Solitaire Social Club offers a friendly welcome and programme of leisure activities for single and unattached adults
in West Surrey and East/North-East Hampshire. If you live in or near Aldershot, Alton, Basingstoke, Bordon,
Camberley, Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet, Frimley, Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere, Liphook, Liss, Petersfield,
Yateley or the many surrounding villages, we could be just what you are looking for ....
For whatever reason you find yourself on your own, you will know how
difficult it can be to establish a social life and make new
friends. Solitaire's aim is to provide you with the opportunity to do just that - to enjoy a varied
programme of social events and activities in the company of a group of friendly people.
We do not have any age restrictions, but as a guide our members' ages range from 45 upwards,
Our activities, which range from theatre trips and meal nights to walks and badminton (and the occasional
holiday), take place throughout the weekend and some weekday evenings. Club members organise and arrange
our events. We are always grateful for new ideas and will encourage your active involvement.
A monthly Solitaire Newsletter and Event Programme is available to members and shows what is going on. If you
are in our area you can ask for one with our compliments and without commitment.
If you would like to get to know us a little better before deciding on membership then you are welcome
to join us at a Club Night or attend a club event as a guest. Just let us know and we will arrange it.
Don't worry about coming alone as we will ensure there is someone there to meet you.
Please read a bit more about us on this web site and then get in touch via our contact page.
WHO ARE WE?
Solitaire was formed in 1990 and is an unincorporated members club. We are essentially a local
club, designed to give members the best opportunity of making friends and feeling part of a community.
We have about 160 members at present, drawn from all walks of life.
We are on Facebook, there is a public page at
and we have a private, secret group for members only; you will be invited to join this only after you join Solitaire. It's not compulsory
but we find it useful for organising impromptu events.
Most members live in west Surrey or east/north-east Hampshire, in or near one of these towns or villages.
Joining Condition: Prospective members must be unattached - that is, not in a long term relationship
at the time they apply for membership. If a member forms a relationship subsequently, including
marriage, membership may continue.
WHAT DO WE DO?
Solitaire sets out to give members the opportunity to join in activities which, as an unattached person,
they might not otherwise be able to try.
Events are organised by the members themselves, with a monthly Newsletter and Events Programme co-ordinated
and published by the Solitaire Committee. Each event is hosted by the one or more members who proposed
and planned the event.
Broadly, there are four sorts of event:
- The Club Night, every Tuesday or Wednesday.
- Weekend events. There is usually something for each Friday and Saturday evening and during
the day on Sunday. Most of these events are local, or may involve a journey to London, for example.
- Midweek Badminton. This is at Farnham Sports Centre. It's on Monday evening for the beginners
and on Thursday evening for those who want a good game.
- Away Breaks. Members sometimes organise week-ends away or short holidays in the U.K. or overseas.
These can cover anything from a small group taking a "gite" in France for a week to a coach load
booking an entire West Country hotel over a long weekend.
Events are as varied as the members want. Here is a sample of the type of activities enjoyed recently :
|Canal/River trips||Carol concerts||Country walks||Cycling|
|Darts||Golf||House/Garden visits||House parties|
|Ice skating||Jazz/Classical concerts||Jive/Rock 'n' Roll||Musicals|
|Opera / Ballet||Petanque||Pub meals||Restaurant meals|
|Skittles||Ten Pin Bowling||Theatre||Treasure hunts|
Once you have been a Solitaire member for a time and have had the chance to make friends, you will be
expected to join in hosting at least one event a year. This is not as daunting as it might sound.
Plenty of help is available and most people find the experience of organising something for friends to
be in itself worthwhile and satisfying.
SOLITAIRE SOCIAL CLUB - a personal view by BernardK
Like most men, I wouldn't normally join a club like Solitaire. Oh! I was lonely enough, at home by myself,
hardly ever going out with every prospect of a similar future stretching out in front of me.
I was introduced to the club, very reluctantly, by another member; it was the best move I made in the last
decade. My kids tell me that I have a better social life than they do!
The club was specifically designed for people like me, between 40 and 80, without a partner for all the usual
reasons and finding difficulty in having any sort of social life.
Solitaire, with about 150 members, has between 20 and 30 hosted events every month with walks, meal nights
and club nights every week, boat trips, historic buildings visits, skittles, darts, theatre trips, garden
parties, barbeques, archery, golf etc. etc and all for £2.50 membership per month. Also, we have
three major functions, a summer ball, a Christmas party and a New Year party, usually assisted by club funds
as we are a non profit making organisation.
The best part? As a member, you can pick and choose which events you want to attend. The event is already
organised and hosted so you feel comfortable and made welcome. You never need to worry about planning your
next social event.