Richmond Duck Club formed around 1900 as a social club for working men and to enable an annual outing to be taken, usually to the seaside in a time when the idea of planned recreation was in its infancy.
The story goes that the origins of the name ‘Duck Club’ may be attributed to the fact that during the annual excursion which was undertaken by open-top charabanc, each time the vehicle approached a low hanging branch or bridge everyone would need to ‘duck’.
Since those early days the Duck Club has maintained its social side, even retaining the annual excursion but has also evolved into a charitable organisation favouring children. To this end, funds are raised and events organised to benefit individuals and groups of children in the town.
The Duck Club members are a mixed group of mainly tradespeople as has been the case since the club was formed, they continue to meet at the Black Lion Hotel at 7.30pm on the first Friday of every month.