At the 92nd RSGB AGM, held in Birmingham on Saturday 27 April 2019, the winners of the 2018 Club of the Year were announced
11 of the 13 Regions had entries submitted.
This year there were a number of changes to the format of the Club of the Year competition designed to increase the number of applicants and the applicability of the questions to a wider range of Clubs, Special Interest Groups and newer forms of Clubs such as on-line associations.
Chief amongst the changes were:
- The removal of the Small Club/Large Club distinction. All clubs, groups, loose associations, special interest groups, etc. now compete on a single level playing field
- A change to the focus of CotY wherein each submission could choose to demonstrate actions, progress or support for any 3 of the 8 RSGB Strategy 2022 Objectives
South Bristol ARC have submitted entries in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. We were Regional winners in 2016 and 2017, however the change to no distinction based on club size made us more nervous about the entry for 2018
2018 Regional Winners
|1||Scotland South and Western Isles||Cockenzie and Port Seton Amateur Radio Club|
|2||Scotland North and Northern Isles||No entries received|
|3||England North-West||Chester and District Radio Society|
|4||England North-East||Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society|
|5||England West Midlands||Telford and District Amateur Radio Society|
|6||North Wales||No entries received|
|7||South Wales||Aberystwyth Radio Club|
|8||Northern Ireland||Bush Valley Amateur Radio Club|
|9||London and Thames Valley||Newbury and District Amateur Radio Society|
|10||England South and South-East||Hilderstone Radio Society|
|11||England South-West and Channel Islands||South Bristol Amateur Radio Club|
|12||England East and East Anglia||Essex Ham Amateur Radio Team|
|13||England East Midlands||Worksop Amateur Radio Society|
Further details about the areas covered by each Region can be found on the RSGB website
This marks a hat trick for the Club finishing as Regional winners in 2016, 2017 and now 2018. In 2016 and 2017 we went on to be one of the National Finalists finishing third in 2016 and second in 2017. Announcements of the National Finalists will be made in due course with awards being made at the National Hamfest at Newark in September 2019.
We would like to congratulate all of the winning clubs, societies and groups and commiserate with those who were not successful. To the Regional winners; the best of luck in the national selection process, we hope to be with some of you at Newark in September.