Rover to new venue next month

Rovers Quoit Club committee member Alan Robinson in the concert room. Picture by FRANK REID

Rovers Quoit Club committee member Alan Robinson in the concert room. Picture by FRANK REID

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MEMBERS of a historic social club are counting down the days until they move into their new home.

Hartlepool Rovers Quoit Club will open up at the former Iona Club, in Easington Road, in mid-October.

Officials had initially aimed for the new venue to be open this month, but the work is slightly behind schedule due to bad weather.

Peter Cavey, managing director of Hartlepool estate agents, Greig Cavey Commercial, who is acting as an agent for the Quoit Club, said: “It’s coming on very well. The work left to do is the builders’ ‘final fix work and decoration’.”

The beer garden is nearly finished and the carpets and seating would soon be in place.

Club committee member Alan Robinson said: “We have a lots to shift from the Quoit Club.

“We have already been taking lots of bookings for the new venue. The old club was founded in 1891, so it’s obviously very sad.

“But everybody is looking forward to the move and we hope to see a lot of new faces.  “It’s a good catchment area and with the new houses being built on Easington Road it’s all good news.”

Mr Robinson said town-based contractors Bell and Chapman Construction had done a “superb job” on the new venue. David Loughrey, of Hartlepool-based ASP Associates was the architect overseeing the plans.

The Quoit Club, in Grainger Street, had been threatened with a compulsory purchase order, along with several surrounding streets, as part of a regeneration scheme.

Club users had hit out at being included in the order, as Hartlepool Borough Council said the action was necessary to protect £5m of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) for new houses.

But the dispute was settled before Christmas last year when the club and council agreed a sale and decided to take over the Iona as an alternative venue.