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Earliest 9th Nov 1969

Whitfield Club

Open 2014+

14 Napchester Road

Whitfield

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Whitfield Club 2005

Above shows Whitfield Club 2005.

Whitfield Club 2007

Above shows Whitfield Club 2007 before the smoking ban.

Whitfield Club 2008

Above shows Whitfield Club 2008 with covered smoking area outside.

Whitfield Club

Above pictures shows the Whitfield Club Google shot 2005.

Whitfield Club 1980s arial shot

Arial shot from the 80s.

Whitfield Club bar

Above shows the bar area 2008.

Whitfield Club function hall

Above shows the function room 2005.

 

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.

Whitfield Club 1946 receipt

 

Mark Jennings has found some old photographs from 199, just before the new Barwick's building was built. Hopefully further details for each photograph will be added.

 

Whitfield Club 1966

Photo 1 1966 at a 21st birthday doo. George Palmer, George Keates (Chairman) and Nancy Whispen (Sec.)

Whitfield Club 1966

Photo 2. 1966 showing the old original skittle alley.

Whitfield Club 1966

Photo 3. 1966 card game.

Whitfield Club 1966

Photo 4. 1966 at a 21st birthday doo.

Whitfield Club 1966

Photo 5. 1966 at a 21st birthday doo.

Whitfield Club 1966

Photo 6. 1966 at a 21st birthday doo.

Whitfield Club 1966

Photo 7. 1966 at a 21st birthday doo.

Whitfield Club 1966

Photo 8. 1966 at a 21st birthday doo.

Whitfield Club 1966

Photo 9. 1966 at a 21st birthday doo.

Whitfield Club 1966

Photo 10. 1966 at a 21st birthday doo.

Whitfield Club 1966

Photo 11. 1966.

 

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.

Whitfield Club 1969

Above photo showing the new club in 1969.

Various photos from opening 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."

George Keates and Keith Barrett

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.

 

Renovations 2005Renovations 2005

Above photographs by kind permission Mark Jennings, Whitfield Club.

 

In 2007 the smaller hall was renovated to cater for families and smaller functions.

 

Renovations 2007Renovations 2007 Renovations 2007Renovations 2007

Above photographs by kind permission Mark Jennings, Whitfield Club.

Extension opening ceremony 1980s

Above photo showing the people celebrating the opening of its extension in the early 80s.

Left to right Dave Ivory (Whitbread Rep.) Jim Butler (Sec.) Tom Baldwin (Chairman) Chris King (Whitbread Snr. Agent) Jim Biggs (Snr. Life Member) Wally Heart (Steward).

Later Tom Baldwin went on to become licensee of the "Fox" at Temple Ewell.

 

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.

 

Whitfield Club plans

Above picture show the plans of the building.

Above shows the plans of the area owned by the club.

From the Dover Express, 9 April, 2009

Whitfield Club advery 2009

 

Visit their web site at:- http://www.thewhitfieldclub.com

 

Jim Blenkinsop

Jim Blenkinsop. 1991-93.

Mick Quested

Mick Quested. 1993-95.

Lorna Veitch

Lorna Veitch. 1995-2000.

George Huthart

George Huthart. 2000-10.

George Huthart

George Huthart again who will be leaving in June 2010.

Stephen Goldfinch 2010

Stephen Goldfinch 20th June 2010+

 

LICENSEE LIST

BARRETT Keith 1965-Christmas 69

HEART Wally 1980-early 80s

???? Bill mid 80s

BARRETT Keith 1984-85

AMOS Nigel Next pub licensee had 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+

 

If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-

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