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Talk – The Life of Ken Wood and his Involvement in the Kenwood Company

April 4, 2024 @ 7:30 PM 9:00 PM

Ken Wood - founder of Kenwood
Ken Wood – founder of Kenwood

The Life of Ken Wood and his Involvement in the Kenwood Company

Kenneth Maynard Wood (1916-97) joined the Merchant Navy at 14, traveling the world and learning the importance of teamwork, which set him up for a successful business life. Ken’s interest in electrical engineering eventually led him into manufacturing domestic appliances. In 1947, Ken Wood and his business partner, Roger Laurence, started their first workshop in Woking manufacturing electric toasters under the name Woodlau, later renamed to Kenwood.  Three years later the revolutionary Kenwood Chef was born and with its meteoric rise in popularity and success, in 1961 production moved to Havant. 

John Wood This very personal talk is presented by Ken Wood’s stepson, John’s presentation includes many personal photos and videos covering Ken’s business and family life, how he came to invent the world’s best known and loved food mixer, the Kenwood Chef, and Ken’s many other achievements. It also includes excerpts from Ken’s unpublished autobiography, revealing the story of both Kenwood the manufacturer and Ken Wood the man, a true celebration of Ken Wood’s life and work.

Tickets: You must book a ticket in advance to be sure of entry. Tickets are available for £5 each cash only and only from Bookends, 7 High Street, Emsworth, PO10 7AQ. Seats are unreserved.


Nigel Gossop

Emsworth Community Centre

North Street
Emsworth, Hampshire PO10 7DD United Kingdom
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