Mixed Batch - July 1958 page 18-23

Mixed Batch – 18 – James A. Jobling & Co. Ltd. July 1958


Since our last appearance in the Mixed Batch we have moved offices, we are now up in the clouds at the top of the old offices, and we have at last got daylight.

We must say a sad farewell to Miss Gloria Cook who has been transferred to a department in the works, good luck Gloria.

We also have to welcome four new-comers to the department.

Miss June Gibson who came to us from Sales Progress.

Mr. G. Hebron who came to us from the Joiners Shop.

Mr. W. Clucas from Ediswan Limited.

Mr. A. Kimbley who was transferred from the Cost Department.

We hope that they will all be happy and enjoy themselves at James A. Jobling’s.

Congratulations to Mr. T. Rigg and his wife on the birth of a second son, better luck next time Tom. We all know you were on guard with the shot gun after the last time but you must admit it still got past you.

Cricket season has begun again and most of our department have gone into training for the season. We hope that they will get many runs and spin all their opponents out.

Our cricketers are:-

Jack Lofthouse, Harry Curry, Leslie Watt, Joe Storey, Rob Lumsden and Bill Clucas.


The life of Plant and Service Works so far has been short, and we cannot claim to have been in existence as such for 100 years, but our function as the Maintainers, Installers and Modifiers, started with the first piece of glass made and has continued under different titles ever since. There is little doubt that our predecessors in this essential service, were grumbling then as we do today, at having to work on ‘High days and Holidays’. Then as now, ours has been a silent service, our virtues rarely praised, our faults always to the forefront. Production must always go on and the men of Plant and Service Works have always done their best to see that this is done.

For those who do not know us well, a few facts may account for the slightly worried air with which many of us go about our daily tasks: Last year we consumed 361,480,000 cu. ft. of Gas, 23,412,000 Units of Electricity, 24,560,000 cu. ft. of Oxygen.

In our spare time, when not too deeply involved in such major tasks as building new Factories, Opal Lines, Glass Tanks etc., time was found to complete 2157 ‘R’ Notes, which cover the day to day improvement and alterations required by all the different departments in the company,

Our Fitters in close conjunction with their allied trades, the Plumbers, Sheet Metal Workers, Welders and the Blacksmith, in a very crowded year have been continuously employed in making new process lines and machines such as 2nd Line Opal, Automatic Spraying Machine, Turret Chain Lipping Machine, this despite the fact that they had to make do with very unsuitable temporary workshop accommodation while their own was being built. Tempers have improved steadily since our new home became organised.

Our services continue to improve and the first two giant Ingersoll Rand Compressors are now working and there are two more of them to come. A large Vacuum Pump has been installed to meet the needs of the Turret Chain Machine. Water Circulating Systems are being altered and added to so that our annual wastage of water is reduced and it appears probable that our Oxygen House will shortly have to double it’s capacity.

In the Building Maintenance Section there have been few signs of rest or comfort. Our builders aided by the Steel Erectors and others are going from strength to strength in Tank Building. They are now full of confidence and realise that Corning Glassworks in America do not possess magicians who build their Tanks for them in six weeks from ‘glass to glass’. With the aid of a Fork Lift Truck and a bit of good team work, we can do as well as, if not better than our colleagues on the other side of the Atlantic.

Our Joiners have worked sometimes like supermen to fit in with all the alterations that have been going on to our premises. They never leave off making gadgets and fittings which are wanted to improve the standards of work in the manufacturing departments and they have never failed to pull one out of the hat when it is necessary to keep the wheels turning.

Our Painters should not be forgotten as their’s is a thankless task in a Glassworks. As soon as they have removed the dirt of ages, not only do the smuts soon settle again but their nice clean smooth surfaces have regularly been used as scrap paper for calculations and sketches, and the uncleanly place their oily finger marks in the most prominent

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places. Nevertheless, Wear Glass Works is beginning to have an improved look and the improvement must continue. They have asked us to say that during the recent decoration of the Pot-Loft, they tried to elicit information on the art of Pot making but to no avail, although Joe has promised to unlock the door when the next batch of Pots are being constructed. It is untrue to say they employ coloured Painters in this department, it is only our own lads returning from a day’s work in the Flint, which at present is having it’s centenary spring clean. In conclusion don’t stand still where painters are working, for reputation has it, ‘If it does not move, paint it’.

Turning next to our Electricians. How many people realise that 400 Fluorescent Lights have been installed in barely a year? Few know the amount of work that has gone on in the bowels of the Works to make all the new plant turn and roar. Since last spring six large transformers have been added and our distribution system has been simplified and made safer since, in the Winter of 1957, we had three major electrical failures, Our capacity is now nearly double what it was and this is not the end, as another round of alterations are expected to commence in the Pressware Factory in the Autumn. The Electricians, by the nature of their work, have always to be the last to finish but they always seem to produce the juice when or where needed.

Finally, we should not forget the baby of the piece, the Planning Section, who have to coordinate all the work and act as shock absorbers between Manufacturing and Engineering. They are gradually increasing their sphere of influence and will shortly control the Engineering Stores Once our new offices are complete and we say ‘Goodbye’ to our two cottages, everyone will be pleased.

In conclusion, we would like to welcome to the fold, Mr. W. de B. P. Batty-Smith, Safety Officer and Mr. T. Wright who has the power consumption figures under his thumb. We regret losing Mr. A. Thirkell and hope he will be happy in the Factory Expansion Department.

From the Electricians we congratulate Mr. J. Purvis on proceeding towards his Higher National Certificate so well and hope he reaches his goal next year. We wish success to Mr. T. Maughan as an Hotel Manager, and Mr. E. Young who is to become a fruiterer. We also welcome Messrs. D. Grant and G. Bell.

From the Joiners we should thank Mr. B. Mullen for the long and arduous spell of duty as Shop Steward and to welcome Mr. A. Willcox in his place. We hope Mr. A. Girdwood will enjoy his tour of duty with H.M. Forces.


Dear Sir,

On page one of the “Mixed Batch” I read of a shortage of letters to you. To begin with, here’s a letter which I hope will merit one of your famous PYREX ties. I’d love to wear one.

Turn to the centre page of “Who’s Who” in the “Mixed Batch” and find there that you have omitted to state the number of years service by Jerry Carney. As all the others have been recorded, I feel this should have been as well.

Yours in anticipation of a Pyrex tie,

Selwyn Hedgley,
Apparatus Factory

  Dear Sir,

I would like to draw attention to the character shown on the front of the Ovenware catalogue known as King PYREX. I was under the impression that the word 'PYREX' was derived from the Latin, meaning 'King of Heat (or fire)' so by giving him the title of King there appears to have been a second coronation.

Right or wrong I hope you think this effort is worthy of a PYREX tie.

Yours sincerely,

James Kenny,
Costs Department

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A Round Neck Raglan is
a Warm Favourite


To fit 30 (32,34) inch chest. Length at centre back (excluding neckband) 20 (20œ, 21) ins. Sleeve seam 16 (16Ÿ, 17œ) ins. Materials:

10 (10, 11) oz. PATONS BEEHIVE Fingering 4 ply Patonised or PATONS NYLOX Knitting 4 ply Patonised or 10 (11, 12) oz. PATONS PURPLE HEATHER Fingering 4 ply. Two No. 11 and two No. 9 BEEHIVE or QUEEN BEE Needles set of four No. 11 and set of four No. 9 QUEEN BEE needles with points at both ends, measured by BEEHIVE stitch-holder. The figures in brackets ( ) refer to the medium and large sizes respectively.

To obtain copy of the pattern illustrated, free of charge, complete this coupon and mark the envelope “KNITTING PATTERN SERVICE”.

To the Editor, Mixed Batch,
   James A. Jobling & Co. Ltd.,
      Wear Glass Works, Sunderland

Please send me the following pattern/s free of charge


Address .......................

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Summer Favourites

Most families enjoy jelly sweets. They are simple to prepare and offer lots of scope to the busy housewife.

Remember to rinse moulds in cold water before use. When ready to unmould, loose edge of mould with a knife or finger tips. Have a bowl of hot water ready and dip your “PYREX” mould into it for about 20 seconds. Hold a cold wet plate over the mould invert it and give it a sharp shake.

You’ll get a fairly quick set by dissolving in a small quantity of hot water in a bowl and making up with cold.

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Fruit Salad

1 Lemon Jelly.
1 small tin Pineapple.
1 Banana, 1 Apple or Pear, a few Grapes.

Prepare jelly by dissolving in a little very hot water and making up to Ÿ pint with pineapple juice and leave until it is beginning to set.

Pack your mould with layers of skinned and seeded grapes, sliced bananas, diced pineapple, very fine slices of apple or pear. Carefully spoon jelly in until mould is full and leave until set.

Bananas, Apples and Pears retain their colour if dipped into lemon juice.

To make a plain milk jelly

Dissolve jelly in a little very hot water, when cold, but not set, stir in cold milk very slowly to make up to 1 pint. The milk should be of room heat, not straight from the Refrigerator.

Orange Sponge

œ Orange Jelly — 2 egg whites.

Make up jelly as instructed on package. When cool add the egg whites and whisk well. Leave until set, pile into glasses and serve with cream.

Bunnies in the Grass

1 Greengage Jelly.
1 tin halved pears.
1/8 pint cream — 12 split almonds halved
6 currants.

Make up the jelly to Ÿ pint with water. Pour about 1/3 of the jelly into a shallow dish and leave to set (allow the remainder to set in a basin) Then place a little cream into the hollow of each pear and arrange on the jelly, cream side down. Whisk the jelly in the basin and spoon round the pears. Place a blob of cream on the wide end of the pears for a tail and decorate narrow end with two halves split almonds for ears and a currant for nose



Pic a Peg

Its like a bangle with two dozen really efficient clothes pegs clipped to the rim. It slips on to the wrist leaving both hands free for hanging out the washing. Price 4/6,.


For cleaning inside ovens. Its moulded into a plastic case. Is applied direct, left for two hours then wiped off with a damp cloth. Price 1/6.

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A gay whirl of a dress by Simplicity Patterns to dance your way through the long summer days ahead. This free and easy pattern number 2426 is wonderful for the girl who sews — and the girl who doesn’t! This is picked from the Simplicity range of “Simple to Make” garments which are designed with the gal in mind who thinks she can’t sew, and proves that she can.

We loved that gay twirl of a skirt topped by a perfectly plain blouse with scooped neck deeply cuffed by a collar with rick-rack braid boldly marching round to match the skirt. You can make this up from just 6 yards of cotton fabric — you have so much to choose from with gay cottons in humming colours at cheaper prices than ever this year — do let’s make this your gayest summer!

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The Welfare Association owes its origin to a band of very enthusiastic Glassmakers who got together about 35 years ago, to form a football team, each paying a small sum weekly to cover expenses. The “Welfare” as it is popularly known today, is still being run by enthusiastic people drawn from all departments in the factory, who spend hours of their leisure time, without any thought of reward, so that their workmates may derive benefit from the Football, Tennis, Cricket, Bowls, Golf etc., games. The secretaries of these sections who do an enormous amount of hard work, which is mostly unseen, to organise these games, are deserving of every praise we can give them.

The Grange at South Hylton, with its licensed bar, sun lounge, showers, etc., and the spacious grounds, is the envy of many other large concerns in the town. When we look back to the old days, and think of the days we spent in Gunns Field, which was our Sports Field then, and which was very primitive, we can indeed thank the Company for their financial support, and advice, which has been given so generously. May I, in closing, give my heartfelt thanks to all the members who have worked so hard to make our organisation, JOBLING’S WELFARE.

C. M. Heaney. Welfare Officer.


For the first time in the history of the tennis section, as far as we can gather, Joblings’ mens first team has gained promotion to Division A of the Sunderland & District Tennis League. In fact we entered three teams as can be seen from the top four positions in the final league tables for 1957. All three teams had a successful season.


  P W L F A PT. %
Murton C.W. 7 7 43 14 14 79.63
Joblings Wel. 6 4 2 27 19 8 58.69
Easington C.W. 6 4 2 27 20 8 55.32
Sunderland 6 3 3 29 16 6 54.44


Joblings Wel. 8 7 1 53 12 14 81.5
Hetton 8 6 2 39 28 12 58.2
Wearm’th C.W. 7 5 2 38 19 10 66.6
Blackhall C.W. 6 4 2 30 20 8 60.0


Simonside 8 8 48 18 16 72.7
Houghton C.W. 8 5 3 44 22 10 66.6
New Silksworth 8 5 3 33 28 10 54.0
Joblings Wel. II 8 4 4 30 29 8 50.8

We would like to congratulate the ladies Mrs. M. Brown, Miss O. Spragon and Miss P. Brown for their consistent playing throughout the season. The three teams have been represented by the following:

Messrs. N. Hall, K. Coulson, H. Gill, G. Pratt, J. Greenwell, A. Newman, D. Grossman, A. Davison, T. Carroll, W. Spalding, G. Meek, R. Ferry, A. Pullen, G. Cunningham, F. West-wick, A. Nesbitt.

Any employee (male or female) who is interested in gaining a place on one of the teams has only to appear at practice matches held each Wednesday and at weekends throughout the season at The Grange, South Hylton, and show their ability on the tennis courts (rackets and balls are supplied). If we hope to have successful teams again this season, healthy competition for team places is what we want. Any member of the company is welcome to join the tennis section.

In the past various other sport sections of the welfare have ‘blown their trumpets’ about their achievements, whilst the tennis section has had very little to crow about. So at last, in this issue all members mentioned are to be congratulated in taking Joblings from Division C to Division A of the Sunderland and District Tennis League in consecutive seasons.

In conclusion we are sorry to report our capable secretary Mr. A. Pullen has now left the company and ‘returned home again to Wales’.

G. Pratt

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Well here we are again with another season ahead of us and as usual all keyed up with hopes that this season may be our turn to win the league trophy. Having been runners up for three seasons we think it is time for us to step just that little bit further and reach the top.

The season has commenced with the usual ‘bowls weather’. Previous to our first fixture it was grand weather. However, the weather changed and on our first match it was bitterly cold but despite this and having to loose 25% on one Rink due mainly to Skipper Levison having a breakdown on his motor bike we did win by three points. Mind you what Ernie said about his down cannot possibly be printed. Our second match was even worse, it just poured down and had to be postponed. I hope this type of weather does not continue or the lads will be asking about an indoor green.

A new tournament is being introduced this season, being a knock-out Rink competition for all departments and open to everyone in the Works. We are hoping for a good response to make this a yearly occasion. So come along you would-be bowlers; let us have your entries!

We have our usual team this year with the exception of George Worthy Senior. George has unwillingly had to retire from active bowls and we will miss him very much indeed, as he was always keen and dependable. For the rest of the team there is Skipper Levison and his engineers not forgetting ‘old’ Jackie Carry, then Charlie Heaney and his ‘day workers’ and last but not least the Glasshouse Rink alternating with F. Lowerson and W. Grant as Skipper with J. Chapman’s shift being mixed in (and what a keen bunch they are). So what more can a secretary ask for except to say ‘good luck and keep trying’.

J. Brown, Secretary


These notes are written at the end of what can be considered our best ever season. To begin with, our second team carried away the Division 4 Championship with the splendid record of having been unbeaten in all 8 matches — winning 61 games out of a possible 70. In addition to this our first team, far from being a struggling “also ran” (we were almost relegated last season) brought off four excellent wins in the First Division. This against eight of the best teams in the town. They were most unfortunate too in losing two other games by very narrow margins. We had hoped to show photographs of the two teams but it seems the photographer (whose name we wont mention) forgot to put a film in the camera — or something. We can only do the next best thing and give the names of the people concerned:

Second Team:

Miss Vera Jobling and T. White.
Mrs. Ken Coulson and her ‘old’ man.
Mrs. Brenda Cunningham and C. Duke.

First Team:

Miss Nancy Owston and Bob Smith.
Mrs. M. White and George Cunningham.
Mrs. V. Edwards and Teddy Moore.

This season is momentous from another point of view. We did at long last manage to complete an Inter Club Tournament. This took the form of 3 events, Mens Singles, Womens Singles and Mixed Doubles, all handicapped so that everyone (especially the writer) stood an equal chance of winning. Eventual winners were as follows:

Womens Singles — Mrs. V. Edwards
Mens Singles — Bob Smith
Mixed Doubles — Mr. & Mrs. Robert S. Smith
(For the benefit of the un-initiated Bob and Robert S. are the same, but we thought he might like his full title).

To all the winners we offer hearty congratulations and thanks for some very entertaining badminton.

To conclude we would point out that the new season will commence with the general meeting and presentation of trophies on Monday, September 1st. All are welcome.



The Golfing Society hope to have another successful Season, which was opened by the Spring Meeting held at South Shields Golf Course on Saturday, 12th April, won by Mr. A. W. Langridge, a new member to our Society, partnered by Mr. E. Orange.

We are hoping to play several teams locally, such as Sunderland Forge, Martins Bank, Shell-Mex, Leamington Glass Works, and the Challenge Cup is to take place on June 28th at Brancepeth. We have also started a League with 14 Playing Members.

We extend a hearty welcome to all new Members.

Hon. Secretary

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