Bright future ahead for Harrowby Social Club in Grantham - if it is used

Harrowby Social Club in Grantham.
Harrowby Social Club in Grantham.
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“Use it or lose it” is the message sounding from the new owner of Harrowby Social Club, who has stepped into the breach to save the Grantham club from closure.

But in order to keep the club going people must support it, says Ian Weatherstone, who is also chairman of Harrowby United Football Club.

He agreed a deal with creditors to keep the debt-laden club open for business. Had it not been rescued from its financial difficulties, the future of recently reinstated Harrowby United FC would have been thrown into doubt.

He said: “Harrowby United has been doing very well in the league. We would have lost all that if the social club had failed.”

As a team in the United Counties League, the football club is required to have a clubhouse and facilities for players and visiting teams.

Ian hopes to inject the life back into the club as a community venue and has a 12-month business plan to get it back on track.

A key move will be live entertainment on Saturday evenings by a variety of tribute acts and local bands.

An outdoors Party in the Park-style event on the pitch is also on the cards.

Meanwhile, the club will be promoted as a venue for functions such as birthday parties, christenings and wakes. It can hold up to 140 people.

Ian said: “The social club is the hub of the community. If we lose the social club it will never come back.

“We need that community spirit up here. The Cherry Tree has closed so it’s an important facility for that area.”

Annual membership to the club is £12 for a family of four. On the door charges apply to non-members.

l The official re-launch of Harrowby Social Club, in Dickens Road, is on Friday, January 25, with entertainment by an Adele tribute act.

Tickets are £8 available by calling Ian on 07554 663641.

Potential future entertainers or bands can also call Ian.