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This is a real dive of a place. There's never anyone in there and the people running it have got a lot of attitude. This is an example of a place that doesn't want to welcome anyone unless they know them personally and are part of the "club". I have a friend who lives opposite (on Foxberry Road) who says the owners monopolise the parking around there with police cowns so that the residents have got no where to park.
I've drunk in there a couple of times. It's an old-school CIU-affiliated social club. Can't really see it holding much appeal for the Jam Circus/Monnbow Jake's crowd, nor vice versa! Each to their own.
"Many clubs have a practice, (consider outdated by some people), by which females are not allowed in the bar."http://www.wmciu.co.uk/Couldn't imagine why it doesn't hold much appeal for JC/MJ crowd!
Imagine Bernard Manning having a slot at Moonbow's one evening
I remember back in 1996 this was about the only place you could get a drink in Brockley! It was grim then, it looks just as grim now. And you see these documentaries on the telly about how the working men's clubs are dying...well, take a look at yourself! Scruffy, dirty and threatening. Why would anyone want to go in there?
Not all working men's clubs are awful - Bethnal Green Working Men's Club plays host to all sorts of trendy nights these days on the lines of the nights run by the Rivoli Ballroom. Perhaps we could do the same with this place?
Have been in with friend who has CIU membership card few times in the past - had a good night each time. Patrick, agree Brockley itself a bit lacking in pubs in those dark days of 1996 but not, surely, the 'only place to get a drink in Brockley' - there was the Brockley Jack, the quite newly openied Mr Lawrence, the Chandos and that private member club - name of which I forget (where Jam Circus is now). Plus all the pubs up around that outlying north Conservation area bit of Brockley
the alpha club...you definitely would have been in shady company drinking in there!
A useful alternative venue for hire, though. I went to a very good wake there recently. Still it was like going through a time warp to t'Institute - the strange place of my childhood frequented only by the grown-ups.
Well we have our monthly Green Party meetings in there and staff are always very friendly. They also donate the money we pay for room hire to St Christopher's Hospice, which the members of the club do a lot of fundraising for. It's a good sized space for events, with a big function room at the back and another smaller one upstairs. Yes, it's in need of a makeover, yes I'd like it to sell some wine other than Liebfraumilch (!), but I'd like to see it improve and survive rather than go under. We don't have many reasonably-priced meeting rooms/function rooms in the area so it does play a valuable role in that respect. I hear it may be another venue for Brockley Max this year, though that is as yet unconfirmed.
This is an awful place. Have had to frequent it in the past as friends have used it as a cheap venue for events. This place is like walkin inta a tardis and the year is 1975! seriously, the people as well. There is a underlying racist attitude that does not fit into the 21st century, let alone Brockley. Get rid of this awful place and use it for something else. Its in a great area but it needs to be a place EVERYONE can use and not for a certain type of person that the owners fill fit the 'bill'!!
I use this club and find some of the comments here misleading.The cones are are only put out when there is a beer delivery due, the pavement by the back door is dropped, indicating an area not to be blocked. People dump their cars there for up to a week and sometimes more.Yes, the club could do with a make over, but there is no big business to fund that, it is run by its members who are ordinary working folk, and like most clubs its struggling.The club is always looking for new members and try to keep the wrong kind of people out.It is not racist, I often see coloured people there.Women are allways allowed in the bar, and can become full members if they wish. It is a social club run for local people, it has good family entertainment, usually for free, there is even a bingo afternoon for pensioners.All kinds of functions are arranged depending on peoples needs.It's a working mans club and the people who use it enjoy it.
"It is not racist. I often see coloured people there." Er...?!
we have been using this club at least one night over the weekend for the past 12 years,yes it does need a full refurb but with people not using it there is no money for this.amazes me people moan about it all the time but when they want a cheap venue with cheap/free entertainment this is where they go including xmas night cos no where else is open yet you dont see them rest of year.karaokes are great fun in there most fridays or saturdays with excellent live singers every sunday.the monday club also has great singers but is very poorly supported if people used this locasl club they would'nt be in the financial position they find them selfs in ,you say just get rid of it,what about the older folk who have been using it all their working lifes?and this is their link to socialising,so let them build more flats?just what we need in brockley!!! come on guys support your local club.can you imagine 30-40 oaps traipsing of to jam?as for racists-no way get your facts right,nice club,that needs support so as they can get it decorated etc.
I am relatively new to Brockley Social Club (8 months) and like many of its members working hard to keep the place open and get more customers through the door, so imagine my horror when i put in a search fot the place and get this blog spot full of accusations of racism and comments regarding the decor. Yes i fully agree that the place needs a refurb and we have started a collection of sorts to try and help with this, but the main problem is that we need more members to use the place. As the saying goes "Rome was not built in a day" and only by working together as a community will we be able to restore this club to it's former glory! Please do not take the awful comments made in this blog as true (apart from the desperate need for a refurb bit) and come in and see for yourself, i did and i have never looked back. This is a friendly, family orientated place working hard to provide a safe and entertaining atmosphere for the residents of Brockley. Come in and see our entertainment on Fridays and Sundays or one of our theme nights. I look forward to seeing you there.
@Louise - please feel free to get in touch if you want to do an article about the BSC and what it offers.The user comments you are referring to are four years old, so it would be good to get a new perspective on it and the work you guys are doing.
I visited there on Friday night and saw nothing but traditional fare. An excellent night out.
Went there with the kids over the Jubilee weekend. All very welcoming and the kids had a great time, especially the Karaoke.An ideal place for families and plenty of scheduled entertainment, bands, karaoke, football etc.I will be becoming a member
What are the opening hours and rules for entry?I think this is the closest place to me showing sky sports.
"BC review to follow" Did it ever follow? Unlike Alby's this place is open sometimes.
It is on a long list of things to do, but if you'd like to submit one, please email me.
Nice one a proper working men's club on my doorstep. Thanks for flagging this up. Do you need to be member to go in for a pint?
the reason not many members drink there is because of the price's of drinks a pint of carlsberg in the barge £1.99 same drink in the Brockley £3.10
Buy buy Barge in that case!
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