They did make most of their appearances on the notice boards at Lucas Aerospace. Having chosen a character I would reduce their appropriate image on a photocopy machine. Then their artwork would be combined with the write up from the club's programme or any other source, regarding the next meeting. When satisfied with the result, I would then place them on the notice board or wall at Lucas Aerospace.
There did come a phase when the Personnel Department tightened up on private notices being plonked upon boards and walls. And so all prospective material would have to be submitted to them.
I am pleased to say that our adverts met with approval. And lo and behold, up popped references to our club. Their approval was made official when a member of the Personnel Department actually did the plonking on the official notice board. My plonking days were over. I could now go to bed knowing these ads met with approval.
The big question is however, did they ever gain us any members? Well, they did attract a lot of attention. People interested in movie-making would come up to me and have a good chat. But no matter how much I rack my brains, I cannot remember any one joining. Almost joining and interested yes. But actually joining, I must confess no.
However, the club did take part in a hobbies exhibition at the now sadly demolished Pavilion. This time the characters found themselves photocopied in A4 colour. I was also at the time involved with The Leverstock Green Players who were also taking part both as contributors to the exhibition and performers. So I was mentally in two places at the same time but physically sharing myself between two organizations. I think that someone else plonked the pictures on whatever. Thus these characters blended in with the rest of our display.
The question again is, did we acquire any new members? The answer is no. At least as far as I can recall. The Leverstock Green Players, I recall, had one organization complain about their performance being too risque. But that is all I can recall.
I remember an ex newsreel man at the end of his visit to our club, taking an advert home. But I regret the characters do not seem to be the rousing success that I had hoped.
I conclude with images of the said characters. There is one who is missing. They were dreamed up after the main ones. If the art work turns up, I shall feature them in a future write up. There are two new ones I have only just recently dreamed up, but they have not been designed. So I leave you with The Hemel Hempstead Publicity Character Art Gallery (click on the image to see complete and full-size)