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NEWS:

12 February 2021


Brian Western has advised:

"It is with regret I have to announce the 'Wind-up' of the St. Neots Branch of WTPA. Most members will remember this Branch was born out of the amalgamation of 'Samuel Jones' units from Camberwell & Letchworth into a comprehensive production mill at St. Neots, a mill previously occupied during World War II by WT Dover.


Over the last 20 years, with the initial encouragement from Tom Bolton, a previous Mill Manager at St. Neots, we set up our Pensioner Association. Sadly, over the last few years membership has dwindled from over a hundred at start-up to just a handful now - and ageing fast.


The last few members send their regards to other Branch Members throughout the Group and wish all the best for the future."


The WTPA Management Committee is very sad to hear of St. Neots Branch closing and would like to thank Brian and the St Neots Branch committee for all the hard work they have put into organising events and managing the Branch's affairs over many years. If any of our St Neots pensioners wish to provide memories or photographs from the past we would be happy to share them on the website.


29 October 2020

Forwarded by Roddy Lane

2020 marks a significant milestone for Arjowiggins as we celebrate the 250th Anniversary of our Stoneywood Mill.

Located on the banks of the River Don near Aberdeen, Scotland, Stoneywood Mill was built in 1770 by James Moir, who owned the estate at the time. The mill started the production of paper three years later. In 1800, it was acquired by Alexander Pirie, who switched production from brown paper to Fine Papers. The Mill produced its first watermarked paper two years later. Over the following decades Stoneywood Mill built an international reputation for producing high-quality papers and by the late 1800s its products were sold in most countries around the world.

Stoneywood has always been at the forefront of the paper industry, from early investment in technological advances and cutting-edge equipment, to the manufacturing of the iconic Conqueror brand since 1888 and the creation of Curious Metallics in the 1990s. The Mill has also diversified into producing casting papers, security papers and, more recently, smart papers for printed electronics. By 2008 all products were FSC™ certified, a mark of the Mill’s commitment to sustainability.

During the second world war, Stoneywood supplied the British Army with a range of papers including parchment for telegrams and maps, and graph paper. The Mill played an additional role in the war effort by manufacturing fuel tanks, shells and tank turrets.

Through innovation, determination and the skill and hard work of our employees, Stoneywood has stood the test of time. It is the last surviving mill on the River Don, one of the largest employers in Aberdeen and an enduring symbol of an historic industry.

While we could not commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Mill this year, we look forward to celebrating this milestone in 2021.

Congratulations to Stoneywood Mill.

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22 March 2020

Due to the current situation with Coronavirus, it has been decided to cancel the Annual General Meeting and Lunch scheduled to take place in June. However, planning is already in place for 2021 and details will follow in due course.

KEEP SAFE - FOLLOW GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES

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Farewell Wiggins Teape…?

Press Release from Sequana dated 15th January 2019: Billancourt, 15 January 2019

Some of Arjowiggins’ companies in the UK plan to enter into administration.

Following the Receivership proceedings opened in France at the request of Arjowiggins and some of its subsidiaries, the boards of Directors of some of Arjowiggins’ companies in the UK have decided to file notices of appointment of an Administrator for the following companies AW UK Holdings Ltd, Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers Ltd, ArjoWiggins Chartham Ltd, AW UK Holdings Ltd, Arjowiggins Sourcing Ltd, Arjobex Ltd and Performance Papers Ltd. These companies operate the mills of Stoneywood, Chartham and Clacton.

Under the aegis of Administrators, these procedures will help support the measures undertaken to find buyers for Arjowiggins’ businesses.

As a result of this announcement, the administration of the Wiggins Teape Pension Scheme automatically transfers to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF). The following documents were sent to all members of the WTPS, including deferred pensioners, on 1st March 2019:

Pensions letter 1st March 2019

Member Announcement 1st March 2019

PPF Privacy Statement

What is the PPF?

Future Events:

AGM and Annual Lunch. WTPA Annual Lunch Co-ordinator Contact: Lynda Cant - telephone 01256 781455; email: lynda@in-a.co.uk.

- the 2020 AGM & Annual Lunch is cancelled for 2020 due to the Coronavirus. Further details to follow re 2021 AGM & Lunch.

"Charles Morgan Luncheon Club". Contact Roddy Lane - telephone 07979 525663; email: roddylane@roddylane.plus.com.

- the 2020 Luncheon Club is unfortunately cancelled due to Covid.

This has been running for over 20 years now and welcomes anyone who has worked at some time for the Wiggins Teape Group to gather for a pie and a pint in a pub in Central London in early December ea.