In 1927 members of the Rotary Club of Lancaster were anxious to launch some project, which would benefit the community and they proposed that a club for boys should be founded in Lancaster.  After visiting several possible premises for the club they decided upon a small wooden building situated on the site of the present Club in Dallas Road.  Certain adaptations had to be made but the club which was then known as the Lancaster Lads’ Club opened in February 1929 (photo attached). 

The club was established in 1929 with considerable financial assistance from the Rotary Club of Lancaster. Established as Lads Club of Lancaster then later changed the name to Boys Club of Lancaster.

The aim of the Club was to encourage boys from the age of 8 to 18 to make constructive use of their leisure time by engaging in recreational activities.

From the outset, the Club concentrated its efforts in offering assistance to the more disadvantaged sections of Lancaster and Morecambe society. The 20s and 30s were times of profound poverty and the Club assumed great local importance as a place where young boys could escape the difficult and stressful environments of home life, and engage in constructive activities with their peers.

The club has benefited numerous local people during its existence, and counts amongst its old members prominent and well-respected members of the Lancaster community. During the 1939-45 War children from several areas likely to be the target for enemy action came to live with families in Lancaster.  Amongst them was Frank Abelson (photo attached) , best remembered then for his boxing activities.  However, in later life, Frank Abelson gained fame and success in the entertainment world under his professional name of Frankie Vaughan.

In the early part of 1963 it was mooted that the Lancaster Lads’ Club and the Red Rose Boys’ Club should be merged in order to form one composite club to cater for the needs of young boys in Lancaster.  This proposal was carried and it was agreed that the club should be known as the Boys’ Club of Lancaster.

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