Social club in need of new members

Pete Cook, Don Lovell, Joy Sykes, Ray Patcrick, Stu Sykes and Ian Brudenall at the barton seagrave social  club,
Pete Cook, Don Lovell, Joy Sykes, Ray Patcrick, Stu Sykes and Ian Brudenall at the barton seagrave social club,

A social club recently saved from closure is appealing for new members to join its ranks.

New members have joined Barton Seagrave Social Club since it was saved from closure in October when a new committee reduced its opening hours to save cash.

But the club, which is based in a community centre on the Latimer Arts College site in Castle Way, is appealing for more members to keep it alive.

Treasurer Stuart Sykes said: “If the club was to close I think the community association would find it extremely difficult to operate.

“It’s quite important there is a centre for the community to use.”

The previous committee called a meeting in October to announce the closure after membership fell from about 140 a few years ago to just 80.

But retired decorator Mr Sykes, 67, suggested reducing opening from seven to four days a week to balance the books and since a three-month trial was held four new members have joined and the club is back in the black.

The club, which has been open since the 70s, has a darts board and offers guest ales and other drinks at slightly lower prices than pubs. Some members also play cards.

Entertainment secretary Mr Sykes, of Grosvenor Road, organised dances at the club, but demand dwindled as the credit crunch bit.

However Mr Sykes hopes to reinstate live rock and roll bands and discos if membership increases. He is also planning curry nights and quiz nights in the bar of the club.

Mr Sykes, who has been a member for about five years, said the club played an important role in the community, especially for people new to the area.

He said: “It’s a nice friendly atmosphere. We speak to everybody. We like to feel like we make people welcome.”

The Miniature Rifle Club in Kettering closed down several years ago.

The club is open from 7pm to 11pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and midday to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm on Sunday.

Membership costs £4 a year.

For more information, drop in or call Mr Sykes on 01536 723387.