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Carlisle Ex-Services Men's Club


The Club

Carlisle Ex-Services Men's Club was founded in 1921 by former servicemen who had fought in the Great War and were keen to retain and further the camaraderie which developed during that conflict. Although no longer run under British Legion rules, the Club still maintains a close relationship with that fine organisation.

The Club is owned by its members and managed by the elected Committee. It provides a comfortable and safe environment with refreshments and entertainment at minimum cost exclusively for members and their bona-fide guests.

Membership is only £10 p.a. and is open to both men and women. Currently we have almost three thousand members.

Sports & Social


We have a very active sports section in the Club with teams representing us in Snooker, Billiards, Pool, Darts, Table Bowls, Whist and Football. On the social side, cash bingo takes place in the Concert Room each Friday and concerts are held on Saturday and Sunday evenings featuring top class cabaret artists and bands. Various draws are held each weekend including the Tote Double with a top prize of £600, the Treasure Chest (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) which offers over £2000. We have a Members’ Draw at Christmas with hundreds of prizes and six weeks of Bottle Bingo in the lead up to the festive season.

The Committee

The Committee manages the Club on behalf of its members. It consists of the President, two Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer (the Officers) and six Committee. A ballot takes place each year in March to elect the Committee and when elected, Officers serve for three years and Committee for two years. Other Officers are the Secretary and Assistant Secretary who are appointed (employed) and as such have no vote at Committee meetings.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held in March each year and members are encouraged to attend. At the AGM the Annual Accounts are presented, together with the Committee report for the year, and scrutineers are appointed for the Committee elections.

The Bars

The Club has four bars, two upstairs and two downstairs; all are air-conditioned.

The Main Bar and the Lounge Bar are open seven days a week and, upstairs, the Concert Room and Cocktail Lounge are open at weekends only. The Concert Room is open for Bingo each Friday evening from 7.30pm (bingo starts at 8.15pm), and each Saturday and Sunday from 6.30pm (bingo starts at 7.30pm and entertainment from 9pm). The Cocktail Lounge is open each Saturday and Sunday from 7pm (bingo is relayed at 8.30pm and 10pm).

 All bars close at 11pm Mon-Sat and at 10.30pm on Sundays, however the Lounge Bar remains open until midnight on Fridays and 12.30am on Saturdays. The Main Bar closes at 11pm on Sundays.