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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

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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.


Len Jenner: formerly of the BT Crouch End, Haringey, North London office, has sadly passed away at the ripe old age of 96. Len worked for over 40 years for the GPO/British Telecom, starting out as a keen telegraph boy in central London and working his way up to executive level. He spent many happy decades at the BT office at Crouch End at departments including personnel, recruitment, engineering and finance. He leaves a family of three daughters, eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.   Informant:: Len's Daughter Sandra

Ian Watters: I posted a few weeks ago that Iain Watters had passed away, for those who knew him his cremation is Saturday 23rd at 11, as we cannot attend I thought we could have a minute silence and raise a glass or mug to him at 11.

Informant Peter Bugdale FB Group British telecom past & Present UK


Joe Maddison:  Passed away on Monday 11th May 2020. Joe was an Engineer with BT for a number of years, originally working in Doncaster and then moving over to Sheffield. He retired in the 1990s. His funeral is at Rotherham Crematorium on Thursday 21 May at 2.00pm. Rotherham Crematorium . If anyone remembers him and would like to send the family a message, please let me know, Lindsay Fells FB Group BT Sheffield Employees (Past & Present) and I'll ensure the messages are passed on. Informant: Lindsay Fells posted this sad news on behalf of a friend who lost her Dad.


Ian Watters: It is my sad duty to inform you that Iain Watters passed 28 April, he died peacefully in hospital of pneumonia. Iain joined the GPO in Glasgow in the late 60s, he then moved to London where he was a level one for jointing team, he then moved to Norwich just after the millennium and was a manager of the major works team and finally managed the pole testers, and as a much respect colleague and friend he will be missed.  Informant Peter Bugdale FB Group British telecom past & Present UK


Hyde: My beloved husband Michael passed away aged 69 after a long battle with cancer on 22 February 2020. Michael worked at the Birmingham offices for BT, starting at Telephone House and ended his career at Brindley Place, in his final role as Network Analyst. He took retirement in his early 50s and sadly over the years lost touch with friends made over the years. A service to celebrate Michaelís life will be held at Woodlands Crematorium, Castle Bromwich on Monday 23 March at 11.00 am, followed by a gathering at the Grimstock Hotel from 11.45. The family would be very happy to see and meet any of Michaelís friends on the day.  With all best wishes Susan and David Hyde


Ken Bristo: has passed away peacefully at home on February 14, 2020 aged 93. Funeral service to be held at St Mary Magdalene Church, Westerfield on Tuesday, March 10, at 11.00 a.m. He was my Boss at Portman Rd Exchange, Ipswich and went onto be an EE in the area. Informant: Mick Goldrick on Facebook


Paul Gleed: recently passed away C20 Feb 20. His funeral is to be at Westerleigh Crematorium on Friday 6th March 20 at 3.30pm for those who wish to attend. He regularly attend the NFOP meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at Unitarian Meeting Room in Brunswick Square (10am to 12 midday)
All ex BT welcomed.
                Informant: David Curwen Rees on Facebook


Rob Thornton: I have the sad duty to inform you that in the early hours 13 February 2020 our good friend  died at home. Rob who used to be a Linesman in Hurspierpont Sussex. Moving on to PABX Mntce in Burgess Hill. Later in Brighton as Tech Support on Monarch and other big switches.

The Funeral will take place on Thursday 12th March 3 pm at Worthing Crematorium (BN14 0RG)  followed by refreshments back at Ashurst Village Hall (BN44 3AP). No dress code. No flowers, donations will be to Blind Veterans UK. There will be a motorcycle ride out with the hearse, meeting 2pm at Ashurst Village Hall car park (BN44 3AP), should anyone wish to join it. Please pass on details to anyone who may have known Robbie. Informant: Dave Holman on Facebook


Annie Jordan: Sadly passed away on £1 December 2019. She worked in the Barnsley and Rotherham districts. The funeral will be held in Barnsley on 23 January 2020 at 12.50. Further details from Diane Davis on FB group BT Sheffield employees (Past & Present)                                                                                                                  Posted 14Jan 2020

Albert Bishop: Popular with his colleagues passed away recently and his funeral is on Friday 20th December 13.30pm. at Pilning Church North of Bristol. No Flowers.             Informant Russ Cooper on Facebook 11 December 19


Jack Otway: Passed peacefully away at home on October 28th 2019 aged 80 years. The funeral service took place at St Faiths Crematorium on 15 November. Further information contact R J Bartram & Son Wymondham 01953 603138.

                                                                                                                                                                        Eastern Daily Press Nov 9th 2019   

 Albert White AKA Bert, who worked for the GPO/British Telecom for 43 Ĺ years, he started in about 1942 and retired early due to ill health around 1985. He worked in the Middlesex area all his working life, Uxbridge, Acton, West Drayton, Skyport [LHR] Southall etc. He passed away on 1st September 2019 he died of pneumonia and complications of a secondary brain injury sustained in October 2018. The Funeral is on Friday 25th October 2019, 12pmat the Crematorium on the Isle of Wight

[ there is only one Crematorium on the Island ].                            Informant Pam Jones Daughter 18 Sept 19


Les Baynham: Mark Baynham Les' Son through Facebook sadly reports that Les Baynham passed away on or about 23 July 2019 after a short illness. Friends and Colleagues are very welcome to attend his funeral Monday 5th August 1.00 pm at Sedgemoor Crematorium. Several friends have already expressed their condolences on Facebook.

This information was posted on Facebook/Past & Present BT Employees (Bristol)



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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

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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




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




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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


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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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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 Anyone

Youths B Course Bletchley May 1966

Photograph from Facebook goup

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

See Photo Gallery



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


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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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