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New Website for the Club

News Posted on Mon, December 12, 2016 15:54:50

If you’re here you’ve already seen the new site. It’s constructed in the latest ‘Bootstrap’ coding and is very mobile friendly. It’s also very fast – Enjoy!

Atilla the Stockbroker

Reviews Posted on Thu, December 08, 2016 13:06:06

Albany Social Club, 16th November – “A Warm Welcome from Pioneering Spirits”

Punk poet and raconteur Attila the Stockbroker performed to a packed room at the Albany Club. Attila (aka John Baine) is a punk poet, and a folk punk musician and songwriter. He performs solo and as the leader of the band Barnstormer. He describes himself as a “sharp tongued, high energy social surrealist poet and songwriter.” He has performed over 3,300 concerts, published seven books of poems and an autobiography, and released over forty recordings.

Tonight he was ably supported by local poet Nick Knibb. Nick’s poems were about life in Coventry, Two Tone, music and football – the things that count.

Attila’s set touched, informed and provoked us. Stories about his grandmother and his experience of cancer were thought provoking and a reminder of how we should all keep fighting for the NHS. He reminded us to never ever forget the assaults on the miners during the big strike of 1983 and why it’s still going on. He made us laugh with his songs including the crowd pleaser “Harry’s Knob”.

Following his visit, Attila wrote an article for The Morning Star telling of his week on the road. The Club got a mention and it seems he was impressed…

“…. it was down to Coventry for a pioneering gig at the Albany Social Club in Earlsdon.

It used to be the Earlsdon Working Men’s Club, until modernity caught up with the name and now, thanks to Gill Dawson and her friends, modernity has caught up with — some of — the committee too.

After years of covers bands, karaoke and all the normal fare, I was the guinea pig — a sometimes rude and very left-wing performance poet on a Wednesday night.

Brave people put their reputations on the line in the face of the kind of “nothing must ever change” attitude sadly prevalent in some of those venues and I’m happy to say it worked and then some — there will be more such gigs.

Afterwards, we had a long discussion about the fate of Coventry City FC, held to ransom by a hedge fund. The fans need to do what we did at Brighton and simply drive the scum out of their club.

The club also raised £300 out of the £500 he collected that week for the Poem-A-Thon at the Komedia in aid of the Refugee Council.

A brilliant night and we will hopefully be welcoming him back to The Albany next year. Until then it has spurred us on to look for similar performers – watch this space!

Membership Renewals and New Members

Membership Posted on Wed, December 07, 2016 13:25:18

Subscription charges for 2017 are as follows:

Member £10.00

Life Member £3.00

Association Card £3.50

2017 Pass Card £3.50

Lost Card £2.00

Lost Fob £8.00

Wallet £3.00

Please be aware that there will be a £5.00 fine for any members who have not paid their subscriptions after 31st January. New members may apply from 1st February. Pick up a form from the bar or download one here

Real Ale

At The Bar Posted on Wed, December 07, 2016 13:17:53

After several years of head scratching and deliberation the club has decided to have more real ales on the bar. The popular “Abbots Ale” has been retained but the now jaded “Doombar” which hasn’t been selling so well has been replaced by a new guest ale every week by one of many from the Coors Brewers portfolio.

Customers are rediscovering cask beer, and last year nationwide it outperformed almost every drink on the bar, including lager and wines and spirits. A total of 400,000 new drinkers enjoyed cask beer, and the number of female drinkers doubles every 12 months. As we demonstrate an increasing passion for interesting food and drink from artisanal producers, we’re embracing traditional cask ale once more. But we’re doing it in a very modern way. The most exciting beers build awareness through bloggers and Twitter rather than television, and there’s a CaskFinder iPhone app that will help you find your nearest Cask Marque pub, tell you about the pint in your hand and give you more information about the brewers.

Coventry and district now boasts some fantastic real ale brewers – Byatts, Purity, Twisted Barrel, Church End and Tunnel all consistently produce fabulous beer locally. It’s welcome news that at last the Albany Club is now on board! Imagine then, a whole new group of potential members and customers from all over the country including CAMRA committee and members beating a path to our door because we have acquired the ‘Cask Marque’ and are regularly featured in the Good Beer Guide. No other club in Coventry has that distinction, and we have an unequalled opportunity to make it happen. It’s a only a short step away from ‘The Earlsdon Beer Festival’ weekend in our carpark marquee, garden and concert room. With the help of real ale enthusiasts (your very own webmaster included) we hope to make it into the CAMRA “Good Beer Guide” in 2017/18.

News Page

News Posted on Wed, December 07, 2016 12:49:59

Hi folks and welcome to our brand new news page. This is a more interactive form of letting you know news at the club and an alternative to Facebook which isn’t always everyone’s cup of tea.

Here you can post photos, tell us about club life from your side of the fence, make suggestions, compliments (and complaints) and make sure we get your messages.

If you’ve had an invite you should be able to log in, choose your password and get blogging. Let us know if you get into difficulties and we’ll do our best to sort things out for you.

Happy Blogging!
December 2016

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