More About Worcester City Chess Club
Winter Venue (Sep to May). Picture shows the entry to the church precincts from St Stephen's Street and the covered way to the main door of the church hall between the trees towards the left. St Stephen's Church Hall, St Stephen's Street Worcester WR3 7HS. For location map, click here
Summer Venue (Jue to August). Picture shows the Paul Pry public house in the centre of the city, 6 The Butts, WR1 3PA. For location map, click here
Aims of the Club
Worcester City Chess Club was 're-founded' in 1837 and is one of the oldest chess clubs in the UK. Its purpose is to: 'promote the art and science of chess by providing facilities for the playing of friendly and competitive chess and other activities'.
Club Honorary Officers
- President: Andrew Farthing
- Vice-presidents: Ray Collett, Stephen Mellor, Philip Smith, Rob Sutton
- Hon Secretary & Treasurer: Ray Collett, 7 Ogilvy Square, Worcester. WR3 7LU. Telephone Worcester 454 754
- Competitions Secretary: Andrew Farthing
- Equipment and Webmaster: Ray Collett as above.
- Team Captains: Worcester City Team: Andrew Farthing
- Worcester Bishops Captain: Jim Keene
- Worcester Pawns Captain: Roger Yates
- Worcester Knock out team captain: John Hesketh.
Winter months September to May. St Stephen's Church Hall is open on Thursdays from 7:30pm during the months from September to May and is accessible by wheelchair. Hot beverages and biscuits are available at reasonable cost. Members may borrow equipment and chess books. The club provides a full range of internal tournaments: Standardl and Rapidplay championships and an ungraded championship (throughout the season); and three one-night events - variant chess prior to Christmas, Five-minute Tournament. The club notice board gives details for entry to congresses and events throughout England and Wales. Coaching by arrangement.
Summer months June, July and August. The Paul Pry public house at 6 The Butts right in the heart of the city is a welcome stop for summer chess players. The pub received good reviews in the local media for its food and drink.
Officers and members of the club have adopted the child protection policy, code of practice and procedures modeled on those used by the English Chess Federation, which may be downloaded from here. The Worcester City Chess Club lead person for safeguarding is Ray Collett (telephone Worcester 454 754).
Visitors are welcome £2 per night. For the whole year Vice-President membership is £80, Ordinary membership £60 and Concessions £40 for the year; reduced rates for part-year. For regular team league play members are strongly encouraged to become members of the English Chess Federation because an extra £2:50 is charged for each league game played by club members who are not ECF members, Fees include grading for internal tournament games.
Worcester City Chess Club is member of Worcestershire Chess Association and a founding member of Worcester & District Chess League. Through these organisations the club is affiliated to the Midlands Counties Chess Union and the English Chess Federation. Members of the club hold posts in these county, and regional organisations.
This website is maintained by Ray Collett.