Century-old Blackburn club set to close

Jimmy Dempsie, secretary of Furthergate WMC

Jimmy Dempsie, secretary of Furthergate WMC

First published in News

A 102-YEAR-OLD working men’s club will close its doors for the final time at the end of the month.

Furthergate WMC, in Blackburn, will shut on Friday, February 28, with the committee citing a drop in member-ship as one of a numb-er of reasons.

The Cherry Street club, which has been on the current site since 1925, had its glory days in the 1970s and 80s, and used to attract star acts, including the original Searchers, The Ivy League, and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

The committee said a lack of membership, high rent and bills, and the change in drinking culture over the past 20 years were to blame.

Jimmy Dempsie, 71, a member for 37 years, said: “It will be an incredibly sad day when it goes because this has been a massive part of my life.

“I come here every day and it’s a huge shame that it’s going to be lost to us.

“There are a lot of people who love this club, but we just don’t have the same number as we used to do.”

Mr Dempsie, the club’s secretary, said it had been a weekly struggle for the past five years.

He said although there were 212 members on the books last year, most did not attend reg- ularly, and a typical Saturday night could see around 10 people at the bar.

He said: “We used to get a lot of custom from the dog race track where Tesco is now, but when that went, and the smoking ban was enforced, the club was in serious trouble and it was downhill from there. We want to sell off as much as we can, inc-luding the snooker and pool tables, to help pay the debts. The rest will be donated to charity.”

Eddie Haworth, 67, a member for 32 years, said: “Almost 150 people used to queue around the block on Christ-mas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and they were such big nights.

“The star nights were the best, and we used to have about 400 people here having a great time.

“All of that started to fade, and now none of that is left.

“There is still a core of members who come all of the time, but it’s not enough to keep it going.”

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6:14am Sat 8 Feb 14

Excluded again says...

A picture says a thousand words. That picture could have been taken in the 1970s and no-one could have spotted the difference.

The old customer base dwindled with age and changing market conditions. New customers were not attracted - keep offering the same in the hope that potential new customers will change to like what you offer. A fatal way for any business to go.
A picture says a thousand words. That picture could have been taken in the 1970s and no-one could have spotted the difference. The old customer base dwindled with age and changing market conditions. New customers were not attracted - keep offering the same in the hope that potential new customers will change to like what you offer. A fatal way for any business to go. Excluded again
  • Score: 21

7:18am Sat 8 Feb 14

denidenideni says...

Not only a working mens club, but a thriving community centre, people knew each other, watched out for each other and helped each other. Now gone.
Sign of he times
Not only a working mens club, but a thriving community centre, people knew each other, watched out for each other and helped each other. Now gone. Sign of he times denidenideni
  • Score: 25

7:19am Sat 8 Feb 14

ComeDine WithMe says...

Absolutely agree with the comments above. We attended a party there a couple of years ago, bar service was bordering on none existent. The toilet was medieval, like a bloody swamp. Vile. Take your money elsewhere. Oh, you already have...
Absolutely agree with the comments above. We attended a party there a couple of years ago, bar service was bordering on none existent. The toilet was medieval, like a bloody swamp. Vile. Take your money elsewhere. Oh, you already have... ComeDine WithMe
  • Score: 8

8:00am Sat 8 Feb 14

shytalk says...

It will probably be turned into an Islamic center or a mosk like what happened to the wmc in Audley.
It will probably be turned into an Islamic center or a mosk like what happened to the wmc in Audley. shytalk
  • Score: 29

9:17am Sat 8 Feb 14

Angusam says...

Just look at the Highfield Working Mans Club in Darwen. This was once a thriving social hub. After it closed its doors for the same reasons you describe, it was abandoned and then arsonists set fire to it. Now its a magnet for trouble and whats left of the building is left to rott. An eyesore for the community who have to look at it day in and day out.

So sad how quickly times and culture change.
Just look at the Highfield Working Mans Club in Darwen. This was once a thriving social hub. After it closed its doors for the same reasons you describe, it was abandoned and then arsonists set fire to it. Now its a magnet for trouble and whats left of the building is left to rott. An eyesore for the community who have to look at it day in and day out. So sad how quickly times and culture change. Angusam
  • Score: 26

10:37am Sat 8 Feb 14

Is Eckersley playing? says...

Yet another example of the changing face of Blackburn. Pubs, clubs, shops, football club. All going down the pan. Lift your eyes and imagine the town in 30 years time. Not a pretty sight is it?
Yet another example of the changing face of Blackburn. Pubs, clubs, shops, football club. All going down the pan. Lift your eyes and imagine the town in 30 years time. Not a pretty sight is it? Is Eckersley playing?
  • Score: 24

11:19am Sat 8 Feb 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Is Eckersley playing? wrote:
Yet another example of the changing face of Blackburn. Pubs, clubs, shops, football club. All going down the pan. Lift your eyes and imagine the town in 30 years time. Not a pretty sight is it?
Another thirty years time.........I dread to think. It won't matter to me but think of our children and grand children. What kind of town will they be living in? Nowhere to go to socialise !!!!!...........what
's it coming to?
[quote][p][bold]Is Eckersley playing?[/bold] wrote: Yet another example of the changing face of Blackburn. Pubs, clubs, shops, football club. All going down the pan. Lift your eyes and imagine the town in 30 years time. Not a pretty sight is it?[/p][/quote]Another thirty years time.........I dread to think. It won't matter to me but think of our children and grand children. What kind of town will they be living in? Nowhere to go to socialise !!!!!...........what 's it coming to? Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 9

12:13pm Sat 8 Feb 14

abetterblackburn says...

Changing times . . .

Yes, those were the black and white days of yesterday when industry provided work within this area. Now all of that industry has gone along with it’s work force. No need to be going to any of those Working ‘Persons’ Clubs to share the troubles and strife with those you work with. Sad really I suppose that those times have gone?

But also very worrying is the state of the areas politics. Firmly stuck in the days of yesterday. The old ’Labour Party’ that supported those low paid hard working folk in the area are still pushing the same sentiments. The old still hanging on to the party that supported them during those days gone by. Still hoping they will be saved from those evil people from the other side of the valley. Those that have made their lives a misery. Still at war with one another to the bitter end. That’s the reality of politics within the Blackburn area. Blackburn, Darwen, Burnley, Nelson, Preston and most of Manchester struggling to survive within a past industrial lifestyle!

So there you have it. Two main political parties with a third hanging on to their backsides. One from the old industrial times and the other the enemy within. No chance of furthering the welfare of the people they are there to serve. Each one looking after number one. Their own party existence not to mention there own personal salaries. The next time you see in Parliament those high ranking politicians from all sides notice how there’s not much to choose between any of them. All high salaried party employees wanting their own particular party’s survival at all costs. That is what they are paid to do. The welfare of the community comes second in all cases!

Sad isn’t it!
Changing times . . . Yes, those were the black and white days of yesterday when industry provided work within this area. Now all of that industry has gone along with it’s work force. No need to be going to any of those Working ‘Persons’ Clubs to share the troubles and strife with those you work with. Sad really I suppose that those times have gone? But also very worrying is the state of the areas politics. Firmly stuck in the days of yesterday. The old ’Labour Party’ that supported those low paid hard working folk in the area are still pushing the same sentiments. The old still hanging on to the party that supported them during those days gone by. Still hoping they will be saved from those evil people from the other side of the valley. Those that have made their lives a misery. Still at war with one another to the bitter end. That’s the reality of politics within the Blackburn area. Blackburn, Darwen, Burnley, Nelson, Preston and most of Manchester struggling to survive within a past industrial lifestyle! So there you have it. Two main political parties with a third hanging on to their backsides. One from the old industrial times and the other the enemy within. No chance of furthering the welfare of the people they are there to serve. Each one looking after number one. Their own party existence not to mention there own personal salaries. The next time you see in Parliament those high ranking politicians from all sides notice how there’s not much to choose between any of them. All high salaried party employees wanting their own particular party’s survival at all costs. That is what they are paid to do. The welfare of the community comes second in all cases! Sad isn’t it! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 8

12:29pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Mothernature says...

That just leaves Audley WMC in that area now as far as I'm aware. Such a shame really, as the social life was pretty decent for those of us who enjoyed socialising with our neighbours. At this rate, Blackburn won't have any pubs or clubs locally & I really can't see the older generation wanting to socialise in the town centre pubs of an evening.
That just leaves Audley WMC in that area now as far as I'm aware. Such a shame really, as the social life was pretty decent for those of us who enjoyed socialising with our neighbours. At this rate, Blackburn won't have any pubs or clubs locally & I really can't see the older generation wanting to socialise in the town centre pubs of an evening. Mothernature
  • Score: 9

12:38pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Is Eckersley playing? says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
Changing times . . .

Yes, those were the black and white days of yesterday when industry provided work within this area. Now all of that industry has gone along with it’s work force. No need to be going to any of those Working ‘Persons’ Clubs to share the troubles and strife with those you work with. Sad really I suppose that those times have gone?

But also very worrying is the state of the areas politics. Firmly stuck in the days of yesterday. The old ’Labour Party’ that supported those low paid hard working folk in the area are still pushing the same sentiments. The old still hanging on to the party that supported them during those days gone by. Still hoping they will be saved from those evil people from the other side of the valley. Those that have made their lives a misery. Still at war with one another to the bitter end. That’s the reality of politics within the Blackburn area. Blackburn, Darwen, Burnley, Nelson, Preston and most of Manchester struggling to survive within a past industrial lifestyle!

So there you have it. Two main political parties with a third hanging on to their backsides. One from the old industrial times and the other the enemy within. No chance of furthering the welfare of the people they are there to serve. Each one looking after number one. Their own party existence not to mention there own personal salaries. The next time you see in Parliament those high ranking politicians from all sides notice how there’s not much to choose between any of them. All high salaried party employees wanting their own particular party’s survival at all costs. That is what they are paid to do. The welfare of the community comes second in all cases!

Sad isn’t it!
A very well-balanced view, if I may say so. Well done.
[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: Changing times . . . Yes, those were the black and white days of yesterday when industry provided work within this area. Now all of that industry has gone along with it’s work force. No need to be going to any of those Working ‘Persons’ Clubs to share the troubles and strife with those you work with. Sad really I suppose that those times have gone? But also very worrying is the state of the areas politics. Firmly stuck in the days of yesterday. The old ’Labour Party’ that supported those low paid hard working folk in the area are still pushing the same sentiments. The old still hanging on to the party that supported them during those days gone by. Still hoping they will be saved from those evil people from the other side of the valley. Those that have made their lives a misery. Still at war with one another to the bitter end. That’s the reality of politics within the Blackburn area. Blackburn, Darwen, Burnley, Nelson, Preston and most of Manchester struggling to survive within a past industrial lifestyle! So there you have it. Two main political parties with a third hanging on to their backsides. One from the old industrial times and the other the enemy within. No chance of furthering the welfare of the people they are there to serve. Each one looking after number one. Their own party existence not to mention there own personal salaries. The next time you see in Parliament those high ranking politicians from all sides notice how there’s not much to choose between any of them. All high salaried party employees wanting their own particular party’s survival at all costs. That is what they are paid to do. The welfare of the community comes second in all cases! Sad isn’t it![/p][/quote]A very well-balanced view, if I may say so. Well done. Is Eckersley playing?
  • Score: 8

1:15pm Sat 8 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

Like pubs the humble working men,s clubs have had their hay day and now its time to move on ,,,but where do the regulars go ? what seems trivial to many people is a big unwelcome change to many long standing members of these establishments,,so sad to see the demise of these long standing gems of the community,
Like pubs the humble working men,s clubs have had their hay day and now its time to move on ,,,but where do the regulars go ? what seems trivial to many people is a big unwelcome change to many long standing members of these establishments,,so sad to see the demise of these long standing gems of the community, noddy57
  • Score: 4

2:00pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Shadred says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
Changing times . . .

Yes, those were the black and white days of yesterday when industry provided work within this area. Now all of that industry has gone along with it’s work force. No need to be going to any of those Working ‘Persons’ Clubs to share the troubles and strife with those you work with. Sad really I suppose that those times have gone?

But also very worrying is the state of the areas politics. Firmly stuck in the days of yesterday. The old ’Labour Party’ that supported those low paid hard working folk in the area are still pushing the same sentiments. The old still hanging on to the party that supported them during those days gone by. Still hoping they will be saved from those evil people from the other side of the valley. Those that have made their lives a misery. Still at war with one another to the bitter end. That’s the reality of politics within the Blackburn area. Blackburn, Darwen, Burnley, Nelson, Preston and most of Manchester struggling to survive within a past industrial lifestyle!

So there you have it. Two main political parties with a third hanging on to their backsides. One from the old industrial times and the other the enemy within. No chance of furthering the welfare of the people they are there to serve. Each one looking after number one. Their own party existence not to mention there own personal salaries. The next time you see in Parliament those high ranking politicians from all sides notice how there’s not much to choose between any of them. All high salaried party employees wanting their own particular party’s survival at all costs. That is what they are paid to do. The welfare of the community comes second in all cases!

Sad isn’t it!
The old labour party went with new labour there was nobody to look after the poor,low paid etc. If we had a real labour party perhaps the decline in Blackburn would not be so rapid and severe
[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: Changing times . . . Yes, those were the black and white days of yesterday when industry provided work within this area. Now all of that industry has gone along with it’s work force. No need to be going to any of those Working ‘Persons’ Clubs to share the troubles and strife with those you work with. Sad really I suppose that those times have gone? But also very worrying is the state of the areas politics. Firmly stuck in the days of yesterday. The old ’Labour Party’ that supported those low paid hard working folk in the area are still pushing the same sentiments. The old still hanging on to the party that supported them during those days gone by. Still hoping they will be saved from those evil people from the other side of the valley. Those that have made their lives a misery. Still at war with one another to the bitter end. That’s the reality of politics within the Blackburn area. Blackburn, Darwen, Burnley, Nelson, Preston and most of Manchester struggling to survive within a past industrial lifestyle! So there you have it. Two main political parties with a third hanging on to their backsides. One from the old industrial times and the other the enemy within. No chance of furthering the welfare of the people they are there to serve. Each one looking after number one. Their own party existence not to mention there own personal salaries. The next time you see in Parliament those high ranking politicians from all sides notice how there’s not much to choose between any of them. All high salaried party employees wanting their own particular party’s survival at all costs. That is what they are paid to do. The welfare of the community comes second in all cases! Sad isn’t it![/p][/quote]The old labour party went with new labour there was nobody to look after the poor,low paid etc. If we had a real labour party perhaps the decline in Blackburn would not be so rapid and severe Shadred
  • Score: 8

2:25pm Sat 8 Feb 14

phil kernot says...

People have got. Better things to do than wasting money in the pub , ,, the members should have put money in the pot and bought the place themselves , It's not a bad idea closing all the pubs at least some people will have bread on the table rather than there old man coming home drunk and spent it all and neglecting there family due to selfishness , , good ridence I say ,
People have got. Better things to do than wasting money in the pub , ,, the members should have put money in the pot and bought the place themselves , It's not a bad idea closing all the pubs at least some people will have bread on the table rather than there old man coming home drunk and spent it all and neglecting there family due to selfishness , , good ridence I say , phil kernot
  • Score: -14

3:21pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Copperhead says...

Another relic of our once-thriving industrial society consigned to the dustbin of history.
So many great pubs and clubs now gone - I recall with great affection many such places. I enjoyed a wonderful social life and made many friends in pubs in Blackburn.
My favourites were the Dolphin and the Little Bull - I was a "mod" back in the 60s and I recall nights when the Lambrettas and Vespas were dozens deep outside these watering holes. Fabulous days !!!
Politicians, acting on orders from their masters in the City killed all these places - the unions had to go because they gave a voice and power to the working class and that was simply unacceptable to the money-men. So the factories were closed and imports became the order of the day. No factories meant no unions - which was what Thatcherscum and her band of vermin wanted all along. And no working people means no working men's clubs and minimum wage service industry jobs means less money to spend on socialising.
Next came the immigrants thanks to NuLabour's campaign of social engineering in order to change the nature of our society forever. These immigrants took over working class areas and they, of course, don't drink.
So good bye town-centre pubs.
Soon the campaign against the workers will be complete when minimum unit pricing for alcohol is introduced. We will have to be teetotal and only the rich will be able to afford a tipple.
Mind you, it won't matter then as we will probably be a muslim state by then anyway.
Britain - a once proud nation now in freefall decline thanks to political meddling by our so-called leaders.
Another relic of our once-thriving industrial society consigned to the dustbin of history. So many great pubs and clubs now gone - I recall with great affection many such places. I enjoyed a wonderful social life and made many friends in pubs in Blackburn. My favourites were the Dolphin and the Little Bull - I was a "mod" back in the 60s and I recall nights when the Lambrettas and Vespas were dozens deep outside these watering holes. Fabulous days !!! Politicians, acting on orders from their masters in the City killed all these places - the unions had to go because they gave a voice and power to the working class and that was simply unacceptable to the money-men. So the factories were closed and imports became the order of the day. No factories meant no unions - which was what Thatcherscum and her band of vermin wanted all along. And no working people means no working men's clubs and minimum wage service industry jobs means less money to spend on socialising. Next came the immigrants thanks to NuLabour's campaign of social engineering in order to change the nature of our society forever. These immigrants took over working class areas and they, of course, don't drink. So good bye town-centre pubs. Soon the campaign against the workers will be complete when minimum unit pricing for alcohol is introduced. We will have to be teetotal and only the rich will be able to afford a tipple. Mind you, it won't matter then as we will probably be a muslim state by then anyway. Britain - a once proud nation now in freefall decline thanks to political meddling by our so-called leaders. Copperhead
  • Score: 12

3:33pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Excluded again says...

Meanwhile in Darwen, new pubs have been opening regularly (The Old Chapel only last month). And even the Catholic Club has rebranded itself as the Wellington Bar and made an effort to keep up with the times. And nightlife in Darwen is booming - new people are being attracted back to, well, attractive pubs.

We can't make the pubs and clubs work like they did 30 years ago, so we can't make them work is the mantra of failure. Make pubs and clubs attractive to the customers of today, not the customers of yesteryear and you have a good chance of success.

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.
Meanwhile in Darwen, new pubs have been opening regularly (The Old Chapel only last month). And even the Catholic Club has rebranded itself as the Wellington Bar and made an effort to keep up with the times. And nightlife in Darwen is booming - new people are being attracted back to, well, attractive pubs. We can't make the pubs and clubs work like they did 30 years ago, so we can't make them work is the mantra of failure. Make pubs and clubs attractive to the customers of today, not the customers of yesteryear and you have a good chance of success. Nostalgia ain't what it used to be. Excluded again
  • Score: 16

3:51pm Sat 8 Feb 14

peely says...

Sad times indeed but the writing has been on the wall for these clubs for years , partly due to the reasons all mentioned in the above posts , but also due to the fact that in the good times when these clubs were very busy " the committee " were also helping themselves to a piece of the action . In fact getting on to " the committee " in some of these clubs was tantamount to like winning the lottery , loads and loads of money , tills full of money and whoever got the keys to the the one armed bandit , well happy days indeed ! Sad but true !
Sad times indeed but the writing has been on the wall for these clubs for years , partly due to the reasons all mentioned in the above posts , but also due to the fact that in the good times when these clubs were very busy " the committee " were also helping themselves to a piece of the action . In fact getting on to " the committee " in some of these clubs was tantamount to like winning the lottery , loads and loads of money , tills full of money and whoever got the keys to the the one armed bandit , well happy days indeed ! Sad but true ! peely
  • Score: 8

4:35pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Steve starkie says...

The common reason that this keeps happening is due to the change in times but not in culture. The old would rather die with the knowledge of how to run a club rather than pass it down onto a younger generation that could make this business work again. If you don't move with the times and offer people something new then you die in the past
The common reason that this keeps happening is due to the change in times but not in culture. The old would rather die with the knowledge of how to run a club rather than pass it down onto a younger generation that could make this business work again. If you don't move with the times and offer people something new then you die in the past Steve starkie
  • Score: 7

4:49pm Sat 8 Feb 14

anniehargs says...

My Mum used to sing there regularly. She was called Wynne Laine - does anyone remember her?
My Mum used to sing there regularly. She was called Wynne Laine - does anyone remember her? anniehargs
  • Score: 3

5:24pm Sat 8 Feb 14

mythoughts70 says...

I fully agree with Peely, the amount of money that was 'liberated' from that club by the committee members there over the years runs into the thousands and when people were exposed it was swept under the carpet, police were never brought in, even with proof from cctv footage, the members were never told the truth either. I have never known a place which had so much corruption, being a committee member was such a power trip for some and the lies, well!!, I am surprised it hasn't closed earlier, yes membership is down, people drink at home more, but refusal to move with the times has been a major downfall. Money was raised from selling off large parts of the car park and the lower building but I guess that money was unwisely spent, uh erm!! And as for some of the money going to charity after paying debts, well maybe a percentage of it before it goes in the back pockets of the certain few who have robbed that place (and the benefits system) over the years (and they will know who they are). Good riddance to bad rubbish! I would like to publicly name names but I probably will not be allowed to on here
I fully agree with Peely, the amount of money that was 'liberated' from that club by the committee members there over the years runs into the thousands and when people were exposed it was swept under the carpet, police were never brought in, even with proof from cctv footage, the members were never told the truth either. I have never known a place which had so much corruption, being a committee member was such a power trip for some and the lies, well!!, I am surprised it hasn't closed earlier, yes membership is down, people drink at home more, but refusal to move with the times has been a major downfall. Money was raised from selling off large parts of the car park and the lower building but I guess that money was unwisely spent, uh erm!! And as for some of the money going to charity after paying debts, well maybe a percentage of it before it goes in the back pockets of the certain few who have robbed that place (and the benefits system) over the years (and they will know who they are). Good riddance to bad rubbish! I would like to publicly name names but I probably will not be allowed to on here mythoughts70
  • Score: 11

5:34pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Steve starkie says...

The future of this place is doomed due to the past . How would one re open it? I've never ventured in but what If you did with the right backing I think it could be a success. ........ Just saying
The future of this place is doomed due to the past . How would one re open it? I've never ventured in but what If you did with the right backing I think it could be a success. ........ Just saying Steve starkie
  • Score: 4

5:34pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Steve starkie says...

The future of this place is doomed due to the past . How would one re open it? I've never ventured in but what If you did with the right backing I think it could be a success. ........ Just saying
The future of this place is doomed due to the past . How would one re open it? I've never ventured in but what If you did with the right backing I think it could be a success. ........ Just saying Steve starkie
  • Score: 1

11:42pm Sat 8 Feb 14

julespent says...

My grandad used to go in there, I went in a couple of times but dont live in the area, its obviously because of the population change, older generation gone and muslim population moving in. Mill Hill Club however is thriving, not sure how long it will last suppose again it depends on the population of the area. Very sad to see it close, pick it up and put it somewhere else may be a different story.
My grandad used to go in there, I went in a couple of times but dont live in the area, its obviously because of the population change, older generation gone and muslim population moving in. Mill Hill Club however is thriving, not sure how long it will last suppose again it depends on the population of the area. Very sad to see it close, pick it up and put it somewhere else may be a different story. julespent
  • Score: 3

9:35am Sun 9 Feb 14

shirtbox2003 says...

Working mens clubs have always had stupid rules like no women in certain rooms or on commitees,also the regulars? always sat in certain seats etc.they died a death in the 60s and have done well to last so long.the average working man couldn't run a Christmas club never mind a profitable business even in good times.this club will probably now become an Islamic undertaking or an Asian supermarket.as for trying to blame the closure of the dog track on part of its demise 30 years or so later,this is the club mentality at its best.good riddance.
Working mens clubs have always had stupid rules like no women in certain rooms or on commitees,also the regulars? always sat in certain seats etc.they died a death in the 60s and have done well to last so long.the average working man couldn't run a Christmas club never mind a profitable business even in good times.this club will probably now become an Islamic undertaking or an Asian supermarket.as for trying to blame the closure of the dog track on part of its demise 30 years or so later,this is the club mentality at its best.good riddance. shirtbox2003
  • Score: 6

9:42am Sun 9 Feb 14

happycyclist says...

Looks like a great night out. The furniture and the decor are amazing. Can't imagine why it's struggling...
Looks like a great night out. The furniture and the decor are amazing. Can't imagine why it's struggling... happycyclist
  • Score: 6

9:48am Sun 9 Feb 14

woolywords says...

Both Peely and Afterthough75 have got it, spot on!
As someone who couldn't wait to join a social club, gain the coveted CIS card and then used it while working, I can state that what goes on in this area, is not purely localised, it's virtually a pandemic.
Committee are often run in the form of a popularity contest, without the person ever being checked for their honesty nor integrity and so it comes as no surprise when a few bad apples manage to get elected.
There has to come a time when anyone who puts themselves forwards for such a position is required, at their own expense, to purchase a fidelity bond. This is a form of insurance policy, that is complete with a CRB check, to set the level of premium and risk, where the club is able to recoup any losses from an insurer, when they occur. Whilst some may be perfectly able to perform their duties in an honest manner, in spite of having a criminal record. It could also cut both ways, they can state that the have owned such a policy for a number of years and therefore can be considered as being of a changed character.
This would have prevented a club steward whom had it away with funds from a club in Scotland, appearing as large as life in a similar role in Blackpool, as happened. The insurers database would have exposed this scoundrel, long before some tourists did.
Both Peely and Afterthough75 have got it, spot on! As someone who couldn't wait to join a social club, gain the coveted CIS card and then used it while working, I can state that what goes on in this area, is not purely localised, it's virtually a pandemic. Committee are often run in the form of a popularity contest, without the person ever being checked for their honesty nor integrity and so it comes as no surprise when a few bad apples manage to get elected. There has to come a time when anyone who puts themselves forwards for such a position is required, at their own expense, to purchase a fidelity bond. This is a form of insurance policy, that is complete with a CRB check, to set the level of premium and risk, where the club is able to recoup any losses from an insurer, when they occur. Whilst some may be perfectly able to perform their duties in an honest manner, in spite of having a criminal record. It could also cut both ways, they can state that the have owned such a policy for a number of years and therefore can be considered as being of a changed character. This would have prevented a club steward whom had it away with funds from a club in Scotland, appearing as large as life in a similar role in Blackpool, as happened. The insurers database would have exposed this scoundrel, long before some tourists did. woolywords
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2:56pm Sun 9 Feb 14

george gently says...

I was a member there 35 years ago and it still looks the same as it did then . I bet they still have same committee lol .
I was a member there 35 years ago and it still looks the same as it did then . I bet they still have same committee lol . george gently
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9:40pm Sun 9 Feb 14

djFootprint says...

shytalk wrote:
It will probably be turned into an Islamic center or a mosk like what happened to the wmc in Audley.
If it is, i can well imagine the attendees there being able to speak and spell much better English, despite the fact that it may be their 'second language'.
The spelling is 'mosque' - not 'mosk', you bigoted numpty.
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: It will probably be turned into an Islamic center or a mosk like what happened to the wmc in Audley.[/p][/quote]If it is, i can well imagine the attendees there being able to speak and spell much better English, despite the fact that it may be their 'second language'. The spelling is 'mosque' - not 'mosk', you bigoted numpty. djFootprint
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