Campaign is on to save club

Eastwood and District Victory Club
Eastwood and District Victory Club

An Eastwood man has taken it upon himself to try and save the town’s Victory Club from closure.

On hearing takings were down and the club could go under, Tony Rowland met with owners Greene King, who have taken the for sale board down and given him until February to turn things around.

Helped out by Eastwood councillor Keith Longdon, Mr Rowland is promoting the club and asking committee members to stop claiming expenses as part of his campaign to turn a profit.

Club member Mr Rowland – who has volunteered for cleaning duties at the club – decided to take things into this own hands after he was approached by the Bingo players there.

He only met with the brewery firm two weeks ago, but has already seen improvements.

“I’ve now got five bookings between now and Christmas so we are getting bookings and getting things sorted,” he said,

“It is still trading, and we want people to know that the room is there to hire at no cost.”

Community groups who meet during the day may have to pay a small fee, as they will not be using the bar.

Bingo is played Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and there is entertainment on each Saturday.

Eastwood Victory Club in Walker Street opened in September 1925 and was given to the Navy and the people of Eastwood.