108th Salford Lads Club Camp

On Saturday 25th May a party of lads club members set off for the clubs 108th camp to Aberystwyth. The first camp in 1904 was at Llanddulas in Wales and the club camps have taken place in many different locations including, Bridlington on the Yorkshire Coast, Ramsey on the Isle of Man, Kettleshulme in Derbyshire and Hoylake on the Wirral. The Salford Youth Alliance joined our own volunteer team to set up the campsite earlier in the week.

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“Mad For it” BBC Radio Manchester live broadcast from the club

On Thursday 16th May we hosted a BBC Radio Manchester live broadcast last week attended by over 100 people. Former Salford Lad Mike Sweeney and Jack Ranson presented the programme, “ Mad For It”  which was part of Mental health awareness week. Andys Man Club and Mind were represented and the 3 hour programme linked comedy from Smug Roberts and Chris Washington and conversation.

The programme is available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p079j4fj

Mozarmy and Happy Mondays

Yesterday we had the annual Mozarmy visit by Manchester Music Tours. The weekend event attracts visitors from all over the world and this weekend was no exception with fans from New York, Los Angeles Mexico, Germany, France, Spain as well many from the UK.  We also had a small display of Happy Mondays original album covers donated by the family of the late Derek Ryder which is part of a donation of material which we will display later this year.

 

Mozarmy visitors from Los Angeles
 Visitors to the Happy Mondays display

The Netball Party

This week the concert hall has been transformed for the recreation of “ The Netball Party” an annual event that took place between 1919 and 1939.  By the 1930s netball was the most popular indoor sport at the club with more than 200 boys playing each week. We would like to thank Salford University for helping us make the project happen and to St Josephs RC Primary and Primrose Hill Primary for taking part. Thanks also to volunteers from Talktalk.

The event was featured on ITVs Granada Reports and in the MEN https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/salford-lads-clubs-forgotten-sporting-16028831      

The exhibition is open to visitors on Saturday 30th March from 11-2pm  (please note resident only parking on street around the club)

An interesting talk at a Lads Club

John Thomson, Pete from Cold Feet, and Chris Gascoyne, Pete from Coronation Street were on the concert hall stage last night telling some fascinating stories, with some of the audience taking photos on their phones. Looking back in our archives to 1904 the “interesting talk” was given by Baden Powell at the official opening of the club, and reported in drawings for “The Daily Dispatch” Here is our drawing of John and Chris, in the style of that original report.

Lads reach pool finals

Two of our young members won through to the national pool finals. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester pool competition was held here last week.  Harry (front left) won the under 14 title and Tyler (front right) was runner up in the under 16 final. They are pictured with their trophies and with club leader Leon Warmington and deputy leader Brian Conway.