More photos from George Bacon's Collection. There are 11 more added starting from this one: Link to George's photos
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.
News from John King about John West:
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
8 more photos from George Bacon of Bryan Marriott's retirement do.
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.
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.
3 photos from Paul Chambers showing Fred Williamson and others at a Scientific Services Xmas do in 1985.
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.
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.
More Photos from George Bacon. Showing Matlock Office and Raynesway Xmas Dinner.
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.
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.
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.
Sad news Keith Jepson died earier this morning - more details to follow.
The Burton Mail on 15th August 2012 reported that Julie Peverell has donated a staggering 80 pints of blood. Well done Julie.
Photos from Andy Link - of Maintenance Section in the 1990s.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Frank Noon, meter reader passed away 9th May.
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.
Sad news - 'Spug' O'Reilly has died. Hi his funeral at Nott'm Rd Cemetery on Thurs 12th 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.
Added a brief History of Derby Corporation Water Department.
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.
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.
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.
Photo from Russ Boyack of the Derbyshire Dales Sewerage Team taken outside Dimple Road Offices at Matlock.
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.
Ken Valentine passed away at 9pm yesterday (Tues 18th October) at Macmillan Hospice.
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.
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.
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:
Photos of this year's Annual Reunion Dinner.
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).
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.
Details of Colin Bright's funeral are: Friday 11 February at 11.20am, Markeaton Crematorium.
Sad news that Colin Bright has passed away last Wednesday evening.
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.
Photo from Maurice Topley of Xmas dinner sometime in the 1990s.
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
PHOTO from Keith Robinson of sewage Team Day in 1998.
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.
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.
I also believe that Alan Hammersley passed away last month. Alan was print room supervisor at Raynesway.
Phyliss Smith and Max Barlow retire today.
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.
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.
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?
PHOTO from Maurice Topley of himself in the Opps Room in the 1980s.
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. (Link explaining this has now ceased.)
Esme's Folder - 10 years at Severn Trent - now completely scanned and on the web site. This last section is of her LEAVING DO.
Gill Glenny leaves Severn Trent.
2 PHOTOS from Gill Glenny - Netball team and Officials.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A number of recent retirements:
Brian Duckworth put over his side of the story following the SFO investigation into STW's leakage figures. An article was written to the Nottingham Evening News and a Statement issued 1 July 2008. (previously available on this site)
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|
newsletter sent - reminder about reunion dinner.
Stuart Scott, an electrician who worked at Raynesway, died last week. The funeral is Monday 19th May 1.30pm at Derby Crematorium
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.
26 December 2007
13 December 2007
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)
27 April 2007
(Newsletter sent - 172 copies - contact me if not received)
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)
Tel. 01332 834994
email: use link at the of this page.
Mob. 07887 633023
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
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
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.
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)
38 pictures from 1987. Some have been seen before but are re scanned. (for now are in the New Pictures Folder)
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
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 (susequently ceased)
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.
New photos added this month feature the retirements of Stuart Pearson and Graham Hall.
Photos added from Pauline Cornes showing a charity head shave.
Also some more photos from 1986.
Another Reunion dinner has been organized - book your place now.
(see link above under 'Latest' heading)
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
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.
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
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:
Hope you enjoy looking at Carol and Martin's pictures as much as I did.
best wishes John Simpson (1968 SDWB to 2000 STW)