Another Working Men’s Club in Knott End last week (they’re actually always full of retirees, tickers and children, but never mind), and now a Village Hall and Sports Social Club in Cookley, which will mean more to some of you than others. So here it is, near Kidderminster;
Not that anyone knows where Kidderminster (small town full of tickers) is, I dunno why I bother with these maps.
I’ll confess I’d never known there was a Stour flowing into the Severn; a good job I stay clear of pub quizzes. The Staffs & Worcs canal flows alongside it.
Cookley is an idyllic little village, without the tourist trade of Bewdley to the west, but attracting a decent group of walkers on a bright Saturday morning. If any of them lost the glove at the top I can provide exact map co-ordinates on receipt of an s.a.e.
A year or so ago the village had a proper pub in the Guide, the Eagle & Spur mysteriously providing Caledonian Deuchars as well as a £6.95 roast.
By law you need a Banks pub within 20 minutes of your house in the Guide, so I suppose the Village Hall has a role to fill.
As with my own village, it’s an impressive new build serving as the clubroom for a vast number of children’s football teams on Saturday. Unlike Waterbeach, the teenage De Bruynes have a decent choice of post-match refreshment.
Can you guess the beer second from left from it’s jam jar ?
The Banks Bitter/Amber/Ordinary was pretty good (NBSS 3); it’s very consistent.
More tempting were the pie cabinets. Sadly as an athlete I had to resist the Black Country pork pie.
Open to all, there was an old boy on Fosters, a girl feeding her dog crisps, and a soccer Mum. It could have been a Spoons at 11am. The view to the hills was almost glorious, and the sound of thickset Dads shouting “Winners“, “Seconds” a perfect soundtrack.
I reckon that GBG tickers like Duncan, Simon and myself will visit a dozen or so of these clubs every year, always with the slight frisson of excitement that we’ll be refused entry at the door. Some clubs don’t like non-members Their inclusion in the Guide is always a point of discussion.
I agree with Mudge.
If a Club lets anyone in, as in Cookley, that’s fine. If it restricts entry to GBG members or folk carrying the Guide, it’s not open to the public and has no place in the Guide.