South East Region

THE SOUTH EAST REGION TIME LINE

The first Intergroup formed was the Central Southern Intergroup in September 1966.

An impromptu meeting was held at Swindon on 15 th June 1980 to formally close the last meeting of the Central Southern Intergroup.

The first Region formed in the U K in June 1980 was the South East Region and was born out of four Intergroups, Central Southern, South East, Solent and Southdown. The Venue was The Clinic, Dene Street, Dorking and the date was 1 st June 1980. Represented were Central Southern, Southdown and South East Intergroups. A General Service Board member was also present. Solent did not attend. The decision was made to name the new Region, South East Region. Prior to this Assembly, Solent Intergroup had met on 29 th November1979 and voted to divide Solent into two new Intergroups; one to continue as Solent and the new one to be named later.

On 21 st February 1980 the new Intergroup met for the first time and adopted the name of ‘Southdown’. Thus Southdown was a participant in the first South East Region Assembly four months later in June 1980.

The date of the formation of the South East Intergroup is not known but it represented 40 groups and covered an area from Tunbridge Wells to North Foreland to Gravesend to Eastbourne to Hastings.

The Second Assembly of the South East Region was held on 5 th October 1980 at St Francis Priory, Haslett Avenue, Crawley which became the home venue for the first two years. Representatives of Solent Intergroup attended this Assembly. Mid Surrey Intergroup which was formed in June 1979 was admitted into the South East Region at this Assembly as was Sussex Intergroup.

1979 Mid Surrey also started the Addlestone Tape Service in November.

1981 First P.I. Seminar on 2nd February 1981 in Brighton. Guildford Telephone Service started. First P.I. Announcement appeared on Southern T.V. in October 1981.

The Fifth Assembly met on 18th October and gave its blessing to the separation of South East Intergroup into three new Intergroups to be named East Sussex, East Kent and West Kent.

100 groups now registered at GSO.

1982 On 21 st February 1982 all three new Intergroups reported to South East Region that inaugural Assemblies had been held and all key posts filled. A. A. Newsletter Box 514 renamed A A News.

1986 General Service Office moved from Redcliffe Gardens, London to Stonebow House in York. Dispositions Act sponsored by A A completes its passage through Parliament and receives Royal Assent. This gives A A the right to refuse bequests from outside parties and therefore allows us to adhere to our 7 th Tradition and keep our Charitable Status

1988 on 11th September, at its 34 th Assembly South East Region voted to split the East Sussex Intergroup into two Intergroups East Sussex and Brighton. Continental Europe groups accepted into Great Britain Service Structure.

1991 On 3 rd March Northdown Intergroup joined Region.

1992 3390 groups now registered at GSO.

1993 Network Computer System installed at G S O.

1994 Trials begin for single telephone number in SE England and parts of Scotland.

1995 Conference accepts 12 Concepts and Conference Charter for G.B.

1997 December North East Surrey Intergroup joined Region. This completed the present number of Intergroups , 10, at South East Region (2010 ) 50 th Anniversary of A.A. in Great Britain.

1998 A.A. Service Handbook published. Conference adopts single telephone )345 number. Public Information Website established at GSO, York. New A. A. Service Handbooks, including Guidelines, is published. It includes contents of previous Handbook and Public Information.

1999 Region P.I. Reported successful leafleting of T.U.C Conference in Brighton. Regional Offices established in London and Glasgow. GS Board takes on responsibility for London Region Telephone Service.

2000 GSO Board member reported 3390 groups active in the U.K. 2005 25th Anniversary of formation of South East Region. First GSO Forum held at South East Region. Vice Chair GSB attends Sub Saharan Service Meeting as delegate.

2006 First House of Commons Reception for Alcohol Awareness.

2007 GSO Offices moved from Stonebow House to Toft Green in York. Call made in A.A. Service News for Polish Speaking Meetings. Armed Forces Service established at GSO.

2008 Four Intergroups reported operating a 24 hour telephone service. Trials took place in Mid Surrey, North East Surrey, East Kent, West Kent and East Sussex. GSO announced DVD made for Young People.

2009 AA Meeting at Houses of Parliament. Refiguration of AA Service manual (Black Book) to be replaced by two Books; Structure Handbook Service Handbook… History of Early A.A. released by GSO on DVD titled ‘Journey of Discovery’ New National Database established. New Server.

2010 Region Archivist, reported that, from 18 groups active at the close of the 1950’s in the South of England, the number of groups in the South East Region was now (November 2010) 417 representing an increase of 1,000% (per cent). 30 th Anniversary of formation of South East Region South East Region archives displayed at Southern National Convention Publication of ‘Past Particles’ bulletin resumed..

2011 Hastings and Rother Intergroup formed and accepted into the South East Region. This new Intergroup was previously part of the East Sussex Intergroup. Meeting of Regional Treasurers voiced concern that AA GB was no longer self- supporting through group contributions and contributions were falling. Fellowship relies on Literature to meet the shortfall. Region archivist is given permission to work on a book to be titled The Good Old, Oldtimers relating the history of the Region plus 16 interviews with Oldtimers in South East Region. First printing ( 500 ) sold out second printing ordered.

2012 Meeting held in the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London on 31 st March to mark the 65 th Anniversary of the first meeting of A. A. in the UK on 31 st March 1947 November designated as ‘Alcohol Awareness Month’ A. A. (GB) now has 16 Regions and 4764 groups (March 2012). Copies of the Good, Old Oldtimers’ Book accepted into World archives at Akron and New York offices… Work started on Archives Roadshow to be titled The Magical History Tour 2015 New National Freephone number 0800 9177 650 replaced old number in line with changes imposed by Ofcom regulator. After considerable discussion within the Fellowship it was decided that we retain our free service to callers including calls from mobile phones. South East Region published its second book THEY KEPT COMING BACK in July 2015. Interviews with members who had 50 years of sobriety plus 5 others who had 49.

On 18 th October 2015 South East Region organises a special event on Archives and History titled THE MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR at the Millenium Centre in Liphook, Surrey. The first of three annual Regional Presentations– — the first of its kind in celebration of eighty years of A.A. in the United States and 30 years of the Fellowship in South East Region. The event is a huge success 2016 Third printing of They Kept Coming Back book Celebration of 60 years’ of the first Convention of A.A. in the U.K. in Cheltenham in 1956.

SOME INNOVATIONS AT SOUTH EAST REGION.

1 First Region to be established in AA UK.

2 First Pilot scheme for National Telephone Service initiated.

3 First Armed Forces Service set up.

4 Largest Data Base for Employment in AA UK.

5 Contributed more Trustees to GSB than any other Region.

6 Published two books of A.A.

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THE SOUTH EAST REGION TIME LINE

The first Intergroup formed was the Central Southern Intergroup in September 1966.

An impromptu meeting was held at Swindon on 15 th June 1980 to formally close the last meeting of the Central Southern Intergroup.

The first Region formed in the U K in June 1980 was the South East Region and was born out of four Intergroups, Central Southern, South East, Solent and Southdown. The Venue was The Clinic, Dene Street, Dorking and the date was 1 st June 1980. Represented were Central Southern, Southdown and South East Intergroups. A General Service Board member was also present. Solent did not attend. The decision was made to name the new Region, South East Region. Prior to this Assembly, Solent Intergroup had met on 29 th November1979 and voted to divide Solent into two new Intergroups; one to continue as Solent and the new one to be named later.

On 21 st February 1980 the new Intergroup met for the first time and adopted the name of ‘Southdown’. Thus Southdown was a participant in the first South East Region Assembly four months later in June 1980.

The date of the formation of the South East Intergroup is not known but it represented 40 groups and covered an area from Tunbridge Wells to North Foreland to Gravesend to Eastbourne to Hastings.

The Second Assembly of the South East Region was held on 5 th October 1980 at St Francis Priory, Haslett Avenue, Crawley which became the home venue for the first two years. Representatives of Solent Intergroup attended this Assembly. Mid Surrey Intergroup which was formed in June 1979 was admitted into the South East Region at this Assembly as was Sussex Intergroup.

1979 Mid Surrey also started the Addlestone Tape Service in November.

1981 First P.I. Seminar on 2nd February 1981 in Brighton. Guildford Telephone Service started. First P.I. Announcement appeared on Southern T.V. in October 1981.

The Fifth Assembly met on 18th October and gave its blessing to the separation of South East Intergroup into three new Intergroups to be named East Sussex, East Kent and West Kent.

100 groups now registered at GSO.

1982 On 21 st February 1982 all three new Intergroups reported to South East Region that inaugural Assemblies had been held and all key posts filled. A. A. Newsletter Box 514 renamed A A News.

1986 General Service Office moved from Redcliffe Gardens, London to Stonebow House in York. Dispositions Act sponsored by A A completes its passage through Parliament and receives Royal Assent. This gives A A the right to refuse bequests from outside parties and therefore allows us to adhere to our 7 th Tradition and keep our Charitable Status

1988 on 11th September, at its 34 th Assembly South East Region voted to split the East Sussex Intergroup into two Intergroups East Sussex and Brighton. Continental Europe groups accepted into Great Britain Service Structure.

1991 On 3 rd March Northdown Intergroup joined Region.

1992 3390 groups now registered at GSO.

1993 Network Computer System installed at G S O.

1994 Trials begin for single telephone number in SE England and parts of Scotland.

1995 Conference accepts 12 Concepts and Conference Charter for G.B.

1997 December North East Surrey Intergroup joined Region. This completed the present number of Intergroups , 10, at South East Region (2010 ) 50 th Anniversary of A.A. in Great Britain.

1998 A.A. Service Handbook published. Conference adopts single telephone )345 number. Public Information Website established at GSO, York. New A. A. Service Handbooks, including Guidelines, is published. It includes contents of previous Handbook and Public Information.

1999 Region P.I. Reported successful leafleting of T.U.C Conference in Brighton. Regional Offices established in London and Glasgow. GS Board takes on responsibility for London Region Telephone Service.

2000 GSO Board member reported 3390 groups active in the U.K. 2005 25th Anniversary of formation of South East Region. First GSO Forum held at South East Region. Vice Chair GSB attends Sub Saharan Service Meeting as delegate.

2006 First House of Commons Reception for Alcohol Awareness.

2007 GSO Offices moved from Stonebow House to Toft Green in York. Call made in A.A. Service News for Polish Speaking Meetings. Armed Forces Service established at GSO.

2008 Four Intergroups reported operating a 24 hour telephone service. Trials took place in Mid Surrey, North East Surrey, East Kent, West Kent and East Sussex. GSO announced DVD made for Young People.

2009 AA Meeting at Houses of Parliament. Refiguration of AA Service manual (Black Book) to be replaced by two Books; Structure Handbook Service Handbook… History of Early A.A. released by GSO on DVD titled ‘Journey of Discovery’ New National Database established. New Server.

2010 Region Archivist, reported that, from 18 groups active at the close of the 1950’s in the South of England, the number of groups in the South East Region was now (November 2010) 417 representing an increase of 1,000% (per cent). 30 th Anniversary of formation of South East Region South East Region archives displayed at Southern National Convention Publication of ‘Past Particles’ bulletin resumed..

2011 Hastings and Rother Intergroup formed and accepted into the South East Region. This new Intergroup was previously part of the East Sussex Intergroup. Meeting of Regional Treasurers voiced concern that AA GB was no longer self- supporting through group contributions and contributions were falling. Fellowship relies on Literature to meet the shortfall. Region archivist is given permission to work on a book to be titled The Good Old, Oldtimers relating the history of the Region plus 16 interviews with Oldtimers in South East Region. First printing ( 500 ) sold out second printing ordered.

2012 Meeting held in the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London on 31 st March to mark the 65 th Anniversary of the first meeting of A. A. in the UK on 31 st March 1947 November designated as ‘Alcohol Awareness Month’ A. A. (GB) now has 16 Regions and 4764 groups (March 2012). Copies of the Good, Old Oldtimers’ Book accepted into World archives at Akron and New York offices… Work started on Archives Roadshow to be titled The Magical History Tour 2015 New National Freephone number 0800 9177 650 replaced old number in line with changes imposed by Ofcom regulator. After considerable discussion within the Fellowship it was decided that we retain our free service to callers including calls from mobile phones. South East Region published its second book THEY KEPT COMING BACK in July 2015. Interviews with members who had 50 years of sobriety plus 5 others who had 49.

On 18 th October 2015 South East Region organises a special event on Archives and History titled THE MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR at the Millenium Centre in Liphook, Surrey. The first of three annual Regional Presentations– — the first of its kind in celebration of eighty years of A.A. in the United States and 30 years of the Fellowship in South East Region. The event is a huge success 2016 Third printing of They Kept Coming Back book Celebration of 60 years’ of the first Convention of A.A. in the U.K. in Cheltenham in 1956.

SOME INNOVATIONS AT SOUTH EAST REGION.

1 First Region to be established in AA UK.

2 First Pilot scheme for National Telephone Service initiated.

3 First Armed Forces Service set up.

4 Largest Data Base for Employment in AA UK.

5 Contributed more Trustees to GSB than any other Region.

6 Published two books of A.A.