The former Milnsbridge Socialist Club is now being run as a cooperative known as the Red and Green Club. The club’s vision is to become an exciting venue for Huddersfield and the Colne and Holme Valleys, offering live music, theatre, cinema and poetry readings.
Milnsbridge Socialist Club is one of Britain’s oldest surviving socialist club, established in 1892. Great radical figures like Christabel Pankhurst, Philip Snowden and Victor Grayson spoke in the club. Harold Wilson, born nearby, was a regular visitor. The original club ceased trading in June and the Milnsbridge Co-operative Society was formed by community activists including those with political persuasion such as socialists, greens, labour & trades unionists and others with no particular political ideology. All coming together to provide an inclusive venue for the Huddersfield area, and a facility for the local community.
It aims to buy the building from its current owners and re-develop the building through a phased process, with improved disabled access, upstairs office accommodation and a canal-side café on the lower ground floor.