The Pavilion Club

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 The Pavilion Club was damaged by two fires on the 16th and 23rd of August 1983. Was it an electrical fault or was it arson? The real answer was never certain.

Rather than rebuild, the committee used the insurance money to establish the Pavilion Trust. The Trust gave money to deserving LGBT causes and individuals in the three counties surrounding the club - Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

I have very fond memories of the Pavilion Club. Basically it was large wooden hut with some land attached to it. The price of the booze wasn't rip off prices. It was staffed by the members for free - who did a lot of the structural work, the painting and decorating and up-dating of it with some nice flock wallpaper. Everybody was sort of "family".

We had the patio outside. People sponsored a slab or a rose tree. I remember Stella, who was planting this memorial tree and she was that pissed on gin that she fell into the hole herself and the rose tree followed in after her.

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The idea of a club owned and run by its members was the model for the Nightingale Club in Birmingham, which continues successfully to this day

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