Our Club History

The Meridian Roller Figure and Dance Club is one of the oldest members of the Federation of Artistic Roller Skating (FARS).

The club was created in 1948 and was originally called The Bell Mar club run by the famous coach Billie Belchum and John Marchant.

 

When they retired the committee decided to rename the club Meridian due to the club being based in the Greenwich area in London. The club was originally based in the The Arches Leisure Centre which was know at the time as Greenwich Baths.

 

The Baths had two large swimming pools which had a wooden floor laid over the top of them to create a large roller skating rink. This was one of the premier roller skating facilities in London.

 

The first coach of the Meridian club was Jenny Mudge and then Pauline Potts, who stayed with the club for many years, until Wendy Murphy joined and took over as Head Coach in the 70's. Wendy still remains the Head Coach at the club due to her outstanding coaching talent and love of the sport.

 

On an annual basis Meridian are proud to host an Open Competition that invites all the Artistic Roller Skating clubs from across the UK to attend and compete for medals, trophies and recognition.

 

This is held at the Walnuts Leisure Centre and is always a popular event for competitors and spectators alike. Please keep an eye on the upcoming events section of our website to find out when the next one will be. We look forward to seeing you there. 

Our club logo reflects our heritage in Greenwich as the "M" shape on the logo is actually the Meridian Line Sculpture which is located at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park. If you turn the sculpture sideways and look at it face on, you will see the axis of the globe forming the "letter M" This is where we took our inspiration from.

Our Committee

We are Based at the Walnuts Leisure Centre in Orpington, Kent.

 

Walnuts Leisure Centre

Lych Gate Road

Orpington

Kent

BR6 0TJ

  

The club runs skating sessions to cater for all ages and standards. Please view the sessions section on this website to see the times we offer.

Want to skate with us?

 

For general enquiries call Alison on:                              

07957 478462

or e-mail

meridianrfdc@hotmail.com

Fancy a Roller Disco as well?

Our friends at Silver Wheels offer roller discos across the South East.

For more details visit their website -

http://www.silverwheelsrollerdisco.co.uk/

Do you have the right equipment?

Meridian have entered a partnership with a company to supply our skaters with the correct high quality skates using top world class brands such as Roll-Line, Edea, Risport and Komplex to make the step forward towards competitive skating. These skates are fully endorsed by the coaches at the club and really make a difference in your skating ability. 

 

This is a hire scheme which costs only £16 per month.

 

For additional details vistit http://www.skatermate.co.uk

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