The following re-worded transcript was published in the final "Fox Magazine" in the winter of 1966.
It explains the reason for its publication, its objectives and why it finally came to an end.
The transcript suggested that 84 magazines were issued, but the Society have only 83 copies.
We suspect that in reality that there were only three publications in 1966, with the autumn and winter editions being combined into a single issue.
If we are mistaken on this point and anyone has a copy of a magazine from the autumn of 1966, we would like to hear from you.
The Story of the Fox Magazine
The magazine really began in 1939, the year the Second World War was declared, when the Works Council requested that the Company consider a publication for all its employees and their families.
The paper shortage caused by the war delayed it however, and the magazine began with the Spring 1946 edition, its policy being, "for employees, about employees, the Company and its achievements, and as far as possible, by employees."
In an introductory message by Mr. S. A. Jackson, General Manager at the time, said.
"We hope that it will help to foster and develop a spirit of co-operation and good-fellowship, and encourage interest and enthusiasm in this business of earning a living."
The magazine completed seven volumes with 12 editions in each, making 84 with the last issue.
Over those 20 years circulation had almost exactly doubled from 3,800 to 7,500 copies.
The magazine was not only mailed to all of the Company's 900 retired employees, but also to many who had left the Company for other parts of Britain and the far comers of the world.
It carried with it the Company's image and it's goodwill.
Regular contributors included contributions from nearly every level of employees, from the General Manager to the new recruit who could draw a cartoon.
Local poets too, have given us offerings of beauty, and many will recall Mr. Albert Hirst whose poems of homely wisdom were sought after by readers far from their native valley.
In 1967 the Company, following the line taken by other branches of the Group, starting a weekly newspaper with a view to giving more immediate news to everybody than was possible in a three-monthly publication, allegedly in keeping with the faster speed of decision and progress essential in those days.
This virtually wrote the end of the quarterly as it inevitably absorbed the news on every front at a much faster pace, it is worth noting that Samuel Fox & Co. Ltd. allowed their quarterly and their new weekly to overlap longer than any other division of the Group.
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|Church||The Church on the Hill||1964 Autumn edition||J. Challis|
|Coal Production||Epitaph of A Pit||1948 Summer edition||Harry Eastwood|
|Corn Production||Local Industries Of The Past No 5 - Corn Milling||1962 Spring edition||Jacqueline Stafford|
|Early Civilisations||7,000 Years Old Find At Deepcar||1963 Summer edition||F. Seddon& F. Hepworth|
|Early Civilisations||Early Man In The Stocksbridge Area||1965 Spring edition||J. Radley|
|Forging||Top Forge Wortley||1950 Autumn edition|
|Forging||Wortley Forge Official Opening As An Industrial Museum||1955 Autumn edition|
|Ganister, Clay & Firestone Production||John Armitage Of Deepcar||1962 Autumn edition||A. Coultas|
|Ganister, Clay & Firestone Production||Local Industries Of The Past No 3 - Ganister and Fire-Stone||1961 Summer edition||Jacqueline Stafford|
|Ganister, Clay & Firestone Production||Local Industries Of The Past No 4 - Clay Mining||1961 Autumn edition||Jacqueline Stafford|
|Geology||The Geology Of Stocksbridge||1946 Summer edition||W. H. Wilcockson|
|Glass Production||Local Industries Of The Past No 1 - The Glass Industry||1960 Winter edition||Jacqueline Stafford|
|Green Moor Stone||Green Moor Stone Or Yorkshire Grit Part 1||1965 Summer edition||Jack Branston|
|Green Moor Stone||Green Moor Stone Or Yorkshire Grit Part 2||1965 Autumn edition||Jack Branston|
|Lead Production||Local Industries Of The Past No 2 - The Lead Industry||1961 Spring edition||Jacqueline Stafford|
|Local Area||Our own countryside||1948 Autumn edition||Albert Hirst|
|Local Area - Bradfield||Bradfield looks inwards and outwards||1958 Summer edition||Sheffield University|
|Local Area - Deepcar||Fox Glen (The Clough)||1948 Summer edition||Jas Helliwell|
|Local Area - Langsett||Waggon & Horses||1960 Winter edition|
|Local Area - Midhope||Midhope Or The Mid-Valley Betwixt The Don And The Ewden Part 1||1966 Spring edition||Jack Branston|
|Local Area - Midhope||Midhope Or The Mid-Valley Betwixt The Don And The Ewden Part 2||1966 Summer edition||Jack Branston|
|Local Area - Stocksbridge||British Hall Days Are Numbered||1963 Summer edition||Charles Brown & Herbert & Grace M. Pearce|
|Local Area - Stocksbridge||Landmarks||1958 Summer edition||C. Brown|
|Local Area - Stocksbridge||New gas supply to Stocksbridge||1962 Winter edition|
|Local Area - Stocksbridge||Silver Fox Public House||1963 Summer edition||C.R.W. Peake|
|Local Area - Stocksbridge||Stocksbridge||1959 Autumn edition||C.R.W. Peake|
|Local Area - Stocksbridge||Stocksbridge Through Fifty Years||1961 Winter edition||Stanley Moxon|
|Local People - Rag Harry||When Rag Harry tak'sem.||1966 Winter edition||Jack Branston|
|Local People - Spurley Hey||Spurley Hey - Lest We Forget - A tribute To The Late Spurley Hey||1966 Winter edition||Jack Branston|
|Railways||Thurgoland Tunnels||1948 Autumn edition|
|Schools - Bolsterstone||Bolsterstone Free School||1958 Autumn edition|
|Sport||Knur & Spell||1947 Autumn edition||Fred Marsh|
|Steel Production||A Furnace||1956 Winter edition|
|Steel Production||B Furnace||1957 Winter edition|
|Steel Production||Cold Rolled Strip||1947 Winter edition|
|Steel Production||Cold Rolled Strip Further expansion||1956 Spring edition|
|Steel Production||Electric Steel making||1946 Summer edition||F. T. Bagnall|
|Steel Production||Henholmes gasholder||1948 Autumn edition|
|Steel Production||Jubilee Cottages||1950 Spring edition|
|Steel Production||Manufacturing of Springs||1952 Winter edition|
|Steel Production||New Wire Dept. Sheephouse Wood opens||1963 Autumn edition|
|Steel Production||Old Rod Mill Closes||1961 Summer edition|
|Steel Production||Rolling of Stainless steel||1946 Autumn edition|
|Steel Production||Rotherfield Works||1963 Spring edition|
|Steel Production||Sapphire Project||1965 Autumn edition|
|Steel Production||Siemens Steel making||1946 Spring edition||R. Swinden|
|Steel Production||Training Workshops||1958 Summer edition|
|Steel Production||Vacuum Degassing No 2 Melting shop||1964 Winter edition|
|Steel Production||Watch & Light Springs||1961 Winter edition|
|Steel Production - Samuel Fox||The Grave Of Samuel Fox||1955 Winter edition||O. Inman.|
|Steel Production - Samuel Fox||The Samuel Fox Story Part 1||1965 Autumn edition||Hazel Stansfield|
|Steel Production - Samuel Fox||The Samuel Fox Story Part 2||1966 Spring edition||Hazel Stansfield|
|War memorial||The Stocksbridge War Memorial Clock||1957 Summer edition||L. Herbert|
|Wool Production||Local Industries Of The Past No 6 - The Woollen Industry||1962 Summer edition||Jacqueline Stafford|