Club meets over threat to its Gosport home of 47 years

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MEMBERS of a social club who have been forced out of their building due to storm damage are to meet.

The Iona Club, in Fisher Road, Bridgemary, Gosport was shut when Catholic church leaders wrote to the club saying the building was unsafe and had been condemned.

The group will hold its annual meeting at 7.30pm on Monday at the Bridgemary, Rowner and Woodcot Community Centre, in Wych Lane, Bridgemary. Steve Wilkins, a club member, is speaking to church officials about the closure.

He said Monday’s meeting will be well attended.

‘We can expect to receive members old and new, including the relatives of those who were originally involved in the fund raising and erection of the Iona Hall,’ he said.

As reported, the club won a reprieve when the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth said it sent in engineers to check out the building. Rev Dr Stephen Morgan, of the diocese, said no decision has been made yet.

The club had offered to pay for the repairs.

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