Industry => Factories & Mills => Topic started by: numanfan on May 26, 2009, 22:59:07

Title: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: numanfan on May 26, 2009, 22:59:07
Here are a few of the pages of WINGET LIFE, the magazine produced for the employees.

Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: colin haggart on May 27, 2009, 22:29:59
I wonder how many of the folk in the photos would love to see these photos on here?
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: numanfan on May 27, 2009, 23:40:42
Sadly, most of them would be dead by now - certainly those named in the 25 year club ( nearly 50 years ago + 25 years service means that if they started when they were only 15 years old they'd be 90 now!)

I joined the company in the late '70's, & there are a few names or faces I recognise but most had already left then.
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: AlanH on April 15, 2010, 10:32:36
What a great forum this is. Richard Morphett from the foundry at Wingets was a mate of mine in a Rochester cycling club 50 years ago. Rochester Velo Club Olympic for those who were cycling orientated and we met in Borstal Village hall.
I was only reminiscing about the old days to the wife just recently and spoke about Richard and his brother Drew. Anyone know if Richard is still around?
Alan.

PS. I also worked at Wingets for a couple of months before coming to Australia in '72 and again in '77 when I returned to the UK for a couple of years.
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: colin haggart on April 22, 2010, 22:39:39
The building which once had the Winget name on the roof.

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/Photos%20volume%20two/Aveli.jpg)
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Post by: Aspidestra on April 22, 2010, 23:03:27
I started at Wingets in 1947 after leaving the RAF. As I was an ex Shorts fitter & turner apprentice I went on to a Ward 7 turret lathe. I met my wife there as she worked in the machine shop office as a clerk. Originally she worked in the tool room on a cylinder grinder but had to make way for the returning service men. I worked with at least 15 of the men seen in the works outing photo and the three shown on the sports day page were, from left to right, Jimmy Hopwood, M/c shop Superintendent, Doug Taylor, Foreman and Ernie Ambrose Winget Syncro Foreman. It was a great place to work, with everybody like an extended family. Later on I moved up into the
new offices in the Process dept. I left before the closure and I am extremely sad to see what Medway council have done to the building.They did the same to Shorts works with no mention of it's contribution to flying history, but that's a another story 
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: NICK/SARAH on April 23, 2010, 06:58:38
shame really that a building like that has been pulled down, my dad (ken dykes) used to tell me about his days working there and that he enjoyed it and had fun there. he met is first wife there too then left to go to join up with the raf during the war then went back because his dad had paid for him to do his training.
old buildings need to be saved so story can carry on and have a understanding of how people used to work in them :)
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: Lyn L on May 11, 2010, 19:18:16
And had they chucked the poor bloke in the river first ? there's a lot of water round the cage lol.
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: numanfan on May 11, 2010, 22:57:12
And had they chucked the poor bloke in the river first ? there's a lot of water round the cage lol.

He probably wished it had been just water! It was mixed with oil, grease, probably some diesel, definitely old teabags, in fact everything that could be found in an industrial environment :)

This was the fate of apprentices (the slow ones that didn't run fast enough!!) :) that had done their 'time' & were about to become skilled tradesmen
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: Merv on May 11, 2010, 23:46:46
I worked at Wingets myself in the early 70's, my Father worked for a while in the refridgeration department.
I was based in the Vibration department just behind Guards clothing manufacturers and opposite the Cricketers pub(now the Alma)
We had an old Misson hut.
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: swiftone on May 28, 2010, 14:12:23
I started at Wingets in 1947 after leaving the RAF. As I was an ex Shorts fitter & turner apprentice I went on to a Ward 7 turret lathe. I met my wife there as she worked in the machine shop office as a clerk. Originally she worked in the tool room on a cylinder grinder but had to make way for the returning service men. I worked with at least 15 of the men seen in the works outing photo and the three shown on the sports day page were, from left to right, Jimmy Hopwood, M/c shop Superintendent, Doug Taylor, Foreman and Ernie Ambrose Winget Syncro Foreman. It was a great place to
 work, with everybody like an extended family. Later on I moved up into the new offices in the Process dept. I left before the closure and I am extremely sad to see what Medway council have done to the building.They did the same to Shorts works with no mention of it's contribution to flying history, but that's a another story 
It seems like we were probably work colleagues. I joined the Process office when it was on the balcony and then moved up to the top floor of the new building. It does appear strange that the old building was reported to have subsided. There was no evidence on the outside and it survived all of the pile driving that went on for the new offices in the sixties without any ill effects.
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Post by: merc on June 01, 2010, 15:45:50
(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/May203.jpg)
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Post by: colin haggart on June 01, 2010, 16:47:52
My photo, without the name on the wall.

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/Winget.jpg)
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: N0SEY on July 28, 2010, 20:12:04
Couple of photos fom the early 80's. Taken on the 'Morrissons' side of Janes Creek, the blue buildings were taken over by Fisher Controls when Winget shut down

Health & Safety would have a fit nowadays, the fella is sitting in a flimsy metal cage with about half-a-ton of concrete mixer panels above his head! Still, everyone else was happy :)
For my sins, I was these lads apprentice training officer and I remember their faces well. I cant think who it could be in the cage but I can think of a few over the years that should have been in there
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: numanfan on July 28, 2010, 20:53:38
Welcome along Nosey.

Somewhere, I have the official group photo of the 1979 apprentices - so you must be in it! I'll try to find it & post it here.

It was nearly 30 years ago, but I still remember it was Sean Filkins in the cage.
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: N0SEY on July 30, 2010, 08:55:18
A good place for him some would say, in the cage  :) I currently have an ex Winget apprentice working for me now of a little before that era (Malc Durling). Considering just how many apprentices went through the system there, I think I have only ever bumped in to maybe 4 after Wingets clossure.
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: N0SEY on August 01, 2010, 21:48:06
I can't remember why the theme that year was Pirates but there are two short videos stored on 'city ark' taken the year we had from steam to diesel as the theme and the parade was led by an old steam traction engine, manufactured in the Rochester factory. The guy in the centre is Ray Hicks, who worked in the training school until the remaining apprentices to found other employment, when the site closed. I was recently in touch with him, I wonder if he remembers the pirates
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: richard morphett on September 02, 2010, 20:56:56
hi just seen your message on this site, i am richard morphett and worked in the foundry from 1958 until about 1967 when i moved to kent alloys for about a year before going to stone manganese marine for about 2years now retired and living in devon. my brothers name is john and he now lives in australia near sydney stil l quite fit but not cycling now!!!
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: AlanH on September 04, 2010, 09:27:44
Hi Numanfan.
The bloke 2nd from the right looks like Tony Kane and old Strrod tough nut who also worked for Ozonair over at Larkfield at about the same time as I did in the late 70s.

Richard. Nice to hear you're going well and retired and like me gave up cycling years ago. I think girls gave me another interest :). My elder brother Jim  was in the cycling club as well along with blokes like Norman Bell, Bert Wakeham etc. Good fun in those days.
I thought your older bro was named Drew but I am obviously wrong! Like him all my family have lived in Oz for many years now but Jim (James he like to be known as now) lives in Switzerland.
/>Many good memories of those days.
Cheers.
Alan.
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: kyn on October 26, 2010, 13:40:41
A new member, Chrisman, has kindly forwarded me these pictures of an old Winget Cement mixer that was (he assumes) made in Strood in 1937.  He restored it a couple of years ago and thought some of the members would appreciate a couple of photos of it.

(http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii34/batgirlphotos/KHF/P1020548Small.jpg)

(http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii34/batgirlphotos/KHF/Mixer-AfterSmall.jpg)

(http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii34/batgirlphotos/KHF/P1020521Small.jpg)
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: swiftone on October 26, 2010, 15:09:59
Nice to see photos of the mixer, well before my time I might add. It looks like the model is 5/3 1/2, so they maintained this style of numbering models for years. All it meant was 5 in and 3 1/2 out, by volume I presume.
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: karlostg on October 26, 2010, 16:01:45
Very nice. I have one the engines (a Lister D) off one of those, unfortunately the previous owner scrapped the mixer because the drum was too rusty.
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: peterD on October 29, 2010, 22:34:36
I worked at Wingets from 1966 to 1982 when it closed and everyone made redundent. I started working in the stores with Wally Ford.
After three years I went on a machine tool training coarse. Moving to the mixer machine shop, working on a Ward 7 turret lathe, then
on to a Ward 10 lathe. The mixer machine shop was amalgamated with the Syncro machine shop. I also machined the drums for the mobile concrete mixer lorries. This machine was in the profile shop. I moved onto the Herbert machining centre-a computor controled
machine - (CNC) in 1978.
My mother-in-law, Ivy Shearer, was the post room manageress, working in Wingets for over
 30 years.   
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: shaz on January 28, 2011, 11:58:31
My dad and grandad worked at Wingets and i remember me and my brother going to the kids xmas parties, the boys had to sit 1 side of the room and girls the other :)
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: MC on November 18, 2011, 14:32:18
I did not work at Wingets, but my best friend did, during the 60īs, his name is David Chalk. I went to see him at work a lot of times.  He does not have a computer, so will try to let him see the photos. We were both into cars, sports cars and racing cars.   MC
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: frank53 on February 17, 2012, 20:03:12
Hey, new to the forum. I have a Winget pen drum mixer 5/3 and a half with a Lister D engine. It`s in a bad way and I was hoping someone had some info on them or history about the mixer, but what I`m really looking for is some detailed pictures or drawings. Thanks!
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Post by: N0SEY on April 14, 2012, 21:53:02
I don`t like the look of the guy 3rd from the left  :)
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Post by: les freathy on June 04, 2012, 14:50:48
One of a fleet of Seddon P6 trucks used by Winget in the 1950s
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: kilclareman on June 10, 2012, 23:33:32
Having read the topic, I would like to add that I was apprenticed at Winget between 1957 and 1963 finishing in the maintenance shop. There were twelve new Apps. that year, the first to use the new App. School upstairs above the Oxygen store. I am trying to contact any of the other twelve apart from Ted Smith and John Huson (he was the other Millwright App.). Would be very pleased to discover anyone I knew there during my App. I have great memories of the place and the good time I had there. For me it was the best apprenticeship a person could ask for.
Look forward to hearing from anyone.
Name is Brian Hoare.
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: John Casson on January 02, 2013, 22:25:58
Hello Kilclareman, or may I call you Enoch? You might remember me, but more likely to have known me as Jim. I remember you all, together with instructors Sam Spickett and Charlie Leonard, the only bloke who could spit in his own ear! I'd be delighted to get in touch.  Jiii-iiiiiimm
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: 5001sqdn on January 07, 2013, 18:33:41
My name is Dave West and I was also an apprentice at Wingets starting in 1960 and leaving in 1962 to join the RAF Maintenance Command as a Carpenter/Trainee Clerk of Works.
I have some very fond and funny memories of the time I spent in the Apprentice School and also in the Maintenance Dept. George Coafield was the apprentice manager and I can remember his love of Vincent motorbikes which we would always be working on bits and making bits for them.
My Father, George West, also worked at Wingets as a Setter and then in the office as Stock Control Manager.
I used to commute from Gillingham with Pete Oram on a tandem which was always good fun except in the dodgy weather.
I would love to hear from anyone who was at Wingets at the same time, especially Brian Easdown who was apprenticed with me in the Maintenance Dept.
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: swiftone on January 08, 2013, 09:14:59
My name is Dave West and I was also an apprentice at Wingets starting in 1960 and leaving in 1962 to join the RAF Maintenance Command as a Carpenter/Trainee Clerk of Works.
I have some very fond and funny memories of the time I spent in the Apprentice School and also in the Maintenance Dept,  George Coafield was the apprentice manager and I can remember his love of Vincent motorbikes which we would always be working on bits and making bits for them.

I remember George before he took over the apprentice school. He was the charge-hand in a small development area tucked away in the corner of one of the main workshops. It was the ideal place for "rabbits" (doing your own work). Winget work was always done but there was also ample time for homework jobs. I believe George had two Vincents but he always came to work on a push bike sometimes bringing in parts of one of the motor bikes. He was so enthusiastic that he polished up any moving parts inside the engines that were normally just rough cast until you could see your face in them.
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: sandynan46 on March 26, 2013, 17:48:38
Hello! I have been reading the messages about Winget with great interest, and I remember Dave Chalk too (ref. by Guest MC). My Father was a founder member of Winget, coming down to Strood in 1934 to help set up the foundry.  His name was Norman Chouings, and he was at Winget for 40 years until his retirement in 1974. My mother also worked there during the war and so, subsequently did my grandad, and my two brothers.  Would be interested if anyone remembers any of them.  I have 3 or 4 old Winget Life magazines, and in one there is an article about the plans to build the Kart track at Buckmore Park, with a picture of Peter Monk who was on the civil engineering sales team, and who I remember well coming to our house, as he and Dad were members of the Rochester Motor Club and did a lot of rallying together.  Dave Chalk would remember Pete too.
I look forward to hearing from anyone in the future.
p.s. my name is Sandra Harrod (nee Chouings)
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: Kolin098 on May 02, 2013, 13:46:09
Hello All,

I have done a little research into a small aluminium tray I recently bought. I collect Royal Corps of Signals Badges and Commonwealth & Ex-Commonwealth Signals badges. I also collect the odd item associated with the Royal Corps of Signals.
A cast tray came up on Ebay recently and was an unusual piece so I bought it. It's a shield shaped aluminium cast tray approx, 5-1/2 " x 4". It shows the Rochester coat of arms with a Royal Corps of Signals badge in centre of the George cross over the 'r' in the centre of the cross. The Royal Signals badge is that was in use 1920 to 1947.
The marks on the back are not that easy to see but I made out: 'WINGET LTD.' and 'MAY 1937' which led me to this Forum and your posting making mention of 'Rabbits'. The tray is obviously not anything to do with Mixer Equipment so I assume it to be a 'Rabbit'.
My thoughts are that firstly May '37 would be when the Strood factory was being setup or not long after and the tray may have been made in the casting shop as a casting test piece or as a 'Rabbit'. Whoever made it may have been ex-Royal Signals perhaps they may have served in WW1 but had a connection of some kind to the Signals.
The tray is 76 years old this month, so the maker is likely long passed but someone on the forum may know of something that connects the dots, so to speak, Royal Corps of Signals, Rochester, Winget, May 1937 & Aluminium casting?

I don't appear to have the right to post attachments on the forum.  If you copy & paste this link below into your browser you can download the pdf of the bit of research I've done with photos.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/46864288/R.Signals%20Tray.pdf


Regards,

Kolin098
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: Mike S on May 02, 2013, 17:29:51
The date May 1937 was the Royal Wedding, perhaps this was made as a souvenir.
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: oobie on August 13, 2013, 13:14:07
Did this go on to be Babcock-Winget? A relative of mine took on the company when Babcock and Winget split, and I was wondering if anyone knew the background to what happened. He and my family were also all involved in cycling and Medway Velo.
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Post by: Dave Smith on July 12, 2014, 13:19:52
Altho' I don't have a reply to your Winget history query (I was at Shorts - across the Medway - in 1945/47), your mention of Medway Velo brought back memories. My cousin, Eric Smith, was a founder member with like minded cyclists who wanted to do road racing/ mass starts, which was a no go with the RTTC/NCU to which the  local Medway Wheelers & M. Road Club were affiliated. The Velo was affiliated to the BLRC who organised the first Dover to London Road Race in the late 40's. Incidently, the Velo is the only one of the 3 left I believe, altho' the others had been going for very many years. Dave Smith
Title: Re: Winget Ltd., Strood.
Post by: lyn on October 05, 2015, 21:57:16
hi I too have one of these shields dated xmas 1934 any information gratefully received thank you
Hello All,

I have done a little research into a small aluminium tray I recently bought. I collect Royal Corps of Signals Badges and Commonwealth & Ex-Commonwealth Signals badges. I also collect the odd item associated with the Royal Corps of Signals.
A cast tray came up on Ebay recently and was an unusual piece so I bought it. It's a shield shaped aluminium cast tray approx, 5-1/2 " x 4". It shows the Rochester coat of arms with a Royal Corps of Signals badge in centre of the George cross over the 'r' in the centre of the cross. The Royal Signals badge is that was in use 1920 to 1947.
The marks on the back are not that easy to see but I made out: 'WINGET LTD.' and 'MAY 1937' which led me to this Forum and your posting making mention of 'Rabbits'. The tray is obviously not anything to do with Mixer Equipment so I assume it to be a 'Rabbit'.
My thoughts are that firstly May '37 would be when the Strood factory was being setup or not long after and the tray may have been made in the casting shop as a casting test piece or as a 'Rabbit'. Whoever made it may have been ex-Royal Signals perhaps they may have served in WW1 but had a connection of some kind to the Signals.
The tray is 76 years old this month, so the maker is likely long passed but someone on the forum may know of something that connects the dots, so to speak, Royal Corps of Signals, Rochester, Winget, May 1937 & Aluminium casting?

I don't appear to have the right to post attachments on the forum.  If you copy & paste this link below into your browser you can download the pdf of the bit of research I've done with photos.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/46864288/R.Signals%20Tray.pdf


Regards,

Kolin098
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