The secretary of an ex-servicemen and sportman’s club, which was formed in Sheringham just after the second world war, has claimed its demise was down to lack of member support, new licensing laws, the smoking ban and cheap alcohol.

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The Sheringham Social Club, at Holway Road, closed its doors for the final time this month despite having a 500-strong membership.

Sheringham resident Paul Todd has been the secretary for the last nine years and said although the closure had been expected for more than a year, the club had been “trying to work through the problems”.

“It’s happened because of the lack of people coming in, the smoking ban, the new licensing laws and the shops selling cheap alcohol,” he said.

“There was a group of hard-core members who used the club everyday but then there was the other members not using the club that contributed to it closing down.”

Adam Clarke and Andrew Kelsall of Larking Gowen, Norwich, have been appointed as joint agents to assist the club’s committee in realising the club’s assets and settling their liabilities.

Mr Kelsall, director of business recovery, said, “It appears that the club has been making trading losses for many years and while these have in the past been absorbed by reserves and profits from fruit machines this is now no longer the case.

“Our recommendation was to cease operations and to use the club assets - the premises - to repay creditors including the five members of staff.

“It is envisaged that the club will be able to pay all claims in full and that any surplus will be held by the committee for the club members to determine in a future meeting what they will do in the future.”

The decision was made to shut to club immediately after the proposals were explained to attending members at the recent annual meeting.

Mr Todd added that any funds left over from the sale could go towards getting another club in the future.

● Were you a member? What do you think of the closure? Call the news room on 01263 513160 or email nnn.news@archant.co.uk.

5 comments

  • when clubs and pubs are charging £3+ for a pint of beer and people can go to any supermarket and get 12 bottles of premium beer for less than £10 (six pints on average) then what chance do clubs and pubs have unless they offer food or other entertainment at reduced prices. the smoking ban didn't help but it wasn't the death knell the recession and unemployment has made things so tight financially for people they are counting every penny they spend so the supermarket will always win in the end with its cheap beer and spirits.

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    MrB

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • The smoking ban killed the hospitality trade and has deepened the recession. Ban 20% of the population from accessing clubs, pubs and other places of entertainment and a big hole is created in the economy. A common sense approach would have been to allow landlordsstewards the choice of being allowed to cater for their smoking customers. There will be a lot more suffering severe hardship.

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    cynical

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • Ever since the smoking ban pubs and clubs have been closing in their thousands. They are still closing in their thousands and will continue to do so until amendments are made to the ban. Supermarkets have been selling cheap booze for decades.

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    chas winfield

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • But they've never worried about selling beer at lower prices than pubs for all those years, have they? What goes around comes around.

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    Mylen1um

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • yes they sell beer at slightly lower prices then pubs, but then they are only allowed by law to admit members & their guests, unlike pubs. With up to 12 pubs & clubs closing in the UK every week, it's a sad situation where we are losing important places for people to socialize. Pubs & clubs have co-existed in towns around the UK for decades and are not seen by many in the trade as direct competition, but rather compliment each other.

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    sheringhamlocal

    Friday, September 14, 2012

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