New owners hopeful Windmill Club could re-open shortly

The new owners of the Windmill Club, Rushden, hope to re-open the venue by the end of the month. Former members (above) had previously protested to keep the club alive after its closure in October 2011.
The new owners of the Windmill Club, Rushden, hope to re-open the venue by the end of the month. Former members (above) had previously protested to keep the club alive after its closure in October 2011.

The new owners of the Windmill Club, in Rushden, have revealed to the Telegraph that they hope to re-open the popular club by the end of the month.

The news comes as a premises license for the club, in Glassbrook Road, was granted by East Northants Council this morning (Thursday February 7).

Landlords, Rick and Daz Singh, said they hope the club will be at the heart of the community once again when it opens its doors.

The new license has granted The Windmill opening hours of 9am to 1am Sunday to Thursday and 9am to 2am on Friday and Saturday.

However, Rick Singh told the Licensing Panel that it is intended the club will close at midnight each night and will only use its extended operating hours for special events, such as a New Year’s Eve party.

The club will remain as a members only venue, with the new owners predicting that the cost of an annual membership will remain at the same price as before the closure - £10. The snooker club will also re-open.

After the venue’s closure in October 2011 a group of Rushden residents formed a consortium calling for the Windmill Club to be re-opened to the public. However, the consortium were unsuccessful in their bid and the doors of the Windmill Club have remained closed ever since.

The club dates back 114 years and had about 1,000 members before its closure.

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.