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The Wesley Road Club

(Founded 1895)

A private members club for men only was founded in 1895 called the Wesley Road Liberal Club. The club has grown considerably over the years and membership is now open to all. The club has no political affiliations.

The Club was founded in 1895 by a group of Liberal gentlemen from the Gloucester Road and Wesley Road area of the town. The aim was to provide a meeting place for working class men of the area who supported Liberal political views. It also aimed to provide educational support for its members by providing books, newspapers and talks. It was a club only for men and was closely controlled by the committee The Club thrived over the years, with fetes, air rifle range, children's parties and suppers, with ladies being allowed to come and help with the children's parties.

 

The club reached its peak in the sixties when Saturday nights were standing room only and there was a waiting list to become a member

The Club no longer holds any political affiliations and the men only rule was dropped many years ago. Today the ladies hold equal membership with the men and serve on the committee and act as officers of the club.

 

Today the Club is still active and has a healthy, growing membership, but there is always room for new members. We are constantly improving the Club. In in December 2014 we made improvements to the car park including the provision of disabled parking spaces.

The club takes an active part in the local community. Meetings of the Newtown Area Residents Association are held in the club, and the car park is used by Newtown School and local Churches. The PHAB and Archway Clubs also meet on the premises

 

Bingo with a snowball is held on Sunday and Wednesday nights, doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 8pm. Alternate Fridays there is Ballroom Dancing in the hall (see the calendar for details). On Saturdays  there is normally live music in the bar. Each December we hold a Christmas Draw with tickets on sale in the bar.