Southampton Support Group Meetings

Another year has passed and the Radio Caroline Southampton support group meetings have continued to grow. The group was formed when Radio Caroline and Laser 558 were broadcasting from sea but when the broadcasts from the ships closed the group numbers began to drop although a few kept it going by having meetings in their houses. When I took over we found a club in Netley called the Netley Victoria club near where many of the original members lived nearby and we were given a small room. We outgrew that room and moved to the main part of the club when numbers grew to over 60.

Our first meeting this year was held at this club but sadly the club closed and we moved to the Hamble Social club for our June, September  and November meetings. This has proved to be a big success with numbers increasing even more. We now have a much bigger room with a stage and alcove for our buffets and more room to park. We've also been honoured to have some very special guests this year including DJs and engineers that kept the generators going back in the days the station broadcast from the high seas.

Thank you to everyone that have joined us this year some travelling many miles from Wales, Yorkshire, Cornwall in fact from all over the country and some from abroad.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Radio Caroline Southampton Support group will take place in March 2020 at The Hamble Club, Beaulieu Road, Hamble-Le-Rice, near Southampton SO31 4JL . Plenty of parking space and lots of room inside

The Venue is at the  Hamble Club, Beaulieu Rd Hamble-le-Rice Southampton SO31 4JL Phone: 02380 452213 

Driving Directions From M27 Exit 8


 

November 27th 2019 meeting

The latest meeting of the Radio Caroline Southampton Support group took place on Wednesday 27th November at The Hamble Club, Beaulieu Road, Hamble-Le-Rice, near Southampton SO31 4JL .

Our Special guests were David Cornwallis from Marles Steering Boxes and Peter Chicago who joined us to answer some more of your questions.

 Also  Albert and Georgina Hood were very welcome visitors

Message from regular visitor Dave Webb "Thanks very much to Roland Beaney for organising another very successful Free Radio meeting down in Hamble-Le-Rice this evening. It was nice to catch up with Phil Meek, Alan Watts, Dave Williams, William Smith, Christopher Levy, Chris Martin, Chris Cooper and an especially nice surprise to see Mandy Marton.

As on the other occasions he's visited us, Peter Chicago's stories of the things he's been involved in with Radio Caroline, RNI, Mi Amigo etc. held the audience enthralled. The guy is a legend. It was also very good to see Albert and Georgina made the long trip down from Essex and always interesting to hear the up to date information on the station from Alan Beech.

Time flew by and so thanks to Phil Meek for the lift that saved an hour on my journey home. You are an absolute Gentleman and I hope your trip back to Gloucestershire was uneventful.

Mandy Marton and Alan Beech

 

Caroline BMW car

 

David Cornwallis with his pride and joy

 

One and all with the Caroline car

 

 

 

Peter Chicago centre

 

Bill Smith (right) founder member chatting to John Ellery

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Chicago

 

Rob Ashard, Dave Foster and Alan Beech

 

 

Dave Foster

 

 

Alan Watts, Dave Bowen and Geri Hampshire

 

Chris Cooper with his booklet

 

Dave Webb and Phil Meek

 

Alan Watts and Dave Foster

 

I think the buffet is ready

 

Radio Caroline BMW sports car

 

 

"Suit you Sir" Geri Hampshire doing what she does best

 

 

Welcome return of Albert and Georgena Hood

 

Keith Curtis checking in visitors

 

September 11th 2019 meeting

The Radio Caroline Southampton support group held it's second meeting in the new venue at the Hamble Club near Southampton. It was a nice surprise to see John Burch return after several years to give an excellent display of pictures and memories from many years ago, I particularly liked the pictures of the Caroline buses. It was also good to see DJs Ray Copeland, John Ellery and Andy Miles who spoke about their Caroline work, past and present and Phil Meek was also there. Paul Sturgess came along with his wife to celebrate their wedding anniversary and we had a good selection of DJs from various Portsmouth stations. The next meeting is planned for 27th November  :Roland

 

Setting up the projector

 

 

Alan Beech, Roger Bowen, Keith Stimpson and Phil Meek

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Martin and Keith Aggis

 

Gerri Hampshire and Keith Aggis doing a great job

 

 

Phil Meek, Alan Beech and Roger Bowen

 

 

Keith Curtis from "New Forest Folk Festival"

 

Chris Martin and Ray Copeland

 

David Webb with Roland Beaney

 

 

 

John Burch

 

 

Paul Sturgess came along with his lovely  wife to celebrate their wedding anniversary

 

Presenting John Burch

 

 

John Ellery with organiser Roland Beaney

 

John Ellery

 

Ray Copeland with John Ellery

 

 

Andy Miles

 

June 26th 2019 meeting

The latest meeting of the Radio Caroline Southampton Support group took place on 26th June from 7pm. at a completely new venue, The Hamble Club, Beaulieu Road, Hamble-Le-Rice, near Southampton SO31 4JL  Special guests, included Mike Barrington, Martin Fisher and engineer Mike Watts. Our new venue was well received by everyone and the buffet was praised. The club are looking forward to seeing us again for our next meeting in September. Thanks to everyone that came along and helped us to raise money for our work on the Ross Revenge.

Message from supporter Dave Webb

"Thanks must go to Roland Beaney for organising another excellent radio meeting, this time at the new venue in Hamble-le-rice which proved to be a great success. Whilst I think most will miss the old venue as we had so much history there, the new one is an excellent facility with plenty of space. It was nice to see Chris Martin, Alan Watts, David Williams, Tony Chenery, Christopher Levy, Phil Meek, Alan Beech and Mandy Marton and anyone else I've forgotten to mention, and a shame that it most cases I had little or any chat with them."

Mrs May and Roland Beaney on the merchandise stall

 

Mike Barrington, Stevie Lane, David Esp and Roger Bowen

 

Dave Webb and Phil Meek

 

 

 

North Cotswold Community Radio presenter Ritchie West on the left

 

Many supporters in a spacious environment

 

Even more Radio Caroline supporters

 

Roland Beaney and Mandy Martin organising things

 

Alan Beech having a word or two

 

David Esp videoing the occasion

 

Supporter Chris Martin adding to his many recordings

 

Mandy Martin interviewing engineer Mike Watts

 

 

Mike Watts telling everyone some of his many memories

 

Alan Beech, Mandy Martin and Mike Barrington

 

Mike Barrington

 

 

Martin Fisher

 

Martin Fisher being videoed by David Esp

 

The famous transistor radio from 1964 with Radio Atlanta on the dial (top left). It was a Beolit 600

It fetched £35 pounds when auctioned at the meeting

March 13th 2019 meeting

Another successful Radio Caroline Southampton support group meeting took place at the Netley Victoria club on Wednesday 13th March. Many people turned up to listen to tributes to Jim Coad, (James Kay) who sadly passed away recently including Jim's widow Karen. Jim had been coming along to our meetings for several years, sharing memories of his work as an engineer and DJ on the Mi Amigo and Ross Revenge.

Martin Fisher, Alec Lamb, Rob Ashard and Alan Watts were our guest DJs from Radio Caroline and it was nice to meet Stevie Lane (Kate) who played a big part in supplying the ships in those days. Martin Fisher, Albert Hood and Kate started the tributes to Jim and thanks to those and others that came out to share their memories.

It was nice to meet Tim Allen from Wave FM who told us about his past connections with Radio Caroline and a special thank you to the Portsmouth DAB station Flash who promote the meetings and to everyone who attended.

Roland.

 

 

 

Tommy Gerrard, Georgena and Albert Hood

 

Martin Fisher, Alec Lamb, Roland Beaney and Tim Allen

 

Rob Ashard, Tim Allen, Alec Lamb, Nick Carter, Stevie Lane, Martin Fisher and Albert Hood

 

Rob Ashard, Tim Allen, Alec Lamb, Nick Carter, Stevie Lane, Martin Fisher and Albert Hood

 

 

Martin Fisher

 

 

Albert Hood

 

Albert Hood and Martin Fisher

 

David Finn

 

Stevie Lane (Kate)

 

Bill Heap

 

Nick Carter (Bolland)

 

Tim Allen (Wave 105)

 

Alec Lamb

 

 

Rob Ashard

 

Rob Ashard, Tim Allen, Nick Carter, Alec Lamb, Stevie Lane, David Finn, Martin Fisher and Bill Heap

 

 

Rob Ashard, Albert Hood and Tim Allen

 

 

 

 

Georgena Hood and Gerri Hampshire

 

Steve Cook and Alan Watts

 

 

 

 

 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 March 2017 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 Georgena Hood now bring along a large collection of Caroline merchandise for sale during the evenings.

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. 50 on the playlist

 

Presenters past & present who have visited

Tim Allen

Andrew Austin

Steve Anthony

Peter Antony

Rob Ashard

Alan Beech

Nick (Carter) Bolland

Mike Brill

Paul Brown

Tony Christian

Ray Clark

Chris Cooper

John Cronnolley

Ray Copeland


John Ellery

Steve Essex

Richard Evans

Martin Fisher

Dave Foster

Clive Garrard

Marc Griffiths

Barry James

Dennis Jason

James Kay (R.I.P)


Alec Lamb

Phil Meek

Phil Meek

Ian Miles

André van Os


Chris Pearson

Jim Richman


Steve Scott (R.I.P)

Lee Shuttlewood

Keith Skues

Todd Slaughter

Derek Taylor

Alan Turner 

Kevin Turner

Alan Watts

 

Mike Watts

Suzi Wilde

Suzy Wilde

Jerry Wright

Gary Ziepe

 

 

       

Visitors & members

Roland Beaney

Tony Chennery

Bill Smith

Andrew Webb

David Webb

David Williams

 
Trevor Adams

Keith Aggas

Alan from Derby

Alwyn Anthony

John Armstrong

John Armstrong

Jeanette Atkins

Ashley Atkins

Mike Barrington 

Chris Beeching

Elaine Beeching

Roger Bowen

Morgan Bowler

Linda Britain

Steve Britain

John Burch

Rosemary Byatt

An De Cooman

Keith Curtis

Steve Cooke

Peter Chicago

Louise Davis

 

 

 

 

Graham Diggens

Valerie Diggens

David Esp

Dave from K.O.T

Reg Eden

Sally Eden

Mark Eden

Cathy Gallagher

Rita Gerrard

Tommy Gerrard

Richard Graham

Driver Man

Phil Heap

Roger Hewitt

Morris Hillier

Albert Hood

Georgena Hood

Dave Hutchings

Graham Hodgekiss

Stuart Hobbs

John Ingram

Jenny from Derby

Julian

Robert James

 

Mark Kirby

David Legge

Christopher Levy

Dave Lockyer

Mike Mack


Derek May

Mandy Marton

Chris Manion

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

 

Ritchie West

 

 

Steve Wilson

Lynda Worrell

Stephen Worrell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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