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DAVE'S GEN February 2006

A link for members of the former London Test Section who were based on Studd St


Hallo once again and a belated Happy New Year!
It is hard for me to realise that it is now some weeks since Christmas but Iwas reminded of it when Ilooked again at a11 the cards you sent me.
Thanks also for all the monies you included to keep the GEN going.
Here is the list of those of you who sent me a Christmas card:

Len Bovingdon, Cliff Bourne, Chris Broome-Smith, Neil Caldecourt,
Sam Coleman, Dave Coles, Alec Collyer, Brian Conroy, Tony Darby,
Ken Denny, Steve Dickens, Andy Ellen, Mike Faulkner, Denis Fisk,
Norman Froggett, Roger Glover, Terry Griffiths, John Hammond,
Frank Helmore, Andy Holdaway, Paul Hindell, Frank Kehoe,
Dennis Laing, Roy Lawrance' Fred Martin, Brian Martin, Stan Mitchell,
Joe Molloy, Joyce Muir, Joan Nye, Pete Perry:,! Alan Portch,
Les Roberts, Cyril Rose, Brian Shillum, Dave Stanford, Ken Stinton,
John Sutton, Mike Tamblin, Ron Tattam, lan Torrance, Roy Thurgood,
Glen Travell, Roy Trussell, Dave Walton, Vic Ware, Hedley Warner,
Geoff Wigley, Derek Young,

Now here are brief extracts from other Christmas Cards received, as well as letters etc.

Keith Rich... Many thanks for the continuous receipt of news letters.

Walter Keen... Many thanks for the latest news. Hope to visit Friends in Australia next year...

Dick Wakefield ... Striving to keep my name out of the "Obits"...

Mike and Joan Stanton ... Keep up the good work with 'Dave's Gen' always a good read. Hopefully my planned move to Spain will occur next year. I still have not resolved the Domestic Staff situation and my Boys will realise we are serious and take the hint, when I can fully retire...

Norman and Gloria Lawrence... Thanks for Gen. We moved to Marlborough in March...

Les Kinghtson... Thanks for the "Gen"' keep up the good work- I am sure it is appreciated...

Doreen Tilley ... Thanks for Club Gen, the last one brought back many names from Staff Duty ... looking forward to next Gen...

David Oliver ... Once again I trust this Xmas Card finds you in the best of Health. Thank you for publishing "Dave's Gen" ...

Alan Williams ... Thanks for all of the work that you do for LTS ...

Ron Cooper... Ihave sold my house and wil1 be moving into a McCarthy & Stone retirement apartment where my partner is resident ...

John Neil ...Thank you for the Gen and keeping us old Studdorions in toutch. I heard from Martin Sharp and his wife Kath that Roy Clark and Keith Robson live in the South of France. I am still involved with the Connected Earth Museum at Amberley and are currently involved In close season improvements ...

Karl Easthorpe ... Many thanks for sending me the Club Gen .

Paul Mathew ... The only person I see now is Louis Leonida. Lives local...

Ted Brovn ... It does not seem possible but it is over 13 years since I left BT ...

Tom Halsey ... Another year flies by ... The "Gen" is still one of the year's highlights, although we get fewer and fewer each year. We had our "Class of 56" reunion recently, 50th anniversary next year!

Reg Hooker ... Many thanks for keeping the Gen going. I don't know how you manage it. But everybody would be sorry to see its demise.
Life is treating me well but we are all getting older. Mike Tamblin re- minded me that he. Vie Ware and George Beckford are (will be) octogenar- ians in '06 - me, I'm a junior at only 76. I don't feel old except when
I try to do something which was very easy in years gone by and now takes more effort. C'est la vie; ...

Arthur Snewin ... Hope this card finds you fit and healthy. Another year gone, they go so quickly. Thanks for "Dave's Gen" through the year,...

John and Claire Towler ... John has asked to tell you "A Happy Christmas to you and all my ex-colleagues" ...

Mick Watson ... Not much news from my end, I have hung up the working boots at last, and now keeping up with the jobs around the house etc ...

Peg and Arthur Monk ... Thanks for the continued publication of the Gen We will both be 86 in 2006 ...

Peter Stroyan ... We're still enjoying ourselves in Perth in good health. On the Costa del Sol after New Year until February ...

Ray Potter ... It was nice to see you again at the Albion on the 8th ...

Mike Hayes ... I'm well, still playing golf and badminton. I'm looking forward to getting my "Old Age" pension. Should come in handy. Hope all your readers enjoy Christmas and I wish them the best for 2006

Anne and Derek Oswald ... We're both pretty well although I found out I was suffering from a condition called "Candida" It's an imbalance of the bacteria in the gut, and can lead to serious problem - not really serious but annoying. I now have a fairly strict eating regime although it's better now thanlast Xmas when we started it. Other than that we alright and looking forward to a Caribbean cruise in January. I'll be thinking of you (I don't think) Power to your pen Dave ...

Barry Moore ... Just an update for you - I'm now working for a local council managing environmental contracts and don't miss Oz at all I keep trying to get to the Albion but have not managed it yet - maybe in the New Year. Thanks for the "Gen" - always pleased to receive it

Cyril Seabrook ... On the holiday front the wife and I managed'a'tour of Canada and East coast of America this year(2005) finishing in Philadel- phia with my youngest and his family a week sunbathing by the pool Don Phelps, Sid Misra, Brian Phillips and myself meet up monthly (with a couple of others from BT) at Old Street for Badminton and Booze in the ratio of Ihour to 3 hours. In November, Mike Parish and Joe Molloy turned up for the booze part. ...

Joe Molloy ... I still keep in touch with old QA Branch colleagues meet- ing once a month in The Masque Haunt, Old Street. Unfortunately I haven't been able to attend for a few months due to health problems, however I managedto meet up with Cyril Seabrook, Brian Phillips, Sid Misra, Mike Parish, Don Phelps and ex CN Branch members in November and we hope to meet up again at Bangers in December for our annual Christmas bash ...

Harry and Betty Jenn (south Africa) ... Many thanks for sending me a copy of Dave s Gen", Betty, my wife, brought it to me while I was in hospital having a Total Hip Replacement. I had it the day after my 81st Birthday.
I had my other hip replaced 12 years ago, so I am now a 'bionic man'. Slows one down for chasing the 'fillies'. The Clinic sent me home after the operation, which surprised me tired of seeing me hobbling around on crutches, I expect. In our village we have a Care Centre, with a Matron and nursing staff, where I stayed for a week convalescing. I am now a? Home where I am settling back into a routine. I will be unable to drive for another two weeks and then not too far.
Once again the newsletter was full of memories and I must say in all the issues I have received lan Torrance is a 'mine of information' on many subjects. We have corresponded for many years, by slow mail, and has written of his many travels, but I could not entice him to South Africa.
Norman Froggett has just emailed me to wish me well and said they have just altered the clocks for winter time and it has been wet, wet and wet We on the other hand are moving into summer and while I was in the clinic we had 26mm of rain. The first since last May and the temperatures are somewhere about 32oC. Otherwise, Betty and I are keeping well, but we do miss our daughters and families, 4 grandchildren very much. They are now in Canada, but are enjoying the way of life, the security and the job opportunities for the grandchildren after their schooling.
P.S. Have you any idea if my namesake "Johnnie JENNS" is still alive"?
        J.H.Jenns of Gravesend died Sep/Oct 1998 ...

John Knight ... Pleased that you are still able to get the Club Gen out Good on yer: Arthritis is gradually creeping in the back and hips. I find it harder to walk long distances, especially if it is up any kind of slope. I've also got Vascular problems in the legs - thus my legs ache quickly, other than that I'm fine. Still manage to do gardens, much slow- er though. I'm still playing darts and in reasonable form. I won the C S Sports Council National Singles at Stoke on Trent. Strangely, I beat the' same opponent that I played and beat 20 years ago at Plymouth. I'm now the proud owner of another grandson. Other than that, nothing special happening. I'm enjoying the free bus pass and the Blue Badge - it certain- ly helps with parking and I certainly enjoy receiving the OAP Pension. ihe thing is that all these extras make you realise we are getting older

Norman Froggett ... By the time this years first publication of "Dave's '" Gen is posted to all, I would have reached the grand old age of 82 but still going strong with all the activities recorded in last year's issue
Minor health problems interrupt occasionally but on the whole, keeping quite well and very busy. Contacts with Harry Jenn in South Africa is still maintained via e-mail and close contact with Ian Torrance via slow mail. It's a shame some of my other colleagues and friends Frank Miller, Jack Nye and Frank Chanter have now passed away and greatly missed.
Living in Devon is still refreshingly good and peaceful and have no regrets at retiring here after the wonderful years working in South Africa.Contact with many other friends there is also very good, thanks to e-mail and the internet who give me regular news bulletins of news in that country I must say again "Keep up the good work Dave;" I also send my best wishes to all our ex-Test Section colleagues who read "Dave's Gen" and I would welcome anyone who wish to chat to me over the phone on 01404 43173

Mike Petrie ... Just a brief note to say that the 1956 intake of Y2Y'c''s held a reunion at the Holiday Inn at South Mimms on 25th November. Nine of us turned up, one was on holiday and two others didn't make it. To get there a total of about 1700 miles was travelled, mine being the most of course at 500 miles from the North East. But it is encouraging that others still thought enough of their old mates to put the miles (and cost) in.
One participant was Bob Taylor who had left LTS in 1966 to join Marconi
It was interesting to see how easily he slipped back into his role as "one of the lads" and it was as if fche intervening (nearly) 40 years suddenly disappeared. This is the second consecutive year we have held a get together, last year a long term gap that was filled was'by Peter Rollingson who had left to join the BBC in 1960. Even though I left LTS to join the "enemy" BTS, in 1976 after a spell at the Old Street HQ, most of the rest of us used to bump into each other occasionally. Next year sees our Golden Jubilee, 50 years after we started in LTS and we plan another session to mark it. I'm going to suggest that we dress in 1950's fashion - soit ought to provide some very interesting sights, shouldn't it? Anyone know where I can hire a Tony Curtis wig?

Len Bovingdon...- Just a short note to thank you once again for'the news- letter, as always I enjoyed the latest issue with its news of old friends and colleagues, it's always good to hear whatothers are up to. I'm sorry to say that once againI didn't make it to the Albion but it's a long way and every time I venture in London I get caught in terrible traffic problems...

'Biddy' & Gven ... Yes; it's that time again to send you best wishes and thanks for the newsletter that seems like the pension to drop on the door- mat with monotonous regularity ... It has been an eventfiul year for us.
We went to Malta with my son and his wife under a scheme called 'Heroes Return' sponsored by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. In the period 1941-1945 I was serving there in the Royal Signals, having been conscrip- ted from Studd Street in "Hore Belisha" army in 1939. Army training took place at Catterick Camp, Yorkshire, from 15th July, my birthday, what a birthday! Boots that bent your feet, a Khaki uniform and underwear that made me itch and nearly scratch yourself to the bare flesh. Fortunately, the NAAFI canteen had a good stock of ale, wines and spirits which helped to mitigate some of the tensions. After training I was posted to 5 Divis- ion Signals and shot over to France with a radio van detachment with supp- ort to a Infantry mob on the France-Belgium frontier. Think the events of that are well known but after Dunkirk I was with one of the parties who oversaw the dumping of equipment that was redeemed unusable, by explosive fire by the Royal Engineers, and finally very weary and with minimum kit escaped on a Destroyer with Lord Gort (C-in-C) who insisted that he would stay until all that were there were taken off from Le Pen some miles further down the coast.
Arming at Dover on to a train that took the motley crowd complete with a sandwich, apple, bar of chocolate, to Porthcawl, under bell tents. Short- ly after a few days there we got a weeks disembarkment leave and then back to camp with some re-equipment and another train journey up to Inver- ness in Scotland. Equipted to full quota and 2 months later a weeks em- barkation leave on to a Merchant Seamen vessel "Melbourne Star" and under a heavy escort we were posted to Malta (February 1941) Shortly after arr- ival, Italy joined an alliance with 'Jerry' and the installation at Malta was subjected to high level bombing. Our air defence then was 3 Gloster Gladiators "Faith, Hope & Charity" which were unable to do much air cover.
Fortunately the A.A. posts were fairly effective and in conjunction with some Hurricane fighters that had been flown in off an Aircraft Carrier became a little more effective until supplies became limited, being supp- lied with essential food, medical and ammunition and petrol was running the gauntlet through the Straits of Pant... along with a fast Minelayer ship "Monsoon". When Jerry decided to try to neutralise Malta because our subs were playing havoc with his supplies to the Battles on the Tripoli coast. John wanted to know what his dad had been up to in 1941-5 and Kate is a daughter of a Major in the Pay Corp had seen a bit of the world but had never seen anything of Malta. Hence it was a good chance to make amends. But that's enough of that.
The other event of significance was the celebration of our Diamond Wedding Anniversary, when we received a beautiful card from the Queen and we had two special events, one in a Pub with the family on the 17th and the other at the Restaurant and a tour of the Wine estate of Denbies Wine Estate near Dorking. The meal was superb and the tour with 12 friends and neigh- bours was excellent.
Now to come down to mundane matters with still see Madge Jordan who is keeping well and like us suffers from several indignities of advancing years. A bit more forgetful and not so mobile with arthritic knees. As time goes on we realise that there is less of us about. But, fortunately the Pension keeps coming with monotonous regularity ...

Ian Torrance ...      PLAY WITH WORDS
There is a new programme on T.V. called "Balderdah and Piffle" which is quite interesting, dealing with words and their derivation in and out of use. It is amazing how many new words are added to The Oxford Dictionary every year and equally many old words disappear having gone out of use. Here are some - if ever we knew them let alone said or wrote them.

DRAPETOMANIA - It's the desire to run away from Home.
GYNEPHOBIA - A morbid dread of women.
GYNOTIKOLOOBOMASSOPHILE - Nibbling on a women's earlobe.
OBSOLAGNIUM - The waning sexual desire due to age.
OBAMBULATE - Wander about aimlessly.
EPIGAMIC - Attractive to the opposite sex.
PANOPHOBIA - Morbid fear of work.
Also, phrases and sayings which perhaps we said decades ago and not much used today are:-
CODSWOLLOP - It came to mean nonsense.
It comes from an American called Hiram Codd, who in 1820's invented the glass marble into a gas tight bottle to keep the fizz in lemonade. The U.S. term for lemonade was called Wallop and regarded as an inferior drink to beer. So, since a Codd's Bottle could not be used for beer hence the saying "Codd's Wallop to mean worthless.
P's an Q's - Believed to stem from the days when Alehouse-Keepers used to chalkup customer's debts on the wall, the number of Pints owed under the letter 'P' and Quarts in the Q column- Another explanation for the saying comes from printers who told apprentices to mind their P's and Q's, in other words to be careful in distinguishing between the back to front of the letters 'P' and'q' when placing them into the printing blocks.
From time to time on Radio 4 there is an enjoyable programme called "I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue" hosted by Humphrey Lyttleton and he and some of the one time Soodies team make up humorous meanings to words, i.e.:-
CASHEW - A nut that makes you sneeze.
PANCREAS - The large area next to Kings Cross Station
PROPAGANDA - Taking a good look.
ACCORDIANATED - The ability to fold a map whilst driving.
EUTHENASIA - Young people in China.
GASTRONOME - Flatulent Elf.
IMPENDING - Death of a Pixie.
LAMENTABLE - The Sunday Roast is ready.
POLAROIDS - Unpleasant ailment in Arctic conditions
MAYFLY - A B.A. flight.
IMPOLITE - A flaming goblin.
PLATYPUS - To give your cat pigtails.
All light hearted trivia of course which I am sure will be of great use to you all. I will not go into such made up words uttered by the comic Charles Unwin who jumbled words and became known as Inwinese. Remember him? the tongue twister "Eleven Benevolent Elephants" (Try and say that Quickly:) became Unwinese - Hele Even Benevolow Elephantos.

Ian Boniface ...       Diary of a YIT (Y2YC) part 2
(This is something of a cheat really because I didn't actually keep a diary and so this is a test of memory)
14th October 1948.
I have been here at Studd Street for just over two weeks now. Cyril Hawes and I spent two weeks together in a placece called the TN Room on the first floor. We were given notebooks and told to copy some circuit diagrams for telephones. We were also issued with a set of tools consist- ing of some screwdrivers, a pair of long nosed pliers called 81s, a pair of side cutters, a inch steel rule and a leather wallet for them.
We started to get to know our fellow Youths in Training, Bob Crampton and Mike Goulding started here two weeks before us. Others who have been nere a bit longer are lan Torrance, Bill Holland, John Reynolds, and owners whose names I cannot remember. There are about twelve of us altogether some of whom have almost completed their training and are soon to start National Service.
Everyone here is very friendly and we have been visited by several people who have welcomed us to the London Test Section(LTS) and have persuaded us to join various organisations. We have joined the Post Office Engineer- ing(POEU), the LTS social club, the Sanatorium Society, the HSA and the IPOEE(whatever that is!) Since our pay is only 38 shillings (1-90) a week before deductions I do not think we will have much left after fares and living expenses for "living it up". As well as getting to know our colleagues we have also discovered that Jack Hydes who is in charge of us has very good hearing as he can always.hear his telephone ringing when- ever we ask him an awkward question;
We were sent to enrol at the Polytechnic nearest to our homes for the City and Guilds Telecommunications course for which we will get "Day Release". My course will be at the Souhh East London Poly at Lewisham. Last week I was told to report to the "Cardboard Box" this Monday. Natur- ally I thought that this was a wind up like being sent to the stores for a long weight(wait) but to my surprise they were serious and here I am.
The Cardboard Box is a small test room on the third floor where the Post Office Factories Department repair manual switchboards. It is separated from the factory floor by a partition made of cardboard hence the name. (I believe that the material was in fact a commercial quality board like we know today as 'hardboard')
There are two Test Section men working here. Bill Drew and Bruno Brunages. The job consists of checking the wiring and finish of the switchboards and examining the soldered joints to ensure there are no dry joints. Bruno is keen on horse racing and in the tea breaks he studies the runners in the papers. The only problem is thafe he is short sighted and has to hold the paper within about two to three inches from his eyes to read them. I don't think he ever finds any dry joints;
I shall be up here for two weeks before being moved to my next Group ...

John Sutton ... Some thoughts for the GEN. - John's Jottings


In order to make some sense from the vacillating readings taken twice a day, I have produced charts from the average of 14 readings. Even so it was necessary to increase the 'Y' scale in order to produce a regular line. This shows that my average pressure, each month, is hovering below or sometimes just above the maximum my doctor thinks fit. She is certainly impressed with my charts, it has enabled her to get a much better picture of my blood pressure over a period, compared with a 'snapshot' taken dur- ing a visit to the surgery, when nervousness probably gave a false im- pression. We continue to monitor the situation. To assist with lowering my pressure, I started a diet - gin instead of beer, and bran replacing Allbran, with its salt content, as one of my breakfast foods. Between the beginning of September and the week before Christmas, I had lost 12 Ibs; Unfortunately, some went back on due to a surfeit of pudding and pies. I anticipate a slow recovery over the next few months. Today, a big event,
I started to re-decorate the kitchen. Access is the big problem here, since both Joan and the cat use it almost permanently! However, If I can get in 2 hours a day for most days, then the task will be completed before the Spring. How nice Winter is - the hedge hasn't needed cutting for four moths, and the grass for three ... ...

Willie's Whimsies

I am nearly lost for words but after several attempts to get started with a semblance of a Willie's Whimsies I feel I cannot produce a typical offering for the February issue.
The standard of our colleagues who supply you/us with copy is of such a high standard and so interesting, and long may it be so.
I will do my best to get in touch for the October issue when I will be 91;

As the article by Dave John, in the October GEN, did not print well, I have retyped it.

Dave John ...
Dave Fairhurst has asked me to do an article on the work I am doing at present, in particular, the changes that are taking place in the cremat- ion industry. The brief given to me is that it should not be off-putting
Before talking about changes, a few lines about what is at present.

In Britain, the subject of death and cremation or burial is taboo for many of us, or so we think. The truth is though, that when those close to us pass on, we instantly make that decision, burial or cremation, based on family history, fear of the unknown in burials' fear of the rumours about mixed remains,and so on.
For what it is worth my view is that there are still pros and cons for both methods. The burials have the tangibility of returning to the place of lnterment knowing your loved one is there, but when the visits reduce to virtually none, the grave becomes poorly attended. Cremations are clean clinical and more eco friendly, but are less tangible unless memorialisat- ion os carefully planned.

Enter the crematorium and its functions which are to--
1. Provide a place of reverence in which the service'can be conducted, and which can accommodate all religious and non religious beliefs.
2. Carry out the cremation in accordance with a code of practice in such a way that identity and separation is maintained through to final strewing or collection.
3. Protect the Environment from undesirable products of combustion, which include particulates and visible smoke. Carbon Monoxide, numerous hydrocarbons and mercury. It is primarily the mercury that the latest changes are about, and how it is to be achieved.

1. above can be by-passed here because the "chapel" side of the proceedings are fairly obvious to most and are not involved in the changes to be described.

The first change is to the administration prior to cremation taking place.
Each crematorium, at present, employs a doctor of at least 5 years practice. His function is to assess from the paperwork present whether there is likely to be further cause for examination of the deceased It is on his signature that a cremation can proceed. The title of this officer is Medical Referee

Coming now to the Environment and its protection, legislation was laid down in 1990 that monitoring should be applied to cremating equipment which would not only display the level of by-products of the process, but would also display a visible alarm where those levels exceeded the spec- ified limits. The "nasties" to be eliminated from stack emissions were Carbon Monoxide, particulate matter and visible smoke, the latter two being different forms of the same product. These are controlled by an auto- matic programme, with the option of operator intervention.

At the time of installation in 1995, the authorities were beginning to understand the dangers of another group of pollutants called dioxins and furans which are extremely poisonous to natural things and the subsequent food chain. Although manufacturers were not asked at the time to provide continuous monitoring of these combustion by-products, they were required to demonstrate at commissioning that the cremators could control the emission of these products from the stack. It was done by designing the cremators with a final combustion zone held at 850C minimum throughout the cremation, and controlling the draughting so that the gases produced took 2 seconds to pass through this zone.

Moving on 10 years to the present, much more is now understood about dio- xins, their toxicity, formation, source and cause, and the fact that those which were destroyed at 850C begin to reform as their temperature falls.
We are much further on with monitoring equipment which has 95% availabil- ity and traceability as well (MCERTS is the standard) Another "Villain" now enters the fray. Mercury!, primarily from the amal- gam used in teeth fillings. Government want this pollutant reduced by 50% in the short term and much debate is taking place on whether it can be achieved by a voluntary system of burden sharing or by government legis- lation which determines which establishments will or will not have the necessary equipment installed. Some crematoria which are restricted by space or heritage conditions may eventually have to close.
This equipment will be generically known as pollutant abatement units, and the most probable principle will be to collect the pollutant in a pad- ded filter and collected periodically for disposal. Unfortunately, it will be treated as hazardous waste with the high cost of achieving it.

To keep this article in a form that is neither too technical for my admin. colleagues nor too insensitive, it is necessarily brief and only skirts around the detail. If any of you want to explore further, there is much on the web and can be found by using keywords such as:- MCERTS Dioxins Mercury+Abatement
Dave John.

There are still the 3 monthly meet-ups at the Albion, Islington, on the third Thursday of the month, however, the December one might be earlier.

Roger Glover sent me the list of those attending last December:

John Bloomfield, Cliff Bourne, Chris Broom-Smith, Paul Chance, Peter
Cleaver, Ken Clark, Terry Clements, Steve Conrad, Jim Cross, Ken
Denny, Steve Dickens, Pete Donovan, Mel Ellis, Dave Fairhurst, Colin
Fitzpatrick, Roger Glover, Graham Hill, Andy Holdaway, Phil Jones,
Alan Kelly, Ken Lawrence, Peter Lawrence, Dave McNeil, Stan Mitchell,
John Neil, Ted Nye, Ray Potter, Paul Quinn, lan Ransome, Pauline
Scanlon, Glen Travell, John Tythe, Hedley Warner, Alan Williams,
Simon Wooley.

Oddments to fill up this space!

Ian Torrance ... In case you should have space to write an extra piece about Phrases - you may wish to include the following. The phrase being and often said in my youth was:-
"He'll Never Set The Thames On Fire"
The origin of the phrase is believed to refer, not to the River, but to a piece of Flour-Mill equipment called a TEMSE. When flour was sifted through a sieve by hand, i.t was sometimes said that a man worked so hard the friction made the wood on the sieve to smoulder.
A slow worker, therefore, would never set the TEMSE on fire;

Brian Conroy has sent me a double sided A4 print out which includes eight small coloured photographs, some including Brian in them.
However, all I can do is print the accompanying write up.

Brian and Edna ... THE YEAR 2006 IN BRIEF
We visited Brian's brother Michael and his wife Donna and their family in California during April and we met Samantha, our great niece, for the first time. She is now 8 months old and a very happy and good baby. We made good friends with her and of course miss seeing her now, but Christi does send lots of photographs by e-mail. We went with Michael and Donna to Oregon, we did not realise that it was a Tsinami area, thankfully al- though a little chilly the weather was quite uneventful. We stayed at a beautiful fcimeshare apartment overlooking the sea and were able to see whales swimming past spouting through their blow holes
Later on in the holiday we waited Monterey Bay, this time along with Christi, Kevin and Sami, and enjoyed the great coastline including the lovely town of Carmel and its beach. Then further down Highway 1 to Big Sur and beyond. Before we left we went to see Michael and Donna's new house, they having sold their house to Kevin and Christi!
Brian is still enjoying racing his Wineglass Dinghy every weekend and was lucky enough to have two sailing holidays offshore. One racing in the Sol- ent with friends from the Sailing Clubs Wednesday Work Team, all retired willing workers. The other event was a weeks cruising around Majorca with 5 of our friends, again no ladies invited so, its our turn next year! Michael and Donna and their friends Jan and Les visited us on the hottest weekend of the year. They were spending 2 weeks in England visiting the Midlands and Cornwall and spent two nights in Waltham Abbey It was an opportunity to go to London for a day and to show Jan and Les W.Abbey.
We were able to enjoy Salcombe again this year with wonderful weather. The first week we had all three grandchildren there and managed some good photos. Brian with our friend Barrie crewing, won the weeks racing and came home with the trophy. Our first visit to Salcombe was 40 years ago on our honeymoon!
2005 has been designated as the Year of the Volunteer and in July we heard that Brian had won a Royal yachting Association Lifetime Achievement Award for his work within sailing. It was presented in October at a ceremony at Church House, Deans Yard in Westminster by Princess Anne. It was in the form of a Bronze Medal and an illuminate certificate signed by the Princess Royal. Edna came too and both of us enjoyeded a great day.
September llth was our 40th Wedding Anniversary, a day of much celebration. We had a house ful1 of flowers. We revisited St. John's Church in Isling- ton where we were married. A much brighter and busier Church now, we lit two candles in thanks. Back to Waltham Abbey, tha Abbey Church bells were rung for our celebration (arranged by Gill and Alan). Earlier we had had a dinner at the Ponsbourne Hotel restaurant, it had been a lovely weekend!
We also had a party, that we shared with cousin Anne and John, whose 40th wedding anniversary was three weeks after ours. It was a great night with a barn dance theme. The evening raised some 660 for three charities.
The final celebration was a visit with family to CenterParcs in October.
On the 4th of December the Sailing Club held its usual Christmas Children's Party ansd all three of our grand-children were there.Steve bought Maggie Rose who was 2 on December 18th and Gill and Alan brought along Harry 7 and Kirsty 3. All looking forward to a healthy and Happy New Year...

More Oddments!

Those of you who use London buses might be interested to know that within a year a satellite tracking system will know the exact location of buses and will be able to inform the bus drivers whether they are on schedule and if not they can speed up or down as necessary. Waiting times will also be displayed at the bus stops.
On the subject of bus stops. Solar panels on the stops will charge a batt- ery which can then illuminate the stop during darkness.

Gerry Bhagat ... Once again many thanks for the newsletters.
I'm still working at the school in King's Lynn as a Learning support to pupils with Special Educational needs.
I was looking through some old photos and found these (Gerry sent me four from which I have chosen two). You might like to use them in the GEN.

Lou Lynch and Ted Nye

Taken at Group 46. P.O.Factory Bilton Way Enfield
Includes D.Oswald, A.Cannon, J.Jupp? Brian Bale etc!

If you have been bored with all this GEN stuff then don't worry as the next one will not be published until October!
Perhaps you could write me one or two articles?

For those who might be interested "Dave's GEN" will be reprinted on the LTSSAC website together with some pictures of the past at:-

Dave Fairhurst, 31 Roedean Avenue, Enfield, Middx. EN3 5QJ Tel:020 8804 1959

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