Members plea for help to save club

Change of Ownership: The United Services Club, Crown Square, Matlock.
Change of Ownership: The United Services Club, Crown Square, Matlock.
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CLUB members are rallying together against the sale of a central Matlock premises.

Members of the United Services Club, in Crown Square, have created a Facebook page calling for support in their campaign to save it.

‘Save Matlock United Services Club (Matlock) Ltd’ was set up by the club’s former treasurer Eileen Wild after she heard the Princess Buildings in which the club is housed had been sold at auction.

The building includes the club, which is upstairs, and a number of business premises below which are currently being leased.

The club was established in 1920 and the premises donated to it by Mr Holme.

Originally only servicemen and ex servicemen could be members, however rules have relaxed in recent years to allow for a wider membership.

Eileen said: “The club is for people – people are the club.

“It’s for the good of their social interaction, for friendship, for service men and ex service men - it’s a community.”

The building went to auction in May and was bought for £330,000 by Ken Rice, who owns the Black Hippo, in Bakewell Road.

Ken said he had no knowledge of any dispute among club members over whether it should have been sold, admitting that the knowledge of any such argument may have curbed his enthusiasm in buying it.

“We purchased it in good faith,” he commented.

Ken said he did not know what he was going to do with the building yet, but said he would consider leasing it back to the United Services Club.

The businessman said he thought it was unlikely that the Black Hippo would move from its current location.

Eileen said she and other members are currently in talks with a solicitor over what can be done over the sale of the property.

Club members will be holding a meeting this weekend to discuss the situation.

Further information on the campaign to save the club is available by visiting its Facebook page www.facebook.com/SaveMatlockUnitedServicesClub

We just want the management back in control.”

A solicitor on behalf of the members have been in contact with the club solicitor.

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It started off for service people and friends of service people.

Mr Holme donated the building to the united service club.

The club is for people, people are the club.

It’s for the good of their social interaction, for friendship, for service men and ex service men - it’s a community - it’s got it all

It should have parties for children because its a non profit organisation

It should be a major heart of Matlock