The Fishermen’s Club, which nearly closed two years ago, is once again calling members to ‘use it or lose it’.
The Fishermen’s Club is the largest social club in Eastbourne but two years ago it came very close to closing.
The club on the seafront went into administration but Richard Field, a local guest house owner and member of the Fishermen’s, took it over and vowed to do all he can to keep the club open and functioning.
Mr Field produced a business and supporting action plan which was accepted by the members.
The plan not only aimed to secure the financial future of the club but made history by ensuring women became full members, in line with the equality laws.
Following this meeting, a new committee has been formed, of which 50 per cent are women.
Since then the club has continued to trade and membership has now grown to near the 1,000 mark.
Mr Field said, “However it has not been all plain sailing due to the current financial climate, previous bad publicity and other factors including the smoking ban which affects many similar establishments.
“The club is now trading as a profit making business, albeit a small one but needs to see an increase in membership and use of the club to improve facilities and future development.”
One of the most improved areas has been the function room which has been redecorated. Despite the good news, the club is still struggling financially, like many similar clubs in the current economic climate, with its bills and overheads.
A meeting at the beginning of August is expected to call on members to show more support for the club.
Mr Field said, “I believe the annual membership of £30 for under 65’s and £25 for 65 and over is very reasonable and more so when you consider what value for money this is; weekly ballroom dancing on Monday nights, line dancing twice a week, bingo twice a week, lunch time meals, live entertainment on Saturday nights, three snooker tables, pool and darts and an outside lawned area to enjoy a drink.”
The members only general meeting will be held at the Fishermen’s Club on August 6.
It will start at 7.30pm.
Mr Field said, “All full members are requested to make every effort to attend as the future of the Fishermen’s Club relies on the support of its members.”
The club is also appealing for new members to help secure its future and hopes more people will use the newly-refurbished function room.
Anyone interested in becoming a member, holding a meeting, wedding reception or any other celebratory event should call the club on 722664 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org