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The Dunmow Club, which is a “private members club”, owes its origin to the returning service men from the Great War. In January 1919, a meeting was held at the technical school in Dunmow at which the ex- service men’s social club was constituted. At this time, they had no permanent home for their club and would have met at various hostelries and rooms in the town.

By the summer of 1919, a prominent solicitor of Dunmow, Mr. E.T.Foalkes offered the club a temporary home, rent free, at the Hazels off of the High Street. After 15 years at the Hazels, The Dunmow Club was formed from the original ex service men’s club and a charter was granted under the Friendly Societies Act. That first meeting was possibly chaired by one Major Hasler whose family were well connected with the Town.

The Dunmow Club is proud to retain strong links to the Royal British Legion, largely in honour of those returning servicemen and those who followed in other conflicts, not least the Second World War. In memory of her brother, Alice Foalkes generously endowed The Hazels to The Club so that It should have a permanent home and wished that in her brother’s name, The Club would continue to offer a refuge for “the social and intellectual intercourse for the working men of Dunmow.” She also provided the money to establish The Foalkes Hall and to provide today’s offices for Dunmow Town Council.

(see link to their website: - http://www.foakeshalldunmow.org.uk/history/)

The Club is a non profit making organisation and is monitored by the Financial Conduct Authority. Our membership, which numbers over 800, of whom over 100 are “honorary members”, (30yrs. Membership), own the Club in trust and therefore have a vested interest in its future.