Q – Where are you?
A – We’re located at 139 High Street in Lewes town centre. If you’re coming by road from the Brighton direction we’re on the left, just after the former Shelleys Hotel, before the bottleneck and next door to Lewes Old Grammar School.
Q – Can anyone apply to be a member?
A – Yes. When membership is open, complete and submit the application form, pick up one at the Club. New membership applications are processed at each committee meeting held the first Wednesday of each month.
Q – How much does it cost?
A – Please see the Membership page. https://www.lewesconclub.com/membership/
Q – So who runs the Club?
A – The Club has a main committee which is supported by various sub committees, including bar, finance, entertainment and building. The committees are made up of ordinary Club members. We encourage all members, particularly new members to join any committee where they feel they have the time and can offer help and/or experience.
Q – So where do the profits go?
A – The Club is run on a not-for-profit basis. So any excess that is made from trading is put back into the Club to improve the facilities, provide events and keeping drink prices down.
Q – Public Transport?
A – Trains – Lewes Railway Station is a 10 minute walk away, there are direct trains to/from London Victoria, Brighton, Seaford and Eastbourne/Hastings. Last trains to Brighton are around midnight, timings can vary especially with engineering work, also strikes are frequent and we recommend you check with www.southernrailway.com
A – Buses – The Club is between The Pelham Arms and Lewes Post Office/Law Court stops and is on the 28/29 Tunbridge Wells to/from Brighton route, the last bus to Brighton on a Saturday is currently at 23:57, but please check with Brighton and Hove Buses first.
Q – Car Parking?
A – Lewes Con Club does not have a car park, the public Westgate car park is about 200 metres away to the East. (Update June 2023, most of the spaces are out of use due to buidling works) . We currently recommend using the large car park at County Hall which is free at night for public use. Going West from the Club on the High Street, Its approached from a small lane next to a Church and opposite the Pelham Arms, or heading from Brighton it’s a different entrance and a right turn at the traffic lights into County Hall and then turning into the car park on the left (East) which is nearer the Club.
Q – I am concerned that the music may be too loud?
A – If this is so, please ask the bar staff for a pair of complementary earplugs.
Q – Loading in/out?
A – We are afraid its stopping on the yellow lines outside the Club entrance door, please can you keep the pavement clear?
Q – Accessibility and Accompanying PA Tickets?
A – The Club is accessible for wheelchairs with management. It’s all on one level apart from a small threshold at the front street door for which we have a portable ramp. The toilets are not Building Regulations Part M compliant, but one of the WC’s is reasonably accessible.
Users who wish to apply for a complimentary Personal Assistant (PA) ticket should notify via firstname.lastname@example.org when we have replied then purchase a standard ticket. After purchasing the ticket, take a copy or send the details of the ticket and PA to the same email address. We will then acknowledge this and add the PA’s name on the door linked to your ticket.
Q – Children?
A – All children are welcome up until 8pm. After 8pm and especially on gig nights we have a minimum age restriction of 14, please note that some gigs/events have a minimum age of 18 and this will be advised on the gig listing. The age limit may be relaxed for private functions as long as we are notified in advance. Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times whilst in the building and the garden. No alcohol to under 18’s and we operate a ‘Challenge Under 25’ rule at the bar.
Q – Want to play at the Con Club or recommend a band?
A – Most bands are booked by Promoters who are listed for each event. However we do book some gigs ourselves via the Bar Manager with assistance from club volunteers who have a love of music. Please don’t leave details behind the bar as they can get lost, nor phone as we will only consider applications via email. Please send brief details to email@example.com giving a brief bio, link to website or Facebook and if possible a video and other gig dates. Also a cost range would be helpful? As we’ve been hosting live music since 2008 we are on a lot of circulation lists and it does take a long time to go through all the enquiries, so please don’t expect an immediate response.
Q – Are music nights free for members?
A – The committee is aware of members’ concerns regarding ticketed gig nights where free entry for members is not advertised or a discount is not offered. A particular concern is members missing out on those that sell out very quickly.
The committee is also aware that we need to know, and therefore limit, the number of people attending a gig for Health & Safety and Fire Regulations reasons. It has therefore devised a policy which, it is hoped, will be fairer to members and allow them access to discounted tickets for premium gigs. We will introduce this on gigs in the new membership year and they will be advertised in the club.
The policy on members’ access is as follows:
The Club aims to ensure that some Friday night gigs will be free to members, however we reserve the right to make exceptions and to charge when necessary. These exceptions will be clearly publicised.
On some Fridays and some other gig nights where there is an entry fee, a number of discounted tickets may be available for members only behind the bar. These will be available prior to the gig evening, or on the night subject to availability. Tickets will be limited to 1 per member on production of a valid membership card.
All non-members and members’ guests must have a valid ticket on paying gig nights.
We reserve the right to limit the numbers of persons attending any gig both for the benefit of the audience, our duty of care to our staff and on grounds of Health and Safety concerns and Fire Safety Regulations.
Subject to the above, no member will be refused entry to the bar, but this right does not entitle a member to free attendance at a ticketed event that may be taking place in the function room.