Community calls for club to be reopened

Former members show their support for the re-opening of the Windmill Club

Former members show their support for the re-opening of the Windmill Club

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Nearly 100 people turned out to show their support for a campaign to get a social club reopened.

A group of residents in Rushden have formed a consortium calling for the Windmill Club to be reopened to the public.

The club in Glassbrook Road dates back 114 years and had about 1,000 members before its closure in October last year.

Today, Saturday, June 9, residents visited the club to show how much support there remains for it in the area.

Consortium member Sherry George said: “The club has been around for such a long time and is an important part of Rushden’s heritage.

“We wanted to raise the club’s profile and show any potential investors how much support there is for the club here.

“We have been holding regular meetings, have held talks with Rushden Town Council and we know there are several organisations in the area which have expressed an interest in using the building for meetings if it was reopened.

“The building was refurbished to a very high standard not long before its closure so it is just waiting to be taken over and used again.”

In the past the venue has attracted a host of famous names, including Frank Carson and Lenny Henry and snooker player Peter Ebdon who took his world championship trophy to show to people at the club.

The club premises are up for sale for £250,000 and a three bedroom house attached to the club is also for sale for £65,000.

The property is being marketed by Peter Tew & Co and more details can be found at www.petertew.co.uk/propertydetails.phtml?p_ourref=209.

For the full story see Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph.