Questions & Messages

We have received quite a few questions from people about Job's and thought this topic deserves it's own section.

If you have a question or would like to leave a comment you can e-mail us at info@jobsdairy.co.uk

If you do not have access to e-mail our telephone number is 01246 551882

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Q Do you know who helped to make the cows that stood first of all on the ground and then moved up to the roof tops?

Brenda

A Hi Brenda - The original cows were made of concrete and were first put out to pasture in their own square field in the ornate gardens directly in front of the dairy somewhere around 1935. It is understood that George Taylor who worked in the carpenter's shop and was father-in-law to Ray Budden (Transport) made them.

Unfortunately time and exposure to the elements took it's toll. Ears, noses and tails began to drop off and when the new extension to the dairy was completed in 1977 it was decided they had come to the end of their useful life. However, because the Job's cows had become so famous by now it was felt they could not be abandoned forever. New cows were created by the Body Repair Shop staff which were made of fibre glass and as you can see from the photo below - still stand on the roof of the dairy today.


Website Editor

A Hi Brenda - I have just found the Job's web site and noticed your question. I started with Job's in 1976 as an apprentice in the Body Repair Shop under Mick Pierce and was involved in making the fibre glass cows. As the moulds were a one off, when the cows were assembled they all came out the same so on a couple of them I positioned the heads at different angles. I remember one had it's head facing down and appeared to be looking over the edge of the building. We also made a bull by adding an extra strip of fibre glass between the two halves of the body and the head to make it look stockier (a few other parts were modified too but i won't go into that!) I do have an old Job's book somewhere with a picture of me working with a mould taken by Susan Roberts, I'll try and dig it out,

Hope you found this information of interest.

Bob Brookman.

Job's cows still standing proud on the roof of Hanworth Plant - now owned by Dairy Crest. The mark left by the Unigate sign is still visible but sadly no evidence of the Job's sign after all these years!

 

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Message:-

What a brilliant site! Enjoyed having a look round, but would prefer christian names under the reunion photos to help with recognition . . after all . . everyone looks different now!

Gill

Response:-

Thanks for the kind comments Gill and glad you like the site. It's a good idea to have everyone's christian names under the reunion photos and as soon as we can positively identify all those who attended we will make sure that it's done. I think we were just trying to be politically correct using 'Mr & Mrs' etc!

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Hello to all. My mum told me about this website and I thought I would have a look and show my dad, Dave Skinner who worked at Basingstoke till it was bought out by Unigate. What a wonderful idea the website is and dad has had a good laugh seeing the photo's from your reunion. He will be at the next one hopefully. Mum and dad now live in Spain and when he can think of something to say I have told him to put his own message on! I have memories of Job's Dairy, mainly from the family days and the donkey derby's. All the things that we all no longer are allowed to do because of health and safety etc. etc. Oh, and coming to work with dad at early o'clock and riding on the milk float! I wish you lots of success with the web site.

Emma Cheedy (previously Skinner)

Response:-

Thanks for the e-mail Emma and for your recollections of good times with Job's. We will be adding some content and photographs to the Retail Branch pages in the near future so keep an eye on the Basingstoke page and you will more than likely see a photo of Dad!

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FOOTBALL AT WOKINGHAM. I played for Job's Country against Job's Town...in 1971...there were lots of photos taken...does anyone have any?

Les Croxford

Response:-

Someone may well have some of these photos lying around somewhere Les - we'll keep you posted if we hear anything.

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Hi there, Just found your site on Job' Dairy, excellent site hope you put more on there in the months to come, amazed that no search engine comes up with it as I often tap it in just to see.
Anyway my name is Don Reid and I worked for Job's from 1981 to 1992 at Hampton Hill depot on the old round 6 which covered Hampton Village. In the end it to much as the round was extended over the years ending up going to Hampton Court and down the Sunbury Road to the waterworks. On a Bugden!!
Then I got a Jobac. Happy days.
Job's were I think the best firm I worked for everyone spoke to you from the top down sometimes even the bosses stopped and spoke on their way to work if they saw you.
I have put quite a few pictures on Milko in Yahoo and Milk Float Corner if you want to use them feel free or I could supply them to you. Will have to look out my few Books of Job again.

Best of Luck.
Don

Response:-

Thanks for getting in touch Don - it's nice to hear what people think. Thanks too for the offer of using the images.

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Hi - Love the site. I used to be a "student" with Jobs in the summer of '83 at Sunbury and Ashford, and in '84 at Hounslow and Hampton. Thoroughly loved it and do have somewhere a photo taken of me in company t-shirt alongside a Jobac if you are interested. It may take a while to locate as I moved house a while back and photos were packed away and as yet have to be rediscovered. Also, do you know if any Bugdens made it into preservation, as I did (several years back) try to get hold of one , only to be told I was 6 months too late - scrapped alas. Did Job's have any W+E 4-40's in their fleet as I have one and am going to do it in their livery regardless, though it would be nice if it was authentic!

Kind Regards
Paul Lawrence

Response:-

Hi Paul - Thanks for the interesting e-mail. I am sure someone in the know will be able to answer your question about whether Job's ever had any of the W+E 4-40's in their fleet. As you say, it would be nice if the end result of your project was truly authentic. Good luck with the restoration and keep us informed of progress.

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I don't believe Job's operated any W&E 4-40s - they came in on the Unigate takeover.

Regards,
David

Paul Lawrence in Jobac
 
Paul amidst the empties!
Paul on his Jobac. The photos were taken in the 1980's outside Hampton Church Hall

Good news!

Its taken a while but I have finally tracked down the two photos of me with a Jobac in the early eighties. Feel free to put them on the site if you wish to. Sorry the quality is not much better but they were taken on a cheapy Kodak 126 camera.

The photo is taken on return to Hampton Hill outside Hampton Church Hall. The round was over in East Molsey, cant remember the number though. Was probably on a Monday by the number of empties on the back, but could have been a Tuesday as we had good loads in those days ! As I said in an earlier e-mail, I only wish I had more of those days in general!

The milk float project is currently on hold (has been since I last wrote due to time restraints, though the interest in it has not). Have been busy acquiring others more for general preservation than specific note, though did acquire a solid wheel Morrison  circa 1966 a while back.  I still do rallies with one or two of them and where possible take them under their own power (distance allowing - old batteries and long journeys don't mix!)

Will keep you posted as and when.

All the best

Paul

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Hi there from New Zealand.

I worked at Job's Hanworth plant in 1972-73 while visiting the UK. I remember it as a very happy time, and felt part of a family. It's hard to remember names from so long ago, but I think a chap called Mr Pavey was one of the managers.

I worked in the production area, in charge of cleaning and sanitising the vats and tanks. There was also a guy called Ted someone, (Cornish name), who was a good mate.

Other memories:

Ursula, the manager's secretary, the subject of numerous wolf whistles when she made her way up to the canteen across the process floor.

One lady behind the counter in the canteen who everyone was keen on.

I remember the darts matches over in Slough where we all got a little under the weather, and I tried to drive the bus home.

Sitting in the canteen on a winter's day watching the crews building the motorway outside all huddling around the fires to keep warm, instead of working to keep warm.

Pay for the week was doubled at Christmas.

Also remember sneaking a kiss from one of the lab girls in the back room one day…Ahhh memories!

When I left to come back home to NZ, the social club put on a great night at a local pub, which I still remember fondly. What I can remember, that is!

Len Hill
New Zealand


Response:-


Hi Len and thanks for the e-mail. It's great to know the site is now being found all over the world! You have some great memories of your time at Job's and thanks for sharing them with us. Your message is exactly the type of contribution we are looking for so thanks for taking the time to write.

For those interested, Len is now working at a dairy in New Zealand called Fonterra. You can visit their website by clicking here.

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Message:-3rd February 2007

My name is Eileen and I worked at Job's Dairy, Snaky Lane Hanworth in 1955-1956 as a telephonist alongside Marie Brett and another girl called Dulcie.
I was 15 when I started  but left in 1956 as my parents had decided to migrate to Australia. The offices were extremely well organised and I remember having to call our bosses sir. I can remember Mr Culver and Mr Harrison who wrote a very flattering reference and Betty his extremely efficient  secretary.
I am 67 now, still living in Queensland Australia, happily married with 3 children and 5 grandchildren but I have never forgotten my last  years in England and particularly my time at Job's Dairy. 
One year ago, I visited a site called Genes Reunited and typed out Marie's name and was elated to find her through her brother's family tree. Since then, we have been either emailing or phoning each other and it has been wonderful sharing happy memories of our time together at Job's. Is there anyone else out there who can remember us? I would love to hear from you.

Regards,

Eileen Newell
Queensland
Australia

Response:-

Hi Eileen,

Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to write to the Job's Dairy website. It is wonderful to read about your time at Job's. If anyone remembers Eileen and would like to get in contact please write to her from the link below and we will pass all messages on.

eileen@jobsdairy.co.uk

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Message:-3rd February 2007

Don't know if you will remember me or not but I used to work at the Shinfield branch. Got the site details from Tony Dowell (the HGV driver) as I now work with him at Waitrose.

I used to be the Yard boy when I first started after helping my Dad Les Neate whilst at school. I am still in touch with many friends who worked at the Shinfield branch and even work with some still. Got to say what a great site and can't wait until there are more pictures on there.

I will have to look around my Dad's loft as I'm sure there must still be some old copies of the Book of Job up there. Will leave more details soon as I'm off out soon and running out of time.

Thanks,
Martin Neate

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Message:-29th March 2007

In your Job's Fleet Photographs I was the driver of the AEC Mercury involved in the crash at Basingstoke. You have published it under the heading "Things didn't always go smoothly"

I was disappointed to see in your site that you give scant mention of Didcot Dairy. This was my first real job and I loved every minute of it. At present I am writing my life story and Job's figure largely in it. To those ends although I still have the newspaper cutting of my crash, it's worn and torn.

Can you send me a photograph of the incident and photographs of any vehicles that were at Didcot from 1959 for the next 5 years. AEC, Seddon, Bedfords, Dodge, Scammel hitch trailers, Walkie Milk Floats, Bugdens, Trojans etc.

Regards,

Robert A J Smith

Response:-

Hi Robert,

Thank you for your e-mail and your valued comments.

In order to make the Job’s Dairy website as interesting as possible for all visitors we welcome constructive criticism and suggestions. We were sorry to hear about how disappointed you are with the lack of Didcot related content on the site.

As Didcot was such an important part of the Job’s history and success this is something we hope to put right in the coming months.

Most of the content on the site is taken from old issues of “The Book of Job” but we also rely heavily on contributions from visitors such as yourselves to provide us with photographs, stories and news to put on the website.

Because Didcot was sold to Express Dairies in 1970 we do not receive many photographs or stories about Job’s wonderful second bottling plant in Oxfordshire.

We always welcome contributions from former Job’s employees and indeed anyone else who has an interest in the company, a fact that is supported by the many appeals that appear throughout the site.

The Job’s site is still very much in it’s early stages and there is a lot more information to be added to the site. New content is being added on a regular basis so it is advisable to keep checking from time to time to see what’s new.

As far as good quality photographs go, unfortunately we do not have any of these. The vast majority of the photos that appear on the site are low resolution scans which are acceptable for on-screen use but unfortunately would not make good quality prints. If anyone else can help out with good quality photos hopefully they will contact us and we will make arrangements to make high resolution copies and send them on to you.

Many thanks once again for taking the time to write in Robert and good luck with your life story.


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Message:-31st May 2007

I have just by accident come across your website and was thrilled to see a photograph of my dad Bob Pressey when he worked at Tadley branch, As a family we have lots of fond memories of the outings we used to take as part of the Job's Dairy family.

My dad loved working for the dairy and he still bumps into people who remember him as their milkman even after all these years, He was to some people the only contact they had on a daily basis and was always doing odd errands for them in his spare time.

As a child I remember him delivering our milk to school in the miniature glass milk bottles with the paper straws. My sister and I were always so proud to have been the milkman's daughters.

Thanks for bringing back all the memories for my Dad and I.

Kind Regards,

Sue Tyler
Tadley

Response:-

Thanks for your e-mail Sue and glad the Job's website brought back some good memories for you and your family. It's also nice to know that dad still meets up with his old customers in Tadley.

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Message:-1st June 2007

Hi,

I bumped into a dairy fanatic recently who visited my dairy in Gt.Yarmouth, and told me of the website.

I am Michael Warrick employed as a yard boy at the Woodley site, managed by Mr. Peter Terry. I worked there from 1972-1980 as a yard boy, roundsman, then
rounds foreman, which I still have my badge from that time.

I left for a new life in Suffolk joining Dairy Crest where I had 25 years as roundsman, supervisor, & manager in three different counties, Essex, Suffolk & Norfolk.

I left Dairy Crest as they were getting too big and frustrating, joining the Ipswich & Norwich Co-op Dairy in 2005 as Manager of both Felixstowe & Gt.Yarmouth depots where I am now. 

My wife Diana Warrick also worked at the Woodley branch for around 18 months as office clerk.

We both would be very pleased to attend the next reunion and hopefully see many old friends.

Michael & Diana Warrick

Response:-

Thanks for getting in touch Michael & Diana. It's good to hear you are still working in the dairy industry Mick, after starting your career at Woodley back in the 1970's. Thanks also for your contributions to the website including your photo of the social event at Stewart's Cafe in Woodley and for supplying one of the missing Book of Job covers from June 1979. They are much appreciated.  

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Message:-19th November 2007


Hi,

Just found your site, very interesting!

My Grandfather worked at Job's in Ealing, his name was Fredrick Irvine. I think it would have been in the 40's but I may be wrong. Any information would be of great interest.

Thanks
Barry J Irvine

Response:-

Thanks for the e-mail Barry. If anyone can remember Frederick Irvine at Ealing branch please get in touch as Barry would be very grateful.

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Message:-22nd May 2008

Hi

First of all I must say what a fantastic web site, it is so great to see the legacy of Job’s live on. I spent most of my youth in and around Branch 32 in Tadley sometimes helping and no doubt sometimes getting in the way – but whatever way the dairy was an integral part of my life and to this day I have so many fond memories.

Anyway I would really love to know if anyone one can help me find a good milk float to buy, either Cabac, Jobac or Elizabethan as I wish to restore one to its glory days of Job’s livery and let my memories live on. Any help would be fantastic.

Kind regards and thanks in advance,

Colin Wilkie

Response:-

Thanks for getting in touch Colin and glad you like the Job's Dairy website. If anyone knows where Colin can source any of the above milk floats for his restoration project please email us and we will pass on your messages to him.

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Message:-30th March 2009

My Father in Law Fred Harvey worked as mechanic at Job's in Didcot in approx 1950. We are renovating an old Km series Bedford Lorry and would like to source some milk churns.

Can you help ????
                    
Regards Jane & Philip Harvey

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Message:-30th March 2009


Hi!

I worked at Job's Hanworth from 1962 until 1965.

My Great uncle was Albert Hawkins who was Mr Robert's chauffeur. Also my uncle George was in sales at various Depots for many years.

Regard from Stephen Woods

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