|Here is a very brief history of the club that I hope will be expanded on and
filled in with more detail..
Warley Quinborne started in the late 1970s when Warley merged with Quinborne Chess Club. Warley itself prior to the merger was know as Smethwick chess club. The longest serving club member who originally belonged to Smethwick is our Treasurer Brian Whitehouse. Andy Southall, Mike Doran and Simon Smith are the three other premerger club Warley members. Premerger Quinborne players still at the club are Alan Burnet and club President John Pakenham. (Are Alan or John able to othe info about Quinborne Chess Club ?)
Warley Quinborne has known many good servants now passed on. Dave Rowe was club secretary for many years. A club trophy is named in recognition of his many years of hard work. A true servant of the club. Arthur Evans was a club benefactor, team captain and very longstanding member. Mike Fox , author of the "The Complete Chess Addict" was another distinguished member who gave up a lot of time for the Checkmate club and the development of young players. The club was also associated with Britian's first Grandmaster Tony Miles who would often frequent the club. (Omission of any other notable members can be corrected. When I first joined Warley I remember my first AGM with old school miltary types as club officials. Brian Whitehouse often mentions a Mr Bant. It would nice to flesh this page out with those worked for the club before. There was a player Ken Lloyd who played for the club ? Perhaps Brian can give this and other info - Simon Smith)
Update. Since posting this page Alan Burnett emailed me with information. I'm not sure what direction to go with this history section yet, however I wiill post his email to me and we'll take it from there:
"Hello Simon,An Interesting Email from Peter Hughes on the old Warley and Smethwick Chess Club !
John Fahy spoke to me about a website you are creating for the chess club and asked me to provide you with some history with regard to the Quinborne Chess Club.
I joined The Quinborne club in 1975 . At the time it was a small , friendly, well run club. I had not been there quite twelve months when I was approached to become the club's new secretary. You may recall, I remained secretary after the merger of the two clubs until Glen Windows took on the task. My knowledge of the old Quinborne club is not good , all I can tell you is that it was established in 1950. It may have been members of the Harborne Chess Club needing a new venue and having to adopt the name Quinborne.
When I took the job as secretary, the club was struggling for members and although the catchment area was good and we were able to attract good players , some moved to other clubs so they could play in higher divisions. In early 1977 David Rowe contacted me to ask whether or not Quinborne C.C. would have any objections to Warley C.C. using the same venue. The end result was a merger of the two clubs offering two nights a week with no increase in membership fees. The notable Quinborne player at the time was John Hawthorne just 12 or 13 and promising to be a very good player. The new club started off very well , we attracted good players from clubs such as, Birmingham C.C. and Bham. Uni. the late George Hill was one. We were even able to recruit a Spanish IM for a short period, and new members arrived to fill the lower divisions. We became one of the largest clubs in the B&DCL.
In the early 1980's David Rowe entered the club for the British National Team Tournaments and in 1986 we won the intermediate grade. This is all from my memory , it maybe worth contacting Glen Windows , he was good active member during the early years
As a further note, Alan mentioned that he remembers the very strong chess player Bernard Cafferty gave a simultaneous display at Quinborne Community centre in 1975 to commemorate twenty five years. So Quinborne centre may have been built in 1950. In any case the Quinborne club arose from the old Harborne club.
Club secretary John Fahy has forwarded this email to me about our Spanish IM of a few years ago from Stewart Fishburne of Halesowen Chess Club.
Dave Rowe on holiday in Turkey. Dave was secretary for many years, a well liked gentleman who worked hard for the club and was highly influential in the chess community generally. As a young teenager I - Simon Smith - recall a hand written letter from him in the 1970s explaining where and when the club met after my sister Mary made an inquiry on my behalf.