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Re: Cranbrook

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:46 am
by David Rumens
One thing I forgot about the depot working back in 1967 was that it was manned 7 days a week. During the weekends and holidays it was manned by two tecs. They were expected to handle all the region main scheme and the newly introduced Pocket Phone systems faults. If there were no faults then they were expected to clear the outstanding faulty equipment on the shelves e.g. mobiles, any fixed station kit.

There was one other duty that could be a real pain. That was keeping the coke central heating boiler going, which would always go out when the wind was in the wrong quarter. I spent a happy Christmas day, 1967, cleaning out the thing and trying to re-light it.

Call out came in around 1969/70 and then the 7 day manning stopped.

Dave

Re: Cranbrook

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:30 am
by Steven Cole
Thanks for your recollection Dave it paints a good picture of depot/outstation manning and some of the duties at that period of time.

You are correct there was no EO, for some reason I had thought Miss Robson who was at Romsley Depot when I started in 1970 was at that grade but am now reminded she was a Supervisory Stores Officer IV as per this article in Intercom 7 Page 4. Interestingly she was a wireless operator in her earlier years with the Home Office.

Re: Cranbrook

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:49 am
by David Rumens
Some more. The SOG was Colin Piper and the Store's AA was Janet Russell. Colin had owned a shop in Cranbrook town. A post office/grocery shop, he bought from one of my distant relations in the 1950's!

Thanks,
Dave

Re: Cranbrook

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:28 am
by David Rumens
Yes sorry Steve, The non technical staff were - 2 AA. 1 AO. 1 SOG C or D. One of the AA's was in the stores. 1 Cleaner/Handyman. 1 Cook. 1 Motor Mechanic. I can't remember any EO, maybe the SOGC?

The outstations had only just started and were manned by Technicians only. No SWT's or WM's at that stage. They were overseen by the Depot SWT's. The outstation Tec's changed and repaired the vehicle radio's and at that stage did not work on the radio schemes. That work was carried by a Depot team consisting of 1 SWT and 1 WT. Lots of travelling and long hours.

All the vehicle installation work was still carried out at Cranbrook by WT's and WM's.

I can remember the hardware shop Cranbrook town.

It's a job to remember after some 50 years!

Dave

Re: Cranbrook

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:20 am
by Steven Cole
Thanks for your input Dave.

For Tim's information the clerical positions at Depots were usually held by females when I joined in 1970 and were Administrative Assistant (AA) or Administrative Officer (AO) plus Executive Officer (EO). It was rare to find one in a technical capacity other than at Maintenance Units, such as assemblers or mechanics.

Re: Cranbrook

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:43 pm
by David Rumens
I was at Cranbrook from March 1967 and don't remember Dorothy. The RWE at that time was John Harris. Approx depot staff at that time - 1 RWE, 1 CWT, 4 SWT, 10 WT, 4 WM.

Thanks,
Dave

Does Anyone Recall Dorothy Hart ex-Cranbrook

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:25 am
by Steven Cole
Tim Vickers emailed me yesterday enquiring if anyone can remember his grandmother, Dorothy Hart, who apparently worked at Cranbrook circa 1960-1967. She was married to John Hart and after leaving the Directorate went on to run a hardware store in Cranbrook. Tim would like to hear from anyone who can remember her, what role she served and some idea of the numbers of staff based there during her time. It is thought the RWE during that period was Mr. Duck.

Cheers
Steven R. Cole ...

Re: Cranbrook

Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:11 pm
by Steven Cole
Greetings

Now that we have settled in Exmouth I want to get active again on the bands after a break of some 7 years. I recently acquired an FT101Mk3 but need to purchase a decent vertical when I've done some homework on which one to go for.

73's and all the best for 2012
Steven....

Re: Cranbrook

Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 3:59 pm
by Allan
Just heard Dave Wright and Jeff Alchin reminiscing on 40 metres..both great sigs on Isle of Skye
Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to everyone
Regards Allan Crabb

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:58 am
by Allan
Hi Steven...oh yes...been coming to north west scotland for last 30 years and had cottage at Glencoe;so knew what to expect..:-)...certainly those last 3 years have flown by...good wishes for your own proposed move to south west...Devon is very nice;am sure you will enjoy it
Regards Allan

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:29 am
by Steven Cole
Hello Allan

Your posting reminded me that almost 3 years has passed since we last spoke following my five months stint with Arqiva.

Isle of Skye in retirement is a leap of faith, makes my planned move from Hampshire to Devon in the coming months to retire seem rather tame! That said, lovely part of the world. Wife and I visited Mull and Skye in 2006 and spent three weeks last year touring from Oban to the North Coast. Lovely area for those like me interested in photography.

Regards
Steven....

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 4:58 pm
by David Rumens
Hello Allan,

Will done, sound like all worked out ok after privatisation for you. Ok about your QTH, sound good for amateur radio. Yes I ended up as a principal with Vodafone. Then took early retirement and went to work for another outfit. I work part time now. Hmm-- I know all about business cases, KPI's, etc. As you say we kept the customer happy back then, that was the main thing I guess.

Still active as an amateur (160 to 70cm) this end. Through mostly QRP data modes (WSPR and PSK) due to a poor site. Some CW last year.

Regards
Dave

catch up

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:37 am
by Allan
Hi Dave....retired 2 years ago and live on Isle of Skye....went with cabletel/NTL/Arqiva following privatisation...ended up regional manager south west...Gloucs/Avon/Somerset/Wilts/Devon/Cornwall...as with everything;good and not so good times;but overall was good for me..think you went to vodafone?..are you still active amateur?..I am top band to 2m....
Regards Allan

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:46 pm
by David Rumens
Hello Allan,

Good to see you are still around. Bet your not retired yet. I wonder what the trends are your end!

Regards
Dave

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:37 am
by Allan
Hi Dave and Tom...Allan Crabb here;@ Cranbrook 1977-1981...the good old days...we certainly had the best of them;maybe no flash business plans and monthly reports/spreadsheets...but we simply got on with it and did a good job..Regards Allan