|The year is 1965 – A time when many from this area were travelling to the packed Ilford club. With this in mind I contacted the RSGB and with their assistance drew up a local club constitution.The merging of Upminster and Romford/Hornchurch councils brought about the new name of Havering. Thus the club name was chosen and ‘& District’ added to befriend those from within the boundary.I Started the club on a fortnightly basis, this I felt was needed to keep a regular lecture stream forthcoming, each week seemed too much to arrange.
After a year or two the members requested weekly meetings. These ‘new’ informal sessions are still termed (as originally) ‘natter nights’. Our first location was the Sea Cadets hall, Wood Lane, Elm park. After a few months we moved to the British Legion, Western Road, Romford. Later on becoming affiliated to the Havering Arts Council we moved to the present location of Fairkytes Arts Centre opposite the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch. In the ’80’s we had some sixty odd members and had to curtail the numbers applying. The complexities involved with the management of this active group necessitated a more in-depth constitution, our present one. A lull in the ’90’s caused great concern yet we kept up appearances in our field Days, Jamboree Events, Town Shows etc. More recently the foundation courses run by the club have brought a new flush of members, I just hope they get into electronics sufficiently to keep the lectures going in the future. At the cadets hall we were served tea. At the Legion we had two bars! At Fairkytes you will be presented with a ‘fine’ coffee, so come along- especially on a junk sale night. I’ll guarantee you go home laden, even if its only with bits put into your jacket pocket by the bloke behind! Great fun and some real bargains. We meet each Wednesday 7.30 pm at Fairkytes Art Centre, Hornchurch. Why not drop in to say hi. Oliver G3TPJ