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Ephraim phillips ltd

Peter Hunt

master brummie
Hello tezzers, I remember your Dad Mike he work in the maintenance department, Alan Watkins was the foreman. I also remember your uncle Terry who was a very good footballer.
 

Reddi

master brummie
looking at this thread reminded me that I used to work at Ephraim Phillips. When I left school in 1964 I started there as a trainee "rolled thread fastener operative", embarked on a City & Guilds course along with I think, 5 others. Two of us were employed by EP and the others came from factories in Coventry and London. In between our theoretical studies at Selly Oak tech. college we carried out our practical training in Bissel St, the small training workshop was on the first floor at the back of the factory overlooking the River Rea.
We also (the two of us who worked for EP) had to rotate in the various areas of the factory, on the heading/threading and slotting machines.
After 12months and obtaining a C&G certificate, I decided that a factory life was not for me and left to work for what was Midlands Electricity Board as an apprentice cable jointer, staying in the electrical distribution industry for the last 49 years.
I often wander how my life would have turned out if I had stayed there at EP instead.
 

miger1

Brummie babby
Hi Peter,
I'm new to this thread,members of my family worked for Ephraim Phillips and they would love to see the attachments you posted earlier but unfortunately they are no longer active.Could you repost them please?
 

CaroleC

master brummie
I worked at Ephraim Phillips in the 60s in many different office roles, I remember Ann Siddorn, Margaret Thorn, Peter Barnett, Carol Connelly, Mr Simms etc.,
 

Hazel Phillips

Brummie babby
Peter

I know you wrote this some time ago, but I am Ephraim's granddaughter ie Douglas's daughter. I am interested to pursue the history of Ephraim, but wonder whether you still have those old ledgers?

Best wishes

Hazel
 

Hazel Phillips

Brummie babby
Hello there.

I hope that this reaches you as it is some years since you posted your note. However, we must be related. Ephraim was my great grandfather, Howard my grandfather and Douglas my father. So where do you fit in the family?

By the way, I think the book referred to might be 'Balsall Heath, a history' which I saw in the Birmingham Library.

Interested to hear from you!

Best wishes

Hazel
 

MaxBrum

New Member
I worked in the fastener/Bolts/screws and nuts business my whole life and finally retired as General Manager of a fastener company in Canda. I started out aged 15 at John Bradley on Holloway head, worked at Thomas Eaves in Ernest street, Ephraim Phillips in Balsall Heath, Haddon and Stokes and Headings in Digbeth, Baxters in Sheepcote street, GKN Newtons in Nechells.
Mickey Breen ran a trainng school funded by all of the Fastener companies in Brum and Coventry and Wasall and located in the upstairs of Haddon and Stokes. What a shame that a whole industry has gone now, it was a great business to be in with a great bunch of people.
CBirch, when was it that you worked at Baxters? Which department? Grateful any info.
 

ade

master brummie
Hello tezzers, I remember your Dad Mike he work in the maintenance department, Alan Watkins was the foreman. I also remember your uncle Terry who was a very good footballer.
Hi Peter
I've only just come across this thread, I think I remember you, I worked just down the road in bissell street opposite the pig and whistle pub, I was good friends with Alan and Malcolm who were in there every afternoon without fail, when I started my business they let me set up a little work shop upstairs, I remember all you guys helping me get all my gear up there in that dodgy lift, then it was sold off and everyone was moved out, happy days tho
 

janegee

proper brummie kid
Hallo I hope you dont mind me posting but when I was training as a civil servant in the jobcentre we were taken down to Ephraim Phillips for a tour around the factory to see the process from start to finish. I used to love doing visits like this but it wasnt always encouraged. It was a fascinating place to see the press work cnc etc it was funny because at 12 oclock the hooter went and I have never seen people move so fast it was I think Friday
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Hallo I hope you dont mind me posting but when I was training as a civil servant in the jobcentre we were taken down to Ephraim Phillips for a tour around the factory to see the process from start to finish. I used to love doing visits like this but it wasnt always encouraged. It was a fascinating place to see the press work cnc etc it was funny because at 12 oclock the hooter went and I have never seen people move so fast it was I think Friday
There are quite a few photos on the Forum showing how many people let their factories - it looks, to an outsider, rather like they were running away from some catastrophe. :grinning:
 

SteveNewell

New Member
I was an apprentice in the 60's at Ephraim Phillips Ltd in Bissell Street. It would be great to contact fellow work mates.
I also have many old ledgers which belonged to the founder Ephraim Phillips dating back to the 1880's, which I found in a rubbish bin when the company was closing down.

Peter
Hello Peter
I was an apprentice Maintenance Fitter at Ephraim Phillips from 1973 to 77. I remember your name but can’t recall your face. I loved my time there and learnt some fantastic skills thanks to the great tradesmen I worked with. It was Ron Maybury who interviewed me and gave me the apprenticeship, a great guy to whom I owe a debt of gratitude. I worked with: (amongst others)
George Williams
Alan Watkins
Tex
Tony Whelan
Albert Harrison
Lenny Lester
Mick Stacey
Barry Johnson
Jack (Long?) Pipefitter
David Evetts
Gary Jennings
Kenny Bartlam
Les Goodman
Micky Atkins

I would love to see the photos you have. If possible could you email them to me please [email protected]
Many thanks Peter
Steven Newell
 

SteveNewell

New Member
Hello there.

I hope that this reaches you as it is some years since you posted your note. However, we must be related. Ephraim was my great grandfather, Howard my grandfather and Douglas my father. So where do you fit in the family?

By the way, I think the book referred to might be 'Balsall Heath, a history' which I saw in the Birmingham Library.

Interested to hear from you!

Best wishes

Hazel
Hello Hazel
I remember you! I was an apprentice Fitter at Ephraim Phillips from 73 to 77. Hope life has been good for you.
Kindest Regards
Steven Newell
 

John twyford

New Member
i worked at ephraims twice .iwas one of the first screw operative block release trainees i did six months at bournvile college and six months <br>at ephraims.<br>i worked with dave andrews&nbsp;on the course.the second time i worked with jack day and ray grew also trevor rhodes and big&nbsp;walley cheese . i <br>also remember the the lad who died cleaning the degreaseing machine. my name is les smith.<br>
Hi Les I worked at Ephraim from 1978 to 1983 Jack Day trained me on the Headers, also did the Bournville college day release program. Ray Grew was the Foreman, Kenny Wilkes, Garry Euienn header operators. Trevor Rhodes is in Canada and I talk with him often have sent him this link as he has a better memory than me of all the names.
John Twyford
 

SteveNewell

New Member
My dad worked at EP when I was little maybe late 70s to early 80s his name was Michael Stacey. I remember going to Christmas parties there
Hi. I remember Mick Stacey very well. I was an apprentice working with him in the late seventies/early eighties. Mick was a really great person with a fine sense of humour......also a very, very good Machine Tool Maintenance Fitter.
Kindest Regards
Steve
 

Jstodd12

New Member
Hello there.

I hope that this reaches you as it is some years since you posted your note. However, we must be related. Ephraim was my great grandfather, Howard my grandfather and Douglas my father. So where do you fit in the family?

By the way, I think the book referred to might be 'Balsall Heath, a history' which I saw in the Birmingham Library.

Interested to hear from you!

Best wishes

Hazel
Hi Hazel, just came across this post and was reading through the comments. I'm also related to Ephraim. This brother Nephi is my great great grandfather.
Jane
 
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