Club warns village: use us or you lose us

Pictured (L-R) are Fikret Kabul, Brian Elwell and Jill Elwell of Goldthorpe Reform WMC.
Pictured (L-R) are Fikret Kabul, Brian Elwell and Jill Elwell of Goldthorpe Reform WMC.

The oldest working men’s club in Goldthorpe faces an uncertain future unless villagers pull together to keep it up and running, claim bosses.

Although it has survived thanks to the loyalty of 200 plus members and uptake of its function room, the stewards and committee of the 104-year-old Reform Working Men’s Club warn it is struggling to keep going.

Stewardess Jill Elwell, 49, her Turkish husband (and club steward) Fikret Kabul and Jill’s father, committee stalwart Brian Elwell, 65, told how constant repairs to the building add to issues shared by similar premises battling to keep open to serve communities.

“The roof blew off recently. We can’t get cash grants like some community buildings and people need to know that they must use us...or lose us,” said Mr Elwell.