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Closure of the working mans club

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On 31 Aug 2017 at 8:27am Working man wrote:
I'm told that the Lewes working mans club has now closed down. A result of changing times I guess but it's a shame that it didn't manage to reinvent itself in the way the Con Club has. I wonder what will happen to the building now.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 9:08am Just me wrote:
Where did you hear this? Its not something I have heard, but then again im sure its always going around that it is closing.
When is the last trading day?
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 9:10am Anna Maria wrote:
And not before time. Its not only men who work.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 9:33am Working man wrote:
@Just me. From a member. Apparently the bar has closed down already and everything else is in the process of being wound down.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 10:08am LWMC wrote:
The bar at LWMC ceased trading on Sunday. Members have been invited to a series of EGMs since July to keep them informed as to what was happening with the club. Unfortunately, not enough members came in to use the place to keep it viable - use it or lose it!! The building will be available to hire until it is sold.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 10:27am Clubber wrote:
What happens to the profits from the sale? Hope they are put to good use. I know that the building was originally converted by a couple of enthusiastic locals but I've no idea how the purchase was funded.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 10:31am Rob wrote:
This is a shame - I'm moving just round the corner from the club tomorrow, and was looking forward to popping in and maybe becoming a member!
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 10:51am LWMC wrote:
Clubber - it is the members who own the club so any proceeds from the sale belong to them.
Rob - Sorry. .
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 2:00pm Clubber wrote:
Wish I'd known that LWMC, I would have joined in the hope of getting a windfall! Pleased that the money will go back to the members. Seems like the fair thing to do.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 3:10pm Jennifer wrote:
Given the impression of quaint Lewes passed to us and many friends by property consultants in London, wouldn't it be better for investment if our town lost as many symbols of lower classes as possible? In any case, isn't it the case that the sort of people who work are bussed in from Newhaven or Malling, or are in council houses and therefore don't really need facilities for their subculture here? At least it seems so to me.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 3:15pm Jacob Rees Mogg wrote:
Jennifer, if i didn't already have a lady wife I'd ask you to marry me. You're wonderful.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 6:01pm Sussex Drinker wrote:
Never mind. When Wetherspoons opens the working classes will be able to afford to drink-and eat- there.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 6:45pm Local wrote:
I think it is very sad that a Club that was established and set up by the Members who live in the town has gone. If I remember correctly the Club was originally based in fisher street and moved to Malling street in the 80's. It is a another local building set up by a community that has not been supported by the town.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 7:43pm Adam wrote:
The club & its members always made me very welcome, I will miss it very much. It's a testament to the little place that this thread has remained positive.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 8:37pm Horseman7 wrote:
And equally welcoming to working women (myself included), as Anna Maria would know had she been there.
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On 31 Aug 2017 at 10:13pm Redballs wrote:
Chip, chip,chip.
Gentrification coming to the county town very soon.
Cue...... Jenifer and Robert!
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On 1 Sep 2017 at 7:41am in the sunset wrote:
it's been gentrified for years
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On 1 Sep 2017 at 7:58am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Working man, the re-invention of the Con Club was a happy side-effect of Greene King's removal of Harveys beer from the Lewes Arms and the subsequent boycott. Almost all the regulars decamped to the Con Club and the first music night up there was a fundraiser for the campaign to get the beer reinstated.
Once the regulars moved on, they never really went back, and Greene King eventually sold it on. The LA now has a very different clientele and the Con Club is thriving.
It's a shame about the WMC, but I suppose the site will end up providing much-needed home.
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On 1 Sep 2017 at 11:03pm Socialist wrote:
Working men's clubs are maybe a relic of the past but you will never see me set foot in a conservative club. Let's not beat around the bush. St Mary's is still going
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On 2 Sep 2017 at 7:18am Simone wrote:
Just a thought, but if the building is empty at the moment perhaps it could provide temporary shelter for some of the Lewes homeless?
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On 2 Sep 2017 at 8:15am @Socialist wrote:
The Con Club is a Constitutional Club, not a Conservative Club, if that makes any difference to you.
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On 3 Sep 2017 at 5:54pm Paulie wrote:
Same thing - it's ultimately owned by the Tories.
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On 4 Sep 2017 at 2:10pm Observer wrote:
Don't the memebrs have to agree not to do anything that would negatively impact the Conservative party?
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On 5 Sep 2017 at 2:45pm For sale wrote:
Does anyone know who this is up for sale with?
We have the 'occasional' trickster on the Lewes Forum so I was trying to see i9f I could find any information on the internet (other than a forum) to see if it has closed but I cannot find anything.


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