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16 December 2013 (sent to 223)

More photos from George Bacon's Collection. There are 11 more added starting from this one: Link to George's photos

09 December 2013

Sad news Vic Allsop has passed away on Thursday 5th December 2013 and his funeral is on Tuesday 17th December at Markeaton Crematorium (Main Chapel) at 9.20am. Vic was a joiner then Work Study Assistant before becoming a Supervisor in the Building Maintenance section at Raynesway. Click for more details.

13 September 2013

News from John King about John West:

Hi John
I popped in to see John West in hospital yesterday and was pleased to see that he is improving albeit very slowly as he can walk a short distance unaided. However he is still on oxygen and is quite frail having lost over three stones in weight. He is expecting to be discharged to his home this coming weekend as he is having an oxygen supply installed. When he can venture outdoors he will need to carry a small oxygen cylinder around with him so he still has a long way to go to regain some degree of strength and mobility. Perhaps the best way to keep in touch with him in the future initially is via his email address which he gave to me and I trust you already have.
Cheers for now
John King

13 August 2013 (Newsletter sent to 220)

8 more photos from George Bacon of Bryan Marriott's retirement do.

04 August 2013

More photos from Malc Woodward: House and pumping station at Bog Lane, Melbourne and of mains diversion at West Hallam caused by opencasting.

01 August 2013

Sad News Mick Hardy, Plumbing inspector who worked at Ilkeston, Ripley and Raynesway passed away in his sleep on Saturday 27th July 2013! FUNERAL: 11.45am on Friday 16th August 2013 at Bramcote Crematorium.

UPDATE ON JOHN WEST: I've visited John on Mon 29th July2013 and the good news is that the growth on his liver was not cancerous and is repairing. However problems during the operation (a blood clot) and maybe a side effect of the anaesthetic has left him with severe breathing difficulties. He has additional oxygen, but this is being reduced and he is starting to walk again. Rehabilitation will be a long process, but in the last 2 weeks he has made real progress and as Ashley says - he is in good spirits.

24 July 2013

Ashley Roe has written to me to say that John West (Jim to many!) is in hospital recovering from cancer surgery. Ashley has visited John in hospital and reports the following: "He is in good spirits, but my take on it is that he is still very ill. He is having problems breathing and he thinks it we be another few weeks before they can sort out how he will be able to cope in the future." Apparently John said that he would like others to know that he is in hospital and if any would like to visit him then he would be pleased to see them. He is in The London Road Community Hospital in Derby (used to be the DRI). Contact either me or Ashley for further details of ward and visiting times. I'm sure that we all wish John the best for the future and a speedy recovery.

17 July 2013

Photos from Malc Woodward son of Cess Woodward who was a Mains superintendant at Raynesway. There are 2 photos show his grandfather Joe at Bog Lane Pumping Station, Melbourne and 3 photos of Cess's retirement in 1977.

11 June 2013

3 photos from Paul Chambers showing Fred Williamson and others at a Scientific Services Xmas do in 1985.

30 May 2013

It was great to meet everyone at the 11th Annual Reunion Dinner held last Thursday. We had a good attendance with 40 of us enjoying a Toby Carvery meal which at less than £6.00 per head was good value. See the PHOTOS.

A sequence of time lapse maps of Little Eaton Works and High Service are on this web site and help to make sense of the historical photos provided by Mick Appleby.

21 May 2013

Some more PHOTOS from Mick Appleby (Dick Appleby's son) mainly showing reconstruction of Little Eaton Treatment works. Also Photo of Dick at work and his wedding.

14 May 2013 (Newsletter sent )

  • Sad News - for those of you who worked at Upper Trent Division - Dorothy Willetts , age 85passed away April 30th. She had been in a nursing home for about a year, having had a series of falls. Dorothy mainly worked in Administration at Clay Mills, in the days when they collected time sheets, etc for the guys. I think she came over from the council. She then worked at The Poplars, Rolleston Road - where she worked in estates with Ray Marshall and Pam Woods. Dorothy retired about 20 years ago. The funeral service will be held in the Anglesey Chapel at Bretby Crematorium on Wednesday 15th May at 11.30am.
  • More PHOTOS added to the George Bacon collection.
  • A reminder that the Annual Reunion Dinner is on Thursday the 23rd May meeting from 6pm at The Chaddesden Toby. (Dinner will be about 7.15) If you haven't done so already, please let me know if you are coming or not. I can 'fine tune' the final numbers the day before the meal if you are unsure, but I would appreciate some response in the next few days so that everything isn't left to the last minute. Gill Glenny and I myself look forward to meeting you. If you haven't been before I'm sure that you will really enjoy meeting us and if you know of others that haven't received an invitation please invite them too. I do not have everybody’s email address and some of those that I did have no longer function.
  • Apparently Borealis Infrastructure Management is making a bid for STW. We will need to watch this one carefully - our pension might be affected and also the value of STW shares may become interesting.

29 April 2013 (Newsletter Sent to 213)

More Photos from George Bacon. Showing Matlock Office and Raynesway Xmas Dinner.

17 April 2013

The date of the Annual Reunion dinner is Thursday 23rd May 2013 at the Toby Carvery at 19.00 hours meeting from 18.00 hrs for a chat beforehand. Please let me know if you are able to come or not so that I have a rough idea of numbers. Gill Glenny and myself look forward to meeting you.

13 March 2013

6 Photos sent in by Mick Appleby - Dick Appleby's son. All about 1937 - one shows Radbourne Water Tower and the rest show the construction of 30" main over the canal at Breadsall.

31 January 2013

Date of Jennifer Gilmour's funeral is 10.30am Fri 8th Feb. 2013 at Oakley Wood Crematorium, 3 miles North of Wellesbourne, Warwickshire. Family flowers only - any donations to Cancer Research. Here is a photo of Jennifer taken at the Reunion Dinner in 2006. Funeral details are on the Leamington Courier Obituary web site.

25 January 2013

  • I've been informed of the death of Margaret Moore, who worked in reception at LWC. She had also worked in Distribution, payroll and did a stint at Wanlip. See - Obituary - died Nov 2013
  • Very sad news - Jenny Gilmour died on the 21 January 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Details of her funeral will be posted as soon as they are known. Jenny worked in Trade Effluent with Austin Thomas and then for Don Yates in Sludge Disposal I also remember her being the Manager of the Ashbourne Area Sewage Works. She also at one time was in charge of the Operations Room at Raynesway. Many of you will remember Jennifer in the Training Department.

18 January 2013 (Newsletter Sent)

  • Sad news - Susie Gavuzzi nee Cooper died aged 52 on the 9th January 2013. The funeral is on Wednesday 23 Jan at 11.20 at Main Chapel at Markeaton Crematorium. Susie worked in Data Input at Raynesway. More details at This is Derbyshire Bereavements and a collection of photos on Facebook.
  • A few more photos added from George Bacon.

21 December 2012 (Newsletter Sent)

More photos from George Bacon: Jackie Marriott's leaving do and XMAS Party 1991.

13 December 2012

  • Funeral of Keith Jepson is at 2pm on Monday 17th Dec. 2012 at the Woodlands Trust Burial Ground Golden Valley. If traveling from Codnor take the right fork to Golden Valley. You go along Codnor Lane past derelict Newlands Inn on your left. There's a wooded area then an entrance to a lane. Park anywhere you can on the wide pavement . It will be muddy so dress accordingly. Meet at on the pavement at side of the road and then walk to the point of burial where there will be a short service. No flowers but donations to BTO [ British Trust for Ornithology ] or The Woodland Trust. (approx Sat Nav: DE55 4ES)
  • 12 Photos from George Bacon (more to follow).

6th December 2012

Sad news Keith Jepson died earier this morning - more details to follow.

5 December 2012

  • Old news this but I only just heard from George Bacon that Bryan Marriott sadly died in February 2011.
  • Photos from Keith Robinson of Paul Harmston's retirement in October 2006.

4 December 2012

Spotted in The Burton Mail (15th August 2012) is Julie Peverell who over the years has donated a staggering 80 pints of blood. Well done Julie.

3 December 2012 (Newsletter sent to 212)

Photos from Andy Link - of Maintenance Section in the 1990s.

29 November 2012

Neville Cooper, who retired from STWA Raynesway in 1983, passed away aged 94 in the Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham in the early hours of Sunday 25th November. Neville joined the Trent River Board at Tamworth circa 1950 and later worked at TR Authority at Derby Road (Nottingham) where he was Assistant Principal Engineer. In 1974, when the Severn Trent Water Authority was formed, he worked at Furnace Road, Ilkeston and then Raynesway. He will be sorely missed by his widow, son and his many friends. The funeral will be held at St Leonard's Church, Wollaton at 1pm on Friday 7th December. Anyone who remembers Neville is most welcome to attend but the family would like have an idea of the numbers to expect. I will send out an email later with an email address for his son Chris Cooper so you can contact him directly. Photo of Neville.

17 August 2012 (Newsletter Sent)

Very sad news: Jamie Wild passed away suddenly but peacefully on Monday 6th August 2012, aged 40 years. Jamie worked with me in the water mains diversion design team at Raynesway during the 1990s. Jamie will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends. Funeral Tuesday 21st August. Service at St Michael and All Angel's Church, Alvaston at 12.30 followed by burial in the Church yard. Full details are on the This is Derbyshire Web Site: Link to Obituary

30 July 2012 (Newsletter sent)

A group of ex. SDWB staff visited their former HQ at Tenant Street on the 23rd June 2012. They found that the inside of the building had changed almost beyond recognition in the 40 years since staff moved to the purpose built HQ and depot at Raynesway. See PHOTOS of Tenant Street.

20 July 2012

  • Sad news: Bob Cokayne died 18th July 2012 after suffering from Alzheimer's for a number of years. Bob was an Inspector at Raynesway and a very popular person - supporting the social club activities: including playing for the snooker team, football team and representing 'Derwent' Division for inter divisional competitions such as darts and indoor games nights. The funeral will take place at the Crematorium, Wednesday 1st August at 4.15pm, Main Chapel. More Detail: Obituaries
  • Jackie Willems has recently completed 2 long distance walks in aid of the charity: Facing Africa - NOMA. The first, Hadrian's Wall Path, is 84 miles long and the second - the South Downs Way is 100 miles. Both walks were completed in mostly atrocious weather! If you wish to support Jackie and her charity click on this link to read all about it: Facing Africa - NOMA.

29 June 2012 (newsletter sent to 211)

  • Sad news: Peter Jarrett died after a long illness on the 20th June 2012 and his funeral will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 4th July 2012 at Christ Church on Long Lane near Dalbury Lees, Derby with a private, family cremation at Markeaton. Peter was originally in Personnel at Trinity Square - Upper Trent in Burton but moved across to Raynesway when Divisions were amalgamated. Wendy, his wife, also worked at Upper Trent and Raynesway in The Estates Office. The Obituary Notice is in the Derby Telegraph.
  • New Photos have been added to the web site. They depict mainly the maintenance section and have been sent to me by Colin Wood. Andy Link has provided me with many names but please email me with any 'don't knows'.

18 June 2012 (Newletter sent - 213)

Sad News: Tony Childs, who was the store man in the Maintenance Workshop at Clay Mills, died aged of 74.

For those who remember him, apparently he started prior to STW set-up, and worked in the old Clay Mills Pumping Station with the beam engines. He was part of the old Upper Trent Division, and then as Derby District. His funeral is at: Bretby Crematorium, Burton On Trent, at 11:15 hrs on Friday 22nd June 2012.

03 June 2012

Photos of the 10th Annual Reunion are on the web site. It was a most enjoyable evening and 45 came for dinner and 12 others joined us for a drink and a chat.

21 May 2012

  • The arrangements for the funeral of Frank Noon is the 28th May 2012 at 11.15am at Bramcote Crematorium.
  • Over 40 of us have said that they are coming to the reunion dinner on Thursday 24th May 2012.

15 May 2012

Frank Noon, meter reader passed away 9th May.

12 May 2012 - Newsletter sent

10 May 2012

26 April 2012

From the Derby Telegraph is: BRADSHAW Howard Wilfred Passed away peacefully in the Royal Derby Hospital on 14th April 2012, aged 94 years. Much loved dad of Derek. Howard's funeral service will be held at Markeaton Crematorium Main Chapel, on Tuesday 1st May, at 2 pm. Presumably this is the same Howard Bradshaw who worked for SDWB and STW at Raynesway.

05 April 2012 (Newsletter sent to 205)

Sad news - 'Spug' O'Reilly has died. Hi his funeral at Nott'm Rd Cemetery on Thurs 12th April 2012.

04 April 2012

The date of the Annual Reunion dinner is Thursday 24th May 2012 at the Toby Carvery at 19.00 hours meeting from 18.00 hrs for a chat beforehand.

26 March 2012

Added a brief History of Derby Corporation Water Department.

16 March 2012

Sad News -

Carrie Booth who was a cleaner at Raynesway Offices, passed away at the Nightingale Macmillan Unit on 2nd March 2012, aged 68 years. Carrie married Monty Booth who many will remember worked in the control room until his sudden death in December 1999. Funeral Tuesday 27th March, service 12.30pm at Markeaton Crematorium (Main Chapel). Full details on the This is Derbyshire web site.

Alec CHADWICK passed away peacefully on Sunday March 4th 2012, aged 81 years. Funeral service at Markeaton Crematorium on Wednesday March 21st at 3.00pm. Alec was a painter from the old South Derbyshire Water Board days - spent some time as a temporary Work Study assistant in the late 60's, helping to set up the first bonus schemes. More Details.

24 February 2012 (newsletter sent 205)

Dickie Davis who was in charge of Raynesway Garage has died aged 92. Funeral is on Monday 27 February 2012 at the Round Chapel at Markeaton Crematorium at 3.50pm.

21 February 2012

Some more photos have been sent in from John Elliott whose dad, Stanley Elliott, worked at Derby Corporation and SDWB.

10 February 2012

Peter Hamnett has died aged 95 on Tuesday 7th February 2012. Peter was a Clerk at the Council House in Derby and transferred to Derby Sewage Works in 1961 working as an Admin Clerk until 1982 when he retired. After retirement he moved to be near family at Boxford in Suffolk.

27 October 2011 (Newsletter sent)

Photo from Russ Boyack of the Derbyshire Dales Sewerage Team taken outside Dimple Road Offices at Matlock.

26 October 2011

Arrangements have been made for the Funeral Service at Markeaton Crematorium at 1.50pm on Tuesday 1st November 2011. John King adds: Ken Valentine worked for the former Trent River Authority initially and transferred to Severn Trent Water Regional HQ as a Hydrologist in 1974 when the Authority was created. In 1976 he was appointed as Assistant Divisional Engineer (Planning & Co-ordination) in Derwent Division based at Raynesway and continued in that position for some ten years before taking on an Operational Development role within the restructured Division.

19 October 2011

Ken Valentine passed away at 9pm yesterday (Tues 18th October) at Macmillan Hospice.

04 October 2011

Ron Betteridge has died and his funeral will be at 1pm on Friday 7th October at Moira Methodist Church. Ron was former Personnel Services Officer for the Upper Trent. John King adds: Ron was the Personnel Services Officer for the Upper Trent Water Reclamation Division from 1974 to 1975 and Divisional Personnel Services for the newly formed Upper Trent Division from 1975 until he took early retirement in 1986. Outside of work he was a noted after dinner speaker and magician, being a member of the Inner Magic Circle which is the select tier above normal membership of the Magic Circle.

28 September 2011

Clive Cooper informs me of the recent death of Mick Megson, ex STW Plumber, aged 69. His funeral arrangements are on the Lasting Tribute Site. Clive has sent me a couple of PHOTOS showing Mick sometime during the 1980s with his Building Maintenance colleagues.

19 September 2011 (Newsletter sent to 203)

  • Dick Jelly who worked at Leicester for the district accountant and other key roles recently died from a heart attack. The funeral will be at Gilroes West Chapel, Groby Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE3 9QG on Thurs. 22nd Sept at 13.45hrs.
  • John Elliott is seeking information about his father: He says: 'My Father, Stanley Elliott, who worked for what became the South Derbyshire Water Board in Tenant Street. He joined the Derby Corporation Water Engineers Department in 1931 on leaving school aged 16 (starting salary £50 per annum!). He worked initially, I believe, in Exeter Chambers, Full Street. Exactly what happened at work between then and 1964 is unknown to me, although I have a lot of information about his war service in the RAF. But I do know that he became head of Accounts and Costing.'
  • PHOTO from John Elliott of a group from Derby Corporation Trip visiting Ladybower.
  • Photo of Maurice Topley taken in the opps room in 1988.

04 August 2011

  • Photo from Adrian Maynard of him enjoying his retirement on holiday in Honolulu.
  • Well done to Jackie Willems who walked over 80 miles on The Ridgeway for the Water Aid charity.

11 July 2011 (Newsletter sent)

  • Sad News: Roy George has died aged 75. He was Electrical Engineer with the North Derbyshire Water Board at the Chesterfield office and on transfer to Severn Trent became Maintenance Officer (North) based at Matlock. The funeral service is on Wednesday 13 July at 11-30am at St. Johns Church, Walton, Chesterfield followed by cremation at 12-30pm at Chesterfield Crematorium, Brimington. Also see obituary in the Derbyshire Times.
  • Jackie Willems (ex Trent Rivers) is walking the ancient path from Avebury to Tring called the Ridgeway and is seeking sponsorship, all of which will go to WaterAid. She started on the 4th July and was due to finish on the 10 July 2011).

11 June 2011 (newsletter sent)

I have just sent out a newsletter, but the text appears to be truncated. I will attempt to resend it later. The main ponts in the newsletter are:

  • Sad news: Eddie Watson died last Saturday (4th June 2011). The funeral will be on Wednesday 15th at 1.20 at Markeaton Crem.
  • More 1990 Christmas Party photos added. (help with names would be appreciated please)
  • John King has written about the concessionary parking scheme at some STW sites.
  • Photo of Jackie Atkin after celebrating her recent retirement from STW.

13 May 2011

Photos of this year's Annual Reunion Dinner.

20 April 2011 (newsletter sent to 193)

Please contact me or Gill Glenny if you wish to attend this years Annual Reunion Dinner on the 12 May 2011 at the Toby Carvery Nottingham Road Chaddesden. We meet for a pre dinner chat from 6.30 pm with dinner starting at from about 7.30 pm. Please ask others to attend - really, the more the merrier! Although I will be sending out an email newsletter inviting Severn Trenters to attend I cannot possibly reach everyone by email. If you haven't received an email or you know of someone who hasn't - then please spread the word. Although we are all special people we are not a select group and this is an open invitation to anyone from STW or it's predecessors (SDWB, Derby Corporation Water and Sewage departments etc).

21 March 2011

Sad news about the sudden death of George Edwards. His funeral was held on 18 th. March 2011. George worked as a Waterman and then in the Stores. He was only 54 when he died from a heart attack.

03 February 2011 (newsletter sent to 191)

Details of Colin Bright's funeral are: Friday 11 February at 11.20am, Markeaton Crematorium.

29 January 2011

Sad news that Colin Bright has passed away last Wednesday evening.

17 January 2011

  • Brief Histoty of the South Derbyshire Water Board added to the History Section. If you can add any more to this please let me know.
  • PHOTOS of Frank Mitchell and his winning team in the Mountain Challenge Competition in 2009.

05 January 2011 (newsletter sent)

More PHOTOS have been added to the 1990 Folder. Including some of a drilling and tapping competition held at Birmingham. It's over 10 years since I left STW and I'm beginning to forget some peoples names, so please help me to fill in the blanks.

The 9th Annual Reunion Dinner has been arranged for Thursday 12 May 2011 at the Toby Carvery Nottingham Road Chaddesden. We meet for a pre dinner chat from 6.30 pm with dinner starting at from about 7.30 pm. Please put this date in your diary. I will be collecting names from mid April. Please let other colleagues know - all welcome.

2nd January 2011

  • Photo of Maurice Topley and Dave Smith on a trip to Scotland in 2010.
  • Eric Taylor has retired from STW on Fri 31st Dec - there is a farewell drink and buffet at Mr.Grundy's, Ashbourne Rd, Derby, DE22 3AD on Fri 7th Jan starting 7pm. Info. from Steve Chrispin and Shirley Wheatley - tel. 07989 742845.

 

29th November 2010

Photo from Maurice Topley of Xmas dinner sometime in the 1990s.

04 August 2010 newsletter sent to 198

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Moira Savage. The funeral is on Friday 6th August 2010 at 2pm at St Mary's Church, Market Place, Ilkeston. Please pass this message on to others who might like to know.

30 July 2010

PHOTO from Keith Robinson of sewage Team Day in 1998.

03 June 2010 - newsletter sent to 203

Ian Titterton has retired after 43 years at STW. For anyone who wants to join in the celebrations there is get together starting at Eagle Hotel, Market place, Buxton on Friday 4th June - 18:00hrs onwards.

01 June 2010

  • Thanks to all who came to the 8th Annual Reunion Dinner and enjoyed each other's company. We had 45 diners and 7 popped in just for a chat. See PHOTOS.
  • 9 PHOTOS from Nick Raycraft. Thought to be taken in 1992 of Asset Planning Xmas Party and the Sewer Rats.

16 April 2010

It is with great regret that I have to inform you that Brian Williamson passed away on Sunday 11th April. The funeral service is on Monday 26th April at 1.30 pm at St John's Church , Mickleover and then at the Markeaton crematorium. Full details on Derbyshire Lasting Tribute Web Site.

I also believe that Alan Hammersley passed away last month. Alan was print room supervisor at Raynesway. Not absolutely sure, but this notice was posted on the Derbyshire Tribute Site.

31 March 2010 - newsletter sent to 197

Phyliss Smith and Max Barlow retire today.

20 March 2010

More photos uploaded. One in 1989 folder and 8 in 1990 folder.

18 March 2010

Date of the Annual Reunion Dinner has been fixed for THURSDAY 27 MAY 2010. Meet at 6.30 for dinner at about 7.30. Usual place - The Chaddesden, Toby Carvery. Invite is open to anyone who worked at the Severn Trent: Derwent Division, Northern Division and Derby District. Also include is employees of the ex. South Derbyshire Water Board and any STW staff associated with Raynesway and surrounding local depots. Gill Glenny or myself would like to know numbers by the 13th May. Hope to see you there.

05 February 2010

Bill Catlow died 18th Jan 2010 aged 88. Bill worked in the Ops Room from 1979 until 1984 when he retired aged 63 to make way for Nobby. He was part of the Ops Room Naval connection having served with Jim Edge during and after the war, he was a veteran of the Arctic convoys supplying Russia.

25 January 2010

I'm grateful to John King for providing an interesting and informative brief HISTORY of Derwent Division. Can anyone else provide similar for Northern Division and Derby District?

04 December 2009

PHOTO from Maurice Topley of himself in the Opps Room in the 1980s.

05 November 2009 (Newsletter sent - 196)

  • Sadly Ken Woodall has died aged 89. Ken worked in the Finance Department (Treasurer) of the South Derbyshire Water Board at Tenant Street and Raynesway. I don't think that he transferred to Severn Trent Water, so I assume that only a few of the remaining ex SDWB staff would remember him. Ken's Funeral Service will be held at St John's Methodist Church, Park Farm Allestree, on Monday November 9th, 2009 - at 10.15 a.m. followed by refreshments in the Church Hall.
  • 13 more PHOTOS added to the 1989 Folder.

22nd September 2009 (Newsletter sent - 195)

  • Sad news: Dorothy Staniforth (Holden) has died on the 15 September 2009 after a long illness. Her funeral is Tuesday 6th October at Markeaton crem. at 11.20 am.
  • 5 more PHOTOS added to 1989 folder.
  • in case you know Dave Baker? ... you are invited to join Dave in celebrating his forthcoming retirement at The Hardinge Arms, near Melbourne at 15:00hrs till late on the 25th September 2009.

5 August 2009 (Newsletter sent - 195)

Karen Squire emailed me to say that she is on the fourth plinth between 12 noon and 1 O'clock on Thursday 6th August 2009. I'm not sure what she will doing, but if you would like to see her then there is a live feed at: http://www.oneandother.co.uk/

31 July 2009

Esme's Folder - 10 years at Severn Trent - now completely scanned and on the web site. This last section is of her LEAVING DO.

26 July 2009

PHOTOS from Shirley Wheatley of a retirement do for Norman Fox and 40 years service presentations for Norman Fox and Ian Titterton.

14 July 2009

Photos from Gill Glenny. 1 PHOTO in 1982 folder of Jenny Thatcher's leaving do, 1 PHOTO in 1985 folder and 3 PHOTOS in 1987 folder of Social Club events.

30 June 2009

Gill Glenny leaves Severn Trent.

11 June 2009

2 PHOTOS from Gill Glenny - Netball team and Officials.

31 May 2009

Photos of the 2009 Reunion uploaded. Welcome to Norma Consterdine and Irene Kirk - both newcomers to the reunion. Norma remembers Dave Eaton and Denzil Philips. She worked at the Tenant Street Offices of The South Derbyshire Water Board. Many will remember Irene as the voice on the switchboard.

9 May 2009 (Newsletter Sent -193)

More photos added: 4 No. to 1988 folder and 16 to 1989 folder.

6 May 2009

Gill Glenny and myself invite you to attend the annual reunion dinner, which is being held on Thursday 28 May 2009 at the Toby Carvery, Nottingham Road, Chaddesden. We are meeting for a chat from 6.30, with dinner starting from 7.30 onwards. This invitation is open to anyone associated with staff from the old Derwent Division, Northern Division and Derby District based at Raynesway. Staff from HQ and other offices and depots are welcome. Please pass this on to others.

Most of us go for the Carvery, which is good value at £7.50, but there are vegetarian and other options available. Payment will be after the meal on a per table basis so please try to ensure you have the correct change. Starters, puddings and coffee is extra.

Please contact me or Gill if you wish to attend. Final numbers can be fine tuned on the day, but I need an indicative number so that the Toby knows how many tables I need reserving.

07 April 2009 (newsletter sent - 193)

  • 12 more PHOTOS added to the 1988 folder.
  • Pete Leatherland is leaving STW on Friday 24th April 2009, he has arranged a farewell buffet, this will be at the STW Raynesway Offices on Friday 24th April 2009 in Meeting Room 1 commencing 1200 Noon.
  • Norman Fox is leaving STW on Friday 17th April 2009. It is to be held at the Red Lion at Matlock Green and starts 15.00 hours till late. Contact: 01629 584888. Location: DE4 3BT

03 March 2009 (newsletter sent)

Mike Macdonald announces his retirement and invites ex colleagues to one or all three of his retirement dos.

If you didn't get the email that I've sent out today, then please email me to be included in future email newsletters.

12 February 2009 (email sent)

More sad news: (click names to link to family announcements)

Dennis Smith passed away February 1st 2009. Funeral service will take place on: Friday February 20th at 1.20pm, Markeaton Crematorium. Dennis worked for many years for the Building Maintenance Department based at Derby Sewage Works. Prior to 1974 he was Building Maintenance Superintendent with North Derbyshire Water Board at Chesterfield.

Rick Lindau suddenly passed away on 8th February. The funeral will take place at 4.00pm on Wednesday 18 February at Markeaton Crematorium. Rick worked for the Rivers Section - originally based at Ilkeston and then Raynesway. He then transferred with the Rivers Section to the NRA - now EA.

2 February 2009 (email sent to 192)

Sad news - John Banham has died aged 81. His funeral is at 1.30 on Monday 9th February at Quarndon Church. Based at Raynesway, he was appointed in 1975 to the newly formed Derwent Division as Divisional Controller of Operations with responsibility for Reclamation, Water Supply, Distribution and Rivers. Shortly before his retirement in 1985 he was awarded a MBE for services to the water industry.

27 January 2009

  • Some more PHOTOS from Esme Cockayne's diary.

24 December 2008 (Newsletter sent - 192)

  • Some more PHOTOS from Esme Cockayne's diary. This time it is during her time in Project Planning from 1991 to 1995.

Please contact me, if you currently don't receive my newsletter. Quite a few people are no longer able to be contacted by email, presumably because they haven't told me that their email address has changed.

27 November 2008 (Newsletter sent - 193)

  • More PHOTOS from Esme Cockayne's diary - The Northern Division.
  • 26 more PHOTOS added to 1988 folder.

Please email me any names that I've forgotten.

If you read this and you have not received a newsletter then please contact me.

Possible reasons are: that you are not on my email list, your email address has changed or that it has gone into your spam folder.

11 August 2008

A number of recent retirements:

  • Jackie Willems from the EA (Nottingham)
  • Dave Smith ex Carpenter and latterly with Disinfection Team. PHOTOS in 2008 folder.
  • Ray Lawrence Leakage Technician from Raynesway also worked at Buxton and Ashbourne. PHOTOS in 2008 folder.

2 July 2008 - Newsletter sent to 188

Brian Duckworth wishes to put over his side of the story following the SFO investigation into STW's leakage figures. Read his article written to the Nottingham Evening News and Statement issued 1 July 2008.

28 May 2008 - Newsletter sent to 186

Photos of the Reunion are now on the web site. We had a good turn out with 39 having dinner and a further 12 coming for a chat. Gill Glenny and myself wish to thank everyone who came and made it such a memorable occasion.

People Dining Chat only

Ashley Roe
Austin Thomas
Bob Woolley
Brian Bowker
Brian Williamson
Dave Milnes
Derek Smith
Dot Booth
Eddie Haltof
Frank Mitchell
Gill Glenny
Goeff Henshaw
Graham Hall
Ian Prentice
Jan Whitaker
Janet Bridges
John Asher
John King
John Outram
John Simpson
John Taylor
Judy Langworthy
Keith Jepson
Maurice Topley
Mel Cooper
Mervyn Bray
Mick Coxon
Pat Brady
Paul Smith
Peter Darby
Richard Barker
Richard Maksymowicz
Ron Truman
Sarah Drinkwater
Stewart Cooke
Teresa Wymer
Travis Walker
Trev Bamford
Trev Norton

Denzil Phillips
Graham Bradley
John West
Julie Peverell
Liz Holding
Martin Perks
Melvyn Colclough
Mick Hardy
Mike MacDonald
Nobby Hall
Pete Dyson
Peter Wright

 

16 May 2008

newsletter sent - reminder about reunion dinner.

13 May 2008

Stuart Scott, an electrician who worked at Raynesway, died last week. The funeral is Monday 19th May 1.30pm at Derby Crematorium

25 April 2008 (newsletter sent 183)

The annual reunion dinner is being held on Thursday 22 May at the Toby Carvery, Nottingham Road, Chaddesden. Meeting starting from 6.30 for dinner starting about 7.30. Invite is open to anyone associated with the old Derwent Division, Northern Division and Derby District based at Raynesway. Please contact me is you wish to attend.

3 March 2008

  • Photo of Esme's baby. (Life after Work Folder)

24 February 2008

  • Photos from Pete Bull of leaving do for George Bacon and Alan Cooke. Help with names would be appreciated.

 

26 December 2007

  • Photo from Paul Reeves (now with EA) of 1986 Pollution Control Team - headed by Keith Selby.
  • Martin Perks retires. Photo in 2007 folder.

13 December 2007

  • Sad news about the death of Keith Selby. Funeral on Tuesday 18th December 2007 at 1.00pm at All Hallows Church, Gedling, Notts. More detail from Jackie Willems: tel: 0115 846 3774 (work)
  • Martin Perks Retires. Leaving do at The Moon at 4.00pm - 6.00 pm - on Monday 17 December - all welcome.
  • More Photos added to 1987 folder and also to 1988 folder.

12 November 2007

Photo Of Richard Millican ex Projects and now living in New Zealand, added to the 'Life After Work' folder.

07 November 2007

A few of got together for a super meal at Mr Mans Cantonese Restaurant at Wollaton Park. See Photo.

29 May 2007 (sent Newsletter - 181)

  • Win Walker died peacefully after a short illness at Derby Royal Infirmary. She was 81 and worked at the Little Eaton Treatment Works as a Statistics Clerk. Her son John Walker has asked for family flowers only and any donations to go to Derby Hospitals Trust. The Service will be at Markeaton Crematorium at 10.40am on Thursday 31st May 2007.
  • Photos of this years reunion are on the web site. (see folder 2007) You can see that we all had a good time.

27 April 2007

(Newsletter sent - 172 copies - contact me if not received)

  • The First Section of Esmy Cockayne's folder added. (My ten years at STWA)
  • The 2007 Annual Reunion Dinner - Details below:

The annual reunion dinner is being held again this year on Thursday the 24th May at the Toby Inn, Nottingham Road Derby. Meet at 7.00pm for drinks and chat with dinner starting about 8.00pm.

If you would like to come please contact John Simpson and Gill Glenny (nee Thomas)

John Simpson
Tel. 01332 834994
Mob. 07810233316
email: use link at the of this page.

Gill Glenny
Mob. 07887 633023
email: gill.glenny(at)severntrent.co.uk

note:replace (at) with @

30 March 2007- NEWSLETTER SENT (174)

Dr Roger James has died. A service is to be held on Monday 2nd April 2007 at 2.15 at Darley Abbey Church. The family has requested no flowers. There will be a private cremation after the service.

12 more photos added to the end of the 1987 folder.

08 January 2007

News from Graham Hall: "If you ever visited the old Ripley depot the receptonist who was allways there her name was Jean Mathers she passed away on Friday 29th Dec she had been ill for quite a while but a good age 81 .Also a water man who also worked at Ripley name of Percy Wells also good age 83."

23 December 2006 - NEWSLETTER (178 SENT).

36 new photos added to the end of the 1987 folder.

Merry Christmas and a happy new Year.

10 November 2006

Rosie Buxton passed away on Sunday 5th November.
Rosie died aged 49 after a short illness.

18 October 2006

PHOTOS of Eddie Haltof at his retirement do - Sept 2006.

21 September 2006

Brian Duckworth has asked me to let you know that Jo Foster died last night (20th). Jo has been bravely fighting the cancer which was discovered several years ago. Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse in the summer and she has been in and out of hospital for much of the last 2 to 3 months. She was married on Tuesday to John Foster and she had a big smile on her face during the ceremony. Funeral arrangements will be released in due course. Note: Jo had been with John Foster for some years having previously been married to Steve Foster.

06 August 2006

PHOTOS of Brian Birch and Pete Wright at their retirement do - June 2006.

08 July 2006

30 new PHOTOS have been added to the 1987 folder. See the American Day celebrations in the canteen and a retirement do at Ashbourne Depot. As always your help for my failing memory on people's names is much appreciated.

19 June 2006

Retirement Party at Cropston Visitor Centre for Eileen Pole, Jayne Bailey, Karen Freeman, Phillipa Sharpe, Peter Thorn and Stuart Galloway. See PHOTOS .

06 June 2006

PHOTOS of the Old - New Mains and Services Section Christmas drink. (Photos - 2005 - Christmas Reunion)

29th May 2006

Uploaded PHOTOS of the 2006 reunion. See link for details of who came.

May 2006

The annual reunion dinner is being held again this year on Thursday the 25th May at the Toby Inn, Nottingham Road Derby. Meet at 7.00pm for drinks and chat with dinner starting about 8.00pm.

If you would like to come please contact John Simpson and Gill Glenny (nee Thomas)

John Simpson
Tel. 01332 834994
Mob. 07918052389
email: use link at the of this page.

Gill Glenny
Mob. 07887 633023
email: gill.glenny@severntrent.co.uk

 

Dec 2005

38 pictures from 1987. Some have been seen before but are re scanned. (for now are in the New Pictures Folder)

Nov 2005

9 Photos from Sarah Drinkwater nee Wigley - in the New Photos Folder for now. If you know the dates of any of them please let me know.

1 photo from Maurice Cass

July 2005

Web site now moved onto a new server and has a proper domain name. (www.st-reunited.org.uk)

Severn Trent Retirement Association Launches it's own site. See: www.st-retirement.com (click link)

May 2005

Reunion was held at The Toby Carvery, at Chaddesden on the 26th. May.

There were 55 of us this year who came for a meal and enjoyed each other's company.

To see who came this year click the link above.

New photos added this month feature the retirements of Stuart Pearson and Graham Hall.

 

April 2005

Photos added from Pauline Cornes showing a charity head shave.

Also some more photos from 1986.

STOP PRESS

Another Reunion dinner has been organized - book your place now.

(see link above under 'Latest' heading)

 

February 2005

No update in January as I have been too busy doing another web site.

Anyway, better late than never as there are sixty-eight new photos added this month.

Thanks to Maurice Cass for two rare photos from Vernon Street Offices and to Beryl Marson who lent me a folder of photos from the supervisors office. Other photos are from the year 1986.

Some don't knows, so let me know if you spot anyone's names that I have forgotten.

The other site I am doing is a School Reunion site. So if you know anybody who went to Long Eaton Grammar School, then please let me know.

Always pleased to hear from you, so email me with your news.

regards John Simpson

December 2004

A Fantastic Christmas Edition!

Many thanks to Phillipa Sharpe, Becky Bosley, Peter Jarrett and Maurice Cass for donating the pictures.

As they cover numerous years, I have not yet filed them in the main Photo Album, but kept them in a separate section. Just click on the "New Photos Added December" button, above.

See Becky's photos of the Fun Day, and her take on the "Cheeky Girls" in the hockey team. Also what is Phillipa up to in the canteen kitchen?

Anyway I hope you find something to smile about.

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

John Simpson


November 2004

This months new pictures are all from 1985, so they can easily be found in folder 1985. A link is provided to this folder - see above.

Please note that for the time being I have kept the link to last months new photos, in case you missed looking at them.

Some of the photos will appear familiar, that is because they were previously in the 1980's folder as "Unknown Raynesway Do" or similar. I have now been able to date them as 1985 but I'm not sure whether the occasion is Mr Banham's leaving do, or his long service presentation. Anyway, any help from you on this matter or any of the "dk" names that you know, would be gratefully appreciated.

By the way, if you've seen them before, do have a second look at the "Banhams do" photos, as new ones (in colour) have been found, and all the Black and White ones, and more, have been re-scanned from the original negatives.

Thanks to every one that emailed me with corrections and suggestions for the don't knows, and hopefully I have updated all the changes.

Winner of last months competition is Mike MacDonald. (see Photo of the Month button above)

There is no competition this month as I cannot afford the fabulous prizes! However, there is a rather nice picture of Maurice Cass's head to keep you amused.

As always, I appreciate hearing from you, so send me an email, so that I know that you are looking at the site.

cheers John Simpson

 

October 2004

Hi

Thanks to the many who emailed me with names that I had temporarily forgotten.

My special thanks go to Mike MacDonald, who has found so many of the "dks".

The winner of the Photo of the Month caption competition is Dave Bond for his entry of: "Mirror mirror on the wall". Just what he meant I don't know!

This month, all the new photos have been supplied by Carol and Martin Perks. (thanks - the photos are great!)

All these photos have been put into chronological order. Check out folders, 1980s, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989. 1991 and 1992.

Behind the scenes the web site has been split into three to enable for future expansion. The only effect you will notice is that photos are stored on three albums, instead of two. Folders are grouped as follows:

  1. 1990 to present
  2. 1983 to 1989
  3. 1960s to 1982

Hope you enjoy looking at Carol and Martin's pictures as much as I did.

best wishes John Simpson (1968 SDWB to 2000 STW)

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