Lexpo Old Boys

 Welcome to the Lexpo (Lobs) Newsletter for OCTOBER 2016.

Keeping members and friends in touch for 47 years 

LAST UPDATED  23/10/16 Val

Lobs (Lexpo) is a group of Planners and Engineers who worked out of Warwick House Gt. Pulteney St Soho London in the West End District (Centre Area) in the 60s, 70s and 80s.  After over 47 years we still keep in touch, meet up for social reunions and arrange sporting events.  All our friends and colleagues from the West End District and other Old Boy groups (for we have contacts with many other BT Pensioner Groups ) and past Lexpo football members are welcome to join us free of charge. Our aim is to promote fellowship with past colleagues and friends and to keep in touch supporting each other. Lexpo has an old boys network  throughout the World - New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, France, Scotland, Barbados and the USA.  





Val O'Brien

Sad to hear of the passing of our old friend Val , Ex Lexpo Chairman , Centre  Area Tennis / Table Tennis captain 
But will be remembered  by most for his dry humour and wry smile 

We , Lexpo , approached Val at our inception as we reached out from our football ( and bar )roots  and encouraged him to become our chairman 
He was an active participant in our many social activities , complaining bitterly once  ( tongue in cheek ) when his team were beaten in to 2nd place at one of our sing along evenings , by Ken Etherington , who went of script , abandoning our song sheets to give an old army rendition of Lili  Marlene 

Wasn't always a big fan of our other less family orientated activities but was a steady hand in the chair as we widened our activity base from football to , tennis , running  ,cricket ,  Judo darts  etc  and a myriad of social activities theatre trips , dinner and dances , trips abroad and so on  
He was always  calm  and would invariably have an amusing anecdote as we would be getting  animated about upcoming events    Jim for Lexpo

Hard Sad news as another old friend and colleague has passed away. I only found out he had passed away when I rang to tell him about Christmas and his wife told me that he died three months ago but did not know who to contact.
I shall miss Val and his sense of humour and remember the years we worked together with affection.

R.I.P.Old friend Bob M.message----to believe we will not see his wry smile again.  

Val and Bob a couple years back.

Reunion Lunch Thursday 27th October 2016

 Malcolm Webber has kindly informed Lexpo that the usual pub has now closed. Looking on line the Tower Tavern 50 Cleveland St and Clipstone St looks okay so:

Tower Tavern by the BT Tower from 12.00 
1.00  Lunch at the Four Lanterns
96 Cleveland Street
All welcome Please come and have a few beers, a good natter about the change of pubs and catch up with old friends and the latest gossip.

Some good news at least with CPI at 1% last month.

1% on the pension in April!!

Better than nothing

Mike Burgess writes
It's 50 years ago today that I entered Dial House, Shaftesbury Avenue, London to start the first of my three TT(A) years. I was collected by Tom Jefferies, T2A, and marched off to Gerrard/Regent ATE in the heart of Chinatown to start six weeks of tramping around Soho with him as a subs-apps gopher. A bit of an eye-opener to a lad from deepest Kent!

John Pearson My first day was spent at central TV studios on the old west end site, they were still building the studios, but had installed a PABX 4 ....John Morton was The TO......Dave Allen another TTa, I was a TTI to old to be an apprentice, we sat in the main TV control and watched some football, they also recorded cross roads there which we also watched, they kept us very busy, great days.

Colin Wing I remember being a 16 y/o wet behind the ears TTA being left alone to rewire a madam's house in Brewer St, afterwards she took Pat Kilbane and me up to the attic to show us her 'friend' she had chained up hanging from the ceiling.
Colin just like the planning floor 

David Walton I spent many an hour in Gerrard. I went to Dial House in 1968 and was later based there. I worked on Warwick House when the PO took it over. I was an electrician on the fitting out of the canteen. Lexpo a fine job you did to

Dennis Baker- we missed it 
Don at home for his birthday

Interested in playing Golf with Lobs, why not join us, novices are welcomed. Come and join us for some fun, exercise and fresh air.  See the golf section and contact Mick or John.

The Planners Office Bike Jim got for us to use on West End planning duties,  unfortunately someone stole the padlock and chain at Paddington Station one night.

Just who was the White Windsor soap man in the office that Ron had to avoid?



Golf Monday 14th November at Enfield GC Host Frank

Reunion Lunch Thursday 27th October 2016

PBX/Lexpo Christmas party Star & Garter Friday 9th December

Golf Christmas Game and Dinner 12th December Darenth Valley Host Mick or Jim

October  Celebration Corner

Happy Birthdays

Mick Cooper

Roger Goldsmith

Anthony Deepchand



Thanks for a good report Mick look forward to Reigate.   Yes I even managed to draw an Enfield member into the changing room with me, he did not know how to get out either.

What a great sight to see the chuckle brothers together in the buggy,  just like 103 Oxford Street without Les getting a little peeved ( Les's favourite word).    Both on top form, they did not miss an opportunity, brilliant.   Well done the lads.

No need to ask about Pat, we met in Tesco's with Jane taking the initiative and telling Pat that Rose and Ron just went by with a rattling shopping trolley.     Looking well and losing one and a half stone each, it was no wonder I missed them.   I mentioned that the golfers and Christmas drink members were always asking after them, and advised Pat to visit the Lexpo Web.



Fantastic service from TJ Woolley opticians in Gillingham and the eye unit at Maidstone hospital, in particular Dr Antonaku. I was diagnosed with a right superior temporal tear!! Which could spread so had to have urgent laser treatment, which hopefully will be successful.
Dr Antonaku even had to open up the laser area as most of the hospital was closed! FB Peter Pitts

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