A WORKING men’s club in Northampton which has been running for more than 100 years will be forced to close unless immediate financial help is found.
The executive committee of Far Cotton Working Men’s Club in Main Road, Far Cotton, has called an extraordinary general meeting on October 25 to decide the fate of the premises.
Kath Dawes, chairman of the CIU affiliated club, which formed in September 1907, described the news of the impending closure as “heartbreaking” and said the club would only be saved if a member of the community provided financial backing.
She said the smoking ban, the recession and a 10-day closure imposed by Northampton Borough Council’s licensing authority earlier this year following a problem with a temporary event notice, had all contributed to the club’s demise.
She added: “It will be devastating for members of the club and the community if it has to close. The club is a real central base for people and community groups use it to host sessions like line dancing and we have bingo nights every week. The Far Cotton Amateur Boxing Club frequently use the venue, we have a function room for birthday parties and anniversaries and we host a lot of charity events.
“The club would really be missed by the people of Far Cotton. They would have nowhere else to go.”
Secretary, Christine Kellerman, said the club was a piece of the area’s history and many people had been members all of their lives.
She said: “The club has a real sense of family and everyone knows each other. It would be so sad if the club was to close as people would lose touch.
“Working men’s clubs are such a long standing tradition in communities but unfortunately many have shut down during the tough times over the last few years. We really don’t want Far Cotton to follow in their footsteps. This club has a lot of history and it would be such a shame to lose it. Once it is gone we will never get it back.”
Anyone who can help can call Christine on Northampton 761020 or email far email@example.com.