Southampton 18 Plus in 1976 very briefly before returning to University.
Kept in touch with various people ( Roy Pullen, Nick Barrett, Steve Douglas
etc.) and rejoined when I returned to Southampton in 1977.
Founder member of Totton and two stints as Chairman there (18 months the
first time), then went to Wessex Region as Chairman for two years followed
by one year as Training Officer for Southern Area.
Returned to my roots by being founder member/chairperson at Eastleigh before
being pensioned off with an Honorary Life membership of Wessex Region. In
amongst this I assisted in running Alfies Army Roadshow for Winchester
18Plus with the inimitable Steve Douglas and Gary Hearn (still in touch with
Met my wife of 25+years (Heather Hathaway) at Totton and we now live in
Scotland. Loads and Loads of memories of events and I've also become the
depository of several Totton 18 Plus scrapbooks.
I am still in
friends all around country via 18 Plus. It made me the man I am now!
meeting people at Luton 18 Plus in the early 70's. I was PRO for the club
for a number of years, initially at the Working Men's Club and then at the
Polish Club. I later joined Bedford 18 Plus when I moved house and remember
being involved with the initial raft race. I went out with young ladies from
both clubs for a while and met people at Hitchin and Letchworth 18 Plus,
Potters Bar, Wellingborough, Milton Keynes and others. I attended Caister
and other national events like camping in the Midlands on the August Bank
Holiday weekend. I remember going to Majorca and Italy with 18-30 Holidays
who had arranged it with 18 Plus. I remain in touch with a couple who
belonged to Bristol group and another couple from Potters Bar group. I would
be pleased to hear from other members who remember me and would like to say
hi. I am married to a girl I met at Bedford Coffee Pot/Contact.
there is anyone that remembers me via Croydon / Surrey Region / South East
Area / Caister, I would love to hear from you.
||I was a member of
Selly Oak 18 Plus from 1975 to 1980 and would love to hear from anyone in
the group during that time. I remember Mike and Janet Tombs, Steve Greenhall
Jayne Wiltshire, Chris Neal, Cathy Poole, John Shields, Dave Powell, Sue
Foster, Janet Darby, John Morris, Paul Evans, Avril Barry, Maureen Gill,
Gill Marshall, Pat Sparks, Ian Cotter, Jane Cotter, Phil Viney, Tony Agg,
... so many lovely people. So many happy times, a wonderful era. I am so
glad 18 Plus is still going.
Clearing out a cupboard I came across a number of slides and photographs
from my days with 18 Plus. I was a member of the Kings Langley group, but
also attended the St Albans and Watford groups. This was around 1970 to
1972. The photos show a lot of smiling faces (I think we drank a lot !).
Some of the photos show Pram Races in Windsor Great Park, and others are of
the Caravan holidays in Dorset and Cornwall. It would be great to hear from
anyone who remembers me, or those good times.
My name used to be Suzanne
Bannister and I joined Great Barr 18 Plus in 1981. I was lucky enough to
meet my husband at the group and we're still going strong 33 years later and
have a son. When I first joined I was invited to take on the role of the
secretary of the group which involved organising activities and taking
minutes etc. I've got so many wonderful memories of my time at 18 Plus - the
numerous River Boat Shuffles, the dances and also Caister.
I would love to hear from anybody who remembers me.
I was a member of Worcester 18 Plus where we met
at the Bush Inn, St. Johns. I was chairman, secretary, activities officer,
treasurer and chairman of Hereford 18 Plus, which we opened. I regularly
visited Cannock, Walsall, Stourbridge and Bromsgrove groups and enjoyed
several Caister holidays. I now have the groups scrap book.
Just came across this
site, it certainly brought back happy memories. I was a member from 1970 to
1974, latterly with Didsbury 18 Plus and formerely with Levenshulme. Like a
lot of members I met my wife at 18 Plus and on marriage drifted away from
the club. I would be delighted to hear from anyone wo remembers me, after
all these years.
Plus have just had a lovely reunion .. How nice to see all those people
again .. Any old members who would like to get in touch please do so.
Jane Ann Bleaney
oldie, 1971 from Luton 18 plus. I was the first Miss Luton 18 Plus and still
have the sash. I am trying to trace Alan Neeve (Barnet area) and anyone who
remembers me. Thank you, Janie.
I joined Grays 18 Plus in
the early 70's, moving on to help open Wickford and Stanford-le-Hope Groups.
Left in 1979 to marry and move away. During my time I held the posts of
Group Chairman, South East Anglia Area Chairman and East Anglia Area
Chairman. Now single again and with children that have flown the nest, I
often think of the great times I had in 18 Plus and would love to hear from
anyone who remembers me. I am also still in contact with Diane Scammell,
Pauline King, Bob Clarke, Brian Ashdown and Malcolm Crane.
Poole Group in 1983. Went on to open groups in Wareham, Ringwood,
Bournemouth and Christchurch. I was Secretary of the old Southern Area
(which covered Weymouth up to Watford), Chairman of the Wessex Region and
then Wessex Area when Southern split up. After standing down as WAC in 1990
I became the National Finance Officer on the NEC and Management and Finance
SSC (later General Purposes Committee). Did that for two years until Carolyn
took over and then I got involved in Development. Left in 1994 when I
thought I became too old to take a lead in running the Federation (Associate
membership started at 30 then). Moved to the Isle of Man in 1997 and still
there. I'm still in contact with Francis Wallington but would love to hear
from anyone who remembers me. Any other old Plussers on the Isle?
For those that think I have
disappeared for good, I am alive and kicking in Southampton. I was there
almost on the first week of Ealing Eighteen Plus group in 1968, for six
years, with a spell as chairman and various other committee posts. I
remember you all with fondness. It was a big part of our lives. The rest of
the story I am happy to discuss if you contact me. Marrried with two boys
and awaiting first grandchild. Retired, getting thin on top, doing my best
at golf, and will remember anyone who remembers me (I hope) .
Juliette Bromham (nee Couchman)
Most people will probably
remember me as Juliette Bagley as I was married to Philip Bagley during my
time at Stourbridge 18 Plus. I had the most amazing time with 18 Plus. I was
Secretary a few times and Philip was Chairman a few times. I particularly
remember joining in 1979 when Glyn was Chairman followed soon after by David
Gill and his racing tips at the end of the notices. I enjoyed many amazing
times at the Mitre pub where we met on a Thursday evening. I would love to
hear from all the many friends I had while there – too many to mention!
Living in Hook, Hampshire these days – married to Tony with 2 children aged
21 and 17. Met Tony at Wokingham and Bracknell 18 Plus after leaving
Stourbridge due to marriage break-up. We got together at an 18 Plus event in
Bournemouth and have been together ever since. We celebrate our 25th wedding
anniversary this week. I do remember Mark and Isabel Lewis who are on this
page and didn’t realise they founded the Stourbridge group. I also remember
Steve Ralph from Warley group who is also on this page.
I have many wonderful memories from Caister, in particular the first year I
went in 1980 on a coach with crates of beer down the centre aisle. We
arrived at 1am and had trouble finding the caravan in the dark.
Particularly remember the guys dressing up as babies in white towels for
nappies as the Stourbridge Babes and hi-jacking the stage during Mike Read’s
stint. He wasn’t happy. Also remember Peter Powell doing the Radio 1 Road
Show live. Particularly have fond memories of Pam and Nick, Eggy, Steve and
Ant, Colin, Jackie, Jadie, Sue, Heather. So many people spent time round at
our flat in Lye and particularly remember the party when we moved up the
road. The Landlord’s son always comes to mind when I hear AC/DC as he always
jumped around at the Disco’s doing his best Angus impersonation!
Amazing times – feel very fortunate to have found Stourbridge 18 Plus and
spending my teenage/early twenties attending some awesome events in the
Midlands area – Worcester Riverboat Shuffle, Birmingham Disco Competition,
Still visit Stourbridge every 3 or 4 years – try and tie it in with an away
game as season ticket holder at Reading FC. Always stay at the Talbot Hotel.
I now work as a Receptionist at a Leisure Centre and love keeping fit and
watching sport. Hoping to pay another visit in the coming year. If you
remember me get in touch!
I was a member of 18 Plus in Sandbach, Cheshire from around 1966 through to
1973. Anyone out there remember me?
|Jenny Brown (nee Mills)
||I was a member of 18 Plus
between March 1987 and March 1991 when I moved to North Yorkshire. I
was with Wellingborough Group where I was Public Relations Officer. I
was also one of a group of people who set up Higham 18 Plus, where I
was PRO and Chairman. I had a lot of fun with Plus especially on the
trips to Caister and 'Nick' House. Since moving north I have married the man
I moved here to live with and had a daughter who is three.
Member of Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, and
Tonbridge Groups between 1972 and 1980. I was chairman and held other
various positions on committees at all the groups. Went to the first
time the Easter weekend was held at Caister in 1975. Met my wife at
Tonbridge 18 Plus and was married in 1977. I am still married to the
same person. Eighteen Plus was a great group to belong to and still keep
in contact with ex members who have become good friends. I went to a few
national conferences and made some friends from other groups. It would
be nice to hear from anyone who might remember me.
Helen Casey (nee Fry)
I joined Chelmsford 18 Plus around 1971 or 72
when we used to meet at the British Legion Hall on New London Road. Later, I
was a member of Grays group and then Havering. There was always something
going on - visits to other groups; completely mad things like dwile flonking
and raft racing (anybody else remember the scooter race on Galleywood
Common? ); folk nights and the infamous Weekends - I especially remember
Easter 1973 on the Isle of Wight in seemingly non-stop rain and gale force
winds and Caister 1975 when it snowed! Was anybody reading this on the
horrendous hovercraft trip round the IoW in a Force 10? I've never been so
glad to step back on dry land in my life! Then there were the Ron Gee
weekend trips to France and Belgium (including the Weize beer festivals). I
got to play coach courier on some of those - oh, happy days, trying not to
leave anyone behind at the comfort stop on the E40; staying patient with the
inevitable pratt who left his/her passport in the over-full boot of the
coach; coping with the travel sick, the hungover and the barmy - it was all
part of life's rich tapestry as somebody-or-other said.
I married my husband, Terry Casey in 1973. Much to everyone's surprise,
including our own, we're still together. He was a stalwart member of Grays
group and Regional Public Relations Officer. Later, I was elected
Vice-chairman of Grays group and Regional Secretary. I also got involved
with the setting up and publication of SEAview, the Regional magazine which
won the Norbury Trophy in 1976. I was, briefly, editor after that which
probably explains why we never won the cup again! Terry was having a
clear-out of some junk a few weeks ago and found some of those old
magazines. What a lot of names and memories ..... Lesley Boardman, Diane
Scammell, Alan Cable, Eddie King (of the saggy drawers, sorry, Sagittarius
Disco), Ray Whyte, Tweedledum & Tweedledee (aka Ray and Eddie), Trevor and
Sally Jones, Janet & Ian Yeo, Geoff & Brenda Midgeley, Paul Razzell, Mark
Levine, Val and Greg Bond, Roy Cutting, Diane-from-Maldon, Pauline King (longtime
ferocious guardian of Stumpy, the regional mascot), Liz & Jerry King, Mike
Barnett, Vivienne ....where are they now? Family and work commitments caused
us to drift away from 18 Plus around 1977/78 but it would be great to hear
from any or all of the above and anyone else who remembers us.
I use to be a life
member back in the 1970s, with a group in Marlow, Bucks. I lived in New
Road, Marlow Bottom.
The founder of Marlow 18 Plus was Andy Mac, and someone named Barlet. So
long ago with fond memories. I went to Caister about 8 times also a camp out
in Stoke On Trent.
The members of Belper
(Derbyshire) 18 Plus group from the 1970s will be holding their second
reunion at "The Old King's Head", Days Lane, Belper, Derbyshire on Saturday,
19th October, 2019. All former members from back then will be welcome.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if
you wish to attend. You'll be very welcome.
I joined Yeovil 18 Plus
Group in 1976 and went on to become its Chairman in ’79. I met Melanie from
Dorchester 18 Plus Group and we married in 1980 and are still happily
together now. I loved my time at 18 Plus and met lots of great people from
other groups. I went to Caister and TAG five times. Love to hear from anyone
that knew me.
I joined Sunderland 18 Plus
in 1979 meeting at the Royalty Pub in Chester Road, Sunderland. We used to
have various guest speakers from candle making to an ex-RAF pilot showing
his amazing hand built models. It was a great way to socialise and meet new
people. It was run by a natural leader called Nigel who left the area due to
work. There would be parties at the weekend including fancy dress parties.
We would think nothing of driving down to Dewsbury from Sunderland for a
party with Dewsbury 18 Plus and then driving back.
I moved away for about four years and when I came back Sunderland 18 Plus
was still active and still as friendly as ever. Great happy memories. Feel
free to drop a line!
||I was from Reading
18 Plus and also Maidenhead. I have recently been out with some Reading 18
Plussers for a drink. Would like to hear from anyone who knows of me, I am
still the youngest member as far as I know.
Joined Moston 18 Plus
in1963. Chairman Oldham 1964. Area Exec N West development1964/5/6. Chairman
Sale 1967; also visited Knutsford / Eccles / Salford. Chairman Altrincham
1968. Chairman Bramhall 1969. Chairman Wilmslow 1970.
Chairman Southampton 1972. Helped to set up Lymm / Cheadle / Bramhall from
scratch. Enjoyed being Chairman and involving people on committees with a
lot of success.
Most groups from low numbers or zero rose to 50-100 plus. We had many
camping weekends a year both group / region and national and got everyone
involved and mixed!
Study weekends in 1964 & 5 at Lyme Hall helped and Advance 67.
Stories and friends too numerous. Very happy days.
Now in Cornwall happily retired having been in Round Table, scout
leadership, played Rugby, been married, had children and now happily
grandchildren. Knew Mike Norbury quite well.
||Hello to all who
remember me and those who don't. I was in Leicester 18 Plus from 1984 to
1991 / 2. I was Chairman for 18 months. I had a great time in plus
remembering TAG, WASH, Caister, Bedford Raft Race, but to name but a few.
AMMO. as well.
I am trying to locate John and Terrie Dodds, I lost their address a while
ago. Also anybody who wishes to get in touch with I. I moved to Bristol 8
years ago, and decided to stay. Unfortunately, in 2001 I had a stroke, For
those who remember, I was a lorry driver, so I had my licence taken away. I
am still on the sick and will be for another 12 months. I have no physical
problems but struggle with concentration, stamina and short term memory. I
am attending a computer course, hence my e-mail address. Look forward to
being in touch.
I was in
Redbridge 18 Plus from 1977 until 1982, now living near Braintree. Still in
touch with a few former members. I had a fantastic time and have many happy
memories of those years. I would be glad to hear from members that remember
me. I was lucky to have been a member when there'd be something going on
I was treasurer of Wickford 18 Plus in 1975. We
met on Monday evenings in a hall behind The Castle pub. I still have a copy
of the programme from April - June during which time Lesley Boardman was
Chairman, Richard Hawkins Vice Chairman, Janet Smith Secretary, David
Clifford PRO, and Christine Fox Activities Officer.
A member from 1973 -1975 & Vice Chairman for
my sins. Looe that holiday, Stoke on Trent, that was a hell of a time.
Some friends, Jerry / Big Sue / Richard / Roger. He finished up being
my best man but we don't talk about that day. Hope somebody is still
alive from that time.
||I joined 18 Plus
in Braintree early 70's & then moved to Bishops Stortford in 75. Went on
many jaunts i.e. Looe, Letchworth, Ware, Hertford & many more. Been on
various committees. Anyone out there remember old times? Now happily living
in the Highlands.
||Hi. My previous
name was Paul Deville.
I was known around the Yorkshire region for always having a guitar in my
hand. I was on numerous committees and a regular at Caister, WASH, TAG,
Bedford Raft Race, some conferences and most dances in our region over a 15
year period, during in which I constantly changed membership according to
which group I was attending when it run out. I have been a member of
Rothwell, Pudsey, Leeds Central, Bradford and Wharfedale. I also attended
many other clubs during that period, including Wakefield, Harrogate,
Horsforth, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, and Bingley. I organised one or two
events for mass attendance, just for the fun of it.
I'm looking out for Caroline Holindrake and Graham Illingworth, has any one
heard of either of them recently?
Me? Well I never did anything by half's, so I've had full gender
reassignment and I am now called Ms Heather Beaumont. Please get in touch if
you want to, or know of the whereabouts of either of these two people as I
haven't spoken to either for too long.
P.s. What happened to Robbie from Liverpool? Of all the Plussers I ever met
I think he had the nicest personality (he was always pissed though).
I was in Burgess Hill 18 Plus a long time ago
around 1978. I am now 55.
Member first of Brighton
group in 1974 and then Worthing group – still see a number of the local
members from 3 decades! Had involvement at Sussex Region and South East Area
and also involved with 3 ANC’s – Brighton in 1981, Worthing in 1986,
bringing back memories of Mud, and the NEC Metropole in 1991. Mainly
infamous for my involvement with the Easter Holiday at Caister from 1979
through to the late 80’s. Still at the same house in Worthing with Sue, who
was also very involved with all the above activities! We join with a number
of old members, mainly ex Easter Holiday committee members but not all, in
the occasional week-end away. Very interesting to see a number of familiar
names in the list.
|My name was Clare
Greaves and I belonged to Luton 18 plus. I joined about 1984/85ish! I was on
the committee for some time and had one holiday at Caister. I married Steve
Ding from Hitchin and we now live in Stevenage. Would love to hear from
anyone that remembers me!!
Letchworth & Hitchin in about 1978 & held various committee positions. I was
also on the Chiltern Regional committee as well. Dose any one remember the
discos every Saturday night at venues like The Sparrowhawk, better known as
the sweat box, Watford Leisure Centre, Broadway Hotel, and many more. How
about the regional bowling and the moonlight blow at Hemel. And who can
forget Caister, TAG & the Bedford Raft Race. I am now married & live in
Stevenage with Clare (Johnson) from Luton plus.
||I am an
member. I was Bristol Group Chairman in 1974, South West Area Development
Officer in 1975, and South West Area Chairman in 1976, 77 & 78.
I was a member of Hillingdon 18 Plus and
moved to Slough18 Plus in the 90's. I am trying to find a ex Hillingdon
member. Dose anyone know Gillian's email address or telephone number. I
would be very grateful. Thanks.
Lara Elder (nee Collins nee Faulks)
I first joined Plus in 1988 and have been a member of Barnet, Enfield,
Chingford & Romford. When I finally left in 2005 I was a member of
Brentwood. I would be glad to hear from anyone that remembers me. Yes, I was
that mad girl who used to turn up in fancy dress a lot, drink way too much
but never had a hangover!!
I was a member of Chester 18 Plus from 1982 to 1988, but known as "Big Anne"
to differentiate me from "Little Anne"!! I was chairman for a while before
heading off to the USA to work. My maiden name was Evers and people may
remember me as working as a nanny. Names like Tony Hurst, Kerry Knight,
Meirion Edwards, Anne Dod to name a few. Went to Caister a couple of times
and have fond memories of eating fish fingers for the whole weekend, and
camping in Llangollen. Love to hear from anyone who remembers me.Cheers!
David (Dai) Francis
I joined Harrow Group in 1966 but was 'persuaded' after a few weeks to get
involved with opening a new group at High Wycombe and ended up for a year as
it's first Chairman. Halcyon days - we had 105 members in that first year!
Later I was Treasurer of Harrow, the Chiltern Region, and then for three
years Treasurer of the newly formed Southern Area, finally taking over as
it's Chairman when Val Rawnson (nee Polley) left to become HGS. In between
that I was involved in opening groups at Hillingdon, Ealing, St Albans,
Hemel Hempstead, Luton and Maidenhead (or, at least, those are the ones I
can remember!). Oh yes, and I edited 'The Chiltern' (later 'Impact!')
magazine for many years, running it off on a duplicator I bought off
'Viewpoint', the South East Area magazine. I'm currently living in
Buckinghamshire and married to Carol, the girl I met at Harrow Group back in
1968. There's a small group of ex Harrow members who get together a couple
of times a year, but we'd love to hear from anyone else who remembers us and
the good old days!
Maggie Franklin (nee Dascombe)
I was a Warley member
during mid/late 70s. I had some great times remembered fondly including
dancing all night to ‘jungle rock’ at Caister on the 1st of 3 Easter
visits. Knew Steve Ralph (who didn’t!). Still see Doreen and Chris. Would
love to hear from anyone who remembers me. I am a member of U3A now, the
geriatric version of Plus, love it!
I was a member of 18
Plus in the 80's and 90's. I was a member of Pudsey and Leeds Central and
would love to get in touch with any one who new me from way back when. My
wife and myself have lived all over the world since leaving Leeds in 1992
and are presenting living in Germany. I have kept the Plus spirit alive by
organising social events in which ever country we have been living in.
I was member of Bedford
18 Plus, joined in the 90’s and later became Secretary of the group between
November 1995 – May 1996.
and Ross Gibbs would love to hear from any ex-HEDGE (HENDON/EDGWARE) members
from the late 70's-early 90's. Thinking of organising a reunion after seeing
a few old friends at a party. Also any members from Watford or Barnet
groups. It would be great to hear from anyone who remembers us.
Louise Gibson (nee Tompkins)
used to belong to Godalming 18 Plus and was their Public Relations
Officer. I enjoyed many a holiday at Caister and camping at Trentham Gardens
before it was refurbished. I also had links with Worcester 18 Plus and would
like to make contact with anyone who remembers me. In particular, I am
trying to contact a member of Worcester 18 Plus, Chris Harris who worked at
Kay's Catalogue in Worcester. This was between 1982 - 1984.
Christine Gill (nee Gregory)
I was a member of West Kirby 18 Plus Group on Wirral in the late 60’s . We
met at the Black Horse Hotel, Black Horse Hill. Some names were Bill Syres,
Jane Ryding, Sue Bill, John Gill, Mule, John Tonelli, Ted Charlton and Gus
Bull. We would love to have a reunion but not sure where to start. We were
good mates of the Wallasey Group and had fabulous times.
||Had a lot of drinks and good laughs and met some good friends at Caister, Trentham and weekend booze ups .Don't see them anymore, so if you are around from Wallasey 18 Plus email me. It would be nice to hear from you. We met at The Bell and also Twenty Row, which just made a good fire.
Alan Sims and I formed
Southend 18 Plus in 1966 and it would appear that, most unfortunately, it is
no longer extant. Alan was the Group’s first Chairman with myself as
Secretary. I met my wife, Geraldine, via Southend 18 Plus and we married in
1970. I am delighted to say that we are still together 44 years on! Despite
the apparent demise of the Group, a small number of the original members has
kept in contact over nearly 50 years and we continue to have our own
reunions at least twice (Summer picnic and Christmas meal) each year. Is
there anybody who still remembers the inaugural meeting at the Glenelg Hotel
in Westcliff? Moreover, does anybody have any archive material covering the
early days of Southend 18Plus?
I was chairman of the
Havering 18 Plus Group (I think in 1974 and 1975) when it met in Billet
Lane. It was under my chairmanship that we moved to The Robert Beard. Other
committee members were Gillian Smith, Cathy Gibson, Chris Gold, Trevor
Jones, Cathy Yell and Razz. I followed Ken Smith as chairman and Cliff Brunt
succeeded me. We also opened the new Romford branch that met in Pettits Lane
I remember very well Deirdre McCarthy, chairperson of the Grays group and
Margaret Gisby, when it met at the Fox and Hounds. I was a regular there, as
well as the Brentwood group that met in the Hermitage.
I went to Caister, Trentham Gardens (twice I think), the Cheshunt mini
Olympics and Chislehurst Caves.
Greg Bond and Val were on the committee of Chelmsford group and I believe
one of the regional committees.
I probably knew a great deal of the other members, but my memory of them has
dulled over the years. I have quite a few pictures taken at that time.
a member of Stafford 18 Plus group from about 1982 until 1989, It takes some
remembering to get that far back. Most will remember me for being mad, the
dressing up as Dame Edna Everage at the Mr 18 plus and for my drunken antics
at Caster and TAG with my teddy called Mutley (I still have him). I think my
best times were at TAG, I was the one who took the marquee and about 20 of
us slept in it. From Stafford I went to York with my work (prison Service)
and from there I now live in Brighton and work in London. I live in Brighton
with my partner of 6 years (came out about 10 years ago). Some of my best
memories are from my years with 18 plus and I made some good friends that it
would be good to get in touch with again. Have a look at my web site. I am
glad that 18 Plus is still going, and love the web site. The photo is of me
and other members taken about 1986 ish...... Some will recognise Francis
Wallington on the left.
like to contact old members and friends. I was a member of Doncaster, (from
1973) Rothwell and York 18 Plus before becoming a member of Darlington and
opening North East Area groups with Keith Galvin and becoming Steering
Committee Chairman of North East. My wife Susan was also a member and I
moved to the North East when we got married. I'm a life member (141 or 142),
I've lost my membership card. I've not been involved with 18 Plus for about
Karen Haigh (nee Rafe)
a member of Sutton Coldfield 18 Plus in 1980 and then Wokingham and
Bracknell. I married Andrew Haigh (met him at Wokingham and Bracknell)
in 1987 and we now have two children born in 1991 and 1993. We moved
to Long Island, USA in 1997 and live very happily here. Would love to
hear from any ex-Sutton Coldfield or Wokingham and Bracknell people.
Where are you Selena, Dave Hall et al?
Had lots of fun at 18 Plus and remember Caister and other big events really
Glad to see it is still going strong, although there does not seem to be a
Bracknell group anymore.
a member of Leek 18 plus, but like a lot of groups folded. My nearest group
was in fact Hanley, but found Leek more interesting. At the moment some of
the old members and some new meet at the Polite Vicar in Newcastle-u-Lyme on
a Thursday at 9.30. I am still in contact with Wendy Williams, Geoff
Skinner, Gavin Eagles and John Hartley. I am still working and living in
Newcastle. Hope to meet some more plussers old and new. Look forward to
hearing from anyone out there.
I joined Longbridge 18
Plus at the end of 1980 and stayed throughout the moves and name changes to
Bournbrook, Rubery, LBR and Northfield serving as Activities Officer,
Treasurer, Chairman of branch and on Regional committees. I remember
(hazily) superb weekends at TAG, Caister, Bedford Raft Race and WASH etc. as
well as all the charity pub crawls, plane pulls and other mad events.
I finally left about 1995ish. Hi to Steve Ralph and Karen and anyone else
out there who remembers me. Still drinking far more than is good for me! I
have been an active member of local CAMRA branches for about 21 years now.
It keeps me out of he house!
||I was a member of
Worthing 18 Plus Group for 8 years - 1988 to 1996, and had the most
wonderful time, so many laughs and great memories. During my time in 'Plus'
I was Group Publicity Officer and Secretary. It would be really great to
hear from anyone who still remembers me, especially those members from
Crawley, Kingston and Richmomd 18 Plus Groups as well. I still occasionally
see old members from Worthing; Paul Kemp, Ade and Sue Munn and Richard
Eighteen Plus 1987, a competition well forgotten I'm sure. I have vivid
memories of 18 Plus from the mid to late 80's. Still keep in touch with some
old mates that belonged to Wokingham and Bracknell group. Main reason I came
on the site was to find out if the logo has changed (which I see it has). My
wife is icing a cake for my brother's 40th birthday cake and we wanted to
put the old lion or tower logo on but can't quite remember the details.
Still..... fond memories. Feel free to get in touch if you remember me. All
the best, David.
I was a member of
Wellingborough 18 Plus from 1982 to 1989. It would be nice to talk to people
I knew from that time. I enjoyed every minute & went to most things.
member of Doncaster group for two years. Married Jeff from Barnsley group in
1988. What happened to Rowena , Kathy, Andy Ferguson and Steve Scruton. Had
some great times, met Jeff at a Plus event, camping near Wakefield. I think
it was called JAC. Living in Lincoln, married to Jeff with two daughters. I
shall remain ever grateful to 18 Plus we have been married nearly 14 years
and would never have met if I hadn't plucked up the courage and gone to that
first meeting all those years ago.
Alison Holland (nee Spencer)
remember Clevedon 18 Plus?
I was a member from 1987 until 1994 when the group sadly closed. I was Group
treasurer, then Group chairperson, then Area chairperson of the South West
Area attending Bristol, Taunton, Thornbury, Swansea and Gloucester groups on
a regular basis. To say we had fun is putting it mildly. Many a night we
dressed up in each others clothes! Many of us still remain friends. Some of
us are just reaching the big 40 and a few have tipped over the edge.
Wouldn't it be lovely to still be a part of something.
I joined Arnos Grove group
in 1972, left to start Cheshunt group and then became East Anglia Area vice
chairman. I began the Mad Mini Olympics, started Potters Bar group (the
first to meet on a Sunday) and became Area Chairman. I went off to India &
South East Asia in 1977 and on my return became area training officer. I
then departed again this time to South America for 1978/79. My attendance to
group events dwindled on my return and then ceased but my travels abroad
still continue. I still see a few old members, mainly from Potters Bar and
would be glad to hear from anyone else who remembers me.
Sue Jeans (nee Hampton)
belonged to Bath 18 Plus Group up until 1981. We use to meet in the Midland
Hotel. I am now married, living in Wiltshire and still keeping in touch with
Lorraine who was also a member. Love to hear from anyone who remembers me.
Sue Jeffery (nee Pullen)
meeting with a former 18 Plusser and we want to have a reunion with anyone
in the South and South West areas of England, who remember us. I belonged to
Salisbury group during the late 80s and 90s. We visited the local groups of
Fareham and Poole for various events. I achieved the lofty heights of Miss
18 plus locally followed by the Miss National title. I visited the Doncaster
group and judged a sandcastle competition on a chilly beach in Grimsby
followed by a lovely plate of fish and chips! We plan to have a party early
next year so would love to hear from anyone who might be interested in
meeting up again.
having a jovial discussion with a work colleague of mine, and mentioning
about the Bedford Raft races and Eighteen Plus, he (being somewhat younger)
said he thinks that they no longer exist .
So Google time! I must say that after reading all the other write ups that
it bought back many happy memories.
I met a lovely young lady there, who this year I will be celebrating 21
years of marriage with! Her name then was Jackie Tait...
Gosh, just remembered about a few of us Luton & Dunstable mob formed `The
Chiltern Rejects' with the backing group The Rejectiles'. We first performed
at WASH I believe, around 1985ish.. We only could play 3 songs, including a
Cliff Richard spoof about `Blow up Doll' to that immortal classic tune of `Livin'
I was a committee member at Luton achieving status of Chairman once! but
preferred working in the background more. I was also on the raft building
committee, producing rafts such as `Lucky lady' (No 13) a fantastic showboat
raft that only just managed to scrape through scrutineering, a Clown
car/circus theme, Batmobile, and would you believe it, yep the raft picture
used on the raft race section of the website, our all singing pedal powered
scorpion tank raft No 31 (built out of the paddles from the Mississippi
showboat)...In all we won best dressed raft 4 times in a row. I never got to
look after the shield once ! and don't even know what happened to it.
So this is a request to join in and reminisce with former mad-heads......
a member of Redbridge from 1976 to 1986. I held various group committee
posts, as well as being London Thames Regional Chairman 1978 to 1979 and
East Anglia Area Training officer 1979 to 1982. The tour of duty was
completed as Honorary General Secretary from 1982 to 1985.
I am still in touch with Gary Yanover, Philip Woolford, Robert Brett, Graham
Dalby, Wendy and Richard Grant.
18 Plus gave me good friends and a lot of fun, I would be pleased to hear
from anyone who remembers me?
Sue Jones (nee Chartres)
I was in Reading 18 Plus from around 1969 to 1974. I married
Dennis Jones (Ex Grays) who died 3 years ago. I am still in touch with Gwen
(Pummell) and Frank Wallis, Glen (Maitland) and Jack Winsper, Rosemary
(Heath) and Ivar James, Alden(?) and Roger Martin, Keith Hyde (ex High
Wycombe). Keith's first wife, Margaret Heath, died nearly 6 years ago and he has
remarried. Roger/Aldene and Jack/Glen are still in the Reading area but I
now live in West Yorkshire and Gwen/Frank in Devon. Keith is in Kent.
I was active in 18 Plus in
the London area around 1994. I used to work for the BBC in West London and I
attended several groups including Richmond, Hillingdon, Hounslow.
I help set up the Hounslow group along with Bobby Khanna and some others
from Acton group and the Isleworth area. I came across a photo the other day
of a PR stand we had at a garden show or the like.
I have some fond memories of attending events like Caister and Centerparcs
with the groups. I was amazed to discover this reunion site and would be
delighted to hear from anyone that remembers me.
Hi there to all you former plusses. I
joined plus in 1992 at the ripe old age of 29, when the club was strictly
for under 30's. I joined Enfield but moved to Redbridge when that collapsed.
I was active throughout the club and area for 10 years, but became too old
to be considered for too much longer.
I left when I separated from my wife and am now living in Salisbury with my
new wife and 3 year old son. Still in touch with a lot of the Redbridge
members and a few others. If you recognise the surname my two sisters were
members of Cheshunt in the 80's, Roisin and June.
I was the publicity
officer for Wimbledon 18 plus in the early nineties, I am now 39 and
married with 3 girls. I am still in contact with quiet a few plussers.
Feel free to contact me with a reference to this site in the subject
line (just in case mailwasher gets you!).
I was a member of Pudsey
group, Otley group and Leeds group. I went to a reunion in Scunthorpe a
couple of years or so ago; will there be another?
(Life Member No 0102)
know who will remember me and my wife Isabel (nee Hackett).
I started when Halesowen Group opened in 1974 after being asked by a friend
to go and give him support. Became the first Chairman of Halesowen when the
Development Committee withdrew. In 1977, with Isabel, formed Stourbridge
Group which had a very slow and almost desperate beginning but later became
the largest group in the Federation. When we married in 1979 we moved closer
to Wednesbury Group and stayed with them until we moved again in 1981. At
that point we joined the newly formed Codsall Group, but were also
travelling regularly to help keep Telford and Shrewsbury Groups going. We
maintained that until our retirement in 1985 at the grand old age of 30.
I had been chairman of the West Midlands Region, Mid-Staffs Region and
Mid-West Area with my wife being Secretary of those three. We also took the
delegates bookings for the Annual National Conference held at Birmingham
University and arranged their accommodation.
those who remember me, and those who don't. Hmmm what happened how did I miss
you :) Not been around for a while, I have in my time been a member of
Woolwich (yes there was a group there), Darenth Valley, Thurrock, Bradford,
errrr and attended most weekends (not when I first joined (Blame BR I was
working most holiday weekends :( ). what more can I say, I've been Group
Chairman, Publicity Officer, Treasurer and other positions.
a member of Luton and a (very) early member of the Dunstable group, being at
times Chairman and PRO back in the late 70s and the 80s. Owing to ancientdom
(I got over 30!) I had to leave and eventually lost touch. I married Karen
and we moved up to the frozen Wastelands of the North, or Telford as it is
known locally. Contrary to popular opinion, we do have the wheel here - (I
'borrowed' it from a parked car!) and other sophisticated things.
I'd be pleased to hear from any ex Luton or Dunstable Plussers!
Member of King's Lynn, Leeds and York but frequent visitor to many, many
more groups. Attended WASH, Caister, JAC, AMMO and TAG usually in fancy
dress and mostly accompanied by Austin Stacey. Great memories, fun times.
I am trying to trace Donald Matthews formerly of
Codsall group. If anyone can help please contact me.
Trying to trace any members that went to Havering 18 plus in the 1990's.
Love to hear from ya.
Peter Mathews CMG
I was a member of Dawlish 18 Plus, then went home to Wallasey where I was a
founder member in 1968 and became its chairman. What a great time we had!
During its heyday, Wallasey 18 Plus was one of the largest in the country
(late '60s-early '70s), with a ladies hockey team, two football teams (one
in the local league), even attempts at playing rugby and cricket and, as in
many 18 Plus groups, there were many relationships confirmed at the altar!
Those days were most probably the best of our lives and some of us still
keep in contact. Personally, I now run my own business at Black Country
Metals in the West Midlands and was honoured by the Queen with an Award for
Export as a Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St
George - CMG.
It would be great to hear from any Wallasey 18 Plus members of that era and
especially others from West Kirby 18 Plus.
Lynda Maw (nee
I was a
member of Wharfedale 18 Plus back in the early 80s. I married Steve Maw who
was a member of Pudsey 18 Plus. Anyone out there who remembers us and would
like to arrange some kind of reunion? I remember Barry Jackson, Mark Dunwell,
Dave Lawrence, Tim Waterhouse, Jonathan Kirkland, Angela Cross, Janet
Cockcroft, Claire and Peter (can’t remember surname) to name just a few. If
anyone would like to meet up for reunion please get in touch.
I was a member of Northampton 18 Plus group in 1987-1988. I
would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. Juliet, formerly Juliet
Francis and Juliet Johnson.
John & Pat Mee
were members of Tonbridge group around 1965 to 1970. Still in touch with
Wendy Chalklen (nee Trebilcook) & husband Ray. Occasionally see Alan
Pleasance, David Blakely. Would like to hear from anyone who remembers
Stafford 18 Plus member for quite a few
years. Very happy memories of Caister and TAG and the numerous discos.
Still in touch with a few old members, Marion (my sister) and Stewart
Matthews, Richard Thomas, Chris Gray and a few others. Would be
interested to hear from any of the many friends I made and lost touch
Christine Milne (nee Wadey)
I am trying to find anyone who was a member of
the Newcastle Upon Tyne group around 1978 to 1982. My name then was
Christine Wadey and I was secretary for a while. I loved Caister and all the
other events we attended. I am still in touch with Jerry Kinersley Taylor
and Paul Gotchi. I still live in Newcastle with lovely partner Michael and
my 2 wonderful children. It would be great if there is still anyone else
around, so please get in touch.
I was a member of Castle Bromwich 18 Plus in
1975 which met at the Digby Hotel in Water Orton. I eventually became
chairperson of the group. My girlfriend at the time was Felicity
Pratley, who became Miss Castle Bromwich 1975. Other members of the
group at the time were,.Susan Reeves.
I initially attended
Walthamstow 18 Plus which used to meet every Friday in a big room upstairs
in the Lord Brooke pub in Shernhall Street. I later joined South Woodford 18
Plus at the Railway Bell pub near South Woodford tube station in the
1980's. I fancied Steven Driver like mad but sadly he wasn't interested in
me so I went out with his friend Kevin Anderson instead. I was very fond of
Kevin and we went out together for 3 years. Kevin later married and is
currently divorced with one son, James, now aged 22 years. I'm in contact
with Kevin, he now lives in Chelmsford. I remember going to Caister at least
once and I had a great time. Kevin and I were in the same chalet. Enough
said! I'm also in contact with Jacquie Cracknell nee Gwilliams. She
now lives in Yeovil, Somerset with her husband Pete.
Jacquie wants to
organise a reunion. I have collected a list of 24 past members which I have
been meaning to pass on to her. I'm now 58 and still single folks! I have
no children, just 2 cats named Rosie and Daisy. We live together in
Walthamstow next door to the Rose & Crown pub. If anyone out there
remembers me from the 1980's do get in touch! I would love to hear from you
all. I used to work as a secretary but I now just do part-time voluntary
work with the homeless.
I was a member of Wellingborough 18 Plus
from about 1982 through to 1986/87. My memory has never been the same
since. I am wondering if Wellingborough Plus is still active? Hooray! If
not, when did it demise? Aw Shucks!
My apologies for my misspent youth with 18
Plus and foot in mouth (also huge amounts of food). Ah, those were happy
days, long hair and self-esteem, all a distant memory. Hmm, now where
was I, oh yes I'm sitting here at the computer. Anyway, as I was just
about to say, I thought it was a good idea this Plus Reunited business
and I would be happy to put something down for the record. You never
know, someone out there may just about remember me.
Sue Munn (nee Short) and Ade Munn
||Hi everyone, I
joined in 1989 and had great times at Worthing 18 plus with loads of fun and
laughs. Remember Caister and climbing through those windows of the cabins to
get to the next party. I am now happily married to Ade; just celebrated 10
years since we first got together and we have two lovely children. I now
work from home in Worthing as a Reiki Practitioner. We would love to hear
from you either when I joined or when Ade first joined in the 70's I think
part of Wellingborough 18 Plus from 1977 to 1982. Nostalgia is knocking at
the door, I moved to Canada in 1987 and have lost touch with all my old
friends. Glad to see 18 Plus is still alive and kicking. Although memories
of TAG, Caister and camping trips are dim (probably due to the alcohol
ingested during the activities) they still bring happiness.
joined the Knutsford 18 Plus Group in 1963 when only 17 (but don't tell
anyone!). At that time there were so many groups in the North-West that we
soon had to split to two regions, Cheshire and Lancashire. Many of the
Knutsford members became REC, AEC and NEC members including John Bashford,
who was on National and myself who, via regional and area, became National
Publications Officer - launching and editing the first 18 Plus News (when it
was still in paper!).
Moving down to work in London in 1968 I joined Crystal Palace Group where I
later became chairman. I was at several National Conferences and the
wonderful Advance '67 conference in London where we brought together names
like Lord Soper, Chris Chataway and Roy Hudd (see the history elsewhere on
These were the days of Ron Ferguson, Jim Shaw, Geoff Shaw, Mike Souter, John
Pite, Tim Hulme, John Aitchison, Jeff Huddart, Tony Dunn, Graham Cooper and
many others too numerous to mention (or the aging memory can't remember).
A few weeks ago a fellow member of Knutsford Group in the 60's, Geoff
Sanderson died, and it was at his funeral (attended by a handful of old
members) that we started talking about the "old days". Through this I've
located an old friend and "Plusser" in New Zealand and we're even thinking
of a reunion next year.
The thought that 2007 will also be FORTY years after I presented the very
first Norbury Trophy IS VERY SCARY!!!!
May I invite anyone who knows or remembers anyone from Knutsford in the 60s
to shout, please - also any of the groups which we founded or with whom we
were close... Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Northwich, Wythenshawe, Lymm, Eccles,
Cheadle, Stockport, Bolton, Denton, Sale, Altrincham, Chester, etc., etc.,
Success to all of you!
||I was a member of
Nottingham Group from 1968 to 1976 until I met my future wife. I had very
happy years there including canal holidays and made many friends. After
marriage I had to move to Lincolnshire because of my job where I still live
today. It would be nice to know if any of my friends still remember me.
Mike from Hull. Would like to hear from anyone who can remember me from the
late 80's.Those camping weekends, sandcastle building at Cleethorpes and
golfing at Donny.
Elaine Payne (nee Earle)
||I started going to
Doncaster 18 Plus when I was actually 17! Had some great times between 1974
and 1979. Hope 18 Plus is still going strong but haven't heard anything
about it for years. Would be great to hear from any others who were there
during these years.
||If any ex members
of Liverpool 18 Plus are interested in meeting up for a reunion please
Jenny Perkins (nee Overton)
I met my Hubby Dave Perkins
at Sidcup 18 Plus in early 70’s. It was in a converted building and you went
up a flight of outside metal steps. It was off Station Road, Sidcup. I have
such fond memories of it as my hHubby was sometimes the host.
”Decimilisation” was one of the evenings and a holiday in Cornwall. Dave
sadly passed away 3 months ago and our first meeting was on my mind. I was
Jenny Overton. Does anyone remember Dave?
Winchester 18 Plus in early 1987 and was a member there for a couple of
years. I would love anybody who was there at the time to contact me or
friend me on Facebook. I remember the weekend at Trentham and still follow
Magnum. I also remember our day out to Nantwich that weekend. I remember
some fun times and would love to see any photos people have.
a member of Pelsall (West Midlands) from about 1978 - early '80s, which I
joined with my old school pal Jon Thickett. After a short break I re-joined
18 Plus with Wednesbury Group, of which I later became Chairman. I left in
1986 after marrying Tracey (life moves on). I have loads of excellent if
fading memories of 18 Plus, the organisation that defined my early adulthood
and made me what I am today (40-something greying father of two!). What
really sticks in my mind are the zany activities, boozy holidays at Caister,
TAG and something called MAD, but above all the friendships that were made
with people from across the country. If anyone reading this is thinking
about joining: stop thinking - go on and DO IT. If anyone reading this
happens to remember me please get in touch. I'm too old to re-live those
days but not too young to reminisce.
I went to Wallasey 18
Plus from 1968 to 1970. Those were memorable years, and I also went to West
Kirby 18 Plus, at the Black Horse, West Kirby, during the same period.
People whom I can remember well from both Wallasey and West Kirby 18 Plus
include:- Brian Rannard, Ken Banks, Pete Mathews, Dick Gray, Phil Johnson,
Melanie Johnson, Sheila Key, Anne Crawford, Keith Thompson, Pat Walmsley,
Wendy Jones, Linda Ellis and Cathy Ellis.
The time at 18 Plus was unique at the time, because there were so many
events organised, and each week brought a new idea and a different venue,
such as trips to Altrincham, the Belgravia in New Brighton, Regional 18 Plus
dances, beauty contests, discos etc. It seems so long ago now, and if anyone
remembers me from those days, I would be pleased to hear from them. "Once
upon a time there was a tavern.............." (Especially memorable song as
Wallasey 18 Plus was held at the Tavern in New Brighton).
Sue Poskitt (nee Dixon)
||Hi. Anyone from
Rotherham 18 Plus. I went from 78 to 86 and attended lots of discos,
concerts, Caister, TAG, Clipstone etc. etc. etc. Would like to here from
anyone else who was there at that time and see what they have been up to.
Jackie Purver (nee Gwilliams)
Plus. I am an ex member of Woodford 18 Plus. My maiden name use to be
Jacqueline Ann Gwilliams, now age 44; still feel 18! I work in Sainsbury's,
George Lane E18. I was married, but now separated, to a Mr. Stephen Purver,
hence now Mrs Jacqueline Purver. I have two children. Emma age 17, has moved
out to her grandparents a long story! My son, age 14 is a pain in the neck!
I belong to Greens Health Club, Chingford; a great place for meeting people.
Does age really matter? It's your personality experience of life etc.
is it not. Do you remember Paul Marvin, Michael Malter, Cathy Adams just to
name a few? We are all still around and grown up with families.
Anyway, I look forward to receiving a reply very soon. Nice to see you are
still a strong group of young people!
Jennie Quigly (nee Greenhill-Jeffery)
a member of Crawley 18 Plus from 1973 to 1979 in The Appletree, West
Green (and very briefly in 1971 were we met in the Airport Hotel and then in
Tilgate Park.) During my time at the Appletree, I was an Hostess, PRO,
Treasurer and for some mad reason, the Chairman. My memories of that time
are these. The carnival
floats we made, Noddy 1974, The Flintstones 1975, and Peter Pan 1976. We
always won the class cups and best in show cup . They were always pulled
around the procession route by the strong lads.
The dances we held, that were always well supported by all the other local
groups, for which we were very grateful. Easter at Caister 1976 and 1978
(once with Noel Edmonds with the Radio One Show) and at Looe with the late
Johnny Walker 1974.
I also went on a 18 plus holiday to Palma in Mallorca in 1976 (7?). I can
remember it was a very grotty hotel, very basic. What will always stay in my
mind was the landing at Gatwick . Due to delays, we had to stop over in
Brussels and we were put up in a very posh (in those days anyway) hotel.
While coming into land, very late at night, at Gatwick we entered a storm
and were all asked to go to the back of the plane!!! We were certainly
thrown about a bit as we came in, it was quite scary. Can anyone else
I had a great time being a member of 18 Plus, made good friends, some I try
to stay in contact with.
I meet my husband at 18 Plus, I think he first came to our AGM that I was
chairing. Luckily he came back the next week. We have been married now for
27 years and have two children, Becky who is 25 and Tim who is 19.
Member of the famous Warley group from
1978ish where I took on many roles on the committee, moving to Regional
committee then Mid West Area Chairman, finishing as a co-opted Plus News
Editor around 1985. A big Hi ya to everyone who remembers Plus at that
time including the famous "HIT SQUAD" at T.A.G. Now living by the sea in
I am a Cheltenham old boy!
I joined in 1976 and gradually faded away in the late 1980’s. I was a
committed and committee member for many years and I guess everyone during
those years would who came anywhere near Cheltenham would remember me. I
attended the Brixham holiday event for 10 years.
Cheltenham was for many years a strong and vibrant group. I still have some
material from that period and during the time wrote a history of the group.
We got to know a number of members from other local groups such Gloucester,
Stroud, Bromsgrove and Redditch. Cheltenham played a strong part in the
local region and several of our members served on Regional and National
18 Plus was a wonderful organisation and I still have a large number of
friends who married each other, had families and are now aging gracefully.
a Stevenage and Letchin Plus member in the late 70's and early 80's.
I would really love to contact Dave Coates who was treasurer of Chiltern
Region and won the national award for Treasurer one year.. I remember that
ANC when he got his award. I was sooo pleased for him. I am still in touch
with Nellie Savage who was at Wilmslow and then Croydon 18 Plus; not bad
after 20 years and living 12000 miles apart.
And for those that heard the rumours - yes it was true I did have a baby,
but my baby is now 21 years old, and for all those that knew me then, I have
not changed. My daughter, ohh nooo, is just like me, except very tall and
skinny but cheeky just like her mother.
Err.. why 12000 miles apart. Because I moved to Australia in 1983 and I am
still here living the good life.
Would love to hear from anyone from 18 Plus who now resides in Australia,
especially Adelaide SA.
But if anyone can find Dave Coates from Stevenage I would be really really
happy to be able to contact him again.
Delighted to see 18 Plus is still thriving although the North West area (as
it was known then) seems somewhat depleted since my days in the early 1980s.
Back then I was involved primarily with Macclesfield 18 Plus group and was
instrumental in the revival of the Congleton group. We also had groups from
Knustford, Wilmslow, Sandbach and Northwich (glad to see one of the biggest
groups still survives) and a new group was started at Leek (I hope I
remembered them all). We used to regularly visit each others group nights as
we each had different ones and we were quite a close knit set of groups. I
would have loved to have continued to be involved with 18 Plus but various
commitments took me away from it all. Those weekly area dances were
something else - each group took turns to organise it in their area. Then of
course there were the annual "excursions" to Caister (I remember seeing Paul
Young in Q Tips there before he became famous) and Trentham Gardens in Stoke.
I gained many new friends in 18 Plus, some of whom I still see occasionally.
I wonder whatever happened to the rest? There are so many names I remember -
we were all kept in order by the North West area chairman, Tony Podmore. You
may be interested to know that several 18 Plus groups have been created on
the Friend's Reunited website - worthy of a visit if you have never been
I joined Sheffield 18 Plus group in 1977 with
lots of fond memories of Caister, TAG, WASH etc. and met some lovely people
over the years. Took part in sporting events, enjoyed the odd party perched
up a tree (TAG) and even wore a blue can-can dress on stage with Robbie
Wilson (Scouser). Met and married Bev Woolhouse from Barnsley 18 Plus and we
have been married for 28 years.
Hi I am Vince, one of the first members of
Romford. I am single again and say hello to all. If anyone knows of
Chris Golds whereabouts let me know. I go to the Cauliflower in Seven
kings most weekends and speak to Alan and Gavin Barking.
I went to 18 Plus
in the late 1960s, where I was a Member at Wallasey and West Kirby 18 Plus,
as well as Birkenhead and Heswall 18 Plus Groups, which operated around the
It was a great time, with many events organised for group members, and the
Wallasey Group was run by Peter Mathews, and this group had the largest
membership on Wirral of all of the other groups.
For those on Wirral who went, I have set up a special Memories Web Site at
I would like to hear from anyone who used to go to these groups in the late
60s / early 1970s.
I went to Luton
18 Plus in the seventies and eighties and would like to get back in touch
with anyone who remembers me from that time. We had such good times at
Caister at Easter time and TAG. Also loved going to club nights and weekend
trips out etc. Happy days.
Enfield 18 Plus. Tuesday Nights at The Hop Poles Enfield. John Salmon
1976-1980ish looking to hear from old members who remember those crazy days.
Would like to meet up with any members who
remember me from the sixties. Joined Oxford Group in 1965, helped start the
first Abingdon Group which met on a barge on the River Thames, and went on
to become Midland Area Chairman 1969 to 1972. Married Sheila, a member of
Northampton Group. We would both particularly like to make contact with our
best man at our wedding; Ron Shaw of Rugby 18 Plus Group.
I joined Maidenhead 18 Plus
in 1974. We used to meet at the British Legion and the Rose pub on a
Thursday night. I went to Caister twice and once to Trentham Gardens. I also
met my wife Jan at 18 Plus and we got married in 1980. I have kept in touch
with Mike Hermon, Dave Jeffries and Karen Barnardi. We are currently
organising a reunion for all Maidenhead 18 Plus members between the years
around 1974-1980, which we are hoping to hold in April 2018, to give us
plenty of time to contact everyone. We have a list of around 50 people and
we are in the process of trying to track them all down! Anyone with
information or who would like to be included please contact me via email. We
are also hoping to collect any relevant old photos that you may have.
I first joined Chelmsford 18 Plus in 1968, had a
break from 1971 to 1973 and then I re-joined again. They were the best years
of my life with all the weekends away and the social activities at club
nights. I would love to hear from any one who remembers me. I had a
reputation as a music quiz demon back then!
Castle Point 18 Plus from 1977 - 1984. The best years of my single life.
Would love to hear from any body who remembers me. Great Times. Great
Friends & Great Fun.
Hi. I used to be with Southampton, joining at
end of 1989 and then helping with many events, including dances such as the
great ones in the middle of the New Forest, being the last minute DJ that
night. Went to a number of Caisters, met loads of great people in the Wessex
areas, used to dance my socks off!!! Help set up (rescued the weekender
going to a wrong site in Bognor) relocating the fantastic event then held at
Little sea, Weymouth. Then got the Bridport event up and running in 2003 but
had to take a back step due to some personal reasons at the time. Still in
touch sometimes with the DJ at that event, Paul Amos, who was a Bournemouth
member I think. Met Christine MacLeod (ex Guildford) who I set up Surrey
LeRoc (www.leroc.biz) with (many people
know Ceroc jive) which took me away from Southampton late 1983 and I lost
touch with some great people. These were some of the great days in my life,
so if any one remembers me? Bad at remembering names but remember Gerry,
chairman at Southampton and Miss 18 Plus Sue from Salisbury. So many great
Left a stack of photo albums when I left to the group, so lost a lot of
memories, so if you recall me, please get in touch. Cheers.
I joined Buxton 18 Plus
group in 1967 and remained a member until 1970. Chris Mellor was Chairman
when I joined. I was also elected Activities Officer for the Peak District
Region in 1968 or ‘69 (can’t recall exactly!) I got around the region quite
a lot as a result and made friends that I would like to regain contact with
both in the Buxton Group and the Region generally. Fond memories of dances
at Buxton and Altrincham, Folk Group nights in Disley plus conferences in
Lyme Park and Southport. Also annual Carnivals at Buxton. Left Buxton to
live in Shropshire in 1970 and still there.
I wait to hear from anyone interested. Cheers!
I joined Winchester 18 Plus in 1977.. I was
also a member at Petersfield and Eastleigh at various times. A few of us
would travel around the 'patch each evening. Monday, Petersfield,
Wednesday, Totton, Thursday, Southampton and Friday, Winchester. And
with so much to choose from for the weekend!! Later Eastleigh opened,
Petersfield closed, and Winchester changed to Wednesday. I married an
Eastleigh girl in 1986 and my membership lapsed. In 1990 I found myself
living alone and was invited to a Winchester 18 Plus re-union. By this
time I was considered too old, so lied about my height and joined again.
The group was by now much smaller and everyone got on with everyone
else. We had several group holidays, canal boating, a cottage in the
Lake District and a castle in Wales. Sadly the Winchester group closed
in 1997. It would be great to hear from anyone who may remember
me. Those days seem so far away now.
All the best, glad to see plus is still going.
Andy & Gaynor Smith
We were members of Wellingborough 18 Plus from
the late 1970's until mid 1980's. Went to many Tags, Caisters and Raft
races. We still keep in touch with some old friends from the group of those
days but would really like to hear from any one who we have lost touch
David Smith (Smudge)
I joined Fenland 18 Plus in1980.
I married Jenny in 1984 and have two children but have now divorced. Gary
Moxon now works with me and we want to know where the old members of Fenland
18 Plus are.
Kim & Trevor Smith
Former stalwarts of (absolutely) Barking 18 Plus.
I used to be a member of
Romiley 18 Plus from 1985 to 1989. I met my wife there as did many other
members of the group. I have loaded some pictures of group activities on to
Flicker - search under Romiley 18 Plus, they are all in an album for ease.
Would love to hear from any former members of the group, pity there is
nothing like it now for the youngsters of today.
a member of Lincoln group from 1985 to 1988. These were some of my best
times, the friends I found through the group where what I called real
friends. Unfortunately I left the group and moved on but I didn't keep in
touch with anyone. This was a mistake and I would love to hear from my old
mates just to catch up with old times. I live in Wiltshire now and am
married with two girls (from Sleaford).
the Federation in the very early sixties through to 1970. My home group was
Maidstone, where we met at the Oddfellows hall on Fridays, and after closing
time at Highfield House (an amateur drinking and pulling club). In my time I
was privileged to serve 18 Plus as group, region and area chairman ( but not
all at once! ). Those were the halycon days of a National membership
of ten thousand, and a South East Area membership of four thousand - but the
South East Area then included Anglia and Southern areas.
In the late '80s and early '90 I was disinterred and joined the Easter
Holiday Committee and remember well the Easter when four thousand attended
Caister. I had a wonderful time with 18 Plus and met so many friendly
people. Best wishes to all those who are now, or who have been members.
Anyone who remembers me from way back when, would be really most interested
to hear from you.
joined 18 Plus in 1977ish and was a member, and held various committee
positions at the Loughborough group until 1982 when I left Loughborough to
join the wide world of the armed forces. I remember the outings,
parties and various events with great fondness. I would very much like to
know what happened to all the groups from this area, Nottingham, Derby,
Leicester, Beeston ... et al, they seem to have disappeared from the
listings. My children are now just about coming to the age where they
would like to join an 18 Plus group. I would also love to hear from anyone
who may remember me from those halcyon days.
joined Bromley 18 Plus 1981, had some brilliant times there until someone
decided to disband the group and call themselves Bromley 2000. I then
emigrated to Bexley 18 Plus from 1984 with my big brother and quite a few ex
Bromley members, I think about 10 of us altogether. I could never wait for
Caister to come around quickly enough. Does anyone know what happened to
Joan Eades? I can't remember what group she was from, but she and a few
others (I cant remember names) did a wonderful job at Caister every year
that I went. The other thing that I have 18 Plus to thank for is meeting my
lovely wife. From 1988 to 1990 I then emigrated to Welling 18 Plus as Bexley
were having some problems, funny how the problems seem to follow me around.
I finally left 18 Plus in 1990 due to other commitments, you know the usual
excuses. It would be good to hear from anyone who remembers me.
a member of the Kennington group around 1961-65 and had a great time at the
club. I met my husband when he drove the coach from Kennington to Tunbridge
Wells for the annual Christmas get-together of the different branches of the
club on 19th December, 1964.
Are there any ex-south London members out there?
Regards, Shirley Sweetland, Perth, Western Australia
a member of Bromley (Kent) group in 1979 till I moved to West London. I
became chairman of Chiswick 18 Plus and then became Surrey Region Chairman. I
would like to contact members from Chiswick & Bromley and as they say on
radio, anyone else who knows me!
I'm trying to find an old
friend who used to be a member of Dukenfield 18 Plus in the mid 1980's. His
first name is Andrew, but I cannot remember his surname. I was a member of
Coventry 18 Plus.
We met at the raft race, Andrew and I dated for a while, he owned a yellow
sports car and I visited once to the Homefirth area, not far from where he
lived. We went to see Kid Creole and The Coconuts at a local theatre and I
have some pictures of that concert and address.
I do remember in 1992, when I got married, Andrew getting a card to
congratulating me, which he states he had married and had a newly born
baby. It would be nice to catch up with him.I'm now living near Banbury on
a large country estate, working as a housekeeper for a high profile family.
I would love to know how I can get in touch with him again. I have looked
for Dukenfield group, but I cannot find anything on the internet. I hope you
can help with my search.
Debbie Thompson (nee Jones)
I was a member of
Pontefract 18 Plus in the early 80's and had great times at Caister, TAG,
Bedford Raft Race as well as local events. I was Chair of Pontefract Group
and met loads of good people. We also joined Rothwell group sometimes. I met
my husband Alan as he was part of the Bradford group and we celebrate our
Silver Wedding this year. We have moved around the North and lost touch, but
would be pleased to hear from others who either/both of us knew from then.
member of the Bristol 18 Plus group in the seventies. I met my wife Jenny
Hilton (Milton Keynes group) at the '76 Belgium Beer Festival. We are still
together and would love to hear from any one who remembers us.
Bedford 18 Plus in 81or 82. I used to share an office with Nigel Pendal who
dragged me along to a couple of events and to help with the Raft Race.
I did a number of roles for the Raft Race, Accommodation, Race organizer and
Entertainment officer and on region/area committee’s.
I also was the Caister booking agent for I think 10 plus years on. Good
Friday morning I always think of the ballot for tickets and the hot
crossbuns that where provided during the draw. I also had some minor roles
in helping out with security at Caister along with Steve Amos and
I think technically I am still a
member I was a life member from around 85 onwards and I did go to 60th bash.
Currently I am working at
THUK and I have a Blog
a member of Thanet 18 Plus from July 1970 to September 1972. We used to meet
on a Monday at the George, King St, Margate. At the time I was working in
the general office at the Thanet District Hospital. I became Publicity
Officer, Vice-Chairman and finally Chairman for 6 months. I then changed
jobs and moved to Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry. I joined Coventry 18 Plus
straight away and duly did another six month stint as Chairman but left 18
Plus for good early in 1974 because of increasing pressures on my time. I
shall always be grateful to 18 Plus for giving me access to new friendships
at that time. In case anyone wants to know what I'm doing now, I moved to
Northumberland in 1976 and have been here ever since. I took early
retirement from the NHS in 1999 and am now a freelance proof-reader and
market research interviewer. I am married with a grown-up family and my main
interests today are the Methodist Church and choral singing.
there! Found this site by accident so here I am. Former Hemel member (early
80s). PRO, Vice chairman and then Chiltern Region Secretary when Dave Combes
was Chairman. Read Steve Ding's piece, yes, remember every single thing he
mentioned. Why did we love The Sparrowhawk so much; but they were always
good nights. Anyone remember the Hemel Panto, which we took on the road as
well? After all that organising in my youth, I now have an event management
www.twcevents.co.uk and a training consultancy
must have rubbed off!
I was a member of Great Yarmouth group from 1984
'till 1999 and did several terms as Chairman. I was the accomodation officer
at WASH for about 4 years and went to many TAGs, Caisters, Raft Race and
AMMO. Be good to hear from anyone who remembers me.
Lorraine West nee Kenny
I was with Eastbourne 18 Plus from 1982 - 1987.
It would be great to here from anyone who remembers me and my husband Graham
I was a
member of LBR/Northfield 18 Plus in the 1990's and I would like to track
down some former members. A few of the remaining have started going out once
a month for lunch. I remember some of the members and would like to catch up
Wilkinson nee Broady
I was a member of Hull
18 Plus back in the 1970's and 1980's.
I have contacted about a dozen ex-members and we had a reunion in 2008.
I was a Secretary and Hostess for Hull 18 Plus Group. I was on the committee
who helped open Beverley 18 Plus Group. I went to various events, TAG,
Caister, Selby Pig Roast and lots of other Group events. I represented Hull
as Miss 18 Plus. I also had a time as Secretary for The North Region of
Yorkshire Area when Tony was the chairman.
Does anyone remember me? Please get in touch.
These are some 18 Plus
photos, I am in the first one in the thick blue cardigan and in the third
one dressed in the orange dress!
Group Chairman circa. 1981 - 1982.
Would love to hear from anyone who attended Harrow 18 Plus around the above
dates, and who may remember me! Can we ever forget those early 80's Caisters,
some truly awful ANC's, and Disco-dammit. Does anyone still keep in touch
from those years, maybe Duffy Brooks, 'Doc Cook, The Hendon Posse, National
Darts Finals in dreadful Hotels, etc.etc. Hope to hear from any of you soon.
Founder member of Swindon 18 Plus in 1972, and later Chairman and Treasurer
of the old South West Area.
I owe so much to 18 Plus as so many do. I have always wanted to keep
in touch with those friends in my local group and our twin groups at Bath
and Corsham. Regular reunions have been held over the years and bring
together old members from around the world, now spread as far as Australia.
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the opening of the Swindon group a
reunion is being held on 5th October aimed at the members from the 1972
-1978 period. Anyone who was a member then is invited to send me an e-mail
Is there anyone out there from the Bath and Corsham groups who remember the
socials with Swindon group, or travelled with us to The Isle of Wight, Looe, Caister or TAG? Send us an e-mail!
Was committee member of Redbridge 18 Plus second half of 1970's
and involved in setting up London and South East area (Treasurer). Moved to
the Netherlands in 1979. Would like to hear from any old friends. Still in touch with Paul Jiggins
and Kathy King (Nee Cooper).