Important Announcement


 After around 12 years of operating this site, I regret to announce that this Site will soon be closed down.


The site was developed and maintained my me when I was younger, now aged 87 there is no one to take it on when I die. I don't want it to be a problem for my family so I have  to close it down


The membership has grown to more than 3000 and I wish to thank those members for their support.


The site could still be saved if a volunteer could be found to take it on. There will be no charges for tranfer of the site to another person but ongoing hosting costs are six pounds per month.

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Please Read This Important Notice About The Future of this Web Site

I am Looking for a new Webmaster to assist with this website

When I first launched this site I was aged 74, it has been running for about 6 years and with around 75 visits/day, it continues to attract new members. I have just passed my 80th birthday and with a multitude of medical conditions, I have to think about the continuance of this site. So I am asking members for their views and in the process maybe get some volunteers to become involved. Ideally I would like a couple of people to join with me to form a 'Team' of three to manage the site until I let go! Some knowledge of Coding would be helpfull. Email me -



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 death of our colleagues and whenever I see them I try to record details on this page. Notices will usually be taken down after 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!


William Thomas Howard: William Passed away on 25 Sept 2022 aged 98 after38 years service. The Funeral will be on 21 October 2022 at City of London Cemetery and Crematorium - East Chapel

Informant: Bill Caster via Email


Dave Morfitt: Dave passed away in Newcastle in April 2019 and cremated soon after at Blyth (Northumberland). Due to Daves mums health (now deceased) a service was not held in Sheffield at the time and due to covid the service was delayed further. Memorial Service: Andrew Whitfield has been asked by Val (Daves ex wife) to post to let all know that a memorial service has been arranged for Dave Morfitt, the service will be at 1:30, Friday 6th August 2021 at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium.  Abbey Lane Cemetery, Periwood Ln, Beauchief, Sheffield S8 0HP. Meet 5 mins before outside the Chapel.Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome.Informant: Andrew Whitfield via FB Group BT Sheffield Employees (P&P) 26 July 21

Update: 28 July Sorry it appears there has been misunderstanding between myself and Val, it is actually a scattering of ashes in the Garden of Rememberance at Hutcliffe Wood at 1:30 on 6th of August 2021, meeting outside the Chapel 5 mins before, however as there is also a cremation service for another departed, the meeting place may yet change.
I can only apologise for any confusion, sorry.
Informant: Andrew Whitfield via FB Group BT Sheffield Employees (P&P) 28 July 21


Tony Bishop AKA Rebore: Passed away suddenly on the 26th June age 69. One of life's characters, he will be missed by so many. His funeral will be on Friday 23rd July at South Bristol Crematorium at 3pm. All are welcome to attend. If attending, please wear brightly coloured clothes, it would be much appreciated. Maybe a Hawaiian shirt or something that reflects who you are, or your connection to Tony. All enquiries To Pitman's Funeralcare Tel: 01934 622738.

Informant: Pete Yeates via FB Group Past & Present BT Employees (Bristol) 20 July 21


More about Tony Bishop: Bristol Hash House Harriers, will be holding a "Memorial Run" for "Tony "Rebore" Bishop this Friday after his funeral. July 23rd.
Run starts 6pm on The Downs, the Cafe just past the Water Tower. After (Hash) run there will be a memorial drink, same place, starting about 7pm. All welcome. BYO drinks. etc.
Informant: David Battye via FB Group Past & Present BT Employees (Bristol) 20 July 21 Sorry this post is too late for 23rd July funeral etc but the notice is relevant


Graham Godfrey: The longtime security guard at Tinsley Data Centre, he sadly passed away the other week.
His funeral will be at Rotherham Crematorium on Thu 5th Aug 10:15.

Informant Mark Spencer via FB Group BT Sheffield Employees (P&P) 23 July 21

David Drakes: To all those that knew Dave (Aka Daffy) and would like to follow the live feed of the funeral, the details are below. Those that would like to attend in person could you please remember to wear a mask and take suitable precautions. strange times. Name David Drakes Location Rotherham Crematorium - Default Chapel
Date & Time Wednesday 26/05/2021 11:00 Event Number 946280 - please quote this on all correspondence and when calling
Requester Richard Clark - J H Clark, Rawmarsh
Login / Order ID: 95743Password: zacsqhhk .
Informant : Steve Wilde via FB Group BT Sheffield Employees(Past & Present


Mick Sharp: Sad news about Mick  who passed away in St. James Hospital Leeds on Friday evening 7 May 2021, after a long battle with cancer. Mick worked for BT for many years and was well known for his incisive wit, love of of fine dining and red wine. RIP Mick. Informant: Andy Jarman via FB group British Telecom past and present UK.


Peter Cooper: my Partner Pete Cooper sadly passed away. BT was where we met all those years ago. PJ, as he was affectionately known, worked for BT for 35 years, starting his career as a Cabler working out of Sheffield Parkway back in the 80s. Then with promotion he went on to work in Telephone House where he worked in Works Control and then later ending his career in the Command Centre. Thank you to everyone who has taken time to send Condolences on the passing of Pete Cooper PJ as a family we are truly touched by peoples kind words. Funeral Details are as follows: Chesterfield Crematorium, Tuesday 25th May 2021 at 11.10am We welcome all who wish to attend to remember Peter but sadly Some restrictions are still in place.

Informant: Joanne Heyes via FB  Group BT Sheffield Employees(Past & Present

Pete Pashley: Unfortunately I have some sad news - Pete passed away yesterday after suffering a stroke - Pete worked on CA&L before moving into the RSC in Sheffield, made many friends and was a character larger than life.
Our thoughts are with his wife Jean and family at this time.

On a personal note I have had the pleasure knowing Pete for over 40 years - many fond memories both at work and play - lots of laughter, caught a few fish and more than a few beers drank - Thirsty Thursday's will never be the same. RIP my friend.

Informant: Graham Collins 26 February via  FB group BT Sheffield P& P Employees


J J Hawkesby:Just recvd this (5 Feb 20). Knew JJ when he was in the stores at Horfield.
Not sure if you were aware he had a heart attack and passed away last week. Judging by the large number of sympathy messages, he was a well known chap working at various locations in the Bristol Area and extremely well thought of. His funeral is on 5th March 16.00 at Westerleigh Crematorium please pass the information on.

                                                Informant: Les Whitmore16 February  on FB Group Past & Present BT Employees (Bristol)

Gordon Harrison: Just heard that this stalwart and character from Middlesbrough TRS days passed away last week.  you will be missed by all. R.I.P. 
Informant: David Hills on 5 February 2021 thro' FB group BT P & P


Pam Cusack: I am very sad to tell those that remember Pam, that she has passed away in hospital from COVID 19. Pam worked for BT in Customer Services for several years. A very lovely fun loving lady, taken much too soon. RIP Pam. She lost he battle with Covid and she will be greatly missed by the whole family.

Informant: Sue Mcmanus FB GroupBT Sheffield Employees (Past & Present)

Mark Spillett: it is my very sad task to announce the recent death of Mark. I believe Mark was a Lineman in Worthing before being promoted to a Manager on Business Installation in Brighton in the 1980s and he may be remembered in Brighton, Worthing, the South and South East. Mark was married to Sally and had two boys when living in Rustington. He worked in Installation Control Telephone House where he met and later married Lynn his second wife. He suffered with dementia in a care home in Babbacombe that was recently infiltrated by the deadly COVID19 virus and Mark was infected so badly that there was little the NHS could do for him. His funeral will take place on 9th February at 2pm. in Devon. RIP Mark Spillett.
Informant: Geof Stevens FB Group BT P & P UK

John Nip Smith: For anyone in the Midlands area, sadly informed that John passed away aged 89, about 6 Feb 21
He was a cabler working out of the former Tamworth TEC.
Informant David Francis Cope

Philip Simmonds: died on Friday 29th January 2021. He had many ailments and had survived a bout of covid but had advanced prostate cancer. He died at home in Lincolnshire. I believe he retired in the 1980's and lived in Ealing then. My mother survives him and asks that I inform BT should any colleagues remember Philip. If anyone would like to speak to my mother Brenda she can be contacted on 01472-389008.
Informant: Alison Goddard Step Daughter

Dave Moss: For anyone in Colchester Area I have just heard that Big Dave Moss Passed away on 26 January having contracted Covid-19.
Informant: Andy Gardner FB Group BT P & P

Arthur Haslop: sadly passed away on the 16th January aged 94. He joined the GPO straight from school in Cambridge and moved to Staffordshire in the early 1960s where he finally retired in 1986. More recently he lived in Bournemouth and then Fleet Hampshire. Anyone wishing to contact his daughter can email

Informant: Pam Dowell(Daughter)

Harry Lomas: I'm sorry to be sharing this sad news with you. sadly Harry passed away on 20th January at Hallamshire Hospital due to Covid. Harry worked at Solly Street as a Box Builder and moved to Parkway in Mech Aids. He left BT around 2010. Funeral is on 11th February at 10.30 Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium.
Informant: Trish Thorp BT Sheffield Pand P

Pete Mathers: passed away peacefully, at home, on 8 July. He tried chemo to fight the brain tumour he had been diagnosed with, however, it wasnt successful. He deteriorated quite rapidly during June. Informant: David Hobson on FB Group BT Sheffield Employees P & P

Larry Scrivenor: Sorry to advise that he passed away on Friday 15 January. He was in charge of the Mech Aids work shop at the Parkway TEC.
Informant: Roger Stevenson BT Sheffield FB Group

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Membership Groups

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BT Members = 2851

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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



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




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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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Re Unions & Local News

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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

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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 its 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

                   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 Reconnect.. 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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