A number of years ago some friends and I were out and about, seeking good beer and warm welcome. Unfortunately our local Royal British Legion club had closed due to financial hardship. I had always been curious and had wanted to visit “that shed in Pailton”, so we decided to drop by the Pailton Ex Servicemans Club, which is a social club housed in seventy year old Nissen hut. Upon walking in the club we were made very welcome by Rachel and the locals, who were at the time playing a pool match, a sport which was clearly popular with regulars.
Since then I was hooked on this very sociable and welcoming club and have tried to frequent when I can, although not living in Pailton, I am not able to support the club as much as I would like to. I encourage anyone to who enjoys a social drink to give “the shed” a try. Like many rural pubs and clubs Pailton Ex Serviceman has suffered a decline in custom over the years, but operating costs continue to rise. They recently received some unexpected and significant costs that have threatened the existence of the club. They are now desperately trying to raise £2500 to cover urgent repairs, insurance costs and rental increases. Donations can be made via their just giving page.
I recently attended their tea, coffee, cake and bingo fundraising event. On arrival Mel, Rachel and gang were working hard to make the event a success. You could clearly see there had been a great deal of effort and thought gone into preparing for the event. Another lady was there with two lovely dogs and she was poised to call the bingo. It would have been rather rude of me not too partake in cake and a cuppa of tea or three. Unfortunately the event had a poor turnout, mainly due to ill health and the dismal weather did not encourage people out. I hope that this doesn’t discourage Rachel and her mother Mel from doing similar events in the future.
The long and short of it is, if community hubs such as Pailton Ex-Serviceman’s Club aren’t supported then we run the very real risk of losing them for good.
If anyone can help with a donation, no matter how big or small, it would be appreciated. Donations can be made at