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This page gives information on all online meetings currently running in Southdown Intergroup area. Physical meetings will be notified in the ‘Physical Meetings’ section of this website. If you are a GSR and need an amendment making please email Andy N at

If you are NEW to A.A. we strongly suggest you call our local helpline first before attending an online meeting. This will allow us to explain how A.A. can help you and how the meetings work, and is a lot more personal than going into a meeting ‘cold’. The number to call is 023 9258 0776 and is manned 24/7.

You can also find out more by downloading our Starter Pack which can be found HERE.

If you want to start a new online group and this is not a replacement for a physical meeting then you will need to register with GSO via the Pink Form and advise our Intergroup Secretary Colin E –

GSO has issued guidelines regarding good practice and anonymity for setting up and publishing details of online meetings. It also has information on how to deal with malicious participants. The guidelines can be found HERE.

ZOOM GUIDE – A guide for Hosts setting up Zoom can be found HERE. It contains information on all the Zoom settings you need to achieve the best experience for participants and the various trade-offs of function, anonymity and security. There are practical tips on etiquette and on running the meeting. This is a MUST READ.

We do not endorse any conferencing products, they all have their relative merits and limitations. Those that have a paid-for license generally have better controls over anonymity and meeting management.

WEEKLY meetings:

Sunday – Chichester, 18:00, “Emotions in Recovery” Zoom, CLICK TO JOIN, ID: 510 144 171, Password: Recovery, Steve S,

Monday – Gosport Bridgemary Monday Step Meeting, 19:30, CLICK TO JOIN Meeting ID 831 5688 6002    Passcode: 174033  OPEN AS NORMAL BOXING DAY

Monday – Haslemere Big Book Study Group, 19:00 Meeting ID 857 054 2561 Passcode ppgbbs

Monday – Liss Online, 20:00 – 21:00, Meeting Zoom ID: 837 2780 6264 Meeting passcode: All41 Click HERE to join

Tuesday – Chichester, “As Bill Sees It”, 20:00, Zoom, CLICK TO JOIN, ID: 931 671 755, Password: Recovery, Steve S:

Tuesday – Some Alcoholics Require Medication, 18:00 Zoom meeting 549 743 3417 no password. This is a 12 step recovery program and follows the AA PAMPHLET Some Alcoholics Require Medication which is available from GSO

Wednesday – Haslemere, 20:00 – 21:00, Zoom, Meeting ID:  874 2107 7994, Passcode: 661613 NEW MEETING ID AND PASSCODE FROM 19th JULY

Wednesday – Bognor Regis, CLOSED

Wednesday – Southdown Midweek online, “Living the AA Way”, 11:15, CLICK TO JOIN, ID: 816 2713 6007, Passcode: 947642  Clare M:

Wednesday – Ventnor 19:00 to 20:00 Zoom CLICK TO JOIN Meeting ID: 831 1329 1707, Passcode 682339

Wednesday – Newport Common Solution Group – CLOSED

Thursday – Emsworth, As Bill Sees It Discussion Meeting, CLOSED

Thursday – Bognor Regis, Closed

Thursday – Petworth, 20:00, Zoom, CLICK TO JOIN, Meeting ID: 842 5155 9630, Password: 632419

Friday – Chichester, 19:30, Zoom, CLICK TO JOIN, ID: 805 965 268, Password: Recovery, Steve S,  this meeting is Hybrid, face to face is at – The Friends Meeting House, Chichester Quakers, Prior road, Chichester PO19 1NX

Friday – Haslemere, Step, 12:00, Zoom, CLICK TO JOIN, ID: 815 4197 9552, Passcode: 12by12

Saturday – Emsworth, 10:00, CLOSED

PHONE-IN meeting facility, Zoom

For those without a smart device or internet access (!) you can dial in from your mobile or Landline to a Zoom meeting. All you have to do is call one of the numbers listed below and enter the ID of the meeting and a password (if required) when prompted:

0330 088 5830

0131 460 1196

0203 481 5237

0203 481 5240

0208 080 6591

0208 080 6592

You can unmute or mute your phone by keying *6 at any time

You can ‘raise your hand’ by keying *9 at any time. The meeting Host will see a notification and will take this as a request to speak.

Since you could be on the phone for an hour or more you should check your calling plan with your service provider to understand what these calls are likely to cost. Basically it’s the cost of calling an 01, 02 or 03 number in the UK.

Online meeting preparation, etiquette and what to expect

Whichever conferencing tool you use you should edit your profile to contain your first name and surname initial. This helps with identification and is less likely to be misconstrued when Hosts are admitting people into meetings.

It is suggested you join the call (i.e. click on the highlighted word “JOIN”) up to 30 minutes in advance of the meeting start so the meeting Host can get organised and help those having problems. It can be like a ‘chat room’ at this time if the Host allows it. During this time you can get tea/coffee go to the loo etc.!

Please close all other internet applications on your device as they impact the quality of the meeting call. If your connection is dropped, click on the “JOIN” link again.

Please turn off or silence mobile phones if you are not using them to attend the meeting.

Once the meeting starts then as far as possible it will be conducted as if everyone is in a room together i.e. only one person is speaking at any one time. It is customary to mute your microphone unless you are going to speak. This reduces noise which gets worse the more participants there are. If several people try to speak at once the audio feed gets really muddled. The meeting Host will normally have a function to mute everyone except the current speaker. If you wish to speak please raise your hand. Some meetings have a button for this and a hand icon will appear in your window.

Out of courtesy to other participants and especially if there is a guest speaker, please keep your video feed on and only turn it off where necessary.

If there are many participants or the meeting quality suffers – e.g. audio or video dropouts, the Host will try to compensate by turning off the video feed for everyone.

This obviously affects the feel of the meetings we are used to when we are in the same room. We’ll have to get used to it.

Please bear with your Hosts as they get to grips with this new method of running meetings so we can deliver the best experience to everyone.

If you wish to suggest any improvements to a meeting the Host will usually stay online after it has finished.