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richymac
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16 of 23  Sat 18th Oct 2014 4:59pm  
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The Coventry Apprentice Association - canoe race from Hemel Hempsted all the way back up to Northampton - absolute hell but such a laugh. Like Mick lots of names I remember - but best times were in the training school. Jack Trigg - What a gent !
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McM
Cotswolds
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17 of 23  Fri 12th Jun 2015 8:25am  
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I've just come across this interesting forum. I can confirm John Beardow is still around and doing a superb job in running the Wickman Golf Society (yes it really is still going). WGS meets about 6 times a year at various courses. I first started playing with them in 1968 under the strict tutelage of Laurie Hudson. People I remember from that time are Harry Byles, Vic Taylor, Mike Poole, Eric Robinson and Maurice Parker. John has done a brilliant job keeping it going and we still play for all the old trophies.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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18 of 23  Fri 12th Jun 2015 8:53am  
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Pleased to hear that John is still going strong Thumbs up Pity he is/was a Dirty Leeds supporter Wink
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Norman Conquest
Allesley
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19 of 23  Fri 12th Jun 2015 9:47am  
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Did anyone know Brian Tallett at Wickmans?
Just old and knackered

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Pete H
Sheffield
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20 of 23  Fri 19th Jun 2015 11:31pm  
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I started my apprenticeship on 3 September 1979. Colin Tipson was the Training Manager and Jack Trigg was in charge of the training school. He along with Roland Harbourne, Frank Wardell and Ralph Tipton taught us so well. I still have every piece I made there and will always be proud to have been a Wickman Apprentice. We had our First Year dinner at The Manor in Meriden and I can still see the complementary ciggies in the wine glasses placed along the centre of the tables. Happy days indeed! Pete Holmes
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RJ
Cheltenham
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21 of 23  Tue 3rd Nov 2015 12:03pm  
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Hi everyone - started at Wickmans Sept 1969 as apprentice £5.5 shillings first wage. Worked at Banner Lane till 1978 then to Chicago 78-late 81 then back to Cov, now in Cheltenham Cheers Richard Scally
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Ian Ferguson
Coventry
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22 of 23  Fri 9th Dec 2016 1:02pm  
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I started at Wickmans in September 1974. After a year in the training centre I worked in the grinding section in the light machine shop. I also worked in the cutter grinding department and then in the tool room on the Optical Profile Grinder with Jack Hands. I worked in the tool room when I finished my apprenticeship and remained there until I left in 1980. I haven't worked in engineering since then. I can remember names from the training school such as Colin Tipson, Stan Wood and Joe Williams, the training staff Jack Trigg, Frank Wardell, Ralph Tipton and Roland whose surname escapes me. There was an instructor who looked after the apprentices once they left the training centre but I can't remember his name. My dad John Ferguson worked on the 9' long centre lathe in the light machine shop. I remember there being a number of people who had relatives working there. When I worked in the grinding section I worked alongside Dave Richards who was my best man in 1980 when I married Vicky Shaw a typist who is the daughter of Bert Shaw. Bert used to work in the offices and had involvement with Wickmans club. I remember the Stardice hill walking competition and Hemel Hempstead to Northampton canoe race very well. There was one occasion when Colin Tipson had to come with us on the canoe race because we had misbehaved and received complaints from the organisers the previous year. The reason that I came on to this site was that I had been trying to recall the name of my first foreman in the Tool Room. I think his first name may have been Wilf but I'm not sure. Brian Latcham took over from him when he retired. Ian Ferguson

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Midland Red
Cherwell
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23 of 23  Fri 3rd Nov 2017 7:39am  
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On 12th Jun 2015 8:25am, McM said: I've just come across this interesting forum. I can confirm John Beardow is still around and doing a superb job in running the Wickman Golf Society (yes it really is still going). WGS meets about 6 times a year at various courses. I first started playing with them in 1968 under the strict tutelage of Laurie Hudson. People I remember from that time are Harry Byles, Vic Taylor, Mike Poole, Eric Robinson and Maurice Parker. John has done a brilliant job keeping it going and we still play for all the old trophies.
Sad to hear that John Beardow passed away on 30 October aged 79 Sad RIP John
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