A Knowle West social club celebrated its fifth anniversary as a successful company this Saturday – since re-opening under the name CTK 2012 Ltd.
The club in Hartcliffe Road, next to Christ the King Church, was closed down by the Bristol Diocese in February 2012. But through the determination of local residents it re-opened on 1 April of that year as a company with six directors.
Simon Noble, a Director and Chair of the CTK 2012 Ltd explained: “…After a lot of campaigning we got it open on the proviso we took on £30,000 debt. Members were elected in to get the company set up… we are now plus £31,000.”
Director Simon Pirret said: “It’s a really good turnaround. It’s been a lot of hard work and the event is to celebrate this. It’s well-used by the local community and we’ve been able to put money into local charities…”
The Five Year Celebration party, which included a children’s afternoon and entertainment, was attended by the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Jeff Lovell and Lady Mayoress Mrs Bridget Lovell.
Cllr Lovell said: “It was crazy to see such a cracking community club wither on the vine. It’s been completely restructured from the ground up and they are now five years in credit. It’s a true community facility…”
The club works closely with Christ the King Church which runs its coffee mornings and monthly bingo there. It has also been supported by brewery Heineken UK to help get it back up and running.
CTK 2012 Ltd now has 500 paying members and is open every day of the year – including Christmas day. It is popular with local families and can be hired out for children’s parties and private functions.
Member and Knowle West resident Joe Cooke (94) said: “I’ve come here on and off most of my life and come for dinner every Saturday and Sunday. There’s no pub on the estate and most working men like somewhere to come and have a beer and a chat…”
New tables and chairs were delivered in time for the celebration – and now the directors plan to completely revamp the outside of the building.
Mr Pirret explains: “It’s looking a little bit tired – but now we have financial stability we can put money back into the club.”
For more information or to join the club call 0117 966 4481 or email CTK2012Ltd@gmail.com