The Goring Social Club was opened in November 1888 and was known up to the early nineteen sixties as Goring Working Men’s Club. Since then, the Club membership has diversified considerably and the Club can now claim to be a genuine community-based club with a membership drawn from all segments of the local community. Its main objective is to provide a central meeting point and a relaxing environment for its members and guests. The club is for everyone in the local area and is situated in the High Street in the heart of the village.
The management of the Club is controlled by the management committee consisting of nine elected committee members, one of whom currently acts as Club secretary, the president, vice president and treasurer. The committee meets regularly once a month to manage the club’s affairs and is currently looking at ways of improving the interior of the club to enhance and improve the facilities for the membership which is currently in excess of 500. The club is affiliated to the Club & Institute Union which allows members, for a small joining fee and yearly subscription, to visit other affiliated clubs in the United Kingdom. This also allows affiliated members from other clubs to visit the Goring Social Club when visiting this area.
The club’s interior currently consists of a large bar area, a snooker room with two full sized snooker tables, a meeting/TV room, and an area at the front of the club that can be cordoned off as a function area. We also have a barbecue and seating area which members and their families can use during the summer months. The bar, professionally run by Dave, Jane and Adam, carries a comprehensive range of excellent, high quality real ales, lagers, wines, spirits and soft drinks at very competitive prices (probably the lowest bar prices in the area). The guest pump normally has several new ales on each week. Last year, members enjoyed over 70 different ales to complement the regular West Berkshire and Butcombe bitters. Because of the outstanding quality of the ales served, the club earned the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) South Central England Club of the Year award for 2010 – an excellent achievement for a small local village community club.