Southampton Caroline Supporters

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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.





Tommy Gerrard, Georgina 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





Georgina 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


Georgina 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

September 12th 2018 meeting

Many thanks once again to everyone that came along to the Radio Caroline Southampton Support group meeting that took place on Wednesday 12th September at the Netley Victoria Club, Netley near Southampton. This time we were pleased to welcome a record number of Caroline DJs to our meeting and possibly a record number of visitors. Thanks to Kevin Turner, André van Os, Dave Foster, Steve Anthony, Jerry Wright, Mike Brill, Phil Meek and John Ellery for coming along and making it a very special evening for our visitors and a special thank you to André van Os who travelled over from Holland.

Nick (Carter) Bolland a presenter from 1987,  also attended the meeting and gave a little talk about his time with Radio Caroline.

Muzen Audio, a successful Chinese manufacturer of audio equipment, invited both Richard Lavelle and Steve Anthony to attend an event entitled the '2nd Radio Renaissance' held in Dunhuang, China over the weekend of 18/19 August and Steve Anthony gave us an excellent presentation of pictures and news from his visit.




Visitors from a radio ham group


Visiting radio ham group


Kevin Turner and Nick (Carter) Bolland


Dave Foster, Phil Meek and André van Os



David Noaks and Roland Beaney rewiring...?


Dave Foster and Jerry Wright


Reg and Mark Eden looking after Chris Martin on the merchandise stall





André van Os  who flew from Holland for the meeting



Kevin Turner giving us the latest lowdown..







A big round of applause..

With Chris Martin and David Esp recording the happy occasion..


Mike Brill and John Ellery



Nick (Carter) Bolland talking about his time with the station


Steve Anthony


Phil Meek


Jerry Wright


Roland Beaney, Dave Foster, John Ellery. Kevin Turner and André van Os

with a package of parts for the Russco turntables being presented to Dave Foster that Ray Robinson

 a supporter living in in Los Angeles bought for Dave so that he can get another set of turntables working on board the Ross.





Final summing up from Alan Beech

May 16th 2018 meeting

The Radio Caroline Southampton Support group had another very successful evening on Wednesday 16th May at the Netley Victoria Club, Netley near Southampton. Our guests this time included DJ Suzy Wilde with the team that produces the top 15s, Kevin Bradley and Roger Lovett. Also joining them were Dave Foster, Derek Taylor, John Ellery, Andrew Austin and it was great to meet Alan Watts, John Cronnolley and Jim Coad again. Thanks to all the guests and visitors that came along, some of them travelling great distances from South Wales, Yorkshire and Manchester. Thanks also to Albert and Georgina Hood for bringing along the Caroline sales stall. All proceeds from the evening will go towards the cost of work on board our Radio ship, The Ross Revenge.

Sally, Mark and Reg Eden from Cornwall








Reg and Mark Eden from Cornwall



Suzy Wilde chatting with David Williams


Suzy Wilde mingling


Cheers to you Suzy Wilde (with Bryan Tucker)


Alan Watts on the right



Dave Foster with Roland Beaney


Andrew Austin with  Roger Lovett  and Kevin Bradley


Chris Beeching with Dave Foster



"Top 15" two Kevin Bradley and Roger Lovett then Andrew Austin, Derek Taylor and Suzy Wilde


"Top 15" personnel  Kevin Bradley  and Roger Lovett with Andrew Austin


Derek Taylor with Suzy Wilde


"Top 15" team Kevin Bradley and Roger Lovett 


Derek Taylor with Andrew Austin



Bit of banter between Derek Taylor and Suzy Wilde


The very popular Suzy Wilde


Dave Foster telling us the latest news


Albert Hood revealing that he and Georgina are retiring from running the merchandise stall


Albert  introducing one of his replacements Geri Hampshire


Long time no see John Cronnolley



David Esp and "The Doctor"

 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 Georgina 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. 49 on the playlist


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


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

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

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

Georgina Hood

Dave Hutchings

Graham Hodgekiss

Stuart Hobbs

John Ingram

Jenny from Derby


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


Kim Peters

Derek Pipe

Tommy Rivers

Ray Robinson


Dave Romberg




Steven Rowlandson


Steve Royffe

Lawrence Scordellis

Lawrence Scordellis

Peter Smith

Terry Spittle

Keith Stimpson

Ann Swallow

 Steve Swallow


Roger Taylor

Mike Terry

John Whetton

Steve Whitehead

Steve Wilson

Lynda Worrell

Stephen Worrell









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