely
is. To be safe, speed must be consistent
with prevailing conditions. This means
road, traffic, weather conditions and,
most important-you.
I recently asked an eminent medical
man which particular attribute he considered
to be the most important when
applied to driving. He replied: “Know
yourself and drive accordingly”.
He went on to say that most of us have
been guilty of driving when emotionally
upset, with a heavy cold, when feeling
ill or overtired, or when angry.
In this condition we should use
another means of transport, or at least
discipline ourselves to drive at slower
Tool Room
party at the
Courtfield Arms,
Lydbrook, on
December 21.
Department party
at the Social
Centre on
December 10.
Accounts and
Purchase party at
the Chase Hotel,
Ross-on-Wye, on
December 22.
than normal speeds with more care
and concentration.
No effort on our part should be too
great to deal %%ith a problem which costs
a human life every 62 minutes and an
injury every 80 seconds.
We all make mistakes: the infallible
driver has not been born, but we could
avoid taking unnecessary risks.
Whichever way you look at it, ‘Stopping
Accidents’ is a job for us.
Our Chief Security Officer recommends
the following list of ‘Do’s’ and
‘Don’ts’ for drivers and pedestrians to
help prevent accidents within the Plant
watch your speed on entering and
leaving the factory, especially during
starting and finishing times:
pay attention to warning notices and
conform to one-way systems at all
park your vehicle with the other
fellow in mind:
use the correct entrances and exits
according locality.
drive over kerb lines, park on the
footpaths, sound your horn between
the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., or on
a stationary vehicle at any time-in
other words, observe the Highway
cut across car parks to get to the
buses but keep to the proper footpaths:
don’t run on crowded factory roads.
Transport Staff say that they treat every
year as ‘Stop Accidents Year’. Nine
drivers so far have taken the stiff
Advanced Drivers (Commercial Section)
Test (all passed first time) and this year,
as last, there will be entries from Mitchel –
dean for the ‘Driver of Year’ Competition.
The Rank Mitcheldean Motor Club
has always endeavoured to help promote
better and safer driving by arranging, in
conjunction with the Gloucestershire
Constabulary, film shows and lectures,
and by holding its own driving tests
within the factory. The club hope to
arrange more of these in the near future.
The Ladies Join
the Club
Tins year the Long Service Association
will be making 25-year presentations to
nine members, and among them will be
four ladies-the first at Mitcheldean to
join the 25-Year Club. The nine, who
will receive their awards at the Annual
Dinner which is being held on Friday,
May 19, at the Social Centre, are: Misses
L. Criddle, D. Hewlett, K. Matthews
and M. Osborne, and Messrs. H.
Cowmeadow, R. L. Evans, A. E. Harper,
R. L. Taylor and L. R. Williams.
The Association acquired 32 members
this year. At the same time,
retired members are not forgotten-the
L.S.A. kindly sent gifts to them at
Christmas which were much appreciated.
IVhen Roger Pratt ism in Rank Xerox
House recently he mentioned to a
member of the staff that he was from
Mitcheldean. ” Mitcheldean,” repeated
the man with a puzzled look,
“Mitcheldean?” A pause-and then,
“Oh yes, don’t we make something
Bon Voyage!
NEXT Friday. March 3, we shall be
saying not only “Goodbye” but also
“Bon Voyage” to Mr. Ernest Blaich,
Plant Engineer. For, after 29 years with
the Company, he is leaving us, and
England, to settle in New Zealand. His
son Stuart is already working there as a
farm manager and Ernie, as he is known
by so many of us, will join him there,
together with Mrs. Blaich and their
daughter Pat, who once worked at our
They plan to settle in North Island,
possibly in Hamilton, and Ernie says
he will leave making plans about a job
until he gets out there.
The family sail from Southampton on
the Southern Cross on March 17 and the
five-week journey will take them via
such exotic places as Trinidad, Panama,
Tahiti and Fiji. They will arrive in
New Zealand in that country’s autumn,
so they will completely miss a summer
this year!
As a leaving gift Ernie chose a pair
of binoculars, purchased out of money
raised by a works collection.
A three types of’ the ‘rougher’ side of motor cycle sport are tackled
regularly by three members of the
Design Staff, Dennis Bendall competing
in trials, Jim Saunders in grass track.
and Dick Wright in scrambles events.
Dennis Bendall who works as a
procurement engineer has been competing
for five years and is just making a
‘comeback’ after a temporary retirement.
He has several awards for his
skilful efforts over the years.
Jim Saunders originally started
scrambling in 1960 but retired with leg
injuries after four years. In 1965 he
had the urge to ride again and tried his
hand at grass track. In one season’s
riding he advanced from a mere novice
to one of the fastest 15 riders in the
district, regularly in the prize money.
In 1967 he aims to compete in national
events all over the country and has just
completed building a new 5(X) cc. J.A.P.
In his ‘spare time’ Jim is the secretary
of the West Glos. & Dean Forest Auto
Club. This club, along with all the
other local clubs, is supporting the fight
for a speedway at Gloucester. If it
comes about, Jim would like to ‘have a
go’-speedway, of course, being very
similar to grass track.
Dick Wright has been scrambling for
13 years and was at his best in the
1958/59 seasons when he was ‘making
it pay’. Over the years he has ridden in
many events across the country, usually
finishing within the first six places. He
has had several wins and many subsequent
placings to his credit.
Dick has also ridden in several TV
moto-cross events but due to the
increasing popularity of the sport,
entries to these events are frequently
His plans for 1967 are to ride in all
the local and national events within
reasonable distance on a special 250 cc.
Greeves machine which he has been
rebuilding and modifying through the
winter months.
Dick is the competition secretary of
the Cheltenham Home Guard Motor
Club which puts on six events each year.
Top to bottom.. Dennis Bendall, Jim
Saunders and Dick Wright in action.
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WITH the system of continuous copier
production we employ at Mitcheldean,
it is not always readily appreciated
how enormous the machine population
has become throughout our sector of the
world market, and therefore how great
is our Company’s capital investment.
As most readers will know, our
copiers are rented out and therefore
remain a Company asset. Every one of
them has to receive correct field maintenance
and, when necessary, modifications
to ensure optimum reliability and
hence customer satisfaction.
The normal preventative maintenance,
and a major proportion of repair and
modification work, are carried out very
efficiently by our Service Engineers and
the Service Workshops of each of our
operating Companies in countries
throughout the world.
We are now approaching an era in
which a significant proportion of machines
require, through fair wear and tear.
a major overhaul or rebuild, at which
time the latest modifications can be
By this process, which we term
‘Reconditioning’, a copier can be given
a new lease of life and can be returned
to the field to contribute once again to
our Company’s operations.
The concept of reconditioning is not
contrary to the idea of a quality
machine: in fact, it supplements quality,
because it guarantees our customers the
most up-to-date and reliable copiers
After considering the many complex
technical aspects and international complications,
together with a review of
comparable Xerox operations in the
U.S.A., our Company decided early last
year to authorise the setting up of two
major ‘Reconditioning Centres’-one
primarily for E.E.C. Companies at
Venray, Holland, and one at Mitcheldean
for the United Kingdom and other
E.F.T.A. countries.
Both Centres involved the creation of
additional buildings-designed for this
new kind of operation. Venray Centre.
of some 58,000 square feet. is expected
to operate from June this year, and
Mitcheldean Centre. of some 18,000
square feet, approximately two months
Both units have been planned on
factory flow line principles, using
sophisticated plant and tooling, and
initially they will handle 914 and 813
The copiers will be stripped down to
their base castings or frames, and all
parts and assemblies stripped and either
reclaimed or replaced by new or updated
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This map of Europe shows the main
sources from which machines for rework
will be sent to the Reconditioning Centres
at Mitcheldean caul Venray.
1. G. MUER
This spring will see the opening of the
Reconditioning Centre located on the lower
ground floor of the new Design Engineering
block pictured on the left. In his article, Mr.
D. R. Elliott, Manager, Company Reconditioning
Centres, talks about the implications of
this new kind of operation and the challenge
it represents to us at Mitcheldean.
Prior to re-assembly, pre-conditioning
ill be carried out to bring the basic
frames and castings, etc., to current
manufacturing standard.
The heart of the reconditioning process-
the real difference between pure
rebuild and reconditioning-is the updating
of the machines to new product
standards and quality.
Every factory engineering change will
be analysed and, where desirable and
practicable, will be introduced in the
most economical manner.
Whilst the main re-assembly procedures
will, basically, be similar to those
employed on new products, there will
obviously be many other operations new
to Mitcheldean, such as sub-assembly
teardown and parts cleaning, stripping
and refinishing of panel work, rebuilding
of previously bought-out sub-assemblies.
The most dramatic new facilities will
be in the field of cleaning and recovery,
using processes such as high-pressure
steam and detergent cleaning, ultrasonic
cleaning, chemical paint stripping and
many other specialist types of operation.
As an example, the ultrasonics system,
which caters for the rapid cleaning
of parts heavily contaminated with toner,
Paint spray facilities similar to those shown above will be provided
Reconditioning Centre at our Plant.
involves large volume heated tanks of
detergent, which are subjected to ultrasonic
vibrations of 13,000 cycles per
second. This will literally shake loose
the dirt and provide a fast efficient flow
system of cleaning parts-obviously one
of the major tasks in reconditioning.
It must be emphasised that, unlike
new product build, a reconditioning
operation is complicated by inherent
variations of work content needed from
machine to machine, particularly in the
cleaning and updating areas, but every
attempt has been made to standardise
by getting to a basic standard ‘stripped
in the new
It will readily be appreciated that,
whilst the outgoing standard is known,
the incoming one can vary according to
the copier’s age, modification state,
damage or type of usage. It follows from
this that a high degree of flexibility
must be planned into the total concept
of reconditioning, not least of all as
regards the staff employed: the aim is to
make optimum use of their valuable
skills and experience on our product, as
well as maximum utilisation of the
plant and tooling provided.
Many readers will have already noticed
Mitcheldean Centre taking shape on the
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A pressure steam
cleaning booth
at one of the
Centres in
the U.S.A.
lower floor of the new Design Engineering
block in front of the 2400 building.
By March this year. this will house a
reconditioning group, who will be in
essence a self-contained unit for the
planned economic reconditioning of
each of our copier products as required.
As a service to this group as well as
to Venray Centre, there will exist a small
team of reconditioning specialists,
who will plan and direct the technical
parts procurement. cost and field
liaison aspects of international reconditioning.
The task of these people in setting up
such operations on an international
basis is obviously made a little more
difficult by distance and language
barriers, but if current progress is any
guide, the Venray-Mitcheldean story
promises to be a happy one.
As one of the Dutch Management
remarked very early in the planning
stages:” If we can’t do a first-class job
with all the skills and know-how of
Mitcheldean behind us. then I’m a
Dutchman!’ !”.
Seriously, those of my colleagues who
have joined us in planning and directing
this new activity are very conscious of
their responsibilities. and realise that
most of all they need the know-how and
co-operation of all levels of staff in the
Mitcheldean Factory. To date they
have not been disappointed.
We look forward to this new venture
making a very vital contribution to our
Company’s activities: it will reflect the
ability of Mitcheldean personnel to be
as flexible as our ever-changing situation
We believe our watchwords on this
operation must be Flexibility-Service-
Economy, and trust that those of you
who may join us in this new facet of
operations will prove just how well
Mitcheldean can measure up to these
Items for VISION can be left at the Gate
House for collection by the Editor, or
posted to her at Tree Tops, Plump
Hill, Mitcheldean.
engineering changes
1t-u_ follow tug appointments have recentl)
been announced by our Chief Engineer.
Mr. A. S. Pratt:
Mr. F. J. Kew, formerly Design Office
Manager, is now Design Engineer with
responsibility for the 2400 family of
machines. Mr. R. S. Pyart has
relinquished 2400 for a new product.
Mr. R. Murray became Design Engineer
with responsibility for the 813 and 914
families as from February 6. Mr.
Murray came to us from Product
Service Department and the valuable
work he has done for the 813 has made
him well known in Operating Companies
as well as at Headquarters. In
July 1964 he was appointed Senior
Product Engineer to the 813 Section,
and in March 1966 he became Deputy
Chief Product Engineer at Denham. Last
December he was elected Associate
Member of the Institution of Mechanical
Engineers. Mr. K. Fox has relinquished
813 and 914 for a new product.
Mr. J. Timms took over the position of
Design Office Manager from Mr. Kew
on December 10. He previously worked
on machine tool design at Delapena,
Cheltenham, prior to which he was at
Malmesbury with E.K.Co., working on
the design of airborne radar equipment.
A ten-j.ear-old boy, after watching the
Royal Ballet film’ Romeo and Juliet’,
wanted to know why everyone danced
on their toes. He asked:” Couldn’t
they zet taller girls?”
new associates
As a result of his year’s study at Loughborough
University of Technology on
a post-graduate course in industrial
management, Mr. Roger S. Pratt,
Assistant to Mr. F. Wickstead, has been
awarded an Associateship of Loughborough
University. This is accepted
as equivalent to the attainment of an
M.Sc. degree.
Mr. Lawson Bonser (Design D.0.) has
passed the finals of the Corporation of
Secretaries examination: he is now
entitled to use the letters A.C.C.S.
(Associate of the Corporation of Certified
914 Department
party at
the Chase
Hotel, Rosson-
We, on
December 2.
SOME time ago George Douglas (Paint
Shop Supervisor) suggested in VISION
that we might get together a sort of
‘Mitcheldean Minstrels’ show.
That suggestion becomes a reality on
Friday, March 3, when a Grand Variety
Night will be presented in the Social
Centre at 8 p.m.
The Drama Club will be putting on a
comedy sketch entitled ‘Rhubarb Wine’
and the ‘Rank Orchestra’, formed for
the occasion, will provide music under
the direction of George Douglas.
Sadie Pritchard (813 Assembly) will
sing some Irish folk songs, there will be
songs by tenor Gordon Davies (Machine
Shop Time Office), Ted Chetcuti (Maintenance),
John Earl (Production Control)
and pop singer Derek Young
(Design D.O.), together with entertainment
by Arthur Hardy (comedian from
914 Assembly) and Harry Tooze
(Planning) and his electric organ.
The show will be followed by dancing
to the Rank Orchestra.
DO you play a stringed instrument? If
so, Laury Moon (Security) would be
delighted to hear from you. He is
getting together a small light orchestra
within the Plant.
A saxophonist himself, he has so far
been able to collect several other saxophonists,
a clarinettist and flautist, a
drummer, three pianists-but no string
Perhaps the fact that the orchestra
plan to meet regularly at the White
Horse, Mitcheldean (for practices), will do
something to help the recruitment drive!
rr was Sam Jones’ remark that did it.
“I never saw a Scot who could grow a
beard yet!” Such challenging words
could not go unheeded by a man worthy
of his kilt, and Owen Clark is proving
that a Scot can!
Sam, an ex-naval type. has a growth
anyone might envy, and now in 2400
quite a number are trying to emulate
his achievement.
Mr. and Mt\
They’re Wed
Miss Marlene Knight (formerly Production
Control) to Mr. Brian Castree
(813 Assembly) at St. Stephen’s Church,
Cinderford, on December 17.
Mr. Derrick Kear (Design D.O.) to
Miss Anne Gallagher at All Souls
Church, Coventry, on January 14.
Miss Carol Beckett (secretary to Mr.
V. G. Parry, Inspection & Quality
Control Manager) to Mr. Norman
Copeland at St. John’s Church, Cinderford,
on January 21.
Mr. and Mrs. R. Waite R. !VANS
11r. and Mrs. B. Castree
Mr. Robert Waite (apprentice, Advance
Planning) to Miss Joan Webb at the
Forest Church, on January 21.
Miss Josephine Dobbs (secretary to
Mr. L. Davies, Chemical & Metallurgical
Laboratories Manager) to Mr.
Royston (Jim) Saunders (Design D.O.)
at the Forest Church on February 11.
Josephine also celebrates her 21st birthday
on March 30.
Miss Frances Hammond (T.E.D.) to Mr.
George Manns (Press Shop) at the
Forest Church on February 25.
They’re Engaged
Miss Linda Parsons (Quality Control,
813 Assembly) to Mr. Peter Delaney
(apprentice) on December 14.
All on Christmas Eve: Miss Deirdre
Hunt (Production Control) to Mr.
David Howells (Mechanised Accounts):
Miss Pauline Compton (Design Office)
to Mr. A. HaMblin (Works Photographer);
Miss Carol Simmons (813
Mr. and Mrs. D. Kear A. HAMIIIIN
Assembly) to Mr. Alan Barnett: Miss
June Partridge (secretary to Mr. P.
Sarkar, Computer Services Manager) to
Mr. Keith Knight: Miss Esmee Halford
(Production Control) to Mr. Geoffrey
Miss Jeannette Skelton (Despatch) to
Mr. Jim Pearce (Press Shop Q.C.) on
December 30.
Miss Brenda Neale (Reliability Engineering)
to Mr. Donald Bucknell on
January 21.
Mr. and Mrs. B. Osborne whose wedding
was reported in our last issue.
They’ve Arrived
Elizabeth Jane, a daughter for Mr.
Richard Skyrme (2400 Production Control),
on December 1 I.
Gary, a son for Mr. Gordon Watson
(Electrical Laboratory), on January 3.
Lorna Mary, a daughter for Mr. Larry
Williams (813 Assembly), on January 13.
Mrs. Grace McLean
We would like to extend our sympathy
to Mrs. Grace McLean (914 Assembly)
whose husband died tragically in a fire
at their home on January 18.
Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Saunders.
They’re 21
Mr. Peter Skelton (Press Shop) on
January 15.
Mrs. Carole Meager (Design Office) on
January 30.
Miss Pauline Halifax (Production Control)
on March 19.
Wanted-Issue No. 64 of Xeronews.
Please contact Roger Pratt if you have
a copy.
Housewife with own child (about 3
years) wishes to look after another while
mother is at work. Reply Box. No. 20.
For Sale-Ford Anglia 1953. Good
condition. Phone offers: Drybrook 406.
Caravan to Let at Blue Anchor Bay,
Somerset. Also large adjustable roof
rack for hire. Enquiries to: Mr. B. A.
Moger. Chief Security Officer.
For Sale-Boy’s bike, standard size,
three-speed, in very good condition.
Offers to: Mrs. H. Beard (Paint Shop).
Lost-Lady’s gold bracelet, a in. wide,
with safety chain. if found, advise:
Mr. B. Weyman (2400 Assembly Q.C.).
Oil-fired central heating boiler. Delmore
40. Too small for our big house. L30
o n.o. Replies to: Mr. P. Summers,
Reliability Department.
d and 914 and 813
see here. Pictured
with her are to
r.) Sister Collins,
Mrs. Primrose
Sister Townroe,
Mrs. Diane
Morgan, Nurse
Howells and
Nurse Barnett.
When Nurse Jones left us for the best of reasons, her friends in First Al
Departments gave her a cheque, a gold bracelet and the little Bambi you
No, it won’t
let the
2400 down!
1,200 LB., the 2400 is quite the
family of machines. And since this
might well affect its suitability for
installation in some buildings, we asked
our subcontractors Clarke Nicholls &
Marcel to investigate.
They accordingly carried out a rather
interesting experiment. They erected a
test portion of flooring of a fairly weak
type, as shown above, and underneath
it they positioned gauges attached to
steel frames to record the deflections.
Two courses of bricks were loaded
on to the floor to represent office
loading and, right on the weakest part
of the flooring, they set a dummy 2400,
weighing exactly the same as a standard
working model.
Having noted its effect on the flooring,
It is hoped that, front now on, employees
at Mitcheldean will be able to
provide more stories and photographs
for the new Company newspaper, the
an idea for a story that could be
used in this publication, would they
please get in touch with Roger Pratt.
He wants as much news as possible,
the aim being to fill one page of each
issue of the GAZETTE with Mitcheldean
as shown by the gauges, the engineers
left this condition of loading for four
days. Then an additional course of bricks
was added and new readings taken.
Three days later final readings were
taken and these proved beyond
any shadow of doubt that even a
timber-suspended floor constructed in
the manner shown was quite capable of
sustaining the weight of the 2400,
accommodated in the worst possible
position, in addition to normal office
232LBS 38005
223 LEIS 365LB5
WHO in 813 shot a mouse in his bedroom with a 12-bore rifle?
WHO in Wages asked a policeman how to get to a certain hospital and was advised
that the simplest way was to lie down in the road?
WHO, when asked to a ‘knife and fork buffet’, asked if she had to bring her own
WHO in Planning received a splendid card from the U.S.A. congratulating him on
the birth of a colleague’s son?
WHO in Accounts gave her husband’s trousers a quick wash during working hourswith
a cup of tea?
WHICH ‘chicken’ from the Mail Room got strung up by her legs?
WHO are the Three Musketeers?
WHO in 914 Production Control rang the maternity hospital by mistake and asked
shat stock they had?
\% 110 fell asleep in the woods and was woken by a kiss (from a dog)? Well, it
was the pantomime season after all
WHICH ton-up kid in Auto Plating. when riding his auto-cycle to work one night.
came a cropper and. when an old ewe pushed her tongue out at him as he sat in the
road, replied with a defiant “Bast”?
WHICH 813 operator was so cold one Monday morning that he set his car alight?
WHO was so sure he wouldn’t be long at work that he left his car engine running in
the car park?
WHO took a false step in the bedroom and got a hairline fracture in his toe?
WHO sent a box of chocolates anonymously to a member of the medical staff?
(First Aid are anxious to know if there’s a chance of any more!)
WHO is the Design Twangcr?
WHO stole the M.C.’s halfpenny at the Maintenance party?
WHO took celery home from a Christmas party for her ferrets Pinky and Perky
who, needless to say, had not been invited?
WHO in Tool Room is known as Hector the Selector?
WHICH leading hand in 813 couldn’t resist having a slide in the children’s playground?
WHO in Purchase makes her boy friend up before going out with him?
WHICH young man, demonstrating to a mere girl how to operate a car choke
properly, pulled it right away from the dashboard?
WHICH time clerks backed two horses to win in the same race? (They both lost!)
WHO in 813 called at a Lydbrook garage for petrol and had his tank filled with
diesel fuel?
WHO in Planning sought an audition for the Black & White Minstrel Show at 3 a.m.
on New Year’s Day?
WHO will advise a certain Shop Supervisor how to get a 4-ft. spraybooth through
a 3-ft. doorway?
WHICH lady in Press Shop received an unexpected item of lingerie from unknown
donors? (What she wants to know is: are they for wearing or pressing?)
WHO in Warehouse spluttered for some time before realising he wasn’t wearing
his top set?
WHICH castings storeman, having told his mates he had had a 171 lb. chicken for
Xmas, was asked whether he had cooked a young ostrich by mistake?
WHICH drilling setter sat in the chair for a short back and sides with his cap
still on?
Printed by the Victor James Press limited, Coufsdon, Surrey

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