6. SD Enthusiasts' Club Newsletter - Autumn 2018.
THE EDITOR’S POSTBAG.
OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO FORMER EMPLOYEES.
The Apprentice Training School. Photo courtesy of Chris Yeadon.Bill Stimpson has written in to say that Bert Kerr passed away on 15th June at the age 90.
remembers him as “A great teacher and mentor to hundreds of first year
apprentices and a real gentleman.” I feel that many SD apprentices will
remember Bill with gratitude.
The photo shows the Drawing Office staff in 1950.
Back row: l. to r. Jack Rowe, Ron Nicholson, John Baldwin, Claude Menen.
Front row: l. to r. Barbara Guyton, Vic Preston, Pansy Wells.
The photo was supplied by Pansy Mitchell (nee Wells.)
sadness we received the news that Claude Menen died at the end of July
at the age of 91. The editor remembers Claude as the Drawing Office
Manager when he worked in the Drawing Office as a very junior
draughtsman during his apprenticeship in the 1950’s. I understand that
Claude continued at S&D for many years. Claude's daughter Sarah
has written:- "My father thoroughly enjoyed working in Shelvoke &
Drewry's Drawing Office and if he had not been made redundant I think
he would of stayed working there until he retired.
Robert (Bob) Milne
A Welder working on Revopak tines (Not Bob Milne) Photo courtesy of Darren Ainsworth.
on 17th August we learned of the death of Bob Milne at the age of
79. Bob worked at S&D from 1979 – 1989 as a welder in
No. ! factory where he was also the union convener. His Funeral was due
to take place in his home town in Scotland, but a get together in his
memory was organised in Baldock Bob’s two children both worked at
S&D. Andrew worked at the company for a brief time, and Susan
from 1981 – 1986 firstly doing the time sheets and then in the wages
office. At S&D she met Dave Chapman who was an apprentice 1979 –
1983 and they subsequently married. Truly an SD family.
learned of the death of Geoffrey Downing in late August at the age of
74. Geoff was a fitter and worked on the chassis line with his twin
brother, Kenneth, and then on Finish off. They were always known
as "The Bruvs" Geoff’s twin died in May 2006 after suffering from
Motor Neurone Disease. In the Bigglewade Chronicle donations have been
asked for M.N.D. The funeral will take place on 11th Sept at 3.15pm at
All Saints Church Stondon Beds.
After their retirement the
brothers used their skills on a voluntary basis at the Stondon Motor
Museum which has since closed. Geoffrey nursed his brother during
his final illness. the twins had consecutive clock numbers :-
Geoff was 641 and Kenneh 642.
To the families of Bert, Claude, Bob and Geoff we offer our condolences.
ALWAYS WORK TO THE DRAWING.
I spoke to Roger Morrisroe on the telephone following the death of
Claude Menen I remembered that I as an apprentice in the Drawing Office
I spent a lot of time producing alteration notes and remarked that I
believed S&D were very efficient in keeping their drawings up to
date. In my later career I learned that other companies were not nearly
so meticulous, and that problems were often encountered when work was
sub-contracted and parts were manufactured to the drawing which was not
how they were made in the company’s works. From time to time works
foremen would come to see Claude to request alterations be made to a
drawing. I would then make the alteration, note the alteration number
on the drawing and produce the alteration note, which include
instructions for the treatment of any existing stock – use, alter to
the revised drawing or scrap. The works production documents would
record the issue of the drawing to be used.
recalled an instance where a new chassis was to be built. The team
doing the building were annoyed that the required drawings weren’t
ready and wanted to go ahead without them, as they knew what to do. “No
– work to the drawings” they were instructed. The drawings arrived and
the team worked to them. The resulting chassis looked more like a
tractor unit than anything like the vehicle it was intended for.
A ONE had been missed out on the wheelbase dimension and therefore the
wheelbase was 10 feet shorter than it should have been!
Always be careful when giving instructions.
Email addresses of former SD Employees.
list of email addresses for former SD employees has shrunk to just 44
names and I’m not even sure that all of these are still in use. I would
be grateful if you would email any former employees with whom you are
still in touch asking them to give me their email addresses. Thank you.
Shelvoke & Drewry Enthusiasts' Club Newsletter is published
four times a year on 1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st
December. Items for inclusion may be e-mailed to me at:
issue:- Winter 2018 will be published on 1st December 2018