New venue for networking nights follows Press Club link-up

TWO of the oldest and most prestigious clubs in Birmingham are linking up. St Paul’s Club, formed in 1859 and the city’s oldest and only private dining club, and Birmingham Press Club - which dates back to 1865- will be working together in the future.

Birmingham Press Club, the oldest Press Club in the world, has been looking for a ‘home’ for many years – now it believes it has found the ideal location in St Paul’s Club.

Philip Barnet, President St Paul’s Club and Bob Warman, President of Birmingham Press Club exchange club ties.

Philip Barnet, President St Paul’s Club and Bob Warman, President of Birmingham Press Club exchange club ties.

Offering its members excellent dining, conference and office facilities as well as links to clubs in other parts of the UK and overseas, St Paul’s Club stands in a listed building in historic St Paul’s Square.

The great food and excellent facilities has caught the eye of the Press Club that runs an extensive programme of events including the prestigious Midland Media Awards. This has resulted in the Press Club reaching an agreement to adopt St Paul’s Club as its official home and a base for many of its meetings including the popular ‘first Thursday’ drop in sessions.

Members of Birmingham Press Club, which is sponsored by HSBC, will have the option of applying for membership of St Paul’s Club.

“St Paul’s Club is a fantastic treasure and the facilities are superb combined with its wonderful food, traditions and rooms that go back to an age of elegance and sophistication,” said Llewela Bailey, chairman of Birmingham Press Club.

Llewela was appointed last year as the first female chairman of the Press Club. One of the first members of St Paul’s Club she met was Sarah Whitticase who has just completed a two-year term as the first female President of St Paul’s Club.

Adrian Kibbler, a Director of Birmingham Press Club and member of St Paul’s Club with Sarah Whitticase, a past President of St Paul’s Club

Adrian Kibbler, a Director of Birmingham Press Club and member of St Paul’s Club with Sarah Whitticase, a past President of St Paul’s Club

Philip Barnett, the new President of St Paul’s Club says the link up with Birmingham Press Club is excellent news. “Both clubs have a great history and are working to make sure that the traditions continue in a modern setting that meets the needs of members in the early 21st century,” he said. “This will I am sure be good for both clubs.”

Membership of Birmingham Press Club is open to journalists and non-journalists and an application can be made by visiting http://www.birminghampressclub.co.uk/ Membership of St Paul’s Club is by nomination and election. More information is available from Mike Gold, general manager, whose email is mike@stpaulsclub.co.uk

FOR further information please contact Adrian Kibbler, telephone: 07831 690940, email: adrian@akpr.org.uk

From left: Katie Cohen of HSBC, the main sponsor of Birmingham Press Club, Bob Warman, President of Birmingham Press Club, Philip Barnet, President of St Paul’s Club, Sarah Whitticase, a past President of St Paul’s Club and Llewella Bailey, Chairman of Birmingham Press Club

From left: Katie Cohen of HSBC, the main sponsor of Birmingham Press Club, Bob Warman, President of Birmingham Press Club, Philip Barnet, President of St Paul’s Club, Sarah Whitticase, a past President of St Paul’s Club and Llewella Bailey, Chairman of Birmingham Press Club