Questions
I wonder if you can tell me what happened to Plessey Company pension scheme? I was an employee in the late 1969 / 1970\'s and as such paid into the pension scheme. I have recently retired from work and don\'t know how or where to claim the pension or even if it still holds good. An address and current telephone number would be useful for me to enquire. Whom was the pension provided (Prudential?) Thank you for any information you can provide. Jim Feb 07 2008 james.hollis1@*********.***

Hello James,
This is a frequently asked question of ex Plessey employees and the first thing to do is to contact the two pension funds that took over from Plessey. These were GEC and Siemens. The two pension schemes were The GEC Plan and Siemens Benefits Scheme. This all happened in 1991 and there may have been some changes since then.
Try www.marconi-pensions.co.uk and www.siemens.co.uk. Let us know if you make any progress. It’s complicated and there have been a few changes over the years but if you qualify you should get a result.
All the best.
Bob Collins

Hello Mr. Collins, Would you be able to tell me if you know of a former employee named Joan Chatten, who worked I believe, at Ley Street, Ilford. At some time in the late 1980\'s I assisted in clearing some scrapped tooling and miscellania from a toolroom there, and in amongst it all was a small plywood box bearing the Plessey logo on the lid, and the number 4237 burnt into the front close to the latch. Inside, on the lid itself, is the name Joan Chatten clearly written in pencil. I have used this box carefully now for well over 20 years, but always wondered if I could trace it\'s original owner (user?), to return it to her, as it may invoke memories of her days at Plessey. She appeared on TV briefly as a friend of a subject on \"This Is Your Life\" hosted by (I believe) Michael Aspel a few years ago, but only recently have I acquired the computer technology to enable me to begin my search. This is a genuine enquiry from a person who likes to \'tie up loose ends\', so I hope you can help. Regards, Brian Feb 07 2008 Brian Gillis brggmc@*********.***

Hello Brian, nice to hear from you.
This is a very interesting story Brian and I would love to be able to pass on your message. I have checked the contacts I have but regrettably no luck I am afraid. I shall keep your email and Joan's name on file and if I get to contact her I shall be in touch.
All the best and thanks for your interest.
Bob Collins

Hello, I am not ex-Plessey but I am an amateur historian with a substantial Website about the UK semiconductor industry. This includes both Plessey transistors http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~wylie/Semics/Semics.htm and early ICs, for which I am missing a lot of UK data http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~wylie/ICs/ICs.htm Could you pass this on to any ex-Plessey staff who could add further information that I could publish on my site? I am particularly interested in the IC side. Regards Dr. Andrew Wylie Jan 25 2008 Andrew_Wylie@*********.***

Good morning Andrew,
Thanks for your interest. I have had one or two contacts from Plessey Semiconductors, mainly on the sales side. I can forward your email on to them if that would help.
I am retired now but my company (www.sentient-systems.co.uk) is still run by my son Mark. I mention it because we maintained a technical library of data sheets and I recall that there were a few bits of Plessey Semiconductor stuff. I shall try to find it. I cannot promise when but if I come across anything I shall contact you again.
All the best. Keep up the good work.
Bob Collins

my father worked for Plessey1940-1960. He was maintenance manger in the\"tunnel\" during the war. I rember hearing him talk about this.I recently saw a book with a sigmificant chapter on this topic,containing a photograph of AG Clark in the tunnel with some Americans and i am fairly certain that one of the figures is my father.Sadlly I have lost the title of this volume and the name of the auther.Do you know of this book or of any historical data on this topic.. prof j d ward Jan 20 2008 ward@*********.***

Hello prof d ward,
Its interesting to hear from you. My elder brother worked in the tunnel in the later part of WW II as an apprentice lath setter. He passed away last year so I regret I cannot ask him if he knew your father.
I am interested in the book you mentioned. I was not aware of such a book and would be interested in any information you may manage to get hold of. Sorry I cannot be much help but nice hearing from you.
All the best, Bob Collins
PS: Hopefully the pictures of the tunnel on this site might have what you are looking for. My elder brother is in a couple of the pictures with a white coat and his trousers tucked into his socks. He could not afford bicycle clips and he was frightened that there might be rats in the tunnel but I don’t think there were.


Hello Bob, A little about myself, I joined Plessey Marine, Uppark Drive on the 28th November 1977. I have achieved continous service ever since through a number of name changes including Siemens Plessey, British Aerospace, BAE Systems and Now Selex. I have worked at following sites Ilford, IIOW site, Southleigh site, Christchurch site and now as Selex, Basildon and Edinburgh. I notice from your details that you worked in Special Projects, I also worked for about three months in that department as a Procurement project support role. I do have some photographs of the old site towards its end and I think some early ones, but they were not aken by myself so I can not give you permission for there use. My wife also worked for the company and in the same department as yourself, she was a PA to someone? I still have some contact with some of the old faces and still work with some of them. Good luck with the site. David Butler December 05 2007 david.butler@*********.***

Hello David,
Nice to hear from you. I moved from Plessey Marine in Sept 76 to Templecombe. I worked with people like Derick Powell under Allun Jones, the big boss for a while. There was a David Butler, or it might have been Buttler at Templecombe but we never came face to face. I am wondering if that was you?
At Ilford I was a group leader for the last year running the tail end of the 193M sonar project. It was a real mess and we could not get MoD acceptance due to poor performance. I managed to get some help from Templecombe, Len Jarmen, Vic Chadwick (best pall but sadly died) and Brian Dicker if the names mean any thing. They made all the difference and eventually got acceptance with a vastly improved performance, or so I am told.
You have certainly got around; I’d like to hear more.
My Special Projects department was the embryo, circa 1951 to 55 that eventually became Naval Systems and then Plessey Marine. It was Guided Weapons for a while because SP was mainly concerned with air-to-air weapons and then gained the Mk44 torpedo contract. So that in a nutshell is how it became Naval Systems. I think Special Projects was set up again later maybe to fill a gap in the market.
I understand about the pictures. I have already collected a few. They are all privately owned so I cannot publish them on the net but I would really like to see them some time.
Can you tell me your wife's first and maiden name; it might ring a bell.
Any way, nice to hear from you, keep well and remembering.
All the best,
Bob Collins

Good morning Bob,

Sorry for the delay getting back to you, It’s the usual year end rush for output time.
I was never at Templecombe, so it was not me.
I certainly remember the very large 193M system, I recall that when ever one was moved it broke floor tiles on its way down the corridors.
Did you know Dave Corrie, I seem to remember he was a Tester on that project?
He took early retirement a few years ago now from Selex as a project manager.
I have just passed your details onto a colleague at Basildon called Martin Pryer, he still has regular contact with ex-Plessey employees.
I believe he still see's Dick Liddell, Bob Buckfield, George Eaton, Mac Lamb and others I can not remember.
Do you know any of those names?
He intends to pass on your details, early next week when out for a drink.
My wife's name was Gina Peck at the time you may of known her.


Hi David,
Happy New Year. Thanks for the response and passing on the info. Some of the names you mentioned do ring bells but I have problems matching the faces. Dick Liddell is the one that stands out. Sorry but I cannot recall Gina.
I did meet up with Iain Robertson (Plessey Marine Operations Exec I think). He moved Dorset way in about 77. I met up with him down here while I was a Flight Refuelling and worked with him for a time. He was Ops Director for a firm called Quest Automation, a Plessey spin off. I was Engineering Manager at Quest for a while but Quest hit hard times and I moved on. I lost contact with Iain.
All the best.
Bob Collins
PS:My New Year resolution is to update the Web site. If you have any ideas then please let me know.

i am a former employee of the hoskyns group and moved to canada, however i am trying to track down my pension and needed to know if you could provide me with the company contact info so i can pursue this. with thanks.. vil. Vilmore Wint September 10 2007 mishville@*********.***

Hello Vilmore,
Sorry for the delay in replying but I have been away from my office.
This is a frequently asked question of ex Plessey employees and the first thing to do is to contact the two pension funds that took over from Plessey. These were GEC and Siemens. The two pension schemes were The GEC Plan and Siemens Benefits Scheme. This all happened in 1991 and there may have been some changes since then.
Try www.marconi-pensions.co.uk and www.siemens.co.uk. Let us know if you make any progress. It’s complicated and there have been a few changes over the years but if you qualify you should get a result.
All the best.
Bob Collins

Hi, I joined the Chemical and Metallurgical Laboratory in 1967 as a junior. Plessey sponsored me through a Degree in Materials Science at Bath University and I then worked at the Alan Clark Research Centre, then Water Lane then back to Ilford. I left but returned after five years to be the Production Engineering Manager in the new building. I watched the old site being torn down and managed to negotiate the \"Central Avenue\" sign just before it disappeared. It\'s now in my garden. How is your project coming along? Have you had much response and when do you think you will add articles to the web site? I took the attched photo in the 80s during a flight in a four seater. I have other photos, memories, connections etc that I will be happy to share. Regards Eric Dawson September 11 2007 eric_dawson@*********.***

Hello Eric,
Sorry for the delay in replying but just got back from a few days in Ireland, only my second visit.
Great to hear from you. Your name rings a bell but cannot put a face to it I'm afraid. The old brain cells are not what they used to be.
I started out in the new building just after it was completed in 53. In fact it was close to completion while I was being interviewed. It was Special Projects on the first floor and I think Wages and stuff on the top floor. My floor then became Guided Weapons before we moved to Uppark Drive and Horns Road as Plessey Marine/Naval Systems some time in the 60s.
It saddens me to think of the place coming down, I have such vivid memories. I well remember the Central Avenue sign (and not a tree in sight!). I envy you having that. As a junior in those days I had the run of the factory and often ventured where I wasn't supposed to go on errands. I found some huge water tanks in the Main Assembly building basement where we did the first under water trials for the marine business.
To be honest I do not get a lot of response to the web site and I have neglected to update it I regret to say. I have a few names, maybe a dozen or so but not as many as I had originally hoped. I shall keep the site going but find it difficult to get time to up date it. I had some web designer help to start with but I don't have it now. I would still like to do some more work on it but I still keep myself very busy on other projects. It just takes a lower priority on my time.
I am very interested in unmanned aircraft, UAVs and I get to give talks and write papers and stuff. It keeps me interested. I also do a lot of experimental work, mainly to do with manufacturing technology.
I would love to see the pictures but I was unable to open the one that you attached. I could open a JPEG or something like that.
I can’t promise to publish on the web but I would be interested in adding to the data base any thing you have. I wouldn't use anything without your OK.
All the best. Keep in touch.
Bob Collins.

Hello Bob,
I was interested to know that you were at Uppark Drive etc in the 60s. Did you know my brother Gerald (Gerry) Dawson? He worked on the pressure test rig. Apparently he managed to flood the place a couple of times!
When I first joined Vicarage Lane in '67 I was also a junior and was expected to run errands all over the site. Needless to say, I also found my way to strange places including the basements with the water tanks and up onto the roofs. Good views up there. You just had to find the hidden ladders and trapdoors. Did you also know that Dick Emery's brother Claude worked there in the '60s? He had an office somewhere in building 114 and I used to deliver paperwork there. Po-faced beggar, I never saw him smile! On the subject of memorabilia, do you remember the double oak doors that lead to the directors' suite? There was a brass plate saying "Private". That plate is now on the door to the room I call my Den at home. I also had the doors (this was when the site was Siemens Plessey and the offices were being modernised). I ended up handing those over to Dave Betts (daughter was Leah Betts) and he used the oak panels on his fishing boat. Strange world!
Regarding people, I worked in the Chem Met Lab for Bill Ross (now gone) and Arthur Lee (living on the South Coast). Operations Director, Big Dave Liddell died a few years ago; I don't think he made 65! His brother, Tricky Dicky retired. Dave's son Bill still works for the remnants of the company and is at Basildon (ex GEC site).
The photo I sent was an Arial shot of the company in the early '80s, before it was pulled down. It's a jpeg so I've sent it again for you to try. If there is still a problem I can copy them to a disc and send by snail mail. I'll also send a copy of a pdf article somebody wrote on the history of Plessey in Ilford if you like. Just need your address.
You mentioned UAVs. I have conducted some inspection work for UAV Engines Ltd in the past couple of years. Fascinating subject. I was looking at the electronics on the carburettors.
I ran into an ex-colleague from the Estimating Department a few weeks ago. We were both in a furniture store in Colchester and I heard a call behind me of "Mr Dawson---" Small world, as well as strange.
Take care

Eric

Hi Eric,
Wow! What a great picture; thanks a lot for that. Some time ago I got an ordnance survey map of the site circa 63. Up till now that has been the best bit of memorabilia that I have apart from one other very small item.
Yes, I did the roofs as well, we had a test hut on the flat roof atop of the building at right angles to the New Building (as it then was). We got access to it from our lab on the first floor of the NB. We also had a rig on the roof of the NB, testing anti aircraft shell proximity fuses. I still have a bit of one. That's the other thing I just mentioned.
Did you come across the anti aircraft machine gun over the management block? When I found it in about 56 there were still empty cartridge cases on the ground all around. The story was that Nobby would spend his weekends up there shooting up the Luftwaffe. I don't suppose it’s true.
I am sure I knew Gerry but just cannot put a face to the name.
I didn't know about Dick Emery's brother. That's quite interesting.
And you got the doors and the plate! You sound a bit like me. I take stuff to the tip and bring home more than I take. I know the doors you mean. As a starter I used to run messages up to what we called the Kremlin.
Arthur Lee? I wonder if it could be the Arthur Lee that I started with. My first six months were spent working alongside an Arthur Lee in 53. He was so kind to me and helped me on my way. I hope it’s the same person and he is still around. I last saw my Arthur in 76 when I left Ilford and I nearly met up with him again in the mid 80s. I was managing some environmental testing down south but someone mentioned that Arthur had just left the Company.
Any thing you can send me would be greatly appreciated, address below and if your ever passing drop in for a cuppa.
My UAV is a disk aircraft, just an interesting novelty really but because nobody else is interested it makes me a bit of an expert.
All the best,

Hi, Just wondering if you are still going to go live with website and if so when? I currently work at Eaton Aerospace in Titchfield in Hampshire. I have worked here since I was 17 years old in Novemeber 1977 when this site was owned by Plessey. On this site at that time was Plessey Wound Products, Pleassy Aerospace, and Plessey Assesment Services. Since that time it has been taken over by GEC, BAE, Cobham and now Eaton Aerospace. We still manufacture and repair some of of the same aircraft pumps that were manfactured here back in the Plessey days. In fact we still get fuel pumps returned for repair that still have the Plessey logo on the ID plate of which if still ledgable does not get replaced. So there are still products in current use with the Plessey logo still on them! 21 June 2009 Mike Ponteaux mykiemike2@*********.***

Hi Mike,
It’s really nice to hear from you. I visited the sit of Assessment Services in about 1985 I think, although the name had changed so it may have been later. The names Cleaver Simonds and Arthur Lee come to mind. I knew Arthur from way back in the 50s.
I really would like to update the site; I have a nice collection of old pictures, mainly Ilford in war time and the last days. I hope to put them on the site and I have heard from quite a few people over the years. My main problem is, I don’t have much in the way of ideas and know how. A young chap that worked for me at the time did all the work and several times I have tried to learn how to update the site but other priorities got in the way.
I shall renew my efforts but in the mean time if you have any pictures, old brochures or anything that might interest ex Plessey people then I would very much like to receive it.
All the best Bob

My dad was employed by Plessey during the 2nd ww and evidently worked in an underground tunnel that was to become the London central line I believe. I have been told by my mother that he worked in the stores or had something to do with it during this war time period? Is there any way of finding out more about his employment? His name was Reginald Henry Hydes and probably known as Reg to work friends. Mr Jim Hydes 08 June 2009 jim.shack079@*********.***

Hello Jim,
Thanks for you email. The name Reg Hydes does not unfortunately match up with the Plessey people that we have on our list. I spoke to my elder brother who was an apprentice automatic lathe setter in the tunnel and mentioned the name and he said that he recalls a Reg in the Tool store but he couldn’t remember the second name.
I have a collection of pictures from the tunnel period which might be of interest to you. I won’t send them all at once for fear of slowing the system but I shall try to send them over the next few days. I hope that helps.
All the best,
Bob Collins

I liked your site. Rob Miller 07 June 2009 eb_Miller5676@*********.***

Hello Rob,
Thanks for you interest. I regret that I have not managed to update the site but I still get a trickle of emails. What is your interest? I assume you are ex Plessey.
All the best Bob Collins


I am trying to locate a employee ROGER WELLOCK he worked for Plessey SA 1980\'S 20 May 2009 Shirlena Faure shirlena.faure@*********.***

Hello Shirlena,
I am sorry but there is nobody of that name that we are in contact with. However, if that person gets in touch with Plessey UK at some time in the future then we will gladly pass your email on if you would like us to.
Thanks for contacting Plessey UK and sorry we cannot help on this occasion.
Bob Collins

hello Bob I worked in Leigh park as test engineer whilst doing my Cit and guilds and carried on to my HNC which I did not get through reason went on to do Management and attained MBA and after leaving I joined NOKIA networks and after 23 years at Nokia I left part of that I must have worked 60% of the time around the world setting Up business and process and now I work for Citi part of citi bank USA. and I have many good experience whilst my stay in , and met many people well that is the for now lets keep in touch I think one year after I left Plessey the place was shut down . Kr Tony Anthony Silva 02 January 2009 @*********.***Hi Anthony,
Really sorry for the delay coming back to you but I have been away for a while.
Nice to hear from you. It sounds like you used your time well. I have a collection of pictures that a contact from the old firm has passed on but none of Leigh park, sorry to say.
I am still hoping to update the site but still have a bit of a learning curve in web design. The original was done by a chap that worked for me at the time.
If you have any pictures, brochures, contacts then please pass them on and I shall try to publish.
Do keep in touch, and sorry once again for the delay.
Bob Collins

I worked in the engineering shop in 1956 working on the capstan machines. the Managers name is Mr wells and Mr Hustler.At 3 shillings an hour. Brian Jamieson 25 January 2009 jamiesona@***.***


Hi Brian,
Nice to hear from you. Were you at the Ilford site? Here is a picture in the seventies I think. I started here in fifty three (lab tea boy) and worked in what we used to call the New building in the foreground of the picture.
My recollection of where capstan laths were was half way between where I was and the canteen, the big black roof in the middle, canteen right at the back with the white roof. We used to walk through the engineering shop when it was raining. Our paths must have crossed.
My elder brother (sadly now passed on) was an apprentice capstan setter, started during the war in the tunnel.
Really good to hear from you. All the best. Aerial view of Ilford site attached.
Bob Collins

My dad was employed by Plessey during the 2nd ww and evidently worked in an underground tunnel that was to become the London central line I believe. I have been told by my mother that he worked in the stores or had something to do with it during this war time period? Is there any way of finding out more about his employment? His name was Reginald Henry Hydes and probably known as Reg to work friend. Jim Hydes 07 June 2009 jim.shack079@*********.***

Hello Jim,
Thanks for you email. The name Reg Hydes does not unfortunately match up with the Plessey people that we have on our list. I spoke to my elder brother who was an apprentice automatic lathe setter in the tunnel and mentioned the name and he said that he recalls a Reg in the Tool store but he couldn’t remember the second name.
I have a collection of pictures from the tunnel period which might be of interest to you. I won’t send them all at once for fear of slowing the system but I shall try to send them over the next few days. I hope that helps.
All the best,
Bob Collins

Hello Bob,
Many thanks for the photo's which are certainly of interest. I look forward to any others that you might have. I realise it's some time ago now, I'm not good at remembering names just a few years ago so records and photos can help.
Regards
Jim Hydes

I live in São Paulo-SP, Brazil, and I\'ve got a friend aged 72 who worked for Plessey in Brazil during the period between 1960s and early 1980\'s. His name is Thuríbio Carlos and he\'s got many tales about his time at Plessey ATE over here. He and his mates may have photos and news about Plessey in Brazil. Is it interesting for you? Regards. Marcos Garcia 10 October 2008 @*********.***
Hello Marcos.
I received your email at Plessey-UK.com some time ago and I am very sorry not to have replied before now. Your email was mistakenly filed before I had an opportunity to reply.
Yes I would like very much to hear from your friend Thuribio, what ever he can tell us about Plessey in Brazil.
Regards, Bob Collins

please put me in touch with the department or personnel responsible for benefits and pensions. i used to work for hoskyns systems limited which was bought out by plessey. with thanks vil. Vilmore Wint 26 September 2008 vwint@*********.***

Hello Vilmore,

This is a frequently asked question of ex Plessey employees and the first thing to do is to contact the two pension funds that took over from Plessey. These were GEC and Siemens. The two pension schemes were The GEC Plan and Siemens Benefits Scheme. This all happened in 1991 and there may have been some changes since then.
Try www.marconi-pensions.co.uk and www.siemens.co.uk. Let us know if you make any progress. It’s complicated and there have been a few changes over the years but if you qualify you should get a result.
All the best.
Bob Collins

Hi Bob, I\'m an engineer at OnChip Systems in San Jose, CA USA. OnChip Systems has a long history of using InterDesign and Plessey style arrays. Our former president Doug Curtis worked at InterDesign before it became Plessey. I\'ve been asked to try and track down some of the old databases. Tim MacDonald said that a few masks and such went to Plessey UK, but he wasn\'t sure where. Specifically, I\'m looking for the MOH database and/or a base array mask set for the MOH. Also we are looking for any metal masks or databases titled 2466x, particularly 2466E. This was the last metal mask used to produce Curtis Electromusic device CEM3340. I know that this is a long shot, but we have few better choices. I\'m hoping that you can direct me to someone that might be familiar with older, archive databases and masks. Thanks and best regards, John Borg 18 September 2008 johnonchip@*****.***

Hi John,

Thanks for the email.
It’s a bit outside my experience but my guess is that the masks went to Plessey at Swindon, in Wiltshire U.K., where Plessey Semiconductors was based.
I am in contact with a couple of people from that business and I shall pass your enquiry on.
I shall let you know if I have any luck.
All the best,
Bob Collins

I have just looked at your website and I was working at Plessey at Ilford in the late 70\'s and I left in 1984 I worked in the Pensions Dept my Managers were Derek Jones and Peter Moore and the head of Pensions was Mr Griffin and his boss I think was Mr linford. Cheryl Sulivan 15 August 2008 cherylsusansullivan@*********.***

Hello Cheryl,
Thanks for contacting the site. I know of the people that you have mentioned but have not come face to face with them. Hopefully we might get a contact in the future.
I am working on updating the web site and one of the most frequently asked questions is about Plessey pensions. I try to help by putting people in touch with
www.marconi-pensions.co.uk and www.siemens.co.uk.
It would be a great help to those if someone from Plessey pensions could offer some advice.
All the best Bob

I act as a financial adviser to a client who is an ex-Plessey employee - Ian Valentine. Ian has asked me to find out about any Pension Benefits that he might have entitlement to in connnection with his employment with Plessey. Do you know where ex staff need to go to in order to obtain this infomration - sorry to ask you but thought this might be quicker since you are likely to be talking to ex-staff all the time so this must be a frequently asked question. Thanks Phil Raper Commercial Director 02 August 2008 phil.raper@*********.***

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Dear Sirs, Please can you quote your best price & delivery for the following items: Part Number: 419-1-19604-000 Description: CIRCUIT CARD ASSEMB NSN: 5845995332997 Quantity: 3 Thank you & kind regards, Matt Shattock Tel. +44(0)1245 227919 Fax. +44(0)1245 227084 Anglia Microwaves Ltd Copt Hill House Copt Hill Danbury Chelmsford Essex CM3 4NN United Kingdom 29 Nay 2008 matt@*********.***

Dear Matt Shattock.

I am sorry but we are unable to supply the items you require. If you can advise what equipment/system the items are required for, we might be able to advise where they may be obtained. There is no charge for our service and we do not hold any rights to these items.
Regards.
Bob Collins

Hi Bob,
Thank you for your reply.
These items are for the South Korean Navy and were supplied on the 193M MOD 1.
Thank you & kind regards,
Matt Shattock

Hello Matt,
The outfit you are looking for for mine hunting sonar (193M) is: Thales Underwater Systems Ltd.,
Ocean House,
Templecombe,
Somerset,
BA8 0DH.
Tel:01963 370551
No email, sorry.
http://www.thalesuk.com/apps/flashmap/
That is where the last stage of development of 193M was undertaken when it was Plessey Naval Systems but I don’t know if they keep spares.
All the best.
Bob Collins

Hi Bob,
Thank you for your help. It’s really appreciated.
Kind regards,
Matt

DEAR SIR PLEASE SEND ME YOUR BEST PRICE OFFER INCLUDING DELIVERY TIME FOR THE FOLLOWING: 1) POWER TRANSFORMER WITH 5950-99-537-1937 PLESSEY GR 11 8229 P/N 683-4-08866-000 . PLEASE ALSO SEND ME YOUR TEL AND FAX NUMBER AS SOON AS YOU CAN. BEST REGARDS P.PEPPA 03 June 2008 ppeppa2001@*********.***

Hello P Pepper,
I am sorry but this is a social website with no commercial connection with the former Plessey Co. However, if you can provide information on the system or equipment that these parts are used on then I might be able to direct you. There is no charge for this service.
Regards Bob Collins

My uncle worked for Plessey Ilford, I think in the 50\'s. Do you have any memories of him? John Malcolm Small (known as Jack) and his wife Hildegarde, she also worked there I think. Any recollections would be most welcome Barbara Kay Haw 17 May 2008 Barbara Kay bkhaw@*********.******

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To add to my previous e-mail I should add my uncle was a white collar worker , presumably in some managerial capacity and my aunt a secretary. John Malcolm Small (Jack) and Hildegarde (Hilde). Many thanks

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I am trying to trace an old friend who worked at the Plymouth site, in the 1980s - MARK TAPPER (birthday 12 july, age now about 47.) He also had a friend there Gary Bailey, both were musicians and at the time played locally together.I met Mark in kent when we both at school, mark was a drummer). Is there any chance if you have his details you could pass mine on? I have moved to New Zealand, my address is (withheld). I understand if you cant help, but I thought it was woth a try! thank you! Alison Morley 21 May 2008 sage05a@*********.***

I was Business Systems Executive at Plessey AVionics and Communications, based at Vicarage Lane from December 1981. I then became BSE for Plessey Military Communications again at Vicarage Lane. I moved to PESL (at Addlestone) where I was Divisional Information Technology Executive fro the PESL Division working for George Hockham. I left Plessey on 31st December 1988 in the middle of the GEC Ciemens takeover.

Hello, My name is Riny Bakker I was a International Marketing Manager at Plessey Semi Condutors from 1975 till 1979. My boss and college was Ken Bradshaw of whom I have very pleasant memory. My 4 years at Plessey where a happy time. We left my home country Holland to live in marlborough. Now I try to contact Plessey Pension fund as I am due for a smal company pension can you give me the addres who and where to contact regards Riny Bakker 16 November 2005 riny.bakker@*********.***

Hello Riny,
Nice to hear from you. I never actually dealt with Plessey Semiconductors but of course the product range was well known and highly regarded. I would like to find out anything that you can tell me about products, people, places etc. I can't be sure where it was based; Swindon perhaps? Do you have any brochures or stuff you could copy to me,
I know the name Ken Bradshaw but never met him. I would love to hear from him if you are still in contact.
Re the Plessey Pension Fund; I don't have any contacts I'm afraid but I can make some enquiries. If I get any thing I will be in touch.
The web site has not been as successful as I had hoped. I have only heard from a few people but I am still keen to keep it going. I have registered Plessey Special Products UK Ltd but it is not trading yet but I have plans.
Hope to hear from you again.
All the best, Bob Collins

I worked for Plessey International (Netherlands Brach Office) in The Hague between 1957 and 1963. It was an effort to enter the European Continental market. I travelled over many countries in Europe and reported to Ilford. There were 3 Senior Field engineers in the beginning, I was one of them and responsible for Components for TV and Radio. We were rather successful in selling ceramic valveholders and electrolytic capacitors among others, but when the constant travelling (2 weeks cusomer visits, 1 week office and trips to the UK) became troublwsome, I switched to Philips in my home country. 03 November 2005 Jan Anema jananema@*****.***

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Hello, Bob.
Sorry but I've got nothing left from the Plessey-period, except a badge, copies of my expense accounts (just to remember when I was where at the time) and a little pocket-size Plessey Map book of London.

Valveholders were produced at Towcester, Elcos at Swindon, Loudspeakers at Havant and the Head Offce of Plessey International was at Ilford under Mr. George Doust.
Customers at the time were Philips, Tonfunk, Bang & Olufsen, Telefunken, Nordmende, Blaupunkt, Graetz, Standard Electric, Saba, Dual, Körting, Lenco, Imperial, just to mention the main manufacturers of those days.

If I can be of any firther assistance, please advise. Good luck with your efforts,

Jan.

I worked at Ilford from 1974 to 1993 returning for 2 years with Archer Comms (Bowman) 1999-2001. I witnessed the end of the main site (90%) in the 80\'s and the building of the new site in the area of PG5 (behind the Chairmans suite. The remainder if the suite including the Chairmans suite was demolished in 2004 to make way for housing but not before I retreived the PLESSEY GROUP marble plaque and have it to Redbridge Council for their museum. I am sure hugh culverhouse will be interested in your web page (relative of the Clark family hugh.culverhouse@*********.******e. 23 November 2007 Phil Courtney phil.courtney@*********.***

Bob

The attached will give you PLAQUE story and I have found the "Plessey at War" CD - I will add a few more recent photos if the final demolition phase.
If you remember 90% of the site was sold off in the late 80's for housing. A new factory was concurrently built in the area behind the Chairman's Suite (reception). This was finally demolished 04/05 and the remaining staff were moved to Basildon.

Regards

Phil Courtney

Gerard
>
> I was a PLESSEY employee for 20 years (1974 - 1994) and purchased a
> memento from the demolition company who removed the last part of the
> BAE SYSTEMS site in 2003-2004.
> I am offering it (FOC) to the museum in the hope that it can be
> displayed somewhere in your museum or the borough.
> It is the old company logo and title made of white marble and was due
> to be destroyed along with the old "chairman's block".
>
> I am moving away from Ilford after 30 years and would like to find it
> a more appropriate home, after all its represents part of Ilford's
> industrial heritage.
>
> Regards
> Phil Courtney

Dear Phil
>
> Thank you for your generous offer to donate the Plessey sign. The
> Museum would be delighted to accept this unique object for this
> company which has had such a long connection with the Borough. We have

> one or two things from the company, including circuit boards, a set of

> serving dishes from the canteen and an oral history of a lady who
> worked in the underground factory during WWII but this would be an
> excellent addition to the Museum collections.
>
> I have passed this email to my colleague, Bridget Owen who is the
> Museum Officer who manages the collection and she will be in touch
> with you to arrange the donation. This may make a good article for the

> newspapers and possibly a small display in the Museum in the next few
months.
>
> Once again, many thanks for your offer and I look foward to meeting
> with you at some stage.
>
> Yours sincerely
>
> Gerard Greene
> Redbridge Museum Manager

Dear Bridget
>
> Further to Gerard's mail I wish to inform you that we move into our
> new house in Benfleet this day week (28th Oct).
> If it can be arranged I would like to pass the marble sign over before

> we leave.
> I have a free window this afternoon and wondered if we could arrange
> something.
>
> My mobile is (withheld)
>
> Home (withheld.
>
> I also have a CD with archive photos and material from "PLESSEY AT
WAR"
> which I will run off for you.
>
> Regards
>
> Phil Courtney
> Projects

Hi Phil
>
> Bridget's on leave today but would you be able to visit the Museum in
> the Central Library to bring the item in? Unfortunately, I do not have

> a car and would not be able to visit today at short notice. Let me
> know if this convenient.
>
> Regards
>
> Gerard

Gerard
>
> I will bring it in my car at about 3pm this afternoon. I will make
> contact with reception at the library when I arrive, can you let them
> know I am arriving please.
> Do you have an area where I can park?
> This plaque is VERY HEAVY being about 3ft by 2ft 3/4in white marble so

> I suggest a trolley of some sort.
>
> Regards
>
> Phil
>
> Phil Courtney

Gerard
>
> Thanks for your time on Friday and for finding a home for the plaque.
> I look forward to seeing it displayed on your Plessey exhibit in the
future.
> I am more than happy to assist the museum after the "dust" on our
> house move has settled, feel free to contact me.
>
> I have copied Mr Hugh Culverhouse and included a link to his
> comprehensive article on the history of Plessey. As I mentioned he is

> a direct relative of the Clark family and will be very interested in
> your plans. (Hugh, I hope you don't mind!)
>
> I wish you and your staff all the best in you task of capturing and
> displaying Ilford's industrial heritage.
>
> Best regards
> Phil
Dear Phil,

I am delighted to hear that the Redbridge Museum has accepted your kind donation of the Plessey plaque. I feel that this is a most important part of Plessey history and I will update the Plessey history file to include a reference to Redbridge Museum and the presence of the all important plaque. I'll also let Michael Clark know, as I expect he would be interested in visiting the museum at some stage. Many thanks for your effort, and I wish you all the best with your move and for you happiness at your new home.

Should I update my address file with your e-mail address at selex, or should I just store your ntlworld address?

All best wishes,
Hugh Culverhouse

Bob

The attached will give you PLAQUE story and I have found the "Plessey at War" CD - I will add a few more recent photos if the final demolition phase.
If you remember 90% of the site was sold off in the late 80's for housing. A new factory was concurrently built in the area behind the Chairman's Suite (reception). This was finally demolished 04/05 and the remaining staff were moved to Basildon.

Regards

Phil Courtney

ood morning Bob

Unfortunately I posted the CD to the Wimborne address before I received your 2nd email however I had a 2nd copy which will go Monday to Cannon Hill Gardens. If you end up with 2 just pass a copy on to someone else.

Like you I have fond memories of Plessey, primarily for 10 great years designing PCB's on CAD with the Comms and Special Projects group. I went from black tape 4:1 to 4 CAD systems ending up on MENTOR.
First CAD system after black tape was CALMA where we digitised 4:1 layouts on a plotter to create a punch tape. This tape was then converted into gerber data to drive a photo plotter - technology has come a long way since those days!. Interesting that you re-registered the Plessey name as "Plessey Special Projects UK Ltd" - its good that someone retained the name.

I have copied Mervyn to the last email address I have of his - (hope you get this Mervyn) As I mentioned Mervyn was the creator of the CD and may have access to other archive material.

Regards
Phil
Phil Courtney

Hi Phil,
What a splendid email! I am thrilled that you have taken so much interest in the old firm. You might have guessed by now that I am very fond of my memories and time I spent with Plessey. They gave me my first chance at a career which I did not deserve but which I enjoyed immensely and it gave me the chance to met and work with so many interesting and clever people. I am very sad that the company as it was is no more.
You might be interested but a few years ago when I was working in Sentient Systems I learnt that the name “Plessey Co UK Limited” was no longer registered with Companies House and I decided that the name should not be forgotten. I re-registered the name and set up, on paper at least a company by that name. The Registrar received objections from some other company that I suppose had a vested interest so I had to change the name. I decided finally on “Plessey Special Products UK Ltd”. Special Projects department was where I first started in 1953. It went on to become Guided Weapons, then Plessey Marine and finally Plessey Naval Systems.
The company has never traded and I don’t really know why I keep it registered, just nostalgia I guess. But who knows, maybe one day it will live again.
I really appreciate the offer of the CD but the 1, Church Street address is being abandoned and the office relocated so it won’t reach me. Perhaps you might be able to send it to my home address below.

My home address is:


Please pass on my regards and thanks to Mervyn Hall.
Hoping to hear from you,
All the best Bob


Hello Phil,
Sorry not to have replied sooner but I have been away from my desk for a while.
Great to hear from you. I was involved with the Archer project for a while at Christchurch. My company, as it was at the time (http://www.sentient-systems.co.uk/) was contracted to provide logistics, requirements management and safety engineering. I am retired now but the firm is run by my son Mark.
I would really like to see the CD and any pictures. I did not know the CD existed. Can you let me know where it came from? My elder brother worked for the company during the war in the “Tunnel” which you must have heard of.
Thanks for getting in touch, it all adds to the data base.
All the best,
Bob Collins

Are you still gathering information from former Plessey employees. I was an apprentice at Vicarage lane from 1963 until 1969 and as such passed through several departments, starting with the radio & TV lines, test gear, SPMD. If you are still interested I\'m sure I can revive some memories and some names maybe. I still have my apprenticeship indentures with the published pay rates at that time. 20 September 2007 Stephen Piper sgpiper@*****.***

Hello Stephen,
Sorry for the delayed response but I have just got back from a break in Ireland.
Nice to hear from you. I had two spells at Ilford, 1953 - 63 and again from about 66 to 76 when I was moved to the south to work at Plessey Marine, Templecombe.
Our paths must have come pretty close at Ilford.
I am still very interested in gathering information, pictures etc. To be honest I have not had the level of interest in the web site as I had hoped and I have been lax in updating. But I am still very interested and trying to find the time. If you can let me have anything that might be of interest I will try to update the site with it.
All the best and keep in touch,
Bob Collins

Hi Bob,

I will take time to try and document what I remember about Plessey. I did work at Vicarage Lane, Horns Road, Ley Street, Eastern Avenue, Upminster and Cowes at various times. There must be some useful information somewhere there!

Best regards, Stephen.

Hi Bob, I will not load you with information at this point, I was Assistant to Chief of Test Engineering at Plessey Semiconductors Swindon, International Sales Mngr. at Plessey 3-5 Towcester, and North America Sales Manager for Plessey Microwave Towcester, International Sales Manager at Plessey Caswell, Towcwester from where I retired 16 years ago.. I am now 80 years old..I am not at home right now but have a Photo of the entire sales crew when Plessey 3-5 was sold out to GEC..If this would be useful to you together with a photo of Caswell House..Even still have my gate pass with photo..Not sure what else you want to do so leave it at that for now and good luck with your venture. Best Regards. Raymond C. Evans. 16 August 2007 Rayg3lqc@*********.***

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I worked at Plessey Marine Research Unit (Templecombe) from 1970 until 1980, and worked on the PMS32 project, including sea trials on the landing craft Sono, and in Chile on the frigates Condell and Lynch. John 01 July 2007 jbpage@*********.***

Hello John,
I am sure I must know you but cannot put a face to the name I am sorry to say. I was only at Templecombe for about a year running STWS but it wasn't right for me so I moved on after twenty odd years at Ilford. Allun Jones moved me from running the 193M project at Ilford. He thought I might brighten Templecombe bit; a forlorn hope I found.
Any way, PMS32, well I knew of it but never came in contact. A few names come to mind that I think worked on it, Len Jarman, Vick Chadwick, Brian Dicker maybe.
I did go back for a spell on contract some time in the 80s or 90s it may have been, on Kingfisher. It was only a short contract. I then went on and set up my own company, sentient-systems.co.uk if your interested. I am retired these last few years but my two sons still run Sentient but it has changed a bit since my time. I spend my time designing. All sorts of stuff really, Disk aircraft (UAVs) are my main interest. What do you get up to?
To be honest I don't get a great deal of response from the web but it is always interesting to hear from people.
All the best,
Bob Collins

Bob,

Good to hear from you. I remember Len, Vic and Brian very well from PMS32 days. Len, of course, later worked on 193M with Derek Hayward. After PMS32 had finished, I worked in Lower Yard on the 2024 project working for Malcolm Littlewood, and I seem to remember that STWS was also there at the same time. I then worked on the SSNOZ feasibility study, but found that frustrating, it was all too vague amd I really wanted to "build stuff".

I left in 1980 to join Scicon (who I think were also involved in STWS?), and worked on BATES for the Royal Artillery. Anyway, Scicon got taken over by EDS, which was a shame because in Scicon the company was small enough to really feel a part of it, whereas EDS had 130,000 employees and policy was handed down from Dallas. I took early retirement a couple of years ago, so am now living in Hampshire, enjoying gardening but keeping my hand in doing some (hobby) programming in C++ (Sad?).

I visit my father regularly near Stalbridge, so I drive past Templecombe from time to time. I was sad to see that the Wilkinthroop House site seems to have been turned into a fairly up-market housing development, although the house itself is still standing. Thales still are located in Lower Yard, I must drive down there some time and have a look.

Regards, John

I was the Personnel; Manager of Plessey Marine. I left in 1982 to join Yuasa Battery UK in Ebbow Vale. Flesh and blood can only withstand Japanese style management and I left in 1985. I started my own business called TQC Management Consultancy. At present I look after the health and safety and employment problems of 2,500 golf clubs! Good to see that you are trying to keep in touch with former employees of a great Company. Regards Brian Butler 13 May 2007 brianbutlertqc@*****.***

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Hello Just seen your site - My dad ( Richard Bearpark )worked for Plessy at Vicarage Lane before being trasnsferred to Havant ( New Road ) then later for Plessey Titchfield - He was a cost accountant - I also started a Plessey Apprentice in 1973 at Titchfield - then working for Plessey Windings ( Wound Products ) and later for Aeropace - as a Buyer - Moved to Marconi 1983. I am personally looking for details of my Pension from 1977 to 1993 - do you have any telephone numbers I can ring? Thanks Geoff

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I was Business Systems Executive at Plessey AVionics and Communications, based at Vicarage Lane from December 1981. I then became BSE for Plessey Military Communications again at Vicarage Lane. I moved to PESL (at Addlestone) where I was Divisional Information Technology Executive fro the PESL Division working for George Hockham. I left Plessey on 31st December 1988 in the middle of the GEC Ciemens takeover.

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I am trying to trace an old friend who worked at the Plymouth site, in the 1980s - MARK TAPPER (birthday 12 july, age now about 47.) He also had a friend there Gary Bailey, both were musicians and at the time played locally together.I met Mark in kent when we both at school, mark was a drummer). Is there any chance if you have his details you could pass mine on? I have moved to New Zealand, my address is 10 malbec Way, Greenmeadows, Napier 4112 New Zealand. tel 06 844 9883 I understand if you cant help, but I thought it was woth a try! thank you! Alison Morley 17 May 2008 sage05a@*********.***

My uncle worked for Plessey Ilford, I think in the 50\'s. Do you have any memories of him? John Malcolm Small (known as Jack) and his wife Hildegarde, she also worked there I think. Any recollections would be most welcome.

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To add to my previous e-mail I should add my uncle was a white collar worker , presumably in some managerial capacity and my aunt a secretary. John Malcolm Small (Jack) and Hildegarde (Hilde). Many thanks 18 May 2008 bkhaw@*********.***

Hello Barbara,
I am sorry for the delay in replying but I have been on holiday. I did work with an engineer known as Jack Small in what was then Guided Weapons and subsequently became Plessey Naval systems. This Jack Small was Scots which might be a clue as to was he the same person. He lead a team of mechanical engineers working in research and development. I never knew his wife’s name. He was much senior to me as I was just an apprentice but he was a nice man and helped me a lot.
I hope it’s the same person.
All the best.
Bob Collins

I am trying to trace an old friend who worked at the Plymouth site, in the 1980s - MARK TAPPER (birthday 12 july, age now about 47.) He also had a friend there Gary Bailey, both were musicians and at the time played locally together.I met Mark in kent when we both at school, mark was a drummer). Is there any chance if you have his details you could pass mine on? I have moved to New Zealand, my address is 10 malbec Way, Greenmeadows, Napier 4112 New Zealand. tel 06 844 9883 I understand if you cant help, but I thought it was woth a try! thank you! Alison Morley 21 May 2008 'alison Morley sage05a@*********.***

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On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 12:31 PM, K Fox<wisefox1@*********.******rote:
> Hi, Bob, Amazing how more Plessey items keep turning up,
> If they are of no interest , just bin them,
> All the very best, Keith Fox.