Snooker club plans re­mem­brance open­ing

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

A SO­CIAL club set up to help sol­diers re­turn­ing from the First

World War is look­ing for new mem­bers.

The Twyford Snooker Club is hold­ing an open day on Novem­ber 11 after the an­nual Re­mem­brance ser­vice.

The club was gifted to men in the vil­lage in 1919 by the then vicar. He hoped it would be a place they could share and re­lax in after the war.

How­ever the build­ing, which is

165 years old, fell into dis­re­pair and a £56,000 ap­peal was launched to save it from crum­bling.

Club sec­re­tary, Mal­colm Ge­orge, said: “The hall was a for­mer Methodist chapel but it was gifted to the men of Twyford and over the years ladies were also ad­mit­ted.

“The first thing that needed done was a new roof and other ex­te­rior work has now made it wa­ter­tight.

“We have raised about half of the money we need and are now work­ing on the in­te­rior.”

Any­one over 16 can ap­ply for mem­ber­ship and are given their own key.

“We ex­tend an open in­vi­ta­tion for peo­ple to come and see for them­selves on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11 from noon un­til 3pm,” added Mal­colm.

“There will be tea and light re­fresh­ments. Our aim is to have the build­ing brought right up-to-date by

July next year which will mark the

100th an­niver­sary of it be­ing do­nated to Twyford.”

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