Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Radio Caroline Southampton Support group will take place on Wednesday 27th November from 7pm. at The Hamble Club, Beaulieu Road, Hamble-Le-Rice, near Southampton SO31 4JL . Plenty of parking space and lots of room inside

Our Special guests this time will be Marles Steering Boxes   who are bringing the Radio Caroline car along and for a donation you will be able to sit in it to have your photograph taken.

Peter Chicago is hoping to join us to answer some more of your questions. Also Radio Caroline Flashbacks Steve Bishop has promised to join us plus Albert and Georgina Hood should also be there.

You will be able to buy your Christmas presents at the Caroline merchandise stall raffle prizes and you are all 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.

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

Driving Directions From M27 Exit 8


 

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

 

 

 

December 5th 2018 meeting

Our last meeting for this year took place on Wednesday 5th December. Its always great to see so many people coming along, many travelling long distances. This time I was even more surprised to see so many people when the weather conditions were so bad. One guy e-mailed me to tell me that he was stuck on a railway station when he found out that there no trains running. Thank you to everyone that have come along this year, helping us to raise so much money for the maintenance of the Ross Revenge. This year amongst other things the money paid for the new spotlights in the engine room which has brightened up the area for the many tours. The sales team have also sold a lot of merchandise which has also helped the station to expand.

Next year I am hoping to organise four more meetings, the first one will be in the middle of March so for now I hope you all have a great Christmas and New year and thank you to all of you that have come along to make it another great year for the Radio Caroline Southampton support group Roland.

Chris Cooper reading out condolence messages for the late Gavin Ford. A former Caroline presenter

 

Georgena Hood taking it easy for a change

 

 

David Esp and Chris Cooper twiddling

 

 

 

Original Group member David Webb with Roland Beaney

 

 

 

Yummy Yummy

 

Alan Beech cuts his cake celebrating his 51st birthday

 

Paul Brown

 

Rob Ashard giving us the latest lowdown

 

 

Chris Cooper with Roland Beaney

 

Chris Cooper reading out condolence messages for the late Gavin Ford. A former Caroline presenter

 

Flash FM presenter

 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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