Dover Sea Angling Association Social Club, 14 Priory Road, Kent, UK, CT17 9RG

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This Victorian building (ex-undertakers) opened in November 1976 as the Angling Centre and Club Headquarters of the DSAA. The social club facilities were then improved and extended in 1981. DSAA also own Bluebirds Restaurant in Snargate Street. Left: Priory Road leads to High Street and Town Hall via St Edmund’s Chapel. Right: A256 York Street Bypass and B2011 Folkestone Road Roundabout of Priory Place. View from Norman Street.

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John Latter on November 21, 2012

The Angling Centre and Club Headquarters (tel: 01304 204 722) is known locally as the "Sea Angling Club", or "Sea Angling Social Club".

Bluebirds Restaurant officially opened on March 1st, 1977, following a 1996 New Year's Eve party for members and their friends.

More on the history of Dover Sea Angling Association and its two properties in the "comment" entry after this one.

See the Dover Sea Angling Association website which has lots of useful information if you're planning a sport fishing holiday!

Somewhat surprisingly, 14 Priory Road doesn't appear to be a Dover Listed Building.

On the skyline is the Flag Tower on Henry II's Keep ("Great Tower" - a night view) of Dover Castle (12th Century Norman).

The remaining buildings of Priory Place are the Golden Lion (a pub), Roy’s Hairdressers (@RoysHairDover on twitter and facebook), and the Dovorian Restaurant. All three are shown in An Autumn Sunset on Priory Place, Dover.

Also see the 2009 photo, Peter Skillcorn and the Dover Sea Angling Association Social Club.

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John Latter on November 22, 2012

The following is taken from a 2009 factsheet:

DOVER SEA ANGLING ASSOCIATION (Part 1 of 3)

A meeting was held in the Dover Promenade Pier Pavilion on the 31st October 1903 when the Mayor Councilor F Wright was in the chair supported by the Deputy Mayor Councillor J Busses and.the Reverend Gregory Bestall. There was a good attendance of anglers and it was unanimously agreed to for a society called "The DOVER SEA ANGLING ASSOCIATION". The meeting elected the Reverend J Carter Brown as Chairman, with a committee of twelve people to formulate a list of rules, which were approved at a General Meeting held on Friday 20th November 1903.

An angling competition for members was held on Thursday 17ft December and won by Mr Stansfield with a weight of 5lb 3ozs and the first social function, a smoking concert took place at the Esplanade Hotel, adopted as Club HQ on Thursday 14th January 1904. The Association has been actively engaged in angling and social activities since that time except for an interruption during the Second World War (World War II), but recommenced on 18th May 1945 with HQ and committee meetings at the Eagle Hotel, London Road, Dover.

For many years the Club's HQ was the Clocktower at the entrance to the Prince of Wales Pier but at the end of 1975 a decision was taken to purchase a semi-derelict building at the rear of the main Post Office (now Woolworth's) in the centre of Dover for the purposes of repair and alteration to building an Angling Centre and Club Headquarters, officially opened following voluntary work carried out by DSAA members and friends in November 1976.

The club is run with bar facilities on a full time basis and has a membership of some 450 anglers of whom 30 are Juniors under 16 years of age with an additional 850 members who have the use of the bar and social facilities only. Associate Membership is restricted, but Anglers from any part of the country are eligible to apply for membership on a full or temporary basis for visitors and details may be obtained from the Membership Secretary, DOVER SEA ANGLING ASSOCIATION, 14 Priory Road, Dover, Kent Telephone number is 01304 204722.

Following discussions in 1978/79 premises were acquired in Snargate Street and converted into storage and weighing-in centre for our own and visiting dubs use. Plans were approved for redevelopment of the whole site in 1986 but shelved the following year and subsequently revamped in 1995.

John Latter on November 22, 2012

DOVER SEA ANGLING ASSOCIATION (Part 2 of 3)

In 1987 the Admiralty Pier suffered extensive structural damage during the hurricane resulting in the loss of this important fishing venue due mostly to fiscal policies of the Dover Harbour Board. The Dover Harbour Board approached the Association and a 15 year repair and maintenance contract was negotiated. At that time this was the largest and most technically difficult project ever undertaken by the Association. Repairs to the first half included renewing the concrete walkway, rebuilding the toilet block and recasting reproduction Victorian cast iron railings. These works were undertaken by subcontractors and overseen by the Association. The cost of re-opening the first half of the pier was GBP 55,000 and works were completed in four months and re-opened in December 1989 by Robert Atkins MP who was Minister for Sport at the time.

The second half involved the cutting out of 300 metres in length of damaged concrete of the suspended gallows hung walkway. Renew and repair sections of the metal gallows support and rebuild 100 metres of ralnwater gullies. Further, recasting of the cast iron railings was required and finally erect approximately 1 mile of AMSA security fencing (landwards) fixed to spring metal posts (2.4m high) to attempt to minimise wave damage and provide security to cross channel and subsequent cruise liner (cruise ship) activities.

Finally, a small kiosk was built to service anglers "with refreshments. The whole second half of the pier was undertaken by club members under the instruction of Alan Barker and was five months in completion at a cost of GBP 122,000. This was re-opened in March 1992 by Captain Peter White the then Harbour Master for Dover Harbour Board. The pier is open to full angling members and pier members for angling for 8am - 4pm Sunday to Thursday, 8am - 6pm and 6pm - 8am Fridays and Saturdays. The opening hours are extended during the summer months. There is also a kiosk serving hot drink and food, crisps, chocolate and cans of drink etc.

John Latter on November 22, 2012

DOVER SEA ANGLING ASSOCIATION (Part 3 of 3)

The Club Headquarters at 14 Priory Road was improved and extended in 1981 and continues to be a valued source of income giving the opportunity to revise the plans for redevelopment of our land in Snargate Street to provide car parking, restaurant, banqueting and entertainment facilities. Planning consent was approved by Dover District Council and work commenced in August 1995. The main structural work was carried out by club members employed by the Association who purchased the materials with subcontractors providing the specialist expertise and equipment, the overall cost in the region of GBP 430,000 from Club funds and loans.

On New Years Eve 1996 some 270 members and friends attended the first function held in the banqueting hall and both the.Restaurant and Banqueting areas came into full use on the 1st March, 1997, and bookings are increasing as time goes on. Live entertainment is provided 3 - 4 times a year in the function room for members of the Association and their guests. Various companies and organisations use the function room at other times for Dinner Dances, Parties, Seminars and Charity Functions such as wine and wisdom evenings. There was a wide-ranging response to the competition for a suitable name for the premises, the winner being Mr Paul Greenstreet a member of the public from Hawkinge, Kent, with the suggestion of "Bluebirds". Telephone no. 01304 226586.

As well as the social activities at the clubhouse and Bluebirds there are at least 60 angling competitions each year from Boats, Pier or shore and Juniors have the opportunity of fishing in the National and Regional Junior Championships every year and are fully supervised by experienced Senior Anglers. Over the years the Association has provided more Junior, Lady and Senior Anglers than any other has to represent the International Shore Angling Teams. The Clubs major Boat and Pier Festivals are supported by anglers from all parts of the country and may of these visitors are proud to be able to say that they are members of one of the first Angling Clubs in Britain: The DOVER SEA ANGLING ASSOCIATION.

John Latter on February 18, 2013

This public house is at the end of Priory Road to the left:

The Prince Albert Pub on a Lazy, Hazy Sunday Morning, Dover

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