The Plymouth Social Club stood on Tavistock Place and in March 2017 to make way for the new development of the Plymouth City Museum, The Box. It was a member's club with a large upstairs lounge, a pool room and a smaller downstairs room. It had a number of darts boards and a stage which hosted activities from bingo nights to poetry readings.
Interestingly, the Plymouth Social Club on the former site of Plymouth's first Woolworth's store! The pictures below show the social club before its demolition (Plymouth Herald) and the original building (with thanks to Steve Johnson).
These pictures have been kindly provided by Liz Davies. The first two pictures show the 1983 Christmas Draw in the Plymouth Social Club. The third and fourth pictures show Plymouth Social Club members in the 1980's. The fifth picture was taken before the club closed. Liz pointed out the average age of the members pictured and reflected on the survival chances of an ageing club.
These pictures have been kindly provided by Liz Davies. They show a fancy dress night in the Plymouth Social Club on 2 May 1970. Two of the members are dressed as pilgrims. In fact, the Mayflower 350 celebrations begun 2 May 1970 with a huge parade on the Hoe. It was called the 'the greatest festival Plymouth and the West Country has ever staged' and had an attendance of 50,000! Liz' father is on the right in the third picture.
A curiosity: The last picture shows an advert by Woolworth's to welcome visitors to Plymouth. The site of the Plymouth Social Club was in fact the first location of Woolworth's before it moved more centrally into the city.
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I went to work at Plymouth Social Club back in 1994. I was once told that Plymouth Social Club was the oldest social club in Plymouth, mind you back then you could tell me anything. I have celebrated my 40th and 50th birthday there I have so many memories of the club, some good some bad. But mostly good. In the early days, Bank Holiday Mondays were my favourite, we would have BBQ and disco/bingo. As we are in May now, I remember when we had a May Queen of P.S.C. All the children dressed up and had to answer some questions and then they did fancy dress. I made Amy Jonas’ outfit, we put her in as ‘Miss A Tissue’ and she won. I have a lot more stories of Plymouth Social Club.