Leisure Hour Club

At the end of 1900, the recreational needs of the large number of young women and girls who worked and lodged in Tunbridge Wells were addressed with the creation of the Leisure Hour Club for Young Women in Business under the auspices of the National Union of Women Workers. The club provided ‘amusement and relaxation when the business of the day is done.’

Subscription was 1s per quarter, which entitled members to use the club, including its library, on Sundays in the afternoons and evenings, and on two nights a week. Supper and tea were provided at a small additional charge.

The largest number of the members worked at the High Brooms and Woodlands laundries, which reflects the contrast between the free time enjoyed by laundry workers when compared with domestic servants. Committee members included Amelia Scott and the Candler sisters. Phillis and Sarah Candler were the proprietors of the Woodlands Laundry. They donated to club funds and provided for the members, their employees, to have an outing to Crowborough Warren.

 


Annual Reports of the Leisure Hour Club, 1902 and 1903

Source: Women's Library

 

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'to provide some of the comforts of home for many young women who are working and lodging in Tunbridge Wells'

Many working women and girls at his time worked long hours in poor conditions, and for little reward. Many had no-where to go in their scanty leisure time. The Leisure Hour Club ran for twenty years, providing a much-valued resource.