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Hundreds Turn Up For Working Men's Club Meeting

Thursday April 18 2013


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ABOUT 300 people turned up to a special general meeting to discuss the sudden closure and possible reopening of Athersley Social Working Men's Club.

There are now plans to form a new committee to run the Mansfield Road-based club following a vote by members at the meeting on Tuesday.

It also saw members of the committee resign, including secretary Dave Martin, president Trevor Smith, treasurer Len Holler, and one of the trustees.

Members plan to hold another meeting - the date of which is still to be decided - in order to officially remove the men from the committee.

The emergency meeting comes after the club closed suddenly in February amid financial difficulties, and members expressed their anger at being kept in the dark about the situation.

Many members said it was one of the best working men's clubs in the region but felt the committee was to blame for its downfall, claiming it had been 'poorly run'.

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Reply Posted by pat on Friday April 19 2013 at 10:16
A meeting to be held Tuesday 23rd at the club membership cards to be shown.Please attend as the truth will be revealed.

Reply Posted by mark on Friday April 19 2013 at 16:58
why do we need membership cars pat? i for one stopped going in club because of the committee, and i know there are many many more just the same! i told all my friends that i would never set foot in the club as long as the committee were still in power. hence we dont have membership card anymore.

Reply Posted by mark on Friday April 19 2013 at 16:58
why do we need membership cars pat? i for one stopped going in club because of the committee, and i know there are many many more just the same! i told all my friends that i would never set foot in the club as long as the committee were still in power. hence we dont have membership card anymore.

Reply Posted by andy s on Friday April 19 2013 at 18:01
yhe truth will be revealed eh! bet not the half of it will ever be known

Reply Posted by wayne on Friday April 19 2013 at 20:01
i also have not got a membership card,i was a member for over 10 yrs and i also stopped attending because of the committee. please comment if you are in the same situation as me and mark, it would be good to know how many actually stopped going into the club because of how poorly it was run.

Reply Posted by Hawk eye. on Friday April 19 2013 at 20:33
It's not surprising the previous committee allegedly took you for a ride.

Reply Posted by pat on Sunday April 21 2013 at 12:56
Regarding the membership card issue,I believe that its the committee for what ever reason as put that forward.But Samsmiths as called the meeting so just turn up,we where asked to show cards at the last meeting but nobody asked for them.I was just repeating what was printed in the chronicle.Every one as a right to attend as its in the interest of all to find out (I hope) that this committee is to blame for this situation and I sincerly hope hope they can be made to pay for what they have done.

Reply Posted by bill on Monday April 22 2013 at 10:00
What about the members that did not have a chance to pay their substription for this year due to the club closing,that makes them unfinancial preventing them from entry.Are they going to stop them from attending the meeting(I dont think so) This fiasco is down to the mismanagement of the committee,and as we have no doubt lost our club,they have no longer got the power to prevent anyone attending.

Reply Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday April 24 2013 at 19:27
All they are is lieing, thieving scum. Getting paid for dutys when they all on social. As the social been informed?

Reply Posted by observer on Wednesday April 24 2013 at 22:01
i hope the committe are interviewed and scrutonised by someone in authority. and if thought to have had wrong doings at the club re finances etc. they should be made to pay it back. or serve a sentence. members put the trust in club committees.