Golden times for village club
PUBLISHED: 08:45 10 July 2012
A COMMUNITY social club which plays an integral part of village life in Worle will mark an important milestone this month.
Worle Century Club in Mendip Avenue will hold a week of celebrations from July 15-22 to mark its golden anniversary.
Worle Village Club started in 1905 and was built on land donated by the Hardwick family.
But by 1961 it was failing to pay its way and a few prominent members decided to form a social club on the premises.
It was hoped it would attract 100 members, hence the name Worle Century Club, and it was formally opened on September 1, 1962.
Membership grew rapidly and now stands at about 1,500, although the number of active members is considerably less.
Over the years the club has been used for skittles, darts, cribbage, bingo, quizzes and a variety of other entertainment.
Artists who have appeared at the club include Adge Cutler, the Wurzels, the Swinging Blue Jeans, Phil Cool, Brian Poole, Tim Pitman and many local groups.
The club’s leaders have made numerous improvements and additions to the Mendip Avenue building over the years, including a flat above for the club manager, provision of a lounge bar (the Weaden Bar), extensions to the skittle alley and main bar (Skidmore Bar).
The latest additions have been solar panels on part of the roof.
The club has also been actively involved with charity work. This has included Christmas parcels for original Worle Old Folks, fundraising for Weston General Hospital and local orphans homes, helping Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Falklands Heroes Appeal, Make a Wish children’s appeal and, closer to home, helping to get the clock on Worle War Memorial working again.