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18 June 2019 Halesworth & Southwold Community News


Tony celebrates 50 years working for Hammond Motor Group


IN 1969 man landed on the moon for the first time, The Beatles played their last public performance


Nixon was the President of America. A little


and Richard closer to


home, Concorde flew its first maiden test flight out of France and Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of Great Britain. A little-known fact at the


time, was that Tony Whiteman started his apprenticeship, as a panel beater working for A W & D Hammond at the age of 17. Incredibly, after


50


years he has outlasted them all and is still there. To celebrate this


fantastic achievement,


Hammond Motor Group awarded Tony with a plaque and a watch.


Tony was one of only eleven employees when he first started working for A W & D Hammond, which was based in Wenhaston at the time. The company had only formed seven years previously


in


1962. One of his first jobs was to strip out a door on a Humber Snipe, “I’ve never seen so many screws in one door!” he recalled. The types of vehicles he worked on back then were Singers and


Triumphs, a


far cry from the vehicles of today; now he works on all types of vehicles from HGV’s, coaches, cars and agricultural machinery. “Back when I first started, we had five-year apprenticeships


and we were trained to do every aspect of the job, from dismantling, to panel beating and the respraying”, he said. The company soon out-grew


itself and moved to Halesworth in Norwich Road, which is now currently the Ford site, before splitting again to Blyth Road in the town and becoming one of the largest accident repair centres in East Anglia. Tony was there on every occasion. Managing


Director, Glen


Hammond remembers when he was Tony’s apprentice. “I remember one of my first ever spray jobs”, he said smiling, “I was painting a coach and Tony had to keep coming behind me and clear up the paint runs I was causing.”


Hammond Motor Group now FREECALL THE EXPERTS


employs nearly 300 people. As well as the accident repair centre, it has five franchises, including Ford, Nissan, Isuzu, Subaru, and Iveco. There is also a rental department, an HGV


commercial vehicle


servicing centre and a recovery department. Further afield,


it has a semi-trailer repair


business in Dereham under the name of Roadcare, another recovery site in Rendlesham and a Nissan franchise in Bury St Edmunds which also includes centre.


an accident repair


Therese Coffey


I can’t believe that we’re almost half way through the year and as we dive into June, the summer months boosted by the Suffolk sunshine are a really important time of the year for our tourism- based economy. In recent years this


has been given a further


boost by the now annual Suffolk Day, which as we are the sunrise county in the east, coincides with the longest day on June 21st. Suffolk Day aims to recognise and celebrate all that is great about our county and my goodness do we have a lot to shout about.


It has


also developed as a useful fillip for our businesses and a fun-filled day for residents. So whichever way you’re planning to celebrate, please have fun and remember to support local businesses. I recently met a group of small business owners in the north of my constituency, at a roundtable chaired by the Federation of Small Business to discuss local issues which mattered to them. The common theme was workforce supply and skills. Starting your own


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Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm Fri 9am-4pm


• We stock a wide range of: Binoculars,Telescopes & Monoculars • Part Exchange welcome


• Repairs and servicing department with over 25 years experience - Work carried out on vintage and modern optical equipment


Viking Optical LTD, Blyth Road, Halesworth, IP19 8EN www.vikingoptical.co.uk (01986) 875315


CALL: 01986 244150 www.hammondgroup.co.uk


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Easy access, park right up to the doors to unload


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• Free home consultations, measuring and estimates – with friendly advice on design


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New build and secondhand shipping containers always for sale


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takes courage.


The government is there to help, particularly through its low interest loans supported by a business mentor. To find out more, check the gov.uk website. Finally, well done to Halesworth Community


Sport and Leisure


who have been awarded £10,000 from the Football foundation help maintain their ground. The Football Foundation is a charitable partnership between the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sports England to help and support grass roots sport.


News From The Hub, Huntingfield


MANY people that have come to the Hub will have met Sue Lucas. She was the chair of the Trustees and a pivotal person in its creation and its running. Sue died recently, a great and sad loss for Huntingfield. She steered the whole process of acquiring


funding, guiding


the build and putting endless hours of work into making the Hub the success it


is today.


As a number of people said at her funeral, the Hub stands as a fitting memorial to all her hard work and determination. What a tremendous gift to the community.


The Hub Brunch has been


moved to the second Saturday in the month, so the next one is on June 8th. Still £5 and between 11am-12.30pm and repeated on July 13th. The Millennium Green committee are holding a Fun Day on Sunday afternoon 14th July. Games and laughter for all the family. There is a wide range of activities taking place at The Hub so please see our website www.huntingfield.onesuffolk for more details as well as hire charges and booking form, please


contact us on 01986


799130 or email us at thehub@ huntingfield.org


Your Local Training Specialist


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