The demise of the social club.
How many have gone and how many are left. Social clubs in Jarrow are in freefall and are going to end up like the dodo.

Shame really as these used to be the hub of the local community.

Already this year the Deneside has closed down and there was a big meeting at Jarrow Ex servicemens club about the future of the club.

This leaves Jarrow Buffs, Neon, Park Rd Social and Alberta. Dont know wether the Conservative club comes in to the above category and of course the ex.

What your thoughts? Is it the end of the social club as we know it?
Surely it can't be!

Social clubs are the backbone of working class socialising. The thing about Jarrow (and many other places), is everyone knows everyone, or at least knows somebody that does! It's the clubs that help from this 'bonding', to a certain extend, yes puns as well, but not to the same extent. Without the clubs, the area would have a very different feel to it.

The recession has seen it's casualties and there may be more to come but the demand for clubs is still there (in my opinion). I'm hoping once this recession is over (and the green shoots of recovery are appearing) that demand is such that we'll see closed clubs reopening and maybe even new ones.

Or am I being a sentimental optimist?
You can take the lad out of Jarrow but you can't take Jarrow out of the lad.
When you can go to the local shops and get 8 can for a fiver, 1000 channels on ya sky box in every room, who's going to spend at least £20 to go out.

The only answer in my opinion is to put up the price of shop/super market alcohol OR drastically reduce the tax brewers/publicans pay for their beer.

Without these options I believe social clubs will become a thing of the past.Sad
well I think they should have a smoking room thats not connected to the bar, so nobodies getting the smoke. The ventilation system should be on negative pressure so no smoke could escape. But most of all you should have a choice. It's taking away another of the working mans rights. Some of those senior men who used to go for a pint and a fag fought in the war for this country and thats what they get. Well thats my rant for tonight, phew feel better now. :tape2:
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I personally welcomed the smoking ban as I used to find smokey bars very uncomfortable. I'd find quite unbearable if I was eating a pub meal and the people next to me would light up. However, I do agree with jarrman_1 that people should be given the choice.

If a pub\club wants to allow smoking then that should be their choice. Likewise for those that don't. They should all have to clearly state if the pub\club is a smoking or non-smoking place. The number of patrons would be the deciding factor for a pub\cub's smoking policy.

Another option would be for any premises to have a smoking room that is correctly ventilated as jarrrman_1 stated. Again, let the pub\people decide what they want.
You can take the lad out of Jarrow but you can't take Jarrow out of the lad.
I agree with the Jarraman 1. I think the smoking ban has had a lot to do with the decline in people going out, it has also affected the bingo's
Well done to the members of the Deneside.

MEMBERS at a South Tyneside social club which closed without warning have given a £1,577 parting gift to a borough school.

There was shock when the Deneside Catholic Club in Hedworth, Jarrow, closed its doors in April after more than 40 years.

Some members knew nothing about the closure until the shutters came down and a paper notice appeared on the club premises, which are now up for sale.

But now money raised by members has been handed over to nearby St Joseph's RC Primary School.

Headteacher Elizabeth Seagrove has welcomed the donation, which will be used to buy play equipment at the school in St Joseph's Way.

Mrs Seagrove said: "This money came right out of the blue, but it is very welcome, and we are very grateful to members at the former Deneside Club.

"At a meeting, some 50 people decided that the money, raised through members' efforts, should be donated to the school.

"Some grandparents of children at the school were probably members of the club, and the cheque will help us buy new play equipment, which will be of benefit to all our 201 pupils."

Deneside Catholic Club has been struggling for several years and was reportedly saddled with large debts.

But long-term members were shocked when the premises closed at the end of April, with the Liverpool-based owners putting the club on the market.

Mrs Seagrove added: "We are in close proximity to the club, but have not had very close ties with it, so it was a great surprise and a delight to receive the money.

"Our playground has recently been resurfaced, so the money for new play equipment could not have come at a better time."

Article courtesy of Shields Gazette.
Good to hear a bit of good news come out of the sad closure of such a well known club.
You can take the lad out of Jarrow but you can't take Jarrow out of the lad.
I it was a cracking club alright. What a waste of another community meeting place. I think me dad lived there LOL.Smile:eek:
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Too true jarrman_1, if Jarrow loses any more clubs I think it's gonna have a significant change on the general atmosphere of the place. Maybe not instantly but over the years things will seem different.
You can take the lad out of Jarrow but you can't take Jarrow out of the lad.

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