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Struggling Bodmin club is on the brink of closure

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 03, 2013

  • CLOSING TIME: Manager Rob Jarrett said not enough people were using St Lawrence's Social Club to keep it open.

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A ONCE thriving club in Bodmin has hit financial difficulty and could cease trading this week.

The committee which runs St Lawrence's Social Club has been desperately seeking a way to keep it open but, unless financial assistance can be found as a matter of urgency, members have been told it will be closed down this morning.

A dwindling number of regular customers, resulting in fewer takings over the bar, has been blamed.

The current premises were purpose-built ten years ago, but there has been a St Lawrence's Social Club on hospital land off Boundary Road at three different locations over the decades.

The club was set up when the former mental hospital employed hundreds of people. It was run and paid for by trustees of the hospital.

The current club is run by a local committee. The health authority which is now in charge of Bodmin Hospital is no longer involved and is no longer paying the club's bills.

Social club committee chairman Mike Carter said they were trying hard to find the finance to keep it open.

"There is a possibility we can keep the club going but, because of the current financial situation, we have told people that we are expecting to close on Wednesday," he said.

"There are a lot of pubs in Bodmin and we are out of the town. If someone wants to come and have a drink here, they'll have to pay £3.50 for a taxi and, the fact is, fewer people are coming here."

Rob Jarrett, who has managed the club since the new premises were built ten years ago, said it had been difficult attracting enough customers.

"It looks as if this could be the end of an era really. That's a great shame as it was a thriving club years ago, with lots of people coming here, but not any longer.

"It will be sad for me if it has to close because it's been the centre of my social life for such a long time."

St Lawrence's Social Club had always been a venue prepared to put on live entertainment, and hundreds of bands had played there over the years at its various sites.

Last Saturday night, a special get-together was arranged for members to mark the club's impending closure, featuring rock band No Picnic.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  September 03 2013, 9:12PM

    Well kept beer, cheerful bar staff and good company is required by the public nowadays........nuf said?

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  • First Impressions  |  September 03 2013, 6:24PM

    Since when did ASDA have a bar?

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  • rags_n_bones  |  September 03 2013, 5:40PM

    I see it this way... "All the ex SLH employee's staff/and local's/hanger's on" this was their local watering hole when the hospital was open and had nothing else to better to do, have probablly drunk there selves to death, the the now local's of today go to ASDA as the beer is cheaper.

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  • First Impressions  |  September 03 2013, 10:36AM

    If he paid their taxi fares i.e. had a special arrangement with the local taxi service I am sure they could arrange a deal. Better than having no customers.

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