The Tute

The Working Men's Institute

John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
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John Smith
John Smith

The former Tilbury Dock Working Mens club was known as the Tute [from Working Men’s Institute].

The Tute started in Calcutta Road in 1915.

The Tute used to be at the heart of the social life in Tilbury with many functions etc. But it was defunct for some years later, and the building was slowly allowed to fall into decay before being demolished to make way for the Grapecroft Care Home in 2009 – I believe it was that year.

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  • I remember playing at the Tute Working Mens Club in Tilbury as drummer in the Band “The Variations”. We played all the hits of the day in the mid sixties, and had a girl singer. Good Saturday nights had by all, finishing with Auld Lang Sine.

    By Robin Bassil (29/06/2023)
  • Does anybody remember the PG Tips monkeys visiting the Railway club or Kay and Charles Wakeling from the commercial.

    By Kathleen fry (26/03/2023)
  • I have many great memories of the coach trips to Maldon and Walton on the Naze, setting off from the Tute the journey was always great fun, always ended up getting my mum one of those snow shakers. Great memories.

    By Rick Powell (15/03/2014)
  • Sorry, I believe I have managed to muddle up venues.  My mother has just informed me that she thinks my grandparents took me to the Chadwell Club and not The Tute. 

    By Jacqueline Worrall (10/02/2014)
  • I can remember visiting the tute with my grandparents (Emily and Walter Worrall) and it was my 9th birthday.  I went to the bathroom and when I came out everyone sang happy birthday to me.  There was a band playing and a lady singer.  I  have their photo somewhere which they all signed.  My grandparents must of went round and asked everyone to sing when I came back into the room. I think it was my 9th birthday and the same year we emigrated to Australia which was 1973.

    By jacqueline worrall (09/02/2014)
  • I can remember as a kid along with my brothers and sister and no doubt most the other kids from Tilbury going to Maldon with the tute For many of us it was the only holiday we had.There were usually in excess of thirty coaches travelled We would get two bob on the coach some,fruit and a tea a short time after we arrived.One year the mother of my friend and neighbour(Betty Risk)decided she would come with us The adults travelled in separate coaches Betty’s mum however missed her coach At the time Eastern National operated a summer service from Tilbury Riverside to Maldon she caught that and we all met up at Maldon She came home on the coach.Travelling from Tilbury to Maldon by public transport in those days must have been some journey I also recall going to see a Pantomime every year. Again we were given goodies My first taste of the Theatre 

    By Terry Clark (07/02/2014)
  • My Dad was a member of the Tute and as a teenager my friends and I spent many happy Sunday evenings in the balcony overlooking the hall which was the venue for a weekly evening of variety entertainment. Years later as the drummer in a group we played the Tute and played ‘Pennies from Heaven’ while the audience three pennies on the floor for the kids to collect.

    By Duncan Grant (28/09/2013)

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