Popular Bristol social club issues update about future after closure warning

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The club previously said its survival was at stake

A social club in south Bristol has issued an update about its future after warning it could close.       

The Whitchurch Folk House, on East Dundry Road in Whitchurch, previously said it might have to shut its doors by the end of summer unless it boosted visitor numbers.          

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But following a meeting with members of the local community, the 47-year-old club’s committee has issued a reassuring update.  

Garion Chaffe from the club said in a statement: “Following the recent meeting on the future of the Whitchurch Folk House, the committee would like to express our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who attended.   

“Your support, and the attention our beloved club has received since then from all of our members and supporters has been truly overwhelming.”

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A club clean-up day has now been organised across two days next month, with members of the local community offering their support.           

Chaffe added: “A special thank you goes to Scott Lovell, who has volunteered to coordinate an upcoming mini-renovation of the club. The response to this has been nothing short of inspiring.   

“Scott has taken on the huge task of arranging everything from materials and tools to ensuring we have food to keep us going on the day. 

“We are also incredibly grateful to Wayne Batt and Dean Gazzard for stepping up to supply materials and support with the painting and decorating, Lee Bray for offering to look at the drainage free of charge, and to Chad Clover who has agreed to supply what is needed to revive the toilets. 

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“To everyone else who has volunteered in various capacities (and there are too many to name), your willingness to contribute and chip in does not go unnoticed. Your efforts are the backbone of this community.”    

He concluded: “Let’s continue to work together, shoulder to shoulder, to ensure our club remains a vibrant and integral part of our community. 

“Here’s to a bright future ahead, filled with friendship, support, and many more memorable moments at the Whitchurch Folk House.” 

The Whitchurch Folk House was first formed in 1977, after residents secured a lease from Bristol City Council for the Bridge Farm House building, which is more than 200 years old and Grade II-listed.     

The Great Folk House Clean-Up Day takes place across June 8 and 9, from 9am on both days, with volunteers welcome. 

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