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GEC Apprentice Association outings, from Leigh Belcham

Leigh Belcham has sent me a wonderful set of photographs from his apprentice days with the G.E.C. at Coventry's Telephone Works, Stoke. They include many shots of the GEC (Coventry) Apprentice Association's Outdoor Club on various outings from around 1959 to 1961. Clicking on any photo will open up a much larger version, which can be panned and zoomed.



Lake District

The Outdoor Club's first expedition to the Lake District, around 1960:

Camping in the Lake District
Lake District, c1960, with Leigh Belcham on the left.
Camping in the Lake District
R. Daniel, J. Duckett, Tony Clements and Leigh Belcham and fellow apprentices.
Camping in the Lake District
Camping in the Lake District, c1960.
En route either to or from Stonehenge, c1960
En route either to or from somewhere, c1960.


Black Mountains

Early expeditions were primarily to the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park area of Wales:

Apprentices at the White Hart Inn
Leigh Belcham, Clive Compton, someone whose name is not recalled, and Ian Buckler, at the White Hart Inn, Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon Beacons, c1961.
Leigh Belcham at the Half Moon Hotel
Leigh Belcham at the Half Moon Hotel in Llanthony near Capel-y-finn, c1961.
Colin Shurrock
Colin Shurrock on the Brecon Beacons, c1961.
Abergavenny Railway Station
Colin Shurrock (left) and Leigh Belcham at Abergavenny Railway Station, Monmouth, c1961.
Tony Clements and Leigh Belcham sheltering
Tony Clements and Leigh Belcham on the Pioneer Trip, sitting in their shelter after the tents had been flooded out, c1959-60.
On the ridge, c1959-60
The main party half way across the ridge, c1959-60.
Leaving camp
Leaving camp early (10:30!) on Sunday morning - 2 seconds later he got wet feet! c1959-60.
35 mile route march
During a 35 mile route march over & near Brecon Beacons, c1960-61:
Jim Witt in bobble hat, 3rd from left.
Clive Compton, back row, 4th from left.
Ian Buckler, 2nd from right, next to the pole.
'Jack' - GEC bus driver, squatting front left.
Leigh Belcham holding the broom.


Coombe Abbey

In 1952 the then owner of Coombe Abbey, John Gray, leased the abbey to the General Electric Company for use as a hall of residence and training centre - an arrangement that lasted until 1964, when The Grange at Copsewood took over as a hostel.

At Coombe Abbey c1959-60
An apprentice at Coombe Abbey, c1959-60.
The opening of the Cellar Bar at Coombe, c1960-61
The opening of the Cellar Bar at Coombe, c1960-61, which is below the Norman building on the right as you enter the courtyard over the bridge.


Christmas at Coombe

Around 1960 the apprentice residents of Coombe Abbey held a Christmas party for pupils from Exhall Grange school for physically disabled children:

Christmas at Coombe Abbey c1960
Peter Phillpot is by the door.
Christmas at Coombe Abbey c1960
Christmas at Coombe Abbey, c1960.
Christmas at Coombe Abbey c1960
Christmas at Coombe Abbey, c1960.
Christmas at Coombe Abbey c1960
Christmas at Coombe Abbey, c1960.
Christmas at Coombe Abbey c1960
Christmas at Coombe Abbey, c1960.
Christmas at Coombe Abbey c1960
Christmas at Coombe Abbey c1960.
Christmas at Coombe Abbey c1960
Christmas at Coombe Abbey, c1960.
Christmas at Coombe Abbey c1960
Bill Torrance is on the right.


Cottage

For some years the Apprentice Association's Outdoor Club rented a cottage at Nantmor, near Beddgelert, North Wales:

Cottage c1960-61
The Cottage (on the left), just as the apprentices found it, around 1960-61.
Cottage c1960-61
The Cottage, c1960-61.
Cottage 1978
1978. Is this a new member applying for membership!!?


Thee Peaks

Around 1961 the Outdoor Club attended the Thee Peaks expedition:

Three Peaks Expedition, c1961
Tony Clements, Ian Buckler and Ewan Walker in training.
Three Peaks Expedition, c1961
In the Land Rover en route to the Three Peaks.
Three Peaks Expedition, c1961
Leigh Belcham, Tony Clements and Ian Buckler.
Three Peaks Expedition, c1961
Dave Hodder, Leigh Belcham and Tony Clements.
Three Peaks Expedition, c1961
Leigh Belcham and Dave Hodder.
Three Peaks Expedition, c1961
Back home in Broadgate after a journey of 24hrs and 45mins - 45mins too much!
Three Peaks Expedition, c1961
Tony Clements - happy to be back home in Broadgate.
Three Peaks Expedition, c1961
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