Brighton’s radical social club raises money to repair 100-year-old building

The courtyard of the Cowley Club
By Emma Taylor

Volunteer-run ‘DIY’ collective social centre, the Cowley Club is crowdfunding to urgently repair its building which has been standing for over a century.

Wearing many hats for Brighton’s community, the Cowley Club on London Road provides a diverse range of facilities and services from a vegan food bank, to a café, a skills workshop hub and cosy library.

The not-for-profit club is aiming to raise £11,700 to fix the leaking roof, crumbling facia plaster and cracked chimneys.


The building is named after 20th Century Brightonian grassroots social activist Harry Cowley, who was a key figure in standing up to fascism in 1930s Brighton and organised practical aid for the town’s poor and disadvantaged.

As well as helping society’s most vulnerable, the centre also serves as a live music venue, entertainment space and private members bar (12 London Road Social Club).

All donations welcome, no matter how small

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