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Welbeck miners welfare closed

Postby Magic » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:51 pm

The Welbeck miners welfare club has gone into voluntary administration.

Although its closure has been on the cards for some time it's always sad to see a business go under. Many people have happy memories of parties and events taking place in there. It does feel quite like the end of an era.
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Re: Welbeck miners welfare closed

Postby Wizard » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:47 am

In reality, the club should have closed 3 or 4 years ago.
It has plodded on through the difficult times trying to make ends meet, but it just kept on losing money year on year.
It is sad to see such a fine place close down, but it is a sign of the times.
Years ago, people worked together and socialised together.
Those days are long gone, and the welfare just could not survive on the takings of the few people who used it.
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Re: Welbeck miners welfare closed

Postby BigAl » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:50 am

I agree it should have closed years ago. Even the beer was never a patch on the pint kept in the Lions since the days of Jo and Joy as landlords.
Used to enjoy the Monday night disco in the old days though and the odd game of snooker ( when you could get on the table )
The place was always too "clicky" for me.
Screw the padded room, give me a trampoline floor with bubble wrapped walls and a velcro ceiling.
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Re: Welbeck miners welfare closed

Postby Caz » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:59 am

I have some happy memories of the place too. Al, the Monday night disco was known as Yellow River and was very popular with teenagers in the late sixties, early seventies. The Welfare also used to hold summer gala days on the playing field, which were always well organised and good fun.
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Re: Welbeck miners welfare closed

Postby Magic » Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:03 pm

It is no more, just a dusty pile of rubble now.

Do wonder if there is any asbestos in that dust cloud though! :lol:
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Re: Welbeck miners welfare closed

Postby Westmorland » Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:05 pm

As the name implies, these buildings were built for the welfare of the Miners and their families, they were places they could go for a drink after a days work, take the wife for a night out, with most putting on a variety of entertainment especially at the weekends and of course children were catered for as well. Often or not during the summer there would be outings to the seaside arranged and children's Christmas parties.

Of course since the decline of the mining industry, the right to buy scheme of the 1980s, the demographics of these once closely knotted communities have changed, with many new people buying houses who have no connection with the mining industry and therefore do not have the same nostalgia and allegiance for the welfare.

Its not just happened in Meden Vale but all over and those that are still open are not making a profit. Church Warsop Miners Welfare was sold on, Londgen Terrace Miners Welfare is fighting for survival in a competitive market for customers in Warsop.
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