Information for the Beneficiaries of The Baily Thomas Provident Fund
(Former Employees of Mansfield Brewery)
The Baily Thomas Beneficiaries’ meeting took place on Tuesday 9th June
at The Towers, Mansfield ... click here for full details
This magazine aims to give news and information about the Baily Thomas Provident fund and the existing Sports and Social activities of ex Mansfield Brewery personnel.
The Baily Thomas Provident Trust funds the magazine but comments and articles of interest from you the beneficiaries will be most welcome.
Closing date for information to be included in the next issue: 15th Sept 2009
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this publication
Over 100 beneficiaries of the Baily Thomas Provident Fund attended the open meeting on 9th June 2009, presented by Trustees Richard Chadburn and Browne Jacobson Trustees Limited. The meeting was an opportunity for members to comment on the services provided by the Baily Thomas Fund and to bring forward new ideas that may benefit the beneficiaries.
Browne Jacobson Trustees is the trustee arm of Browne Jacobson LLP, a large Midlands law firm with its HQ in Nottingham, which was selected by Richard Chadburn and previous trustee, The Public Trustee, on its retirement three years ago. William Colacicchi, senior partner of Browne Jacobson and a director of Browne Jacobson Trustees Limited, introduced his colleagues - Wenna Thompson (partner), Bindu Kotecha (chartered accountant) and Linda Wilson (administrator).
The meeting was opened by Richard Chadburn who gave a short presentation on how the BT Fund was set up and how it has been reviewed and updated since its inception. This work continues.
William Colacicchi explained the rules for eligibility to the fund, i.e. those persons employed by Mansfield Brewery on or before 21 December 1999, and their spouse/partner and children under the age of 18 unless they are in full time education.
The fund was worth £28,995,680 at 5th April 2009. Trustees are advised on investment matters by Grant Thornton LLP (investment advisors).
Mrs. Bindu Kotecha gave details of the income and expenditure of the fund for the past year. Gross income was £1,074,787.
The fund will be wound up in 2050 and all remaining money will go to the Baily Thomas Charitable Trust. The Trustees have power to control the finances. Only two claims were rejected in 2008/2009; the total number of grants made was 251 as follows:
|Type of grant:||No. of grants|
|Medical & Dental
£500 towards computer
Sports Club membership
|(Total expenditure £201,554)|
William Colacicchi commented that the policy on private medical treatment requests was that they would be considered where suitable treatment could not be provided on the NHS within a reasonable timeframe. Dr. Sheik, medical consultant to the Trustees said that although human error may occur, the NHS is normally quick to respond when urgent heart surgery or cancer is detected.
Sports club membership grants of up to £300 are currently available to former employees only, and are paid annually. A grant of up to £500 for a computer is available, (one per family). Support is also available for education and re-training, business development and financial hardship.
The Trustees will take action to publicise the fund in order to inform potential beneficiaries who may not be aware of their eligibility.John Else said there were 5,500 beneficiaries on record at the takeover date. From 1994 -1999 there were as many as 30,000 on record and this could rise to as many as 60,000 when partners and children were included. William Colacicchi said that the fund is trying to trace potential beneficiaries via newspaper articles and the internet.
The Trust Deed will be reviewed and updated to bring the language more into the 21st century.It was also announced that the administration office, manned by Denise Wilson, will be open Monday to Thursday each week with effect from 17 August 2009
The meeting concluded with a question and answer session during which members asked questions and made suggestions.
A summary of the question and answer can be found by clicking here
The Baily Thomas Annual Financial Report
The Baily Thomas financial accounts can be viewed on request
at the Baily Thomas office, Littleworth, Mansfield.
Peter and Pam Witham Golden Wedding
Peter and Pam were married in 1959 at St John’s church, Mansfield and after a family party at home they spent their honeymoon in Bournemouth.
Peter started work at Mansfield Brewery in 1947 and retired in 1993 after 46 years in the Telesales Office.
The golden couple have one daughter and two grandchildren.
Pearl of a couple
Congratulations to Denise and Barry Wilson who have been married 30 years.
The happy couple were married at
Farewell to UK and Hello New Zealand!
In June, Alan and Elizabeth Boucher and their two sons Owen and Evan left to spend two years working in Auckland, New Zealand. We wish them all the best in their new life. Auckland is on the North Island and lies between the sparkling waters of the Waitemata and Manukau harbours. A cloak of rainforest covers the surrounding hill.
The population is a melting pot of European, South Pacific and Asian cultures and has a strong indigenous Maori heritage Auckland's temperate climate, easy access to the coast and variety of activities have earned the city consistent top five rankings in international lifestyle surveys. Liz is working as a theatre nurse at an Auckland Hospital and Alan is continuing his work in the I.T. industry.
Back in the late 1800’s a Victorian entrepreneur, Robert L Jones, set up a small business selling beers, wines and spirits to the free licensed trade in and around Mansfield. In 1912 his son, Rex Jones, who had recently returned from Canada was persuaded by his father to invest a £1,000 in the business, (which was losing money) and to take over control. This he did and eventually decided to manufacture soft drinks, a new industry in the UK which was rapidly developing.
The Second World War caused the Ministry of Food to rationalize various food operations and the Soft Drinks Industry (SDI) was created to optimize the use of motor transport and rationed sugar. Rex Jones used this opportunity to increase his distribution area. He also had the vision to engage a scientist from the Mansfield Technical College to assist him in developing a range of Sunecta citrus fruit concentrates to be used as a base for various flavours of carbonated drinks, not only for his own use but also for many other soft drink manufacturers throughout the UK.
His son, Lyle, (Robert’s grandson) joined the firm when he was demobbed from the RAF in 1945, becoming Managing Director in 1957. He continued to build the business by introducing a new type of orange drink which was called Mandora. This was an attempt to cash-in on the wildly successful comminuted orange drinks produced by J Lyons (Sunfresh) and Suncrush (Kia-Ora) which took the UK by storm in the late Fifties and early Sixties.
Filling PET bottles for major national
grocery chains at Mandora Mansfield
Burrows and Sturgess had been founded in 1850 by Christopher Pritchard who sold homemade ginger beer to passing traffic from the old Toll House on Kedleston Road, Derby.
By 1930 it had developed into a small local empire based in Derby encompassing Lichfield, Sheffield, Stoke, Leicester and Mansfield, with 3 factories and 9 depots.
It bottled both soft drinks and beers (the latter in the old Strettons Brewery in Ashbourne Road, Derby).
One of its most successful products had been Spa Iron Brew which appealed strongly to the mining and industrial communities within its trading area.
After World War 2, Burrows and Sturgess’ fortunes declined and by 1968 it had only 2 factories and 3 depots, all rather unsuitable premises, and a poor trading record. Lyle Jones decided this was an opportunity and with the help of finance from ICFC (known as 3i’s today) bought Burrows and Sturgess as he felt he could revitalize the combined firms. Unfortunately Lyle was never able to see the outcome of his decision for he was killed in a car accident in the spring of 1969.
The combined business was already making a loss in the order of £100,000 per annum. R L Jones & Co just did not have the depth of experience or management to introduce proper production, distribution and financial controls to rationalize the operation.
|R L Jones factory about 1957||
When Lyle became Managing Director of R L Jones & Co in 1957 his father, Rex, was appointed Non-executive Chairman for life. He then took up residence in Hertfordshire.
Following Lyle’s death he asked his son-in-law, Ian Linney, a prominent Mansfield businessman, to become Vice Chairman, and to keep a watching brief on the firm until a suitable Managing Director could be recruited to join the ailing family company.
After an extensive search Tony Morton was persuaded to leave Coca-Cola in Nicosia, Cyprus and to come to Mansfield in February 1971, and commence the task of re-shaping the business into a modern soft drinks operation. In order to introduce some order into the financial control he asked Christopher Rainsford to join him from Reckitt & Colman and to start the formidable task of integrating the two businesses to report as one.
When the profitability of each product sold was analysed it became obvious that far too much cash was tied up in selling beers, wines & spirits. A “mind boggling” decision was made to discontinue handling these products. This amounted to giving up about £1.25 million in turnover. At that time it was about half the firm’s turnover and fortunately, as forecasted, this action produced an immediate improvement in cash flow and profitability.
|Production unit at Bellamy Road||
A major problem in the business was the unsuitable nature of all the enlarged company premises.
It owned 3 production units and 3 depots and none of these were suitable for operating a modern soft drinks factory or distribution warehouse.
The decision was taken to dispose of them all: initially depots at Lichfield and Dudley were sold and replaced by a leased facility in Cannock.
In 1975 a single storey factory and warehouse was established in Bellamy Road, Mansfield to produce both non-returnable as well as the traditional returnable bottles
The Burrows and Sturgess factories in Derby were sold. The move was just in time, for in 1975 and 1976 the UK experienced two long and exceptionally warm summers and R L Jones & Co became very profitable once again.
| Canning at Beach Ltd of Evesham
Became a part of Mandora 1982
Another forward thinking decision was taken to buy time on the NCB’s large IBM computer at Berry Hill, which was close to Bellamy Road.
This enabled a telesales operation to be set-up which, in turn, by using Optical Character Recognition generated invoicing, vehicle loading, sales and stock control information without further manual input.
By computerising the materials used in the production process a very tight control on the whole business was established.
The company name R.L.Jones Ltd. did not seem appropriate for marketing in 1976 so the Board decided to change the formal name of the company to Mandora (UK) Limited. The buying of soft drinks was changing and the use of the returnable bottle was declining. Mandora had already “put its toe in the water” by supplying the fast expanding supermarkets with ‘private label’ non-returnable glass carbonates. Safeway became its first customer for these products followed by Waitrose. One of the keys to profitability in soft drinks was efficient production along with low cost of delivery. Supermarkets provided this requirement, but at a price
| Tony Morton being presented with the first bottle of 2 litre Pepsi Cola to be produced in the world from Chris Shanks the CEO of PepsiCo UK
Note: The first 2Ltr PET bottle produced was on permanent display in the Mandora entrance hall but after Barrs moved in, it was relocated somewhere within five miles of Bellamy Road and is still in safe hands. Anyone know where? Please telephone 01623 644798 with your answer.
For many years various manufacturers had tried to use PVC and other plastics for carbonated soft drinks without success, due to the fact that the molecular structure of most transparent plastics was allowing CO2 gas to permeate through the walls of the plastic bottle thus causing the product to become “flat” and unacceptable.
Mandora’s management had been watching food grade plastics development carefully for some time and a new plastic, PET, had recently been invented by Dupont in the USA. Surprisingly no one in North America at that time seemed to be interested in using this material to make a carbonated soft drinks bottle.
However, two companies in Europe developed prototype machines for manufacturing bottles and Mandora decided together with Waitrose to try out an experimental run of one hundred cases of Waitrose lemonade to evaluate the market. This was a resounding success, so much so that these new 1.1/2-litre PET bottles could not be made fast enough to meet demand from our customers. This problem was eventually solved by using rotary blowing machines. Mandora purchased one of the first blowing wheel for PET bottles in the world and thus became the first commercial pioneer producer of carbonated soft drinks packed in PET bottles.
This signal achievement was appreciated by Pepsi Cola when in 1978 they approached Mandora to contract bottle their product in 2-litre PET bottles which, in turn, would be sold nationally by Schweppes, the holders of their UK franchise. Overall the PET business continued to expand and later a 3-litre size was introduced at the request of several of our supermarket customers. Not surprisingly the returnable trade contracted significantly.
During this period of re-organization and expansion another of the endemic problems of the soft drinks industry, seasonal demand, was tackled by exploring the possibility of developing an export business during the quiet winter months. After a modest start in 1972/3 an interesting business was built supplying various countries in the Middle East. This grew year on year to become a very important part of the total business and by 1987 sales totalled £4 million.
Mention should now be recorded of the various changes of ownership of R L Jones/Mandora. In the summer of 1973 Rex Jones died and as a result Ian Linney formed a new Board with Tony Morton and Christopher Rainsford continuing as executive Directors with three other non-executive Directors one of which was A J (Tony) Scruby, who was then Managing Director of MBC.
The Company shares were then acquired by the new Board though MBC acquired Tony Scruby’s minority share. In observing the success of a modern soft drinks operation MBC decided to make an offer for the whole of Mandora’s shares that they did not own and then to close down their own small scale soft drinks operation.
This acquisition occurred in 1978 and Tony Scruby became Chairman of Mandora and accepted the resignation of Ian Linney and the other non-executive Directors. When Tony Scruby retired from the MBC Board John Hings was appointed Chairman of Mandora.
In 1980, the serial entrepreneur, James Goldsmith let it be known that T W Beach of Evesham no longer fitted in with his rapidly expanding business. Rather like B & S it had been run down and needed both rationalizing and modernising, though it had an interesting customer profile. MBC eventually acquired their assets and Mandora was charged with merging the two soft drink operations.
|Bellamy (Drinks) Grimsby Ltd a part of Mandora early in 1983||
In 1983 Tony Morton, who was also a main Board Director of MBC relocated his office to Littleworth and became Deputy Chairman of Mandora.
Christopher Rainsford left his position as Finance Director of MBC to become Managing Director
At about the same time Bellamy’s Soft Drinks of Grimsby was acquired and merged into Mandora. In 1985 MBC acquired Hull Brewery from Northern Foods. Larkspur Soft Drinks formed part of this package.
Perhaps the most important acquisition
In addition to a useful export business it also owned the St. Clements Trade Mark. Whilst Mandora had grown to a turnover of £32 million by 1986 some 70% of the trade was in private label business for Waitrose, Safeway and Sainsbury.
The large supermarkets were demanding ever lower buying prices and what Mandora required was a brand with a “unique selling proposition” whereby it commanded its own selling price. St Clements provided this and its USP was that it was a product with no artificial colourings, flavourings or sweeteners and with a high fruit juice content. Its market covered fruit squashes and carbonates. It was advertised on television and brand turnover in 1988 totalled over £10 million - from £100,000 in 1986. A phenomenal growth but at some cost in the form of heavy investment in advertising.
In the year to March 1988 Mandora turnover was £41.5 million but operating profit was only just above £1 million. It was the fifth largest soft drinks company in the UK by turnover. The Company had a superb manufacturing and distribution facility. However, the St. Clements brand required substantial marketing investment which would continue to reduce available profits.
A G Barr of Glasgow wanted a brand to support their Iron Brew; they approached the MBC Board, and were prepared to pay a substantial premium for the St. Clements Brand. They offered £22 million for Mandora, an offer MBC could not refuse. Concurrently the Management of Mandora mounted their own bid, but as this was heavily borrowed, they were unable to match Barr’s price. And so in 1988 MBC sold its entire soft drinks business to A G Barr. MBC reverted to its core business, a successful regional brewery, utilising the proceeds of the sale to optimise fully the opportunities afforded by the Hull Brewery acquisition, and developing and expanding the tied estate and free trade.
Today the Bellamy Road plant is one of AG Barr’s two production units, the other being in Cumbernauld, their Head Office in Scotland. Bellamy Road now produces only PET carbonated bottle drinks for all Barr group branded products in all bottle sizes. Interestingly they do not have any grocery own label business. And as for St. Clements – Barr seem not to have carried on the exciting development which Mandora were doing, but they now have a new Managing Director who has recently re-launched the St. Clements brand.
Paul Weaver, (Cotney) started work at Mandora in June 1978 and has worked on many production jobs.
Paul says “when Barrs took over Mandora I continued with them and
Ron Gregory - a Mandora Personality
Ron Gregory was a very popular member of the Mandora staff.
He began work as a mechanic in the garage and then took the job as the Mandora Bus driver - picking up staff around town at various times depending on which shift they were on.
He was well known around town with his bus and always had a smile and a wave for everyone. Ron died in the 1980s.
The Sales Team 1984
Mandora sales representatives:
Keith Wilkinson and his wife Sue (far right) were guests at a Licensed Victuallers dinner held at the Normanton Inn in 1969. Keith worked with Mr T Hassel, Area Sales Manager
Relaxing with friends and a pint
Twisting the night away
Freda Jones’ Book
Neil Tomlinson, Gordon Turner,
Mandora Calendar Girls
One of the company collectables was the annual calendar, first introduced in 1981.
The 1984 calendar was chosen for the Kodak International Awards Exhibition from thousands produced in Britain.
The picture is of Stephanie Teasdale and was her first
Watch this space for further
Late 1800 Robert L Jones set up R L Jones
1912 Rex Jones, son of Robert, joined the company
1945 Lyle Jones (Robert’s grandson) joined the company
1957 Lyle became Managing Director
1957 Rex was appointed Non-executive Chairman for life
1968 Purchase of the Burrows and Sturgess company
1969 Lyle Jones killed in a car accident
1971 Tony Morton joined and became Managing Director
1971 Christopher Rainsford appointed to Finance Director
1972 Export to Middle East.
1973 Rex Jones died.
1975 Closed St Johns works and distribution and relocated to Bellamy Road factory.
1976 Change of name from R L Jones to Mandora
1977 Acquisition by Mansfield Brewery
1978 PET Bottles introduced.
1978 Tony Scruby becomes Chairman of Mandora
1978 Ian Linney resigns
1980 Acquired T W Beach and becomes a part of Mandora
1983 Christopher Rainsford becomes Managing Director
1985 Larkspur soft drink integrated into Mandora after Mansfield Brewery
acquires Hull Brewery.
1986 National Distributor for Frampton Village Cotswold cider
1986 Purchase of Rimark Soft Drinks of Wellingborough
1988 Mandora Turnover £41.4 million
1988 Mandora Sold to A G Barr`s for £22 million
Please note: This is a potted company history.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Tony Morton, Christopher Rainsford,
Peter Cooper, David Lee, Paul Weaver, Neil Brady, Sue Wilkinson,
Bert Dobson, Bill & Alice Donbavand for all their help in compiling the history.
Dorothy (Bo) Chadburn died peacefully
She attended school in Lincoln before going on to Oxford University. During the war Mrs Chadburn drew maps for the military. She married Robin Chadburn in 1942 and they returned to Sudbrook Farm in 1946. Mrs Chadburn was very active in the community with the W.I. and was passionate about golf, later becoming President of the Ancaster Golf Club. Her other activities included Bridge and she entered many tournaments; she was a room steward at Belton House and a Times crossword addict.
Mrs Chadburn leaves a son Richard and daughter Margaret and was a very special grandmother and great grandmother.
Freda Pothecary (79) died recently at the John Eastwood Hospice, Sutton in Ashfield. Freda worked as a clerk in the Order Office at Mansfield Brewery and retired in September 1989. She had been a local resident for 57 years.
Born at Stanton Hill and educated at Skegby, Freda attended Miller’s Business College and began work as a secretary at the National Coal Board offices, working at Teversal, Huthwaite and Edwinstowe. She later worked for Mansfield Brewery.
Her interests included holidays, day trips, knitting and reading and she regularly attended the Redcliffe Over 50’s Club at St. Lawrence’s Church Hall and the Over 50’s Club at Forest Town Welfare. Freda leaves a son Keith, daughter Gillian, and four grandchildren.
A service at St Alban’s Church, Forest Town, preceded cremation at Mansfield of Mrs Margaret Godfrey (65) of Eakring Road, Mansfield. Born and educated at Mansfield, life-long local resident Mrs Godfrey had worked in the brewery trade all her life until retiring at the age of 53. She loved life and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, bowling, shopping and going on holidays.
Margaret who died at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton, leaves her daughter, Daralyn Allison, and her two granddaughters, Bryony and Gabriel Allison.
Just to let those members of Mansfield Brewery staff who had the pleasure of knowing Stan Rhodes that he sadly passed away in May of this year. He was 67 years old.
Stan, along with his dad Alan and his brother Vinnie, were responsible for the redecoration of many of Mansfield Brewery’s refurbishment schemes. Always ready for a laugh, Stan would work and play hard to get the pubs open on time.
My first encounter with Stan and Vinnie was when they were still very busy decorating one half of the Red Lion at Brimington whilst Mr Robin was doing the honours in the other half. Always tight for time, they usually succeeded in completing their works for the openings but it didn't always pay to lean on the walls.
Stan retired from the family firm in 2007 and enjoyed his woodworking hobby in his shed at home. Stan will be missed by a lot of Mansfield Brewery staff. Thanks Stan and best wishes to his family. Kevin Hall
The well attended Annual Dinner Dance was held on
Saturday March 7th 2009 at the Civic Centre Mansfield.
Robert & Denise Burton
Derek & Christine Evans.. Maureen Wain
Tom Turner, Leisa Pring, Karen Hewkin, Mark Pring
Helen Byron, Dominic Green, Steve Green
Karen (nee Richards) and Rob Edwards
Julie & Alan Springthorpe
Malc & Angela Hodges
Dionne Massey & Dominic Henry
Diane Hedley, Jenny Hubbard, Tracy Bircumshaw Christine O’Hara, Alison Robson
A visit to Wychwood Brewery, Witney, near Oxford was part of the annual Supervisors’ week-end away. Saturday was taken up by a guided tour of Oxford and a lazy afternoon by the River Thames.
|Graham Cooling, Mark Leedham, John Else, Mike Cleator, Geoff Drew David Bradley, Roy Thorpe, George Roe, Graham Kinder, Geoff Speight, John Smith, Alan Singlehurst||Four ex Mansfield Brewers
(with tools of the trade in hand)
Graham Cooling, George Roe,
Mark Leedham and Mike Cleator.
Mansfield Brewery Golfing Society
Duncan Henderson is willing to arrange a nostalgic golf match.
Anyone interested please contact Duncan on 01623 467617 / 07932 258118
Mansfield Brewery Walking Group
Walks - Second Sunday every month.
For information contact Barbara Brown 01623 481488
For information on the Association
contact Secretary George Powell 01623 624478
To book your places on any of the outings
Telephone Denis Tasker 01623 623590
Six monthly re-union
Kevin Hall is organising the re-union at the Margarita’s Italian restaurant
in Mansfield Woodhouse on Friday 16th October 2009.
Contact Kevin on 07739 989626
If you have any photos, information, stories or tales about
W.G.Boalers and Son, Bellamys (Drinks) Ltd, Hull Brewery, R L Jones, Mansfield Brewery, Mandora Soft Drinks, T.W.Beach, Frampton Village Cider Company.
Please send to
Ian F P Boucher
34 Haddon Road
Telephone 01623 644798
All photographs etc will be returned if requested.