Stamford Corn Exchange gives a home to Cummins Social Club bingo nights

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A theatre has stepped in to provide a new home to groups and bingo players after a social club was forced to close its doors.

The Theatre Lounge bar at Stamford Corn Exchange, in Broad Street, will host the Cummins Social Club bingo nights from March 25.

Regulars at the nights, which are held every Monday and Thursday, were devastated in November when they learned the social club in Wharf Road would have to close.

Cummins Generator Technologies, which owns the clubhouse, decided to withdraw its support for the club in a bid to save money.

The social club committee began working to find a new homes for the bingo nights and the numerous clubs and organisations that hold their meetings in the clubhouse.

And this week it was confirmed that the Theatre Lounge bar will be the new home for the bingo nights.

Corn exchange manager Judith Mackie said: “The Theatre Lounge wasn’t being used to its full potential, especially at the start of the week.

“We had this space we could offer them so they could continue the bingo. We have a lift so access is really easy.

“We have also taken on some of the other groups that have meetings at the club.

“We wanted to support the community because there are so few places people can go to enjoy that sort of thing.”

The clubs that have already taken up the corn exchange offer include the Stamford Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes and a knitting club.

Judith said she was talking to several more clubs about taking on their meetings.

Cummins Social Club secretary Tim Wade said: “It’s great for the bingo players. A lot of people get out and see their friends there and don’t get out otherwise.”

Sadly nothing can be done to save the social club itself, and it will wind up on March 23.

The club has furniture to sell so if you are interested call into the clubhouse.