The Liberal & Labour Club Abertillery – The Central Snooker Club.
In the late 1880s a Philharmonic Club was established in the bottom part of Tillery Street, Abertillery (as seen in the centre of the featured image above) and entertained many venues in the town throughout the 1890s. – The caretaker was Mr Gulliford. In a report from 1890 the band played at the Primitive Methodists concert and the orchestra consisted of the following members, Violin – Mr J. Collier; 2nd Violin – Mr C. Short and Mr T. Collier; Clarionette – Mr A. Short; 2nd Clarionette – Mr T. Thomas; Horn – Mr E. Winstone; Trombone – Mr J. G. Cordy; Piano – Mr W. Preece and Bass – Mr T. Preece:
In 1896-97 the Abertillery Philharmonic Club were in the Billiards League of Abertillery and also advertising for members. Here is a list of the Abertillery Philharmonic Club billiard players from 1898 – Mr J. Yorath (Captain); Mr J. Harris; Mr H. Pike; Mr J. Fear; Mr J. Morgan; Mr A. Way; Mr R. Stanfield; Mr W. Hancock; Mr E. Sutton; Mr T. Dibbins; Mr W. Powell; Mr J. Dix; Mr S. Robbins; Mr F. Adams; Mr G. Turner; Mr A. Gregory; Mr A. Bundred; Mr D. Bundred; Mr C. Cridland; Mr R. Price; Mr W. Price; Mr J. Vincent; Mr J. Welsh; Mr W. Thomas; Mr J. Corbett; Mr W. McNeil; Mr G. Thorne; Mr J. Adams; Mr E. Richardson and Mr W. Samuel:
The Abertillery Philharmonic Club didn’t seem to last long as in February 1902 they sold their premises at auction and the Liberal Political Association of Abertillery who had been looking to establish a political club in the area purchased the building along with the effects, chairs, tables, music stands, benches, a couple of billiard tables (one full size and one half size) and other bits and pieces, this became the new Abertillery Liberal & Labour Club and Institute. Later this same year a United Orchestra of Abertillery was formed, the conductor being Mr J. Collier and the secretary of the organisation was Mr S. Chilton (Blaina). They put out advertisements offering their services for oratorios, cantatas and concerts etc. (I don’t know where their new premises were).
The members of the Abertillery Liberal & Labour Club bought a table tennis table and entered into competitions, as in March 1902 the newly formed Liberal & Labour Club were in the Ping-Pong League. The team members were as follows – Mr D. Lewis Evans (Captain); Mr G. G. Gunter; Mr G. Handy; Mr E. Thorne; Mr G. Hanney; Mr W. Harrison; and Mr G. Selby: I don’t know if this league finished, folded or they just dropped out, as a few months later the Liberal Club entered a team into the Billiard League. Their first ever billiard team in September 1902 is as follows – Mr G . Hanney; Mr M. Hancock; Mr W. Harrison; Mr G. Selby; Mr G. Gough; Mr W. Vincent; Mr H. G. Holbrook; Mr M. Penny; Mr W. Williams; Mr W. Pritchard; Mr E. Thorne; Mr T. Miles and Mr W. Samuel:
In June 1910 the committee planned to have a new building built which was completed in November 1911.