WORKSOP AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY HISTORY.
Information supplied by George Pool G0DKQ
For many years Worksop Amateur Radio Society, like many other clubs had no permanent venue,
moving from pub to pub,room to room carrying their radio gear and equipment with them.
In 1985 the then President George Pool G0DKQ together with the Secretary Mrs Carol Gee G4ZUN
approached the Worksop Council with the intention of obtaining a building whatever its
condition, to renovate into a permanent clubhouse.£1000 was the first figure asked for? it was
only after George requested an interview to discuss this with the Mayor Mr Sam Slack that an
agreement was reached,this being that if the club members could do all the renovation required
themselves,they could have the building on a 99 year lease at a rent of one pound per year.
We soon realised that a lot of money was required to complete this undertaking, again the
Council came to the rescue with a £6000 grant to the club.
What an enormous task had been taken on by the club.George Pool drew up the plans work could
could now begin. Volunteers were called for but firstly the building had to be made safe to
work in.The roof was made waterproof and retiled,next the upper floor which had fallen in had
to be replaced.
Many Materials including slates and bricks by the thousand,plaster and timber all had to be
sourced and brought in from somewhere.
Once the structure of the main building was complete and every wall and ceiling had been
renovated and plastered,then came the dificult part, new toilet block and wash facilities had
to be built on the right of the building together with a bar and entrance hall to the left.
Many hours of laborious work in all weathers were put in,rain ,snow or blow the work went on.
A note from the President at this time:
" I would like to give thanks to the members that gave their energy,time and help
with this project."
Eddie Davis, G0CNM for his ability and help in all matters.
Colin Cooper, for his outstanding commitment.
Yvonne,Collin's wife who did everything from bricklaying to laying drains.
John Richardson, G0IAZ for work in all departments.
This is how we first saw the building
The Building committee comprised of:-
PLANS. G0DKQ George ( Chairman )
ELECTRICS. G0CJD Ken
TIMBER/BRICKLAYING. G0ZRV Tom and G0DKQ.George
PLASTERING. G1UPL Ray.and G0HMX Maurice
DRAINS. G0IAZ John.and G1JAX Terry.
LABOURERS. Members, Junior Members and XYL's
The makeshift repairs to the roof
Work Started Cutting the First Main beam
( Left-Right ) G3DXL Chas. G0DKQ George. G0DZX John. G0BDR Mike.
( Left-Right ) G3DXL Chas. G0DKQ George. G0CEJ Cyril. G0DZX John. G1NQF Tony.
Lifting the First Beam into place.
(Left-Right)G0DKQ George.G0CEJ Cyril.G1UPL Ray.G4RUD Colin and 'aloft' G1ESP John.