Members praised for Masonic Club u-turn

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PETERHEAD’S Masonic Social Club has been pulled back from the brink of closure thanks to the efforts of its members.

The popular club, one of only two social clubs remaining in the Blue Toon, had been set to fold after membership numbers fell making the club unviable.

However, thanks to a concerted effort by members and the ladies of the Order of the Easter Star, a complete u-turn has been achieved with membership now up to 327 and a series of fundraising nights boosting the club’s coffers.

Speaking to the Buchanie on Wednesday, club treasurer, Charles Kelman, said: “There have been lots of trials for the club over the past year and we have been through a hard time, but thanks to our members we have been able to turn things around.

“We are now enjoying a very positive period and we have to thank our members for all the support they have given us.

“We can’t express enough how grateful we are that they have given us their backing in bringing the club back.

“We were very close to closing last year, but when members realised how near we were to folding they just rallied round. Everyone worked very hard and pulled together to help.”

Jean Duncan, ladies’ vice-chair, said that a number of functions had been held which had boosted both the club’s coffers and membership numbers.

“Everyone responded very positively to the events. We held raffles, a fish fest, race nights, cabaret nights and we had a fantastic Hogmanay party,” she said.

Mr Kelman added: “At the moment we have 327 members and that number is increasing all the time.

“We have bingo every Friday and the numbers for that are also on the rise, and we try to have some kind of entertainment on every weekend,” he said.

“In the good old days we used to have a social committee but that petered out and we have now revitalised it and got it back up and running again.

“We have a variety of events to cater for different age groups and our aim is to make it a family club again.

“At one time this was THE club in Peterhead and the committee would very much like to get it back to being a big family club once again.”

The club will hold its annual general meeting on Sunday, March 25, at 11am, while future entertainment nights include the Lodge Dundonnie dinner/dance on March 31, dance on April 7, the Lodge St. James dinner/dance on April 21, a karaoke night on May 18 and a race night on June 30.