Helping a club in need

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SOCIAL clubs in need of support are being urged to look at all options to boost their membership and continue to thrive.

It follows a visit by Mark Menzies, MP for Fylde, to St Annes British Legion Club.

The club contacted The Gazette newspaper to express their concern about beer prices and other problems which are a major concern for clubs throughout the country.

So, keen to see the club thrive, Mr Menzies visited the club on Friday to speak to club official Dave Stones and offer his help.

Mr Menzies said: “It was a very positive and frank meeting with Dave and his daughter.

“The club is clearly a valued community asset and institution which I hope will thrive for many years.

“It is in a good position to do so as it appears it is in good hands.

“But every little helps and I was keen to try to help with the problems the club is facing.”

Mr Menzies will be trying to help the club explore funding to become more energy efficient while also looking at grant funding streams.

He also suggested a number of ideas to raise awareness of the club and engage with other community groups to increase usage of the facility.

Mr Menzies added: “Social clubs, sports clubs and others have undoubtedly been hit hard by the smoking ban, supermarket alcohol pricing and a myriad of other things.

“Many are tied into expensive contracts with breweries and have little room for manoeuvre.

“But the best clubs with the most active members will always survive and thrive.

“It’s a lot of hard work but there is help out there.

“I will be trying my best to assist the British Legion Club which makes both a tremendous contribution to the community as well as forces veterans via the British Legion.”

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