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  1. robinh

    RIP David

    I knew David from his days in Nottingham city centre in the late seventies/ early eighties and subsequently when he moved up to Mapperley. Always found him to be a true gentleman and a genuine "good bloke" Condolences to all the family
  2. robinh

    Cutting Edge

    Didn’t get a Christmas card from them either so you might be right
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    Cutting Edge

    Didn’t get a Christmas card from them either so you might be right :-)
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    Cutting Edge

    Thanks Rick, Haven't heard from Big Al or mrelf yet though.????
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    Cutting Edge

    Thanks wellsy, I've had one reply so it might be working but alternatively info@somsr.com will get to me.If anyone else wants a copy sending please let me know.
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    Cutting Edge

    If you pm me with your address details I will pass them on to the magazine distributor.
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    Cutting Edge

    You should be able to see it now on www.somsr.com If you have a story for the next issue please get in touch
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    Hi Everybody. I'm doing fine here at the global HQ of the SOMSR organisation ( one day a week in Leeds and as much coffee as I can drink). Since I have been here I have had three enquiries from individuals (who would probably prefer not to go down the penal servitude route) to learn more about the trade. What seems to be the norm is that they are willing to pay for training and possibly also prepared to travel to get it. The going rate appears to be around 100 pounds per day. I'm not sure of the H&S and liability requirements but I will see what can find out. I would imagine that whoever gives the training would have to formulate a program and timetable to ensure that the trainee reaches their target efficiently and effectively. I know you can't train someone fully in the mysterious art of shoe repairing in a few simple steps so it might be that an introductory course over a couple of days with a follow up masterclass might be good.
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    I know this is in the Key Section but SOMSR would be delighted to hear from anyone who can offer Shoe Repair Training courses. We do get enquiries but don't seem to have any providers available currently.
  10. Hi Ted. That looks very interesting. I will certainly look into it. Many thanks. Robin ps fortunately I think I’m past caring about all the negative people and only care about the positive ones who want to improve and succeed.
  11. Im guessing that the Dainite ones fit the bill. If you are interested in the job please let me have your contact phone number and i will put the lady who enquired in touch with you. They are her son’s shoes. Thanks
  12. Thanks guys. It's an actual repair using the blue units that is needed here. There was a fashion trend towards them not long ago. Tan brogues with blue rubber soles and heels. They actually looked very smart. The person enquiring wants to keep the original look. I've seen units at trade shows in the past but I need to find someone who can obtain the units and complete the repair.
  13. Does anyone on the forum have any of the blue coloured units ( soles and heels) as used on men's boots/shoes and would be able to repair some shoes with them? The request comes from the midlands area but the enquirer is happy to post them anywhere in the UK. Thank you
  14. Hi everyone, I am only acting Secretary, working one day a week (Monday) at the office. I'm not the policy maker. So far I have been engaged in sorting out the mound of paperwork and trying to get the filing side of things back in order. Not easy At the same time I am also asking the question " what would encourage you to join SOMSR " Its a bit of a Catch 22 situation in that we are limited in what we can do by the amount of income generated from existing members and we can't seem to attract more members because we have nothing "extra" to offer. It is my aim to find out what would encourage a stronger memebership. . However, I do see membership as being mainly beneficial. Access to free or cheap national advertising, lower insurance premiums, specialist trade helplines, an arbitration service, trade back up, personalised workwear and an accepted National identity and eventually a listing on the trade website once i find out how to edit it. These can only be pluses . As soon as possible I will have a look at the media side but for the moment the main drive is to try to give value for money to the existing members and potential new members. Ok it's £120 but that is the only negative. What's not to like? As for the dubious certificate, I'm working on the design and appearance to make it more interesting and worthwhile. But we need to know whether members would be prepared to submit samples of their work for appraisal in order to become an " Approved Member" or even a "Fellow" with all of the relevant benefits. In the words of Jo........... Carry on!