SMART Coffee meet 49 report


Another packed afternoon for our 49th meeting. Too many people to mention but will try to recall the new people and those who took the trouble to bring some bits along. Among the newbies this time were Alan Vale, Brian Setchfield, Paul Huggett, Jenny Power, Lucy Pappas, Ian Quinnell, Helen Smith, and Wendy and Jeff Belton. Alan Vale was talking about the band Sidewinder and the Battle of The Bands competition. He was also talking about the amps he sells and collects and has sold an Orange overdrive amp to Eddie Van Halen, as well as a Vox AC30 going to Bryan Adams.  Alan had with him the Vox AC30 valve amp service engineers guide and The British Amp Invasion books. Brian Setchfield was talking about the groups he was in, including Boulder, Footloose and Slack Alice. Jenny Power had with her a record box of singles, as well as autographs of The Walker Brothers, The Fourmost and Unit 4 + 2. She was chatting about when she saw The Beatles at The Odeon Hammersmith in 1965 and had the tickets which cost one pound each.  Pete Houghton arrived with bags of autographed records with lots that were signed by bands from the pier.  He also had some very rare autograph photos of Queen, Free’s Fire and Water signed album, Sex Pistols God Save The Queen reissue single on A&M, photo of him with The Clash, The Mobiles Drowning in Berlin autographed single, photo of Oliver Plunkett’s disco lightshow, and a photo outside UFO Records on the Pier with Corrie’s Billy Walker. Pete Prescott arrived with a pile of Classic Rock magazines and Roger Carey had a photo write up on his 1983 group called The RC Band who featured him and Phil Thornton, Den Wootton and Faye Wright.  Barry French had a number of rock singles with Disc Jockey record shop stickers on, albums from Duane Eddy, The Hollies, The Lambrettas, Dave Mason and Cass Elliot and Tony Sheridan and The Beatles. Of local interest he had a cd of Bushman Brothers and also the Rhythm Doctors Warts ’n’ all.  Nigel Ford had with him lots of cuttings and tour programmes from Van Halen and AC/DC Highway to Hell tour 79. Sorry I didn’t get chance to speak to everyone and this is just a very small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Lucy Pappas… Lovely to catch with friends from years ago. Thanks for organising it, Alan.

Yvonne Ellis… Sorry I missed it this time hope to come to the next one x

Jon McCallion… Sorry we missed it Alan hopefully will be there for the June meeting.

Wendy Weaver… Sorry we missed it. Will try to be at the next one.

Pete Prescott… One of the best ! It was so nice seeing everyone !

Robert Searle… One of these days………

Neil Steadman… Sorry I couldn’t make it Alan.

Geoff Peckham… Lovely to catch up with folks and meet new old ones!

Paul Huggett… Good stuff, thanks. Time went fast

Andre Martin… Good coverage Alan, now go and have a lay down in a dark room to recover. Yes it was a very busy afternoon, people arrived when you were have a chat with me and eating your lunch – you had a feeling this was going to be a busy day.

Mick O’Dowd… What an afternoon! Must rate as one of the best Meets ever! Loads of newbies and loads to talk about. Well done Alan and here’s to the Big 50 next time.

Pete Houghton… Well done it was a great afternoon meeting friends you have not seen for ages thanks. Alan it takes a lot to organise and you do a grand job here’s to the next one.

Tony Davis… Another good meet. Nice to see old friends and make new ones

Iain Cobby… Sorry I wasn’t there. apologies to Brian S after meeting at my mum’s funeral the other week. I had been working on elections till 11 the night before and was out of it the rest of Friday. Will catch up with you soon .Saw a great gig last night in Rye, the amazing Jimmy Web. Wow.

Alan Vale… Alan when will the next one be?

Alan Esdaile… The meetings are usually about every 6 to 7 weeks Alan, waiting for confirmation of a free date from the White Rock Hotel.

SMART Coffee meet 42 report

Our 42nd meet and a number of people left early for a separate meeting on Hastings Pier but were quickly replaced by late comers. Among the newbies this time were John Baker and Sid Saunders. John was chatting about the times he worked at The Aquarius and Astral Club. Sid was remembering pirate radio days, when a disc jockey used to appear in the Pier cafe and they used to give him request on a piece of paper to take back to the ship. Lee Merry had photos of gig posters of bands he promoted at The Carlisle and other places in the 1980’s. Among the bands were English Rogues, Truncheon Meat Squad, Vicious Minds, Becki and The Bombshells, Big Spanner and Lost In Space. Len Benton arrived with a Record Songbook featuring Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas on the cover, also some more photos of The Seekers, Pardon and Deep Purple. Roger Carey had with him a flyer from early 2000 of bands that played at the Pilot Field club. Also leaflets of Alexander’s in Chester when Liane was on the bill. Among the other interested names to appear was Jan Akkerman.  He also had a recent leaflet for Sprit Of 66 Festival Belgium which featured some great acts.  Mick O’Dowd was talking about Wynder K Frog album and Johnny Walker and Radio London. Sarah Harvey was looking forward to Hastings Rock radio ,back on the airways on 5th May. Pete Prescott had with him the first glance of Beatles Day 19 programme, as well as bags full of lp’s and singles. Including The Telham Tinkers Hot In Alice Springs, Andrew Caine What Kind Of World 12” single and a interesting compilation The Tony Macaulay and John MacLeod Song Book Album. Lots of chat and thoughts about the future of The White Rock Theatre and gardens, Graham Nash coming to the De La Warr and Scalliwags reunion on 31st March at The Masonic Hall.This is just a small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Andy Qunta… Sounds like a fun time, as always!

SMART 19 coffee meet 17th April 2015 report


Another great afternoon. Among the newbies this time were Kevin Burchett, Tony Davis, Dan Large, Natasha Kasschevsky and Iain Cobby. Iain brought along two rare Melody Maker newspapers from 1976. One featuring Stallion on the front cover and the other special edition 50 years of music. Pete Prescott had some more great photo albums featuring many local musicians. Paul Sleet had a very rare ticket from the Rolling Stones Earls Court gig in 1976 as well as some great photos of Paul and friends with guitars in the early 70’s. Colin Bell had a copy of his On The Record column when he reviewed the Canterbury sound cd’s and reminded me of when I went to Blueys club which was a popular haunt for Caravan. Wendy Weaver had some great photos of lots of dj’s that have appeared on Hastings Rock. Its back on air on the 2nd May and Sarah Harvey is organising a music fest on 31st May. Lots of talk on the announcement of the pier opening next year and who we would like to see perform. Also chat about the excellent Beatles Day, Scalliwags reunion, Factory, Carnival FM, record store day, late night cafe’s when on the road, Percy Sledge, vinyl sales rising, the recent hub talks, The Damned coming to St Mary in the Castle, Hastings Folk Fest, Pam Dor coffee bar, sheet music, Chris Farlowe coming to the White Rock, P.P. Arnold in Eastbourne, the beach concert, Genesis, The Dekorators plus lots more. This is a very small part of what went on and can remember! Anyone else, please feel free to post what they were talking about.

Kevin Burchett… had a great afternoon at the SMART group meet at the white rock hotel discussing the scalliwags reunion and catching up with people i hadnt seen for a long time.

Sarah Harvey… Another lovely afternoon with wonderful people!

Mick O’Dowd… Well done again Alan. All that running around at the Meet sure works wonders. How do you keep coming up trumps with this? Another good one although did not have time to speak to all I wanted to.

Jon McCallion… Great photo of Jed Nigel and Paul, seeing Jed soon I hope

Tony Davis… Really enjoyed my first afternoon with everybody. Nice to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. Work permitting I hope to make this a regular event.