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Earliest 9th Nov 1969
14 Napchester Road
Information from John Marsh of Nursery says:- "The Whitfield Club was founded in 1946 by a group of local Gentlemen in The Old Village Hall, then located in The Drove which has now been demolished.
"The Founder Members all paid £10 membership for two ‘Nissen Huts' to be built on land located in Napchester Road which was donated by a local woman in the understanding that it would not be sold on for a profit.
"Later a Prefabricated Dance Hall was added next to the huts. A list of the founder members is given below."
George PALMER, Tim PALMER, Miss RICHARDS, Mr LINCOLN, Charlie ASHBY, Bert HAMBROOK, Mr HARROW, Sid REBBEGK, Jim BIGGS, Mr SLARKES, Jack COLLARD, Bill COLLARD, Capt.Bill SPENCER, Bert SUTTON, Capt Dick ROBERTS, Charlie ASHBY, Gilbert BARTLET, Vic WHITEHOUSE, Steve BINEAS, Dave JOYCE, Cyril TRAYNOR, George WEEKS, Bert COCKS, Tooty ASHDOWN, Arthur MOAT, Bert OLDHAM, Bert MARTIN, John HINMAN, William BROADLEY, Ben TAYLOR, Pat WALL, Vernon WALL, Len TANTON, Ted HOPPER, John MARSH,
Steve Bineas and John Marsh are the only surviving founder members today (9/2/2010). Below is shown one of the first receipts for membership.
The main building was built in by Barwicks and won awards for it's innovative design.
Mark Jennings says the following:- "The main building was designed by Williams Architects, built by Barwicks between 1968 & 1969 and officially opened on November 9th 1969 by Miss Richards with George Keates being the chairman and Nancy Whispen secretary.
Above photo showing the new club in 1969.
Above showing various photos from the opening in 1969.
Keith Barrett was the 1st Steward in the new club building who left at Christmas 1969."
Above photo showing George Keates and Keith Barrett. All above photos kindly sent by Mark Jennings.
"The later function hall extension was built between July 1983 & May 1984 by C.G. Smith and Colin Barker and opened on 18th May 1984."
The club today is run as a non profit making private members club and has been in operation since 1969 in its present building. In 2005 profits mainly through the sports facilities were low and so extensive renovations were carried out to allow it to include private functions as well as sports. Today, no sports are played in the function hall, only Yoga and Keep-fit but Snooker still being played in its renovated upper floor area.
In 2007 the smaller hall was renovated to cater for families and smaller functions.
The club also houses an indoor skittle alley in a separate building to the right of the main club and currently have a Pétanque (Boules) area and operate a summer league, quite unique in this area at present.
BARRETT Keith 1965-Christmas 69
HEART Wally 1980-early 80s
???? Bill mid 80s
BARRETT Keith 1984-85
AMOS Nigel mid-late 80s
CRITCHLEY Nigel late 80s
ABBOTT Keith 1990s (may have just worked here)
BLENKINSOP Jim 1991-93
QUESTED Mick 1993-95
VEITCH Lorna 1995-2000
HUTHART George 2000-10 (leaving in June)
GOLDFINCH Stephen 20/June/2010-13+
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