Introducing.....THE SPACE CLUB.
Those fen who have bravely beaten their way through the trackless jungles of
my previous articles will know that I have a way of getting Mixed Up In Things!
The latest is that I have become a partner in a West End club...(sorry, Chuck, not
the kind with Parisian floor shows, just a comfortable room with a bar and a
gramophone!) As there is a room upstairs empty save for inset couches, we thought
suddenly of starting a Space Club, primarily for fen. When we'd recovered from our
unwonted attack of brilliance and got down to figuring out the details, it worked
out roughly like this:—
We have already about five hundred members in the Club downstairs, ranging
from writers and stars to a most charming burglar; my partner is an author and
journalist himself so it's quite well established. The licence can be expanded to
include us, so that's O.K. Speaking for myself alone, I've often had to
abandon interesting conversations at the Globe for lack of anywhere to go on to
when it closed, or waited on street—corners for unpunctual friends, or missed visitors
from out of town. With the WorldCon coming up in London next year, these problems are
going to be multiplied for every active fan, and this Club would provide a convenient,
exclusive, central place from which to operate. If you want to rehearse, or read, or
meet someone, or play music, or just sit there it would be.
I've always believed in making a success of things from small beginnings,
rather than indulging in spectacular flops, so this is that I'd like to suggest. If
within two weeks we have received sufficient applications for membership to warrant
it, we will go ahead with decorating and open as soon as possible. If it continues
to be supported, we can branch out into a library, duplicators, and other signs of
fannish gracious living! On the other hand if everybody crawls away into their shells,
we do the same in six months and refund the balance of subscriptions. Fair enough?
The grapevine support seems to be enthusiastic so far, and I think myself that
it could develop a terrific personality and life theft. It's five minutes from
everywhere...the Royal, the theatres, Piccadilly Circus, and with the best and
cheapest market in London almost outside the door, but that's my domestic side coming
Membership, 21/- a year, 10/6 country, overseas Con visitors honorary guests for
the duration. Given through propositioning (do I mean that?) by two other members or
through my own knowledge....which obviates the need for a suspension clause.
Incidentally, it will be closed during pub hours on Thursdays...we want to
establish a new a tradition, not supersede an old one.
Over to you, fen!
67 Berwick Street,