VILLAGERS have pulled together to save its social club from closure.
Glemsford Social Club, in Hunts Hill, has come close to closing down, ccording to its secretary Hugh Norris, but a recent Proms Event which attracted scores of people showed that the community does want to keep the facility open.
He said: “The event itself I consider a turning point in the fortunes of the club. For the last few years the club has been run to close - with no real thought other than sale of the land for housing.
“A new committee is slowly breathing life into the place and introducing new ideas to save the club from its self-destructive route.
“We still have a very long way to go but events like this are introducing new memberships and can only enhance the club’s chances of survival in the current climate of austerity and make it a true social facility for the whole village.”
Around 70 members and guests attended the club’s Last Night of the Proms Spectacular, featuring members of the Suffolk Opera, and Lisa Cheadle, a founder member of “Musicology”.
Added Mr Norris: “The audience were treated to a captivating evening of live music. A classical programme ranging from Rigoletto and La Traviata through to show tunes from Chicago and West Side Story provided the variety to satisfy all tastes.
“A standing ovation produced an encore to conclude the live performance before attention was turned on the audience who participated enthusiastically with flag-waving and horn blowing to a traditional last night finale.”
Mr Hugh said the new committee were inroads into rejuvenating the venue “which has to be seen to be of value to the village and not a working men’s club available only for a cheap beer.”
He said several groups hold regular events there, and bookings are being taken for next year. “There is now a higher confidence level in its chances of survival,” he said.
The £700 raised from the Proms Night, from a raffle with prizes from local businesses and a lucky programme draw, were recently presented to the Alzheimer’s Society.