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Love is in the air at Knights!

February 1 2013   Ι   Author: Comments Off

With a wide range of products and brands over 2 floors on Oakham High Street we have something for every occasion. And Valentine’s Day is no exception! Have you seen our luscious hot lips retro phone perfect for keeping in touch with your loved one this Valentine’s Day! In store now, 33-37 High Street, Oakham.

 

Lips

Braving the snow for deliveries today

January 15 2013   Ι   Author: Comments Off

It’s been another night of snowfall across Rutland and it looks like many local schools will be closed. Fortunately, and with many thanks to the Council, the main roads have been gritted and all the team have been able to make it into the shop today so it’s business as usual! We’ll be battling through the elements and continue to offer our free same day local delivery and we are happy to deliver any small appliances by foot in this bad weather if required. We can take orders over the phone so you don’t have to leave the house. Please call us on 01572 722240 if we can help.

Henry can tune into happy retirement…

December 29 2012   Ι   Author: Comments Off

With many thanks to the Stamford Mercury on this lovely article as Henry retires from Knights of Oakham after 44 years:

Henry Munton's last day at Kmights of Oakham

When Henry Munton first began repairing T V sets in the 1950s they were housed in wooden cabinets, had 12in screens and you had to draw the lounge curtains in order to see the picture properly.

“They were very heavy things and the valves inside got very hot,” said Henry.

“They would break down regularly and you would collect them, bring them to the shop, repair them and take them back.

“Nobody could have envisaged then how these things would be now – televisions and radios are now so reliable they don’t need repairing. If they break, people just get a new one.”

Henry has just retired from Knights electrical store in High Street Oakham, a day before his 70th birthday.

He had spent 42 years with the company and 54 years all together as a television engineer. In recent years he has been Knights’ delivery driver as well.

Henry, who was born at the nursing home in Mill Street now occupied by Calico, has lived in Oakham all his life and his parents were Oakham people too.

His father ran Munton & Son builders and decorating  business from the family home in the High Street.

Henry left what was then the Central School at 16 and thought about getting a job in antiques restoration before deciding on radios and televisions. That kind of thing was in its infancy and I thought I would have a good future in it,” he said.

He began work at Garners ironmongers and electrical shop, now the TSB, spent a year in the electrical department of the Co-op in Melton Mowbray and then, back in Oakham, spent four years at Westmorelands electrical shop.

He started at Knights in 1970 when the present building was mainly a house owned by Mr and Mrs Harry Knight with son and daughter-in-law Peter and Pauline Knight also involved in the business.

“I can remember my first day here,” he said.

“I remember walking through the front door – the shop was much smaller then – and being taken to the back where all these TV sets were on the floor waiting to be repaired. There were more in a workshop upstairs.

“They had stacked up a bit as Mr Knight, a TV engineer himself, had been too busy in the shop to deal with them.”

He said he had really enjoyed the work.

“There’s the challenge of repairing the item and the pleasure of going round to customers’ houses having sorted out their problem.

“But repairs have more or less come to an end. I get called out to sort out problems people have with their satellite reception but it’s a far cry from spending half a day converting a set to ITV for instance.”

Henry was paid £1 10 shillings (£1.50) a week when he started work – and £1 went to his mother for his board.

He says his wife Susan has plans laid out for his retirement.

“I’m not planning to do a lot but I think she has plans set in stone for me getting the house sorted, decorating and doing the garden,” he said.

“My wife is in a wheelchair now which limits us a bit for travelling.”

But the couple have done a fair bit of globetrotting – they have been to India, South Africa and the Cayman Islands, as well as to many European holiday spots.

And there is also golf – Henry has been a member of the Stoke Rochford club for 30 years and has a handicap of 16.

The couple have two children – Andrew, 38, a planning director for Bellway Homes and Joanne, 36. Joanne and husband Wayne Parkinson have two children, Calia, three, and Lucia, 20 months.

“I’ve had a very enjoyable time here at Knights,” Henry said. “The staff and everyone involved are all very friendly.”

Pat Walne, joint owner of Knights with husband Murray, said Henry would be greatly missed.

“His dedication and his charm are very much part of Knights,” she said. “All the customers know him and trust him. It really is the end of an era.”

A retirement party was held for Henry at the Coach House Inn in South Luffenham. Among his retirement presents was membership of Leicestershire Cricket Club for 2013.

Christmas DJ!

December 21 2012   Ι   Author: Comments Off

Well done to 15 year old Georgia Farr from Oakham who won this year’s chance to co-host the Rutland Radio breakfast show which we ran in conjunction with Roberts Radio.  We had all the radios in the shop tuned to Rutland Radio to hear her and she did a great job of co-hosting the show this morning with Rob. As well as the opportunity to co-host the show, we also presented her with a Roberts Radio as a prize.

 

Christmas DJ!

Georgia said:

 I would like to say thank you to all at Rutland Radio and at Knights of Oakham for giving me such a fantastic opportunity, thank you to Ms Smith for accompanying me so early in the morning.

Well done Georgia from all the team here at Knights.

 

Oakham Late Night Shopping

November 1 2012   Ι   Author: Comments Off

A date for your diaries if you’re in the Rutland area – Oakham late night Christmas shopping is Monday 10th December. There is lots going on, including a town trail with fantastic prizes, such as a holiday for 4 people anywhere in the world, donated by Savvi Travel of Oakham.

Here at Knights we would be delighted if you could join us for a glass of festive cheer and a mince pie.

 

 

Digital Drop In Day

June 11 2011   Ι   Author: Comments Off

Digital Drop In Day

Rutland goes digital next month.  The team here at Knights of Oakham will be holding a digital drop in day on Wednesday 6th July where all the team will be on hand to give information and answer any questions you might have about the digital switchover. Please pop in and see us!

And don’t forget, if you buy a new TV from Knights of Oakham the service team will deliver for free within 24 hours of purchase as well as disposing of your old TV if needed, This is a service we offer on all large appliances, all year round! We are also offering retuning packages in August too.

What does going Digital mean?

The existing analogue TV signal will be switched off and replaced by a new stronger digital signal. It means that almost everyone will be able to receive digital TV through an aerial (Freeview).

What are the benefits?

Digital TV offers new ways to enjoy your TV, primarily a greater choice of TV channels. Households are able to received on average 40 TV channels for free with digital TV.

How will the switchover affect me?

Most of Rutland is served by the Waltham transmitter which is switching over in 2 stages on 17th August 2011 and 31st August 2011.

On 17th August, BBC channels will be switched off and you will need to return your digital equipment to pick up the available channels. On 31st August the remaining analogue channels are switched off and you will need to retune your digital equipment again to pick up additional channels. To keep your TV service you will need to convert your TV to a digital TV before this date.