1971 – 1992
Highlights of events over the years have been mentioned. it is impossible to cover every activity, or to name all the members who have worked hard in so many ways to make all our achievements possible.
However. reviewing my story. the Chairmen over the years — PAT ROBERTS & JOHN RIDOUT. have had good coverage of the sterling work they did and events they took part in.
ROY BROCKLESBY will probably be remembered for his major part in assisting JOHN RIDOUT in the organising and running of the Steam meet in it’s heyday, a prominent figure in his boiler suit and bowler hat. Also he was in the cast of the ‘Old Tyme Music Hall‘, and for many years with his wife DOREEN, stewarded the meet by the river at Woodgreen. and conscientiously provided a safety feature in the form of a rope and old car tyre.
JOHN BREWER followed ROY as Chairman. he was one of the longest serving members of the Committee. He has been Junior Leader. organising some excellent fundraising events for them. and also a Tuck Shop. and then followed a ‘stint’ as Youth Leader. He has readily given his time and carpentry skills to provide such things as a ‘mock‘ organ for the steam Meet and many ‘facades’ used in our entries for the National Feast of Lanterns.
In 1985 BILL HIGGINS took over as Chairman. He first went on the Committee as Public Relations Officer in 1981. became Vice-Chairman in 1983 and then in 1991 having completed one year as Past-Chairman. he was re-elected to serve as a Committee member for a further 3 years.
Highlights during his period as Chairman included Charity Events in 1987 and 1989.
Together with JOAN. his wife. they have stewarded the Holiday Site at Broomhill for many years, and are one of the most regular attenders at D.A. meets. with JOAN as Regalia Officer. prominent at ‘Tea round the pole‘ with her pennons and badges etc. on display. One other special mentioned must be made about JOAN. She has made and given the Birthday Meet Cake for many years. including the one for this 21st BIRTHDAY. and our congratulations and thanks go to her for her splendid effort.
In his first year. our present Chairman CLIFF FOOTE successfully ‘steered’ the DA. through another Charity Event. At the 1991 Birthday Meet held at the Thorngrove Centre. £1,259.42p. was raised to help provide facilities for the disabled on their camp site.
He was Pictured ‘Presenting the Cheque‘ in the October 1991 Club Magazine.
The Secretary has always been one of the hardest working positions to hold on Committee.
ARTHUR BLAKE served for the first year of the D.A. and was followed by RAY HIJMPHRIES who continued for the next 5 years. He was also the DA . Representative to Region. and considered this period as his ‘Apprenticeship’ the experience gained helped him to form the Waterside DA
Next came PHIL FRANCIS who also gave the name ‘Pickets Post‘ to the Newsletter and was it’s Editor in the early years.
MALCOLM TAYLOR came to us having been Chairman of the Bucks. Herts a Middlesex D.A. and took over from PHIL FRANCIS. He served for 4 years and was also D.A. Representative to Region.
Next came MARION EVANS. who also served for 4 years and was Newsletter Editor for several years. MARION will be remembered for the very entertaining shows she has produced.
Finally we come to our present Secretary. JUNE HINGE who like her predecessors, JUNE is very ably filling the position. the Chairman’s ‘Right Hand‘. quietly but very efficiently. ensuring that behind the scenes everything fits together to ensure the smooth running of the D.A.
TERRY SHARPE was a former Vice Chairman and together with GRAHAM GALE worked hard to provide the ‘electrics’ used at many of our meets. and mention I feel must be made again to JIM EVANS. this time in his role of plumber. without whom a lot of meets would not have been possible.
The D.A. is well represented at the South West Regional Council with ERIC STRIDE as President. CHARLES ROBERTS — Vice President. PAT ROBERTS — Secretary. JOHN EDGINGTON – Public Relations officer, MARJORIE HARES -Councillor and JIM EVANS – D-A. Representative.
we also have PAT ROBERTS on the National Council and ERIC STRIDE who really needs a Page to himself
ERIC STRIDE has been Chairman. and is now President of the South West Region. is a National Councillor serving on several Committees. has been to numerous F.I.C.C. Rallies and was Representative for Great Britain on the F.I.C.C. Committee and as you have read. organised on behalf of the Club. the 51st F.I.C.C. Rally at Shepton Mallett.
In 1983 he was awarded the Club Certificate of Honour which was presented by MOLLY RAYNER. Club Chairman at Eric‘s request ‘among his friends‘ at the South West Region Summer Meet hosted by his DA. ‘THE NEW FOREST‘.
In January 1992 he was honoured for his work in fostering friendship between our Club and the French Clubs by the presentation of a Gold Medal. he also received a Silver Medal for organising the F.I.C.C. Rally at Shepton Mallett and the Gold Medal of the F.I.C.C. for his work on the F.I.C.C. Council-
ERIC is Known from D.A. to INTERNATIONAL LEVEL for his rendering of the ‘MUSIC MAN‘.
The large Charity Events and Donations to the Fighting Fund (amounting to several thousand pounds) have been mentioned, in addition, numerous donations have made to dozens of needy causes.
The D.A. has always been fortunate to have a Social Secretary, this position at present is in the capable hands of JANET COLE assisted by her husband MIKE who is also Vice-Chairman, and her helpers who have provided Coach Trips to the Caravan Show & Somerset Carnivals Skittle evenings — Film & video shows The End of Season Supper — Christmas Party The Annual Dinner Dance and not forgetting the catering for all our ‘big’ meets.
In addition, the Youth have organised the Valentine’s Dances and the Juniors many summer Outings and pantomime trips.
We have read about our relatively new Conservation Activities. led by JIM EVANS and staying in ‘The Great Outdoors‘, a mention must be made of ‘BIG BOOTS‘ DENNIS BARRETT who leads many of us on his walks during the winter months.
Even PETS have featured during the past 21 years.
Notable among these are=-
BEN the BOXER. the faithful friend of BUNNY a LES FRY
BARNIE the POODLE. loved by JANET & MIKE COLE.
and of course ‘EMMA’ the OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG for so long a dear friend of KATHY a FRED ANDREWS. EMMA was loved by the Juniors and even non-dog lovers couldn’t help being ‘turned on‘ by her lovely nature and character. For 12 months she featured in cartoon form (supplied by KATHY & FRED) in the Newsletter. At the good old age of 12 she managed to take part in the procession at the National Feast of Lanterns at Shepton Mallett with FRED as a Shepherd in costume. and a BIG JUNIOR in sheep’s clothing — MARION EVANS.
EMMA attended numerous meets. was known by many in the Region and further afield and even had a mention at the Ripon National Feast of Lanterns in the B.B.C. Country Club Programme recorded there by WALLY WIGHTMAN.