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Backgammon Club

The Lincoln Backgammon Club has its weekly club night on Tuesdays at the Club from 7-10.30pm. We welcome anyone with an interest in the game to join us, or even if you just want to have a try. You don’t need to bring a board we will provide you with a proper introduction to the game and the members. We play various competitions during the year, and have an awards ceremony for Trophy winners at the Christmas Dinner event in December. 

Membership Cards

All members are reminded that they must carry their membership cards at ALL times when on the Club premises as per the club rules. The door buzzers are not to be used by members to gain access.

Any member that does not have their membership card with them, will have to be signed in as a guest and pay the guest fee (50p).

Additionally random card checks are carried out.

Rules and By-Laws

As a Member of the Club, you are bound to abide by the Rules, Regulations and By-Laws of the Club.

The Club Rule Book is available at the Bar to purchase for a nominal fee to cover printing costs. Additionally it is provided here free as a Adobe PDF Document: BHGSC Rule Book (2017).pdf.

The Rule Book is an official document, and will be updated periodically. In addition to the Rule Book, the Management Committee have the right to create additional Rules and By-Laws as necessary from time to time, so long as they don’t conflict with the official Rule Book. Additional Rules or By-Laws will be displayed on the Club Notice boards where appropriate.

If any Member has queries or questions regarding the Rules and By-Laws, the on-duty Committee member will act as the Management Committee representative and if necessary will provide clarification on Rules and By-Laws (they may need to defer to the Management Committee in some cases).

The on-duty Committee Member has the power to make an interim/temporary decision until it can be referred to the Management Committee. In serious breaches of the Rules or By-Laws of the Club, this may include temporarily suspending a Member and asking them to leave the Club premises, until the matter can be discussed with the Management Committee.

I’ve submitted my Application Form – What happens next?

Once you have submitted your Membership Application form AND paid the necessary fee’s. Your application form will be reviewed and approved/rejected at the next meeting of the Management Committee (normally the second Thursday of the month).

In the event of a rejection, you will be notified by post to the address provided on the Membership Application form.

Your full membership of the Club will begin after your Membership Application has been approved. For the avoidance of doubt the joining date of a member will be the date of the Management Committee meeting that approved the membership. You will be able to collect your access card a few days after the Management Committee meeting.

Royal Acclaim

A certificate from King George VI, belonging to one of the members of the No 1 Platoon, “E” Company, 1st Kesteven Battalion of the Lincolnshire Local Defence Volunteers (Home Guard) , and a founder member of the Branston Home Guard Club.



The Home Guard – Identity Card

The Home Guard identity card was issued primarily an identity card but also served as a warrant to enter areas or premises / homes at risk from invasion. The Home Guard identity card was used in conjunction with a National Registration identity card.


The Identity Card image above is an exact replica of the actual identity cards issued. They are produced by Jon Allen. Jon produces lots of good quality period items and proceeds go to funding trips and activities for people with special needs. Jon and his products can be found on ebay – please click here to see them.

National Registration – Identity Card

The National Registration Act 1939 was introduced by Parliament at the start of World War II. The Act established a National Register which began operating on 29 September 1939 (National Registration Day), a system of identity cards and a requirement that they must be produced on demand or presented to a police station within 48 hours. Every man, woman and child had to carry an identity (ID) card at all times.

The three main reasons for their introduction:

  • The major dislocation of the population caused by mobilisation and mass evacuation and also the wartime need for complete manpower control and planning in order to maximise the efficiency of the war economy.
  • The likelihood of rationing (introduced from January 1940 onwards).
  • Population statistics. As the last census had been held in 1931, there was little accurate data on which to base vital planning decisions. The National Register was in fact an instant census and the National Registration Act closely resembles the 1920 Census Act in many ways.

On 21 February 1952, it no longer became necessary to carry an identity card. The National Registration Act of 1939 was repealed on 22 May 1952.