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180912Something’s cooking at the Coachworks

Back in April this year we showed you RM 2531 arriving at the Coachworks ready for work to begin. For the last four months a team of coachbuilders, carpenters & upholsterers have been busy turning this bus into a mobile restaurant for Brigit’s Afternoon Tea. The lower deck is being kitted out with a fully fitted kitchen, complete with sinks, fridges, worktops, cupboards and a cooker. The upper deck will be a fully air conditioned dining area complete with mini bar. As you can see this project is progressing well. Be sure to keep an eye out for further updates in future newsletters! For a while this bus was joined in the workshop by its sister vehicle RM 191 which came in for some internal & external repairs & a general spruce-up.

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180810I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want...

... to see the Spice Girls’ bus back at the Coachworks 21 years after it was originally here! Back in 1997 the Coachworks team converted this 1978 British Leyland Bristol for its appearance in the Spice World movie.

At the time the bus attracted a lot of attraction from passers-by and this year history has been repeating itself. After spending the last 4 years in a marina on the Isle of Wight the bus returned to the Coachworks this summer. With the Spice Up! Exhibition opening in London at the end of July the bus was in need of some TLC to restore it to its former glory.

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180504Spring is in the air

Back in November last year we introduced you to this RML 2505 belonging to Lady in Red Productions Ltd. At that time she came in for a general spruce-up including bodywork repairs & painting, some parts replacement and an MOT. Now here she is in fine form and full working order about to head out on the road on a glorious spring morning. What a difference a few months makes!

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180419Ready, steady go.

Let it snow, let it snow.

The Beast From The East will not stop these four B Bakery Routemasters from servicing the visitors to London. Watch out for the next exciting B Bakery conversion for something new. Go to www.b-bakery.com for more information.

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SEC Signworks has recently merged with Gordon Engraving and we celebrated by holding an Open Day at the end of March. We also used the event to commemorate Gordon Engraving’s 50th anniversary.

Local businesses made the most of this unusual opportunity to visit behind the scenes as we opened our doors to reveal the complex processes behind the production of perspex and acrylic creations, laser and commercial cutting and much more.

James Wilford, of YMS Travel, who attended the Open Day, said: “You see some amazing signs outside shops and businesses and many of them are very creative. It was fascinating to see how these are made and some of the clever techniques involved. I was also very interested in the processes behind the acrylic products made by Gordon Engraving, from canapé trays to awards trophies!”

Jamie Thomson, director of SEC Signworks, said: “There are some highly skilled and experienced staff working for our new joint venture and they really enjoyed the opportunity to show off their skills. Visitors appreciated seeing them at work and it was a very enjoyable day.”

The Open Day raised funds for two local charities - Macmillan Crossroads which supports people with cancer and the Martha Trust which works with people with profound disabilities - by selling handmade Perspex items including coasters and mobile phone stands.
The merger between Gordon Engraving and SEC Signworks creates a major new provider of business signage in Kent, specialising in vehicle graphics, shop fascias, signs, engraving and plastics.

For further information contact:
Jamie Thomson at SEC Signworks on 01227 766229 or jamie@secworks.co.uk


SEC Signworks is holding an Open Day to celebrate its recent merger with Canterbury firm Gordon Engraving which has created a major new provider of business signage in Kent. Gordon Engraving is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Jamie Thomson, director of SEC Signworks, says: “This Open Day will offer an interesting insight into the world of sign making.  Participants will be able to watch the experts at work whilst they carry out processes such as acrylic fabrication, heat bending, commercial engraving, laser cutting and much more. It will be a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes.”

William Gunther from Gordon Engraving is very positive about the firm’s future.  He says: “There are exciting times ahead for our new venture. We are delighted to be celebrating our 50th anniversary by commemorating the past whilst also embracing our future.”

The Open Day will also be raising funds for two charities, Macmillan Crossroads and the Martha Trust, by selling Perspex coasters created by Gordon Engraving.

The day will consist of 3 factory tours combined with presentations, demonstrations of acrylic fabrication, heat bending, flame polishing, diamond polishing, commercial engraving, laser profile cutting, point of sale displays, Magnetherm secondary glazing system and signage (of course).

And very importantly there will be champagne, nibbles & networking!

The Open Day will be held on 29th March at Gordon Engraving’s premises at 18 Roper Close, Canterbury, CT2 7EP. There will be three optional time slots:

  • 10.30am to 12.00 noon
  • 12.30pm to 2.00pm
  • 02.30pm to 4.00pm

Please email Jamie confirming which slot you’d like to attend jamie@secworks.co.uk

Parking is very limited in Roper Close & we suggest that you use the Pay & Display Car Park next to Canterbury West Train Station or perhaps the Pay & Display on Roper Road. Please see map below.