C L U B     D E T A I L S

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| Name | Address | Contact | Where? | Parking | Opening times | Facilities | Room hire | Accessibility | Children | Dogs | WiFi | Smoking | Library | Constitution | Membership |


NAME : Wakefield Labour Club
A.K.A. : Wakefield Constituency Labour Party Club (full & correct title )
A.K.A. : The Red Shed (sounds good & describes the place )
A.K.A. : The TARDIS (may not look much on the outside but wait 'til you see it inside )


ADDRESS

Wakefield Labour Club
18 Vicarage Street
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF1 1QX
England


CONTACT US

TELEPHONE No. : 01924 215626

No answering machine , so you need to call during club opening hours

E-MAIL   info * ęt * the red shed.org.uk   (delete   spaces   & replace * ęt * with @ .... Sorry - anti-spam measure)


WHERE ARE WE ? Link to city map

Vicarage Street is on the northeastern edge of Wakefield city centre, close to the new Trinity Walk shopping centre.

Click here for street map

Approximate distances & walking times from here are :
Bus Station - ½ mile , 10 mins.
(Note: many bus routes call at the row of bus stops on Kirkgate, just round the corner)
Westgate Railway Station - ½ mile , 10 mins.
Kirkgate Railway Station - ½ mile , 10 mins.


CAR PARKING

The large car park which used to be immediately opposite the club disappeared under the development of the new shopping centre next to us.  So what`s left now is:

Having read the above notes, you can understand why we recommend using public transport if possible.
See the  W.Y.Metro website for information about buses and trains in West Yorkshire.


OPENING TIMES  (Note: these are normal times - but liable to change at short notice - see "News")

Day

Lunchtime

Evening

Monday to Thursday

Closed

19.00 - 23.00

Friday

Closed

19.00 - Midnight

Saturday

11.00 - Midnight

Sunday

Closed

19.00 - 23.00

The all-day opening on Saturdays was experimental from 29th Nov. 2014 - it is now permanent.

Other times possible by special arrangement and for special events.
Times may vary during holiday periods (watch for notices).

N.B. 24 hour clock; 19.00 = 7pm.


CLUB FACILITIES

These are separated by partitions which can be opened or closed as required , giving the club a very adaptable layout . Also , furniture can be moved around to suit different purposes (e.g. by removing some of the tables , the capacity for people can be increased)


ROOMS FOR HIRE

Room Hire is Free of charge for Labour Party meetings.
Prices for other organisations :
Small room - £ 7.00
Large room - £ 10.00 for Trade Unions / voluntary organisations, otherwise £ 12.00
Annual booking for monthly meetings is 12 for the price of 10

For availability of rooms :

  1. You can check the "Diary" page in this site to see if any events already arranged.

  2. Phone or come in to ask the person in charge of the bar, who can usually tell you quickly if a room is available & make provisional booking.  Enquiries also accepted by e-mail.

  3. Contact the secretary.
    * N.B. All room bookings must be confirmed by the club secretary.


DISABLED ACCESS

This was not a consideration in 1966 when the club was put up and the building has not been easy to adapt.  Access has been improved somewhat in recent years but is still not perfect.  The main entrance has 2 steps up to it.  Wheelchairs can get in via the fire exit, which has ramped access.  Once inside, everything is on one level except for a small step down to get to the toilets.
Improvements are being planned.  Since we negotiated an extended lease on the site, it is worthwhile spending some money : firstly on level access to the toilets, then on widening internal doors, then on better ramped access from outside. This will inevitably mean some disruption whilst work is in progress; we will try to minimise this, and give good advance notice when it happens.


CHILDREN

We are a family-friendly club.  There is no separate family room but members` children are welcome (under parental control) up to 9pm.  This time may be relaxed on special occasions.


DOGS

We have no restrictions on dogs being fetched in to the club, as long as they are well-behaved . . . and keep their owners under control :-)


WiFi

We have a wireless router in the shed, so there is a local hotspot for WiFi here.
This is free for users of the club.  Ask at the bar for the password to log on to this service.


SMOKING

Smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, is not allowed inside the club. 


CLUB LIBRARY

We have a set of shelves with a collection of books on various subjects but the core of the collection is politically themed. The collection was started with money raised from a Red Shed Players production and has been added to, mainly by donations from members, for which we are grateful. Books in the collection are available for borrowing by club members. Nobody is formally in charge as librarian, so we rely on anyone who has borrowed a book to fetch it back!
Note: The library is temporarily out of use in the aftermath of Covid-19 lockdown.


CONSTITUTION

The club is run on behalf of Wakefield Constituency Labour Party by its committee, elected jointly from the CLP and the club`s membership.

President :

George Denton

Vice President :

Matt Hallas

Secretary :

Richard Council

Treasurer :

Jan Samuel

Committee members :
(elected by club membership)

Sam Eldridge, Matthew Gaughan, Julie Marshall

Committee members :
(nominated by Labour Party)

Kevin Swift, Vic Wilkins, Paul Holmes, Steve Oxley, Steve Wiltshire, Linda Bratley, Leda Prest, Paul Jowett.

  
The Rule book is available for download here.  A paper copy is available for inspection in the club.


MEMBERSHIP

Not a member already?  To avoid the hassle of being asked to sign the visitors book just to get a pint, you could join us.  Membership is open to anyone aged over 18 years and of good character.  Membership of the Labour Party and/or a Trade Union is encouraged but not essential.  Members may not use the club for any purpose that conflicts with the interests of the Labour Party.
Annual Subscription (January - December) is £ 4.00 Waged , £ 2.00 Unwaged .
New applications must be supported by two existing members (this is very seldom a problem).
Click here for a membership application form.  You can print this, fill it in and fetch it in to the club, or pick one up at the bar, but we are not getting into online applications & payment.  To join us, you have to come to the shed!


This page last updated : 24th July 2020

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