Pillar of the community, Mardons Social Club, reopens.

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A news story on the reopening and relocation of Mardons Social Club, Midsomer Norton.

Pillar of the community, Mardons Social Club, reopens.

 

Mardons Social Club has now reopened in new facilities amid development of an old factory site.

 

The social club had been temporarily closed down during the building of 169 homes in the location of the Alcan-Mardons Factory site. Linden Homes, the developers, bought the land, however there was a question of what to do with Mardons Social Club. Jaime Long, Bookings Manager at the club, said: “The argument was then that the social club belonged to the workers not the actual factory because it was gifted to them. There was quite an argument over that and the community fought the case for the club as well because obviously they used it regularly and they felt it was theirs as well, and in the long run Linden Homes agreed that they would build a new club to replace the existing one.”

 

While the club intended to stay in the original building, the new facility was settled on. Mr Long admitted the roof of the old building “needed doing” and praised elements of the new facility: The running costs should be cheaper now because its purpose built, whereas before the insulation wasn’t great, the heating system didn’t work very effectively. This whole place is soundproof now as well, whereas before we had to be careful on the sound… So it’s working well.”

 

The new building features a bar, seating space and a dedicated Poolroom, along with TV screens. The club will also be hosting skittles and darts competitions, events bookings on Fridays and live music on Saturdays.

 

The club was built for the former Mardons Factory workers in lieu of a pay rise in the 1970s. The workers wages were frozen but they were given the club for their use in recompense. The popularity of the club increased into the pillar of the local community it is now, outliving the closure of the factory in 2006.

 

Sources

 

http://www.somersetguardian.co.uk/Approval-given-build-169-homes-Alcan-factory-site/story-15042757-detail/story.html

 

Logbook:

socialclubinfo@googlemail.com

 

 

 

 

 


Submitted: July 26, 2015

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