Ketton cement works community page
Committed Ketton pair double up
Ketton shift manager Andy Eastman and Profuel controller Roger Dumford lead double lives.
After finishing work at the Rutland cement plant, they become part-time firefighters. Roger is a watch manager at Uppingham and has 27 years’ service with the Leicestershire fire and rescue service. Andy is a crew manager with the Lincolnshire service, based at Stamford.
“As soon as we clock off, we are ready to respond to emergencies in the local community,” said Andy. “Not just fires and crashes, but anything else that comes our way, including medical emergencies when the ambulance service is busy.”
They both attend weekly training sessions to hone their skills, which has brought benefits to the business. Two years ago they set up the on-site confined space rescue team, made up of 10 employees, an initiative which has now been rolled out at the Padeswood and Ribblesdale cement works.
“Holding down a full-time job and being on call for the fire service takes a great deal of commitment,” said Andy. “Having an understanding boss and work colleagues really helps.”
The Hanson Graduate scheme programme is challenging but rewarding, giving you exposure to all aspects of our business over a period of 2 years. As well as time spent on your day-to-day activities, you will get the chance to participate in wider company development activities, project delivery and commit time to your professional development in role.
Ketton open day
Ketton has a policy of being a good neighbour. As well as making sure the environment is protected, this also manifests itself in both practical and financial support for local groups. Caring for the community includes caring for the environment. Ketton quarry is home to 26 different species of butterfly and a large number of birds, including nightingales. The company has also built a 63-metre long bat cave in the quarry and works closely with local conservation groups to protect the flora and fauna in its quarries.
Hanson planted nearly 13,000 trees and shrubs on an extension to the Wytchley Warren Farm quarry in Ketton.
Ketton quarry was the location for a BBC TV Top Gear programme in which presenters shot cars off the quarry ridge onto a dartboard painted on the quarry floor.
We advertise our opportunities on the Hanson website, leading online job boards and the print media. We also attend a selection of career events at both national and local levels. Occasionally, recruitment agencies will represent us in attracting specialist skills. We have a preferred suppliers list of recruitment agencies and will accept applications from those so approved.
Community newsletter - Open Door
Site activities are often reported in Open Door, a newsletter circulated by the company to every household within a five-mile radius of the works as a means of keeping the local community informed.
Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
Ketton planning engineer Barry Germany and his son Jacob, 18, were part of group of ‘Dads and Lads’ who took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds. Read more about this charity event that Hanson contributed £500 to.
Local charities recently supported by the site:
- Ketton Horticultural Society Sponsorship
- Kiwanis Firework Display
- Churwell Lions FC Football sponsorship
- Stamford Scouts Raffle Prize
- Glastonburghley Raffle Prize
- Ketton School Defib & Training
- Blackstone Junior Football Club Equipment
- Stamford Burghley Rotary Club – Santa Fun Run
- NSCPP Rutland Christmas Concert
Bats are thriving in restored areas of Grange Top quarry in Ketton. An existing bat roost in an abandoned stone mine has been linked to a newly-created cave by moving established hedgerows into worked out areas of the quarry to create a linear corridor.
All three of Hanson's cement plants including Ketton operate at levels at or significantly below these industry averages and below EU best available technique (BAT) reference document levels and we continue to invest in new equipment to reduce emissions from our cement plants. Please visit our Sustainability report for more information on how we are meeting our 2020 targets.
Ketton village was once owned by William the Conqueror and its residents had to pay him £10 a year.
Very successful open days have been held at Ketton and further open days are planned during 2015. We continue to promote visits, particularly from schools and community organisations.Request a site visit
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The company's first full week's wage bill was £202.2s 11d - wages for 90 men.
- Natural England
- Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
- Leicestershire Entomological Society
- Lepidoptera Society
- Northamptonshire Archaeological Society – MOLAR
- Oakham Museum
- Stamford Geological Society
- Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Badger Group
- Antique Machinery Caterpillar Owners Club (AMOC)
- United Kingdom Amateur Fossil Hunters (UKAFH)
- University of Leicester Palaeobiology Society
- Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge University
- University of Derby, Geography, Earth and Environment
- East Midlands Butterfly Conservation
In August 1928 Ketton Portland Cement Company was incorporated and construction of a works began. Within a year it was producing cement from the first kiln and by the end of 1929 the 140 men – and two women – on the permanent payroll had despatched 8,500 tonnes of cement. Today, Ketton is one of the most efficient cement works in Europe. The loyalty of the workforce is evident in the fact that the average length of service is 18 years.