Title ID 10765Collection ID1102
TitleJoining 'The 39 Club' in Pagham, Bognor Regis
DateFebruary 2010
Genre/TypeProfessionalCultural/HeritageNon-fictionOral History
ThemeUrban Life
KeywordsChildren Charities Clubs Communities Everyday Life Oral History Recreational Facilities Youth Youth Organizations
LocalBognor Regis
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionScreen Archive South East
CameraCatherine Walsh; Natalie Ledger
NarratorKen Chapman; Val Chapman
SoundCatherine Walsh; Natalie Ledger
FormatColour Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This extract from an oral history interview, conducted by Screen Archive South East in 2010, captures Ken and Val Chapman's memories of running the '39 Club' a youth club in Bognor Regis from 1968 to 1992. Footage from the interview is combined with archive film and photographs from the Chapman's own collection showing activities at the club.


Mr and Mrs Chapman talk about their decision to change career and take on the role of running the new youth club. The couple describe the different age groups that attended the club and the activities they took part in, including trips abroad. The couple also talk about their introduction of an 'alcohol-free bar' which encouraged the older youths to stay at the club and avoid underage drinking at other bars. Film of the interview is combined with original footage from the club showing activities such as table tennis, table football, canoeing, camping and enjoying the club's 'bar'.


A still from 'Joining 'The 39 Club' in Pagham, Bognor Regis' (2010)