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Newey Goodman Ltd Robin Hood Lane

sally B

proper brummie kid
Thanks for replying. I would really love to see photos of Miss Renouf as she would be my 2nd cousin and we know nothing much about her or what she looks like. She and her Mum are really family mysteries and we would dearly love to know more about them but keep hitting the inevitable wall! It is a mystery why her mum changed their names to Renouf as Marjorie was born and christened Honey, her mum being the wife of my Great Uncle Stewart Honey and as far as we can find out never re-married. Any information you have and photos would be gratefully received. Many thanks Sally
 

Paul Walton

master brummie
I believe my grandmother, Ada Walton, worked for that company from wartime until her retirement around 1958 or 59. I never knew what she did but I gather she must have liked working there, just for the sake of it, as she apparently never opened her wage packets until there was a change in the banknotes in the early 1960's and she needed them exchanged for new notes
 

Mal26

New Member
Hello Sally B . Please let me know if you are still actively seeking info about Miss Renouf and George Goodman as I can add a good deal to what already appears in this thread.
 

Mal26

New Member
I don't know whether this thread is still active. I remember the name Miss Renouf and I am sure I met her as she came round to our house in Solihull from time to time. I think she was the secretary for my father Frank Lane who was Export Sales Director for Newey Goodman in Robin Hood Lane. He died in 1972 so unfortunately I can'f confirm this. However I do remember that Miss Renouf was a legendary secretary - one of those good souls who was totally dependable. Indeed her name was always mentioned with an aura. I do have some photographs and she may be on them but I am not sure. I used to visit the factory on some Saturday mornings in the 1960s when my father had to go in to catch up. It was an Alladins cave running round all the pin presses - Health and Safety would have a fit now. The factory has now disappeared and the roads on the housing estate are named after the previous owners (Goodman, Newey). I kept in contact with David Jackson until he died a few years ago and Martin Newey was at the funeral.
 

Mal26

New Member
I worked for Newey at the time of their takeover of George Goodman and was therefore part of the office staff that moved to Goodman's office block in Robin Hood Lane . At that time Graham Goodman was managing director , David Jackson was sales director , and I am almost certain that Frank Lane was company secretary . Newey's company secretary , Brian Whitehouse , took over as company secretary of the new company , Newey Goodman , and at this stage Frank Lane became export sales director . I worked for a while under Mr Lane , as I called him , and he was a really wonderful man . A perfect English gentleman , he had a fine sense of humour and endless patience . Marjorie Renouf was certainly Graham Goodman's secretary but she was also secretary to Messrs Jackson and Lane prior to the takeover . Miss Renouf was a tall elegant woman , very laid back , very efficient , with a fine sense of humour and a permanent pleasant smile . Her voice was very distinctive , having no trace of accent and being pitched a little lower than an average woman's voice .
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Welcome to the forum Mal and thanks for posting the details of Newey staff. Hopefully Sally B will pick up on your post as I'm sure she'd be interested in you memories of Miss Renouf. Enjoy the forum. Viv.
 

Keith Abs

New Member
Hello is anyone interested
I worked at newey Bros Hall green
Started at Summer lane as a apprentice for a year then 1970 was sent to Hall green and worked in the tool room making machine parts the factory made safety pins hair grips and press studs .the grounds had a cricket pitch out building contained snoker table and dart board. Happy memories of this time..
 

Julia D

New Member
Would anyone have any information regarding this company? ie what it produced etc. My Great Aunt worked there as a PA/Secretary until just before her death in 1986. Her name was Marjorie Renouf and I know very little about her other than she lived in Keddleston Road. Many thanks in anticipation. Sally B
Hello Sally B, I may be 9 years too late, but I've just been searching to find out what happened to Newey Goodman Ltd and saw the message you wrote in 2011. I worked at Newey Goodman's from 1969 to 1971 as secretary to Mr Frank Lane, who at that time was a Director and General Sales Manager. I do remember Margorie Renouf, but unfortunately I can't remember which Director she worked for. Someone suggested it might be David Jackson, but his secretary was Mrs Edna Smith, who I shared an office with. As I was only 23 at the time and Margorie Renouf was considerably older than me, I did not know her well, but I can still remember what she looked like. If Mr Lane's son Ian did pass any photos to you I would almost certainly be able to identify her if she is in them. She was very tall and upright, with brown, slightly curly hair and I visualise her smiling gently with an air of calmness and efficiency. Our offices were on the first floor overlooking the road and were very quiet, apart from the sound of our typewriters. We sometimes had to go down to the factory, which was situated behind the offices, to get samples of various haberdashery items to send off with our letters and I still remember how chaotic/busy it was there and how extremely noisey all the machines were. Happy days.
Kind regards, Julia
 

ianlane

New Member
Hello Sally B, I may be 9 years too late, but I've just been searching to find out what happened to Newey Goodman Ltd and saw the message you wrote in 2011. I worked at Newey Goodman's from 1969 to 1971 as secretary to Mr Frank Lane, who at that time was a Director and General Sales Manager. I do remember Margorie Renouf, but unfortunately I can't remember which Director she worked for. Someone suggested it might be David Jackson, but his secretary was Mrs Edna Smith, who I shared an office with. As I was only 23 at the time and Margorie Renouf was considerably older than me, I did not know her well, but I can still remember what she looked like. If Mr Lane's son Ian did pass any photos to you I would almost certainly be able to identify her if she is in them. She was very tall and upright, with brown, slightly curly hair and I visualise her smiling gently with an air of calmness and efficiency. Our offices were on the first floor overlooking the road and were very quiet, apart from the sound of our typewriters. We sometimes had to go down to the factory, which was situated behind the offices, to get samples of various haberdashery items to send off with our letters and I still remember how chaotic/busy it was there and how extremely noisey all the machines were. Happy days.
Kind regards, Julia
 

ianlane

New Member
Hi Julia. I was browsing and saw your reply. I enclose 3 photos which you may find of interest. I thought Miss Renouf was the tall one in the wedding photo? My parents are on the left of the photo. Do you know any of the people in the warehouse photo? My father died in1972 and my mother 14 years later. David Jackson became Managing Director and i kept up with him until he died. The factory is now a housing estate but I do remember the very loud pressing machines in the factory floor. I still occasionally see tins of pins with "Dorcas" on the label!

Best wishes

Ian
 

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Julia D

New Member
Hi Julia. I was browsing and saw your reply. I enclose 3 photos which you may find of interest. I thought Miss Renouf was the tall one in the wedding photo? My parents are on the left of the photo. Do you know any of the people in the warehouse photo? My father died in1972 and my mother 14 years later. David Jackson became Managing Director and i kept up with him until he died. The factory is now a housing estate but I do remember the very loud pressing machines in the factory floor. I still occasionally see tins of pins with "Dorcas" on the label!

Best wishes

Ian
Hello Ian
Thank you for attaching the three photos. When I worked at Newey Goodmans, 1969 to 1971, Miss Renouf was considerably older than the tall lady in the wedding photo so, although I guess it could be her, I'm afraid I don't recognise her. I do recognise your father on the right of the factory photo, and I'm not sure but possibly Mr Jackson standing next to him, but sorry I don't know who the others are. Yes, I should probably have described the factory as 'very loud' rather than chaotic too. Your father had become ill and started working from home around the time that I left. It's hard to believe it was so many years ago.
Kind regards
Julia
 
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