How the Discos started:
In the early days of the Fawley & District Community Centre building at Blackfield I met up with Alfie Hyland, otherwise known widely as ‘Popeye’. He was a much loved local entertainer and charity worker. Fawley & District Community Association had been formed many years earlier but it was not until about 1961 or 62 when they took over the newly, purpose-
Alfie was very happy to have me come along and learn from him, how to set up amplifiers and microphones for use. How to work with others and how to put on a show. We worked together on many occasions.
During the mid-
In March of 1968, as part of a fund-
15th March 1968 -
The crowd arrived, everyone looking fro a good time and it all started OK but we were soon getting complaints ‘it ain’t loud enough’, ‘turn it up mate, we can’t hear it’. Trouble is we were on full volume. Quick chat amongst mates and and a phone call then my father went off to pick up a 100W Fender PA. A few minutes later it was on stage via the back door, plugged in and up and running. You should have heard the cheer. The whole evening was a phenomenal success. The Community Association made more money that a year’s worth of Jumble Sales, the ‘yoof’ were all asking when the next one was to be and there was no damage to the building so the committee were happy too.
We went on and did tow more discotheques along these lines and one dance from a local (Southampton based) band ‘Brownhill Stamp Duty’ for whom we were the ‘support act’. The requirement for the ‘bouncers’ was relaxed as the crowds behaved themselves and all was good.
Then I went off to sea and left the management of the disco equipment for a friend.
You can download a copy of all of the Christmas Carols used in the quiz. There are 36 Christmas Carols/Christmas Songs in a Zip File.
They are all downloaded from other sources on the Internet and I have not corrected any spellings.
The blank sheet for you to write your answers
The questions along with the answers
I have been involved in entertainment is various was for many years. Here are some memories of this aspect of my life.
Theatricals, Sound and Lighting:
I was the first pupil allowed to look at and operate the new lighting board at Hardley School when the new stage and hall were finished in about 1965(?). None of the teachers seemed to now how to work it so having done some stage lighting at the Community Centre I took over the stage lighting box. It was my special place.
We did all sorts of wonderful little school plays and occasionally had visiting players or ballet groups come and put on shows. Often some sound effect or amplification was needed and this all fell within my capabilities.
The dimmers were all of the rheostat kind so generated plenty of warmth on cold winters evenings. The spotlights were all new Strand Electrics Pattern 23’s and 123’s along with some of the old stock taken from the old stage in what was the old hall. We did Sheridan’s ‘Rivals’, a bit of Shakespare and a few others, at least I never had to learn a line…
At the Community Centre we raised money and bought a new Strand Electric Micro-
After being away at sea:
I came home on leave from sea in June 1973, intending to return when my leave was over but took a job locally and was enjoying shore-
I was getting known in the area as a sound and lights man and provided the services for many local amateur dramatics groups including Waterside Amateur Operatic Society, Esso Music & Drama, Dibden Purlieu Players to name a few. Often doing 6-
For the Disco’s I soon had the help of Chris & later Cath Williams. We had a regular monthly spot in Exbury Club. The Community Cantre had decided that it was too much bother to organise (in my absence) the ‘Bouncers’ for the ‘yoof’ disco so they changed the brand to ‘Junior Discos’ for the 7-
We also provided entertainment for the some of the groups within Community Association -
This went on from 1973 until early 1985. Chris and I got married, lived for a while in Totton, moved to the shop in Hale and eventually divorced, I gave-
There can be few Village Halls in the Waterside area in which I have not either done discos or stage work.
I liked doing Sound Effects for plays. It was always great fun to find the right sound, get it recorded, edited and set up ready for the show. I owned more than one quarter-
The BBC sold records LPs and Singles on a wide range of Sound Effects from their Sound Effects Library. These were an invaluable source of sound effects and came with permission to use for Amateur Dramatics performances.
Working from the script of the play and discussions from anyone who had any input (which was rare) I would gather the sound source material and, connected to the record player, copy the sounds from vinyl to tape leaving gaps between effects.
My usual tape splicing block was the EMITAPE block as on the left, I still have it today.
Once the sound effects were recorded on the tape (as above) it was time to edit them into a usable tape. Turn off the power for the take-
mark and cut the tape. The unwanted tape ahead of the sound effect falls into the bin and the desired effect is placed into the splicing block on the 90 degree cut line. As this is the first sound effect it needs about 3’ of white leader to be spliced on ahead so the completed tape can be threaded on to the replay machine. Now ‘Play’ the sound effect and establish where the sound effect ends and cut the tape. Put the end of the sound effect into splicing block and add about 1’ of white leader. Step and repeat for all sound effects required for the play. Even if the required effect is needed more than once, it makes life much easier during the heat of the moment during a live show.
After the shop:
A new marriage, a job back at Racal Recorders it wasn’t too long before I got involved in plays again. The Pepperbox Players in Whiteparish were re-
Whilst David was at Bath University he was party to resurrecting the Bath Juggling Society and with it ‘Bath Upchuck’. FACEBOOK
David provided the music from his laptop/iPod and I provided PA, radio microphones etc. After the daytime event we would all go to one of the University’s Theatres for a Juggling Show.
More recently we provided the music for one of David’s friends wedding.
In 1998 I bought my first video camera then a year or so later I upgraded to a Canon XL-
Now I am down to doing an annual quiz in our local church for a pre-