A new committee is relaunching Weaste and Seedley Social Club with a busy programme of events – and a warm welcome for anyone worried about rising energy bills.
The volunteer-led committee’s goal is to make the club a real community asset starting with providing a refuge from the cold for local people.
Sandra Quinn, new committee member and a regular in the club, said: “Everyone feels welcome, people have said they can see changes in cleanliness as well as the family-orientated nature.”
During the cost of living crisis, the club has also been a safe, warm and welcoming space for many locals in Weaste.
She said: “We get a lot of the older pensioners from round here coming in because they’ve said it’s so friendly and they feel safe.
“A place like this can be a lifeline. They can save on their heating bills because of the cold weather.”
Since taking over, the seven new committee members have organised charity events, including a Macmillan coffee morning, which raised more than £250.
The committee is also planning its own fundraising to keep the club running and pay for a new roof.
Ian Carberry, new committee member, has been attending the social club for several years and is eager to give it a new lease of life.
He said: “We want to make it more of a community space rather than just a social club. We’d like to have some mental health groups.
“Before we took over, there weren’t many events. I’ve been coming for years and now we do at least one a month.
“We are very family orientated. When we first took over we had a big barbecue and a jumble sale which raised some money.”
Next year, the club is going to be part of Langworthy Live.
Ian explained: “It’s a big thing for us. We’ve never done it before.
“For the day we’ll get six acts for free. It’s all different singers. We’re going to make it a festival vibe in here.”
The committee has started a Facebook page taking bookings for events including birthdays and christenings.
A club membership is £12 for the year but non-members are also welcome.
The club asks for a donation of £1 on the first drink purchased by non-members.
Ian added: “A pint is £3.50, and if you’re just paying an additional pound you’re still laughing.”
Club member Jordan Battye said: “I moved from Leeds four years ago, and the club has really made me feel part of the community and at home in Salford.”