The Langham Working Men’s Club (CIU Affiliated)
600 Green Lanes, Harringay, London N8.
From the outside, the Langham WMC looks like a small club but appearances can be deceiving, as once inside you can see it goes back a long way from the road.
The club also doesn’t look its age- nearly 100! Details of centenary celebrations are being prepared for later this year (2010) so watch this space!
The club began life in a house in Langham Road, not far from where the club is situated today. It later moved to an old property in Turnpike Lane then moved again to its current premises around 75 years ago. To begin with, the building was a large double-fronted house but it was extended back away from the road to provide additional rooms. A dance floor was laid in the new concert room. Later on a snooker room was provided upstairs where the offices are also located.
It was fortunate to avoid bombing during the war though a few nearby streets suffered direct hits.
It’s described by President, Bob Mead, as a ‘family club’ where everyone knows everyone else, and one that looks after its members. But it also cares for others in the community and has always been involved in charity work. They hosted the Lord Mayors charity ‘bash’ 4 years ago and had a lot of events going on. Apart from regular charities that it supports, the members do spontaneous collections such as when the tsunami hit back in 2006.
Regular entertainment is usually arranged for Saturday and Sunday evenings with some special events on Fridays, such a quizzes. Bingo is also run and a game of snooker can be had.
In the steamy heat of July, the club held a very successful barbeque. Many participants took their chairs outside to the small parking area in front of the club to eat their burgers and other goodies and enjoy the hot summer night in the city. There is also a ‘smoker’s den’ in this area. The bbq was so successful, another one is planned for August 27th so let’s hope the weather holds!
Other facilities include the free hire of the concert room for members.
Telephone 0208 802 2542
How to find Langham WMC:
Nearest tube: Turnpike Lane. Buses 29, 141 (bus stop right outside)
Postal Code for satellite navigation systems N8 0RY
Web links: there are several discussions relating to the club on the local neighbourhood networking site Harringay Online.