History

1882 to the present

The Hove Club started in a small way in 1882 and it was so successful in attracting new members that by the 1890s it was able to commission the building of the imposing premises which it still occupies today, in Fourth Avenue in the heart of Victorian Hove.

 

Originally, as the list of Chairmen in the hall shows, the membership had a distinctly military character.

 

Today, the Club welcomes members of both sexes from a wide range of professional & business backgrounds.

In affectionate remembrance of English cricket which died at The Oval, 29th August 1882. Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances. RIP. N.B. The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia."

The Sporting Times

 

In 1882, England’s cricketing pride took a blow, The same year, Venus passed between the Earth and the Sun, an event which occurred again only in 2004.
Charles Darwin died. Franklin D Roosevelt, Igor Stravinsky and James Joyce were born. Gladstone was PM. And an enterprising group of Hove citizens created The Hove Club.


The Hove Club in circa 1900
The Hove Club June 2015

The Hove Club is now a Listed Grade 2 Building.

 

In the 115 years since the first picture little has basically changed to the facade of the Building.

 

The addition of Central Heating in the 1960s lead to the removal of the ugly cowls on the chimneys. The Terrace on the Ground floor was built in the 1960s and provided Garden access to the Members Bar and the largest of our rooms the Holland Room and was part supported by an extension to the Members Dining

Room on the Lower Ground Floor.

 

The Glass Roof provided additional daylight through internal skylights on to the Billiard tables on the First Floor. Today it still provides light into the Offices of Cardens, a firm of Accountants..you can just see on the right that one of the little trees in the 1900 picture is now almost to the height of the roof.

 

The beauty of the Avenues, The Drive and most of this area of Hove owes a lot to the foresight of the Victorian tree planting in the streets and the quality of the architecture of the buildings like the Hove Club.

Contact 

Dee Couch   

Secretary

01273 730872

hoveclub@btconnect.com

 

Opening hours

Monday to Wednesday

10:00 to 20:00

Thursday and Friday

10:00 to 22:00

Saturday

11:30 to 20:00

Sunday 

11:30 to 16:30

Future events

 

20 December

Members Christmas Lunch.

This will no doubt be a sell out, with carols from the Loose Canons and live music & dancing with Treeanna

 

Don’t miss out, reservations now being taken !

 

21 December

Complimentary Stilton & Ham

Christmas Draw. Proceeds go to construction of the new garden gazebo

 

Tickets now available to buy at the bar - contact Dee if you wish to donate a prize

 

27 December:

Ladies Lunch

 

31 December:

Members New Years Eve House Party.

Not a formal evening, it’s just as if you had guests at home. There will be music, a buffet

and probably even Jools Holland (not in person).

Please feel free to pop in before you go out for the evening,or after you have been out, or just come in and enjoy the whole night. 

 

Sunday Lunches re-commence on 12 January, thereafter on the second Sunday of each month.

 

Other than on the above dates, complimentary nibbles are served in the Bar on Fridays and Sundays

Dress code

For clarification,this is as below:

 

Smart casual attire (Jacket/tie not essential)

 

Collared shirts including polo shirts, no T-shirts.

 

Tailored trousers

 

Jeans permissible but not ripped, torn or dirty

 

Shoes including deck shoes

 

No trainers, flip flops or sandals


Mark Harper (Chairman)
 

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