Festive fun at club saved by villagers

NMAC11-3453-1'Youngsters enjoy a Christmas party held at the Selston working Men's Club which has been saved by the villagers and is being used for the community again.
NMAC11-3453-1'Youngsters enjoy a Christmas party held at the Selston working Men's Club which has been saved by the villagers and is being used for the community again.

A TEAM of volunteers brought the Christmas spirit to their village after holding a bumper festive event at the working men’s club they have worked hard to save from closure.

A huge Christmas party was held for the youngsters of Selston at its working men’s club, on Recreation Street, which has had its fortunes turned around after being under threat of closure due to falling income over recent years.

A group of dedicated volunteers who make up the club’s committee have been working tirelessly throughout 2011 to make sure that the club does not close its doors.

Committee member Andy Barker said that a number of new faces stepped forward for the roles in an effort to save the much-loved facility.

They decided that the club could only survive if it was run more like a business, and since then opening hours have increased and the range of activities on offer has grown.

Said Andy: “Since then its gone from strength-to-strength.

“We have made a lot of alterations to the club so it’s more like a pub atmosphere than an old working men’s club.

“We have knocked the back room through, put soft seating in, got a pool table and Sky television and made an outdoor patio area.”

Thanks to the changes more and more local people have signed up to be members and started going to the club on a more regular basis.

It is also somewhere where all sections of society can come to be entertained and socialise – and the young people of Selston had a brilliant time at the Christmas party.

Deborah Hughes, who helps the committee to run the club, said: “The party went very well.

“We think over 70 children attended in the end – they loved Santa and each child received a present.

“There were plenty of party games to use up the children’s energy and likewise for the committee, who were quite worn out at the end of it!”

Andy said that the festive event was such a success they are already planning next year’s party.

And the good thing about such events is that it introduces people who may never have been in before to the club and what it has to offer.

He said: “If new people come in and enjoy themselves, then maybe they will come back.

“I still think there’s a lot of people in the village who don’t use it but the aim is to let people know it’s there and then use it.”

And because the working men’s club is attracting more people through the door, the committee are looking for more people to lend a hand and give up a bit of their time.

“The committee all work and sometimes struggle to give it the time we need,” added Andy.