Re­fur­bished cen­tre has been re­opened

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES - KAREN BRIT­TON

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

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