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Sudbury Conservative Club could be set to close this month

STRUGGLING: Sudbury Conservative Club could be about to close, according to reports.

STRUGGLING: Sudbury Conservative Club could be about to close, according to reports.

Rumour is rife that, after more than 100 years in the town, Sudbury Conservative Club could be set to close at the end of the month.

There has been increased speculation that the club, which has been struggling to cope with a declining membership and increased competition for a number of years, would have to close.

Sources close to the organisation revealed this week that it could shut within a matter of weeks.

No-one from The Conservative Club was available for comment, however, a staff member, who asked not to be named, confirmed the club was looking to close at some point in May, but gave no definite date.

Peter Burgoyne, political agent for South Suffolk Conservative Association, denied this was the case, saying that a committee member had told him that no final decision had been made.

Mr Burgoyne said he knew membership had been declining and that the hours of the club had been cut back but added that any decision on its proposed closure was still “up in the air”.

“They are trying to organise a meeting with members to agree a way forward,” he told the Free Press.

“Any decision would have to involve the full membership in a general meeting.

“I don’t know exactly what is happening – there is nothing concrete as yet.”

Having stood for more than 100 years, Mr Burgoyne said it would be sad to see it close.

“It’s certainly a place with a lot of history and connections with Sudbury,” he said.

“It would be a loss to the town. Once these things are gone, they are gone.”

It is claimed that staff have been given their notice, while the uncertainty has forced the Sudbury branch of the Royal British Legion to move elsewhere.

Town councillor Ray Smith said he had spoken to a member of the club who had heard nothing of the closure.

 

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