THE PANDEMIC has been credited with helping secure the future of Leamington social club.
The Lillington Club, founded in 1905, was in debt before Covid struck and things were not looking good.
But with an all new committee at the helm the Lime Avenue club has completed a real rags to riches turn around and is preparing to start a £100,000 renovation project, including transforming the function room.
Club secretary Nikki Reading explained: “The club had to sell the stewardess house to raise funds, and our treasurer Geoff May managed to obtain over £90,000 in government grants during Covid.
“The pandemic is what has saved the club really. Afterwards a new committee was formed, including myself as secretary.
“Our new stewardess Sandie Baddeley with the help of her partner Andrew Teeder have bought a new lease of life to the club, and have recruited several new members taking our total to just under 400, meaning the club is now thriving.”
Once the function room is complete they plan on opening it up to the public to hire for events.
As well as sorting out things at home, members have also been busy collecting donations for Ukrainian refugees. Three members even made the 1,300 mile journey to deliver two vans full of supplies to Poland.
Nikki added: “Andrew Tedder, Paul Jones and Tom Boucher took supplies kindly donated from our members and the local community.
“They dropped all the donations of water, nappies, medical supplies to Poland at the Ukrainian boarder.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to Craig Potter from Gas Guzzlers who help getting the vans ready, Ann Potter from CrownPound for the Van signage, Spar Lillington, Stairways Southam and Graham Lawton from Inn Express for all their help and donations and MF Plastics and Westwood Heath Social Club for their generous donations towards petrol.”
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