STRATFORD'S Embassy Social Club in Rother Street will hold its last convivial evening on Saturday 19th October. After that it will shut up shop for good.
The club's closure - which its chairman, Doug Grantham, lamented as a sign of the times - ends the life of an organisation whose origins go back over a century.
Mr Grantham told the Herald: “It’s an old members’ club. The core membership had died. And there’s no interest in the townspeople to use it as a social club.”
He added: “Social clubs are a dying breed and we’re no different to anywhere else. It’s sad to say, but people don’t frequent social clubs like they used to. It’s a sad fact of our time.”
The club opened in Guild Street in 1908 as the Brewery Transport Club. It moved to its Rother Street venue in the 1980s, when it became the Embassy Social Club.
Its 25-year lease from Stratford Town Trust expired at the end of 2009. Since then the club has rented the premises on a yearly basis.
Mr Grantham described the club’s relationship with the trust as “very amicable” and said it could have stayed until April next year but decided to close in October this year instead.
“When the trust said the lease was up we didn’t fight for it,” said Mr Grantham. “There would have been a lot of time put in for no good purpose.”
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