ALLFELLAS Gay Social Group Newsletter Autumn 1995

The Allfellas newsletter published in the Autumn of 1995 this manually typed and formatted newsletter was photocopied on A3 paper and tri folded to make a tall narrow booklet.

On the front cover there is a tribute to Terry Sweet a founder member of the Allfellas group who was brutally murdered in Central  Park (7th November 1995).

Tribute to Terry Sweet Allfellas Newsletter Autumn 1995

Tribute to Terry Sweet – founder member of Allfellas

The Tribute:

It is with great sadness that we pay tribute to our friend Terry. He was a founder member of our group and together with Albert always made us very welcome at their home. We greatly miss his kindness and consideration for others, nothing was ever too much trouble for him and he greatly enjoyed a laugh and chat with his friends. His violent death was a shock to everyone and our thoughts are with Albert at this dreadful time.

In this issue Ted thanks all the contributors, Vic and Bill for all their hard work, and John P for doing the photocopying.

A Scan of the Allfellas Autumn 1995 newsletter

Summary of Content:

3 Years old and still going strong

Rumours went around that ALLFELLAS had finished apparently one or two sour ex members had spread the word. Allfellas had recently celebrated it’s 3rd birthday and is a thriving group with a nice bunch of fellas ranging in age from early 20s to early 70s.

Picnic Time

In August the group held a picnic at Mount Edgecombe where some of the fellas splashed in the sea and others relaxed in the sun. The day was rounded off with a Cream tea in the Orangery.

Out and About in Andalucia

Andy and Andy give a detailed account of their holiday in Spain.


Callum provides a review of a trip to Blackpool where he stayed at the ‘TRADES HOTEL’ which was for gay males only, he gives an account of the thriving gay scene in Blackpool. Basils Nightclub, Pepe’s Bar, The Flying Handbag and Flamingo club are all mentioned.

In Other Words

Gay Jones provides an overview of ‘In Other Words‘ Plymouth’s gay friendly bookshop that had recently celebrated it’s 13th Birthday (1995).

The article promotes PG (Europe) a mail order and wholesale service that imported Gay Rainbow accessories with ‘leather pride goods’ being a speciality.  Gay goes on to say – “We have always wanted to provide a service for gay people in Plymouth, and support local campaigns and groups. We always like to do up-front window displays for Pride in June and National AIDS day on December 1st”.

Apparently Saturday was a good day for cruising in the shop as two thirds of customers at weekends seemed to be Gay!

Amsterdam Scene

Callum gives us a detailed account of a ‘cheap’ holiday to Amsterdam that cost £160 for the flights and 1 week accommodation. Though he does warn of expensive drinks and food with a cup of tea costing £1 and Coffee was £2. Callum describes the gay bars, back rooms and a ‘mixed’ cinema that showed female videos on the 1st floor with a gay cinema  on the 2nd floor.

Calstock River Trip

On Sunday September 10th 1995 the group enjoyed a really good boat trip up the river Tamar to Calstock lasting approx 5 hours costing £6 each. Members only paid £3 as the cost was subsidised out of group funds.


27 members of the group enjoyed a Bar-B-Q at Ted and Dons house where they ended up sat around a bonfire exchanging stories of conquest, missed opportunities and past lovers.

Related Articles:

Terry Sweet Murder reported in the Independent 9th Nov 1995

Allfellas Newsletter Summer 1994

Allfellas Poster 1990’s

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