The Committee at TREC, or the Thimblemill Recreation & Entertainment Centre (formerly the GKN Social Club) are having two Open Days to show the local community the amenities on offer, and to try to recruit new members.
The open days will be on Sunday 31st August between 1pm-3pm & Wednesday 3rd September between 7pm-9pm.
As you may be aware, the Social Club is proposing to sell-off the area of natural woodland alongside Thimblemill Road to housing developers, who are looking to build a dozen two and three-storey houses there. Protestors objecting to the sale have called for the club to consider an alternative way forward with a better marketing and membership strategy, arguing that this would be a more sustainable business plan than a one-off sale of land. The open days are presumably part of that marketing exercise.
This could be interpreted as a genuine attempt to look at alternatives to the sell-off, or a cynical attempt to try to say to the council Planning Committee that they had tried to recruit more members without any great success. Perhaps one of the things people would want to ask on the open day is…will members get a say over the land disposal, or will the club committee make the decision without any recourse to the members?
However, if we assume this move is in good faith, and people do think the Club can avoid having to destroy the woodland by a better marketing strategy, these open days are a good opportunity to see what the club has on offer. I suspect the prospective new members won't want to hand over their annual membership fee… only to find the Club sell the land to developers anyway.
Surely the best option would be to put the land disposal on hold whilst a sustainable membership strategy is developed, and only if that is seen to be a hopeless cause would they consider alternatives?