Greetings from the club committee. We hope you’re keeping safe and well in these difficult and trying times.
As you know we have been unable to open the club since April of this year due to Covid restrictions and there is no prospect of us doing so in the immediate future. We currently have no tenant since Homestart Bolton ceased operating in July, and though we are advertising, the present parlous state of the charity sector is making it difficult to find a suitable replacement. This has resulted in a significant drop in the club’s income.
Fortunately, excellent work by Sylvan, our treasurer, in reducing energy and utility bills for the duration of the closure, and the income we receive from the direct debits paid by some members, means that the club is in a stable financial position at present. We plan to use the time between now and whenever we are able to reopen, to do refurbishment work to the upstairs event room using moneys previously set aside for this purpose. So at least there is some good news.
Under these circumstances our request for your annual subscription for 2021 is being made in the knowledge that as a member you’ll be receiving little in return until such time as we can re-open. But your support is vital to the club’s future and we hope you’ll continue to show solidarity with the club and continue renew your membership.
This year you will receive a new club card that will last for five years. (See picture below) It gives you the option of paying for the whole five years should you wish to do so. We are keeping subs at £10 per year, or £3 for those on low income. If you can afford an extra £1.00 to cover the cost of posting your new card out, it would be appreciated.
You can pay either by:
1. Cheque, sent to Trudy Chilton at: 5 Cottingley Close, Bolton, BL2 7BF, and payable to Bolton Socialist Club
2. Bank transfer. If you wish to use this method, please email Chris with the words Direct Debit please, and I’ll forward the club’s bank details to you. (We are not making them public for security reasons.) If using this method please add your name in the appropriate box so we know where the payment is coming from.
If you would prefer to pay by direct debit, or to make a regular monthly donation to the club, let me know by reply and I’ll forward the appropriate form for you to do this. Members’ Direct Debits have been particularly helpful in maintaining a regular income over the recent period and we would encourage members to contribute in this way of they are able.
Thank you all for your continued support. 16 Wood St is unique and has been an unbroken presence at the radical heart of Bolton for the last 115 years. Let’s make sure we keep it there.
Best wishes and solidarity
Chris Chilton, Chair