History of our Club




The Intake Social Club opened its doors on friday August 21st 1931. In its first week of trading the bar takings were £40-19-3d, when a pint of bitter was 6d & a packet of cigarettes cost 2d.

On the day the club opened it had a membership of 55, until it is recorded in December 1934 that the membership had grown to 320 & the Bar Takings were a massive £95-11-1d.

On the 12th July 1934 the first Club Secretary, Mr Cyril Cheetham, sent a letter of thanks to T.Potts Esq for carrying out the transport arrangements on the occasion of 'The Childrens Outing'. He enclosed a cheque 30/- in settlement.

We are and hope,always will be the heart of the Intake Community. Like all C.I.U clubs, in a nutshell,we are the community centres for the working class.



The Working Men's Club and Institute Union is now the largest non-profit-making social entertainment and leisure organisation in the UK, representing the interests and views of six million club members.

The Working Men's Club and Institute has come a long way since 1862. However, it could be said that working men's clubs have suffered from an old-fashioned image among young people and have found it hard to compete with modern trends, resulting in many closures of clubs in recent years. The position of women in the Union has been a constant source of debate, however a motion to allow the use of the associate card by women did gain enough support to change the constitution at the 2007 conference


History of the C.I.U.

The Club and Institute Union was founded by The Rev. Henry Solly in 1862. A great propagandist for clubs, he provided a much needed conceptual clarity to the notion of club work.

He was also an important advocate for the extension of working class political rights and helped to set up the Charity Organisation Society.

The CIU as a national body is non-political. Though individual clubs can be affiliated to political parties. Originally it was a middle class led philanthropic organisation aimed at education and non-alcoholic recreation. However, working men themselves soon took over the running of the CIU and drinks were allowed.


What Will You Find Inside a Venue

Social clubs come in all sizes, from the very large with grand entertainment halls (e.g., Sunbury Ex-Services Club) and multiple bars, to the small, (e.g., Ashtead Village Club) with one bar. Typically, clubs have at least one bar, snooker and pool tables and also at least 1 Darts Board.
Snooker, Pool and Darts teams will normally compete in local leagues. Some clubs may also have teams in other sports eg: Football, Golf, and Fishing.
Many larger clubs also have a working Cafe/Kitchen where, burgers, chips and other hot food can be bought on entertainment nights or lunch times.

Many clubs have a practice, by which females are not allowed in the bar. However, a few clubs have relaxed this rule. Often, there will be a room called "the lounge" with a casual seating area and a bar, for people who just want a quiet drink.
They will often provide entertainment such as bingo, (known as Housie in parts of Northern England), raffles, live music, comedy, and cabaret nights. Acts, or turns, usually perform in a room designated as the concert room.
Many of the famous British comedians of the 1960s and 1970s started their careers performing on the northern Working Men's club circuit.