‘Served their Lord faithfully over many years.’
The history of the Post Office and Telecommunications Christian Association (POTCA) is all about people; godly men and women who have served their Lord faithfully over many years.
The Post Office, originally responsible for the inland letter service, had acquired many new and exciting activities. Money Orders, Postal Orders, Savings Bank and Pension transactions were now being handled by counters. The new Parcel Post service, established in the basement of the Head Post Office at St. Martin’s le Grand, was becoming concerned about the postage of ladies’ hats; the parcels were in danger of exceeding the maximum size of ‘six feet of length and girth combined.’ Perhaps most importantly for the POTCA the Post Office was responsible for the rapidly growing inland telegraph service, and would soon take over many international telegraph links. A new building, GPO West, or the Central Telegraph Office, was the hub of this high-speed, high technology form of communication.…
When I read these words of past chairman A.V. Knight in the forward to T.D Spicers book ‘Communications that Count’ I am struck by the similarities between then and now. Although the GPO was split into Royal Mail and British Telecom, the markets and products continue to change and evolve and an incredible rate and London remains at the hub of these two great companies.
Royal Mail still employs over one hundred thousand people and whilst the uniforms may change and the technology and transport may advance, the actual manual work for many of us is still largely the same. It is my belief that Post Office and Telecommunications Christian Association is as relevant now as it was one hundred and thirty-two years ago and whilst the social and welfare needs may have changed, the need to meet with the Living God has not and remains our primary aim!
‘It is my belief that Post Office and Telecommunications Christian Association is as relevant now as it was one hundred and thirty-two years ago’.
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Mr J Nobbs
After leaving Bristol one night at 7 p.m., all went well till were nearing Salisbury, about midnight. Snow had been gently falling for some time, but after Salisbury it came down so thick, and lay so deep, that we were brought to a stand-still. We had to leave the coach and go on horseback to the next changing place, where I took a fresh horse and started for Southampton. There I procured a chaise and pair, and continued my journey to Portsmouth, arriving there about 6 p.m. the next day.
I was then ordered back to Bristol. On Reaching Southampton on my return journey, I found the snow had got much deeper, and at Salisbury I found that the London mails had arrived but could not proceed any further. Not to be done, I took a horse out of the stable, slung the mail-bags over his back, and pushed on to Bristol, where I arrived next day, after much wandering through fields, up and down lanes, and across country- all one dreary expanse of snow. By this time I was ready for a rest; but there was no rest for me in Bristol, for I was ordered by the mail inspector to take the mails on to Birmingham as there was no other mail guard available. At last I arrived at Birmingham, having been on duty two nights and days continuously, without taking my clothes off! .
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‘If it were not for this place I should go to the public house or sit on the kerb’
Often men in the larger offices were at a great disadvantage because the time between one duty and the next was insufficient to allow them to get to their homes; besides in many instances they were not in a position to afford such travel.…