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Old Birmingham / Re: dare to build
« Last post by Claverdoniam on Today at 07:14:10 PM »
I understand it was Patrick who went to South Africa, but subsequently returned. David continued to live in the UK, and I believe, locally. Sadly we were told David died on a day when we were to meet him. I remember his wife was very beautiful.

David's gardener Charlie Fowler who lived in the village continued for a good many years helping us. He was a lovely character, and full of stories of local past life and people from this village. He died a good many years ago. From our conversations, it was clear he worshipped Mrs Dare. He did not like us to make any changes in the garden, because "that was the way Mrs Dare did it"!

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Old Birmingham / Re: dare to build
« Last post by Spud on Today at 05:35:24 PM »
I have just discovered this forum.


My family bought David Dare's family house in Claverdon in the 1970s. I no longer own the house, but live nearby.


Susan's account was very interesting. If she is interested, perhaps she would like to contact me please?


David, who sadly died a few years after he sold the house was pleasant and friendly. His wife also. If I remember correctly the sale of the house was a sad time for them both.


Austy Manor is once again a family house.




Working for Dares in the 1960s I was interested in your post concerning David Dare. I suppose your family buying David's house was at about the time the Dare Family business collapsed, I guess David would only have been in his fifties when he died I seem to remember he went to live in South Africa.
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Old Birmingham / Re: dare to build
« Last post by Claverdoniam on Today at 11:28:52 AM »
I have just discovered this forum.


My family bought David Dare's family house in Claverdon in the 1970s. I no longer own the house, but live nearby.


Susan's account was very interesting. If she is interested, perhaps she would like to contact me please?


David, who sadly died a few years after he sold the house was pleasant and friendly. His wife also. If I remember correctly the sale of the house was a sad time for them both.


Austy Manor is once again a family house.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Salisbury Transmission Ltd.
« Last post by Peg Monkey on Today at 08:10:55 AM »
I didn't have any luck with Barbie but I did with other girls at the factory notably a girl from accounts, one of the secretaries, the telephonist at Bromford Lane Site and (and, this was a real coo), a girl in production control who was officially the most  desireable young lady in the factory. She and her friend made up a foursome with me and my mate (the one with the Imp). When I reported back on the date none of my mates believed (or didn't want to believe) I'd pulled it off and it was only thanks to my mate being star witness they believed me, there was a bit of a sting in the tale - more about that on the Clubs of the 60's and 70's Thread:   http://www.birminghamforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=466.msg662691#msg662691
Peg.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Salisbury Transmission Ltd.
« Last post by Peg Monkey on Today at 07:54:56 AM »
STL had a great heat treatment plant at Witton with full metallurgical laboratory back-up central to the quality of the finished product:  spiral bevel gear sets, the best gears are made from high nickel, low carbon drop forgings, case hardened and there were few companies in the business who could match STL's capability.
I particularly enjoyed my time in the lab where gears were sectioned and studied under a miroscope to ensure the heat treatment process was up to scratch - how do you case harden gears? - after gear cutting the gears are soaked in a furnace in a carbon-rich gas atmosphere, carbon infuses  into the steel, the longer you leave to soak the deeper the infusion - desired depth usually 0.010ins to 0.015ins, the gears are subsequently hardened.
Peg. 
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Old Birmingham / Re: Selly Oak, and St Marys C of E School
« Last post by SBoyd on Yesterday at 10:13:38 PM »
Hello everyone.  My mother went to St Mary's School Selly Oak from about 1950 to 1955.  We were talking about it yesterday and she said that it was on Lodge Hill Road.  She also went to St Mary's Church which was further up the road.  Is this the photo above of that School?  Thank you.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Salisbury Transmission Ltd.
« Last post by Peg Monkey on Yesterday at 05:35:05 PM »
Looking back I do think I gave up too quickly on Barbie, faint heart never won a lady and all that stuff, yes, I had a pretty considerate but emphatic rejection but no striker worth his salt ever gave up after just one failed attempt at goal.
Did she marry a loser and each day rue the fact she rejected my advance? Probably not.
So then business had to go on as usual.
Peg
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Old Birmingham / Re: Salisbury Transmission Ltd.
« Last post by Peg Monkey on Yesterday at 05:07:37 PM »
My lowest point - was undoubtedly when I was seconded to a Work Study team of axemen in 1972 (when I was 2 years out of my apprenticeship) whose objective was to cut jobs. The team was headed by the Chief Axeman a senior manager from GKN Group Head Office, 2 contract Work Study Engineers me and my mate. The logical approach was to second 2 experienced Work study Engineers from the establish STL Team and then fill their gaps with contractors but I think there was a hidden agenda, because it was such a controversial project the powers that be didn't want the existing STL Work Study Enginners  anywhere near it because of the bad feeling that might ensue. I didn't volunteer and I didn't want to be part of the project -  I would be wielding a sabre at workers I had worked with in every production unit in the factory.
Me and my mate were sent on a 3-week crash Work Study course at John Evan Associates in the Jewellery Quarter and then set to work, the GKN Manager would not at any time accept a "Existing manning level is optimal" report, the survey was undertaken, which took some weeks, and the report with recommendations was prepared and submitted.
The team was disbanded and me and my mate transferred to the established team of Work Study Engineers.
Nothing became of the report, a number of rumours abounded and included: The Axeman from GKN Group was approaching retirement and this project was to keep him out the way until then or the report was simply buried by the STL Directors.
Had I been the managing director I would have taken heed of the report but said I would achieve the reductions by natural wasteage no-one will be sacked.
I continued to hate every second I was operating as a Work Studu Engineer and eventually got transferred out of the department.
It was about then I started to question if my future lay with STL. :-\
Peg.
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Adderley Junior School
« Last post by suemalings on Yesterday at 02:24:40 PM »
It worked!


Does anyone recognise themselves (about 1959)  I can name most.


sue
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Adderley Junior School
« Last post by suemalings on Yesterday at 02:22:51 PM »



Not sure this will work.  Trying to post a photograph.
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