One subject that has precious little presence in the historical record, yet keeps cropping up again and again is that of the local Working Mens Clubs.
We’ve touched on them, and I always push out any material I get. The clubs were socially very important – they saw christening parties, birthdays, wedding receptions, retirement functions and wakes. They had sports teams, dominos leagues and dart championships. They organised day trips and Christmas parties for local kids.
There must be huge amounts of material related to these vital institutions lying yet to be found. If you have any, please share.
We did a fair bit on Middleton House thanks to Mike Steakhouse and Brian Stringer, and dribs and drabs about the Friezland Club, but we’d love more. What have you got that you could perhaps share? All donations welcome.
With that in mind, David Evans writes in with the above gem of club ephemera, courtesy of Pat Lynk:
Another cup of tea and a chat. This may be of interest to your readers – a medallion issued by Friesland Lane Working Mens Club marking the 1953 Coronation.
I wonder how many other Working Men’s Clubs celebrated the event in this way?
I would like to thank Mrs Pat Lynk – whose father, Mr Harrison was the secretary of the club at that time – for offering this to the blog
Thanks, as ever, to Pat and David.
We have next to nothing about these clubs. There was a whole life here, and it seems lost to us. Let’s see what we can find.
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