The Corona Chronicles Vol. 5

¡Hola! all and happy St George’s Day! Had things not turned sour in the world our President and members would have been enjoying a celebratory dinner to mark the occasion, and I know there were some surprises up the organiser’s sleeves, so perhaps something similar will go ahead next year. Since the last volume you … Read more

Thank You Very Much To The NHS

In 1967 Liverpool band, The Scaffold, comprising of John Gorman (a Proprietor of the Athenaeum), Roger McGough and Mike McCartney (many of you will know his brother) released a hit song in ‘Thank You Very Much for the Aintree Iron’. In a fitting tribute to heroes of our time, the group have re-recorded the song … Read more

Member Musings: Penguins!

PENGUINS I have a near-neighbour, who is a policeman. And he told me that, the weekend before the lock-down, he and a colleague were on traffic duty in Borough Road, Birkenhead. They were parked up in a lay-by, where they checked passing cars for number plates and condition, and for driving infringements. Saturday morning was … Read more

Play Chess Online

During these strange times many of us have turned to the internet as a lifeline to keep us occupied through the lock down. Some of our members may be interested in playing chess online at If you are interested in light-hearted competition between a fellow member, feel free to contact Nigel Hobro on … Read more

COVID-19 Temporary Closure Update

On Sunday 10 May the government confirmed the current lock down measures will be extended and have begun to announce a phased return to the ‘new normal’. In line with this instruction the Club will remain closed and the Committee will assess the possibility of reopening following each Government review. Reports currently suggest hospitality businesses … Read more

Reciprocal Review #001

Each week we explore one of many fantastic Clubs who share reciprocity with The Athenaeum. In this edition we head to Cambridge to Visit the Hawks’ Club, ‘the home of sporting excellence at Cambridge, since 1872. Address: 18 Portugal Place, Cambridge, CB5 8AF Website: Email: Telephone: 01223 314 666 The Hawks’ Club has … Read more

The Corona Chronicles Vol. 1

Good day all,     As we progress into these troubling and uncertain times, we are regularly comforted with the positive mantra that we will get through this together, and that we will come out on the other side both closer and stronger. Its a sentiment I firmly believe to be true, and it is … Read more