Legion club buyer plans a new future

PUBLISHED: 07:13 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:30 24 May 2010

A FORMER Royal British Legion club has been sold off to a Hampshire businessman for £250,000. But plans are already in the pipeline to re-open the boarded up building as a social club for 'mature people'. The Royal British Legion (RBL) club building in Or

A FORMER Royal British Legion club has been sold off to a Hampshire businessman for £250,000.But plans are already in the pipeline to re-open the boarded up building as a social club for 'mature people'.The Royal British Legion (RBL) club building in Orchard Street was sold at auction after being shut down in February because of financial difficulties.Edward Toomer of Four County Inns snapped up the two-storey structure at the Woolpack Pub in St Georges on June 14. The sale is due to be completed on July 12. This is the same day as a hearing at Bristol County Court on whether to legally wind up the club, which is a limited company, is due to take place.Plans are in place to revamp the former servicemen's club.Mr Toomer said: "We restore licensed premises in distress, such as derelict or fire damaged pubs, and do them up."We will be applying for a licence from North Somerset for a place with a club theme for mature people. It will not be a members' club but will be run like a club, leaning towards members of the Greek Cypriot community."There are no major alterations needed so we hope to open fairly soon."Cash from the sale will be used to buy new headquarters for the Weston RBL branch, which organises events such as the annual Poppy Appeal.Weston RBL branch secretary Merlin Parrington said: "There was not much actual bidding and in the end the building went for its reserve price of £250,000."We are now on the lookout for premises. We have to buy somewhere and are not allowed to rent or lease a place."The sooner we can find somewhere the better.

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