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Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:04:46


A report on Alvechurch Sports & Social Club by its vice president, Karl Farrell.

Since my last article about the club, in September 2014, it’s pleasing to report that further solid progress has been made. 

For those new to Alvechurch, the club is situated just opposite the doctors’ surgery and is a CIU-affiliated (Club & Institute Union) club, run and owned by its members. 

Since the mid 1970s about two thirds of such clubs have either folded or changed status to become privately owned. 

The AS&SC is bucking this trend, not just by surviving but by investing in and improving the club’s infrastructure. 

Repairs, refurbishments and redecorating have been made possible not only by the fact that a healthy surplus has been made over the last two financial years, but also by members volunteering their labour in many instances. 

All the debts from three years ago have been paid and we now have a bit of money in the bank.

These are varied and include :-
* Weekly men’s & ladies’ darts teams
*  Snooker teams (four last season)
*  Quiz night on Thursdays
*  Wargames Club (usually Mondays – l see the ‘Alvechurch Templars’ 
*  Facebook page)
*  Monthly poker tournament (first
*  Saturday of the month)
*  Pool team (Wednesdays)
*  Karaoke on Sundays
*  Acoustic Roots live music evening l 10 times a year
*  Themed Discos
*  Occasional band evenings.

The club is officially recognised as such by both the Alvechurch Parish and Bromsgrove District Councils. 

Illustrative of this status is the sharing of the club’s car park with villagers, (very handy if visiting the doctor or nearby shops).

In addition, monthly meetings are held at the club by the Ex-Services Association and Alvechurch Community Choir. There’s also a well-established nursery operating Monday to Thursday during school term times. 

Any charity organisation holding a fundraising event is granted FREE use of the function room. (It’s also worth mentioning that during the past month, more than £350 in members’ donations has been sent to local charities such as the Air Ambulance and the Primrose Hospice.)

Besides being able to take part in many of the above activities, members enjoy low-priced drinks (e.g. Carling is still £3 a pint), a huge reduction for hiring the function room (£30 instead of £100), the use of two snooker tables and the FREE use of a tournament-standard pool table.

For 2017 the annual membership fee has been reduced to £10; new members pay an extra £3.50 for CIU registration (this is a legal requirement).

If you would like to join the club, please pick up an application form from the bar staff, leave a message on the Facebook page (‘Alvechurch Sports & Social Club’), or ring during opening hours on 0121 445 2121.

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