A COMMUNITY club which suffered a devastating fire and faltering membership has been saved days before facing closure.
A new committee has taken over Helsby Ex-servicemen’s Club and plan to give the Mountain View meeting place a new lease of life, starting with an open day this weekend.
Chairman Neil Gibson said: “We want people to know the club is staying open, there has been a lot of rumours but we want to keep things going.
“Everyone is really upbeat, there’s 12 people on the committee now, all with interests in the different aspects of the club and everyone has an input. We will listen to everyone and try anything once.
“We are looking a things in a different way, we’ve spoken to the brewery and there going to be new drinks and new lines coming in.
“Helsby is a large village and there’s a lot of community spirit here and we are in the middle of it, hopefully people will start to use us more.”
The club – which has two snooker tables, three dart boards, a large lounge and a function room that can seat 120 people and hold 150 – has existed in Helsby for almost 100 years battling back from a devastating fire in 2007 to stay open.
“We are holding an open day on Saturday, July 4, from 12pm, featuring a tombola, raffles with prizes from local businesses, a BBQ and much more,” added Neil.
“We want to get people down and see what we are all about. There is lots of events planned, blue grass music, snooker, darts and bingo.
The next event will be a fashion show on Tuesday, July 7, entrance will cost £2. For more information ring 01928 722314.