The Friends of  the Old Paint Company


          The old Guv’nor,

          God bless Him !

  Clicking any of the logos (below) will take you to the history overview page and from that you can get to more detailed pages


Lewis Berger

     John Hall

 Jenson & Nicholson

 British Paints



GIP/Ault & Wiborg




This is the website of the "Friends of the Old Paint Company" ~ the former employees of BJN, HPG, Lewis Berger & Sons, British Paints, Berger Jenson and Nicholson, John Hall, British Paints, Sir W.A. Rose, Keystone Paints, Resinous Chemicals[RCL], Cuprinol, Ault & Wiborg, The London Varnish and Enamel Company,  and the companies that formed the B.J.N./H.P.G./Berger Group in the UK.

Several of the former BJN companies have an annual reunion.


We produce an annual newsletter. To get your name on our database, please send your e-mail and postal deatils to any of the following:

      e-mail contacts:        John Cain         Brian Law        Ken Arbuckle      
      or a copy of the "Friends " last newsletter* please double click ~ Newsletter ~ 2011 & 2012      
        Some back issues .... back to 2000 are available        



      Links - see foot of page      
      The Berger, Jenson & Nicholson "Friends" and in the tradition of the old Quarter Century Club, the reunion is held on the first Friday in October every year. There are currently over 330 people on the reunion’s active database.      
      The 2013 reunion will be on Friday 4th October      

Over 111 people were at the 2011 reunion ~ if you want to join us for 2012 please book early and please make sure we have your details on  the F.O.T.O.P.C database.

Booking details for the reunion will go out at the start of August

      In December each year, an annual newsletter goes to everyone on the active database*:      

To get your name on our database, please send your e-mail and postal details

to any of the following:

      *e-mail contacts:    John Cain          Brian Law Ken Arbuckle      
                 Any photos of the Homerton / Stratford /Chadwell Heath sites  will be most welcome      
      The John Hall [Hengrove] "Friends" reunion:      

Tony & Joan Lageu on 01275 545107

      Any photos/memorabilia of the John Hall [Hengrove site]  site will be most welcome      
      The Cuprinol [Frome] "Friends" reunion:          
      Contacts for the Cuprinol [Frome ] staff :  

      David O'Brien   37 Preachers Vale, Coleford, Radstock, Somerset.  BA3 5PT      
      Any photos/memorabilia of the Cuprinol [Frome]  site will be most welcome        
      British Paints and Resinous Chemicals      

We believe there is a reunion for the people who worked in the Tyne and Wear area for British Paints and Resinous Chemicals but to date have not made contacts for this area. If you have any information on this reunion or the the history of the old British Paints and Resinous Chemicals companies, please contact us. Any photos of the British Paints / RCL site will be most welcome


For information regarding the Friends of the Old Paint Company, details of the reunion or newsletter or to go on ‘The Friends’ databases, the contact, for forwarding is:




 snail mail to:   'Friends of the Old Paint Company'.  c/o 44 Northwood Gardens, Ilford, Essex IG5 0AJ


The Friends of the Old Paint Company would like to thank the following

for the information and materials received in  developing this website:


Bill Storey, George Murphy, Dick Woodbridge, John Cain, Brian Law, Geoff Pink, Ron Stanfield,

Ken Arbuckle,  Bob Hanson,  Jack Hamer, Mike Sayles, Brian Davies, Bill Crisp, Richard Banwell,

Bob Batey, Arthur Hopgood, Bart Kent, John Balfour, Bruno Giordan, Pat Goodwin, Derek Aldis,

John Crookes, Len Shipman 


Last site update: February 2011





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