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The next gathering of the Radio Caroline Southampton Support group is taking place on Wednesday 27th September from 7pm at the Netley Victoria Club, Netley near Southampton SO31 5DG. Meet Caroline DJs and restoration staff and hear all the latest news. There is a bar and all are welcome to join us for a £5 donation which includes a buffet. All proceeds will go towards the cost of work on board our Radio Ship, The Ross Revenge. We are always pleased to welcome staff and listeners from stations on the Portsmouth DAB. Please come along and tell us if you have any news about your favourite station.  

 
 
 
 

Support Group History

This year the Radio Caroline Southampton Support Group has been going 33 years as Radio Caroline itself celebrates its 53rd anniversary. From small beginnings at its first meeting in a Southampton pub, the group has grown from strength to strength meeting in people’s houses and eventually finding its home in Netley Victoria Club some ten years ago.

The group that now meets in Netley Abbey is thought to be the only appreciation group in the south and its four meetings a year attract people from far and wide. Two regularly travel from Wales, some from Manchester and Leeds a couple of ladies from Ireland, a lady from Belgium arrived at the last meeting having heard it mentioned on the air and occasionally a man from California has been known to make it over.

Although the group is a meeting of minds, a chance to share memories and talk about the station and radio in general, fundraising plays an important part. The station still has its own ship, the Ross Revenge, now moored in the River Blackwater in Essex and all money raised at the meetings goes towards the restoration of Caroline's ship. The group has purchased a lot of equipment and money is raised through selling memorabilia and merchandise as well as raffle tickets and donations. Albert and Georgina Hood now bring along a large collection of Caroline merchandise for sale during the evenings.

The Radio Caroline ship the Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater in Essex UK

The group has its roots going right back to the days of the Free Radio movement as the Southampton branch. They then had what you might call a resurgence during the Laser 558 era but membership fell away when Laser closed down. The group continued to meet for a long time in members homes and then they contacted the station during a request show. We started promoting he meetings on Caroline and eventually we had to find a bigger venue and we found the Netley Victoria club. With the help of promotions on Caroline we've now got 8 times more people coming along and we grew too big for our side room so the club offered us the main room where we can now expand even further.

All supporters are very welcome to join us and meet Caroline DJs and restoration staff and hear all the latest news about the station and its ship the Ross Revenge. A £5 donation includes a buffet and all proceeds go towards the cost of work on board our ship Ross Revenge.


In 1986 members of the Southampton Support Group went to visit the Ross Revenge in the North Sea. Armed with a couple of VHS video cameras they recorded the journey and videoed quite a few DJ's in action. DJ's on board included Tony Christian and Peter Philips. Members who went included Bill Smith, David Webb and David Williams. The VHS tapes have now been digitised and available on YouTube. Many thanks to David Webb for the recordings. Warning, its nearly one hour long.

You can view the video by clicking thumbnail above. Then find No. 33 on the playlist

June 28th 2017 meeting

Another record attendance for the latest Radio Caroline Southampton Support group meeting at Netley. Special guests included Ray Clark, Todd Slaughter, Kevin Turner, Martin Fisher with another engineer from the Mi Amigo days James Kay and surprise guests Phil Meek and Tony Kirk. They all came forward and spoke about their involvement with Caroline, some going back to the 1960s, Ray Clark spoke about the August celebrations coming up soon, Kevin Turner about the latest Radio Caroline North weekend, Martin Fisher recalled their days as DJs and engineers on the Mi Amigo and Ross Revenge, Alan Beech talked about the work involved with the AM transmissions coming soon, surprise guest Tony Kirk gave us a brief of his involvement on the Ross Revenge and some of the RSLs after the ship was rescued and promised to return to tell us more. Todd Slaughter gave a very interesting talk on his early Caroline days and how he has been running the Elvis Presley fan club of Great Britain since 1962.

Geri Hampshire and Martin Fisher

 

Keith Curtis and John Ellery

 

Todd Slaughter and Mike Terry

 

Todd Slaughter and Mike Terry

 

 

 

 

Ray Clark with George Scullion and his wife from Essex

 

Edward Charnell from the Cotswolds Motor Museum with Roland Beaney

 

Phil Meek, Ray Clark, Martin Fisher, Todd Slaughter and Kevin Turner

 

 

 

Roland Beaney

 

Kevin Turner

 

Todd Slaughter

 

Ray Clark, Martin Fisher and Todd Slaughter

 

 

Martin Fisher

 

Ray Clark

 

 

Phil Meek

 

Tony Kirk

 

Alan Beech

 

Mandy Marton and Todd Slaughter

 

 

 

March 29th 2017 meeting

Once again thanks to all the visitors that turned up for the latest Southampton support group meeting at Netley on 29th March, including several DJs from our friends at Flash FM who share our DAB multiplex transmitter in the Portsmouth area. A Special thanks to all the Caroline DJs that came along including Kevin Turner, Chris Pearson, Rob Ashard and John Ellery, The Ross Revenge restoration staff and Caroline Legends Albert and Georgina Hood who bought along lots of merchandise for sale. The visitors heard all the latest news about the station and its plans for an AM licence for the Suffolk and Essex area and news about our broadcast ship, the Ross Revenge moored on the River Blackwater in Essex.

Graham and Valerie Diggens

 

 

Chris Pearson talking to An De Cooman

 

Keith Aggis and Keith Curtis

 

 

 

 

John Ellery, Chris Pearson and Tony James

 

David Webb and Mike Terry

 

Chris Pearson and Tony James

 

An De Cooman a devout Cliff Richard fan.

Has her Cliff website here cliffysite 

 

 

Ashley Atkins

 

Mike Terry and Chris (the doctor) Martin

 

John Ellery and Kevin Turner

 

Alan Beech and Roland Beaney

 

Rob Ashard

 

Everything being documented by Chris Martin and David Esp

 

Rob Ashard with Alan Beech

 

Kevin Turner

 

Chris Pearson

 

Chris Pearson

 

Tony James being interviewed by Chris Pearson

 

John Ellery, Kevin Turner and Chris Pearson

 

Rob Ashard, Kevin Turner, John Ellery, Chris Pearson with Albert Hood

 

John Ellery, Kevin Turner and Albert Hood

 

Rob Ashard,  John Ellery, Chris Pearson, Kevin Turner and Albert Hood

 

 

 

November 30th 2016 meeting

It was nice to see so many people coming along to our final meeting for this year. Thank you to everyone who have supported all four meetings this year and we now have a break until next March. Our guest this time included DJs Derek Taylor (Archive Roots Americana Show) Steve Scott and Ray Copeland, we also had representatives from many other radio stations along the south coast.

It was a nice surprise to meet Bill Smith from Angel Radio who started these meetings many years ago and he spoke about how Angel radio, like Caroline, have been expanding onto more DAB multiplexes. Alan Beech spoke about the DAB multiplexes and the application for the AM licence in the Suffolk and Essex area for Radio Caroline as the news broke in the press.

Thanks to Albert and Georgina Hood who bring along the Caroline Merchandise and to Geri for organising the raffle. looking forward to meeting you all at the next meeting in March, until then have a great Christmas and new year.

Roland

 

Keith Curtis and Keith Aggis

 

Georgina Hood and Geri Hampshire

 

Alan Watts, David Webb and Roger Taylor

 

Rita and Tommy Gerrard from "up North"

 

Keith Curtis (Front)

 

A happy John Ellery

 

Roland Beaney, Steve Scott and Derek Taylor

 

Roland Beaney, Steve Scott, Derek Taylor, John Ellery and Albert Hood

 

The grand gathering

 

one more to make sure...

 

Roland Beaney, Derek Taylor and Albert Hood

 

Steve Scott and Derek Taylor

 

 

Steve Scott and Derek Taylor

 

Derek Taylor and Ray Copeland

 

Alan Beech, Ray Copland and Roland Beaney

 

Bill Smith

 

Chris Martin recording proceedings

 

Southampton Caroline Supporters

Our venue hosts

 

The Venue is at the Netley Victoria Club, Netley near Southampton SO31 5DG

Driving Directions From M27 Exit 8

 

Presenters who have visited

Andrew Austin

Steve Anthony

Peter Antony

Rob Ashard

Alan Beech

Mike Brill

Tony Christian

Ray Clark

John Cronnolley

Ray Copeland


John Ellery

Steve Essex

Richard Evans

Martin Fisher

Dave Foster

Clive Garrard

Marc Griffiths

Barry James

Dennis Jason

James Kaye

Phil Meek

Phil Meek

Ian Miles


Chris Pearson

Jim Richman


Steve Scott

Keith Skues

Todd Slaughter

Derek Taylor

 

Alan Turner 

Kevin Turner

Dave Turton

Alan Watts

Jerry Wright

Gary Ziepe

 
       

Visitors & members

Roland Beaney

Tony Chennery

Bill Smith

Andrew Webb

David Webb

David Williams

   
       

Keith Aggis

Alan from Derby

Alwyn Anthony

John Armstrong

John Armstrong

Jeanette Atkins

Ashley Atkins

   

Chris Beeching

Elaine Beeching

Morgan Bowler

Linda Britain

Steve Britain

John Burch

Rosemary Byatt

An De Cooman

Keith Curtis

Dave from K.O.T

Louise Davis

Driver Man

Graham Diggens

Valerie Diggens

David Esp

 

Cathy Gallagher

Rita Gerrard

Tommy Gerrard

Richard Graham

Phil Heap

Roger Hewitt

Morris Hillier

Albert Hood

Georgina Hood

Dave Hutchings

Graham Hodgekiss

Stuart Hobbs

John Ingram

Jenny from Derby

Julian

Mark Kirby

David Legge

Christopher Levy

Dave Lockyer

Mike Mack


Derek May
   

Mandy Marton

 

Chris Martin

Tim McClellan

Chris Mould

Paul Newman

Norma

Kim Peters

Derek Pipe


Tommy Rivers

Ray Robinson

Robin

Dave Romberg

 

Roseleen

 

Steven Rowlandson

 

Steve Royffe

Lawrence Scordellis

Lawrence Scordellis

Peter Smith

Terry Spittle

Keith Stimpson

Ann Swallow

 Steve Swallow

Sylvan

Roger Taylor

Mike Terry

John Whetton

Steve Whitehead

Steve Wilson

Lynda Worrell

Stephen Worrell