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Bedworth
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166 of 175  Fri 30th Nov 2018 2:06pm  
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The R.A.O.B. Club fits Kaga's description in that it is on the opposite side of Foleshill Rd from the Gas Club, and when walking from Elmsdale Avenue it is towards the old gasworks gate. The only other club near there that I know of was the Foleshill Social Club which was on the same side as the Gas Club. All three of these clubs were operating when I knew the area reasonably well in the 1970's.
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johnwright
combe martim
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167 of 175  Fri 30th Nov 2018 7:08pm  
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Hi Not Local. I can assure you that the R.A.O.B. club (The Buffs) was not near the old Gas Works gate. I was born and raised in Parkstone Road, and can assure you that the Foleshill Social club which later became "The Buffs" was just over the Foleshill Road from Parkstone Road. The Foleshill Social Club, on the same side of the Foleshill Road as Parkstone Road, was built when the old club was changed to "The Buffs", this was in the 1960s. The old Gas Club by the New Inn Bridge, was, I believe, burned down and the old offices of the gas works became the Gas Club further down the Foleshill Road on the opposite side of Arbury Avenue, not Elmsdale Avenue. By the way the "new" Foleshill Social Club, built in the 1960s, has now been demolished. It was built on the grounds of a large house and orchard owned by Mr and Mrs Lee. I can remember the apple trees in the old Foleshill Social Club's grounds where we used to play as kids and go scrumping. One day a committee member came out of the club house and caught me still up the apple tree!!!!
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Not Local
Bedworth
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168 of 175  Fri 30th Nov 2018 10:50pm  
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Hi johnwright. I was trying to match Kaga's description of the club to the locations which I knew in the 1970's and those which are still there today. I did not know that the Gas Club moved from one location to another after a fire. My guess is that the club Kaga was talking about must have been the old Gas Club which if it was by the New Inn bridge was also close to the gasworks gate. It is all a bit like my old mate giving a bloke directions from Bedworth to somewhere in Longford - he told the chap to go down by the iron bridge but then said it is not an iron bridge any more. He knew where he was talking about, but the newcomer to the city did not have a clue. I think the site of the 'new' Foleshill Social Club is now a timber company. There are not any apple trees any more, of that I am certain, and no committee men lurking to catch schoolboys doing what schoolboys always did. Modern kids are too busy with their electronic games to go scrumping!
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mickmitro
tile hill coventry
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169 of 175  Sat 1st Dec 2018 12:03am  
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That's a sad story about the decline of a club that I loved. I took the place for granted and thought it would be there forever, sadly nothing stays the same. I think we all hanker over the "good old days" but maybe the present days are the good days and we should appreciate them as such. I remember your mum and dad and many more from the club, lots of interesting characters, great Xmas parties that I remember as a child. Canley has lost a great community centre.
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johnwright
combe martim
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170 of 175  Sat 1st Dec 2018 5:15am  
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Hi Not Local again. You are correct, the original Gas Club was on the other side of the Foleshill Road, opposite the Gas Works gates. It was a wooden construction, and to make it stand level one end was on stilts - as kids we would play underneath, very often found old snooker cues there. Next to the Gas Club was Duns Aluminium Foundry, then a row of shops, the first being a wine shop owned by Mrs Aubrey, the wife of Mr Aubrey who was a barber and had his barbers shop further up the Foleshill Road opposite Elmsdale Avenue. You mention Kaga, his wife lived in Elmsdale Avenue. Yes, I think that you are correct, the old/new site of the Foleshill Social Club is now a timber yard - I say old/new site because it was new to us in the 1960s but now of course it is the old site. I left Coventry for North Devon in 1972 so my knowledge of present day Coventry comes from sites like this and Coventry Facebook sites, and of course Google Maps but I still have fond memories of my life in Foleshill, Coventry.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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171 of 175  Sat 1st Dec 2018 11:01am  
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jonhwright, Non Local, The Foleshill Social Club, 1956, held ballroom dancing lessons - my wife attended. My wife left Windmill, Easter 1958. At that time my parents lived at Canal House, side of New Inn Bridge. Starkey's newspaper shop was on the corner of Elmsdale. Have no idea about the 1970's.
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johnwright
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172 of 175  Sat 1st Dec 2018 11:29am  
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Hi Kaga. I never went to the ballroom dancing lessons at the Foleshill Social Club, but as aforementioned did go to their Monday disco. I take it that your wife, Janet, left Windmill Road School in 1958. I left there a year later. Yes, Starkey's newspaper shop was on the corner of Elmsdale Avenue, on the opposite corner was an ironmonger's - I think that his name was Izzard, but could be wrong. I remember the canal house where your parents lived just over the New Inn bridge. I think that I have mentioned to you before that in their garden was a tunnel that went part way under the Longford Road. We of course were trespassing when we entered it!!!!! I remember falling into the canal from the towpath just outside your parents' garden gate, fortunately my cousin was there to pull me out.
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arley
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173 of 175  Sun 2nd Dec 2018 11:54am  
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On 22nd Nov 2011 8:23pm, Adrian said: Just looking online, and it's sad to see the the club has closed and had a serious fire. In its day the 50s and 60s, Stoke Ex-servicemen's had a great boxing club, producing some great boxers, some who were ABA champions. Who can remember the Maras, Ted, Barry, Brian, Alan?, and Johnny Carey, Terry Schofield, Jimmy Howe etc.
I remember Alan Mara used to ride a Triumph bike, and Johnny Carey whose biggest problem in a fight was his hair flopping over his face instead of getting it cut
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Cherwell
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174 of 175  Thu 20th Dec 2018 6:15pm  
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"Work starts to turn social club into temple" - article
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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175 of 175  Thu 20th Dec 2018 8:05pm  
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Thanks for that MR. It was sad when the club closed. My parents were regular visitors. Dad used to call the bingo on Mondays and mum sold the tickets. Dad always used to make us laugh as well into his 80’s he used to say he was raising money for the “old folks'“ outing. Mum still used to manage to go when she was in Weavers Care Home as the carers used to push them down in their wheelchairs on Mondays. I am glad she did not see its demise. We had both Mum and Dad’s wake there. It would have been nice if it could have continued as a club but it was obviously not viable so at least it will not be left to become a sad derelict building.
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