The snooker club is open between 9am and 11pm seven days a week. There will be a few occasions when the room is needed for another Barn activity and members will be warned in advance by email and notices in the club room.
Hickling Snooker Club is open for new members. If you would like to join please call Harvey on 01692 598725 or 07710 283768. You can get an application form by clicking here.
The annual subscription fee is £30. The lights on the tables are metered at £2.50 an hour – so bring lots of change!
Card renewal 2022 reminder:
The club committee has decided to defer this year's AGM due to the latest Covid situation. Instead, we are holding a card updating session on Monday, January 31th from 7pm to 9pm where you can come to the door of the club and get your card updated quickly on payment of your subscription. Just to remind you, the subscription for the year is £30.00, although if you are a new member who joined within the past two months at the full rate, you will not need to pay again. If you joined earlier in the year, and paid a pro-rata rate (eg. a half year subscription) you will need to come and renew the card.
If you are unable to attend the session on Jan 31th, you will have to send your card to our chairman, Harvey Gibbons at
5 Heron Way
including a stamped, self-addressed envelope, so your updated card can be returned to you.
As we are not having an AGM, Harvey has submitted this report on the club's activities for last year:
Despite the difficult circumstances of the last two years due to Covid, a small amount of use of the club was possible. With the help of the Phoenix Trust we have been able to maintain our overheads and keep the club in a financially sound position. Now we are fully open again with several new members joining. We look forward to better times and enjoying meeting up more than we have been able to. We are also looking to purchase some new lights for both tables. Please make sure you come and renew your membership and update your card on Monday - I look forward to seeing you then.
You can find the full 2021 accounts for the club here.
Although the club is fully open again we would ask that you continue to follow sensible Covid prevention measures - using the sanitising hand gel when you enter and leave the room, and wiping equipment (cues, rests scoreboards etc) that you have used. Please try to keep as socially distanced as you can when playing. The Barn is continuing to provide different toilets on alternate days - please refer to the notice in the snooker room.
The club is chaired by Harvey Gibbons, one of the founders of the original club who became known as ‘the Hurricane of Hickling’. He remembers finding one of the tables in bits under a boxing ring in Fleggburgh – and getting it for the bargain price of £50.00. Within a year or so of the club starting up it was in the Yarmouth League and on the way to prizewinning success.
Among the characters Harvey recalls from those days was Fred Shepherd who used to light the stove in the old village hall which the club took over from the Women’s Institute. “Fred only had one arm, and used to rest his cue on a special attachment on his artificial arm, but he was a good player.”
Fred’s stove was one of the reasons why the old club had to close in 2005 – it proved too much of a fire risk for the insurance company, meaning that the hall became too expensive to keep going.
The decision to close the club was taken reluctantly. The tables were dismantled and the parts carefully numbered before being put into storage in a dry barn on the outskirts of Hickling. In October 2011 all the parts of the tables were taken out of long-term storage before being reassembled and re-covered by an expert restorer.