Many thanks once again to everyone
that came along to the latest 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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"
very successful evening for the Radio Caroline Southampton
Support group on Wednesday 28th March at the Netley Victoria
Club, Netley near Southampton SO31 5DG. Thanks to Peter
Chicago who returned for a second visit to answer some more
of your questions and Susan Moore also joined us to promote
her book, "Life and Death of a Pirate" which is
all about the legendary Reg Calvert of Radio City. Both
speakers gave fascinating accounts of the days of "Pirate"
radio from boats and forts at sea.
Some of the restoration staff were
there and Djs including Martin Fisher, Todd Slaughter, Jim
Coad and John Ellery, we were also pleased to welcome one
of the stations sponsors David Cornwallis
Thanks 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.
Susan Moore arrives
on the scene
Mike Stanley videoing
Susan Moore signing
left and Sunshine Radio man
Susan Moore her best
Elvis man Todd Slaughter
with Susan Moore
Geri Hampshire doing a great
Roland Beaney introducing
special guests Peter Chicago and Susan Moore
Peter Chicago and Susan
Susan Moore answering
questions with Alan Beech
Peter Chicago telling
us of his exploits
Derek May asking the
Happy winner of the
raffle prize, family tickets for the New Forest Folk Festival
Our latest Radio Caroline Southampton
Support group meeting at Netley was another great success.
We were honoured to have as our special guest this time
the legendary Peter Chicago. It was an opportunity for people
to put questions to him and he gave us an insight into the
struggles they had to keep Caroline on the air. He also
told us how he came to join RNI.
Alan Beech gave an update on the
transmitter for the new AM service that is due to start
very shortly and Nick Carter came along to tell us about
his memories when he joined the ship for a spell as a DJ.
Thanks to everyone who came along and a special thanks to
the guests for sharing their memories with us. The next
meeting is planned for Wednesday 28th March when we hope
to do it all again.
Chris (The Doc) Martin with Mike
Stanley from Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Reg and Sally Eden from Cornwall
Mark Eden and Steve Cooke
Roland Beaney talking to David Hillier
Peter Chicago with Roland Beaney
David Webb and Alan Watts
Derek May, Alan Beech and Steve
Ex DJ Nick Carter telling us his
Alan Watts, Derek May an Phil Heap
Nick Carter telling his memories
of when he joined the ship for a spell as a DJ
Alan Beech, Roland Beaney and Peter
Alan Beech with Peter Chicago
Mike Stanley, Mandy Marton and Roland
Peter Chicago receiving loads
Georgina Hood doing a great job
on the sales stall
Our venue hosts
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
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. 45
on the playlist