Victory Club to be flattened for homes

Members have been fighting to keep the Victory Club open for two years
Members have been fighting to keep the Victory Club open for two years

After two years of campaigns to keep open Eastwood’s Victory Club, the venue could now be demolished to make way for 12 new homes.

Planning for the site has been submitted to Broxtowe Borough council aiming to knock down the historic building, which has been home to social events in Eastwood for the past 90 years.

Plans for the Victory Club site could see 12 new homes

Plans for the Victory Club site could see 12 new homes

The council is now in consultation stages, reviewing plans submitted by property firm CJS Developments, to build “12 bungalows, access to road and associated landscaping”.

Andrew, 54, said he had hoped the club would re-open one day.

He added: “I was a member there for a years and years, and I have a lot of memories there. It’s been there since I was a little kid. The pool team always won championships every year, they put film shows on and we had Bingo every Friday.

“I always understood that if anything was to ever happen to that club that another one had to be put back on the site.

Richard Williams, 96, was the club’s oldest member, and he told the Advertiser he was incredibly sad when he lost the venue where he’d been playing bingo every Friday night for 50 years.

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The retired miner, of Larkfield Road, Nuthall said: “It’s a friendly place and I have seen some very good entertainment there such as local singer Dave Betton.”

For many of Richard’s fellow members, the Bingo at the Victory club was their only social event all week.

The club came under threat in 2013 and after a fierce campaign by members to try and make it profitable, it was sold by owners Greene King and shut for good in July last year.

The applicant’s agent said in the application: “The site is presently derelict and the current building is no longer fit for purpose.

Ultimately, the applicant wanted to “create a high quality residential scheme which provides accommodation suitable for the elderly within walking distance from Eastwood town centre”.

Public consultation ends on March 3, plans can be viewed on the council’s website.