Club opens doors for special charity event

Special Olympics SUS-140319-113613001
Special Olympics SUS-140319-113613001

The Fishermen’s Club in Royal Parade is throwing open its doors tomorrow (Saturday) for a special charity gig in aid of Special Olympics Eastbourne and Mencap.

The club is offering free entry and hoping to attract non-members to the packed programme of entertainment which begins at 5pm.

Bands due to be playing include The Alexanders, Smelley Men, Out of the Shadows, Chris the Rapper, University John, Doctors Orders, Brents Pack and ukelele band Bandos Buoros.

There will also be other acts and a special raffle as the club bids to raise vital money for the two charities.

Sponsorship has been arranged for the evening including from Erridge Carpentry, Coastline Windows, Eastbourne Rugby Club, Crosby Menswear (Seaford), Guy’s Painting and Decorating, Sussex Cars, The Laughing Gnome, DB Autos and Didac Foreign Language School.

The Fishermen’s Club struggled with financial difficulties in 2012/2013 with VAT and HM Customs both calling for outstanding bills to paid.

Two extraordinary general meetings were well attended when various options were discussed – with the club eventually facing a January 31 deadline to pay up or face possible closure.

That deadline was negotiated and a possible share option was agreed at one stage but that has proved too difficult to get off the ground.

Now a new proposal will be put to members at an extraordinary general meeting which will be held at the club on Tuesday, April 8 (7.30pm).

This is a members only meeting when a suggested refinancing will be the only item on the agenda.

Chairman Richard Field told The Herald that this would help clear the liabilities incurred by previous committees.

He said this would then allow the club to finance an improvement to the repair and refurbishment of the building in Royal Parade.

An optimistic Mr Field said that the club was beginning to turn the corner and had an increase in new members along with new initiatives for local community use.

He said it was now hosting Tai Chi on Monday afternoons, a weekly Tea Dance on Thursday afternoons and had also enjoyed increased use of its function room.

For details of the facilities available at the club, the entertainments programme and of subscriptions call 722664 or email