Like many other clubs, the Eccentric Club has changed a few of its residencies in London – from Chandos Street in Covent Garden (now – Chandos Place) to The Sutherland Arms at No.7 May’s Buildings in St Martin’s Lane, the south end of it, demolished later to make room for Trafalgar Square; from The Crown Tavern in Vinegar Yard to The Green Dragon in Fleet Street, where they were holding their meetings long before that, alongside with the Brilliants. From The Lowther Hotel in King William Street – to the Royal Wine Shades at No.5 Leicester Square... From the old Pelican Club in Denman Street to 21 Shaftesbury Avenue, and, finally, to the Dieudonné's Hotel at 9-11 Ryder Street...
For many decades then it was thought that the club has found its home and is there to remain for good. The club house was large, as was the compassion and the generosity of the club members: for many years they were letting to stay there to numerous outstanding organisations and individuals, until one day a wild dream of a few reputable and trusted members brought the club to its knees and made it homeless...
Every club is a living and breathing being, and it is hard for it to survive without a home, a shelter, a shell to protect its delicate and complex nature. Some manage to exist for decades hiring the premises of the others, changing addresses and moving on; others, crumble and dissolve, losing their members snatched up by more successful establishments with own club houses, recreational facilities, etc. But the club is not just about that – this distinction has been made long ago – the subscription houses provide the facilities, the clubs – provide home away from home...
We have been extremely lucky to have on our side strong and kind partners, those who believe in us and support us throughout these few years since our revival. Thanks to them, we have our home in central London, in the heart of its clubland. But, as the time goes by, things may change, we cannot rely on our fortunes forever. And the clubland changes these days far too fast and too often...
Having been revived only a few years ago, the club has already a collection of historical artefacts and works of art, related to various periods of its history, which presently all have to be stored away until we would be able to expose them to our members in the club museum, library, gallery...
That is why we appeal to our members and to the former members of the old club in Ryder Street and everyone who shares our values and understands the importance of our charitable and heritage-preservation work, let us, together, make sure that the Eccentric Club will never become homeless again. It is a huge task! An eccentric challenge! But so was the very revival of our club – and, together, we have succeeded. We can do it again, and again, and there is nothing to stop us, for we are breathing with our motto ‘Nil Nisi Bonum’, and, if the God is with us, who can be against us?
Donate, however much or little, and know that today you are creating history, preserving history, and making a truly eccentric miracle! You can securely donate online (with Paypal accepting all major credit cards) by clicking on the button below and entering any amount you choose.
We are realistic about what we do, even if it may seem to you now too eccentric. Initially, we plan to obtain a lease for our new premises, but we are certain that in some years’ time we shall succeed securing a freehold property for the club.
All donations will be carefully recorded in the club books, all the names of our donors will be published in the club magazine, and later, when the Eccentric Club will move into its own club house, their names will be displayed in golden letters on a wooden panel to be installed at the entrance, for the new generations of members to know of their heroes.
We wholeheartedly THANK our donors,
who even at these difficult times of the world recession
are generously supporting our club:
Mr Robert Stevens (USA)
Mr Thierry Gerber (Switzerland)
Mr Clem Chambers (London)
Major Hon. S. P. Rothschild de Courcy (Berkshire)
Professor Sir Roger Thompson (South Korea)