Post by Nick Odell
This is true. I think we had a tea trolley in various places where I
worked up until the mid-seventies. I love the idea that the tradition
I've been trying to remember if we had a tea trolley when I worked at Allen
& Unwin - but I can't. A staff room with a kitchen was put in on our floor
at some point during my time there, maybe there was a tea trolley before
At Safeway (Southern Britain Zone) HQ there was a (free) hot drinks machine
at the end of the corridor and someone in the studio would fetch drinks for
everyone. There was also a staff canteen on site which was good value if
you were happy to eat with the truck drivers which we were. I think I went
to the pub across the road once in my time there.
In the husgod's works when I first met him I was told that during the 3 day
week they were able to keep running every day because the whole place could
be run on a small generator. Susie, who answered phones, served at the
counter (we sold sweets and crisps as well as printing), did dyeline
printing and print finishing, also made the tea. During the 3 day week,
everything stopped for tea simply because the kettle took more power than
the printing machine and the rest of the equipment.
Three moves later we put a drinks machine in the new premises which was set
up to dispense drinks free. Apparently HM Revenue Inspector disapproved of
this (though they'd never complained about petty cash paying for tea,
coffee, milk and sugar) but we were allowed to give each staff member 10
free drinks per week so 10 tokens went into each wage packet. When the
print works moved to other premises the drinks machine went with them.
There was a little kitchen and I made sure there was a list on the wall of
how everyone liked their drinks and whoever found they had time would make
drinks for everyone else. I was only working part time there and one of the
staff, coming into the kitchen and finding me making drinks told me I
shouldn't be doing that. Apparently she thought it wasn't right for the
boss's wife to make the tea.
Annoyed by The Archers since 1959