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Old Lincolnian
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151 of 162  Thu 2nd Mar 2017 1:13pm  
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Thanks MR, I don't know why for some reason I had got those two confused as well Thumbs up There's a history of the Albany Club (with some interesting photos) on their website Albany Club Edited by member, 2nd Mar 2017 1:14 pm
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RLCherrington
London
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152 of 162  Tue 21st Mar 2017 4:59pm  
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I hope the collection of historic documents going well Claudie for the Albany Club. Pleased that it's still going strong, one of the few clubs left now in Coventry. Keep us updated on your efforts! Smile
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RLCherrington
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153 of 162  Tue 21st Mar 2017 5:03pm  
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I wrote something about the Coombe Social back in 2008, they were celebrating their 75th anniversary. It's on my website Club Historians and also appears in my book as well as other Coventry clubs. Coombe Social was very much a miners club in its early days being near the colleries in Cov.
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seeley-jones
Blackpool
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154 of 162  Tue 11th Apr 2017 8:01pm  
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Hi everyone. I was born in Caludon Road and my mum and dad spent a lot of time down Stoke Ex-Servicemen's Club in Clay Lane. I spent a lot of my younger years down there and I have been searching for a long time for a photograph of the club when it was the original big house called THE COTTAGE - any help would be appreciated. The club used the original interior of the building as its club before they had alterations which demolished the earlier old building. Cheers, David
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Harrier
Coventry
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155 of 162  Mon 1st May 2017 9:43am  
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Anyone any ideas what the 'Sports and Social Centre Twisted ' was in the Holyhead Road and whereabouts was it in the road? What was the organisation behind it? I have a date reference of 1945. Edited by member, 1st May 2017 9:45 am
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Heathite
Coventry
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156 of 162  Mon 1st May 2017 11:03am  
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It looks like it was here, read on: 30 October 1943 - Coventry Standard - Coventry, West Midlands, England. Full article as follows. Coventry Sports and Social Centre. To be opened by American visitor. The opening ceremony of the Coventry Sports and Social Centre, 64, Holyhead Road, is to be performed next Saturday by Mr Fred Hoehler a past president of the American Conference of Social Work. American labour organisations contributed £1,000 towards the cost of renovation, and equipment of the centre. Mr Hoehler is on a special mission in this country on behalf united States government in connection with post-war relief and rehabilitation of the enemy occupied countries. He is the former director of the United States Public Welfare Association. The Mayor is to preside and among the speakers will be a representative of the Ministry of labour. The centre has 24 well equipped rooms with a library and a theatre. It was opened in August, has now more than 500 members, including many transferred workers. The warden is Mr W J Cox (organising secretary of Coventry sports and Social Association). It is hoped to provide similar centres in various parts of the city. Edited by member, 1st May 2017 11:37 am
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Midland Red

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157 of 162  Mon 1st May 2017 12:57pm  
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Some more Thumbs up Coventry Evening Telegraph - Friday 25 June 1943 BOLD IDEAS BEHIND NEW SOCIAL CENTRE FOR CITY WORKERS PREPARATIONS are almost complete for turning St. John’s Church House, 64, Holyhead Road, into a new social centre for Coventry workers. The work is being carried out under the auspices of the Coventry Sports and Social Association, which is extending its influence to take in a steadily increasing number of cultural interests. It is anticipated that this Centre will, in the words of the organising secretary (Mr. W. J. Cox), “become a permanent feature in the social life of Coventry as the home of a wide variety of human activities, from educational classes to ballroom dancing, from a make-and-mend group to an amateur orchestra, from drama to keep-fit classes, from choral groups to an art exhibition - in other words, a communal focal point for the rich social life of a progressive city.” MAIN AMENITIES The social centre will cater for men and women over 18. They will have the use of several large lounges, writing and reading rooms, library, a laundry, sewing rooms, men’s and women’s bathrooms, billiards and table-tennis rooms, rehearsal and meeting rooms, and a cafe-lounge. These are all being tastefully furnished and decorated. The large assembly hall, which has dressing-rooms and a well-fitted stage, is being almost rebuilt, and will be ready for an autumn and winter season of entertainments and similar activities. All traces of damage caused to the building by air raids have vanished. GENERAL POLICY The general policy of the centre will be directed by the Management Committee, through its administrative officers, Mr. Cox and Mrs. C. Thomas (club reader), but the organisation of the various activities and groups will be in the hands of members themselves through the agencies of their own committees and sub-committees. In short, the centre will offer facilities for every kind of social activity, with home amenities that may be lacking in many of the workers’ billets. Details of the scheme are being sent to welfare officers of local factories, and application forms are available at 64, Holyhead Road.
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158 of 162  Thu 4th May 2017 4:05pm  
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On 1st May 2017 9:43am, Harrier said: Anyone any ideas what the 'Sports and Social Centre Twisted ' was in the Holyhead Road and whereabouts was it in the road? What was the organisation behind it? I have a date reference of 1945. Edited by member, 1st May 2017 9:45 am
For history of the building, Harrier, take a look at this thread Thumbs up
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Midland Red

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159 of 162  Sun 7th May 2017 8:09am  
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"Five social clubs Coventry has loved and lost" - Telegraph article Oh my
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RLCherrington
London
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160 of 162  Fri 19th May 2017 10:06pm  
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Very sad we lost these clubs. I was particularly close in many ways to the Canley Social club having grown up across the street from it and watched it being demolished 2 years ago. I've written about such clubs on my website club historians if anyone wishes to read a bit more.
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francesb
tile hill south
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161 of 162  Mon 22nd May 2017 10:39am  
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My uncle Bob James was a boxer & trained many lads at the Stoke Ex-Service Club francesb
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RLCherrington
London
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162 of 162  Mon 22nd May 2017 9:18pm  
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Many clubs held boxing lessons for the lads in the 50s into 60s, Canley did as well. There is a long tradition of that. Just another example of the sort of things clubs did and the way they contributed to communities. Taught the lads some discipline and to fight fairly.
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