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Potential venues



Last updated 24 September 2022


This list is laid out in alphabetical order of county location of venue. The list was originally collated by Julie Johnson from information provided by county captains and officials. It is hoped the list will be useful for captains who have to arrange matches at neutral venues at short notice. Further additions, especially about parking, access for physically disabled players, kitchen facilities, local food outlets, and comments (from home or visiting players) are invited. Further venues north of Birmingham city or near motorway junctions will be useful. Please send additions, updates, comments and corrections to the webmaster.

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Town, County Venue Last hired Contact for information or hiring Notes
Spondon Spondon Chess Club, Celanese Acetate, Holme Lane, Spondon, Derbys 2010 Bert Loomes on Bert27@talktalk.net or Dean Madden 07946 399 469 It is believed this venue is no longer available
Melton Mowbray Village Hall, Hoby, Melton Mowbray, Leics 2009 Miranda, 01664 434 259  
Syston Syston Social Club, High Street, Syston, Leics LE7 1GP 2014 Julie Johnson 0116 2609012 or 0116 2609086 for the club Some matches held in upstairs room without disabled access. Bar and bar snacks. Limited free off-road parking within 2 min walk of venue.
Thurmaston St Michael's Old School & Community Centre, 736 Melton Road, Thurmaston, Leics LE4 8BD 2012 Maureen Tebbutt 0116 261 1419  
Barkby Barkby Village Hall, 19 Beeby Road, Barkby, Leics Tel 2009 Sue Kirk 0116 2603997  
Gaddesby Gaddesby Village Hall, 20 Ashby Road, Gaddesby, Leics
2009 Sue Evans 01664 840305  
Sharnford Sharnford Evergreen Hall, Leicester Road, Sharnford, Leics LE10 3PP 2015 Mrs R Simpson & Mrs M Sanders
01455 274 158
or 01455 274 038
Easy to find; 3 miles from M69 junction. Adjacent off-road parking.
Frisby on the Wreake Village Hall, Water Lane, Frisby on the Wreake, Leics,
LE14 2NP
2009 Mark Atlee 01664 434 358  
Frisby on the Wreake Methodist Church Hall, 29 Main Street, Frisby on the Wreake, Leics LE14 2NJ 2009 Dennis or Jenny Hurst 01664 840 479  
Kingston-on Soar Kingston on Soar Village Hall, Kingston on Soar, Notts 2009 Mike Plimmer, 01509 670 177  
Annesley Woodhouse Forest Road Methodist Church, Annesley Woodhouse, Notts NG19 9HH 2009 01623 752 349  
Bramcote, Nottingham Bramcote Memorial Church Hall, Notts NG9 3HD 2013 David Levens (Notts u180 Capt) 01773 761170  
Nottingham Sherwood Community Centre, Mansfield Road, Nottingham 2009 0115 962 1153  
Shifnal Scout & Guide Headquarters, Currier Lane, Shifnal, Shrops TF11 8EQ 2012 Peter Kitchen 01743 467 298 Restricted off-road parking
Ford Trinity Primary School, Butt Lane, Ford, Shrops 2009 01743 850 227  
Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent Fenton Sports & Social Club, Victoria Place, Fenton, Stoke on Trent ST4 2LX Tel 2009 01782 847734  
Greatwood Hall, Tean, Stoke-on-Trent Greatwood Hall, Hollington Rd, Upper Tean, Stoke on Trent Staffordshire ST10 4JY 2015 David Ball  01538 723237 or 07971850744  
Newcastle-u-Lyme Newcastle Bridge Club, 6 King Street, Newcastle-u-Lyme, Staffs ST5 1EL 2014 John Day, Staffs U140 Capt, 01782 611164 Nearby pay-and-display carpark, refreshments incuded in price
Bushbury, Wolverhampton Bushbury Community Centre, Northwood Park Road, Bushbury WV10 8EU 2013 Phil Staley (Bushbury Chess Club) 01902 339583  
Ryecroft, Walsall Ryecroft Community Hub, 28 New Forest Road, (off Dartmouth Avenue) Walsall WS3 1 TR 2014 Nell Mulla
01922 234 080
Off-street parking
Stairs to some rooms
Highcroft Sports & Social Club, Birmingham Slade Road, Birmingham B23 7JG 2013 The Bar Manager
0121 382 5101
£60 for Sat 1-6pm, used by Nigel Birtwistle's team.
Lapworth Village Hall Old Warwick Road, Solihull, West Midlands B94 6LD 2014 Sue Hunt
01564 78 4501
Kitchen facilities and ample parking
Quinborne, Birmingham Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Road, Quinton, Birmingham B32 2TW 2009 0121 682 7474  
Tysley, Birmingham Tysley & Dist Working Men's Club, 573 Warwick Road, Tysley, Birmingham B11 2EX 2013 Contact Richard Reynolds, Olton Chess Club Car park and disabled access

Water Orton

Water Orton Methodist Centre, Birmingham Road, Water Orton B46 1SR 2013 0121 730 474 Contact is Janet Smith
Boeley Boeley Village Hall, Beoley Lane, Holt End, Beoley, Worcs. B98 9AN. www.beoley.org.uk 2012 Richard and Mary Ball on 01527 666460 Good playing hall. Plenty of parking. Easy access from M42 Jnct 3. Kitchen, but bring own disposable cups, teaspoons.
Hagley Hagley Free Church Hall, Worcester Road, West Hagley, DY9 0NG.
2013 Don Moss (Booking Secy) 01562 883 583 Good playing hall with kitchen facilities. Adjacent off-street parking. £35 afternoon til 5pm, and £70 evening.
Redditch Webheath Village Hall, 18 Heathfield Road, Redditch, Worcs B97 5SQ 2013 Tony, 01527 455 907 Hire charge includes setting up hall
Quinborn, Birmingham Quinborn Community Centre, Ridgacre Road, Quinton, Birmingham B32 2TW 2009 0121 682 7474  
Redditch St Matthias & St George Church Hall, Church Road, Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcs 2012    
Worcester St Stephen's Church Hall, Droitwich Road, Worcester WR3 7HS 2015 Ray Collett (Worcs CA) 01905 454754 Off road parking and nearby snack shops and bar meals.
Worcester University of Worcester, St John's Campus, Henwick Drive, Worcester WR2 6AJ 2010 01905 855000 Parking £1 next to hall. Vending machines. No need to clear furniture.