Angela Profit (nee Horsman) RIP

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Sadly I have to let you all know of the passing last week of Angela Profit, nee Horsman.
Angela’s husband John has sent the following email with details of her funeral:-

Angie’s funeral will be held at Knowle Parish Church on Friday, May 8th

at 1-30pm.

Flowers will be from family only, but any donations should be for Macmillan Nurses, Solihull or Marie Curie Hospice, Solihull, c/o

Thomas Bragg & Sons, 562 Stratford Rd, Shirley, Solihull B90 4AY. 
Angie died peacefully, with her wish to be at home with her 2 sons and me at her side.

The most amazing help came from the team of NHS District Nurses who worked far beyond their call of duty, to ensure Angie was looked after in the very best possible way.

Johnathan, Angie’s son sent the following email to me:-
Thanks again for your support, my mum loved the BBC and having a continued connection post retirement was a joy for her. I know we would love to see as many BBC friends pay their respects at the funeral.
If you missed it the first time here is a link to an article in the Birmingham Post 19th March on Angie. Click to download then you will have to go into your downloads for the page.

Our condolences go to Angie’s husband & sons.

Ann Gumbley-Williams

The following comments are just some of those left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:

Marie Phillips: ‘Who could forget the permanent smile of a vivacious cheerful lady.’

Janice Rider: ‘So sad . Who doesn’t remember Angela . Always such a cheery , lovely soul . RIP’

Jean Palmer: ‘RIP Angela. Loved to hear your happy laughter coming from the contracts office.’

Lynn Cullimore: ‘What a battle she fought. Sad. Angela you will be missed.’

Pete Simpkin: ‘Farewell and deserved rest to a wonderful lady.’

Robert Davies: ‘Never saw her without a smile. RIP beautiful lady.’





Guide to Your Payslip

Guide to Your Payslip 1 Guide to Your Payslip 2 Guide to Your Payslip 3 Guide to Your Payslip 4 Guide to Your Payslip 5 Guide to Your Payslip 6 Guide to Your Payslip 7 Guide to Your Payslip 8 Guide to Your Payslip 9

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This Guide to Your Payslip was published in 1987, but was still being issued to new staff many years later. The booklet seems more complex than the actual payslip itself, and I bet most staff never read it!

Thanks to Dharmesh Rajput for sharing this booklet, and for keeping his copy safe all these years.

The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:

Andy Bentley: ‘1987 was the year I started at Pebble Mill, I remember this but you are right I never read it.’

Lynn Cullimore: ‘I once tried to read it! Gave up. But my gut instinct always told me if the figures were wrong!’

Angela Horsman request

The following request was sent on behalf of Angela Profit, nee Horsman, by Annie Gumbley-Williams. If you have memories of working with Angela, please either email Angela at the address below, or add a comment here, and I will pass your comments on to Angela. Please respond quickly, as time is of the essence here:

“Angela Profit, neé Horsman, who used to be David Bellinger’s PA, and assistant to Janet Brookes, is battling cancer for the second time.

Prospects are very challenging, and Angela has requested that she be sent testimonials to her life which, with the help of Margaret Rutter, she wishes to put together in the coming days.

Words cannot express how courageous Angela is being.  If you have anything you wish to say, please forward to the following address:


The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:

Lynn Cullimore: ‘I have emailed Angela but want to say here that as Janice says I always remember her always having a smile on her face, always a cheery word and always helpful when I went up to Contracts to sort something out. I am sure I join lots of others who are thinking of her and wishing her all the best. Lots of love to you Angela.’

Linda Flavell: ‘A lovely lady, always smiling through it all and always looks just gorgeous’

Helen Chetwynd: ‘I remember Angela as always looking glamorous. Bright and bubbly, a really gorgeous lady inside as well as out, always laughing, always with a smile on her face, even when she was ill. An inspiration.’

Ruth Barretto: ‘A lovely lady who worked across the corridor from me when I worked in contracts and me in finance. Gorgeous smile , rushing up and down the corridor. Even when she was going through her treatment she took time to speak to my friend Geeta to give her words of encouragement.’

Janice Mezzetti: ‘Things that come to mind when thinking of Angela – the smile, the twinkle in her eyes and her sense of humour. Wishing her peaceful and happy times surrounded by those she loves.’

Vanessa Jackson: ‘I remember making a leaving tape for Janet Brookes, when she was retiring, and I interviewed Angela about working with Janet. She told the story of Janet’s reprimands if staff were ever late, and not in by 9.30am – and having to rush up the stairs and try and sneak in without the lateness being spotted! I’ll have to search the loft and see if I still have the tape! ‘


Jenny Brewer – becoming a female manager

Jenny Brewer on becoming a female manager at the BBC from pebblemill on Vimeo.

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In this specially recorded video, Jenny Brewer talks about becoming one of the first female managers at BBC Pebble Mill, outside of traditionally female areas like: Costume and Make-up and Personnel. This was in the era of John Birt’s reforms in the early to mid 1990s.

Jenny Brewer

The following comment was left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:

Lynn Cullimore: ‘Jenny was someone you could respect as a Manager because she had been through production and as she says worked her way up. She had been there, done it and got the t-shirt. She knew the problems that the people she was managing experienced. She had also been on location and knew what it was like to be filming in the pouring rain, having to get the film back and the problems this could bring. I remember a particular occasion I went to her with a problem (she may not remember it but I do) and she was helpful and understanding. She commanded respect – certainly from me.’

Rustie Lee on Radio WM

Rustie Lee on WM Sun afternoons Tony Wadsworth












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Tony Wadsworth was the producer for Caribbean cook, Rustie Lee’s show on Radio WM. The show went out on Sunday afternoons. Rustie is pictured here with Shelia Harrod.

The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:

Lynn Cullimore: ‘Who could forget Rustie! I remember going into the studio and being invited to have some of the lovely food she had made. I was not even a member of the production, just someone who happened to walk in.’

Malcolm Hickman: ‘She also had a restaurant in Hurst Street. 4 of us went one night and spent a fortune on Caribbean cocktails, but had a fabulous night out.’