Simon Taylor had the initial idea for the club. He wrote a letter to Practical Computing which was published in the August 1979 issue. Somehow he found Andy's address and called round with an invitation. Others saw the letter in Practical Computing and telephoned Simon. Soon there were enough interested people and Simon organised the first meeting.

At first we met in each other's homes once a month, bringing our wide variety of machines along. The club gradually grew, until one December evening, just before Christmas, about 50 people turned up at Andy's house with their equipment. This was the last of the early club night's held in people's homes as the numbers were now unmanageable, and we started to use rented accommodation.

Initially this was at a shop in Ashford. Later we moved to a church hall in Napier Road, Ashford and around this time started to meet on Tuesday nights in the Grey Horse, Sunbury-on-Thames. From Napier Road we moved to a church hall in Addlestone and after that to the nearby Co-op hall.

Eventually the Co-op hall closed, and we went for a period without machine nights. By now numbers had come back down to a level that again made it practical to meet in homes, and for a long time we met at Phil's. When Phil moved further away Alan offered the use of his house until he too moved further away. At present we do not hold "machine nights".

We still meet every Tuesday evening, usually at The George in Staines - email info@sunburycomputerclub.org.uk for details.

At various anniversaries we have produced a sweatshirt or T-Shirt. Here are some early ones.