Miners welfares were established as recreational charities to provide facilities in mining areas for the large influx of population that followed the opening of new collieries. When the industry declined many welfares closed but some remained in use providing facilities for the wider community.
In many places the only recreational land available to the community was that linked to the local Miners Welfare. The aim of the welfare was to meet the widest possible demand and so apart from the purely recreational aspect they acted as centres for community activity and social interaction. Indeed for some families the welfare was the scene of the christening party, the wedding celebration and the funeral tea.