Clubs’ trial augurs well for merger
The trial merger of the Matamata Club and the Workingmen’s Club has been such a success the trial may be shortened.
The trial started on May 29 and Matamata Club president Ivan Jenkins said ‘‘there has been nothing but good comments about it and no grizzles from my people’’.
He said he would like to think the trial won’t last 12 months if the two parties can come to an agreement.
Workingmen’s Club president Wayne Holmes said he would comment on how long the trial would last after it had been going for six months. He agreed that there had been very few grizzles, but acknowledged there were a few teething problems.
‘‘There is still a bit of an ‘us and them’ mentality and that is going to be hard to change, but it will change over time,’’ he said.
Once the trial is over the groups will discuss erecting permanent signage to show the Workingmen’s Club is now located at the Matamata Club.
The trial came about because Matamata Club needed more members and the Workingmen’s Club felt the pinch on their only revenue stream, selling alcohol, after tougher drink driving laws were brought in.