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Members of Cummins Social Club upset by closure threat

Cummins Social Club committee member Fred Wade and secretary, his son, Tim, are dissapointed that Cummins is withdrawing its financial support from the club.
Photo: MSMP141112-009ow

Cummins Social Club committee member Fred Wade and secretary, his son, Tim, are dissapointed that Cummins is withdrawing its financial support from the club. Photo: MSMP141112-009ow

Members of a social club committee say they are “upset and disappointed” at the news the building’s owner is withdrawing its support.

Last week, Cummins Generator Technologies, announced it would no longer be supporting the social club in Wharf Road, Stamford.

The firm, which also announced that it was axing 95 jobs, said it did not make financial sense to keep supporting it because it had been under-used for years.

The firm owns the building and matches the membership fee paid by its members.

Fred Wade, who has been a member of the club’s committee since it opened in the 1970s, said the club is well supported.

Mr Wade had to step down as secretary of the committee in October for health reasons and his son Tim took over the role.

Mr Wade, of Churchill Road, Stamford, said: “They called my son to a meeting and said they were going to shut it within six months.

“I am absolutely devastated because I am one of the founder members of the club. I would say 70 per cent of the club is against it.”

Mr Wade said he was disappointed there had been no consultation with committee members ahead of the meeting with his son, which happened on Monday last week.

Mr Wade, who worked at Cummins for 30 years and retired five years ago, said social events were held in the firm’s canteen before the club opened.

It is now open Monday to Sunday 7pm until 11pm and can also open for functions during the day.

Mr Wade said there are bingo evenings on Monday and Thursday and there are also poker, darts and dominoes leagues that run there.

The Stamford branch of the Royal British Legion also holds its monthly meetings there.

Mr Wade said: “We do get people there. I wouldn’t say it is brilliant all the time but I don’t think anywhere is at the moment.”

Mr Wade said he believed it would be “very difficult” for the committee to keep the club open without support from the business.

A spokesman for Cummins said the firm said it was in consultation with club members, who were looking for the best way forward, and could not add anything to last week’s statement.

 

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