Demolition plans for welfare club

Meden Vale Miners' Welfare.
Meden Vale Miners' Welfare.

A former miners welfare club could soon be consigned to history after plans were submitted for its demolition.

The Trustees of Welbeck Colliery have applied to Mansfield District Council to bulldoze the Welbeck Miners’ Welfare on Elkesley Road, Meden Vale.

The club closed last January after going in to voluntary receivership, blaming receding trade for its demise.

It has since been opened twice more, briefly as a free house pub and then as a social club, but on both occasions the tenants were unable to make it work.

But now the trustees feel the only option they have is to raze the building.

Trustee Graham Hall said: “The costs and overheads are the main problems. It’s such a big building to light and heat.

“We are very sad to see this happen, I’ve been going there for 40 years.

“It comes at a time when welfare clubs in general are suffering. There’s been sad decline.

“If you look at trading figures for clubs like this, most are either just breaking even or a making a loss.”

It is thought that the club was built in the 1920s when the coal industry was on the rise.

Many workers would often head for the club for a pint following a shift at the nearby colliery.

But with Welbeck Colliery closing in 2011, trade continued to slow.

“A lot of people have said to me that it’s a shame that its closed, but some of these people haven’t been there in years,” added Graham.

The land is part owned by Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation (CISWO) and Welbeck Estates, and no decision has been made on the land, if planners give it the green light to be demolished.