Refurbished centre has been reopened
ACOMMUNITY centre with a long history has had an overhaul thanks to the efforts of its members.
Sutton Ex-Servicemen’s Club has been at the centre of village life in Sutton since the war, hosting events and functions and being a place for members and friends to drop in for a friendly welcome.
But the club has began looking tired and outdated over recent years and the committee wanted to do something about it.
They used what money they could from club funds and then set about holding other fundraising events and collecting donatins to get money together to refurbush the members lounge.
They have now proudly unveiled the lounge, with new tables, carpets, seating and painted walls.
The committee also won £10,000 from charity WREN for new gents toi- lets.
Joy Williams, chairman, said: “The club hadn’t been done for donkey’s years and we really needed to update it.
We’re really pleased with the new club and hope it will attract new people in to enjoy it.
“It is a great place to unwind, talk with friends, chew the fat with fellow locals and even watch the footy.
“It’s run as a non-profit organisation by a voluntary management committee and we open our doors to all, providing a warm welcome for all members of the community young and old.”
The next step will be to raise money to overhaul the function room.
The club premises was built, by voluntary contributions, in 1838 and was initially the site of the New Connexion Methodist Chapel.
Following the First World War and after being unused for many years two local businessmen bought the building and it became known as Sutton Ex-Servicemen’s Club.
During the Second World War the Government commandeered the building for various purposes and it was only in the late 50’s that the club took on its current guise.
Memberships are £10 per annum for adults and £5 per year for juniors and OAPs.
There are monthly events with regular pilates classes plus quiz and bingo nights and an annual flower show every September.
Family events are very popular.
Joy said: “As a member, you get the benefit of cheaper drinks than the pubs, cheaper event admission and cheaper room hire.
“The club is a great place to consider holding celebratory events and is available to hire at very competitive prices.
“I moved to Sutton five years ago as a single lady and I always found the club was somewhere I could go.
“If you’re new to the area, a long-standing local that hasn’t visited before or if you are just passing through please feel free to drop in – you will always be met with a warm welcome.”
A programme of Christmas events starts with mince pies in the club after the lights are turned on at The Pleasance at 6pm on Friday, December 2. Visit suttonclub.co.uk or call 07521 384818.
David Rutley, MP for Macclesfield, with his school visitors
Sutton Ex Servicemen’s Club has had a refurbishment