A new dawn for The Ashford Club with revamped look and a whole new committee

By Jamie Hill - 6 March 2020

Arts and Culture

The Ashford Club was established in 1896 as a Working Men's Club and now it is looking for new members as it celebrates a whole new committee and a revamped look.

The club will also be seeing its 125 year birthday of being at the heart of Old Town next year.

The Club has lived through some amazing history and a lot has changed in that time. Where the Skittle Alley is now used to be stables for the Dray Horses and at one stage the club even had its own Ashford Road Coin minted.

Club Secretary Jenny Brownley said: "As the new Secretary for the Club, I have been going through old paperwork, and have found documents dating back to 1904, and also hand written minutes from meetings dating back to 1912, the year the Titanic sunk.  We hope to be able to display some of this in the Club."

The Ashford Club offers something for everyone with typical activities such as Darts, Crib, Skittles, Pool, Poker, Bingo and Quiz nights etc.  They even have Kevin Ashman from Eggheads who comes to join them periodically for the Quiz evenings.   

The club also has entertainment nights that are open to everybody. Here's a taster of what's coming up:

14 March - The Skandals - SKA cover band

10 April - Rock & Roll Bingo open from 2pm

11 April - Darts Competition with £100 first prize hosted by Simon Harrison

12 April - Ian Kenna will be entertaining us with his amazing singing from 3pm through to 8pm

19 April - Quiz evening hosted by George Loughlin

8 May - VE Day Celebrations Party (this will tie in with closing of Kent Road for a Street Party)

To become a member, it costs £10 for your first year and £7.50 a year after that.

Members get access to all the events, get the use of the Function room upstairs which holds about 100 people, 5% off Club price drinks, free entry to the members draw, Jokers Jackpot which in February reached a massive £2,700, Bingo, Americano, and Tote etc.

The club is open seven evenings a week with earlier openings from Friday to Sunday.

For companies interested in organising a night out, team building, or just getting friends together, the club offers a Skittle Alley along with 2 glasses of wine and Cheeseboard to cater for the numbers, for just £5 a head.

Email ashfordroadclub@btconnect.com to book.

Your Comments

Be the first to comment on this article

Login or Register to post a comment on this article

Registered in England & Wales. No: 4513027, Positive Media Group, Old Bank House, 5 Devizes Road, Old Town, Swindon, SN1 4BJ