Fresh hope despite club closure

Secretary Lesley McGee pulls a list pint at Norcross Social Club
Secretary Lesley McGee pulls a list pint at Norcross Social Club
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The last pint has been pulled at Norcross Social Club.

The club on the Department for Work and Pensions site on Norcross Road has closed its doors after 61 years serving the community and site staff.

Committee members and regulars said it was a sad day yesterday but were delighted with a strong turnout for a farewell party on Saturday.

Chairman Peter McNally said: “It is a sad day. There’s been a lot of ill feeling about it.

“It did come as a hell of shock when we found out it would have to close.”

The club, which had around 300 active members and saw more than 1,200 through its doors each year, has been forced to close as the civil service site transfers 1,200 workers to other sites.

Attempts were made by the club’s parent body, the Health and Safety Recreational Association (HASRA), to find funding for a new home on the club’s existing sports grounds but to no avail.

The club had been home to various sporting and hobby clubs, hosted a variety of events and acts in the Brierly Suite and was a staunch supporter of Trinity Hospice, raising thousands for the charity.

Secretary Lesley McGee added: “People are sad, it’s the heart of the community.”

Members of Norcross Social Club are embarking on a new venture.

Current member Dave Perry is leading a group taking over the old Phoenix Club, on Fleetwood Road, to be the New Norcross.
He said: “We decided to take on the venture when we found out the club was closing and we wouldn’t get a new build from HASRA.”

Following investment of around £10,000 it is hoped the club will open in October.

To join contact Dave Perry on 07919 101271