A MUCH-LOVED social club has been saved from the brink of closure after members stepped forward to pay off its debt.
Newhall Social Club, in High Street, has now agreed a settlement of ‘a significant amount’ with its debtor after Coors sold on its long-standing loan.
It held a crisis meeting with club members explaining the difficulties and a new committee was formed after 13 members stepped forward ‘putting their money where their mouth is’ and paying off the debt.
Committee member, Dave Jackson, said: “We held a series of meeting and said if we were to keep going we needed the support of members. We were very honest with them and said we have to run the club like we are running our own homes.
“We said we could either close the club which would have been a loss to the community or sit down and see if we can get a new committee together with people who have experience.
“We needed people with business acumen because there was debt which had to be managed.”
Coors, then known as Bass, loaned the club cash decades ago to enable the creation of its bowling green and an extension to the building.
Mr Jackson, who has been involved in the club for 30 years, said: “At this time all the pits were there, Cadley, Rawdon, and we were open seven days a week. Then, obviously the pits closed. What started the rot was the club closing during sensible times, for example during lunchtimes.”
The recent economic downturn did not help matters, but the long community history of the club has created a sense of nostalgia with its members.
Mr Jackson said: “Their parents and grandparents went there. A lot of the people who came forward (to the committee) are of varying ages, from seniors to people in their mid 20s brought up in the club.”
It is offering out its concert room for parties, wakes, and wedding receptions. As well as the bar area, the club has also its bowls, pool, snooker and dominoes teams.
It also has a tribute night on May 9 featuring Pink, Robbie Williams and comedian, Terry Woodpecker
Admission costs £8 for members, £10 for non-members.