Not Just Beer and Bingo! A Social History of Working Mens Clubs
A Social History of Working Mens Clubs, Ruth Cherrington traces the history of working men's clubs from their midth origins to their current state of declining popularity and numbers.
This book is a unique and comprehensive account of a social movement that has provided companionship, education, recreation and a great deal of pleasure to working class communities for over years. All aspects of club life are covered here in a highly readable, often funny, but sometimes poignant manner. At all times, Ruth Cherrington maintains a scholarly approach, drawing upon wide-ranging research and the wealth of information collected from scores of club goers, officials and entertainers from across the country.
They tell their own stories throughout this book, from nights out with the kids to seaside outings, the concerts and Christmas parties, the place of women, the popularity of games and gambling and the many charitable roles and activities that clubs are involved in. Ruth Cherrington illustrates throughout the book how clubs were much loved social and community institutions that have always been about much more than beer drinking and bingo playing.
They were often central to working class leisure time as well as at the heart of the communities where they were located.
Not Just Beer and Bingo! A Social History of Working Men's Clubs
She shows how clubs played numerous social and cultural roles, making important contributions to the lives of their members and their families. She does not shy away from tacking the downsides of clubs life and the criticisms that they have sometimes received for some of their policies and practices. Established by a Temperance minister in , it helped to nurture the early clubs, fight some battles on their behalf, eventually becoming a nationwide organization that represented the Union of working mens clubs.
As clubs now face many challenges and with around half the number that existed during their heyday in the early s, the key reasons for the decline are laid out for the reader to consider.
Not Just Beer and Bingo! a Social History of Working Men's Clubs
If they pick the Joker, then the lucky winner receives the jackpot. The weekly prize value increases as the fund grows.
Please visit the club to find out the current jackpot and to see the remaining cards on the board. There is also the Club , which takes the form of a weekly raffle held also on Friday nights with cash prizes. For further details on the prizes available, see the notice on the board in the club. After the regular bingo there is also a game of card bingo, and the evening closes off with a raffle.