Desperate plea to save Spixworth Social Club ahead of its 40th anniversary
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Members of a struggling social club fear it could be forced to close before its 40th anniversary in November.
Spixworth Social Club has served as a popular destination for generations of villagers since it opened in 1976. But a significant drop in earnings in recent months has left the premises on Crostwick Lane facing an uncertain future.
Committee members are now appealing for people living within the village to show their support before it is too late.
Chairman Neil Hastings, 46, said: 'We just want people to rally round and help by popping in for a couple of beers, because it will be such a shame if we lost it.
'There is a very big chance the club won't make it to its 40th anniversary and we are having to look at whether we can stay open each week, that is how bad it has got.'
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The club, which has around 400 members, needs to make between £3,000 to £4,000 per week to be 'comfortable', Mr Hastings added.
It boasts cheap beer, two bars, pool tables and a large outdoor play area for children to use.
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Committee members also host regular quiz nights, karaoke and live music events every month.
But Mr Hastings said it was still not enough to get people coming through the door.
'Whether it is down to the overall financial situation, I don't know' he said. 'But our membership has dropped off even though the village is getting bigger.'
The club was opened as an addition to the village hall on November 20 1976, after a committee secured £4,500 in loans to fund it.
Since then, it has become a popular spot for generations of families and sports clubs within Spixworth.
Yvonne Bradford, secretary, has been working at the social club since it opened.
She said: 'I would be devastated if it closed, because so many people put in so much effort to get this off the ground.
'My children used to come here and then my grandchildren. I only started to help it get going, but I ended up staying over the years.'
The committee is urging all of its members to attend an AGM on September 19 at 8pm to discuss the club's future.
Should the club make it to its 40th anniversary in November, the committee hopes to host a party on the 19th.
Plans for the night include briefly reverting beer prices back to how they were in 1976, with lager costing 24p.
Annual membership to the club costs £10 for adults, and £5 for people between 16 and 18. Members' children get in for free.
For more information, visit www.spixworthsocialclub.co.uk