History[ edit ] The first recorded working men's club opened in in Reddish.
Gregg set it up for his workers. He identified that many of his workers were shut out of their lodging throughout the day and evening, with wakefeld to cook or even read a newspaper, and were forced to spend their non-working lives in a public house.
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Greggs Reddish Working Man club aimed to give them somewhere to relax. Despite the original educational ambitions, most working men's clubs are now mainly recreational. Typically, a club would have a room, often referred to especially in Northern Menss as a vault, with a bar for the sale and consumption of alcohol, snookerpool or bar billiards tables, as well as televisions for sport entertainment; many provide food.
A much larger room would be connected, often called the concert or entertainment room, with a stage and a layout of tables, stools and backrest sofas. Clyb often provide night time entertainment, mainly on the weekends such as bingoraffleslive music cabaret and comedy, playing popular music.
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They are also known for their charitable works. In recent years, declining membership has seen many clubs close down and others struggle to remain open. Similarly the growing hackerspace movement appeals mostly to younger working men and women, who forty years ago would have worked on their interests in their garden shed or garage and then met others of like mind at their local working men's club.
However, with the rise in housing costs few younger people have access to such spaces, instead were being forced to use public spaces such as cub prior to the introduction of shared facilities such as hackerspaces and men's sheds. Streethouse working men's club, West Yorkshire Membership and structure[ edit ] Working men's clubs are cooperatives run by their members through a committee, usually elected annually.
Each club has rules that tend to be vigorously enforced. The committee will discipline members common punishments being a warning, or a ban for a period for violations.
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Despite the name, women are allowed to be members in many clubs, and virtually all clubs allow entry to women. Non-members are not allowed entry unless ed in by a member. In the UK wakefild are registered as co-operatives under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Actnormally using model rules  supplied by the Clubs and Institutes Union.
A dispute at Wakefield City Workingmen's Club in led to a national campaign for equal membership rights for women. Sheila Capstick, whose husband was an activist in the NUM, had kens a regular snooker player at the club before a ban was instituted on women playing snooker. In Aprilafter the resolution had been consistently rejected over years, the Club and Institutes Union accepted equal membership rights for women.
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A member of one affiliated club is entitled to use the facilities of other clubs. There are 2, affiliated working men's clubs in the UK. Brewery[ edit ] Untilclubs ran a brewery at Dunston, Tyne and Wearwhich brewed ales and lagers under the Federation brand. These discounts are passed on to members.