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Basford Hall Miners’ Welfare Social Club goes into liquidation – but it could still reopen

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Basford Miners’ Welfare Social Club has officially gone into liquidation – but members remain confident over the club’s future.

Basford Hall Miners’ Welfare Social Club Ltd was responsible for running the club and bar activities at the venue – and it has been liquidated.

That’s not to be confused with Basford Hall Miners’ Welfare Centre, an independent charity governed by its own trustees, which owns the land and buildings on the site.

The charity will remain operational, and members are looking at ways in which the club itself can run again.

The club in Goldcrest Road closed on January 10 and members were left ‘disgusted’.

Club Josie Hart, 74, from Aspley, said she was optimistic a new club can open within the old building.

She said: “Fingers crossed, hopefully we will be able to open our club again – I think we might have just done it, we’ve lost a few battles but we’re winning the war.

“We’re waiting for three new trustees to be voted on, and we’re drawing up a business plan so we can reopen.

“Along with the two existing trustees, we can then reopen with investors and then we’ve got things to set up.”



Josie Hart, 74, of Aspley, pictured outside Basford Hall Miners' Welfare Club
Josie Hart, 74, of Aspley, pictured outside Basford Hall Miners’ Welfare Club

A meeting will take place at Headstocks Pub in Bagnall Road, Bulwell, at 6.30pm on Thursday, February 17, where an update will be announced.

Ms Hart said: “We plan to open as a family club where people can bring families in, not just for people over the age of 25.

“We’re going to have a completely different outlook, and we’ve got a lot of plans and people who want to use the club.

“This won’t be open just at night-time but during the day, too.”

It comes after club regulars protested outside the offices of CISWO, The Coal Mining Charity, on March 2 to complain against the closure of the venue.

Demonstrators, who gathered outside the offices in Berry Hill Lane, Mansfield, said they felt let down, claiming that they had not been consulted over plans for the future of the building.



Marian Scott and Josie Hart, right, pictured alongside other Basford Hall Miners' Welfare club members as they protest outside CISWO offices in Berry Hill Lane, Mansfield.
Marian Scott and Josie Hart, right, pictured alongside other Basford Hall Miners’ Welfare club members as they protest outside CISWO offices in Berry Hill Lane, Mansfield.

CISWO has said its role was to support the delivery of charitable outcomes of the charity, not for commercial activities, and that it had been working with trustees of the charity to move forward with their options.

A CISWO spokesman said: “We are working with charity to help them recruit new trustees to find a way forward, including how facilities can continue to be used for the local community.”

Regulars were previously told that they would have to raise £30,000 in order to keep the venue afloat.

Members later said there were two realistic scenarios for the future of the club.

One was to try and fight the liquidation and the other for members to wait for the liquidation process to be dealt with, and the for the club to start again as a new entity.

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