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My Apprenticeship Deeds.

p.risboy

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Whilst having a sort out of old bags and boxes, I came across my old deed and a certificate of apprenticeship.
This was a contract between employer(Master) and parent(Guardian) and apprentice(me).
Mr.Joseph Bowler, with who my apprenticeship with, was a truly nice chap.

His buiseness was a small engineering firm in Downley, High Wycombe. He covered most things from plumbing and heating(industrial and domesic), and also dust extraction systems for the many furniture manufacturers in the area.
He would also take on just about anything that would involve the use of flat iron bars and tubing. eg. Handrails for outside steps and stairs etc.

In fact, if he thought we could do a job, it was done.

So this got me thinking to the first job that I was allowed to do on my own.
This was a small fence repair on an old house close to the workshop, as I wasn't old enough to drive then.
It involved taking down an old dividing fence between two cottages, and rebuilding it with angle iron and flat iron, with oak staves fixed to the horizontal flat iron, which in turn were fixed to the upright angle iron that had been concreted in the ground.
My boss said...."make a really good job of it, I want it to last for years".

This was a non-paying job, as it was for a pensioner of the village of Downley. He did quite a few of these sort of jobs, and was renowned for it.

Anyway, this got me thinking.........."would it still be there after 39 years".

So onto 'google streets' I went, and yes.....it is still there. Number 107, Littleworth Rd. Downley if anyones interested.

The fence is only about 2ft 6ins high, and 10ft long. and goes from the road to the front door, on the right hand side of the step leading up to the house.

I was amazed to find it still there, but I did make a good job of it, if I say so myself.

Happy memories.:) :)

Steve.:)
 

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Do make sure the apprenticeship records are carefully stored. I don't suppose there are many kept. Just think how a future generation family tree researcher would love to read it.
 

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Nice story that Steve...bad news is that i drove my lorry into it this morning!
Seriously its great that.....i went back to the spot in the New Forest ware i carved mine and my girlfriends initials on an old tree...strange to see it still there after 30 odd years.
Wycombe is a place i deliver to often...the traffic is a nightmare there these days so its not high on my list of places to go....regards to you...Lee.
 

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Nice story that Steve...bad news is that i drove my lorry into it this morning!
Seriously its great that.....i went back to the spot in the New Forest ware i carved mine and my girlfriends initials on an old tree...strange to see it still there after 30 odd years.
Wycombe is a place i deliver to often...the traffic is a nightmare there these days so its not high on my list of places to go....regards to you...Lee.
The traffic probs were just as bad then Lee. Mind you, there was no M40 then, so it all came down the A40. Now that was a nightmare.
Took ages to get to work on the bus, and that was at 6.50 in the morning.

Don't worry Duckweed, It's all safe.
I've got all my exam results as well, from College whilst doing my City & Guilds.
Also a letter from the Institute of Plumbing, inviting me to join them. All still in their original envelopes.

Steve.:)
 

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Never mind the time warp Janice - what about all the bits between exams and apprenticeship stuff ;)
Bet he was a heartbreaker along the way :eek:
Good on ya Steve that those documents are safe - a family historian's treasure for sure :)
 

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What about school report cards, are they good to keep? I have mine from beginning of school until i finished. Or maybe im just a hoarder :eek:

Good you kept your apprenticeship papers Steve. future generations are going to love going through them and having a read.
 

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Well i wouldve resisted Steve,let me make that clear!
Oh well, can't win 'em all.:rolleyes: :2fun: :2fun:

In reality Lee, no one would have noticed me. Built like a pipe cleaner, and had had the height of a pygmy.

The only thing that got me noticed, was my big mouth. Still got me in the school choir, but they stuffed cotton wool in my cheeks to 'muffle' me down a bit. (The Godfather had nothing on me).:2fun:

Steve.:)
 

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What about old school photos, does anyone have/keep theirs?:eek:

I have one from grammar school, got to be ?0 years old - one of those 3ft long ones with ALL the school pupils and teachers in it - in those days it took forever for the camera to SLOWLY swing around to be able to take in the whole group.:2fun:

Janice
 

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Hi Janice,
I have a few school photos that i have kept. Glad they have all the names at the bottom of them tho, would have a hard time otherwise trying to remember who they all were redf)

gibbo
 

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Hi Janice,
I have a few school photos that i have kept. Glad they have all the names at the bottom of them tho, would have a hard time otherwise trying to remember who they all were redf)

gibbo
Sign of getting old Gibbo.>:D :rolleyes: :2fun: :2fun:

I've only got 2 pics of me at school, all of them are so sweeeeeeeet.:2fun:
 

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I never wagged school. But I had to hand out all my pics to my admirers.:2fun: :2fun:

Didn't have no pics done at secondary school, only first school. Waste of my ma & pa's money, and my time.:biggrin:

Steve.:)
:2fun: :2fun: your a clown.
yeah they werent cheap, and still not.
 
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