New Widcombe Social Club plans move ahead with student housing and shop
Plans are moving ahead for the building of a new social club in Widcombe.
The current Widcombe Social Club, at the end of Widcombe Parade, is in a state of disrepair, and to restore it to a fit state would have cost more than £500,000.
Its committee decided to build a new club on the lower part of its current site and have signed an agreement with Bristol based property company Iesis, which will create new student accommodation on the top floor.
Building work is scheduled to take place throughout this year, with the new club premises ready for reopening in the first half of next year.
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Club president Sir Peter Hendy said: “After a period of research and negotiation we are now able to plan with confidence for the re-opening of this important and much-loved local organisation. The turnaround in the club’s prospects has been amazing. A few months ago the club’s financial situation and the problems of an ageing building could have meant that we had to close forever.”
The redeveloped club will have a bar and catering facilities for daytime and evening use, two skittle alleys, pool tables and multiple darts boards, a performance space to accommodate 180 people seated, a kitchen and a plant room.
It would also include a small shop, with the top floor accommodating studio flats for students.
Iesis managing director Iestyn Lewis said: “This unusual arrangement is a happy case of win-win.
“It will provide much needed renewal and accommodation in this area of Bath and at the same time preserve and support the club as an important part of the community.”
The club’s committee is asking for suggestions for future plans and offers of help and advice, email email@example.com or write to The WSC Committee, c/o Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA.
Further updates on the club redevelopment can be found at www.widcombesocialclub.co.uk.