We play on Monday's (except bank holidays), 7.30pm at:

Darnall & Handsworth Chess Club
Stradbroke Community Centre
Richmond Road
S13 8LT

Tel: 07931 563 787

Tel: 0114 247 7988

Car Parking

Car parking is available at the playing venue.


We provide tea, coffee and an excellent selection of beers.

How to find us

By Car

Leave the M1 at junction 33 and head towards Sheffield along the A630. Take the second turn-off and turn left at the roundabout onto the B6200 to Handsworth. Asda supermarket will be on your right. Turn right at the lights after Asda, but before Aldi, onto Richmond Park Road. Travel to the end and turn right again, this time onto Richmond Road. After 500 metres the road rises slightly. The left turn into Stradbroke Primary School and Community Centre is immediately prior to a pelican crossing halfway up the rise.

From Sheffield centre, head for M1 motorway along the A57 / A630 Sheffield Parkway. Turn right towards Handsworth on the B6200 and follow the above directions from there.

By Bus

The number 40 bus stops outside the Community Centre. Services depart from Eyre Street/Moor Market and call at the Sheffield Interchange before heading to Stradbroke. The services are half hourly and the bus that leaves the Interchange at 08.58* should arrive at the playing venue around 09.20*. Services 24 (First) and 25 (Stagecoach) leave Arundel Gate in Sheffield approximately every ten minutes. Both services stop about 200 metres from the playing venue. Aim for the 08.57*, 09.07* or 09.19* departures.

* Based on the timetable valid from 15th May 2016

Frank Hayes (2/4/1928 - 25/1/2008)
Frank Hayes joined Darnall & Handsworth Chess Club in 1992, when we were playing at The King’s Head in Darnall. For a long time he and several friends had been playing chess socially a short distance away at Darnall Liberal Club. Frank’s arrival just about coincided with vacancies in our second team and he became a regular member of it. Frank was always ready to play anybody, whether for one of the teams or just for fun at the club. He hardly ever refused a request to represent the club, so had been a Darnall & Handsworth stalwart for fifteen years. Selecting teams will be more difficult from now on.

A few years ago, when The King’s Head became unsuitable as a venue, it was Frank who suggested approaching Darnall Liberal Club, and it was his good offices that sealed the arrangement. We were very glad to find a perfect venue – it being both free and very quiet.

In his working life Frank was first employed in a surface job at a local coal mine, later moving on to work for Cravens as a carpenter. His final job was for Davys. The funeral, and the large attendance at it, testified to his much-loved status both within his family and amongst his friends. Clearly it won’t be just our chess club that will miss Frank’s cheery presence.

Frank’s funeral had an emotional finish – the timeless voice of Nat ‘King’ Cole singing ‘Smile’. A very good choice and presumably one made by Frank himself. Frank, if that was your final advice to us, then we’ll give it our best shot!

If anybody has any corrections or more information to add, especially a photograph, I would be pleased to hear from him or her.


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Tel: 0114 247 7988


Tel: 07931 563 787

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