Sidcup Recreation Club was founded in 1904 as a football club for male shop assistants of Sidcup and opened above 10 Hamilton Parade with the first meeting being held at the Black Horse Pub. Tennis, Football and Cricket were played at Sidcup Place. In 1910 the club was offered Sidcup Golf Course Clubhouse at its current site in Church Avenue for £200. The committee at the time offered 100 guineas and this was accepted. A lease with the Frognall Estate was negotiated and possession was taken of the Club and Grounds in 1911. After a number of year’s ladies became full members with full rights, however, the first female president was not elected until 2016. For a number of years there was no licensed bar until a successful ballot in 1922 to license the club was carried – this did lead to certain committee members resigning! During the 1920’s two tennis courts and a small Bowls Green were laid and maintained on a voluntary basis by members, however, during the Second World War development of the new bowls green was halted and vegetables were successfully grown on the plot. Over the years due to loans from members the Clubhouse has doubled in size and we now have our full size Bowls Green.
The Club Today
Our club today has come on leaps and bounds with nearly 900 members! We have a well-stocked bar with a wide range of beers, lagers, real ales, ciders, wines and spirits. We have Sky and BT Sports showing all the live major sporting events on a 65 inch screen. We have a beautiful sunny patio area overlooking the grounds where you can enjoy your drink alfresco-whilst taking in the views of Kent. Lunch is available to purchase Tuesday through to Friday from 12-2pm, freshly cooked by our in house chef Philomena.
We have a dancefloor and regularly have weekend entertainment – please see our ‘events’ page for details. We have three full size (well kept) Snooker Tables that can be played by all members, it’s just a small fee for the lights and a dartboard.
The club is busy most days of the week with the following activities – Sewing Club, Pilates, Ballroom Dancing, Bridge, Darts – please contact the club if you need more information and start times. On the first Thursday of each month we have our ever so popular Quiz Night-with all proceeds raised going to our Presidents charities. All our facilities are accessible for wheelchair users including a disabled toilet.
There is three sports sections – Bowls, Tennis and Petanque – please see our Sports page for details.
The Club today is still run by a dedicated committee – currently made up of 13 members. The committee actively plays a huge part in the clubs success. We have a small team of members that meet up on a Tuesday and do general odd jobs around the club that they are all very proud of.