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Earliest 1997

Blue Birds

Open 2016+

137 Snargate Street

Web site:- http://doverseaanglingassociation.co.uk/

Bluebirds
Blue Bird advert

The above advert was placed in the Dover Mercury 16 October 2007.

 

Again, outside of Barry Smith's original list, this establishment is in effect a restaurant and banquet hall. Below has been taken and adapted from their web site.

"Blue Birds" of 137 Snargate Street, Dover, was a builders' store for R. J. Barwick until bought by Dover Sea Angling Association. The purpose built historic site now houses a plush Restaurant with fantastic views of the yachts moored in the Marina directly opposite. They can provide Silver service for 200 persons in the spacious surroundings.

They have a vast array of menu options available, catering for all types of functions large or small and covering all dietary requirements as well. Any special requirements can also be accommodated. Price list available on request. Functions that are regularly cater for include: Weddings, Christenings, Anniversaries, Funerals, Hen and Stag Nights, Retirements, Luncheons, Formal Dinners, Charity Fundraisers, Speakers Dinners, Birthday Parties, Family and Friend Reunions.

The second floor houses a carpeted Banqueting Suite incorporating a stage, fully licensed Bar and provides seating for up to 250 guests. The Banqueting Suite can be booked for 'Special Events', such as Weddings, Conferences, Dinner/Dances, Seminars and so forth. The smaller room on the first floor can seat up to 80 guests. Disabled facilities are also available.

Wonderful views of the Marina and Harbour are visible from this floor. The Association stages a number of Shows and Cabarets throughout the year, tickets being available at both Blue Birds and the Club Headquarters. Lifts operate between all floors from the indoor parking area on the ground floor.

 

From the Dover Express, 10 June 2010.

Bluebirds given two years to takeoff.

Bluebirds Bob Duffield

Function room' hopes to revive its fortunes.

Report by Yamurai Zendera

A TRUSTEE of Bluebirds function room in Dover has scotched rumours it is still for sale and insists it is open for trade. Bob Duffield said the confusion started when the Snargate Street business was put on the market 18 months ago due to dwindling custom. However, Dover Sea Angling Association, which owns the premises, took it off last month and entrusted Mr Duffield with reviving its fortunes.

The 63-year-old said: "We can take bookings and we will take bookings.

"It's a case of use it or lose it. I have been given two years to get it on an even keel otherwise we could put it back on the market and sell it."

The former carpenter, who has been with the angling association for 40 years, said it would be a "real shame" if Bluebirds were to close. The venue, as it is now, opened in 1997, but before that it was a place where anglers would weigh their catches, hold competitions and park their vehicles.

Mr Duffield, a married father of-two, said: "In the 1980s it was just a corrugated steel-framed shed with a little bit of parking. It was decided that we would develop the site and we came up with the idea of building a function room and restaurant.

"Things took off and it was initially very successful. But then over the years it just sort of fell away.

"It was not a thing wanted by the anglers. They preferred to use our clubhouse in Priory Road, which has been with us since 1976, but Bluebirds was a more upmarket place used mainly by the public.

"The economic climate now has not helped the situation at all and the building was put on the market to see what kind of interest there was."

Rumours

Rumours over Bluebirds closure surfaced when it no longer took advanced bookings due to the uncertainty caused by the possible sale.

The ex-Archers Court pupil added: "Over the last couple of years people have been phoning in to make bookings in advance for the following year or even beyond that.

"We have not been able to say yes we can take your booking because we could not guarantee we would have the place.

"We were losing bookings on that basis. "But now that I'm trying to put it on an even keel, it would be a real shame if it turns out to be something people do not want."

Dover-born Mr Duffield believes it should prove easier to rejuvenate Bluebirds as its mortgage was cleared last year, removing a major overhead.

• To contact Bluebirds, call 01304 226586.

 

From the Dover Mercury, March 21, 2013. 80p.

ANGLERS APPLAUD VOTE TO SELL OF BLUEBIRDS VENUE

Bluebirds 2013

ANOTHER popular venue in Dover is to be sold.

"Bluebirds," which is run by "Dover Sea Angling Association," is said to have lost money every year since it was opened 14 years ago.

The move comes just days after the closure of "Club Dover" at Old Park, Whitfield, also because of financial difficulties.

The decision to sell "Bluebirds," the club's conference centre and restaurant in Snargate Street, was taken at a packed annual meeting at the Dover Sea Angling Association's clubhouse amid what was described as a “power struggle” between angling and non-angling members.

After the death of the club's president, Bill Solly, two candidates for president were proposed for election at the meeting, one a lifelong angling member and the other a lifelong non-angling member.

The club's anglers turned out in force to elect Dover angler Alan Barker as their new president by 44 votes to 21.

Fears that the club would be taken over by the social members prompted many members to attend.

The meeting also passed a new rule that to vote at any meetings members had to be full angling members.

The future of "Bluebirds" was another major issue on the agenda and when one angler, who is also an accountant, spoke in favour of selling the building to halt the decline of club funds, he received rousing applause.

The proposal went through with only one vote against.

The committee will have the final say on selling or franchising the business and it was stressed that "Bluebirds" will continue until the end of 2013 to honour all of its commitments and bookings.

 

 

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