The Harlow Town Branch was formed in 1978 and the Club in 1981. Founding members were Tom Andrews, Len Pratt, Bob Cherry, Ron Small, Albert Young, Ron Hornsey & Dave Armstrong. The first few meetings were held in Harlow Sports Centre, we then moved over the top of a mini gymnasium in Harlow Town Centre behind the cinema. In 1982 we moved to a council owned building in Colt Hatch, Harlow. We outgrew Colt Hatch and moved to our present location in 1998.
Radburn Pavilion was previously used as football changing rooms / children’s play-barn. Before moving in we had to make quite a few changes, extending the building, installing double glazing, putting in the bars & dance floor etc.
Several years ago we carried out a major refurbishment program which included, renewing & upgrading the toilet facilities, installing industrial quality kitchen units & equipment, air cooling/heating units, energy efficient lighting, reducing the size of the gas boiler and laid a new wood block dance floor.
Membership numbers are typically around 1,000. We are a very friendly Club, we are constantly told by our members that it is nice to come to a place where they can socialise, make new friends and feel safe.
Except for Christmas & New Years Eve functions, members have unlimited admission to the club during opening hours and may be accompanied by their partner and children (under the age of 18) without additional charge.
Members are permitted to sign in up to two guests to accompany them at any one time. Guests are charged an admission fee of £1 except on Saturday evening when the fee is £2.
We have three bars, a Naval Bar, an Air Force Bar and an Army Bar and in keeping with our armed services background each is named after one of our famous WW2 leaders.