Birchanger Social Club was founded in 1891 and was the result of an act of Victorian philanthropism. Sir Charles Gold, a member of the Gilbey family and local MP, established the club “for the benefit of the working men and other inhabitants of the Parish of Birchanger”. Originally the club included a reading room and the practice of making newspapers available to members continues.

Today the club still offers food, drink and good company, but also entertainment and a variety of spaorts and games. These include cribbage, football, snooker, cricket, pool and bowls.


Membership is open to anybody over the age of 18. They must apply at least two days before they may enjoy the benefits of club membership and they will need to be proposed and seconded by members of at least one year’s standing.

Online membership applications have been temporarily suspended, but an appliocation form can be obtained from the club premises.

Rule Book

Members are bound by the club rulebook as well as by bye-laws and AGM decisions. Click below to view the rulebook.