Social club ‘not under-utilised’

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The secretary of a social club threatened with closure has hit out at claims by the firm that supports it that the club is “under-utilised”.

Members of Cummins Social Club in Wharf Road, Stamford, were devastated to hear last month that Cummins Generator Technologies was withdrawing its support.

The firm, based in Barnack Road, Stamford, owns the clubhouse and matches the membership fees paid by its employees.

The firm said the club was “under-utilised”. But secretary Tim Wade disputed that claim.

He said: “The club is used by a lot of people. It is completely booked out for the rest of the year, is nearly full for January and has bookings into next year. We are fully booked for April.

“This year we have had 61 parties, three weddings, 10 christenings and a two-week summer school.

“Cummins themselves held 67 meetings at the club.

“Then we have bingo twice a week, a live pub poker league on Sundays, darts, dominoes and cribbage once a week.

“A knitting group meets at the club once a week and the Stamford branch of the Royal British Legion meets here.

“As you can see we have a lot of people in the community who use the club. Stamford doesn’t have another facility like it.

“We have support for the social club from a lot of people. We are demonstrating that people want us to continue to have the club.”

The club, which is open Monday to Sunday 7pm until 11pm, was started with the support of Cummins Generator Technologies in the 1970s.

Mr Wade queried how the firm had decided the club was under-utilised. He also said there had been a lack of communication between the firm and the club.

He added: “At no point has the company helped the social club with finding new premises or anything else.”

We asked Cummins to respond to Mr Wade’s comments, but no-one was available.

Members have started a petition to try and save their club. Anyone who wants to sign it can do so by visiting the clubhouse in Wharf Road.