Friday, 1 January 2010

January Newsletter.

Kingsley Park Working Men's Club.

Newsletter January 2010.

Editor Matt Wright
The Kingsley Blog
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Kingsley Park Working Men’s Club and Institute
120 Kingsley Park Terrace, Kingsley, Northampton, NN2 7HJ

Phone 711002
Bar Manager 715514
Secretary 719800
Email Secretary

Happy New Year.

The committee and bar staff would like to wish all our members, associates, friends old and new a happy and prosperous New Year.
And there's a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o thine,
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne
Slàinte mhor a h-uile là a chi 's nach fhaic.

Subscriptions 2010.

Subs for this year are payable from January 3rd to January 31st. At the end of this period any member who has not paid their subs become members in arrears and may not use the facilities of the club until they pay them.

After the 28th February those who have not paid lose their membership.
Please note that even if you joined the club at the end of 2009 subs are payable in full for 2010.

The rates of subscription for 2010 are as follows: -

Men £7.00
Men Life Member £3.00
Men Pensioners £6.50
Women £3.00
The sessions for payment are as follows: -

Sundays January 3rd 10th 17th 24th 31st 11.00 to 13.00
Mondays January 4th 11th 18th 25th 19.30 to 21.00
Tuesdays January 5th 12th 19th 26th 19.30 to 21.00
Wednesdays January 6th 13th 20th 27th 19.30 to 21.00
Fridays January 8th 15th 22nd 29th 19.30 to 21.00
Saturdays January 9th 16th 23rd 30th 11.00 to 13.00
Sundays February 7th 14th 21st 28th 12.00 to 13.00
Mondays February 1st 8th 15th 22nd 19.30 to 20.30
If you are unable to attend at these times, a friend may pay for you or you can send your membership card in the post with a cheque made out to "Kingsley Park Working Men Club" and a return paid self addressed envelope. If none of these work for you please telephone the Secretary 01604 719800 who will do his best to accommodate you at a mutually convenient time.
Following the rule change at the last AGM male members now qualify for life membership after 25 years. This means if you have had continuous membership since 1985 or before you are entitled to life membership. We also reward members on reaching 50, 60 and 70 years. All these awards are considered on receipt of application from members.
For life membership please deposit your membership and associate cards with the secretary and collect your life membership card and tie the following week.

Suggestion Box.

This month many of our members will be making their annual pilgrimage to the club to renew their membership. We have over 2000 members but only about 200 that regularly use the club. We know that we are the biggest and best club in Northampton, so they can’t be renewing their membership just for the associate card. The reason might be that not all of us can afford to visit our club as often as we may wish, but know that when we do have a night out our club offers them the best value for their money. What other club has entertainment every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night?
There may be many other reasons that some members don’t visit as often as they might like. Why don’t you spare a couple of minutes when you come to renew your membership and write down your reasons, and let us know what you think would bring you here more often and post them in our suggestion box in the main bar? If you don’t have time you can always email them to me at and I will pass them on.

Long Serving Members.

We are already getting requests for life-membership and long service awards. As mentioned elsewhere anyone who joined on or before 1985 can apply for life membership. Several members have asked me who is our longest serving member and who is our oldest? Unfortunately some of our old records were lost in one of the two fires that we had many years ago. I know that we have members that have been with us for 50 years and over. We also have many members over 65 that qualify for reduced membership fees. If you think you are one of the oldest or longest serving member please get in touch. Also if you have any stories from years gone by that you think our members would be interested in please let me know.


Alan Newbery. Alan was an afternoon regular who always supported our raffles; often he could be seen having a game of cards with his mates. Our thoughts are with his mother Dot, brothers Ged, Steve, Bob and Kev.

Mark Knight. Mark was the manager of our Sunday football team. He was also a regular in our Tuesday night poker league. Our condolences go to Leanne, Daniel, his mum Denise, dad Phil, brother Darren and to his family and friends.


Members are invited to make free use of our wireless Internet connection. If any of our senior members have a laptop and do not understand some of the programs, please get in touch and I can arrange to be here some afternoon to show you some basics.

Win a Fish Supper.

To be in with a chance of winning a Fish-Supper for two simply buy a ticket for our Sunday evening raffle, only 50p for ten tickets.

BIIAB Awards.

A couple of months ago the BIIAB (British Innkeeping Institute's Awarding Body) held a course in Beer & Cellar Quality at our club. We are proud to announce that six people from our club have been awarded with a certificate for passing the course. They are: Sarah Warren, Nathan George, Alan Beal, Ben Jones, Graham Burges and Richard Shanahan.
Special congratulations to Ben Jones who achieved second place overall.

Kingsley Park WMC Presents.
A St Patrick’s Dance on Saturday 20th March 2010.
With music by Pat Nugent & Mustang.
Tickets £5.00 each.
Late bar until midnight.
Members, Associates and bona fide guests only.
Watch notice board for more details.

Games News.

Following the death of Mark Knight all our football matches have been cancelled for the remainder of the season and our Monday night crib & ladies skittles matches on January 4th have been cancelled to allow the players to pay their respects.

Our annual Christmas Skittles Knockout was severely disrupted by the weather; we would like to thank those that made it and to congratulate the winner John Dunkley and runner-up Dougie Walden.

Congratulations also go to Alan Coles and Ramesh Chudasama who reached the semi-finals of the CIU crib knockout.

Charity Donation.

A donation of £600 was made to the Northampton Blind Association. This money was raised from the Boxing Day Raffle £300 and from the contents of the collection bottle on the bar. A letter of thanks has been received and is on display on the notice board.

January Entertainment.

Friday 1st Paul James Vocalist
Saturday 2nd Sound Advice Group 60’s – 90’s
Sunday 3rd Woodville Group 70’s 00’s
Wednesday 6th Bluegrass Jam SessionB H Quiz Night Come along & join in.
Friday 8th Andy Stone Modern Vocalist
Saturday 9th De-Ja-Vu Multi Tribute Group
Sunday 10th Switch Modern Duo
Wednesday 13th B H Quiz Night
Friday 15th Carl Stevens Vocalist
Saturday 16th Red Thunder 60’s Rock n Roll
Sunday 17th Crystal Duo 50’s – 90’s
Wednesday 20th B H Quiz Night
Friday 22nd Taylored Country 60’s & Country
Saturday 23rd Restless Dog Modern Group
Sunday 24th Vinny Christian Beatles Tribute
Wednesday 27th B H Quiz Night
Friday 29th Paul Maverick Vocalist 50’s – 60’s
Saturday 30th The 2 Tones Madness Tribute Band
Sunday 31st Ali By Request Vocalists

Bingo every Friday and Sunday.