In   1976   a   fan   wrote   to   Noele   Gordon   suggesting   that   the   ATV   soap   should   have   a   fan   club;   Noele   replied   saying   she'd   love   for   Crossroads   to   have   its   own society.   Anne   Meredith   started   the   small   'ATV   Crossroads   Fan   Club'   later   in   the   year.   It   was   a   Birmingham-local   club   which   never   went   national   and remained based only in the Midlands. With the departure of Noele Gordon from the series in 1981, out of disgust, the club closed. John    Jameson-Davis    launched    The    Crossroads   Appreciation    Society    on   April    4th    1988    after    months    of planning,   starting   way   back   in   the   summer   of   1987.   It   was   a   vast   community   of   Crossroads   fans   who   wanted to keep Crossroads alive and remember Noele Gordon. We   are   officially   known   as   'The   Noele   Gordon   and   Crossroads Appreciation   Society',   and   of   course   today   Noele is   still   the   'face'   of   Crossroads,   something   we   are   proud   to   promote,   but   we   have   also   been   known   simply   as 'Crossroads Appreciation Society' and 'Crossroads Fan Club' on TV features. In   April   1988   the   society   launched   a   newsletter,   which   mainly   continued   the   story   of   Crossroads   where   the final   episode   left   off.   For   many   years   the   newsletters   were   sent   all   over   the   UK   and   beyond   to   fans   of   the series   keen   to   have   a   little   bit   of   Crossroads   in   their   lives.   The   Crossroads   Fan   Club   side   of   the   society,   deals with   the   public   events   such   as   the   25th   anniversary   celebrations   in   1989.   It   cost   £12-per-year   to   join   the club. There were also regular gatherings for fans - mainly in Ross-on-Wye, where Noele Gordon is buried. On   the   week   the   society   launched   we   were   featured   in   the   TV   Times   magazine,   as   well   as   John   appearing   on TV-am's   Good   Morning   Britain,   BBC1's   Open Air   and   LWT's   The   6   O'clock   Show.   Simon   Cole   saw   John   on   TV-am and   offered   to   help   out   with   the   society;   others   also   became   involved,   most   notably   in   May   1988   when Central   sold-off   all   the   props   from   the   series.   Fans   bought   and   donated   items   to   the   fan   club;   notably   the   biggest   contributors   being   Peter   Kingsman,   a friend   of   Noele   Gordon's,   and   fan   from   episode   one   Kathleen   Hudson,   a   73-year-old,   who   became   one   of   the   faces   of   the   club   speaking   on   television programmes   occasionally   in   the   late   1980s   and   early   1990s.   Kathleen,   to   many,   summed   up   a   large   part   of   the   audience   who   were   being   neglected   by television bosses at the time - the older generation who enjoyed having such programmes to help fill a lonely existence. Simon   and   John   took   the   Crossroads Appreciation   Society   to   great   heights,   for   a   show   that   had   left   the   television   screens   it   proved   to   be   greatly   missed. Viewers   joined   CAS   in   their   droves   and   made   it   one   of   the   most   popular   fan   clubs   in   the   UK   for   a   British   soap.   In   1989   the   club   held   a   celebration   for   what was   the   programmes   25th   anniversary. The   event   was   attended   by   several   former   cast   and   crew   members   as   well   as   being   covered   in   the   press   locally   and nationally.   The   event   was   also   shown   nationally   on   BBC   One   and   locally   on   Central   Television.   Simon,   John   and   Kathleen   (Simon’s   gran)   all   spoke   in television   interviews   about   the   club   and   the   show.   During   this   era   a   great   help   was   Stephen   Cove,   who   does   a   great   impression   of   Noele   Gordon.   He’d even   met   Nolly   a   number   of   times.   At   the   event   he   played   ‘Meg’   in   a   special   25th   anniversary   live   stage episode. Towards   the   30th Anniversary   of   Crossroads   Simon   and   John   decided   to   take   a   more   back-seat   role,   and   with this   the   newsletter   came   to   an   end   -   amid   much   protest   from   the   fans   who   wanted   it   to   continue,   however   it had   started   to   take   up   too   much   of   their   time,   and   costs   were   rising;   the   society   had   become   so   popular   it was beginning to be a full time job! So in 1994 CAS took on a new direction. From   then   onwards   the   society   would   keep   the   memory   of   the   motel   alive   by   collecting   items   from   the   soap and   protecting   the   heritage   of   the   series.   New   boss   at   CAS,   Peter   Kingsman,   also   appeared   on   many   of   the Crossroads   tribute   shows,   including   the   one   we   helped   bring   to   life:   Crossroads   30   Years   On;   researched   by Simon,   John   and   Peter   for   Central   Television   in   1994.   The   new   CAS   office   was   officially   opened   by   Elizabeth Croft, who was at that time the oldest cast member. Elizabeth had played Edith Tatum from 1966 to 1983. CAS   was   also   very   much   the   campaign   body   for   Crossroads   fans   who   wanted   to   see   the   show   return   to   a television   station:   Partial   success   occurred   in   1996   when   UK   Gold   gave   in   and   decided   to   re-run   old   episodes. The   fan   club   also   worked   for   UK   Gold   in   a   research   capacity   for   the   re-run.   For   over   13   years   CAS   and   its members   had   been   writing   to   television   stations   asking,   begging   and   pleading   to   bring   the   show   back.   In   1999, Carlton television seriously considered the idea. And   in   2001   the   show   returned.   Peter   Kingsman   again   made   numerous   appearances   to   discuss   the   show   including   on   Channel   5's   Open   House,   Central Television's   Central   Weekend,   ITV2's   Soap   Fever   and   ITV1's   special   documentary   looking   at   the   return   of   the   soap,   Crossroads:   The   Comeback.   Again   the fan   club   liaised   with   Carlton-Central   in   a   advisory   role,   with   Peter   Kingsman   for   a   period   taken   on   as   a   paid   researcher   for   Carlton   which   saw   him   help with the historic and continuity facts for the new series. Crossroads   was   back   and   CAS   had   very   little   to   do   after   that,   no   longer   did   Central   need   to   treat   us   as   the   Crossroads   Public   Relation's   department   (as   they had   done   since   1988,   forwarding   any   of   the   soaps   enquiries   onto   the   society.)   Carlton   were   now   looking   after   all   the   Crossroads   enquiries,   so   the   society decided   to   look   into   its   vaults   and   provide   information   on   the   Internet   for   old   and   new   fans   of   the   soap   to learn about the ground breaking series, its history, cast and storylines. The   site   was   to   show   the   new   Crossroads   fans   just   what   exactly   Crossroads   was   -   and   the   site   would   also   be   a place   full   of   nostalgia   for   those   old   enough   to   remember   the   original.   The   Crossroads   Appreciation   Society website   actually   didn't   become   known   as   that   until   October   20th   2003.   The   new   homepage   was   a   combination of some already established websites: Our   online   sites   date   back   to   October   2000   with   Return   To   Crossroads   by   Ian   Armitage   and   The   Crossroads Years   by   Mike   Garrett   being   the   two   main   pages   that   were   merged   into   the   Crossroads   Fan   Club   and Appreciation   Society   site.   Daniel   Landsberger   had   created   a   Yahoo   Group,   The   Old   Crossroads   Fan   Club,   which debated the series. This also formed part of the new site. The   arrival   of   the   Crossroads   Appreciation   Society   online   coincided   with   the   idea   that   it   would   be   good   to merge   the   Fan   Club,   the   Crossroads   Years   and   Return   To   Crossroads   into   one   big   site.   The   new   look   Crossroads Fan   Club   became   active   on   January   13th   2003,   the   same   day   Crossroads   returned   for   its   third   series.   At   this point   some   of   the   archive   from   the   former   Midlands-only ATV   Crossroads   Fan   Club   (1976-1981)   was   taken   into the care of CAS. In   March   2003   it   was   decided   that   because   the   CAS   brand   had   been   around   since   1988,   it   was   better   to   re-establish   it   as   the   name   used   for   the   website rather   than   The   Crossroads   Fan   Club.   So   the   Crossroads   Appreciation   Society   name   was   reinstated   online. John   Jameson-Davis   (aka   John   Kavyo),   who   launched   the   Appreciation   Society   in   1988   returned   to   the   team along   with   Simon   Cole.   They   both   occasionally   offer   information   and   items   from   the   archives   to   keep   CAS   at the   forefront   at   protecting   Crossroads'   heritage.   John   also   for   a   number   of   years   was   an   admin   on   the Facebook   page   for   CAS.   Peter   Kingsman   was   also   still   active   within   the   world   of   Crossroads,   assisting   with   the recent   DVD   releases   and   continued   from   time   to   time   to   feature   as   a   spokesperson   for   the   club   in   the   media until 2012. Mike   Garrett   continues   to   produce   the   online   version   of   CAS,   with   contributors   such   as   Doug   Lambert,   Tom Dearnley-Davidson and John Drury giving their time to the site and society. But   the   Crossroads Appreciation   Society   is   not   just   a   website.   We   aim   to   archive   as   much   of   Crossroads'   history and   heritage   as   possible.   Of   course   its   an   expensive   'hobby'   and   everything   we   have   at   CAS   is   either   donated or bought by the team here to keep safe (out of their own funds - we have no budget.) Key Dates Monday,   July   19th   1976   -   ATV   Crossroads   Fan   Club   is   launched   in   Birmingham.   The   small   society   never   went further   than   having   fans   in   the   local   Midlands   area,   although   it   did   collect   photographs,   letters   and   items   from   the   programme   which   have   been   donated to CAS in more recent years. Wednesday,   November   11th   1981   - ATV   Crossroads   Fan   Club   'closes   down'. This   is   brought   about   due   to   the   departure   of   Noele Gordon. Friday,   3rd   July   1987   -   Crossroads   is   axed   by   Central   -   Plans   are   made   for   the   fan   club   to   reopen.   During   1987   and   1988   the new fan club team feature on television, newspaper and radio guest spots discussing the new club. Monday,   April   4th   1988   -   The   Noele   Gordon   and   Crossroads   Appreciation   Society   officially   launches   -   this   time   nationwide. Central donate documents and photographs. The society has been in operation ever since. April 11th 1988 - The first newsletters are released. They would be regularly distributed until 1994. May   1988   -   John   Jameson   Davies   (As   John   Kavyo)   appears   on   TVS   local   news   show   Coast   to   Coast   to   talk   about   the   100s   of letters he’s received since starting the Appreciation Society. May   9th   1988   -   Simon   Cole,   Kathleen   Hudson,   Peter   Kingsman   and   John   Kavyo   attend   the   Central   auction   of   Crossroads   items in   order   to   to   buy   items   for   the   Crossroads   archive.   Obtained   for   the   collection   included   such   gems   as   the   bureau   from   the motel   sitting   room,   furniture   from   the   Chimney's   set   (home   of   Jill   Chance),   the   original   motel   sign   [pictured   with   Kathleen, below right] and further photography. November   1994   -   The   Crossroads   Appreciation   Society   and   Central   Television   celebrate   30   years   since   the   first   episode   aired   with   a   special   documentary which airs on ITV. (Broadcast on various dates across the ITV regions.) Peter Kingsman also appears on Local News in the Anglia region to mark the date. Sunday April 4th 1998 - The Appreciation Society celebrates it's tenth year. Peter Kingsman appears on ITV Local News as the landmark passes. October 2000 - The first website from the fan club goes online. Monday   November   15th   2004   -   The   Crossroads   Network   is   launched   bringing   all   the   Crossroads   websites   together   with   one   forum   and   webring.   Its   part   of the 40th anniversary online celebrations for the serial March   2005   -   Crossroads   on   DVD. As   part   of   the   40th   celebrations   Network   DVD   and   Granada   Ventures   release   classic   episodes   of   the   motel   saga   on   digital video discs. The fan club provide additional material and photographs for the release. The DVD proves so successful more followed. Friday, April 4th 2008 - The Noele Gordon and Crossroads Appreciation Society celebrates twenty years of the re-launched fan club. November   2nd   2014   -   Crossroads   celebrates   its   50th Anniversary,   a   CAS   gathering   is   held   at   Penns   Hall   Hotel   (exterior   of   the   Crossroads   Motel   85-88)   with ITV   Central   News   joining   the   club   and   cast   to   share   memories   of   those   years   the   show   was   on   air.   The   Central   News   feature   also   contained   a   ‘mini reunion’ episode with Jill and Adam Chance (Jane Rossington and Tony Adams).
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Top Left: a Fan Club outing to Ross On Wye to visit Noele Gordon’s Grave in 1989. Bottom Left: The 1965-81 Crossroads Motel sign in the CAS archive. Bottom Middle: Crossroads Fan Club team members are pictured with cast from the series at the serials 25th anniversary event. Pictured Right: Fan Club team member of the 80s Stephen Cove meets Noele Gordon in 1983.