MP celebrates social club win over closure

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AN MP has welcomed a social club winning a reprieve after it faced closure.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has been working with the Iona Club in Fisher Close, Bridgemary, Gosport, after it was told to close by the Catholic Church.

As reported, the church has now offered to hear the club’s proposals and may sell the land to the club or lease it.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘I’m delighted to hear that the Iona Club’s committee and the Catholic Church have agreed to work together to ensure that this community hub can continue to thrive.

‘With over 1,100 names on the petition to keep the club open, it is clear that this social club is extremely important to Bridgemary’s residents.

‘The club’s committee has done a fantastic job of mustering local support and I am pleased to have played a small role in securing this vital lifeline for its future.’

The club had been told rough weather over the winter damaged the hall beyond repair, but now hopes it can be repaired. It has around 200 members and hopes to offer more community facilities.

The diocesan trustees are due to meet in September and will hear the committee’s plans for the future.