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Calder Vale club calls on the community to help shape its future

Posted on - 27th May, 2024 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Garstang, Preston News, Pubs, Wyre News
Calder Vale Community Hub wants to be more than just a place to have a drink. Pic credit: Calder Vale Community Hub.

Supporters of a former working men’s club in Calder Vale, near Garstang, are calling on the local community for their help and support in shaping its future.

Calder Vale Community Hub has just been registered as a Community Benefit Society (CBS), meaning that it is for the benefit of the community, not its members.

Club secretary Vincent Holme said he and other volunteers had battled to save the club and were now keen to give its image an overhaul.

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He told Blog Preston: “The first thing we need is an everyday name for the business such as, for example, ‘The Flying Shuttle, Shop, Cafe and Tap’, and come up a shortlist of five possible names.

“We also need to invite expressions of interest to quote for groundworks and the installation of ground source heat pumps.”

There has been a club in Calder Vale since 1968. Pic credit: Calder Vale Community Hub

Mr Holme said the club was originally established in 1968, with a concert room added in 1975.  Due to the success of this venture a new bigger club was built in 1991, but by the mid 1990s it had started to fall on hard times.

Mr Holme added: “Calder Vale is a small mill village and when the club was built a high proportion of the village residents worked at the mill.

“They used the club for their relaxation and socialisation, but over time less and less of the residents worked in the mill, the general population of the village has aged and the business model and facilities which the club provides are no longer that which is required by the community.

“Being a CBS gives us the opportunity to issue a community share offer and to apply for grants, so the hard work has really just started.

“Our plan is to develop the building in to a multi-functional community space featuring a shop, cafe, community room and a bar. We intend to move the business model away from a predominantly booze-based to something much more inclusive.

“We intend to extend the opening hours to welcome local families, dog walkers, ramblers and cyclists.”

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If you want to get involved or have ideas for the club, email caldervalecountryclub@gmail.com 

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