Southampton Group member David Williams passes away

 Message from Chris Mould

David was one of the first people to send a reception report to my SW pirate station, Empire Radio, in 1978. We quickly became friends as he was a regular listener to the station.

In 1979 I was on a DFDS ferry to Copenhagen. Sitting on the back deck of the ship I was wearing a Caroline T-Shirt and twiddling around with my radio. A guy came over to me and said "Ah, a radio enthusiast!". We got chatting and, yes, it was was David Williams! We kept in contact, over the years, often talking on the phone. Each Christmas, the first card I received was invariably from him.

 As diabetes took its toll, he became weaker over the years. I think it was March 2023 when he phoned me up and said he hoped to attend the Southampton meeting, having missed the previous couple. I promised to bring along copies made from the master recordings of Empire Radio that he wanted to hear.

David failed to turn up that evening. I decided to call on David, who was living in sheltered accommodation in Bursledon. I rang the bell. He shouted that he couldn't answer the door as he was ill in bed. So I put the tapes through his letterbox and left.

A few days later he called to thank me for them. That was our last contact. At Christmas, I never received a card from him, for the first time in 45 years, so I suspected something was wrong. I tried calling him, early this year, but he didn't answer. So the news of his death doesn't come as a surprise, but I shall miss the very pleasant David and devoted radio anorak. Sorry I cannot make his funeral.

RRegards. Chris

 From Alan Beech It was briefly discussed at the meeting last week, but Pat at the studio has now had contact from David's brother, Malcolm.

David passed away on 15th May and the funeral will be Friday, 21st June. I think David will be remembered by many for his passionate support for the SW Sunday morning pirates.

I don't think he had been at the meetings recently, and I remember him being quite frail last time I saw him.

June 2024 Caroline Southampton Support Group Meeting

Derek May reportstrong

Many thanks to those who attended the Radio Caroline Southampton Support Group Meeting on 12th June at the Hamble Club.

Thanks to Alan Beech and Mandy Marton for their MC-ing.

Thanks to all the dj's who attended: Mark Dezzani, Barry James, Steve Dack, Rob Ashard, Dave Foster, and George Scullion of Caroline Coastal.

Apologies were received from Jim Duggan, who was busy electioneering as candidate for The Peace Party, but Mark showed exclusive video of an interview with Jim highlighting his work in the 60s and 70s with Ronan O'Rahilly.

The evening was well attended and we raised over £500 towards the Ross Revenge Dry Dock appeal. The meeting exemplified the Caroline spirit through the Caroline Family. The next Meeting will be Wednesday 11th September.  

June  2024 Photos

Barry James, Rob Ashard, Steve Dack, Mandy Marton, Alan Beech and Dave Foster

 

Steve Dack, Barry James, Rob Ashard and Dave Foster

 

Barry James

 

Steve Dack, Rob Ashard, Barry James and Dave Foster

 

Rob Ashard,  Barry James, Steve Dack and Dave Foster

 

Rob Ashard, Barry James,  Dave Foster and Steve Dack

 

Mandy Marton and Dave Foster

 

 

Smiley Barry James

 

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George Scullion from Caroline Coastal

 

 

 

Video man David Esp

 

 

 

 

Steve Dack, Barry James and Roger Bowen

 

Mandy Marton with Mark Dezzani

 

Mark Dezzani

 

 

 

 

 

April 2024 Caroline Southampton Support Group Meeting

The latest meeting of the Radio Caroline Southampton Support Group took place on Wednesday night the 24th April.

Here's a report from  Derek May

Many thanks to those who attended the Radio Caroline Support Group Meeting on 24 April at the Hamble Club.

There was much discussion between attendees before a video was shown from Nick Carter (Bolland when on the Ross) showing excerpts from his days on board as a DJ in 1987, and from Easter 2024 during the 60th anniversary celebrations.  Click button below to view.

Derek May then presented a video of the 60th celebrations in Felixstowe on 27th March by the plaque on the cliffs, commemorating the start of broadcasts from the Fredericia in 1964 - very cold and windy, followed by the opening of the Felixstowe museum by Ray Clark at noon on 28th March, commemorating the official start of Radio Caroline broadcasts from the Fredericia in 1964.  

Alan Beech gave an engineering update on the transmitter/aerial configurations, and future options for enhancing the solar panel arrays at Orford Ness.

In 'Questions and Answers', there was an interesting debate which started on whether the invasion of Ukraine by the Russians, and the resulting tensions in Europe could lead to resumption of BBC World Service transmissions to Eastern Europe. 

This evolved into an interesting, but somewhat depressing, discussion on resilience of National and European broadcast infrastructure against Russian/Iranian interference, and its effect on UK society.

 The conclusion being that the most resilient broadcast network would be a medium frequency, self contained transmitting station - in fact something like the Ross Revenge!   The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 12 June at the Hamble Club.

April 2024 Photos

 

 

Alan Beech

 

Derek May and Alan Beech

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice to see Georgena Hood there and Chris Martin (right)

 

 

 

 

Andrew Webb and Chris Cooper

 

Albert Hood on the right

 

60 years and Caroline still going strong

 

December 2023

Radio Caroline Southampton Support Group Meeting

The latest meeting of the Radio Caroline Southampton Support Group took place on Wednesday 6 December.

There was merchandise on sale, a bar and the chance to catch up with Caroline presenters. All this took place at the Hamble Club, Beaulieu Road, Hamble-le-Rice, SO31 4JL.

Report from Derek May

We had a very successful meeting recently in Hamble-le-Rice. I counted 44 people in attendance. I am pleased that the entry cost (albeit voluntary) rise to £10 has not diminished the number of attendees. Thanks go to Mandy and Alan for their MC-ing and organisation, and to Dave Foster, Rob Ashard, Ray Copeland and Steve Bishop for their attendance, who gave a brief talk on Radio Caroline North. Alan Beech did an engineering update, and Chris Cooper gave an interesting presentation on life aboard the Ross at sea over Christmas 1989 and New Year. Albert and Georgena Hood brought merchandise and Keith Curtis looked after entry and raffle tickets.

We plan to hold the next meeting in March 2024.  

 All the best for Christmas and 2024.

Derek May

December 2023 Photos

The Grand Gathering

 

Chris Cooper

 

Chris Cooper

 

Chris Cooper

 

Steve Bishop, Rob Ashard and Alan Beech

 

Video man Chris Martin on the right

 

 

 

Three happy supporters

 

Georgena and Albert Hood

 

 

 

David Webb and Tony Chennery

 

Rob Ashard and Dave Foster

 

Mandy Marton, Steve Bishop, Rob Ashard, Dave Foster and Alan Beech

 

Rob Ashard, Dave Foster and Alan Beech

 

Mandy Marton, Steve Bishop, Rob Ashard, Dave Foster and Alan Beech

 

Rob Ashard, Alan Beech and Steve Bishop

 

Alan Beech, Ray Copeland, Derek May, Steve Swallow, Mandy Marton, Alan Beech, Steve Bishop and Rob Ashard

 

 

 

September 2023

 Roland Beaney Memorial

On Wednesday evening the 27th of September there was a get together at the Hamble Club, Southampton. This was a memorial for the late Roland Beaney, organised by Alan Beech, Derek May and others.

The presenters that attended were Martin Fisher, Andrew Austin, Dave Foster, Ray Copeland, André van Os, Alan Watts, Barry James, Steve Dack, Steve Bishop, Clive Garrard, Tony Kirk, Mike Brill, Phil Meek, and some from The Flash Radio station.


Report from Chris Cooper from Radio Seagull

"A really pleasant evening, celebrating the life of much-loved and much-missed Roland Beaney, who put in a lot of time and effort over many years to help Radio Caroline, including organising the Southampton Support Group meetings, raising money for the ship, and working as a member of the Restoration Crew. It was a great shock when he passed away so suddenly. Alan Beech and Mandy Marton led the tributes and others, including Albert Hood, added to legendary stories.

Ray Robinson flew over from Los Angeles, Ray presents his "Caroline Archive Hour" shows every weekend which are replayed on Tuesdays, on the Caroline Flashback channel. These shows present highly listenable A.I. reconstituted/revitalised archive recordings of various personalities and events as broadcast on offshore pirate radio stations (including Caroline's Easter Top 500 broadcasts of the 1980s) - this is thanks to the dedicated BTS work of Alan Sheead (who he always credits). 

 Caroline (Album channel) presenter André van Os made a longish trip from  Hilversum in Holland. André does two shows on the Caroline album channel, one on Saturday early evenings and fortnightly on Tuesday late evenings.

Even with a turnout of around 80 people, there were some regular faces missing, including David Williams, Joff Illingworth and Chris Cornell. Maybe not all supporters knew of the event, as it hadn't been possible to access the Address Book on Roland's computer. The meetings will continue, and a new mailing list is being compiled. If you wish to be on it, please let me know and I will pass your details on."


  Roland has been involved with Radio Caroline since the 1990s.

During that time he organised our popular Southampton Support Group Meetings on a three monthly basis. which raised many thousands of pounds for the Caroline ship he loved so much.

Roland organised regular maintenance crews to look after and restore the ship over the years. He also organised awareness events at the Cotswold Motoring Museum and assisted with the distribution of various web shop items. Last year he and his wife Viviane sent out the Radio Caroline calendar, which was a huge task.

 More recently Roland and Viviane volunteered to send out the Crowdfunder Ross Revenge posters and were again planning to take on the task of distributing the 2024 calendar.

September  2023 Photos

 

Albert Hood

 

David Esp

 

 

Mandy Marton and Alan Beech

 

 

June 2023 Meeting

Our Second Radio Caroline support group meeting this year has now taken place. It was on Wednesday 7th June.

The Radio Caroline Southampton support group had a great evening listening to an excellent talk and slide show from Ray Clark. He spoke about how he became a DJ, firstly on Radio Caroline and then the BBC and how he returned to Caroline recently. We hope to see him again soon to hear the remainder of his talk. He now has a new book out and the first print is already sold out but he took orders for the second print. 

Alan Beech then gave an update on the 648AM transmitter news advising us that Radio Caroline have not  been informed of any developments yet on the application for more power on 648AM.

All proceeds from the meeting went towards the cost of getting Ross Revenge into dry dock for essential maintenance..

The Venue was at the Hamble Club, Beaulieu Rd, Hamble-le-Rice Southampton SO31 4JL

June  2023 Photos

 

Ray Clark

 

 

Another decade has started 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 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.

We have now moved to the Hamble Social club for the year 2020. 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 hope 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 over the years some travelling many miles from Wales, Yorkshire, Cornwall in fact from all over the country and some from abroad.

The group that now meets in The Hamble Club Beaulieu Road, Hamble-Le-Rice, near Southampton SO31 4JL 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 left. Then find No. 5 on the playlist

 

Presenters past & present who have visited

Tim Allen

Andrew Austin

Steve Anthony

Peter Antony

 

Rob Ashard

 

Alan Beech

 

Steve Bishop

 

Nick (Carter) Bolland

Mike Brill


Paul Brown

Steve Dack

Tony Christian

 

Ray Copeland

 

Ray Clark

 

Chris Cooper

 

John Cronnolley (R.I.P)


Mark Dezzani


John Ellery

Steve Essex

 

Richard Evans

Martin Fisher

Dave Foster

Clive Garrard

Marc Griffiths

Barry James

Dennis Jason

James Kay (R.I.P)

Tony Kirk


Alec Lamb

Mandy Marton

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 past and present

Roland Beaney (R.I.P)

Tony Chennery

Bill Smith

Andrew Webb (R.I.P)

David Webb

David Williams (RIP)


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

Cathy Gallagher

 

Rita Gerrard

Tommy Gerrard (R.I.P)

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

 

Martin Kirby

David Legge

Christopher Levy

Dave Lockyer

Mike Mack


Derek May

 

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

Bryan Tucker

John Whetton

Steve Whitehead

 

Ritchie West

 

Steve Wilson

Lynda Worrell

Stephen Worrell

 

 

 

 

 

 



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

Driving Directions From M27 Exit 8


 

 

 

 

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