Origins

The Hove Club traces its origins back to 1882 when the club was founded as the “Hove Reading Rooms” and was located in the Willett’s building at the north east corner of Grand Avenue.

 

Initially the Club’s membership had a strong military and professional bias and by the 1890s it had become so successful in attracting new members that it expanded into more comfortable accommodation in Third Avenue. It was then that the new name of “The Hove Club” was adopted.

 

A few years later, the Club's function was defined by its first rule  - “To Provide a suitable and agreeable place for Gentlemen” - there was still a great emphasis on communication with the reading of papers and telegrams of the day. The playing of games was always a part of the Club’s activities and included golf, billiards, whist, chess and more latterly the provision of bowls and croquet.

 

The club continued to flourish and was able to commission the design and building of the imposing premises in Fourth Avenue in the heart of Victorian Hove at the considerable cost of £5,882. The Club took occupation in 1898 and still occupies this magnificent building today.

 

The Hove Club, for much of its early life, would have been considered the microcosm of the important men in Hove's civic life. Today, in an advanced world, and with the importance of communication now globally recognised, the club still continues to attract worthy, like-minded people, from a much wider range of professional and business backgrounds - individuals who embrace and enhance the social aspects of club life.

 

Up until the most recent times membership was strictly for gentlemen, a formal dress code was enforced and ladies were only allowed associate status. Now, the strict dress code has been relaxed and ladies can become full members and make full use of all the facilities available.

 

The fact that the Club is still established and attracting members after 136 years is not only testimony to the quality of the foundations instituted by those original founders - their foresight should be applauded - but also to the upholding of those principles by today’s members. A broader outlook combined with a modern approach to keep pace with current changes in trends and demands, will ensure the continuance of one of our longest running institutions.

 

The Hove Club is an exclusive Members Club for business and professional people. It offers a unique ambience in one of Hove’s most elegant buildings,and is listed Grade 2

 

Applications for membership are welcomed and can be either made through "How to join", or by contact with the Club Secretary. Dee Couch

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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