Grantham Senior Citizens’ Club has been awarded a grant of £10,000 as part of its bid for a new building in the town.
The new building at the rear of the existing cinema will allow the club to remain near its existing site and make space for the proposed multiplex cinema on St Catherine’s Road.
The club was awarded the money by the Social Investment Business under the Community Assets and Services Grant scheme.
The grant will allow the club to move on to completing a full Business and Management Plan for the next five years. Public consultation meetings will be held in the library on Tuesday, March 11, and at the club on Thursday, March 13, at 10am.
The club’s Business Champion and Advisor, Ted Foxall, said this will be a major improvement in facilities for the club and establish it as an economic venue for carers and voluntary organisations to hold meetings. Managed by the Senior Citizens. they intend to hire out the premises on a cost basis to all local non-profit making organisations. While the voluntary sector will be given preference, commercial hirings will also be available at corporate rates to the public and organisations.
The senior citizens will continue to run whist, bingo, social events, indoor kurling and table-top sales as part of their social and fundraising activities. Voluntary groups who use the venue regularly will be offered a seat on the management committee.
The venue will have a stage for small productions and kitchen facilities for refreshments.
Club chairman Michael Bird said that the existing building opened by the then mayor, Councillor J H Foster, in 1965 has been managed and run by the club volunteers without any public funding. He also said that it was a temporary
building when erected and is now beyond modernisation and needs replacing.