OUR CLUB HISTORY
The Byron Bay Services Club was formed in the mid-1970’s after a prolonged application process led by the Byron Bay RSL Sub-Branch, including local identities Bill Flowers, John Codrington and John Gosbell to name a few.
Interesting to note at this stage, was the forming committee’s consideration of proposed sites, the Pier Astor Hotel (now the Beach Hotel) and the Literary Institute (now the Community Centre) were over looked to form the new Club on the old NORCO site at the southern end of Jonson Street. The local RSL Sub-Branch had nurtured a close relationship with the Bondi-Waverly Returned Servicemen’s Club, who ultimately bankrolled the formation of our Club, opening on 12th December 1979.
Bruce Davies relocated from Bondi and was appointed as our Club’s first Secretary-Manager and along with President Bill Flowers and Treasurer John Codrington formed the Club’s first Executive Committee.
The Club flourished from day one and quickly formed into an important part of the local community by providing a modern comfortable venue and by financially supporting a host of local Clubs and Charities. Long time locals will fondly recall Brian & Nancy’s Bistro was the place to eat in town and our famous ‘Workers Bar’ was the watering hole after a day at work. The Good Old Days!!