Social Chess


Playing  Chess

The Chess Club meets at the New Milton Conservative Club from 7.00pm to 10.00pm on Tuesday evenings and from 2.00pm to 4.30 pm on Thursday afternoons. Both sessions are for social chess and everyone is welcome. Our members range from beginners through to those returning to chess after a long break to more regular league and tournament players.

We are very keen to increase the number of social players especially near beginners or inexperienced players.

If you would mainly like to play social chess on a Thursday afternoon from 2.00 pm whenever it suits you, then you would be very welcome. Alternatively come on a Tuesday evening from 7.00 pm and try us out.

The bar is always open for the purchase of refreshments, and the surroundings are quiet and comfortable.

Simply turn up at the Club on a Tuesday evening or Thursday afternoon, and we will look after you. If you would like more information before you come, do please get in touch – details on the Contacts page.


The Annual Membership Fee of the Conservative Club is £30.00 and gives you entitlement to use all of the Conservative Club facilities seven days a week as well as those of the Chess Club itself.  There is an additional one-off joining fee of £20 in the first year of membership. We prefer you to become a member of the Conservative Club unless you are under the age of 18. However, if your attendance is likely to be only occasional  then you can come as a “guest” and pay £1 per visit. Guests are limited to 4 visits per month and must sign the visitors’ book at the bar and pay the fee of £1 to the Con Club each time before playing chess.

There will also be a small annual membership fee  of £5  payable to the Chess Club to cover its expenses. Players joining the Conservative Club for the first time will be exempt from this fee in the year of joining. Additionally  students whilst in full-time education and under the age of 25 are exempt from the Chess Club fee but will still be required to join the Conservative Club and pay their membership fees or come as a “guest” at £1 per visit.

There is no requirement to become a member of the English Chess Federation unless you play more than three league games in a season in which case there is an ECF membership fee of £16 per year.

Prospective new members can attend the Chess Club on Tuesdays or Thursdays as a guest for the payment of £1 per visit to try us out. If, after a few visits, you like what you see and would like to play regularly then we will invite you to join the Chess Club and pay the £5 fee unless you become a member of the Conservative Club at the same time.

Persons aged from 14 to 17 can attend as guests but cannot be members of the Conservative Club. They can therefore come as guests up to four times per month at £1 per time until they are 18 when they will be required to join the Conservative Club.

We regret that  persons under the age of 14 are not permitted on the Conservative Club’s premises unless this has been specifically authorised by the Conservative Club in advance. If you are under the age of 14 and interested in playing chess please contact the Chess Club Secretary for more information. If you are a member of a visiting team then you are permitted to enter the Club.

The Conservative Club is situated at 24 Station Road and more information about the Club is available at The Club operates solely as a members’ social club and is not a political organisation and joining the Club does not make you a member of the Conservative Party or require you to engage in or support or contribute financially to any political activities.