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Vision 045

After a lapse of two years, the
Management and Apprentice cricket
teams once again appeared on the
Mitcheldean Sports Ground, playing a
21 overs-a-side match to decide which
team would empty the cup!
F. Edwards, captain of the Management
team, won the toss and decided to
bat. After only seven runs had been
scored; R. Griffiths held a good catch
in the slips off the bowling of A. Davis
to get rid of R. Jones. R. Powell joined
J. Notley and together they took the
score to 29 when Griffiths dismissed
Notley and new batsman F. Abbott in
quick succession.
From this point Management wickets
fell steadily, the only real resistance
coming from their captain who played
a solid innings for 29, being the last
man out when the total was 85.
The Apprentices’ innings started
disastrously, both openers being dismissed
without scoring. But hopes
began to rise in the Apprentices camp
when A. Edwards and Day is halted the
Management onslaught until, with the
score on 24, Davis fell to a fine catch
by F. Edwards.
R. Spencer, Apprentice captain, then
came in, and the two remained unparted
until the Apprentices were within 14
runs of victory. A. Edwards at this
point was bowled by R. Powell after
COVER PICTURE- Mitcheldean driver John Stanhope receives from the Lord
Mayor of Oxford the Mobilgas Trophy he was awarded for gaining first place in
one of the classes in the recent `Lorry Driver of the Year’ eliminating contest at
Oxford. John, who has been with us for three years, received a special letter from
Mr. John Davis, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Rank Organisation,
conveying his ‘hearty congratulations’. (See page 7). PHOTO: HAILES tTAYORS (GLOS) LTO)
WELL RUN, ATHLETES!- In winning our annual 14-mile road race,:
held in conjunction with Longhope Carnival last July, J. Orton of Birchfield Harriers I
set up a record for this course with his lime of 1 hr. 9 mins. 18 seconds. Two minutes I
and 11 seconds behind him came J. E. Tarrant of Salford Harriers, who holds the I
present world record over 40 miles and has won the Isle of Man Marathon two years I
running (if you’ll excuse the pun!). Third, and only 33 seconds behind him, camel
another Birchfield Harriers man, R.Gibbs. In fact, it was Birchfield Harriers’ day
altogether, for they also won the Rank Xerox Challenge Cup presented to the team!
gaining the highest number of points. Cheltenham & County Harriers and Tipton I
Harriers tied as team runners-up but Cheltenham were finally awarded second place I
as their time totalled four seconds less than Tipton. There were 44 runners alto-I
gather, only two less than last year, and only one man failed to complete the course.1
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hitting a very aggressive 55 which
included three sixes and six fours!
M. Roberts then joined the captain:
together they took the score past the
required total, to give the Apprentices
victory with six wickets, five overs-and
two hours of drinking time to spare!
The cup was presented by Jack Woods
who joined the players in the White
Horse where Len Hart led the Apprentice
Male Voice Choir in a rousing
chorus or two ! -R. Spencer.
The teams line up for a VISION photograph.
Left to right are: (standing)
umpire W. Stearn, Management team
F. Abbott, R. Powell, J. Notley, R.
Jones, R. Baker, J. Timms, R. Charles,
E. Elliott, F. Edwards (capt.), D. Wintle,
R. Steward, umpire J. Merry; (seated)
Apprentice team P. Townsend, R. Meek,
A. Davis, R. Herring. K. Horrobin,
R. Cooke, A. Edwards, R. Spencer
(capt.), R. Griffiths, J. Amos, M. Roberts,
The scorer (not in the picture) was
apprentice S. Phelps.
J. Timms about to beat hell out of the
PHOTOS: A. P-1..m9L,
Progress in
for training
THE expansion of the training facilities
announced by Mr. C. W. Hotchen at
the recent apprentices’ annual dinner is
going ahead rapidly.
Where once the old canteen used to
be, dingy rooms are being changed out
of all recognition by the application of
sunny colour schemes and a bright new
Training Centre is emerging.
The first phase of the transformation
-the provision of two lecture rooms
and part of a Product Training Roomwere
completed early in August, and the
Doing their practical session on the programmer
are L. Morgan, a newcomer to
Goods Inwards Inspection at Mitcheldean
who joined the course, and If. Aherg from
Sweden. Assisting them are lecturers
Wagenaar (standing left) and D’Andrea.
new rooms were immediately put to
use with the holding of an International
Workshops Course on the 2400 for 15
workshop technicians from all over the
Held under the auspices of the Education
& Training Department at Rank
Xerox headquarters, the course was in
two parts -a two-week electronics
course from August 7-18 covering the
programmer and power supplies, and a
one-week electro-mechanical course
from August 14-18.
Mr. F. J. Edwards, Manager, Personnel,
Education & Training, welcomed
the delegates before handing them over
to their lecturers-Technical Training
Officers M. D’Andrea, A. Wagenaar
and J. K. Loxley, and K. W. Thomas,
2400 Product Engineer.
The completion of product training
facilities was scheduled for the end of
August: a third phase, yet to be tackled,
will be the provision of a demonstration
room/cinema in space hitherto occupied
by Advance Planning. By the time this
issue appears, the latter should be in
their new quarters on the ground floor
of the Admin. Building.
Improvements for
The v, hole of the floor formerly
shared with Reliability Engineering in
the Maltings is now devoted entirely to
the Apprentice Training School. The
extra space has enabled the provision of
a larger lecture theatre and the setting
up of two entirely new sections.
Apart from providing more accommodation,
the lecture theatre has acquired
a useful
head projector has been added to the
existing equipment.
What was formerly the lecture theatre
has become a technical drawing department
where students will receive instruction
on procedures before going into the
Drawing Office, Advance Planning and
Jig & Tool Departments for further
training. The new section is being
equipped with dual-purpose drawing
desks. These have a reversible top panel
carrying a complete drafting unit and
they can be rapidly converted from a
standard desk to a drawing desk.
An adjoining area is being used to
house a new electrical section equipped
with measuring and testing instruments
for instructing apprentices who want to
‘specialise’ in this field after completing
their basic training.
Another recent innovation in the
training school is the introduction of
programme learning books, produced
by the Education and Training Department.
These comprise four books on
the basic steps of xerography and one
on Rank Xerox electrical symbols.
by P. L. G. Bateman
illustrations by Basil Sellars
WE have noted with concern the
growing tendency (and we do mean
growing) for offices to be filled with
luxuriant, almost tropical vegetation.
To approach the desk of a modern
manager is like entering a minor jungle
or a Kew hothouse. Crowns, Opuntias
and Nyctoceri lurk in every corner,
creepers trail across the walls, and the
‘Pending’ tray is submerged under a
mass of dark green leaves.
What deep psychological motives
give rise to the installation of these
botanical specimens? They have
obviously assumed the vital function of
status symbols, as indispensable to the
successful businessman as the patch of
carpet on his office floor.
In fact, we heard of a clerk whose
doting aunt presented him with a
humble house-leek on his birthday.
Recognising its potentialities, he placed
it on his desk prominently labelled
Semperrirum tectorum and within six
weeks he was promoted to Junior
When today’s boss talks of his
Daphne he is probably referring not to
the typist, but to the splash of greenery
in a pot beside his desk. The Victorian
aspidistra, symbol of middle-class
respectability, has been replaced by
acres of undergrowth propagated as
office horticulture. The man who has
‘arrived’ must have ‘the biggest Agapanthus
in the world’.
It is more important nowadays for a
secretary to have green fingers than
blonde hair. She must be fully conversant
with methods of training Philodendron,
dusting the leaves of Ficus
elastica and sponging down Rhocissus
rhomboidea to keep it in good shape.
Each type of plant has acquired its
own peculiar significance-the ambitious
junior, for instance, will surround himself
with ivy (Hedera helix) to remind
him of the constant upward struggle that
lies ahead (-to a successful Fuchsia?).
The ‘pushing’ type will have something
fast-growing with grasping tendrils; the
worried bristling little man will carefully
cultivate cacti in a corner; and, of
course, the executive suite of the tyre
manufacturer will be full of rubber
plants to keep his flexible mind working
at full stretch.
We assume that Canada House still
has at least one specimen of Dieffenbachia
but it would be interesting to
know what other plants are chosen for
their appropriate appeal or for the
inspiration they give.
Can it be that the idea for a new
brand of toothpaste was inspired by a
striped Tradescantia wandering across
the desk of the firm’s Managing Director?
Does some accountant with a
sense of humour nurture a Fiddle-leaved
Fig (Ficus lyrata) among his ledgers?
Is there a Curly Palm to greet us as we
enter the offices of the Inland Revenue?
Any day now we expect to see an
advertisement saying ‘Business for Sale
-Assets include extensive and valuable
plant (Philodendron scandens)’-the Day
of the Triffids has come!
This cult of foliage worship is not
without its dangers. A mealy bug
among the Coleus may lay waste this
precious symbol to such an extent as to
produce an ulcer in its owner. A jealous,
unscrupulous manager has even been
caught placing a red spider on his
rival’s Euphorbia, and subtle insults are
passed between offices by the presentation
of Fatshedera, Castor Oil Plants
and Snake Plants.
Where are the hydrangeas of yesteryear?
At least we knew where we were
with the blooming, ubiquitous geraniums
which knew no class barriers. In fact,
we didn’t care a fig that they were really
Perhaps that’s why our own plans
were always nipped in the bud and we
never really got to the top of the tree.
Reproduced from their house magazine by kind
permission of The George Cohen 600 Group Ltd.
ASTRONG contingent from Mitcheldean
will be attending the National
Final Contest of the ‘Lorry Driver of
the Year’ Competition when this is
held at Bramcote, near Coventry, on
September 10.
They will be there to give wholehearted
support to our driver John
Stanhope who, as you will have seen
from our front cover picture, brought
back a silver trophy for gaining a ‘first’
at one of the 25 eliminating contests
held at Oxford on July 2 and so qualified
for the final.
John’s wife, and three of his four
children, aim to go along to Bramcote
too to support him. After all, if he
should win the supreme title, they will
be able to share one of the awards-a
weekend at the Top Rank Motor Inn of
the winner’s choice for himself, wife and
In addition to winning the Mobilgas
Trophy at the eliminating contest, John
was, for the second time, granted
membership of the ‘Order of the
Knights of the Road’-so too were
John Brown and Roy Williams. This
is an honour accorded to those placed
first, second or third in any class by the
Council of the Order, sponsored by
The News of the World.
Considering this was only the second
time that we have entered drivers from
Mitcheldean, the results can be regarded
as very encouraging. There were 11
entries, compared with six last year, and
the results of the classes for which they
entered are as follows:
Rigid Vehicles
Class B (over 16 ft. and up to 19 ft.)
2nd: Roy Williams (10 entries).
Class C (over 19 ft. and up to 22 ft.)
10th: Tim Giles; 20th: Maurice Jones
(23 entries).
Class D (over 22 ft. and up to 25 ft.)
5th: Wallace Wheeler; 15th: Mal
Tim Giles doing his reversing test. Below,
our drivers celebrate in the proper way.
Goulding; 20th Vernon Stock (30 entries)
Articulated Vehicles
Class G (flat or sided semi-trailers with
fiat or drop _frame over 33 ft. long)
1st: John Stanhope; 6th: Larry Gardiner;
9th: Ron Marfell (14 entries).
Class H (box or tanker semi-trailers with
flat or drop frame over 33 ft. train length)
2nd: John Brown; 9th: Jack Gardner
(15 entries).
Incidentally, all those entering had to
have at least one year’s accident-free
There was also an optional Maintenance
Test, organised by the Traders
Road Transport Association Ltd., with
awards being given for the best maintained
vehicle. Results of our entries
in this section were also something to
be proud of, for in most cases we gained
920 points out of a possible 940.
Tooled up for the side casting
which Bill Williams is seen
below feeding into the machine.
(Splashguards were removed
for these photographs.)
HE three jumbo-sized machines
I installed in the 2400 Department
specially to handle the main frame and
side castings of the high speed copier/
duplicator have now been joined by a
mammoth fourth!
Known as a six-way shuttle drill, tap
and reaming machine, it is, in fact, the
most complex, heaviest (it weighs over
30 tons) and most expensive machine
that we have ever installed at our Mitcheldean
The ordering and delivery of such a
piece of equipment was of necessity a
lengthy affair. Early in 1965 specifications
were drawn up by our production
engineers and a firm order was placed
with Peter Brasshouse Ltd. of Birmingham.
The machine took all of two years
to design, manufacture and install.
Proving trials were carried out on the
manufacturers’ premises in the presence
of our own inspectors and production
engineers and, to prove repeatability, a
small production batch of each casting
was drilled in the Brasshouse works
with our own setters and inspectors in
During the actual assembly of the
machine, members of our maintenance
,tall, both electrical and mechanical,
visited the factory to understand some
of the complexities of this machine,
ready for the time when it would become
their responsibility. (Some idea of the
extent of this responsibility can be
gauged from the fact that the equipment
contains over four miles of wire making
Side view of the drilling machine, showing three of the six power units.
the necessary electrical connections, and
that there are over 160 separate connections
between the machine and the
control console!)
The machine then had to be dismantled
into sections of size and weight
suitable for transport on a public highway.
Delivery and getting on to the site
took roughly one week. Then Brasshouse
personnel commenced reassembly
of the machine and started proving
trials in late May of this year.
With its installation, 2400 Department
now have a grouping of machines
which permit the complete machining
of the three main castings. (The other
three machines, featured in VISION no.
41, are the Kendall & Gent milling
machine, the EFCO three-stage washing
machine and another Brasshouse machine
for edge drilling.)
The latest addition has six unit heads
each with multi-spindle drilling units.
These not only drill straightforward
holes but can be tooled up to perform
a variety of operations-countersinking,
tapping, reaming, boring, etc. The
castings are shuttled between the units
and can be drilled on both sides
After drilling a number of castings,
the machine is reset, by means of the
control console, for its tapping, reaming,
etc. cycles. This console, which operates
a vast array of controls housed alongside
the machine, also provides for manual
control if this is required.
When changing over from drilling
one casting to another, it is necessary
to change the main drill heads and bush
plates and the machine incorporates its
own lifting equipment for this purpose.
Special trolleys have been provided for
the movement and storage of the drill
Obviously, in view of the high capital
investment on this machine, a high rate
of utilisation is called for, and the
machine is currently working day and
A happy coachload of veterans
THE outing to Cheddar and Bath on
June 21 arranged by the L.S.A. for
retired members was by all accounts a
huge success. Bill Knapgate proposed
a vote of thanks on the return journey,
and letters since received have shown
how much the outing was appreciated.
Mrs. M. Smith wrote: “We are most
grateful to you all as we really did enjoy
it very much “: Dick Payne sent his
“sincere thanks to the Management and
L.S.A. committee for a wonderful outing.
I think I speak for all who attended
it. I would like to send my thanks to
Kate Matthews for her effort on our
behalf”; while Vi Holder, group secretary
and secretary of the 25-Year Club
in London, wrote to L.S.A. secretary
Henry Phillips: “I must say a special
thanks to you and your committee
(especially Kate Matthews) for the
opportunity of joining the party . . .
obviously you retired members found it
a successful and wonderful occasion.
I too learned just a little more about the
25-year Club and L.S.A.-another
“SEVERAL members have been on the sick
list and some still are after many weeks,”
writes Doris Barker, who performs the
kind task of visiting sick and retired
members of the association.
“Neville Barnett is making a little
improvement although 1 am sorry to
have to report that the progress is very
slow. He has been unable to work for
nine months.
“Phil Cleal (M/C Shop) recently
entered hospital at Birmingham and
is now convalescing after an operation.
“Andrew Brain is finding the going
hard and is still very poorly.
“Arthur Bevan has only managed to
work about three weeks in the last 24,
but now happily seems to be on the
“Joe Bennett has suffered another setback
and is quite ill.
“We wish them all a speedy recovery.
“Bill Stearn has returned to work
after a long spell of sickness and we are
pleased to hear that he is feeling much
better. Jimmy Slade has made a good
recovery after an operation and is now
back at work.
“We are also glad to see Albert Wing
and Jimmy Wedderburn back again after
several weeks’ sick leave.
“We hope that they will continue to
ON October 26 we shall be wishing a
long and happy retirement to two Long
Service members-Alfred Brain (Model
Shop) who has been with the Company
for 21 years, and George Matthews
(Machine Shop) who has been with us
15 years. *
ABOUT 25 retired Long Service members
are being invited to tour the Plant on
September 26 and see something of the
expansion that has taken place since they
left. Afterwards there will be tea and a
chat with Mr. Wickstead.
optimistic victory
THE Machine Shop Optimists defeated
Auto Plating by 21 pins in an evenly
contested match when the final of the
Interdepartmental K.O. Skittles Tournament
was held on Saturday, July 8.
The winners gained a I5-pin lead on
the first leg, which they maintained for
most of the game. A fine last leg of
59 pins clinched the game. The final score
was: Optimists 320: Auto Plating 299,
Outstanding player for the Optimists
was D. Minton with 47 pins, and, on
the Auto Plating side, G. Clayson with
43 pins.
Mr. R. Camp, chairman of the Sports
& Social Club, presented the team
trophies to Mr. D. Haines, captain of
the Optimists and Mr. G. Jones, captain
of the Auto Plating team, as well as
individual mementoes to the players of
both teams.-John Mould.
summer outing
THE Cine & Photographic Club’s summer
outing this year took them on a
Cotswold trip which included Westonbirt
Arboretum (a splendid subject for
colour shots with its wide variety of
flowering shrubs) and Sudeley Castle
near Winchcombe, once the home of
Queen Katherine Parr.
Films and photographs taken on this
Sports and
social life
The two skittles teams with their
trophies. On the left, pictured
with Mr. R. Camp, are the
Optimists: (back row) K. Sterry,
D. James, D. Minton, K. Stevens,
D. Boughton, E. Lark; (front
row) T. Brown, D. Haines (capt.)
and J. Mould. Below are the
Auto Plating team: (back row)
R. Gibbs, G. Clayson, J. Court,
H. Cook, R. Woolley, (front row)
W. Lewis, G. Jones (capt.),
A. Rawlings, I. Jordan and T.
trip will be shown at
be held shortly.
The club have appointed Miss Doris
Barker (Design Engineering) to be vicechairman
in succession to Alec Sproul
who has now left.
a social evening to
rep changes
The list of Sports & Social Club representatives
published in our last issue
should be amended as follows: D.
Fisher is 2400 Assembly representative;
H. Fisher represents Purchase, Welfare,
Security, etc.; and R. Davies is representative
for Design Engineering.
by Kritikos
AN audience of some 600 at the second
‘Variety Night’ on July 14 indicates
that this revue of Plant talent could
become a regular feature of social life
at Mitcheldean. Taking the programme
item by item:
Xeroettes-Given time for practice and
wearing off of shyness I’m sure they will
soon be the tops, if not ‘Toppers’.
(George-you have in this group one
with an outstanding sense of rhythm:
try to get the others to follow her style.)
2 2’s plus One-Good title this. Their
first number was played with a nice
sense of rhythm with maracas backing by
Plus One. Second number with vocal
from Plus One was a ‘miss’-‘Roses of
Picardy’ is not the right type of song
for this boy, but his ‘Mountain Greenery’
had a lively swing (I saw two pairs
of shapely Xeroette legs showing beneath
the curtain twitching to the beat!).
Roger Warwick-He was terrific, the
audience were with him from the start.
A professional, but he joined in as if
he belonged. A natural for an M.C. any
time one is needed.
Melvyn Tipp -These three amateurs
from 2400 provided light-hearted entertainment
with their home-based jokes.
One suggestion, boys: keep your acts a
little shorter until you can really hold
your audience and make them rock.
Drama Group (‘The Two Turtles’) –
Our Primrose (McCormick) must have
had the group working very hard to
stage this one and I feel sure that when
the players get more used to having to
face larger audiences, Mitcheldean will
be proud of them.
The Rank Outsiders-The Group, all
from the Plant except the drummer,
were drummed out by the latter due to
the mike being right on the drums.
Difficult this, because the drummer was
also the vocalist and so needed the mike.
Hawaiian Trio -Delightfully dreamy
music well played-full marks!
Vocalists – Shirley Wilistead, Sadie
Pritchard, Edward Chetcuti, Gordon
Davies and John Earl we enjoyed hearing
again. Welcome to Margaret Woodhead
-wouldn’t it be nice to be greeted at
Design Engineering reception with a
song in this lovely contralto voice! Her
voice and Shirley’s blended beautifullylet’s
have more of this ideal partnership!
And next time could Sadie bring the
audience in on the chorus of her lrisntype
songs where possible? They were
itching to do so last time.
Summing Up-Congratulations to all
responsible. Next time, could they
consider these points: (I) The last show
was too long and the restlessness was
noticeable towards the end. (2) The
mike trouble should be sorted out-it
was difficult and sometimes impossible
to hear anyone not holding a mike.
(3) More new talent would be welcomed.
(4) How about inviting Top Management
to come along?
Here’s to the next show-I shall be
there for one!
The Xeroettes – ‘A charming display of ladies’ ! A. HAMBLIN
A. HAMBLIN Talk and tour
for visitors
TWENTY-I ‘VI members of the Shropshire
Industrial Safety Group paid a visit to
our factory at Mitcheldean on June 21.
They were welcomed by Mr. F. J.
Edwards, Personnel, Education and
Training Manager, and Mr. C. R.
Steward, Labour Officer.
After they had been given a talk
about our factory operations, the party
split into groups for a tour of the
factory, when Messrs. W. Morgan, F.
Abbott, R. Berks and C. R. Steward
acted as guides.
Before they left, the members of the
group said how impressed they were by
the high standard of safety throughout
the factory.
On July 18 twenty members of the Bristol
branch of the Institute of Office Managers
paid a visit to Mitcheldean. After
a talk by Mr. A. A. J. Willitt, Manager,
Engineering Services, they were shown
round the Design Engineering Department
by Mr. Willitt and Messrs. J.
Timms and L. Bonser. They were also
shown round the 2400 Department by
Training Officer Mr. D. G. Wintle together
with main line supervisor Mr. E.
F. Knight.
A tremendous increase in the amount of
testing being carried out in the Engineering
Laboratories has necessitated the
replacement of the existing transformer
by one of greater capacity. Our photograph
shows the new transformer being
lowered, via a skylight, into its position
in the Boiler House adjacent to Project 19.
Degree for Terry
DESIGN engineer Terry Hemms is to
be congratulated on achieving his
R.Sc.(Eng.) degree with honours. Terry
was the first apprentice to be sponsored
by the Company on a special extended
apprenticeship course, offered to apprentices
who pass Ordinary National
Certificate at credit levels and are thus
qualified for entry to the new technological
universities. Terry attended Bath
University of Technology and took his
finals last June. Two other apprentices
are at present completing a similar
sandwich course-Maurice Husbands
and Michael Read.
Art in Design
THE executive offices in Design Engineering
are getting an artistic touch.
Reproductions of famous pictures,
ranging from ‘A Village Square’ by
Lowry to a cave painting from the
Lascaux Caves, are being hung, and the
idea is to switch these around occasionally
to provide a change of scene.
‘I don’t think Snodpickle has grasped the
full implication of the requirements.’
Mr. and Mrs. R. Caldicutt
Miss Julie Gardner (Comps. Section,
Accounts) to Ray Watkins (Computer
Services) on April 29.
Miss Maureen Symonds (Print Room)
to Robert Davis (Development Laboratory)
on July 1.
Miss Beryl Webb (secretary to Mr.
R. W. Mason, Chief Production Engineer)
to S.A/C. Ivor Jones on July 11.
A. HAMBLIN Last Father’s Day some national newspapers
offered a special tie with a ‘ten-plus’
motif to fathers of ten or more children.
Ernie Hatch (Welfare), who has 12, aged
from seven to 20 years, obviously qualified!
Our picture shows Ernie, proudly
wearing his tie, with wife Ruth who works
in 914 Assembly.
Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Pratt
They’re 21
Mrs. Esmd Cox (813 Production Control)
on May 20.
Miss Peggy Matthews (Central Records)
on June 16.
Miss Gail Nicholls (813 Assembly) on
July 15.
Mrs. Mary Hawkes (2400 Dept.) on
July 27.
Miss Shirley Willstead (2400 Dept.) on
Paul Knight (Purchase) on August 25.
Mrs. Janet Parsons (2400 Dept.) on
August 27.
They’re Wed
Miss Evelyn Franklin (2400 Dept.) to
Brian Beard at St. Mary’s, Ross-on-Wye,
on June 3.
Apprentice Ron Caldicutt to Miss
Jennifer Hopkinson at Weston-under-
Penyard Church (best man was another
apprentice, Jim Amos); Roland Giles
(Machine Shop) to Miss Shirley Thorne
at Viney Hill Church; and Miss Joan
Bennett (914 Time Office) to Richard
Williams (2400 Dept.) at the Forest
Church-all on July 15.
Miss Jean Robinson (813 Assembly) to
Don Presdee (Reconditioning Dept.) at
Lydney Registry Office on July 24.
Miss Elizabeth Young (Technical
Library) to Carlton Hobbs at St.
Stephen’s Cinderford on Aug. 5.
Roger Pratt, Personal Assistant to Mr.
F. Wickstead, to Miss Fiona Bruce at
New Kilpatrick Parish Church, Bearsden,
Glasgow, on August 12. Sam Phillips,
2400 project engineer, acted as best man.
They’ve Arrived
Tracy Anne, a daughter for Mrs. Barbara
Baldwin (2400 Dept.), on June 3.
Hayley Jayne, a daughter for Harold
Cecil (P.E.D.), on June 6.
Joanne. a daughter for Mrs. Ann Bevan
(formerly Bought Ledger, Accounts), on
June 14.
Louise, a daughter for Mrs. Marilyn
Brain (formerly 813 Assembly), on
June 19.
Andrew Sean, a son for Mrs. Ann
Davies (formerly Purchase), on June 23.
David, a son for Mrs. Margaret Bent
(formerly 2400 Dept.), on July 2.
Andrew Aaron, a son for Mrs. Judith
Burford (née Tingle) who used to work
in the Canteen; Joy, a daughter for
Robert Smith (Computer Services); and
David John, a son for John Brain
(Design D.0.)-all on July 9.
Steven, a son for Robert Waite (Design
D.0.), on July 10.
lain, a son for Neil Ramsey (P.E.D.) and
his wife Stephanie (formerly Dictorel),
on July 19.
Jeremy, a son for Vernon Brookes
(Design Engineering), on July 23.
Our best wishes go to the following who
have retired or are about to do so:
Edgar (Harry) Tingle (Heat Treatment)
on June 29; Mrs. Dorothy Martin (also
Heat Treatment) on July 21; Bob Morse
(Warehouse) on August 31: Harold
Stephens (Labourer) on September 28.
Right: Mr. and Mrs. R. Williams
Below: Mr. and Mrs. B. Beard
Mr. and Mrs. R. Giles
Silver Wedding
Our congratulations to Norman Ball
(Accounts) and his wife who celebrated
their silver wedding on June 20.
Car seat covers for Triumph Herald, £7.
Apply to: W. Roberts, Press Shop.
Two double beds with mattresses (one
interior sprung, one Dunlopillo), solid
headboards, good condition. Also two
fireside armchairs and dining table with
draw-leaf. Enquiries to: D. Wedley
(tel.: 194 internal).
Ford Thames van, 1959. Offers to: Mrs.
C. Meager, Design Punch Room (tel:
543 internal).
WHO in Production Control trimmed his clematis and found later he had cut his
TV aerial in two places?
WHO in the Tool Room had a cock canary which was hopeless at singing but was the
tops when it came to laying eggs?
WHO in 2400 Dept. gave their goldfish the kiss of life?
WHO in 914 Assembly brought her husband’s socks to work instead of her
WHO in Design Engineering carried out a short experiment in ‘flower power’?
WHICH young apprentice went to buy a bikini for his future wife and was observed
trying it on himself in a Gloucester store?
WHO in Maintenance took one look at the Severn Bridge and decided not to trust
it with the weight of his moped ?
WHO in 2400 Stores spent all one Sunday pressing his army uniform, then left for
AVR.2 camp without it? (AVR.2? Well, we used to call them the Territorials.)
WHO in 813 Assembly doesn’t know the difference between a roach, a rudd and
a mermaid?
WHO in T.E.D. thought the blue effect in swimming pools was obtained by filling
them with blue water?
WHO in Production Control has found the cure for baldness?
WHOSE father in 914 Assembly was found boiling his false teeth in Tide hoping to
get them white? Alas, some of the teeth fell off and the plate was rendered shapeless!
WHICH Goods Inwards inspector, when performing in the ‘Nightshift Group’,
has to change into his shortie pyjamas to play soul music?
WHO in Production Control overslept one morning and, on arriving at work. found
on his desk an alarm clock which he had won in a draw?
WHO in Purchase can’t tell her elbow from her ankle?
WHO in the Canteen came to work with one black and one brown shoe and had to
return home to redress the balance?
WHO is the Tonypandy Gipsy in the Tool Room?
W110 in 813 Assembly went for a picnic by the sea armed with tea, milk and sugar –
hut forgot the Primus stove?
WHO in Goods Inwards dropped of to sleep during lunch break and woke up
enquiring what day it was?
WHICH young lady in 2400 was chased by a bull in her lunch break?
WHO in 813 was inconveniently kept in suspense in a place of convenience?
WHO is Design’s youngest and fastest grandfather?
WHICH young lady in 2400 ran out of bread so she told her friend they would
have to have toast instead?
WHO in 2400 came back from the dentist minus a button instead of minus a tooth?
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