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Historic High for BT Shares in 1999

It would appear that BT reached the high of 1,513p (£15.31)on the last trading day of 1999, amid a wider FTSE 100 rally as the market was swept up in the technology bubble. See also BT Privatisation Listing history.


BT Head Office Sale hots up as Canary Wharf eyes deal...More


Coping with the Cost of Care: Often-Overlooked Tax Deductions and

Tips for Seniors and Their Families

The information on this website may be helpful to members.


Obituary Notices and Funeral details.

When informed recent notices will be shown here and details will be added to the Obituary page whether or not they were members. Where possible Funeral arrangements are included. Please send details to me . Also various BT Facebook Groups often post notices of the deatSteveh of our colleagues and whenever I see them I try to record details on this page. Notices will usually be taken down afte:r about six months, however details of all of these notices are available on the Commemorative Page through the Membership Functions\Search facility. but you will need to have registered as a member. You can Register 'Free' here. They may be gone but through this web site they are not forgotten!


Frank Nortcliffe: It is with great sadness that I wish to inform past members from the Birmingham and West Midlands Areas of the death of Frank Nortcliffe. Frank died peacefully at home in his sleep this morning aged 94.
He was an Exchange Construction Manager for the bulk of his career and made many friends amongst both his staff and colleagues and was highly regarded by all.
Details of funeral arrangements at a later date once it has been arranged.

Informant: Brian Jenkinson via FB group British Telecom past & Present UK


John Herbert Clark: Announcing the death of John Herbert Clark who joined the GPO in 1959. John died on the 12th of November age 82, he retired and left BT in 1992.He was a fitter working out of Maltravers Road on major switch board projects. Making this announcement on behalf of Jack Rushby his brother in law who was a cable jointer on external works and then worked in EPMC in Eldon House. Funeral at Grenoside 8 December 2-30

Informant: Roger Stevenson via FB group BT Sheffield Employees P & P


Joy Hawkins: My lovely Mum sadly passed away on the 1st November following a terrible battle with vascular dementia.
Mum worked for Post Office telephones / BT for many years and was an HEO in what was then called personnel. She was based in Mercury House Bond St Bristol for a long time, and finished her career whilst working from Castlemead, Bristol. She retired early in 1989. I followed her into the company in 1980. It would be brilliant to hear from anyone who remembers Mum.

Informant: Steve Hawkins (son) via FB group P&P BT Employees Bristol  - Nov 2021


Nigel Jones: Anyone remember Nigel? He was in Motor Transport Office, Market Gate until building closed.
Today I heard that Nigel died of a heart-attack November 9th 2021. Apparently an avid Liverpool FC supporter.

Informant: Carl Cranney via FB group P&P BT Employees Bristol - November 2021

Iain Mewse: It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of former BT employee Iain Mewse after a long battle with cancer. Iain was 71 and joined the company in 1971, retiring in 2012 and remaining with the CWU as a retired member.
His funeral will be held at St Johns Church, Clayton, Monday 20th September at 12.30pm. Followed by cremation at Scholemoor Crematorium. Masks to be worn at the church and crematorium please
We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Informant: Mark Elwen Assistant Secretary CWU Via Martin Simpson FB Group BT Past & PresentUK - 14 Sept 21


Vic Venus: I have asked to pass on the sad news that who worked in Sheffield networks passed away on 3rd Sept.

Informant:Cade Smyth  Via FB Group BtT Sheffield Employees Past & Present. 11 September 2021

Norman Shadbolt: Sad News. For those of you who remember Norman, Iím sorry to say that he died on 27th August. He died after a short infection at the nursing home where he lived. He had been suffering from dementia for some time and no longer recognised his sister-in-law who visited him regularly. He was 74.
He worked in Sales for many years in Oxford Street and Shaftesbury Avenue and previously at Clifford Street.
Many people will know him from the staff bars that he played a major part in running (and drinking in), the darts teams that he ran, and the fishing trips he organised. Iím sure many of you will have fond memories of him as I do.
Informant: Pat Ashe (nee Wheeler) Via FB Group BT London Centre Area and London West End District 10 Sept 21


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BT Pensioners Reconnect,  The Movie!

Database and Site Statistics at 28 February 2019


New Members added


August 18 - Feb 19 = 62



Membership Groups

Web Admin


BT Members = 2851

UnRegist'd Members = 50

BT Deceased = 63

C & W Members   = 89

C & W Deceased = 400


Total Visits to Site



1st Jan 18 to 1st Jan 19 = 41260

Average Visits per day = 110


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Kiosk Number 6 Feature page & What inspired the Iconic Dome Top Click Here


Giff Gaff "No Contract, pay as you go" Mobile Phone Service

What is GiffGaff? 



The Italian Job Again

No Minis, No Gold Bars, This Time, Just Hard Cash  - My Cash!!

      Read more and see what it cost me and tell me what it has cost you!   Posted 25 July 17



A Cap on our Pension Benefits -Another Threat to our Pensions

This is serious and we all should be asking BT and Pension Trustees some questions. Go to Pension News page to see Daily Mail Article             Posted 09 July 2017


BT Pension Fund Deficit now estimated at at £14 Billion with BT staff pensions being targeted see Daily Mail article 13/12/17 on BT Pension Fund News Page

Posted 20 December 2017


Pension Stuff


GMP Information for BTPS members reaching State Retirement age between 6 Dec. 2018  & 6 April 2021. Read More..

RPI v CPI - BT Pension News from BT press Release 19 January at 16:46

Section C members of the BTPS will be pleased to hear that the court has ruled that RPI must continue to be used. BT is "disappointed" and after reviewing the judgement will consider whether to appeal. BT has confirmed it will continue to use CPI for Sections A and B.

Posted 20 Jan 2018

Recently Retired? Did you get the Retrospective 0.7% Increase Included in Your Pension Calculation? See More Details Posted Jan 2018


CPI Inflation Rate

Figure released last week was 3% does this mean BT pensions will be increased by 3%?? Posted 22 Oct 17


A Cap on our Pension Benefits -Another Threat to our Pensions?

This is serious and we all should be asking BT and Pension Trustees some questions. See More? Go to Pension News   Posted  July 2017


BT Pensions - Trustee Newsletter 2017

The Trustee Newsletter 2017 has now been posted out to BT Pensioners and a copy in PDF format has been placed on this website Click Here to View. The Newsletter mentions a discretionary lump sum that maybe payable on the death of a pensioner Click Here for details.  Posted June 2017


BT Pension Increase at April 2017?

I did not see any reference to the 2017 pension increase in The Trustee News letter 2017, however The CPI Inflation Index figure released October 2016 was 1% so can we expect the increase will be 1%? The RPI index was 2%!!       Posted 28 Feb 2017


Do you think that your Spouses Pension is Absolutely Safe?

Well go to Daily Mail Article on Private Sector Pension Reform and Think Again!  Posted 26 July 2016




BT Pensioners Reconnect and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are delighted to announce a brand new benefit for BT and C&W  members, offering a 10% Discount,  including friends and family traveling on your booking. More Details here  Members Only, User Name & Password required. - Not a member? Then Register Here







If adverts are only of  the slightest interest, please do look at them as it can provide a very modest revenue that helps me to offer free membership.


Notice Board

Members are welcome to use this Notice Board for personal notices - Politics, Religion and any form of Abuse excluded.

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WWII Radio Masts in the Pentland Hills

John Brady asks- Can you help with research into the history of an unusual derelict Post Office aerial installation? Read More  

UPDATE:  John has discovered that the aerial was used  for Ionospheric research in the 1960s; the associated blog has been updated at :-                       Updated 11 Oct 2018


The Single Tier State Pension changes and the impact on GMP for some BT pensioners see more.. Posted 20 May 16


New Technical Paper - TXK1 & TXK3 Plastic Covers and The Parr Barrier To read Click here



BT Pension Scheme Trustees Newsletter 2016


Another Local Group - Last Thursday in the Month Club - London North Central Area Retirees More details


Cost of Transferring BT Pension Abroad - More Details


Researching GPO Staffing of WW2 Radio Security Services(RSS).

       I have been approached by Stan Ames to help him make contact with anyone who worked in RSS or anyone with knowledge of this Wartime service. Would particularly like to know about the "I" Grade or Rank. - please reply to me:

Posted 28/11/15


Openreach to be Sold? Read more - 21 July 15
Any Comments? up to 20 words

Does this make Openreach and what remains of BT, a take over target and risk foreign ownership!


BT is to bring its Indian Call Centres back home from India In a bid to improve its appalling customer service record. See more and get full report  Daily mail 19 September 2015 Did this actually happen?


Important Pension Information

Where there is a Partnership and no Marriage. Did you know that you can nominate a dependent Partner for a pension similar to that for a Spouse, when you die. Read More  Posted by Bill Rees September 2015


I have been trying to locate a friend and colleague, BRIAN HIGGINS, for sometime and sadly, I have now been advised that he died some 3-4 years ago. Brian and I worked together in Mid Reg Datel Marketing in 1970's.

RIP Brian. See Deceased Colleagues. Posted 15 Sept 2015 by Bill Rees



A warning about your BT Pension correspondence - Use Recorded Delivery  More Info By Trevor Conway Facebook group BT Past & Present 27 July 2015


Are the Germans coming? - BT becomes takeover target by Deutsche Telekom! Read more 88 Jun 15


See  Obituary Notices User Name and PW required


BT's Big Ideas Down Under 22 May 15


2014 -Anniversary of the start of World War I (July 1914 - November 1918) Feature


Prostate Cancer Alert  see also My Prostate Cancer


BT Pension Scheme Agrees Deal to Protect it Against Longevity....more


Pension Increase April 2015 Click here


BT Press Release 30 January 2015 - Result of Pension Funding and Valuation


BT Pension Scheme Trustee Newsletter for Pensioners 2014 Available here


See 'The Overhead Linesman' and more in Nostalgia page


'Please Wipe your Boots' Now Available in Paperback on Amazon

a memoir by a 1960's apprentice and an essential read for all ex engineers. More Detail...



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Links to:-

Members Letters

Kiosk No 6 Feature

Technical Page

Pension Increase Offer (PIE)

Pension Increase Calculator

Pay Day Loans A warning

BT Authors Publish

Re Unions & Local News

New Photo B'ham Anchor

JPeter Hurd Seeking Contact with London External Engrs

British Telecom B'ham Past & Present

Nat Federation of Occupational Pensioners

Project to build a small Strowger Demo Exchange


Recruit a New Member!    

Your Help is Urgently Required

Many more new members are required to make searches on this site more effective.

Registrations have now reduced to as few as 4 or 5 per week so I would like every member to make an effort to recruit at least one new member.Click the box Below. Please email to me the name and email address of your recruit(s) so that I may confirm that your recruit(s) has registered.


This website has almost 60,000 visits a year that is almost 5000 visits per month.  Only a few of these visits result in a new member being added. Why?




Am I doing it right?

I just do not know if this site is meeting the needs or expectations of  members.

Please tell me what you think about it and say how you think it can be improved, what can be added and what should be removed.


What Could You Do?

It would be very helpful if members would volunteer to adopt a page and be responsible for its upkeep

Contact Me

Posted revised 27 June 2015

Communications Workers Union (CWU)

The CWU, under the banner of,  "Remember Your Pensioners, BT!," are planning to negotiate with  BT, for Pensioners to be offered the same discount, on products and services, as are offered to employees. 




Bank Charges for Transferring BT Pension Payments Abroad


This should make you Smile.

A Plan 107 (A Boss/Secretary system) was being installed and the extension telephone was to be situated alongside another Telephone. When the job was completed the lady asked for a different colour for the extension telephone. Asked why? She said "so she could tell which one was ringing!!" a statement she repeated. The Fitter simply adjusted the bell coils and all was well. (Comment; Did he mean 'bell gongs?' )

Story taken from a post on Facebook Group GPO Telephones



WWI Anivesary - PO Rifles

Sergeant Alfred Knight VC

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Cable and Wireless Pensioners Associated Site Launched 

The BT pensioners site has been further developed to create an Associate Site which I hope will prove popular with C&W Pensioners. Links between the two sites will be provided for those with an interest in both companies.



 Pensioners Loose Out in BT Drive to cut costs.On Wednesday 14 November 2012, I received my usual copy of BT Today (Pensioner Edition) and it was with some dismay that on page 21. I read that the Pensioner Edition would cease publication from this issue onwards, because it can no longer be funded. Does BT really need to make such meagre savings off the back of itís pensioners? See A Point of View

  This site is principally to enable PO/BT Pensioners, employees and ex-employees to re-establish contact with old colleagues.

A Photographs Page has

 been added to the site and photographs are urgently required. Men/Women at work, in training or at leisure could be interesting subjects. Jpeg format preferred. Upgraded 08 Apr 13, to improve presentation

and increase capacity.

BT Pension Scheme Declines to Publicise or Offer any assistance with this site More Info

This is the time of year when we are informed of the BT pension increase for 2013/14. My notice of increase arrived 24 April and as expected the increase was 2.2% based on the September 2012 CPI measure of inflation.  

This compares with:


             The RPI measure of inflation of 2.6%

             The State Pension Increase for 2013/14 of 2.6%

             Cable & Wireless Pension Scheme increase of 3.1%.Read More  


                   Click Here for a BTPS explanation of the effect of GMP on Pension Increases.



See Telephone Kiosk No.6 Feature Page Click Here




Where old Red Telephone Boxes go to die? Click Here



The CandW Website featured in CAWPA News Summer 2013 Edition does not seem to be of much interest to C&W Pensioners. 

Tell me Why?



BT People are New Published Authors  

1. A former PO photographer, Pen name 'Si Texen,' in the reprographic unit at 2-12 Farringdon Road in the 1960s and 70s, 


2.David Helsdon, a veteran of BT International (Faraday, Wood Street, Wren House and Kelvin), published his first novel a few years ago, a comedy-thriller called SHAIKH-DOWN under the pen-name of David Gee. His second  book, The Bexhill Missile Crisis.  has now been published and is now available to buy as an e-book from the Amazon Kindle store as well as in paperback from your local bookstore or direct from the publishers to order a copy as e-book or paperback  click on 


3. Stanley George:

'Please Wipe your Boots' Now Available in Paperback on Amazon

a memoir by a 1960's apprentice and an essential read for all ex engineers. More Detail...


4. Roger Parr: 'Our Thoughts Entirely' A collection of poems with a rich mixture of emotions - love, humour, melancholy - and thought-provoking themes.

See More...

A Success Story

A BT Retiree, David Wyatt, writes from N. Zealand to BT Pensioners ReconnectÖ.. I'm hoping that you are able to assist me I worked at BT for approx 17 yrs and emigrated in 1982.

More on this Story


Interested in Researching your Family Tree?

Click on link below for more information and a 10% Discount with The Genealogist


The Genealogist - UK census, BMDs and more online




Are you a World War II Veteran or do you know someone who is?              

A former WWII Lancaster Bomber Crew Member, Ted Cachart, has contacted me to help publicise grants that are available from the Big Lottery Fund to enable veterans and their widows/widowers to pay a remembrance visit  to the area in which they served. Applications can be made if a grant has not been received since 2009. Grants range from £330 - £5500 

(for Far East Visits) The Big Lottery Fund Tel. No. is 0845 00 00121

Ted can be contacted by phone 01773 853181 or email:

Learn about Ted the 15 year old Bomber Crew hero and his amazing and inspiring story

The recent death of Ted Cachart is reported on Fiskerton airfield web site.

RIP Ted.


Can You Name Them

Birmingham Anchor People - C.1970 Can you name anymore people?


See Also the Photo Gallery and Albums


Can You Name Them

Youths A or B Course - Bletchley Park C.1956/7

John Jenkins is Back Row 3rd from left -are you out there somewhere John?

Photograph supplied by Mel Smith


Local BT Pensioner Groups 

See Local Groups page. 

1. London.Central Areas 


2. London N. West


3.BT Manchester Staff


London Centre /West End/Inbound Group Advanced 0800

This group is very active and

 has regular re-unions. 

Marjorie Wann - organiser  Re-union Photographs are published 

on this site Click Here


Who would you like to make contact with?

Would you like to make contact with some old colleague in particular? If so let me have details to post the name here


This Website which is independent of BT, receives no financial support from any source and is entirely funded by me Bill Rees who developed the site.


You can now search for former 

colleagues by Surname only, 

as well as First Name and Surname


Now that you have visited the site, please become a member, even if you feel that you won't revisit very often. Increasing the number of members improves the functionality of the site. 

Thank you.



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