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Working Men's Club

Open 2020+



From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 7 January 1938.

Working Men's Club Christmas Party 1938


Children of members of the Working Men's Club, Snargate Street, at tea and the Christmas party on Saturday.



The original Dover Working Men's Club was in Snargate Street. Today, the new club is situated at Jasper House, just off London Road.


From the Dover Express, 5 March, 1954


Hall builders

Above shows members of the Dover Working Men's Club, voluntarily and in their spare time, built the handsome new concert hall at the club, in London Road. The fifty-seven represent a host of trades, including bricklayers, plasterers, miners, railwaymen, labourers and even old age pensioners. After a celebration tea, on Saturday, a most enjoyable concert was held, with artistes from London.


Dover Working Mens Club

Above and below show the current Working Men's Club at Dover, both pictures taken on 9 April 2010.

Dover Working Mens Club

The recent attachment  to the building shown on the extreme right of the picture is where they house the skittle alley.


From the Dover Express, 27 August, 2007

Robbers strike at men's club

TWO women cleaners were locked in a room by robbers at Dover Working Men's Club at the weekend.

Three men entered the club, in London Road, between 7.10 and 7.30am on Sunday when the two cleaners were the only people in the building.

The men locked the women in a room and then searched the club, causing an estimated 750 worth of damage, and stealing a quantity of cash.

Exactly how much was stolen has not been revealed.


Neither of the women was injured, and they raised the alarm once the men had left.

The offenders were all described as white men wearing hooded tops.

The first was less than six feet tall, medium build, older than a teenager, wearing a dark waist length jacket with a hood.

The second man was medium to stocky build, wearing a hooded jacket, and the third man was shorter than the other two, with a light coloured hooded top. All three had their hoods up.

• Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to contact police on 01303 289180, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Calls to Crimestoppers are free, callers do not have to give their name, and could be eligible for reward.


From, 26 March, 2008. BY MARIJKE COX


TOUGH TIMES: Manager Sharon Gatehouse (left) and barmaid Kirsty Beer at the Dover Working Men's Club, where the smoking ban has led to a considerable drop in takings


DOVER Working Men's Club is suffering a lack of business following the introduction of the smoking ban, but workers are adamant that it's staying open.

As the only working men's club in Dover, business used to be thriving, but now the ban is firmly in place bar staff are worried it could spell the end for the men's club culture.

Chris Aherne, one of the committee members, said: “We're definitely not closing, but we've been suffering a lack of business for a while now.

“Just last Monday all we took was 22 in one evening and that's from 7pm to 11pm - it's ridiculous to only make that amount.

“Since the smoking ban started last year, custom has dropped. People would rather buy some beers from the supermarket and go home, where they can smoke.

“Although we have no plans to close, it's so quiet in here now. It was not so bad in the summer because people don't mind going outside when it's warmer, but in the winter people would rather not stand in the cold to have a cigarette.”

Working men's clubs were created in the 19th century in industrial areas of Great Britain to provide recreation for working-class men and their families.

They are a type of private social club and - although initially designed for men - women and children are now welcome as guests in every branch.

Kevin Smyth, general secretary at the Working Men's Club and Institute Union, said: “The smoking ban has had an effect on clubs - some clubs have noticed a 10 per cent drop in custom.

“Others have not seen a change, though, so it's difficult to come up with a firm answer about the effect the ban has had.

“Many members haven't been going into the clubs if they're smokers as they don't want to stand outside in the cold. Hopefully that won't be such a problem as the weather improves.

“If people are really desperate for a cigarette and not prepared to go outside then the only alternative is for them to stop at home and that has obviously happened with a number of individuals.

“People's takings are down across the country.”

The Dover Working Men's Club is one of those to have seen a big difference in takings since the ban came in, but workers are hopeful things will get better as the summer arrives.

Mr Aherne said: “The main thing is we don't want people to think we have closed. I took a call the other day from a woman wanting to book a function but thought we had closed.

“We are Open 2014+ and hope to remain so in the future.”


From the Dover Mercury, 17 February, 2021. By Sam Lennon.

Police officer narrowly avoids being sacked.

Dover Working Man's Club 2019

A policeman found to be guilty of gross misconduct narrowly avoided being sacked.

P.C. Stephen Kerr instead got a final written warning after a Kent Police disciplinary panel had ruled that he had failed to take action to protect a woman who was assaulted outside a working men’s club in Dover.

The members had also ruled that he had made an inaccurate statement, with omissions, about what had happened.

Their decision on the sanction came on Friday afternoon after four hours of deliberation.

Panel chairman Ms. Chiew Yin Jones said:- "The panel finds that a final written warning is a proportionate outcome.

But she told him:- "P.C. Kerr, I can’t tell you how close you were to being dismissed today."

The case stemmed from a domestic incident at "Dover Working Men’s Club" in London Road on October 23, 2019 when P.C. Kerr was off duty and playing pool with friends.

A row developed between a couple and the man took the woman outside.

The panel upheld the allegation that P.C. Kerr saw the man was being aggressive and had failed to follow them out to check on her welfare and failed to call police.

She ended up with her head pushed against a car windscreen.

P.C. Kerr, 47, on giving evidence, had asserted that he felt he had no reason to intervene as the woman did not seem distressed and did not appear to be in danger.

This point was echoed by two of his friends, Edward King and Paul Wright, who were there that night and appeared during the tribunal as witnesses.

But the panel took the weight of its evidence from CCTV filmed that night.

P.C. Kerr said he didn’t call on-duty police as a member of the public had already done that.

He had denied all the allegations against him.

Kevin Baumber, counsel for P.C. Kerr, told the hearing:- "He was not involved in the incident but it was a failure to get involved where he fell foul."

He added that the extent of the woman’s injury was that her lip had been banged inside the car.

The panel decided that P.C. Kerr had breached three standards in professional behaviour, which were honesty and integrity, duties and responsibilities, and discreditable conduct.

The officer was expected to uphold these even when off duty.

One mitigating factor the panel took into account was that P.C. Kerr was never responsible for the assault itself.

They said that his inaccurate statement was to mitigate his poor judgement at the time rather than harm an investigation.

They also accepted that P.C. Kerr had been in a single, brief and fast moving episode where he had to make instant decisions. Character references showed that he was otherwise honest, hard working and reliable.

The three-day hearing, with video links between parties, was centred on Kent Police Headquarters in Maidstone.

The tribunal had earlier ruled that the woman victim was not to be publicly identified.

Detective Chief Inspector Natalie Potter of Kent Police’s Professional Standards Department said in a statement:- "Police officers are in a position of trust and should display honesty and integrity at all times whether on or off duty. This has been accepted by the panel as a lapse of judgement by P.C. Kerr whose actions did not support our efforts to tackle domestic abuse and safeguard victims.

"We expect the highest standards of profession




GATEHOUSE Sharon (manager) 2008+


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