New social club is a great success

Terry Burns outside the newly-opened Towngate Social Club, Leyland
Terry Burns outside the newly-opened Towngate Social Club, Leyland

One of Leyland’s newest social clubs has been such a hit that membership is now full.

The Guardian reported in March how Terry Burns, who was on the committee of the Royal Naval Association in Leyland, took the bold move to reinvent the idea of a members’ club after numbers started dwindling for the association.

He launched the new Towngate Social Club, describing the venture as being like a ‘phoenix rising from the ashes’, and kept membership open to anyone, with no need for people to be associated with the army, navy or air force.

And his ambition and hard work has paid off, with Terry saying that the club’s popularity is souring, and 220 members have now signed up.

“It’s doing absolutely great,” he said. “We’ve hit the maximum membership allowed for the size of the room, and we’ve had some really successful events on.”

Now, he’s organising a special fundraising event in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice.

The barbecue occasion will also include live music and a tombola, with prizes such as signed football shirts.

It takes place from 2pm on Sunday, June 1, at the club at number 74 Towngate.

Non-members and children are welcome, and visitors can pay on the door.

It costs £3 for non-members, £2 for members and £1 for children, including food.