Social club to shut down

Bonnybridge Social Club
Bonnybridge Social Club

A bankrupt social club has been forced to close its doors for now but there is still hope for the future.

Bonnybridge Social Club, in Main Street, has been in danger of shutting for some time and, after going into voluntary bankruptcy, plans to close its doors after its Monday night bingo next week.

Baillie Billy Buchanan said: “It’s a real asset for the area and the people who have kept the club going over the years deserve a medal. However, there is an opportunity for them to start afresh and become successful.”

Councillor Buchanan has received confirmation Falkirk Council, which owns the land the club is situated on, is willing to work with the club committee or the body which takes over the club in an effort to get it up and running again.

The council stated: “We are content to work with the club or any successor body to consider how the site might be used to help it operate successfully. We do have an existing ground lease and, were it considered the terms of this required to be varied in some way, we could consider this.

“Any change would, however, have to be on the basis of a clearly set out organisational arrangement for the club for us to establish formal agreements. We are happy to assist the club as this develops via our asset management team or Business Gateway.”

The club is holding a special meeting at 11.30am on Sunday to see if any interested parties can be found to take the club over and keep it for the use of the local community.