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Bacup Conservative club to be transformed into plush restaurant

Lancashire Telegraph: Bacup Conservative Club Bacup Conservative Club

A FORMER Conservative club is set to be given a new lease of life as a plush restaurant and community hub.

Businesswoman Catherine Chadwick has bought the former Bacup Conservative Club, in Irwell Terrace, and is planning to spend £180,000 on its transformation.

She is also creating three front of house jobs at the large two-storey building, built in the 1890s.

Mrs Chadwick, who also owns Bacup Hub and leases part of St Mary’s Chambers, is working with Wendy Lord from the Natural History Society to bring the key themes of Bacup’s past to life in historical images on the hall’s walls, while modernising by hanging chandeliers and offering fine food and drink.

She said: “It’s very much going to be a community facility, with cheap rates for people wishing to hire it. But we want it to be opulent, with black and silver decor, and plush leather furniture.

“Even though market research is 50/50 as to whether the people of Bacup would go to somewhere more fancy, I think if we bring it here, people will come and enjoy it.

“It’s very accessible, with the bus station right outside, which isn’t the case for Bacup Hub.

“We’re trying to regenerate the town, and will model the club on St Mary’s Chambers.

“We’re going to create a terraced area outside to catch the sun in the right seasons.

“We want it to be somewhere for people to go after work for a glass of champagne in a lovely setting.

“We’ve a number of things planned for the club. We’re in talks to bring a farmer’s market to the club, while also having a bistro in the day, and a restaurant after 5pm.”

Mrs Chadwick is hoping to have the restaurant area of the venue, which will be renamed Chadwick’s, open in time for Mother’s Day.

For more information, call 01706 557127.

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10:36pm Tue 4 Feb 14

MerlinTheVoiceofReason2 says...

This is the best thing to do with Conservative Clubs, present or former - turn them into something useful and give them a new lease of life, instead of raising party funds through the sale of cheap ale.
This is the best thing to do with Conservative Clubs, present or former - turn them into something useful and give them a new lease of life, instead of raising party funds through the sale of cheap ale. MerlinTheVoiceofReason2
  • Score: 4

11:46pm Tue 4 Feb 14

her from here says...

Good luck she seems to have more faith in the people of Bacup than the Council ever had. lets hope it all works out
Good luck she seems to have more faith in the people of Bacup than the Council ever had. lets hope it all works out her from here
  • Score: 3

5:46am Wed 5 Feb 14

Loving lances says...

Let's hope she doesn't put on any fight nights like she did at the Hub.
Let's hope she doesn't put on any fight nights like she did at the Hub. Loving lances
  • Score: 3

12:56pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Biggy12 says...

Maybe accrington will follow suit?
Maybe accrington will follow suit? Biggy12
  • Score: 1

4:47pm Wed 5 Feb 14

pdb951 says...

MerlinTheVoiceofReas
on2
wrote:
This is the best thing to do with Conservative Clubs, present or former - turn them into something useful and give them a new lease of life, instead of raising party funds through the sale of cheap ale.
Could always turn it into a Labour club then let the dossers use it.
[quote][p][bold]MerlinTheVoiceofReas on2[/bold] wrote: This is the best thing to do with Conservative Clubs, present or former - turn them into something useful and give them a new lease of life, instead of raising party funds through the sale of cheap ale.[/p][/quote]Could always turn it into a Labour club then let the dossers use it. pdb951
  • Score: -2

4:56pm Wed 5 Feb 14

nmclean77 says...

Fair play to this girls commitment to the valley - she certainly has ambition!
Fair play to this girls commitment to the valley - she certainly has ambition! nmclean77
  • Score: 2

6:09pm Wed 5 Feb 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

I hope the good people of Bacup will appreciate this venture and treat it with respect.
I hope the good people of Bacup will appreciate this venture and treat it with respect. HelmshoreBoy
  • Score: 1

9:51am Fri 7 Feb 14

Loving lances says...

We shall see in a year. How deep are her pockets?
Will it really be posh food or just a bit more posh than the pizza and burger bars?
We shall see in a year. How deep are her pockets? Will it really be posh food or just a bit more posh than the pizza and burger bars? Loving lances
  • Score: 0

3:48pm Wed 19 Feb 14

p b carr says...

the very best of luck.
the very best of luck. p b carr
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