Club History

Shirehampton A.R.C. was formed in 1969 by Bob Jones (G3YIQ), Colin Chidgey (G3YHV) and Dave Knight (G3YNH).  The club was setup due to there only being a central Bristol club at the time. Meeting were originally held at Twyford House which was a local adult education establishment in the Shirehampton High Street. Early members were Addy Kelle (G4AYB) and Maurice Wilkins (G3YOH who died in 1977).

SARC History 1971

SARC at Twyford House 1971

From Left to Right:-

  1. Colin Chidgey G3YHV
  2. Bill Cowley
  3. Bob Cox G4AEL
  4. TBC but he lived in Druid stoke avenue in a large house
  5. William Bell
  6. Dave Stone G8FNR  who lived on Wellington Hill West
  7. Eddy Davies G3SXY
  8. Richard Klemperer –  grandson of the famous conductor
  9. TBC

The following document is a history about the club written by Bob, G4BWB with a more interesting angle on the club & some of its former members.

G4BWB SARC History

In the mid 1990s the local authority decided to close the building and the club was fortunate to make arrangements to move in with the local Sea Cadets who had a prime location on the banks of the River Avon.

From 1970 to 1988 the club ran a RAE course. The original instructor and founder club member was Maurice Wilkins, G3YOH. In future years it was ran by other club members including Dave Knight, G3YNH and Steve Price, G4BWE until its demise.

Today the club runs the Foundation, Intermediate and Full training courses and are coordinated by John Thomas G4DVV.