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Cobham Sports and Social Club is a members club in Merley, Dorset. It was opened on the 4th September 1971 by Sir Alan Cobham, under the name Flight Refuelling Sports and Social Club.



The club includes sports facilities such as a nine hole golf course, 2 football pitches, a cricket square, squash courts, skittle alley and Pétanque.

The Skittle Alley can be booked, along with other rooms in the club (Hall, Conference Room, Merley Room) for functions if you are a member. A licensed bar and a selection of different food menu's are available. Bar extensions can be arranged, so closing time is at 23.30 instead of 23.00. Every Sunday between 12:00 and 14:00 is a 3 course carvery lunch and takes place in the Merley Room (booking is advised). Also on the first Friday night of the month is quiz night, attracting approximately 75-90 members that book in advance each time. On the first Sunday evening of the month, there is a poker night.

Annually, there is a country music and western festival held on the fields, with those at the festival allowed access to the club's bar, hall and catering facilities. In 2008, the festival was supposed to run from the 17 - 21 July.[1] However, due to lack of interest, the festival was cancelled.


Wimborne District Society of Model Engineers

Wimborne District Society of Model Engineers

There is also a model steam train track, run by enthusiasts from the Wimborne District Society of Model Engineers (WDSME). There are many open days throughout the year where visitors can have rides[2]. The members meet on Sunday mornings for a chat and a cup of tea and to do some maintenance.

Flight Refuelling Amateur Radio Society

The Flight Refuelling Amateur Radio Society (FRARS) takes place on the grounds every Wednesday and Sunday.[3] FRARS membership includes access to the Cobham Sports and Social Club. [4]

Annually, a hamfest takes place outside, on the football pitches and also in the FRARS buildings. There are exhibits, hobbyests and a car boot sale. Visitors are also able to take advantage of the licensed bar for drinks throughout the morning and early afternoon, and for food (breakfast and lunch), within the main club buildings.

Flight Refuelling Amateur Radio Society

Rotary International

Every Wednesday evening, the Ferndown Rotary meets at the club in the Merley Room. The evening starts at 6.30pm, with a 2 course meal (main and desert) from 7pm. The evening usually finishes between 9.00 and 9.30pm.

Canford Magna Bowmen

The club is also host to a local archery club, the Canford Magna Bowmen and its junior counterpart, the Magna Canford Robins. The two sections of the club meet separately on Saturday mornings, seniors after the juniors. Sometimes together for club events.

Wimborne Fly Fishers

The Wimborne fly fishers meet every Tuesday at 7.30pm between September and April.


Spring 2009

Since the turn of the year, small and large scale refurbishment projects have been taking place.

Old sets of wooden double doors have been replaced, the Skittle Alley has been repainted and the Hall floor has been revarnished.

From the beginning of April, the whole of the Pool Room has been emptied, to make way for a major refit. The entrance and foyer has had the flooring relayed and new wallpaper, with the same flooring being used for the Conference Room. The Conference Room has had the walls repainted, new lighting and new furniture too.

Also, The Members Lounge has had the walls repainted to coincide with the recently fitted carpet and new ceiling tiles. All the furniture in the Lounge and Pool Room has been replaced with new tables and chairs and also sofas with coffee tables, and barstools.

Both the Lounge and Pool Room have a new 50" plasma TVs, showing channels from Sky Digital.

Autumn 2009

In October/November, the Merley room was redecorated to match the recently decorated Members Lounge. New, similar wallpaper and chairs continue the flow through the lounge to the Merley Room.

January 2010

The only room left that has not had major redecoration is the main hall.

It is currently being refurbished.

Opening Times


Day Times
Monday - Friday 12.00 - 14.30, 18.00 - 23.00
Saturday 12.00 - 23.00
Sunday 12.00 - 22.30


Day Times
Monday - Thursday 12.00 - 13.30, 18.30 - 21.00
Friday 12.00 - 13.30, 18.30 - 21.30
Saturday 12.00 - 21.30
Sunday 12.00 - 14.00*, 15.00 - 20.00

* Sunday Lunch Carvery.


Cobham Sports & Social Club
Merley Park Road
BH21 3DA

Telephone: 01202 885773
Fax: 01202 885773


  1. ^ Country Music Festivals
  2. ^ WDSME Running Days
  3. ^ About FRARS: general information
  4. ^ FRARS Facilities: summary of the facilities on offer at FRARS

Coordinates: 50°47′02.16″N 1°58′52.81″W / 50.7839333°N 1.9813361°W / 50.7839333; -1.9813361


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