Tea and Memories
Starts: October 17 - 2:00pm
Ends: October 17 - 4:00pm
St Barbe Museum and Art gallery hosts regular events for older local residents to share their experiences of days gone by. These discussions are held every couple of months around a theme, this month on Wednesday 17 October the topic is Wellworthy.
In 1912 John Howlett started Wellworthy in Lymington, they manufactured shells during the war and were a key producer of piston rings. Howlett developed a method of producing pistons that were more reliable than his rivals which put them in great demand. At its peak, nearly every family in and around Lymington had some connection with the firm. They provided housing for many employees, established a social club, arranging dances, a sports club and had a prize-winning brass band.
Jim Insole worked on the Ampress factory in 1967: My job was very social. In the course of my rounds I could chat briefly to the operatives and I made many friends. Some were originally from Pakistan, who commuted daily from Southampton; we had some very interesting discussions on all manner of subjects.
We would love more stories of those who worked at Wellworthy or whos family worked there would join us at St Barbe on Wednesday 17 October, in the McCarthy Room between 2-4pm to share their memories and pass on their knowledge. Tea and biscuits provided!