Our chess club has made an exciting move to a new home

CHECK MATES Vice-chairman Graham Craven with, right, Rob Davies of The Fareham Chess Club. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131586-8167)
CHECK MATES Vice-chairman Graham Craven with, right, Rob Davies of The Fareham Chess Club. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131586-8167)

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WHEN we heard that our club home was going to be demolished, we saw it as an opportunity to make a fresh and exciting move.

For several years, the Fareham Chess Club had been meeting for club nights at The Limes, on Catisfield Road, on Tuesday evenings.

After the Fareham planning committee approved, last December, redevelopment proposals of the nearby Hinton Hotel which included demolishing The Limes, the club has been looking for a suitable new venue.

The Fareham Chess Club was founded in 1947 and is one of the founding members of the Portsmouth and District Chess League.

We still participate every year in that league, currently with three teams and since last year we also participate in the Southampton Chess League -- going up to two teams next season.

Our members voted unanimously for our new venue to be the Duke of Connaught’s Own Club, Western Road, Fareham and we had our first club night there on Tuesday, June 4.

We are looking at our new home as a new lease of life and are hoping to also attract some new members.

We are a friendly bunch, with a wide range of ages. In fact, two of our members are octogenarians -- the eldest is 83 -- and three are in their seventies.

We are not all pensioners, our youngest member is just 13 years old.

We don’t discriminate either, anybody of any ability is welcome. One member, a young man in his early twenties, has cerebral palsy, cannot speak or moves his arms so someone has to move the chess pieces for him.

If you fancy joining us for a game of chess call 01329 286615 or visit farehamchess.org.uk or for more info.