The Breckland Club
The Club

As in many villages, the Village Hall has been host to all kinds of events, such as wedding receptions, children's parties, line dancing, darts matches and a youth club.

But in place of that other traditional social focus, the village pub, Santon Downham has the Brecklands Club. This is a thriving licenced club, with some 500 members - far more than the population. About half of the 90 or so households in Santon Downham include members, but the rules ensure that control remains with the village, as the committee is predominantly made up of villagers.

There are regular events such as discos, cabaret and a trip to the races. The highlight of recent years was the millennium celebration, with four whole days of parties, fireworks and entertainment.

Hall and Club started life together in the same building, a wooden hut that was brought to Santon Downham in 1954 by the Forestry Commission for its workers who lived here. The building used to stand at High Lodge where it was originally part of a labour camp when planting of the forest was at its peak. The Hall was opened on on 21st December 1954 by the Right Honourable the Earl of Radnor.

The Club expanded from its corner of the Village Hall, and today occupies a modern building adjoining, which opened in 1994. Rebuilding of the Village Hall started in April 2004.

Opening Times - Winter 2014

Friday     17.30 to 23.30
Saturday 13.00 to 17.30 and 20.00 to 23.00
Sunday   12.00 to 17.00

*Times may vary/extend depending on demand

Correct as of 27/1/2014

Opening times for World Cup 2014:-

Saturday 14 June 2014  England v Italy Kick Off 11:00pm
The "Chief" will be manning the BBQ from 8:30pm onwards
Thursday 19 June 2014  England v Uruguay Kick Off 08:00pm
Bar opens at 07:30pm
Tuesday 24 June 2014   England v Costa Rica Kick Off 05:00pm
Bar Opens at 04:30pm

Two games that are showing during regular opening hours, though not involving England, might interest members. They are as follows:-

Friday 13 June 2014  Spain v Holland Kick Off 08:00pm
Friday 20 June 2014  Switzerland v France Kick Off 08:00pm

Unfortunately, the following games may also be of interest to members, but they are taking place outside the regular opening times.

Monday 16 June 2014  Germany v Portugal Kick Off 05:00pm
Monday 16 June 2014  USA v Ghana Kick Off 11:00pm
Sunday 22 June 2014  USA v Portugal Kick Off 11:00pm
Thursday 26 June 2014  USA v Germany Kick Off 05:00pm

Forthcoming Events


05-Mar-2016 ~ Quiz Night
26-Mar-2016 ~ Easter Egg Hunt

Contact 01842 810558/01842 812418 for more details

Mail if you'd like to be added to the mailing list and receive event notices by e-mail.


Photos of recent events can also be found on the clubs facebook page