Today Milton Keynes Juggling Club sometimes known as Jugglers Anonymous and/or the juggley love club is 25 years old!
Which means I've spent half my life going to this club.
I'm curious to know how many clubs out there are older? I know there will be a few in the UK but elsewhere?
"My" club is younger, but it's 20 years this year. (Fritidsjonglörerna, Stockholm.) Maybe I should try to find out the date so we can celebrate. :)
The 25th annual Waterloo Festival happened earlier this year, so I think it's safe to say it's older. No idea how much older, though.
Congratulations on both feats!
#Altern8 in Bristol is older by a few years. https://www.jugglingedge.com/forum.php?ThreadID=2914&SmallID=21647#Small21647
Flying Teapot's the Uni of Sheffield circus society celebrated 30 years this year!
York Jugglers is also 25 years old this year (October to be more precise) but we don't have any members who have been going for all 25 years.
I first went to Cambridge Community Circus (then named Patchwork Circus) in 1992 so it's at least 25 years old, and rumor has it that there was a juggling club run by some of the same people in the late 80s.
Turns out TWJC will be 25 later this month!
The top 10 oldest active UK clubs with a known established date in the Edge database:
Nottingham Juggling Club (1980)
Flying Teapots (1985)
Glasgow Juggling Club (1990)
Imperial College Juggling Society (1990)
Camcircus, Milton Keynes, Tunbridge Wells, York Jugglers (1992)
Interesting because the BJC is 30 years old. I expected there to be more than 4 clubs (Balls up in Portsmouth was established in 1987 but is alas no more) to be active at the time to provide an audience to make a national event viable. I'm sure there were clubs that predate internet records. Or is it that annual juggling events produce local juggling clubs rather than the other way around?
The oldest club we have on record is Santelli, NL which has allegedly been going since 1962.
Hastings Juggling Club started in 1990. Russell Watson was the original motivator. Still going but monthly. It's been responsible for much - marriages, break ups, new careers, making people happy, an escape from the world we live in and more, just like the other juggling clubs around the world I'm sure.
Where would we be without a juggling club?
I hope HCC wasn't responsible for the break ups! Although come to think of it I did leave someone partly because she thought what my juggling friends & I did was 'silly'.
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