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Cotteswold Dairy Convention and tour in July 2013

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Cotteswold Dairy, Roger and George Workman have kindly agreed for us to have a convention and tour of the dairy on 20th July 2013. We will be able to see the production facility in full swing and see the bottling process from tanker to bottle. We're also hoping that the Cotteswold Dairy historic vehicle collection will be there for us to see.

The convention and tour are open to all Milk Bottle News subscribers - please contact Paul Luke on 01375 679527 or email: editor@milkbottlenews.org.uk if you'd like to be there.

Quinn Glass factory tour in July 2012

Monday 16th July -a tour of the Quinn Glass factory near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire to see the production of glass milk bottles. Further details to follow as this was only arranged this morning, but anyone interested can contact me. Factory address: QUINN glass UK, Ash Road, Elton, Cheshire, CH2 4LF.

Next Convention at Seaway Services on Thursday 7th April 2011

This year's convention is a bit less conventional in that we've gone for a week day! Seaways Services of Burnley, Lancashire are playing host to us, as well as a lot of their dairy/farm customers. We'll be able to set up the usual displays of out bottles and go-withs and also watch the bottle enamelling process. Please contact Paul Luke on 01375 679527 or email: editor@milkbottlenews.org.uk if you'd like to be there.

Next Convention at Easton-in-Gordano on 4th October

Mike Ferguson and Peter Hayward are planning to host an old fashioned Convention this year on Sunday 4th October at the Parish Hall in Easton-in-Gordano. We would love to see as many of our Milk Bottle News members as possible turning up and displaying up to 20 of your favourite milk bottles or other go-withs. You will be able to buy and sell bottles, of course, as well as some other activities that Mike and Peter are planning. Please come along and share what we are sure will be a really sociable event! Contact Peter on 01404 42642 or Mike on 01275 373318.

Cotteswold Dairy visit 25th April 2009

To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, Roger Workman of Cotteswold Dairy has kindly agreed to give us a tour of his dairy on 25th April 2009. All Milk Bottle News subscribers are welcome and proceedings will start between 9.00 and 10.00am.

Everyone will have the opportunity to see the production facilities in full swing, including the bottling of milk from the moment it enters the dairy from the farm collection tankers, to the finished product in the bottle.

There should be plenty to see on the day as Roger has an immaculate setup with a well turned out fleet of lorries and milk floats.

Depending on turnout, tours of the dairy will be made in small groups. It would be good to see as many sunbscribers as possible on the day and we're sure everyone who attends will have an enjoyable morning.

Worksop Glass Factory to close in 2008

The Worksop Glass Factory, which produced the majority of milk bottles for the Co-operative Movement, is to close in October 2008.  It was taken over by Rockware in 1988 and after that date made very few milk bottles. I worked there for 30 years and, as production planner, arranged for many millions of Co-op milks (of all sizes)to be produced. If I can be of any assistance with bottle lettering, manufacturing dates, etc. I am willing to help. I still haved some old hand written production records saved from the skip and dating back to 1933 when the works opened.

Sent in by J. Stanyon, Perthshire, Scotland.

Commemorative milk bottle for Little Havens Children's Hospice

An avid collector of all things dairy has produced a commemorative milk bottle for Little Havens Children's Hospice to celebrate his fundraising efforts for the charity.

Paul Luke, 29 from Rose Valley Crescent, Stanford Le Hope runs the Milk Bottle News Collectors Club, which has around 120 members from across the UK.

The charity has shown their appreciation by publishing an article on their website - click here for the full article.

August 2007 - our editor on the telly!

Viewers of ITV's daytime programme "This Morning" were treated to a lesson in collecting milk bottles on Wednesday 15th August when Milk Bottle News editor Paul Luke appeared on their screens. Paul took along 150 bottles which attracted much interest in the studio, not least from Eammon Holmes, and Paul Ross's interview was very objective with none of the usual mickey-taking that we have come to expect from the media.

Visits to this website skyrocketed, with the figure for the day nearly 7 times the normal daily average, as people came to find out more.

Click here to read more about Paul at ITV.com.

Corringham milk bottle meeting on Sunday June 24th 2007...

The meeting will be held from 10.00am to15.00pm at the Corringham Village Hall in Springhouse Road, Corringham, Essex, SS17 7LE (click here for a map).  Anyone who wishes to book accommodation please contact me for further details, there is a Travel Inn close by.  As usual any displays/sale bottles are all welcome and I also hope to be asking some members who have vintage milk floats/vans to bring them along as an extra point of interest.  For anyone who wishes to come and view my collection on either the Saturday before the meeting or on the Sunday after the meeting, everyone is welcome. Any other questions please give me (Paul Luke) a call on 01375 679527 or drop me an email at mbneditor@blueyonder.co.uk.

For an additional point of interest we hope to have on display a few vintage milk floats/vans. These should include a Morrison, a 1967 Wales & Edwards three wheeler, a J type Morris and a Ford van. If any members know of any other vintage milk floats/vans in existence it would be great if you could let me know so I could speak to their owners and see if they would like to attend with theirs.

We will be supporting Little Havens Children's Hospice so you are welcome to donate a proportion/all of the money from any items you wish to enter into an auction.  We will also be conducting a postal raffle for any members who cannot attend the meeting and money raised will go towards the charity.

April 2005 - Milk Bottle News achieves fame on the telly...

Milk Bottle News became famous at 9.00pm on Friday 23rd April 2005 (and again on the following evening's repeat showing) when it was the "Featured Publication" on BBC1's popular quiz show "Have I Got News For You".

Website hits shot up from the usual modest 15-20 a day to 80 on the 23rd, gradually getting back to normal over the course of the next 3-4 days. Most of the visits resulted from searches for "Milk Bottle News" on search engines, mainly on Google. Who cares that they took the mickey a bit, the publicity did us some good!

Open Weekend at Malvern on August Bank Holiday 27th - 29th August 2005...

Steve Wheeler has declared an Open Weekend on the 27th - 29th August 2005 at his home and museum in Malvern. For anyone who has never visited Steve, his collection has to be seen to be believed! If you are interested in going, contact Steve by phone on 01684 569656 or email milkbottlepast@hotmail.com.

31st January 2004 - Scam warning...

Spend your money, don't give it away! Following a near miss with a scammer, Tim Noble sends us a timely warning. More...

16th June 2002 - New milk floats group on Yahoo! Groups...

Milk float group milko - Milk Floats (and bottles) is the new Yahoo! group for milk float enthusiasts and, as the name suggests, they're not averse to talking about milk bottles either!
Free membership. Click here to view or subscribe

28th April 2002 - New in the Features section...

Convention Report Convention Report: Hanley Swann Convention 2002.

3rd March 2002 - New in the Features section...

Dairy Adverts On Tram TicketsCollecting tram tickets featuring advertising by dairies on the reverse is a hobby of Philip Atherton's. Some of his tickets are shown in our Features section.

8th February 2002 - Milk Bottle Of The Week launches!

TV advertsFebruary 8th sees the launch of a new UK milk-related web site, Milk Bottle Of The Week. Everything you wanted to know about those milk bottles with adverts on them, from Corn Flakes to local radio. Click here to visit.

19th November 2001 - UK television milk adverts added.

TV advertsThe original 1970s and 1980s milk adverts.
Click here and go back in time!

9th July 2001 - Free Milk Bottle News screensaver.

ScreensaverOur own FREE screensaver has been launched. Liven up your PC!
Click here to download now...

10th March 2001 - Lockington Gathering cancelled.

The Bottle Gathering at Lockington, planned for Sunday April 8th, has been cancelled due to the foot and mouth disease situation. Alternatively, there is an open weekend planned by Steve Wheeler in Malvern.

22nd February 2001 - free email launched.

Now you can have your own milk bottle related email address! Using our web-based email service is simple - just click on the banner at the top of the page to sign up for your new email address or to log in to send and receive email. You can block unwanted mail, add your own customised signature and even be notified when you have email waiting. Get yours now!

5th December 2000 - new editors for newsletter.

Mike and Naomi Hull have announced that they are to step down as editors of Milk Bottle News after publishing the newsletter since 1984. They will hand over the reins to Paul and Lisa Luke over the course of the next year. Find out more about Milk Bottle News on our Newsletter page.

26th November 2000 - website redesign.

After nearly 3 years, the Milk Bottle News website has been given a well-earned overhaul. The cream background has finally been retired and the whole site has been given a fresher look. All the original features are here, plus of course this News page. Future plans include a password protected subscribers' area and a web-based email service - yourname@milkbottle.org.uk, available to everyone!
Watch this space for future developments.