The Story behind the Willingale Sports and Social Club
Willingale Sports & Social Club (WSSC) was formed following the closure of the village pubs in Willingale. In 2003 a group of 4 people (Barry Freeman, Brian Patient, Iain Ballantyne & Ian Kerwin), who were involved with the Village Hall Committee (VHC), set up a sub committee to investigate the possibility of opening a bar for limited periods in the Cleminson Room of the Village Hall & offer sporting and recreational games in the main hall.
Since then we have functioned very successfully as a private members club with several enhancements & refurbishments significantly altering the appearance of the bar area over the years. Originally we served through a small hatch which was then replaced by a larger bar opening providing an improved experience for our bar volunteers and members. In 2015 we also benefitted from the major development of the Cleminson room which saw it double in size as well as creating a separate kitchen area. This development also provided us with an inbuilt cellar replacing the old one which served us well for many years.
WSSC is totally reliant on volunteers to run and staff the bar in addition to planning, organising and supporting a wide variety of events. We are very inexpensive to join with subsidised drink pricing. We are open every Friday 7pm – 11pm & Sunday 2pm – 4pm and run subsidised events at least once a month. Previous events are too many to list but include tribute acts for ABBA, The Beatles and Take Take (to name but a few), Oktoberfest, Summer Beach Party, Children’s Christmas Party and our hugely popular annual Rounders & BBQ.
The club is now in it’s 16th year and continues to go from strength to strength. The committee, past & present, take great pride in the creation of a friendly and welcoming environment in the club as well as enjoying wonderful relationships with other village organisations within Willingale.
|Bar Manager||Joe Bianchi|
|Membership Secretary||Gemma Crouchman|
|Village Representative||Iain Ballantyne|
|Village Representative||Jason Rudd|
|Village Representative||Darren Rowlands|
|Village Representative||Jean Beavis|
|Village Representative||Phil Storey|
|Village Representative||Ron Cooper|