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Bilton Working Men’s Club is affiliated to the Club and Institute Union (CIU or C&IU) which is a voluntary association of private members’ clubs in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with over 2,000 associate clubs.  

The CIU was formed in 1862 and has two main purposes: to provide a voice at national level for working men’s clubs and social clubs; and to provide discounted products and services for its members.

Until 2004, the CIU had its own beer brewed by the Federation brewery in Newcastle, but the brewery was taken over by Scottish & Newcastle in 2004 and now brews Newcastle Brown Ale.

The Working Men’s Club and Institute Union is now the largest non-profit-making social entertainment and leisure organisation in the UK, representing the interests and views of six million club members.

Club Subscriptions

A member of one CIU affiliated club is entitled to use the facilities of all other CIU clubs, although they will only be entitled to vote in committee elections in clubs where they are full members. CIU affiliation costs £3.50 per year on top of the usual club subscriptions which are currently £10 per year with a joining fee of £10 for new members. OAP membership is £5 per year, plus £3.50 affiliation if required.

The Management Committee

The Club is run by a voluntary committee of members, most of which have been Club members for many years. The Committee meet every two weeks to discuss the running of the Club and to ensure the business side of the Club is healthy and meets the needs of members.

More details about the Committee will be posted here soon.