The Holbeck, formerly Holbeck Working Men’s Club is celebrating 140 years of serving the community on Saturday (5 May 2018).
In the afternoon from 12-4pm there will be a family fun day featuring a bouncy castle, go karts, face painting, tombola, food, Leeds Rhinos, the Fire Service and a table top sale.
Then in the evening the entertainment moves upstairs to the concert room for disco, bingo, raffle and live entertainment. The event is free to members but you will need a ticket.
The Club opened its doors on Easter Monday, 22 April 1878 after the Hon. Emily Charlotte Meynell-Ingram (the ‘lady of the manor’) gave the club the land and lent them £900 to put up the building. The loan was repaid within 14 years.
The club has seen wars and breweries come and go and several rounds of housing demolitions and rebuilding, but has remained a fixture of the community.
In June 2014 we reported that regulars had rallied to save the club from financial collapse. The club is now run voluntarily by its members with everyone taking a turn behind the bar or with the mop bucket!
As we reported last month the club has been raising funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and currently has a raffle with items donated by Leeds United including a signed shirt, hospitality package for a home game and an LUFC Shop voucher.
Tickets cost £1 and the raffle will be drawn on 6 May.