10th May 2022 – Welcome to the May Blog

Wow May already 2022 sure is flying by.
Firstly a massive warm welcome to the newest members to the SGR team Ian Basezone Smith, Penny Blake and Patrick Brogan
Ian will be doing alternate Saturday evenings to Tesh Parmar, Patrick Brogan doing alternate Sunday’s to Mike Russo and Penny now part of the ladies take over Thursday’s and will be the 2nd Thursday of the month. Watch this space for special female guest dj’s in the months that has a 5th Thursday (June, September and December 2022).

A massive thank you to Graham Towers for stepping up on the day to day running of the station and especially since the founder of SGR Lee Lessells suffered another heart attack and has now got to have complete rest. Lee we all wish you well and a speedy recovery.

We still have tickets available for the Guildford All dayer at the Holroyd Arms on Saturday 30th July so if you would like to join us please see the events page on the website click on the link to get your tickets it will be great to see you there. Also in the next few weeks our August Groove boat tickets will go on sale. The price is £23.50 each and leaving from Temple Pier but at the earlier time of midday until 5pm.

On sale now is Westcliff with Love our soul night out to be held on Saturday 15th October 2022 from 8pm to 1am at Moonraker night club 272 – 274 station road Westcliff on Sea Essex. The tickets are £10 each and available by the events page.

We are starting to think of events for 2023 and hopefully be travelling further afield. If you know of a venue that you think would be a great place for us to come to please email Gary Makepeace (gary@soulgrooveradio.co.uk) or Hazel Dunmow (hazel@soulgrooveradio.co.uk) with contact details of the venue and we will get in touch.

We would also like to give a massive thank you to all the dj’s for their great team work to the station and for producing great shows week in week out and a massive thank you to all the listeners for your continued support to SGR and for making it bigger and better everyday we definitely are one big happy soul family.


Have a great May and look forward to seeing you soon at an event.
Best Regards.

Hazel Dunmow (SGR Admin and Company Secretary).

 

12th April 2022 -Welcome to the April Blog

Welcome to April everyone, I’m GT and I would love to take this opportunity to thank the management team for inviting me to join them. I shall be in the background helping out with the day to day running of the station and here for technical support to all our fantastic DJs. Oh and still causing complete chaos on the airwaves!!

A massive thank you must be said to all the listeners who attended the Cambridge All Dayer at the Clayton Hotel and for making it a huge success. A massive thank you must also go out to all the DJs for their sets. Everyone of them on point. We were blessed with some beautiful weather which added a bit more magic to what was such a fun day full of laughter and dancing.

Thank you to Gary Makepeace for the supply of the equipment.

Wristbands are now on sale for the next event which is the Guildford All Dayer at The Holroyd Arms, 36 Aldershot Rd, Guilford, GU2 8AF on Saturday 30th July 2022, starting at 1pm through till midnight.
Email events@soulgrooveradio.co.uk to get your wristband, they are priced at £10 each.

We are still having a few issues with merchandise due to a shortage of stock coming in from Europe, I can assure you that we are working hard with Artystar to fulfil any pending orders. We are hoping in the next few weeks that everything will be back in stock so please get your orders in ready for the beautiful British summertime!!

We have advertising slots available at very reasonable rates, give your business more exposure and contact advertising@soulgrooveradio.co.uk for more details.

Thank you to all the SGR DJs, everything they do is on a voluntary basis and we really have struck gold with the talent and experience of the team. You the best you lot.

Lastly, I want to thank all you lovely listeners for taking the time to get involved with SGR, for all the contact on social media, all the emails, buying merchandise and attending events, our aim is to bring everyone together through soul music. From experience I have made friends for life that I wouldn’t have met if it wasn’t for the station.

Big love to you all.
Graham Towers
(SGR Management Team)

5th March 2022 – Welcome to the March Blog.

We have seen some changes with the management structure and would like to Welcome Graham Towers & Rossi P to the team.
We have also 2 new presenters joining the line up & a warm welcome to the Soul Groove Family.

Kevin O’Brien – The Soulcial @ 4  Monday – Thursday from 4pm

Harvey Stillman – Naked Disco 9-10.00 am Monday – Wednesday.

It’s been a busy time again and it was lovely to meet some of you on the Groove Boat on 19 February.

There are still some tickets left for the first alldayer in Cambridge on 26 March which are available from events@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

We are looking into venues in the Midlands / North for next year for an event, if you know of a venue for consideration please email Hazel.

The station is growing and developing with some of the changes causing some technical difficulties. I would like to thank you for bearing with us during the change overs.

We currently have a space left for a Station Sponsorship if you would like more information please email advertising@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

Gmail users:- Google has introduced new anti spam measures and blocks some emails being delivered to us, please could you add the email addresses to your contacts this will ensure we get your emails.

Merchandise- we are currently seeing outages of certain products due to suppliers not having stock. Chris will advise you and issue a refund if the wait is too long or no dates for stock arrival.

Thank you all for your continued support and I hope to see some of you at the Cambridge alldayer.

Ray Douglass – Managing Director

1st February 2022 – Welcome to the February blog. 

Firstly I’d like to thank everyone that made it on our December groove boat , what a great afternoon it was with lots laughing and smiles everywhere, defiantly looking forward to our next groove boat on the 19th February.

Being apart of SGR has been an great adventure, since being invited to join the team nearly 3 years ago the station has grown from strength to strength. During lockdown and doing the mid morning shows Monday to Friday kept me sane with the fun and banter with listeners on the Facebook threads while locked in at home made life a bit easier. Soon after starting the shows we recognized that some listeners where home alone too and their only contact with the outside world was via the show threads. This has now created friendships far and wide , so when we’ve had an SGR event new friends finally got to meet each other that had only had contact through the threads. This is still the case on our events now, friends meeting Facebook friends for the first time, even us DJs get to meet each other for the first time too which is great.

As you may know our DJs come from all walks of life and each one brings a different style of soul music to the station , hopefully we have something for everyone.

We have more events lined up for this year which we are all looking forward too , plus events for 2023 are in the planning stages.

A big thank you to all that have purchased our merchandise via our online shop.

It was great to see at the Back 2 love weekend in Southport last September, so many SGR t-shirts being worn which again made us stand out from other stations. We are looking forward to returning to the Back 2 love Weekender in July this year and it will  be lovely to see more SGR listeners there.

Lastly I’d like to thank you all for being a big part of soul groove radio family as with out you none of this would be possible .

Regards
Gary Makepeace
Director

 

11th January  2022- Welcome to our first blog of 2022

We would like to welcome, to the presenters line up – Ian Dee

Ian has taken over Saturday mornings from 10.00am – Midday with his ‘Soulful Saturday” Show

On Wednesday 29th December 2021 we had our Festive Groove boat along the river Thames and what a great afternoon we had grooving up and down the Thames. A massive thank you to all the SGR family that joined us. A huge thank you to Gary Makepeace & Hazel Dunmow for their great sets.

Why not check out our Official Facebook Page for some great pictures of a great afternoon.

We are looking forward to see you all again on board our next Groove  Boat on Saturday 19th February departing Temple Pier at 1pm tickets can
be purchased by emailing events@soulgrooveradio.co.uk priced at £25.00 each, or see our SGR website Events page.

Tickets are now on sale for our Cambridge Alldayer taking place at The Clayton Hotel Cambridge which can be purchased by emailing
events@soulgrooveradio.co.uk priced at £10.00 each or see our SGR website Events page.

We certainly have a very busy few months ahead with some great events to look forward to.

On behalf of everyone here at Soul Groove Radio we wish a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Lee Lessells – Founder

08th December 2021 -Welcome to November / Decembers blog

Firstly, a warm welcome to 2 new presenters to the Soul Groove Radio team.
Mark Stuart & Nigel Waymark
Mark is taking over Saturday evenings from 10.00 – Midnight
Nigel is doing the Network Soul Chart Show on a Thursday morning from 5.00 – 7.00am

We have had a very busy few weeks finalising the events for 2022 which details will be released during December & getting the shop up & running.
We are pleased to announce that our first all dayer will be in Cambridge on 26 March, this event will be held at a prestigious 4* hotel situated minutes from the city centre & could be combined to make a weekend stay to enable you to take in some of the historic sights and dining Cambridge can offer. More details will follow as they are finalised.

This year has been by far one of the busiest we have seen, with the all dayer at the Holroyd, Bastonbury and of course our first Groove Boat. We hope to see some of you on the Groove Boat in December where the management team will entertain you. (I wanted to call it the revenge of the turkey).

The shop is now up & running with much more official merchandise and limited edition T-Shirts and gift cards, pop over to www.soulgrooveradioshop.co.uk

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the team for their continued input & ideas, with a special mention to an unsung hero Hazel Dunmow who has managed to keep everyone on an even keel.

Thank you from all the team to you the listeners for your continued support over the last 12 months.
May we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy & Prosperous 2022.

Ray Douglass – Managing Director

28th October 2021 – Welcome to our October Blog

I can not believe we are nearly to the end of October and now starting to get into the festive season just where has 2021 gone?.

On Saturday 16th October we had our 1st Groove boat along the river Thames and what a great day everyone had. It was fab to see so many of the SGR family there and a massive thank you to you all that joined us on the day. From 1pm to 6pm everywhere you looked there was smiling faces, laughter and lots of dancing so a great success and now looking forward to the Festive boat on Wednesday 29th December 2021. A huge thank you to Leigh McGlone, Groove Genie, Ray Penny and Rossi P for great sets they did on the boat. It was also lovely to finally meet Luc Willemsens who travelled from Belgium to join us on the Groove boat and he certainly a Soul brother and has become a big part of the SGR family.

The SGR management meet in Cambridge on Sunday 24th October for a meeting to debrief just on how well the Groove boat was and to see what we can change to make future boats more of a success. We are looking into on board catering as we know some people do like the chose to have something to eat while on board.

We was also planning events for 2022 and it’s going to be a busy year with the return to Guildford and Bassingbourn and maybe some other towns/cities around the country as well as up to 4 Groove boats and we will of course keep you updated.

We are also keeping our fingers crossed that the new online merchandise shop will be going live mid November just in time for Christmas with additional items added as well as the new gift cards.

Thank you so much for your continued support to SGR.

Best Regards. 

Hazel Dunmow.

Company Secretary and SGR Admin.

21st September 2021 – Welcome to our September Blog.

Wow what a crazy couple of months we have has since our last blog.

Firstly a warm welcome to our new DJ’s that have joined the team in July, August and September.
Missy M
Kool Keith
Adi Brown
Steven McMorrine

Secondly a great return to the airwaves of Graham Towers, Paul Fitzgerald and Toni Belfield after over 7 weeks absences due to serious health issues but we are pleased to say they are all now well and back to entertaining us.

The SGR all dayer on 31st July at the Holroyd Arms in Guildford was a great success with over 300 people enjoying the day and what great sets all the dj’s performed. A massive thank you to Andy, Lisa and all the staff at the Holroyd Arms for all the hard work the did on the day.
We are going back to the Holroyd Arms on Saturday 30th July 2022 for another all dayer and hope you can join us

The SGR picnic on Saturday 28th August in Bassingbourn was also a great success and was fun as a majority of the SGR listeners took the advantage of camping over night which was a laugh.
Here’s to the next one which hopefully will be the end of May 2022

The start of September some of the SGR DJ’s and listeners took a trip up to Southport to the 1st Back to Love weekender at the Bliss Hotel. What a great event and by the end of the weekend I think all at the Bliss Hotel knew who Soul Groove Radio were. It was great that 2 of the SGR DJ’s were part of the DJ line up for the weekender and a big thank you to Tesh Parmar and Steve Aggasild for flying the SGR flag among all the other great DJ’s

We are really looking forward to our 1st Groove boat which is to take place on Saturday 16th October from Temple pier of 5 hours cruising up the Thames seeing the London sights.

We have also released the tickets for the Festive Groove Boat (the bit in the middle) which is to take place on Wednesday 29th December 2021 again from Temple pier. Those days between Christmas and New Year can be a bit of a boring time as you have enjoyed Christmas opening your presents eating and drinking too much and don’t know what to do while you wait to celebrate the New year in so why not come and join us.

Thanks as always for your continued support to this ever growing station.

Best Regards.

Hazel Dunmow.

Company Secretary and SGR Admin.

7th July 2021 – Welcome to our July Blog.

This year is flying by, not long until the sold out long awaited all dayer at the Holroyd in Guildford.
We will be releasing the DJ set times on the Official Soul Groove Radio Facebook pages and our website in due course.

June has been a very busy month with the announcement of the Soul Groove Radio Picnic on Saturday 28 August in Bassingbourn.
We are hoping to offer a limited amount overnight parking for Motorhomes / Caravans & Camper Vans that are self sufficient.

                                   We would like to welcome, to the presenters line up – Allan Singleton and Toni Belfield.

                           Allan has taken over Saturday afternoons from 4.00 – 6.00 with his ‘Saturday Dance Party’ show.
                          Toni B – Toni has taking over Tuesday afternoons from 2.00 – 4.00 with her ‘Positively Soul’ show.

We have added another event The Soul Groove Radio Picnic taking place on Saturday 28 August from 4.00 – 11.00 PM in Bassingbourn Cambridgeshire wrist bands are priced at £6.00 with under 15’s free. For more / bookings contact events@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

See our Events page for mor information.

16th May 2021 – Welcome to our May Blog.

The 1st SGR Groove Boat was sold out within 3 days of announcing tickets being released. The response has been amazing.

We are now planning our next Groove boat and that will hopefully take place on Wednesday 29th December. Same time 1 to 6pm and will be called ‘The Revenge of the Turkey’.

Also in the planning is a major event to take place over a weekend hopefully in March 2022 and in the lovely city of Cambridge.

This week sees the start of new shows for both Graham Towers and Bob Christie.
Graham will also now be doing Friday afternoons from midday to two, which means now on Fridays there will be no repeat shows. Bob Christie starts his new show on Sunday evenings from 10pm to midnight and is called ‘House of Soul’.

The new online shop has been delayed in the launch date and fingers crossed all up and running start of June. There will be so much more SGR merchandise on sale and we would like to say a massive thank you to Chris and the team at Artystar for helping launch this new on line shop and all the new items being on offer to purchase.

On behalf of the SGR management team and all the DJ’s we would like to say a huge hearty thank you for all your support and for choosing this growing station.

Thanks Hazel. 

Company Secretary.

15th April 2021 – Welcome to our April Blog.

Soul Groove Radio are just going from strength to strength not only are we growing in presenters numbers but also in listeners as well.

On the 4th April Paul Fitzgerald became our newest member to the SGR DJ team with his new Sunday morning show from 7 – 9am called Sunday Breakfast and Soul Flavours.

Our very own Diane Marsh also has her latest single out soon and was aired 13th April for the 1st time on Gary Makepeace Soulful Sandwich show. Good luck Diane with the new single which is called ‘I’m taken’ (‘I’m spoken for’).

Soul Groove Radio have now registered with companies house to become a limited company and that was all finalised at the end of March.

In the next month we will also be launching our very own online merchandise shop.

On Saturday 16th October we will also be holding our 1st Soul Groove boat which will be leaving Temple Pier in London at 1pm for a 5 hour trip up and down the Thames.

SGR management team are in the planning stages of many more events to take place in 2022 and not just in the London area.

Many Thanks to everyone involved with SGR from the management team DJ’s and of course the listeners for making this a bigger and better station that just keeps growing.

Best Regards Hazel Dunmow (company secretary/admin).

9th March 2021 – Welcome to our March Blog.

From all the team welcome to:

Bob Chrisite – Bob presents The ‘Elements Of Soul’ every Monday & Tuesday from Midday – 2pm

Renee Charles –  Renee will be joining us every second Thursday of the month 10pm – Midnight

DJ H – DJ H will be joining the team here at Soul Groove Radio with his ‘Good Times & Good Vibes Friday’s’- afternoon 2-4pm

Soul Groove Radio information:

There will be more announcements during the coming weeks as we add even more shows & presenters for your enjoyment.

We are busy behind the scenes planning our next events for the rest of year and into 2022 you never know there may be one or two surprises along the way!

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The Soul Groove Radio Saturday Night Specials have been very popular among our presenters and listeners you will find one of The Soul Groove Radio presenters taking over Studio One between 10pm-Midnight to give you an unforgettable Saturday Night experience

On a personal note I would like to thank all of our presenters, admin team,  the management team and above all, YOU the listener for making Soul Groove Radio the station of choice.

Lee Lessells

24th February 2021

                                          For your diary a new date for the AllDayer.

                                                  The date is now 31st July 2021.

                                                                       Soul Groove Radio All Dayer July 2021 

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5th February 2021

Welcome to our latest news blog.

January has been a really busy time for the management team dealing with the licence renewal and planning for the year ahead.

From all of the team welcome to: –

Graham Towers – Graham presents Soul Delicious Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 1000 – Midday

Paul Mac –  Station and will be sharing a Saturday night slot with Tesh. Paul will be doing weeks 1 & 3 on rotation from Saturday 6 February 2021 – 8pm to 10pm

Paul Fitzgerald – Paul will be the cover Presenter standing in where necessary.

There will be more announcements during the next few weeks as we add more shows & presenters for your entertainment.

Merchandise – Hopefully the E store will be up and running in February. There will be a greater choice of Official Merchandise including limited editions.

Events – We are busy trying to plan some events during the course of the year but this is proving somewhat difficult.
We are looking at something completely different and very special towards the end of the year.

I must say a big thank you to everyone at the station who is so dedicated and passionate about what they do.
The listeners an even bigger thank you for your continued support both online and offline, the responses to the threads, the constant supply of emails with your request & messages.

Ray Douglass

6th January 2021 Graham Towers 

Graham has two new shows on Wednesday and Thursday mornings 10am to 12 noon the ‘Soul Delicious’ show.

1st January 2021

Happy New Year 

Here at Soul Groove Radio, we wish all our listeners and team a very Happy 2021.

New DJ

A new DJ will be joining Soul Groove Radio in early January to take up the Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 10am to midday. Watch this space!!!

Stay Safe & Soulful. 

The Soul Groove Team.

31st December 2020

Live music all day

Soul Groove Radio presents a New Year Eve all day party. Keep us locked on.

24 October 2020

Welcome to the new website

It’s been a long time in preparation.
Firstly we would like to thank all of the presenters for their continued input into the station & especially you the listeners.

Thank you to everyone that attended the first All Dayer @ The Cricketers Arms, despite the torrential rain in the early evening it didn’t dampen your spirits and we think it made you more determined to have a good time.

We are busy working behind the scenes on other events for 2021.
We are hopefully going to be involved with a charity 1 day event which will be festival themed & all monies raised after expenses will be donated to charity. 

The funds raised will be aimed at the people who really need apparatus or help with improving their day to day lives. More to follow when available.

We hope that the blog will help keep you informed on shows, presenters & general news.

Stay Safe & Soulful

The Soul Groove Team

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