Sadness as club must close after over a century

CORNHOLME Working Men’s Club is to close following a crisis meeting last week.

Committee member David Haworth said the decision, tinged with sadness, had to be taken because of debts the club needed to pay and its general trading situation.

Mr Haworth said club steward Marc Fisher had worked wonders at the club to boost trade and the club was doing well on two nights it opened each week but not making enough money to keep going on the other four.

“We have had to make a difficult decision because the club has a history going back over 100 years but there is nothing we can do.

“We owe a certain amount to the brewery which has got to be paid and there are utility and other bills,” he said.

The club members - it has 70 - would look to dispose of the building and then decide what to do once bills had been settled.

There were several options considered and someone had offered to put some money into the club but it would have been too difficult to do having examined the legal complexities.

Mr Haworth said the Woodbine Terrace building and car park would have a reserve price.

“We have struggled for the last five or ten years but always managed to keep going - but we can’t keep going and losing money,” he said.

The club had faced the same problem many licensed premises have had over the last decade - getting enough customers through the doors.