History

BARNBOW SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB

THE HISTORY

The club was opened in 1951 for the use of employees and family of the “Royal Ordnance Factory” Barnbow.

Over the years the ownership of the factory changed and was eventually sold to Vickers Defence Systems for continued production.

The factory employed over 2000 people in its prime who were involved in the building of “Armoured Fighting Vehicles”for the initial use of the British Army. Vehicles were then sold to Kuwait, Iran and other countries.

It was a popular sight in Crossgates watching a convoy of finished vehicles going along Austhorpe Road. How things have changed.

The vehicles included the Centurion, Chieftain and finally the world famous Challenger 1 and 2.
In its time the factory was visited by many British and overseas dignateries. (Including Royals)

The Social Club, much smaller than its present size, was the base for its employees and family including many sports sections.

Unfortunately in 2000, when Vickers Defence Closed the factory, the club was also closed, but, with the tremendous efforts of its members and family, George Mudie M.P. and local councillors, the club re-opened on a short lease and small cash balance.

Looking back, without the tremendous efforts of these people, the club would not be here now.

The club has its own Dance Hall (Function Room), Lounge and Games Room which continues to be enjoyed by many.