Ex-working men's club given new lease of life as a community centre
A former working men's club is enjoying a new lease of life as a community centre.
Hugglescote Working Men's Club, near Coalville, which has been open since the 1920s, changed its name and status to a social club at the start of the year.
The move, on the advice of Newby Castleman chartered accountants, allowed it to save money while opening its doors to the wider community.
Bob Watson, of Hugglescote Social Club, in Dennis Street, said: "Since the club's heyday several decades ago, we had gradually experienced a big decline in membership.
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"We found that we were having to pay expensive affiliation fees to the Working Men's Club and Institute without getting many new members through the door to pay for them.
"We'd heard another working men's club had made a successful transition to a social club, so with Newby Castleman's guidance we were able to make this move ourselves.
"Without being restricted by the many rules and regulations of working men's clubs, we've been able to open the facility to everyone in the community which has really benefited us.
"Our membership has increased by 5 per cent in the first six months alone."
David Hastings, partner at Newby Castleman's Loughborough office, said: "To have remained as a working men's club would have cost this organisation valuable funds.
"Changing its status has been the catalyst for a new lease of life."