Women flock to ex men-only club

Jacqueline Morriss, John Bulwer, Angie Clark, Chris Kehoe and Alan Sear enjoy the new-look Fishermen's Club
Jacqueline Morriss, John Bulwer, Angie Clark, Chris Kehoe and Alan Sear enjoy the new-look Fishermen's Club

A THIRD of members at the Fishermen’s Club are now ladies after the long-standing men only rule was recently thrown out.

The Fishermen’s Club is allowing women to join as full members for the first time in the club’s 70-year history.

Women have previously only ever been accepted as associate members, but this month they became full members giving them voting rights and allowing them to attend the AGM.

The change was made after the club announced it was struggling financially and was on the brink of closure.

A number of changes, including a recovery plan, were implemented and the club is now starting to thrive once again.

Allowing women to become members is expected to make the club a success and it will also bring it into line with equality legislation.

And the ladies haven’t been slow in signing up.

New membership opened on January 3 when Jacqueline Morriss, Angie Clark and Chris Kehoe (pictured) were some of the first to join.

A third of those signing up have been ladies, including some new ones.

Richard Field, treasurer of the Fishermen’s Club, said, “Having ladies on the social committee has been a revelation.

“With their ideas, drive and commitment we have been able to regenerate a floundering club into one that is beginning to grow, thrive and develop into one people want to join.

“Financially it now has a solid base to pay its creditors, keep up to date with payment of invoices and an improving bank balance.”

The club is now opening to new members from the local area and will be taking and renewing subscription fees on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm throughout January.

Anyone wanting to join is asked to come along to any of the nights.