Did you work there?
Rupert Easter who worked at Brymitre and is MD/CEO at Gas Compressors Ltd, UK sent this message
Bump into Ricky Staley every now and again. Hardly changed. Always on the move. Still lives in Hadlow.
Terry Goodwin (Kev’s father), used to work on the routers with Ian Laker. Lived in Hadlow. He died a few years ago.
Ian Laker still seen around Tonbridge occasionally. I believe he uses the Six in One Club.
Bump into Dennis Deacon occasionally. I believe he still works for Crutch Bros.
Kev Davies lives in Tonbridge. Can be found in the Nelson sometimes.
Gary Buss I have known for years. He has worked for me the last three years.
I see Damian Payne in Tonbridge quite often. I used to work with his brother Mark when I was roofing. Glenn is friend on Facebook, but I have not seen him since a funeral about fifteen years ago. Apparently their mother Carol still lives in Crowborough area, and is OK (well, was OK a couple of years ago!)
Other names I remember, that I have not seen mentioned.
Jack Deacon plus his two sisters
Brian Mann (actually I think I may have seen him driving about, when I lived in West Malling, about thirteen years ago)
Jim Ashby (aggressive persona, always sporting a vest whatever the weather)
Dave Roots. I bought my first Mk4 Zodiac from him, plus a Suzuki GS250T
I'm ancient so how many old hands are still alive?
In the 1980’S this company was situated In Fenpond Road Ightham and made Vinyl covered chipboard cabinets for the Hi Fi and Television trade for people like Bose, Waltham and Amstrad. It enjoyed amazing growth where year on year it frequently doubled in size. An average of ten thousand speaker boxes per day were produced and they often struggled to keep up with the volume of sawdust produced. It had a big machine shop, a laminator shop, packing bay, massive storage for the chipboard and extensive office space. They employed over 200 staff and always seemed to have a happy atmosphere.
Since I have left the old firm I have met many former Brymitre personnel, hence this page was created. Sadly in the late 80’s the company closed and the site is now a housing estate. Should anyone have photos of the old place or any information on old employees please contact me or join the Facebook group and I will add the information to this site.
This page has been redundant for years and used to be on another website so much of this information could be out of date.
Carol Works Study, lived in farmhouse next to factory entrance
Fran Likes sitting on her front garden wall and watching people people walk past (That's how she met me). She still likes cold baked bean sandwiches.
Karen Still a lively as ever, her two children have grown up and she enjoys life to the full.
Jeff Works study
Maxine Worked in accounts, moved to Sevenoaks and got a job in the Sony Centre shop.
Nancy Worked in sales and lived in Wrotham.
Ricky Was engaged to Caroline John Wilson's assistant.
Sandra (Sandy) was working in the Taxi office Borough Green station.
Sandy (Leonard Santer, father of Kevin) Looked after incinerator; I had delivered milk to him in Seal before I worked here. Died about thirty years ago
Tony Works study
Arrow Helen Helen Arrow (now Goodwin) as she married the accountant from Brymitre. She has 2 children and lives in West Malling.
Ashton Ray A true craftsman and was making some wonderful oak furniture with Tudor Oak, tried his hand at working with Dave Sutton at Westerham heights joinery but it did not appeal to him.
Barnes Bruce Was health and safety officer for the Post Office
Blunderfield Charles Buyer. No longer with us.
Buss Sian Sean Was working at Seal Chart making kitchens he is now a granddad. Rupert saw him in a shop in Tonbridge not so long ago. Looks same as he did in mid eighties.
Brigden Ian Last heard off working as a manufacturing agent and still lives near Crowborough
Church Michelle Now on the Brymitre Facebook group, Rupert has seen her walking down Tonbridge High St occasionally. Still looks same as 35 years ago.
Daniels Richard Financial Director
Denton Joyce Played Bingo at Maidstone but has never been known to win ...Julie and Debs have won lots
Dicker Albert Well known for wearing his trousers up round his armpits. Retired and lives in Southend
Dockree Dave Married with 3 kids and ,has a “tribute page” on Facebook, so it does not look good for him. Mick Syrett is shown as friend, so may know more. Rupert kept in touch with him for some years after he left Brymitre. He was landlord of the Crown in Seal for a while, and also the pub in Kemsing. His brother was killed in a car crash, which hit him hard.
Easter Rupert Now MD/CEO at Gas Compressors Ltd and can be contacted on the Facebook Group. Married in 2007. Divorced 2016! Four children aged six to twelve. His brother also worked at Brymitre for a short time. Unfortunately he had a bad motorbike accident in 2004 and been in a wheelchair since
Fahy Chris Benenden School Teacher Technician
Fahy Vera Married Chris Fahy brother and has a daughter. She runs a kiddies nursery in Tonbridge.
Faulkes Stan A very experienced engineer with a wicked sense of humour, sadly passed away
Feaks Gordon Is now a builder
Fenton Mick Retired, not interested in joining the Facebook group but I talk to him occasionally on the phone
Goodwin Kevin Married his childhood sweetheart, have a little girl and live next door to a pub in Tonbridge
Goldfinch John Technical Manager
Goldsmith Julie Divorced Mick and has two teenage kids Emma and Claire and works at Enerlon as works coordinator (Posh job)
Goldsmith Debbs Is now Debbs Straeche, has two kids.
Gray Sid Married with two kids. His brother also worked at Brymitre
Gregory Eddie Better known as Eddie Bubble, engineering manager. I once saw him trying to cut down an Allen key (hardened steel) with a hack saw
Healey Mick Had the misfortune of working with Mick Fenton after leaving Brymitre
Healey Roger Was sales and marketing Director.
Herrington Steve Worked in warehouse, has sadly died, worked with John Wilson's ex wife at British Sailkraft in Strood. Keen badminton player.
Herrington Ian Became the buyer after Charles Blunderfield
Hobbs Peter Been married over 14 years and has 3 children , Lewis, Rianne, and Jake and lives in Barming with wife Sally.
Hourigan Julie & Steve Julie Radmore married Steve Hourigan, have 2 sons Matthew & Ashley. They emigrated to South Africa 1991 relocated to Lesotho 1997, relocated to Swaziland 2001 Steve is general manager in the largest furniture factory in the country. They are now living back in South Africa, Nelspruit, 30 miles from Kruger national park. Julie owns her own business, and does the administration and accounts.
Hurdle Sonia Packing bay chargehand and first aid girl now lives in Pevensey bay
Hurdle Jackie Sonia's daughter, now called Jackie Manser
Jackson Richard married Sharron who worked there .... Dave Sutton is trying to track him down as he was Godfather to his son and his son is in need of some godfatherly advice :)
Johns Francis Worked on the Lehbrinks and can be contacted on the Facebook Group
Kavanagh Neil A Brymitre success story as he has his own recording studio
https://www.oldbarnaudio.co.uk/ He did the sound for my Rupert's wedding reception in 2007.
Kilpatrick Jimmy Very sad news. He was knocked down in Borough Green High Street and suffered head injuries and died in hospital. He will be sadly missed as he was a very good friend of my first father in law Jock Syme .
Kneller Lee Draughtsman
Lee-Amies Bob The man who trained me on "the line" Chatted to him in Borough Green and he looks as fit as a fiddle. He is retired and still lives in Ightham
Lee-Amies Richard I saw him in Ightham church looking after the grounds, has not changed a bit.
Lidlow Nancy Sales
Martin Sheila Bill Rae's secretary
Mellish Marion Sales
McFarland Gordon Accountant, lived in Ightham
Milton Jean Last heard off living in sheltered accommodation
Moon Jess Retired but still fit and healthy at a ripe old age of 93 (posted this aug 2020)
Osborne Ted Not sure if I have spelt the surname correctly but we became very good friends at the time and in the years afterwards whenever I built a staircase (I was a joiner) I used to think of Ted and how his attempt to build a new staircase his the cellar turned out.
Plevin Malcome Retired
Pointer Bill Skilled craftsman in charge of the pattern and jig making shop, sadly passed away.
Rae Bill The main man and MD .. was there from 73 until 86 and got fired because he refused to put the new Chairman’s number plate on the wall! Now Chairman of a P.P.E. business in south Manchester.
Randell Barbara Retired and can make a really special cake. I occasionally get treated. Visits me every so often
Randell Jackie Married with kids
Ripton Brian Went to Regent furniture as MD and then retired to Norfolk. Sadly we lost him to cancer after a very brief battle in April 2019
Roots Dave Was electrician and also had his wife working there, liked his CB radio
Ryder Tony Has two kids and lives in East Peckham
Salt Colin Has his own pest control business
Salt Ken Works in the partitioning business, has two sons and lives in Leybourne
Santer Kevin Lives in Seal. Dave Sutton's son met him when he had problems with his van.
Scawn Ray Employed on the selling front. Furniture fittings and precision locking devices.
Sexton Pete Seems to be a bit of a "wandering minstrel" I applied for a job with a company in East
Grinstead many years ago and I was told that he had just left (I did not get the job) Ray Ashton told me he also left Tudor Oak. Pete is obviously a believer in variety is the spice of life.
Shepherd Chris Retired and not in the best of health, I have seen him in Hospital on a couple of occasions
Shepheard Dave Works at Rugby Cement as a foreman fitter
Smart Loretta Now lives in Bedlinog in Wales and has two daughters Charlotte.and Melissa. She has bought a house and is renovating it.
Summers Terry Worked for Rupert for two or three years, after he left delivering bread for Ireland’s in East Peckham. Then suddenly upped and left, and joined a sewer jetting company. Rupert heard through the grapevine that he had a bad stroke, and is out of action. Maggie Broad is his mother in law.
Sutton Dave Was the machine setter. Retired. Former Graphic Artist and IT manager Used to work for Hyders. he can be contacted on the Facebook Group. He was Rupert's milk man in Seal in the 70s. French’s Dairies.
Sutton Ricky Dave Sutton’s son Worked as a labourer at the sweet age of 16 is now a millionaire Chief Executive officer of an online business and has branches all over the world.
Syrett Mick Still looks 30 years old, has been landlord of pub, worked in music industry, has a 2 teenage daughters Georgia and Nancy and a son who is boxing at a good standard. He can be contacted on the Facebook Group
Theobald Mike Taught me everything, was a service engineer with Dawsons, he has traveled the world with them. He has two grown up sons, one is a farrier and one is a BT engineer. Sadly passed away 2008. Rupert is friends with the boys, Jamie and Phil.
Watson Barbara Purchasing assistant to Charles Blunderfield
Wilson John Draughtsman and then manufacturing manager now has a consulting business
Wise Ken Caught his jumper in a machine cutter and was lucky not to have lost his arm, I have it on good authority that he can still lift a pint .
Wise Heather Ken's wife, he used to serenade her with the song "For heather and heather and heather you'll be the one"
No longer with us
Sadly Eddie Duncan, Roy Emms, Mick Cooper, Dennis Blackburn, Mick Theobald, Bill Pointer, Steve Herrington, Jimmy Kilpatric, Stan Faulkes,Terry Goodwin, Dave Dockree, Charlie Blunderfield, Sandy Santer, Brian Ripton and Richard Chapman have died.
Does Hank the tall American still pilot a router (or patch his jeans with the caravan's curtains)