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Vision 084

No 84
Goodwill and The Glorylanders
On December 20, in the midst of the pre-Christmas
rush, the Carol Festival, held in the Social Centre,
reminded us about ‘peace and goodwill towards
men’ and gave us an opportunity to hear
The Glorylanders. This professional trio, who
travelled from Manchester for the occasion left the
world of industry to follow their present successful
career, during which they have appeared with
Cliff Richard, and have performed on TV and
radio, as well as making recordings. Their
attractive way of putting over gospel numbers
went down so well that the audience, hesitant at
first about clapping, finally burst into enthusiastic
applause. Other visitors welcomed by
Les McNealey (O & M), who made the
introductions, were guest speaker Glyn Morgan,
and Pastor Isherwood who led in prayer.
The programme included readings from the Bible
by General Manager Peter Salmon, Mike Sherborne
(Engineering) and Robert Hart (PED). Organised
by the Christian Fellowship, the festival ended
with everyone enjoying mince pies, coffee and a
friendly chat.
The eight successful supervisors, pictured
(standing) with Mr Grainger and Mr Hammond.
Seated at the table with Mr Salmon are
Mr T. J. Marsden, Mr P. J. W. Welburn (Principal)
and Mr G. D. Stubbings of the West Gloucestershire
College of Further Education, Cinderford.
Left: Sue Grosvenor (Supply Centre) and (below)
Mike English (Works Laboratory) receive their
awards from Mr Salmon.
In line with our efforts to develop increasingly
professional supervision there has been considerable
involvement with the National Examination Board
for Supervisory Studies course at Cinderford, as a
result of which eight supervisors have passed
what is a very testing examination.
This was one aspect of our training programme
last year which led Mr Salmon, presenting the
financial awards for professional studies, to
remark on the ‘really dramatic change in the
amount of training which took place in 1972
compared with that in 1971.’
Other new features have included a cost and
budgetary control course, and a work study course
designed to give user departments a wider
appreciation of the facilities available to them.
In the past, said Mr Salmon, expansion at the
Plant had been too great and too rapid for the
Company to ensure that potential managers were
equipped to take full advantage of opportunities
occurring within the Plant.
In future, the aim was to be one jump ahead by
identifying potential and, wherever possible,
ensuring that suitable training was set in motion
before opportunities occurred.
To this end a scheme is being implemented
National Examination Board for Supervisory
Studies — A. (Duff) Bennett (Works Engineering),
George Hayward (660 Assembly), Barrie Morgan
(Machine Shop), Michael Perkins (4000 Assembly),
Ray Powell (Works Engineering), John Shields
(660 Assembly), John Sterry (Elec. Subs), Peter
Whiles (3600 Assembly).
Inter. Technician’s Cert. — Harry Hale (Engineering).
Full Technological Cert. — Nigel Bayliss
(Engineering), Darryl Brooks (Goods Inwards
Inspection), Michael Davis (Engineering),
David Moore (Engineering),
/y/VC—Roger Harrison (PED); Mike English
(Works Laboratory); Mike Bendall (Engineering),
Stuart Meek (Engineering); Stuart Barnes
(Work Study).
Institute of Work Study Practitioners — Part I:
Alan Edwards, Neil Jones, Ian Reed, Tony Wood
(all of Work Study).
Shorthand— Pitman 60: Jane Reid (Engineering);
70: Mary Marangon (Plant Facilities), Jeannette
Meek (Production Control); 80: Luciana Marangon
(Engineering), Irene Maunder (Purchase), Janis
Roberts (Purchase); 90: Pam Douglas (Purchase),
Pam Turley (Personnel), Ann Watts (Production
Control); FtSA 100: Sue Grosvenor (Supply
Typing — RSA I: Sue Simmonds (Personnel);
//.• Josie Malpass (Production Control), Luciana
Marangon; ///.• Pam Douglas, Jeannette Meek,
Pam Turley.
‘O’ Level—English: Ann Bedney (Quality Control),
Margaret Middlecote (Group), Ann Watts;
Maths: Denise Tovey (Accounts).
Institute of Purchase & Supply — Inter: Robert
Hook; Final: Barrie Lewis, Derek Porter (all of
Institute of Chartered Secretaries Et Administrators—
Inter: Barrie Morse (Accounts).
Institute of Cost Et Management Accountants—
Part III: Mike Walker (Accounts).
whereby individuals with potential will be given
opportunities to carry out projects or assignments
in departments other than their own — for example,
not just Production Engineering but also Work
Study, Production Control, etc — so that they can
develop a greater awareness of the Company
operation, and can be offered enlarged career
prospects. This scheme will be similar to our
graduate development scheme which has been
running for the past two years.
The ‘Basics of Management’ course, which will
commence at Cinderford in January, is also being
specifically designed for those considered to have
management potential.
At a higher level, a weekend workshop is being
organised for February, at which senior managers,
led by Mr Salmon, will look at particular aspects
of the Plant operation, and discuss problems and
methods of dealing with them.
One of the commodities that managers find in
short supply these days is time, and one of the
themes of this weekend workshop and of other
subsequent planned modules will be ‘How we can
make better use of time’ so that managers can
devote more of it to looking ahead while handling
day-to-day problems.
Said Mr Salmon: ‘We shall also be concentrating
on how we can create better systems and how we
can use them when created.’
The presentation was attended for the first time by
the Principal and three members of the staff of the
West Gloucestershire College of Further Education.
Opening the proceedings, Peter Grainger, who
was recently appointed Manager, Personnel
Development and Training — Manufacturing
Group, said : ‘We are grateful to the colleges, and
Cinderford in particular, for all the help they offer
us. We frequently ask them to lay on something
special for us, our requirements get more
complicated, but they never say no, and are
always willing to adapt or design new courses
for us.’
Many Plant line managers came along to see their
staff receive their awards, and Mr Grainger thanked
them too for their support ‘without which no
effective training would be possible.’
Listed above are the award winners (they do not
include trainees). Those at the presentation were
introduced by the Training staff responsible for
their studies: supervisory — Wally Hammond ;
technical — Frank Edwards; commercial —
Keith Laken.
Derek Portman, Director,
IVIanufacturing Group
I expect many of you will have read the Company
announcement about our plans to build a factory
in France, so this is an appropriate moment at
which to talk about the plans Manufacturing
Group has for expansion in more detail.
Last month Peter Salmon referred to the
aggressive production programmes at Mitcheldean.
These are the rewards of much hard work by our
salesmen, service engineers, design staff and
many others, including ourselves in Manufacturing.
The Company has made quite outstanding
headway in the last ten years and is determined to
keep its lead over competition. Expansion is
Mr. Portman explains about
our plans for expansion
therefore still the order of the day. As you know,
Mitcheldean has borne the brunt of this in the
past, but it can grow only to a limited extent in
the future. The same is largely true of Welwyn and
will be true shortly of Venray. Thus the need to
build elsewhere.
In modern business, especially in a great
multi-national company such as ours, international
economics play a part and we must participate
more fully in those countries where our business is
growing and prospering. Against that background
it follows that future plants should be built in
those countries where Rank Xerox is already a
major business. France is one such country,
Germany is another, and we hope to announce
soon the acquisition of a site in Germany where
we shall build yet another extensive factory. For
similar reasons, construction work will commence
shortly on a site outside Madrid in Spain, where a
factory will be built for the production of toner.
The springboard for this expansion has been
Mitcheldean and Welwyn. It is from these plants
and from Xerox at Webster, in the United States,
that much of the expertise comes and indeed will
come for a long time ahead.
Manufacturing in France starts 1974 The conference to announce the construction of
the new French plant was held at Lille in the
large and distinctively decorous Chamber of
Commerce building there on December 6.
Among those present were newspapermen,
officials of the French equivalent of the Board of
Trade — DATAR — and representatives of local
government from the Lille area. At the top table
with Mr Portman was Senior Government
Delegate M. Jerome Monod, head of DATAR,
M. Jean-Claude Delafon, the Rank Xerox
International Trade Director, based in Paris,
M. Pierre Ranque, Director of the French Region,
M. Charles Verspieren, President of the Chamber
of Commerce, and M. Jean Matteoli, head of the
regional development authority.
In his speech Mr Portman said : ‘While representing
today the Chairmen and Directors of Rank Xerox
London, I am also here in my capacity as
Director of the Manufacturing Group of the
Company and as such I have a particular interest
in the events which have led to this very
important occasion.
Since 1964, when Rank Xerox France was
established, it has been essentially a marketing
and service operation and has, as such, made an
increasingly important contribution to the
world-wide activities of Rank Xerox.
‘The time has come, however, for a fuller
participation in the cultural, social and industrial
life of France and so, in the coming years, the
activities of Rank Xerox France are being
broadened to include a manufacturing capability.
To date, the Company’s manufacturing base has
been limited to its plants in the United Kingdom,
one of which is at Mitcheldean in Gloucestershire,
about 200 kilometres due west of London, and
a second one at Welwyn Garden City about
35 kilometres to the North of the metropolis.
There is also a plant at Venray in the South-East
of Holland which is rapidly growing to maturity.
‘The growth of Rank Xerox has been such that
the existing plants are insufficient to meet the
demands of the market place. It is against this
background that a plant is planned at Neuville
en Ferrain, Lille, which will make its contribution
towards satisfying the demands for larger numbers
of more sophisticated copiers and copyduplicators.’
Mr Portman also took part in a television
interview in French — a real example of the
meaning of multi-nationalism at director level.
Director of Manufacturing Planning, Don Shryane
sat in on the question and answer session which
followed. Many of these concerned the Company’s
plans for the plant, its size, the number of jobs
which would be created, and what would be
made there.
The party from England arrived in a chartered
aircraft of French manufacture as a token of their
commitment to French business.
The site occupies 35 acres and the Company has
initial options on a further 21 acres of adjoining
[ land. The complex will include 258,000 square
feet of production area, and 64,600 square feet
of administrative and technical office space.
^ Production is expected to start in the autumn of
1974 with a work force of 400, which will rise to
700 by 1977.
The plant will be situated on a major highway
network which provides easy access to Belgium,
Holland, Germany, Switzerland and the rest of
France as well as the coastal ports, and therefore
offers excellent facilities for exporting. There is a
local population of a million people from whom
the necessary skills can be drawn.
Tooling will represent an investment of £1 million
by 1974/75 and the cost of constructing the
plant will be about £3 million. Three quarters of
A free draw with Christmas fare as prizes for all
LSA members was held as usual. Now the sights
are set on the annual dinner which is to be held
on May 11 at the Chase Hotel, Ross-on-Wye. •
Two members of many years’ service retired in
December. Arnold Gaylard of the Sheet Metal
Shop, Cinderford, who has been with us 36 years,
and Arthur Mason of Organisation & Methods,
who has 27 years’ service behind him. We shall
be featuring their leavetaking in the next issue; in
the meantime they have our good wishes for the
Bob Smith, Tool Room foreman, has been obliged
to retire three years early because of ill health ;
we’d like to pass on to him our best wishes.
Husband of LSA assistant secretary Jackie Smith,
Bob came to us 30 years ago. •
We were delighted to receive recently a letter
from Gordon Fisher, now living in Sutton, Surrey.
He writes: ‘Looking through some of this year’s
VISION’S — in particular the June issue — and
seeing a page full of familiar faces (namely the
25-year service awards) which I had not seen for
a number of years, prompted me to write this
‘Please give them my regards and tell them I will
call at the factory sometime during next summer
and try and find some of them.’
Gordon worked at Mitcheldean for 20 years,
commencing in 1941. He has been in Melbourne,
Australia, working for Rank Xerox, and returned to
this country in 1971. He is at present working for
Surrey County Council visual aids department and
frequently services Bell & Howell projectors,
which used to be made at Mitcheldean during
Gordon’s time.
He comments that he reads his copies of VISION
from cover to cover at least twice, ‘so keep ’em
the work force will be men, and it is expected
that most of the employees can be recruited
A general manager for the plant had yet to be
appointed as we went to press; this position and
most of the senior posts will probably be filled by
French citizens. In the initial stages, however,
some of the operational functions will be staffed
by established Rank Xerox Manufacturing Group
The Company got the festive season off to a good start with a dinner party on
December 1 at which Ted Ray was the cabaret star. The party was held at
the Welcombe Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, for 50 members of the UK Marketing
Co. and 50 from the Mitcheldean and Welwyn Plants. From the Manufacturing
Group angle it provided an opportunity for those in middle management who
do not normally get a chance to see the product in the field to chat with those
who do. Departments represented included Engineering, Manufacturing,
Production and Quality Control, Supply, and Data Processing. Those who
attended are still talking about the excellent sales film ‘Talk of the Devil’ shown
during the evening, featuring Bach the composer, a genie and a 4000 machine
which solved his manuscript copying problems.
Top right: Chatting with Ted Ray are Derel< Portman, Director of Manufacturing Group, and (centre) Hamish Orr-Ewing, Managing Director of the UK Company. Centre right: Birmingham Branch Manager (far left) with Tony Jones, Sid Wright, Eddie Hill (all from PED) and Jim Cannon (Production Control). Top Left: Graham Linley, Vic Buhlmann and Fred Tedds (all of Manufacturing). Below left: Fred Court (Quality Control) talks to the Leeds Branch Manager. Above left: Sid Palmer and Hugh Grainger (PED) with Boa (all (Su, 6 Frank with two of his friends, Cedric (left) and Andy. Frank’s 80-year-old mother helps make the Rossites’ smart outfits. Show Time on Night Shift ‘Show Time, 2.45 am to 3 am, featuring Andy & >’
Cedric The Rossites; Ross-on-Wye Old People’s
Red Cross draw tickets will be on sale.’
This is the advertisement that the nightshift at RX
Cinderford have seen many times. Frank (Polly)
Perkins of Raw Material Stores has been learning
the art of ventriloquism for about a year and has
worked up a novel show, with quite a bit of
encouragement from his workmates.
He started with a ventriloquist doll bought
through mail order and now has three, Andy and
Cedric being joined by their ‘manager’ Sidney.
The novelty is in the elaborate ‘bungalow’ set,
built by Frank, which opens up in sections to
provide a stage. What with trap doors which open
unexpectedly, mechanical dogs, glove puppets —
a rabbit which plays a stylophone and a duck
which throws an egg at Frank — plus a bit of
magic engineered with the aid of tape, microphone
and amplifier, the show is full of surprises.
Frank doesn’t confine his audience to his
workmates; in after-work hours he gives shows
for old folk and entertains at youngsters’ birthday
parties. ‘All my characters have become real
personalities’, Frank told us, ‘and I find them good
Art Club
The three prize-winners in the recent Sell a
Picture’ competition were there in Mr Salmon’s
office to receive their awards and they got
chatting and it occurred to them that other artists
at the Plant might welcome the setting up of an
art club. Ideas for its activities range from
exhibitions of members’ work to a project system
with everyone ‘doing their own thing’ in pastels,
oils, wood, etc. For beginners there would be
the advice and encouragement of the more
experienced ; for the latter there would be the
stimulus of working among creative types.
For Sale
Lounge suite, brown leather effect, zipped
cushions, 4-seater settee, good condition. Offers
to Graham Adams, PED; tel. 553 int.
Sunbeam Alpine GT 1965 with overdrive,
£300 o.n.o. ‘Phone Mike Firth, Accounts, 381 int.
Electric reed organ, as new, £25. Replies to
Mrs E. Thomas, Print Room Supervisor,
tel. 542 int.
Towing bracket for Ford Capri. Enquiries to
Bill Williams, Machine Shop, Mitcheldean.
1971 Marina Coupe 1.8 T.C. immaculate, radio,
mileage 14,300. Ring K. Townsend, 675 int.
Stamps — breaking collection of British and
Commonwealth — contact Brian Pope, PED
(Electronics), 675 int. for sample booklets, first
day covers and catalogues.
Mainstream Gem Digi 1 radio control set
(semi-proportional) plus radio control boats and
engines, etc., £26 o.n.o. Contact J. Robertson,
Goods Inwards Inspection, tel. 466 int.
Ford 2000E, G regd, very good condition. H.P. or
part exchange. Offers to Niall Andrews, tel. 819 int.
Central heating boiler, solid fuel, good condition,
£8. Contact W. Edwards, Raw Material Stores,
RX Cinderford, tel. 9—29.
If anyone is interested, would they please get in
touch with John Hutchins (4000 Progress),
Building 40, ext. 819, so that he can gauge
interest and arrange a get-together to discuss
details. Beginners are particularly welcome.
Our picture shows first prize-winner John with
Mr Salmon and Mr Bryson, Manager, Productivity
Services (the organisers of the contest), second
prize-winner Eric Weeks (Engineering) on the
far left and, far right, John Johnson (Engineering),
third prize-winner.
Furnished or unfurnished flat required by young
married couple within 10 miles’ radius of
Mitcheldean. Replies to Mrs S. Cromie, tel.
336 int. • ^ ^
Don’t take things personally.’ A recent article in
the magazine ‘International Management’
discussed present-day job pressures and suggested
ways of coping with them. This is the picture
conjured up in our cartoonist’s mind by one bit
of advice.
In the Service of the Suffering
We have a Sister and a Brother at the Plant. They
are not related to each other but they have a
common bond in that they are members of the
Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John
of Jerusalem — an order which can trace its
history from the time of the First Crusade, or even
Nurse Norah Miles of Medical Department was
invested with the Order of Serving Sister in
October 1969; Tony Cale (Machine Shop foreman,
Mitcheldean) became a Serving Brother last May
and attended his investiture at the Order’s ancient
home, St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell, London, just
before Christmas.
Their admission to this grade is in recognition of
their particular service to the Order, the stated
object of which is to assist the suffering. The
Order consists of the St John Ambulance Brigade,
the St John Ambulance Association (the teaching
body) and the St John Ophthalmic Hospital at
Her Majesty the Oueen is the Sovereign Head of
the Order; she approves the names of those to be
admitted and these are recorded in the London
‘It’s a stately and picturesque ceremony’, Tony
told us, recalling his own investiture. The officers
of the Order, splendid in their St John mantles
bearing the eight-pointed white cross, enter in
procession. The ceremony is presided over by the
Grand Prior, or his deputy, the Lord Prior.
Tony’s wife Margaret, who works in 4000 Assembly
was there to see her husband invested ; among
the notabilities present Margaret recognised
Douglas Fairbanks Jnr., so she got him to
autograph her invitation card I
Tony and Margaret Cale pictured after the
investiture at the Priory Church, St John’s Gate.
Area Staff Officer for the Brigade in the Forest of
Dean, Tony has been senior first aider for some
20 years at the Plant. He tells us that there is a
class of 22 currently attending first aid lectures by
Dr Martin and they will be taking their examination
this month. Seven are renewing their certificates,
the remainder are new entrants. We wish them
all success.
Unwanted pounds help Accident Unit
A novel way of accumulating cash for the
proposed Ross-on-Wye Accident Unit while
encouraging people to lose the sort of pounds
they don’t want has brought in a healthy £31 -75.
Under the rules of the diet club introduced
recently at the Plant by Nurse Norah Miles,
members were weighed once a week at the
Medical Centre; if they failed to lose weight,
they were fined — heavily I
The money thus raised was used to buy a doll
and, thanks to the collective efforts of Phyllis Wall
(Cleaning Services) and Sheila Kerr (Supply
Centre), the raffle raised that excellent total.
Winner of the doll was John Drew of the Supply
There must be quite a f ew who have put on
some extra inches in the last few weeks and
whose New Year resolutions include a bit of
reducing. So the diet club may find itself
continuing to thrive, and other charitable causes
could benefit.
mthe Dicmre
21st Birthday
Barbara Isherwood (secretary to our Chief Buyer)
on January 6.
Sue Stephens (secretary to Manager, Warehouse
Operations, Supply Centre) to Mike Cookes on
December 9.
Dave Roberts (Tool Stores office) to Jenny Page
on December 16.
Mary Smart (Central Records) to Eric Trigg (PED)
at Holy Trinity Church, Drybrook, on November 25.
Paul Franc (Plant Facilities) to Rachel Dudley at
St Mary’s Church, Dublin, on November 25.
Susan Hinton (secretary to Graham Linley,
Remodelling Manager) to Hugh Cromie at
St Cadocs Church, Raglan, on December 9.
Samantha Jane, a daughter for Derek Parker
(Accounts) and his wife Katrina (formerly
Accounts), on November 9.
Victoria Jane, a daughter for Andrew Davis
(Accounts) and his wife Toni, on November 24.
Best wishes to the following who retired in
December: Jack Humphries (Mitcheldean
Machine Shop), who had been with us 12 years:
Don Reed (Supply Centre warehouseman), ten
years five months; Gerald Challinger (labourer.
Remodelling), eight years five months; and
Levi Bent and Bertram Miles (both labourers in
Mitcheldean Machine Shop) of four and three
years’ service respectively.
Incidentally, we had a chat some time ago with
Gerald Challinger and he told us about his interest
in astrology and old books. He owns a first
edition of The Black Swan by Rafael Sabatini, he
A pre-retirement picture of Don Reed, alias Sam
Fagumbosher — very much alive in the Supply
tells us, and a book on family pastimes printed in
the 1850’s. He also has a 1912 reprint of The
Silver Key which is ‘a guide to speculation on
horse racing by using cosmic symbolism’ — in
other words, working out which horse to bet on
by studying the positions of heavenly bodies. He
can’t say from experience whether the system
works because he’s not a betting man, he says I
If you have, then please —
• let your departmental correspondent
• or leave it at any Gate House for collection
by me,
• or post it to me at Tree Tops, Plump Hill,
• or ring me — it’s Drybrook 415.
Myrtle Fowler, Editor
Mr and Mrs Eric Trigg.
Far right:
Mr and Mrs Hugh Cromie. I
Christmas Draw
A six-foot high pile of super prizes — hair dryers,
food mixers, pop-up toasters, shavers, radios,
drills and other electrical goods — made a novel
‘Christmas tree’ in the clubhouse on December 11,
the day of the Xmas draw. Deputising for Father
Christmas were our Miss Rank Xerox, Janice
Andrews of Goods Inwards, with the assistance of
Barbara Lewis of Accounts ; some 70 people went
along during the lunch break to see the two girls
draw the tickets for 104 lucky prizewinners.
Winner of the December Bonanza prize of a mini
was won by Roy Winstone of the Tool Room.
GolS Prizes & Pros
A film show and presentation of round robin
competition awards is planned for January 15 by
the Golf Club — if possible in the Social Centre.
Come and see the stars; Phil Rodgers v. Frank
Phillips at the Royal Singapore Golf Club, and
Gene Littler v, Eric Brown at Gleneagles.
Ladies Play Again
The RX Ladies Football team were due to play a
return match on January 7 against Coleford
Senior Youth Club girls. Proceeds from the first
match, won by our side, went to Coleford senior
citizens; those from the return match will be
donated to Mitcheldean’s senior citizens.
Police come to Social
The police were there in force when the Cine &
Photographic Club held a social evening in the
waitress service restaurant on December 7. But
they weren’t expecting trouble and they didn’t get
any I By all accounts the social was greatly
enjoyed by the 100 or so people who went along.
As we mentioned earlier, the evening was by way
of saying thank you to all those who had
co-operated in the making of the club film entry
for the forthcoming Gloucester Cine Trophy 1973.
Police from Cinderford, Coleford and Drybrook,
Badman’s the jewellers, and local government
officials were all represented in the audience.
They watched a programme of films introduced by
Jack Seal, club chairman, and compered by
Jimmy Bake, Information Officer, Manufacturing
Group. The first three films were the club’s
entries for the county competition in 1971, 1972
and this year — ‘The Independent Operator’,
‘Dean Forest Miscellany’ and the recently
completed ‘First Impressions are not always so
Closing scene in the film ‘First Impressions are
not always so Dangerous’, directed by Jack Seal.
The shot shows Margaret Winch (left), Angela
Powell and Robin Berks on location at the Wye
Hotel, Ross-on-Wye, by kind permission of the
Dangerous’. Margaret Winch, secretary to
John Hankin, who played leading lady in the
latter film, was presented with a bouquet by club
secretary Angela Powell; she in turn was
presented with some flowers by Mrs K. Perkins,
wife of the headmaster of Double View Secondary
The programme was rounded off by a showing of
‘Xerox in Concert’, a Xerox Corporation
‘kaleidoscope of colour, music and xerography’.
Excellent refreshments and service by Sutcliffe’s
put a seal on the success of the evening.
Dance Interval
No lessons are being held by the Ballroom
Dancing Club while the Social Centre is
temporarily unavailable.
Continued on p. 12
Like to make a pot ?
Anyone interested in ‘making a pot?’ Unknown to
many. Bob Smith (O & M) and Cyril Bevan (Finance
& Admin.) have for some time been leading two
snooker teams from the Plant in the Forest of Dean
league. They have been ‘potting the ball’ all over
the Forest, while for home games a table has
kindly been provided for them by the YMCA at
Cinderford. The season closes in March (it’s a
dark evening game) but anyone interested in
joining when the new season commences in
October next is asked to get in touch with Bob
on extension 437.
Holiday in the Sun for new
Miss Rank Xerox
Any girl who feels in need of a Mediterranean
holiday couldn’t do better than enter our ‘Miss
Rank Xerox, Mitcheldean’ contest (details on the
noticeboards). First prize this year will be a
booking for two at a Mediterranean resort to the
value of £60, plus £20 spending money. Second
prize will be £25, third prize £10, and each
finalist will receive a £1 gift voucher.
The contest will be judged at the Annual Dance
on Friday, March 9, in the Social Centre by
representatives of the Girling Sports & Social
Club, Cwmbran, it is hoped. Arrangements for the
running of the contest have been remodelled !
Because of the postponement of the dance it was
not possible to get Ray Ellington as hoped, but
the club have booked instead the popular dance
orchestra, the Johnny Lambe Big Band, together
with supporting group Treat. A professional
entertainer will be master of ceremonies.
Caught at Christmas
The River Wye was carrying five feet of
floodwater when the Angling Club fished its
Christmas Competition on Saturday, December 16,
at Redbrook. But despite the conditions, more
fish were caught than expected and nearly all
anglers ‘weighed in’.
Leighton George (Machine Shop Inspection)
emerged as the top man of the day with a
creditable weight of 3 lb. 5 oz. Just 7 oz.
separated the next five weights and many anglers
were silently grieving ‘the one that got away’.
Roger Turley (Small Batch) took second place with
2 lb. 11 oz., closely followed by Roger Andrews
(Heat Treatment) with 2 lb. 8 oz. 8 drms., and
Ken Stephens (Machine Shop) with 2 lb. 6 oz.
The heavyweight chub which dominated the last
two Christmas Competitions did not show up this
time and it was left to Dave Roberts (Machine
Shop Tool Stores) to take the biggest fish prize
with a grayling which tipped the scales at 11 oz.
They look like models — they were models at a
portraiture night held Jointly by Newent Camera
Club with the ‘still’ side of our Cine B Photographic
Club, They are our current Miss Rank Xerox,
Janice Andrews (Goods Inwards), Linda Freeman
(Production Control) who came third, and (centre)
Sally King, daughter of club member Robin who
took this picture.
Skittles Fixtures
The ‘A’ team are playing : Jan. 19 — Causeway
Club ‘A’ (Home); Jan. 26 — King’s Head ‘A’,
Wilton ( H ) ; Feb. 2 — Sinners (Away). ‘B’ team
are playing : Jan. 19 — Causeway Club ‘B’ ( A );
Jan. 26 — Ross United ( A ) ; Feb. 2 — Pointers (H).
Fill this in and give to your Sports & Social Club representative by Friday, February 16. (Price of
tickets was not known at time of publication but will not be in excess of £1 each.)
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