Photo of the model of the Welfreighter.
Tom Colville’s account of
the Welfreighter submersible was particularly picked out for praise from
readers of the Winter 2020 Newsletter. Thanks again Tom!
SD FREIGHTERS FOR COMMERCIAL USE.
It has been suggested to me
that Cecil Saunders Ltd. Coach Builders of Works Road, Letchworth, carried out
the building of some bodies for Shelvoke
& Drewry. Has any reader of the Newsletter heard of this suggestion?
HITCHIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
David Redd wrote on Facebook
on 21.12.20 The Hitchin Historical Society, has recently published a book,
Hitchin Glimpses Of The Past edited by Simon Walker. On page 33 there is a photograph
of Hitchin's first motorised S&D Freighter registration number UR
2128 .On the front is:- “Hitchin Urban District Council”. On the side is:- “Burn
More Refuse And Reduce Your Rates”.
photos have come in which will be of interest to former SD employees.
The first was sent in by Mick Thrush and shows the apprentices in 1966
who says it was the first year we had a training school ( EITB
off job ) which was a move away from departmental apprenticeship
training. Whilst Mick was still an apprentice he was placed in the
school as assistant to Doug Sparrow for 18months.
The photo included four Norba apprentices who were attached to the SD Training School. The names Mick remembers are:-
Back Row:- Roger Bellows, Spencer Drewit, (? Norba )
Middle Row: - Beverly Collins, Peter Williams, (The next two ? Norba )
Front Row:- Peter Morley, Mick Thrush, Doug Sparrow, Geoff Gower, Phillip Harris (? Norba)
Shelvoke & Drewry teams competed
in the Inter Works contests for much of the company’s history. This is
a report of the Annual Dinner of the Sports Club in May 1929.
Hertfordshire Pictorial Tuesday 14th May 1929.
S-D SPORTS CLUB.
Three Trophies Won This Season
The annual dinner of Shelvoke & Drewry’s Sports Club was held at
the Icknield Hall, Letchworth, on Saturday evening. Mr. P.J. Tomkins,
works manager, presided, and among the visitors were Messrs. O.A. Day,
and W. Parsons, Chairman and secretary respectively of North Herts
Football Association, Messrs A.R. Try, W.C. Walton, and W.L. Overton,
Chairman, vice-Chairman, and secretary of the Inter-Works Sports League.
1962 Inter Works Five a Side Winners.
A welcome was extended
to the visitors by the Chairman, and in reply, Mr. Try congratulated
the club on entering as many as eleven competitions, winning three
trophies outright and being runners-up in several others.
The cup for the championship
of Division 1. of North Herts League was presented by Mr. Day, and
Letchworth Hospital Cup and the Inter-Works Relay Race Cup were also on
The annual business meeting followed,
Mr. C Freeman, presiding. The secretary, Mr. S.W. Reid, announced the
following election of officials :- President : Mr. H. Shelvoke;
vice-Presidents ; Messrs. J.S.
Drewry, W.B. Finnan, G. Rackham, C.J. Smithson, T.K. Sibbald, T.G.
Rooker, E.A. Hart, and P.J. Tomkins;
Chairman : Mr. Freeman;
Hon. secretary : Mr. S.W. Reid;
Assistant hon. secretary : Mr. G. Croft;
Hon treasurer : Mr. F.J. Bale;
General Committee : Messrs. Dollimore, Hall, James, Atkins, Chapman, Stratton, Morgan, Brothers, Croft, Parnwell, Dunne, Armour;
Entertainments Committee : Messrs.
Doherty, McLeod, Tomkins, Dillimore, Morgan, Canteen, Tomkins, Hall
Parnwell, Dollimore, and Morgan. [This list looks a bit confused.]
An entertainment was given by
the Misses Mona, Tingey, and Allen, Mrs. Deacon, Messrs. B. Daft, J.
Kirkland, and Hukin, with Mr. Pitkin at the piano.
Les Tiplady sent in the next two
photos. Front row L to R :- Les Tiplady, Robin Flowers, Colvin Cooper.
Back row L to R Bill Davies and his brother Terry.
1963 Inter Works Football Cup Winners.
1977 Inter Works SportsTeam.
Alan Brosnan sent in this photo. He
wrote:- “I cannot remember all the names but that's Graham French and
Ken Jordan top row left with Linda Snowdon and Me (Alan Brosnan)
sitting down on the left with the Trophy. Maybe your readers can supply
The production of this
Newsletter would not be possible without the many communications that I
receive from you the readers. For this issue I give special thanks to
Roger Morrisroe, Barrie Woods, Mick Waldock and Mike Mullarkey for the
articles on previous pages. Also we have to thank Alan Brosnan., Les
Tiplady and Mick Thrush for the photos shown above. Please keep sending
in your photos, comments and memories to allow this Newsletter to
continue. Brian - Editor.