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Offline thaiga

luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« on: August 25, 2012, 04:32:08 PM »
A Luncheon Voucher (LV) is a paper ticket (voucher) used by some employees in the United Kingdom to pay for meals in private restaurants. It allows companies to subsidise midday meals (luncheons) for their employees without having to run their own canteens.



The scheme dates back to 1946, when food rationing was still in force following the end of the war.
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I have some unused luncheon vouchers from the 70's! these were from the original Luncheon Voucher Limited company and they didn't have any expiry dates back then - but I assume they are too old to use? Does anyone know if these can be used anywhere? Thanks.   
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sicho

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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2012, 06:13:40 PM »
LV's started to die out in the '70's because the cost of office workers' lunches was increasing and the Inland Revenue decided that they amounted to a benefit in kind and were taxable above a certain limit. The company I worked for around that time built a staff restaurant and offered very reasonable lunches at heavily subsidies prices. The tax man came after that benefit too once the subsidy increased beyond a certain limit to balance inflation.

If the enquirer wants to use his vouchers, he must first find a restaurant that still displays the LV logo. Luckily for him, there was never an IQ test for customers.

There seems to be a company today offering vouchers:

http://www.luncheonvouchers.co.uk/Pages/default.aspx

Quite how that works with the tax man I don't know.
 

sicho

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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2012, 06:21:24 PM »
Found it! £36 per year is tax free. Thereafter, the employer and employee pay NIC and income tax. Really useful! Perhaps they are a way to control spending by employees who are away on business and can claim out of pocket expenses.

http://www.luncheonvouchers.co.uk/organisation/howluncheonvoucherswork/Pages/default.aspx

Funny, though, in later years I had some great meals out paid for by my employer. I just had to entertain a business connection or go away on business. The voucher then was known as American Express. When I went to live and work in Spain the boss in the UK told me to use my Amex card to furnish the villa the company rented for me. He had a shock when he saw the cost!
 

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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2012, 07:25:05 PM »
I seem to remember a lady in Streatham, South London (Cynthia Payne??) who offered interesting services in exchange for Luncheon Vouchers.
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Re: - all our yesterdays
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2012, 09:21:29 PM »
Mrs Payne first hit the headlines in 1978 when police raided her home to find a sex party in full swing, attended by middle-aged and elderly men exchanging luncheon vouchers for sexual entertainment.

The prosecution said Mrs Payne provided facilities for prostitutes in her home in Ambleside Avenue, Streatham including, food, drink, condoms and bedrooms.

 Legal costs reimbursed

During proceedings at the Inner London Crown Court Judge Pryor told the court: "You must be sure that the particular woman was acting as a prostitute and that that particular girl's movements were influenced one way or another by Mrs Payne."
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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2012, 07:24:19 AM »
Thanks Thaiga.  I wonder if they accept LVs in Vegas?
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Offline thaiga

Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2012, 01:14:46 PM »
You mean for harrys meat n 2 veg :lol
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Re: joe lyons tea shops - all our yesterdays
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2012, 06:45:52 PM »
In the days before Starbucks, Costa and Nero, tea was the more common beverage and there were Lyons Tea Shops in most shopping districts up and down the country. The ER posters in the window indicate that this was 1953, the year of the coronation

Lyon's Corner House



Joseph Lyons & Co. Had 250 teashops countrywide and 3 vast "corner houses" in Central London. Each of the three "corner houses" could seat up to 3,000 people!

The Lyons waitresses in their distinctive maid-like uniforms were nicknamed "Nippy's", due to the speed and efficiency of their service. Nippy's became a national icon, appearing in all manner of advertising.

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sicho

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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2012, 06:56:10 PM »
Even as a toddler I remember Lyons. It was an old fashioned place and the waitresses were not at all nippy. Just a few doors away was a coffee house that roasted and sold it's beans. The smell as we passed the doorway was wonderful.
 

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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2012, 07:01:17 PM »
They was nippy when it was time to clock off :rclxs0

The aroma from ground coffee was just MMMmmm  Just as walking past the bakers newly baked bread :wai

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Re: Do you remember Green Shield Stamps - all our yesterdays
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2012, 07:21:12 PM »
they could be saved and used to buy something exciting like a drill or a cassette player from Argos.




Apparently you could buy an awful lot with Green Shield Stamps. I found out that in the 70s you needed 375 books of stamps to buy a Phillips colour television. It took 1280 stamps to fill a book and you got a stamp for every 2.5 new pence you spent in the supermarket or petrol station, which according to my calculations meant you needed to spend £12,000 to buy that TV.  Considering that the average colour television in the 70s cost around £350 (around £3,000 today) that is a hell of a lot shopping.  Mind you, with the extortionate cost of petrol these days it wouldn’t take you long to save enough stamps to host the Olympics in your own back garden.


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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2012, 08:08:47 PM »
Thaiga, a challenge for you:-  The town I grew up in was too impoverished to be able to boast a branch of J Lyons.  But one of my earliest childhood memories was of going into the town's British Restaurant.  Even as a toddler I could tell that it was a really horrible place.  Which is probably why that , later in life, I will only drink the finest wines.  The trouble is that if you Google "British Restaurant" it brings up a shedload of wrong answers.  So Thaiga I am relying on you. 
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Offline thaiga

Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2012, 08:31:09 PM »
You musta run outa RATIONING COUPONS :uhm
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sicho

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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2012, 10:17:33 PM »
Wine in Britain in the post war years? You gotta be 'avin' a larf, aincha?

Never heard of the British Restaurant. Sounds to be at the same level as Izal toilet paper.
 

Offline thaiga

Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2012, 11:15:33 PM »


British Restaurants were communal kitchens created during the Second World War to ensure communities and people who had run out of rationing coupons were still able to eat.   non-profit making   

Originally called 'Community Feeding Centres'  the name British Restaurants was preferred by Winston Churchill

What was the deadliest weapon of World War II Starvation, which killed 20 million people
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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2012, 07:02:57 AM »
Izal?  Yes I remember that.  I still have the scratches on my bum.
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sicho

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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2012, 07:30:14 AM »
Izal?  Yes I remember that.  I still have the scratches on my bum.

Who thought that greaseproof paper was suitable for the job? The squaddies had something worse, apparently, called Bronco.
 

Offline thaiga

Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2012, 10:21:08 AM »
T/T dont let the fine wines turn you into a "SLOANE RANGER" ;)

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Offline thaiga

Re: Lyons Individual Fruit Pies - all our yesterdays - Video
« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2012, 10:55:19 PM »
Lyons Individual Fruit Pies 



Anyone remember these? They were one of my favourites.

There were other brands on the market but Lyons were tops with me. As well as the pastry being delicious, there was a variety of fillings: Blackcurrant, Apple, Strawberry, Blackberry, Pineapple, Apricot, Gooseberry and I think they might have made a Mincemeat filling too.

in 1968 the Individual Fruit Pie Plant closed, having produced over 2,000,000,000 pies!! They were replaced by the Harvest Pie but it is the 'original' that holds a special place in my own memory.

This vid will bring back some memories

In Search of our Throwaway History
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sicho

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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2012, 07:48:18 AM »
I can remember nearly all of those products.

If you go back a little further in time there was 'Camp Coffee'. It wasn't coffee at all but chicory essence in a bottle. After WWII there were many food products that were unavailable or too expensive and coffee was one of them. The coffee grinding and roasting shop I mentioned on another thread was a kind of celebration of England getting back on it's feet later in the 1950s.
 

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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #20 on: August 29, 2012, 03:48:57 PM »
HOW CAMP


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Re: brook bond - all our yesterdays
« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2012, 07:04:17 PM »
brook bond PG TIPS

With the ending of tea control in 1952, Brooke Bond in Britain entered a period of real challenge. In the preceding years, profits had been carefully husbanded so that at this moment the company was well balanced to take advantage of the situation. It was a question of who was awake and ready and who was still asleep on the day tea rationing ceased. The Brooke Bond sales team led by Vernon Blackwell and supported by all the firm's reserves and manpower had in fact been ready and raring to go with all campaigns worked out for some considerable time.

With the brook bond dividend you could save the stamps on the packet and redeem them for cash
also tea cards were inside which you collected and save for a set.

pics and video

Then come the name PG TIPS remember the monkeys advert.
VIDEO
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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #22 on: August 29, 2012, 08:45:16 PM »
Anyone remember ONA?
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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #23 on: August 29, 2012, 08:54:53 PM »
Anyone remember ONA?
                                                           
YES the joke was anyone seen arizona     YES floating down the river with a knot in it  :lol
                                                            harrys ona



tell us about the british restaurant food n prices :cheers
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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #24 on: August 30, 2012, 06:03:00 AM »
There was a pop song of the time based around US States which got corrupted.  What did Dela wear?  She was wearing arizona.
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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #25 on: August 30, 2012, 06:25:20 AM »
Some unashamed plagiarism here:-

British Restaurant
by RWN
Inside the British Restaurant
The Civic Leaders sit
With ration books beside them, and
With knife and fork in "mitt,"
When from the kitchen doorway spreads
Across the ambient air
An appetising smell of "Roast";
"Ah Bisto" says the Mayor.
And soon the Councillors have set
Upon their Yorkshire Pud;
Two GREENS, potatoes, cut from joint,
They seem to find it good,
But all at once one civic bloke
Gives forth a hollow groan,
"Say, waitress, just look at my meat,
My portion's ALL-A-BONE.
"Ah WEALE, we musn't grumble" says
His neighbour, "For it's true
Communal meals are wonderful,
And small ex-SPENCE SIR, too.
But look at Bloggs, he's moaning now,
He never can agree,
And all that fuss because he finds
No SUGAR'S in his tea."
Just then a mellow voice enquires
"Ma meat's maist fat Ah fear.
"Ah wudna fash ye, lass, but dae
Ye Mac-LEAN porrrtions here?"
One diner finds the feast too large
(The course he cannot run)
The Council Father beams and says
"I see you're BEATEN SON."
Still WARING his regalia


Up springs the worthy Mayor,
"I feel quite certain, Gentlemen,
My sanguine view you'll share.
For our first British Restaurant
Has soothed my doubts and fears
That meal was best and cheapest that
I SAW-FOR-Donkey's years."


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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #26 on: August 30, 2012, 10:38:06 AM »
Very good.GOOD OLD BLIGHTY   
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Re: rumbelows - all our yesterdays
« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2012, 01:19:06 PM »
Rumbelows  Radio Rentals laskys tandy Visionhire David Greigs where did they go

Rumbelows was an electrical and electronics retailer in the United Kingdom which once rivalled Currys, Dixons and Comet.

Fred Dawes established the company as a chain of television and radio rental shops in the 1950s, naming it Fred Dawes. In 1969, the business was sold to Radio Rentals (which had merged with Thorn Electrical Industries in 1968), and all the rental accounts were transferred to Radio Rentals. All 90 of the Fred Dawes high street stores became electrical retailers instead, and were renamed Rumbelows.

Rumbelows Advert x3
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sicho

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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2012, 04:25:06 PM »
I believe that Rumbelows was taken over by the Currys group.

There was another electrical goods chain in the '60s by the name of Greys.
 

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Re: luncheon vouchers - all our yesterdays
« Reply #29 on: August 30, 2012, 05:09:42 PM »
Cant say i heard of greys.  DER rentals were good

                   

                   D.E.R. was founded in 1938 in Twickenham, Middlesex, where radios and the earliest type of television receivers were rented throughout the Greater London Area.  Rental charges were competitive and covered full maintenance, service and renewals.
So strong was the demand for their rental services that D.E.R. established Regional Offices and Showrooms throughout London, Scotland, Home Counties, South Wales, the West of England and the South Coast.  The Head Office at The Green, Twickenham, symbol of the D.E.R. success story, is the nerve centre of the organization which now brings television to thousands of homes throughout Great Britain.
D.E.R. provide an unrivalled television service, on terms everyone can afford.

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and now, Service by Remote Control Radio
On duty at the control centre a radio operator waits by the telephone, microphone at the ready, while radio-controlled vans are patrolling, continually alerted for a call. As service calls come through, the radio goes into action and contacts the vans and scooters in the area, cutting delays to the minimum

Classictvads.co.uk - D.E.R Tv Rentals
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