30 years at HC3S
Take a trip though time and find out more about some of our longest-serving members of staff
In the mid 90’s Hampshire Caterers, as HC3S was known then, was much more paper-based. When her initial four-month temporary contract came to an end, Angela was secured a position in the Finance Department as a switchboard/admin person. “In those days, we operated a proper switchboard, so all calls came into the me as the operator and forwarded on to the appropriate persons. We also had a reception desk in the office, so meeting and greeting visitors was also part of that role as well as what can only be described as ‘mountains’ of incoming and outgoing post!”
After nine months in admin 23 years ago, I applied for a PA role on a year’s contract. From then on, I became permanent working across several departments including Food Development for Evelyn Cook.
It was then I noticed things started to change. Parents asked us to cater for special diets, so we created special diet forms. At some point, special diets reached around 1500 children. These were paper-based and we had files and files of request forms and medical evidence. Nowadays, everything is completed electronically and stored ‘efficiently’ on the ‘cloud’. When nuts were removed from our menus, including trace of nuts, the special diet requests practically halved overnight, but since they have gradually increased again, especially when UIFSM were introduced in 2014.