Rothwell Conservative Club has held a respected position in the Town since its formation on the 29th October 1896.
The first general meeting was held in the Church House at Rothwell under the Presidency of the Vicar, the Rev. W. S. Parker, to further the proposal to form a Conservative Club in Rothwell. The Committee reported upon some premises in Crispin Street belonging to Mr. Buckby, as being most suitable for the Club premises.
Another meeting was held on the 6th November 1896, for the purpose of enrolling Members and electing Officers. It was proposed that Members paying 3s/6d down should be free until the end of 1897.
Within eight days of the original meeting, premises were opened at No.51 Crispin Street with a President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, a Committee of seven Members & 60 ordinary Members.
First Orders Please! - in 1896
In the Minute Book for 10th November 1896, the Secretary was instructed to order two barrels of Double Diamond, one barrel of Triple Diamond, one gallon each of Irish Whisky, Scotch Whiskey & Gin, plus 1/2 gallon each of Pale Brandy, Ginger Brandy of Mssrs. Phipps; 100 cigarettes from Mr. Pentelow, two gallons of Ginger wine and three dozen each of Spruce, Ginger Ale, Lemons & small soda. The Club would open at 6:30pm & 2:30pm on Saturdays.
It soon became obvious that these premises were inadequate to accommodate the huge increase in Membership, so Rev. Parker offered the Church House as premises for the new Club at a rent of five shillings (25p in new money) per week.
One year later....
On January 29th 1897, the Club became a member of the Association of Conservative Clubs, being no. 583 on the register.
On June 16th 1897, (Rowell Fair Wednesday) the new premises in the Church House were officially opened by the MP for the mid-Northants Division. Membership grew rapidly & in 1908 the property was bought for £650. When the present Club was built it was sold back to the Church for £600.
Whilst at the Church House the country suffered two wars, the Boer war & the Great War (1914-1918). Over 60 Members were on active service, several Members lost their lives on the battlefields. After hostilities were over, it was proposed that all who had served in the war should each receive five shillings, including two Members who had been prisoners of war in Germany. Despite two World Wars, the Club continued to prosper even though it only had a six-day License - the building being used as a school-room for the Church on Sundays.
Membership continued to grow, & it was felt that there was a need for a seven-day License, so the hunt began, yet again, for a new premises. A site became available at 7 Market Hill, (the site of Rothwell's first Workhouse & formerly the shop of Mr. Harry Chamberlain, with the rear used in the manufacture of boots & shoes by Taylor & Sons). & the present building was erected there, with the official opening in the evening of the 29th December 1930, by Sir Herbert Nield,KC, Chair of the ACC who, after a celebration dinner said, " Never in my experience have I seen a Club better proportioned & suited to fulfill the objects for which it was founded".
There was a billiard & snooker room with two full-sized tables. In the Autumn of 1956 this room, including the darts & skittles room, was converted into a Lounge bar & was opened on the 29th November by Mr. J. Hedley Lewis, the prospective candidate for the Kettering division.
Details of Membership & Application Forms can be obtained by calling into the Club or e-mailing the Secretary