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Welcome To The Winchester Club

A place to smoke, drink and fart ...



For some years now, it has been my ambition to open a private club. No committees, no steering groups, no votes. Just a club where my pal PK and I just decide the rules as we go along ...

The sign on the door says that the Winchester Club is officially open.

The sign on the door says that the Winchester Club is officially open.

We choose who comes in. Probably the first rule will be that no one moans about cigar smoking. Cigars and ash trays will be provided. I don't smoke them, but that's not the point.

"So it is finally opening above my garage."

The snooker table is there and all is set. We can only get about 10 or so people up there while snooker is going on, so it'll be an invite thing to start with. The only stipulation is that guests can tell jokes and everyone present will have to tell one on their first visit. Guests and members will be required to bring a donation of alcohol and that's about it at present.

It's open to any men and women and we may do charity snooker events later to raise a bit of money. Men will be referred to as Brother and women as Sister which sort of ties up with the Free Masons and Socialist revolutionaries with a bit of C of E thrown in. We are non-judgemental.

It will run on Monday nights as that's when the Robin Hood pub down the road is closed. PK and I are planning the opening night as we speak. It's really just a joke telling place where people can smoke, drink and fart without any miseries telling them what to do and I think will be a huge success.

Oh, and of course, for those of you too young to remember, it's named after the club from the tv series 'Minder'. Anyone who looks like Arthur Daley, Terry McCann or Detective Sgt Chisholm will receive preferential treatment.

"I shall be Dave the barman of course."

We will resurrect the art of joke telling and ... well ... we'll just have some fun. It's a sort of new style of networking. I'll keep you posted.

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.