Ramblings

Big Freeze 1963

The actual date was 28th December 1962, a night I will never forget. Snow had been falling most of the day but by ...

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The Beast from the East

1st March the meteorological  first day of spring, also St David’s day. The astronomical first day of Spring ...

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Breathe

In early October 2017 Lizzy and I decided to visit the Kassam stadium cinema in Oxford to see “Goodbye ...

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Bewick Swans

Good news for all you winter weather watchers, Bewick swans having flown 2000 miles from the arctic feeding grounds ...

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RAF’s worst peacetime air disaster Hastings TG577

Tragic Hastings air crash 6th July 1965 The afternoon was beautiful and sunny and we were loading aggregate into ...

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Church Cottage and the Rest

February 1963 saw myself and brother Terry just about coping with the terrible weather during the 62/63 winter, ...

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First brochure 1963

Returning from our Faringdon site I listened to Mozart Eine KleineNachtmusic[ a little serenade ] the music ...

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Stone Circles for Garden

Thankfully, after nearly 60 years in the trade, I still find our business exciting.  When visiting our Faringdon ...

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Act of kindness

John Jackson in Ecuadour 1987 during the terrible earthquake witnessed a simple scene of compassion. He wrote: The ...

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Winter 1962/63 – part two

Cold air became firmly established on the 29th December 1962,blizzards developed in the south west of England where ...

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Winter 1962/63- part one

Christmas morning 2016, the morning sun`s rays had just burst through the conservatory windows, for a moment we ...

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A lesson for life- part two- learning to walk again

For many months I experienced a painful neck and tingling in my hands and feet, after many visits to doctors and ...

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A lesson for life – part one

Since my most recent blog, the sentence returning to haunt me is “still achieving still pursuing, learn to ...

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Henry Longfellow( 1807- 1882 )

A Psalm of life [ extract ]   Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime And, departing, ...

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New production systems 1963 -part three

After a good nights sleep and a lot of thinking time I realised I might have a solution.  My training at Harwell ...

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New production systems 1963-part two

I arrived the following morning to take out the previous days production, I was very excited and could not wait to ...

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New production systems 1963-part one

At last after four long years of full and part time employment in the summer of 1963 we built our first dedicated ...

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Completion of Drayton St Leonard site 1963

After all the difficulties experienced erecting the Emmetts building and continuing to develop our small business, ...

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Drayton St Leonard land purchase 1961

During my visits to London for the Get Ahead competition I began to realise the present site at Drayton-st Leonard ...

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Get Ahead Competition 1961-part two

During the first week of February 1961 I received a letter from the Daily Mail inviting me to a preliminary ...

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Get Ahead Competition 1961-part one

During the month of November 1960 an article appeared in the Daily Mail advertising a competition for entrepreneurs ...

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Swimming pool construction 1960’s

During the winter of 1960 Hugh Farrant a local farmer living in Drayton St Leonard asked the question could I build ...

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Christmas 2015 Part two-Alfred Delp

Alfred Delp wrote these amazing words in a Nazi prison Christmas 1944 waiting his execution date.         Space is ...

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Christmas 2015 part one-Alfred Delp

Christmas 25th December 2015 celebrates the arrival of a new born child a refugee in Bethlehem bringing hope to a ...

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Aconite-Middle of December 2015

I always find this time of year extremely difficult, having developed a business where sales of the ...

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First Loan-July 1960

The first two years saw the continued struggle (scrabble)  between part time jobs and production of concrete ...

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Quality- Wallingford Market Square

Walking in Wallingford (Oxfordshire) market square I was reminded how privileged we are to live in such a beautiful ...

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Remembrance- Halifax 579 51 Squadron

Remembrance Sunday always reminds me of the waste and tragedy of war. I remember my father who returned from the ...

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March 1959-Morris Minor Pick Up

1959 became a very busy year.   I purchased my very first new vehicle, a Morris Minor 1000 pick-up truck from ...

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Stone circles part two

The thought process started when walking the streets of Norwich looking at small gardens and the hundreds of ...

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Starry Night

I must have been woken by two hooting tawny owls, one in the old sycamore tree at the bottom of the garden, the ...

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Stone Circles

My son Dominic reminded me, the blog started last year had slowed to a snails pace, in fact for a few months it may ...

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First ever haulage contract-3 years old

I have this very early memory of being just 3 years old sitting on a small wooden tricycle and trailer observing a ...

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Lenten thoughts

During this special  time of the year, I often think of the carpenter dying on the wooden crossbar, and of all ...

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Ipsden Woods- Summer 1959

Paving was being manufactured at least three times weekly, this was not enough to keep the lorry fully occupied and ...

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Wooden Moulds- Summer 1958

During the summer months I began to improve the speed of manufacture, by developing a wooden tiered pallet ...

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My First Concrete Mixer- July 1958

According to my diary I purchased my first concrete mixer from Philips the local builders merchant, now Jewsons of ...

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Romanesco

Eating Romanesco broccoli and seeing them on the plate makes you feel better. Research has revealed Romanesco ...

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Typical working day 1958

19 years old I had worked at UKAEA for 2 years as a S.A. with lots of responsibility, I also delivered milk 7 days ...

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First concrete casting base-1958

March the 8th 1958 was the day I walked to Tom Greens the local builder at Dorchester on Thames, bought 1 bag of ...

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Thought for January

Just recently I watched Songs of Praise on television and a great, very old gentleman was being interviewed; he was ...

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St Mary’s Street Wallingford

St Marys street is one of the oldest streets in Wallingford UK, and walking through the street on my way to the ...

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Fathers WW1 service

My father became an engine room Artificer at the age of eighteen and spent most of his war on the Russian convoys.  ...

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Be at peace

Do not look forward to what might happen tomorrow The same everlasting Father who cares for you today Will take ...

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Fathers early life

My father was born on the 22nd of June 1893 and his father died when he was just three years old, being one of six ...

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Early Lorry Experiences- Piano

I was approached by a member of staff at UKAEA asking could I deliver a piano to Leighton Buzzard as normal NO ...

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First lorry experiences- June 1958

June 1958 I was not producing enough concrete paving to justify the running costs, so I started selling horse ...

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My first lorry- May 1958

May 1958 and I recall my first real problem, delivery?  I was receiving orders, from the advertising in the AERE ...

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Mrs Beaumonts story- 1890

My fathers aunt was an amazing person who became engaged in England to a mechanical engineer.  Soon after the ...

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Mrs Beaumont

My grandfather died leaving my grandmother and six children, 5 boys and 1 girl at the at the very young age of 43 ...

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The beginning-1958

I started digging sand using a pick axe and a shovel, then manufacturing paving at my parents home in ...

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My first advertising 1958

The internal site newspaper at Harwell was called the AERE news, this proved to be a great advertising medium and ...

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My first concrete blocks

After leaving school I started a career at UKAEA Harwell training as a reactor engineer. My first attempts ...

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Westmorland Planters Idea

We have a fantastic orchard overlooking a water meadow the river Thames and the Sinodun hills,I often sit on one of ...

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Why Concrete?

I have often wondered Why concrete, but as Dominic my son reminded me.  I was born in a concrete block house mother ...

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My Father made his own house bricks 1932

In 1932 my Father (Harold Rogers) started casting his own house bricks.  He was an engineer by trade and had been ...

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The casting tradition

The family tradition for casting products started with the ROGERS FOUNDRY at Henely on Thames- products as diverse ...

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