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Working Men's Club Will Be A Shadow Of Its Former Self

Tuesday May 21 2013

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A WORKING men's club in Athersley will be a shadow of its former self after being taken over by Samuel Smith's Brewery, according to a unionist.

Manny Road Club, as it's known, closed in February and members were told it would re-open this month.

Ken Green, Barnsley branch secretary of the Working Men's Club and Institute Union (CIU), was among those fighting to keep it open and preserve its status as a working men's club.

But on Tuesday a meeting took place at the club to de-register it and hand it over to Sam Smith's.

Mr Green said: "It was just a formality. Only 30 people attended compared to previous meetings where 300 people campaigned for the club to stay as it is.

"The members used to own it but now they will have no say in it. It's no longer their club, it's a proprietary club where Sam Smith's take the profit.
"The members should have done something a long time ago. The club has been allowed to run into the ground."

Mr Green claimed he was given the impression the debts were £140,000 when the CIU were called in by the committee two days before it closed.

Once popular for bands, the club will no longer have live music, dances or entertainment such as live sporting events on TV.

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Reply Posted by andy on Tuesday May 21 2013 at 09:44
easy - dont bother going in :)

Reply Posted by Phil on Tuesday May 21 2013 at 09:47
Mr Green,how could members have done something about it when they were not informed of the club's dire circumstances?.From making a supposed profit on the balance sheet the year previously to closing with massive debts this year.If you were informed 2 days prior to closing you got 2 days notice more than us members!!The reason the club shut was because it was badly run,poor entertainment,unruly visitors and crap lager

Reply Posted by Mike hunt on Tuesday May 21 2013 at 10:04
How's no entertainment going to turn around the fortunes ? Should do what the acorn dose with its managers allow drugs and filth to come in !

Reply Posted by suzie Q on Tuesday May 21 2013 at 10:25
the members never owned it. the only reason the club got shut down and run into the ground is because its been run by dodgy committee men robbing the machines and the bingo money for years. make no wonder they carnt go out unless in a taxi or with someone so they have a witness if anything happens to them. they did the crime and you mr green knows everyone of them, ist now time for them to face upto what they have done and for the punishment to handed out!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by kip on Tuesday May 21 2013 at 10:53
I am absolutly fuming by the statement from Mr Ken Green putting the blame on the shoulders of the members for the clubs closure.Not one member was informed or new the true financial situation ,no meeting was called and they carried on trading for three nights with the knowledge that Samsmiths was due to close it down.They even let the staff continue working and walked away owing unpaid wagers.Is this the way honest people who have nothing to hide live.Why did they refuse the unpaid help offered to them by an auditor to handle the financial running of the club,because the elusive books would tell a story.So just sit back and wait for the axe to fall,they are not home and dry yet.

Reply Posted by cynthia on Tuesday May 21 2013 at 14:32
Well i am appauled, by what i have just read !!!!............... this so called Mr Green talks out of his backside............. if it wernt for the loyalty of athersley members all these years the club would have closed down along time ago, the contributions from members help with kids trips with pocket money for years and also OAP outings...... all this was stopped by the commitee men, and now we know why cos the money went in their pockets instead............... the residents of Athersley dont like to be cheated on and made fools of, so this wont be forgotten for a long time.............. my condolences to each and every member who have tried so hard to save the club, my heart go's out to you......... unfortunately for Sam Smith's they are onto a loss !!!

Reply Posted by andy s on Tuesday May 21 2013 at 17:24
greedt dolite comitee have sunken this ship,we all kno who they are

Reply Posted by observer on Wednesday May 22 2013 at 01:39
the committee...or ex committee...should now be brought to task. and investigated as to where the money as gone. who was paid what. and when. if these people were cabinet ministers, there would be an outcry. if these people are found guilty. they should be pun ished accordingly. and shamed by the local people who trusted them with the finances of the club.

Reply Posted by kip on Wednesday May 22 2013 at 09:54
Hi,I just hope that the powers that be at the chronicle,are taking note of the comments made above and maybe print a reaction from members regarding comments made by Mr Green.And there is another one for the record.One or more of the sceaming officials have not signed over to the new owners of the club,which is delaying the reopening.Maybe by doing so they then become liable for past financial wrongdoings,I dont think the V.A.T man will let them get away with owing them £20,000 do you.Or the £6,000 owed to the hygiene company among others.Or is that the fault of members Mr Green?.

Reply Posted by Stacey on Thursday May 23 2013 at 12:12
I Totally agree that Mr Green 's statement is out of order. I also agree that it was wrong that the committee did'nt tell the members of the clubs state of affairs. but there is something in the statement by Mr Green That is completly wrong to me. he says at the meeting held tuesday there was only 30 people there (there was more like 60) and on top of that he states they were over 300 at the previous meetings. if those 300+ used the club every week then maybe they wouldnt have been a problem. i was a member and i admit i dint use it every week because of work commitments. for the last few years its been the die hard 40-50 members using it on a daily basis. now i come to the fact that people continue to speculate amounts that was owed to different companies when none of us truly know exactly how much was owed to who. so why keep speculating?

Reply Posted by Phil on Friday May 24 2013 at 14:40
Any comments Mr Green or Mr Kelk?

Reply Posted by mark on Saturday May 25 2013 at 11:26
mr green what were your comments directed at? because i cannot see any reason for these blatant lies other than trying to make the reopening fail!!!

300 members attended the last meeting does that not tell a story?
if the clubs was run correctly and proper decent entertainment was arranged then
the custom is in place, but the customers need a reason to attend.

do sams smiths really believe opening the tap room up will bring customers back and bring the club back to former glories?

Reply Posted by phil on Saturday May 25 2013 at 11:30
Will we be seeing a balance sheet for year 2012 - 2013?

Reply Posted by Bob on Saturday May 25 2013 at 19:45
I hope it never opens again be good if it ends up like wellie also why u all boverd it a dive anywayand the nowt wrong wi acorn tossers

Reply Posted by John on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 13:46
@Mike Hunt...where on earth do you get your info from? The acorn doesn't allow drug, anyone caught using them are barred and if anyone starts a fight they are barred too...but you go drinking in manny road or new lodge club with all others who like watered down ale, leaves good stuff for rest of us, would make sense if beer were loads cheaper at clubs but its not.