AERE News Memories

For those of us that worked on site, you will recall the weekly Atomic Energy Research Establishment newsletter (AERE News). In the pre-internet age, this newsletter was the only way of communicating effectively around the site.

Thanks to Colin Banks and his bright idea of getting in touch with Iron Mountain Nuclear Records to see if they had any back issues of the AERE News, we have been fortunate enough to secure copies of all Rugby Club reports that appeared in the AERE News in the founding year of the club, 1947.

We are indebted to Mark Constance of Iron Mountain Nuclear Records for his efforts to retrieve and provide copies of the original documents.


In searching the archives for AERE News Rugby Club reports, Mark Constance uncovered this team photo from the club's second season. We don't have many names against the players yet but I'm sure the eagle-eyed amongst you will be able to pick out a few recognisable faces from other team photos.

So that you can compare faces with the 1950/51 team photo easily, that one is included further down this page

1948/49 1st XV Team Photograph

Back Row: ?, ?, John Morrison, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Bob Batchelor, ?

Front Row: ?, ?, ?, Bob Jackson, Hugh Roskell, ?

1950/51 1st XV Team Photograph

Back Row: F. S. (Frank) Richards (Touch Judge); Bill Howe; D. J. M.(Judge) Bevan; L.O. (Laurie) Brown; Ron Newcombe; Clayton Evans; R. W. P. McWhirter; Bob Batchelor; N. J. D. (Nigel) Prosser; W. E. (Bill) Crompton ( Referee).

Front Row: J. E. (Jack) Cameron; E. (Paddy) Hurley; Hugh Roskell; H. A. (Dai) Roberts (Captain); T. F. Williams; J. G. S. (John) Biram; Hamish Small.

1977/78 1st XV Team Photograph

Back: Henry Hall, Simon Edwards, Pete Duffy, Brian Arnold, John Cook, Pete McIntyre, Kevin Shaw, Paul Browning, Steve Dixon, Steve Wright.

Front: Nick Millett, Simon Paul, Pug (Chris) Godding, Lester Ferguson, Andy Langman, Bob Evans, Colin Cooke

1977/78 2nd XV Team Photograph

Back Row: ?, ?, ?, Paul Browning, Colin Banks, ?, Geoff Horton, Tim Evans, ?, Ted Lewis

Front Row: Jerry Burbage, Chris Horton, Paul Thompson, Simon Henderson, Dick Sambell, ?, Brian Arnold, Bert Blewett

The date was 24th October 1975. Can anyone name the opponents, is it Aldermaston?

I can see Dick Warchal, Steve Steve Dixon, Bob Evans and the number 11 about to be hit by the ball is, I believe, Andy Langman.

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