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Popular Long Sutton venue is saved from threat of closure

A much-loved Long Sutton venue has been saved from closure after fears it would never reopen.

The town’s Royal British Legion Club, on West Street, reopened last month following a community effort to save it.

On learning that the club could close after several members of the club’s committee expressed their wish to retire, Jess Ebbs decided to do something about it not just for the town, but for her mother who thought she might lose her job.

Jess Ebbs is taking over as bar supervisor at Long Sutton RBL (47722470)
Jess Ebbs is taking over as bar supervisor at Long Sutton RBL (47722470)

She said: “When I heard that the branch was closing I just thought I had to get the community involved to find people for the committee and new members as well.

“ I just thought we can’t lose it as it’s so important for our town. Then the job of bar supervisor came up so I applied and I got the job!”

The current bar supervisor and committee secretary Christine Crowson will be remaining in her role until she retires in September, giving her plenty of time to pass her wealth of knowledge on to Jess.

Although the current committee for the branch is planning on stepping down in June, this will not stop the club from staying open.

Jess, who lives in Long Sutton, said: “We will be able to stay open as we can now affiliate with another club - if we don’t do this then we would have to close. There are no concerns over the building as it is owned by the people of Long Sutton - the same as Winfrey Park - and is looked after by four trustees too.”

Jess Ebbs at Long Sutton Royal British Legion (47722467)
Jess Ebbs at Long Sutton Royal British Legion (47722467)

After a long wait, the club reopened its doors to members on May 19 which meant the world to so many members.

Jess said: “It was so lovely to see the regulars inn there but also lots of new members too. It’s just so fantastic that we’ve managed to save it - everything is looking much more positive than it was before. I think it’s really important for us to have somewhere nice where it feels like a community

“It’s really well used by so many people for lots of different reasons, whether it’s the men who play snooker every Wednesday, those who come and do billiards practice and then there’s the clubs who use the hall too.

“We used to have a darts team and we’re hoping that there’s some other pubs out there who might want to join us to make a league. Once the last of the restrictions are lifted on June 21 we will get back to bingo, live music and dances as well as letting people hire the hall for weddings and parties too.”

The committee is now looking for a new treasurer, secretary and caretaker.

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