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Toots completes 45 years service

August 2012

Toots completes 45 years service

We interviewed Sheila Coster also known as Toots who has recently completed 45 years. Sheila a local girl from the village of Chenies joined Halstan straight from school back in 1967 where she grew up with her mum, dad & sister and have all worked at Halstan. Sheila's sister Jean who retired from Halstan just 18 months ago introduced her to the company. Jean back in 1967 was a fine employee and the company had no hesitation in taking Sheila on. Joining us in what was known as the “process room” she became very competent in developing her skills stencilling and learning “The Halstan Process” a unique process invented by the company to typeset music using a Brass Stencil prior to computer setting.

Sheila found the process room a little bit quiet and wanted some noise, which coincides with her music taste!! So 18 months after joining, Sheila went into the the binding machines and then into dispatch where Sheila has been enjoying her trade for the last 25years.

Sheila can remember the days when we used to scrub the plates down after use ready to be used again and cannot believe the technology that has come into the industry and remains impressed by the speed in which work can be produced and enjoys the varied amount of work and services we now provide.

Sheila now lives in Old Amersham and enjoys gardening and socialising and eating out in the local hostelries in her spare time, often meeting up with work mates old and new. Toots is a bubbly, fun member of the business and we all thank her for her loyalty & friendship.

If anybody has any theory why Sheila's nickname is Toots, please email Murray Sale the correct answer will be drawn out for a prize!