501 Club - "Be All You Can Be!"

#1
I and my troop took on the management of the 501 Club - 30 Signal Regiment's Sports & Social Club - in it's early days. We painted it, bought curtains, put up sports shirts on the walls, bought a massive set of speakers and hi-fi system, big screen and even karaoke. We also had special 501 Club T-shirts made. This was between 1998-2003 - quality times, apart from the cleaning up the morning after!

Does anyone else have any memories? What's the old place like now?
 
#2
Dont forget the dance mat!!!!. Spent many a drunken Wed afternoon in there after sport making shapes on the dancefloor/mat LOL. ....Class. TM Tp ran it when i was there, good bar run by good people.
 
#3
Being told by the ROS that you either left now or you were locked in for the night... a very quiet day in the hangers followed!
 
#4
happyhammer said:
Dont forget the dance mat!!!!. Spent many a drunken Wed afternoon in there after sport making shapes on the dancefloor/mat LOL. ....Class. TM Tp ran it when i was there, good bar run by good people.
Became quite good on the dance mat,on the big screen of course. "Video killed the radio star....."
 
#5
Those steps were a bit of a bugger especially when leaving a bit worse for wear.
 
#6
Many a good night had back in the 501 circa 00-03. Just before I left 30 it was run by big Griff before he got out.

That git was funny as feck kipping on the sofa in there all day before waking up at opening times and kicking off the inevitable all nighter lock ins with lads poring out about 6am and heading to the blokes for a quick kip, shower and sticking on a clean set of 95.
 
#9
I do recall the TOT's brother? eating 25 chilli's straight up and putting you to shame cabbage-head
 
#10
It's run by the LAD now and open far less frequently. Offrs and seniors are only allowed in it's a function. Still cheap beer though.
 
#11
Duty rumour at the moment is that when PAYD comes on to Gamecock Barracks it will be run by the winning contractor........ So you all best start claiming some of the memorabilia adorning the bar before it ends up on E-Bay!
 
#13
milkybar said:
:D Griff is doing the same sort of thing now, only in a civi pub. All the best.
Was that big Griff from B Tp? Remeber people rolling out of there when running the camp circuit on PT!
 
#15
Ah the 501 club..it conjures up fond memories....where else can you parade your troop at 1400 on a wednesday afternoon (threatening them with duty tech extras if they don't attend and get drunk, shameful behaveour cabbage head!) ran it for bout 4 months in total, was the best skive around. stock take= 1 hr...rest of day = sun bath on roof......evening=get drunk..easy! 'be all you can be' t shirts marked the beginning of the end though...i know the new TOT put alot of effort into it to keep it going but he was fighting a losing battle. remember a certain scotish tech lance jack from 256 going awol and living up there for a few days on pork scratchings an newcastle brown before leaving disguised with a paintball mask on....Once did a lap of the windbreaks in a jar jar binks hat too on my brthday whilst supposed to be serving behind the bar...good times! :D
 
#16
Whalehead.. That awol tech, did he have a polish sounding name? if it is I was just wondering what he's up to nowadays.
 
#18
k*******I nailed Nadia Sawallia though when in Sierra Leone did he not??
I was there when it first opened and I can remember the naffi manageress getting pi55ed off that her profits had hugely dropped. I also remember a COs PT tabbing around the wind breaks best effort, sacking it half way round with most of TM Tp and hiding out in the 501 club and getting rinsed while the rest of the regiment got ragged. Happy days!
 
#19
R an R said:
Whalehead.. That awol tech, did he have a polish sounding name? if it is I was just wondering what he's up to nowadays.
yeah thats the guy...good tech, hilariously bad at staying on the straight and narrow though. Saw him at blandford when on my class1 and playin rugby 11sigs...he was still sat on the bench then haha.

The roof of the 501 club was also a good snipers nest for shooting at running gurka's with air rifles or hurling abuse from the condemned balcony at people on punishment PT on the windbreaks whilst you were getting lashed! :wink:
 
#20
cabbage_head said:
I and my troop took on the management of the 501 Club - 30 Signal Regiment's Sports & Social Club - in it's early days. We painted it, bought curtains, put up sports shirts on the walls, bought a massive set of speakers and hi-fi system, big screen and even karaoke. We also had special 501 Club T-shirts made. This was between 1998-2003 - quality times, apart from the cleaning up the morning after!

Does anyone else have any memories? What's the old place like now?
I remember when you were dressed in the wife's gear. Still have the photos somewhere.
 
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