Hi,  My name was Pennie Adcroft and my dad worked at SWS from 1947 to 1954 and 1956 to 1966.  I have lots of photos and once i get my scanner working properly will scan them in


Comments: very interested in your site.
i was an apprentice in 1977 to 1981 working with Bill Web, Colin Brazer actor, Gummo, Fred Wood, Roger James, Alan Williams, Mike Gould, Roy Jones and others.
I went into jig and tool in 1978 working with John Bosley, Gwyn Gould, Gary Davies, Lyn Maloney, David Edwards, Trevor Prankard.
I have many happy memories and would share some with you if you are interested sometime.
My dad worked there for 40 years on sc 7 mechs.
regards Nigel James


I joined SWS Treforest as an apprentice in 1959. I remained there for 10 years ending up in the design office with Elgar Owen, Wally Stone, Tevors Davis and Moulding. Robert Nelmes was an apprentice then. Stayed there all his working life. Ended up as Chief Engineer.
George Harris


As for me -- Yes I worked in the 'Switch' from 1964 until 1969. I worked on the 'copper drilling m/c' in the M/C shop for about a year, and then the m/c and myself were moved to the copper bending section in 'Fab 2'.   My wife Cynthia [ne Westwood] worked in the Switch from 1962 until 1967 when our first child was born. She started in the Engraving Room, but was later transferred to CTs [coil winding].   My daughter was receptionist in Personnel from 1986 until 1997.   Cynthia's mother worked in the canteen from the late 50s until the end of the 1960s. Her name was Gwyneth Westwood.  [will send her photo when I find it]. Many employees should remember her as she often 'serviced' the tea/coffee M/Cs throughout the factory.   All the best, ...................... Lionel Mills ..............


The photos in  this email are my daughters. We have more which are from the 60s, and we will forward them as soon as we find them. [ we have just moved home so everything is a bit 'topsy-turvy' at the moment].   Keep up the good work, all the best, .......... Lionel + Cynthia Mills, and daughter Linda Hunt [ She was 'Linda Reed' during her days in S.W.S ]


Hi Colin, I was the Maintenance Manager and worked with you on some projects.I have recently supplied Roy Issac historical photos of SWS early days for you.
Lyndon Jones


Comments: re the photo of the young lady on the coil winding m/c.

She is my wife Cynthia [nee - Westwood].
I also worked in the ''Switch'', in the Machine Shop and the Fab.
We married while we both worked there, and although our mates said "it wouldn't last", we are still married 42 years on!!

Cynthia's Mam also worked in the canteen for many years -- Gwyneth Westwood.

Great site,
we are looking for our old photos to send in.

Lionel Mills.


Hey the 1967 apprentice picture has yours truly in it. 3rd row, 6th from left. On my left is Gareth Davies, who joined Cutler Hammer in S Wales as my replacement and is now the Cardiff  branch manager for the UK Rockwell exclusive  distributor, Routeco. In from of me and to my right is Steve Jones, left the switch to join The Sound Centre music equipment shop in Tredegar.
The guy immediately  in front me whose name is on the tip of my tongue. His dad ran a Car filter plant in Gilwern or Abergavenny. I recognise Jeff Jones , 3rd row, 2nd from left. He' went to work with Peter Gay and became a specialist on protective systems. Then worked on the oil rigs in the North Sea. Now runs a company in Risca retro fitting old Oil Circuit Breakers with Vacuum Interrupters. The guy 9th from the left in the front row is Ken "Pepper" something. Lost track of him a long time ago


I only heard about your web site few days ago from Lyn Jones  -ginger -  maintenance.  Having read through it you have done an excellent job . I meet up with some ex-employes now and again and will let them know If i find any photos i will send them on.     Kind Regards  Ron Price


Was apprentice in 1969; will keep looking at your site, looks very interesting. all the best


    Hi I am Colin Watkins an Alumni of "the Switch". I have some fond memories of the old place and I am sure that you have too. Send me your memories or comments and share! You  can email me at colinwatkinsis@gmail.com