Newport club which hosted Tom Jones to close

Newport club which hosted Tom Jones to close

Ebbw Bridge Club to be sold. Pictured are Albert Jordan and Michael Lynn at Ebbw Bridge Club in Cardiff Road, Maesglas. (8029920)

Ebbw Bridge Club to be sold. Pictured are Albert Jordan and Michael Lynn playing Skittles at Ebbw Bridge Club. (8029833)

First published in Gwent news

A NEWPORT social club which has hosted acts by Tom Jones and Jim Davidson is to close after an astounding 78 years in business.

Ebbw Bridge Club, on Cardiff Road, Newport, is up for sale after falling club members has meant the social club can no longer make ends meet.

Chairman Albert Jordan, 79, said: “It is a sad thing as a few members have been coming to the club for years and years.

“We’ve had top acts appear at the club like Tom Jones, Jim Davidson and Frank Carson.”

“It’s been 78 years trading, since 1936, but we’ve had to put it up for sale because of lack of membership.”

Despite having 200 members on roll, Mr Jordan said less than a quarter pop in to the social club from time to time.

Mr Jordan, who has chaired the club for 20 years on and off, said: “If every member came in for one or two pints regularly, we might survive. But it’s not happening.”

“It will be a shame if it closes as it has been host to some really top acts.”

A general meeting was held in March to discuss the financial problems of the club but only 37 of the club’s members turned up.

Now the club is set to finally close its doors for good on August 11.

Also to shut down will be Ebbw Bridge Club’s racing pigeon club, which has sent pigeons to compete as far afield as Barcelona.

Ebbw Bridge Social Club has drawn attention from a couple of interested buyers but Mr Jordan says nothing has been confirmed yet.

Mr Jordan said: “We haven’t had any names yet but a couple of people are interested. We’ve been told that they expect it to go for a few hundred thousand.”

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9:29am Thu 10 Jul 14

Good Job No Kids says...

Good the building looks like something out of a mining town 50 years ago. Get rid of that awful sign and convert into the homes we sorely need.
Good the building looks like something out of a mining town 50 years ago. Get rid of that awful sign and convert into the homes we sorely need. Good Job No Kids
  • Score: -12

11:38am Thu 10 Jul 14

smiffy76 says...

Old proverb
A spider aims to make his web in the doorway of a shop that doesn't advise as there it will not be disturbed.

With that sign I thought the place had closed down years ago.
Is in a prime position with both Maesglas and the Gaer easily walkable and lots of traffic down Cardiff road. With a lot of advising and offers to get people in the door then it would of probably been saveable.
Old proverb A spider aims to make his web in the doorway of a shop that doesn't advise as there it will not be disturbed. With that sign I thought the place had closed down years ago. Is in a prime position with both Maesglas and the Gaer easily walkable and lots of traffic down Cardiff road. With a lot of advising and offers to get people in the door then it would of probably been saveable. smiffy76
  • Score: 4

11:39am Thu 10 Jul 14

smiffy76 says...

smiffy76 wrote:
Old proverb
A spider aims to make his web in the doorway of a shop that doesn't advise as there it will not be disturbed.

With that sign I thought the place had closed down years ago.
Is in a prime position with both Maesglas and the Gaer easily walkable and lots of traffic down Cardiff road. With a lot of advising and offers to get people in the door then it would of probably been saveable.
Oops auto correct
Advice should be advertise.
[quote][p][bold]smiffy76[/bold] wrote: Old proverb A spider aims to make his web in the doorway of a shop that doesn't advise as there it will not be disturbed. With that sign I thought the place had closed down years ago. Is in a prime position with both Maesglas and the Gaer easily walkable and lots of traffic down Cardiff road. With a lot of advising and offers to get people in the door then it would of probably been saveable.[/p][/quote]Oops auto correct Advice should be advertise. smiffy76
  • Score: 0

2:09pm Thu 10 Jul 14

sword of truth says...

Happy memories of 'top acts' being booed off, to get the bingo on quicker.
Sad demise of a working class relic, from a bygone era - It's Not Unusual!
Happy memories of 'top acts' being booed off, to get the bingo on quicker. Sad demise of a working class relic, from a bygone era - It's Not Unusual! sword of truth
  • Score: 6

3:08pm Thu 10 Jul 14

riley91011 says...

Should hold the NATO thingy there it used to have a good sized room in the 60,s then Newport would get something out of it They could all stay at the Holiday Inn and visit some of our local combat zones for some first hand experience



its the way i tell em
Should hold the NATO thingy there it used to have a good sized room in the 60,s then Newport would get something out of it They could all stay at the Holiday Inn and visit some of our local combat zones for some first hand experience its the way i tell em riley91011
  • Score: 3

9:16pm Thu 10 Jul 14

smartie40 says...

PUT A NICE AFFORDABLE GYM THERE AND NOT ANOTHER TESCO ALDI OR GREGGS !!!
PUT A NICE AFFORDABLE GYM THERE AND NOT ANOTHER TESCO ALDI OR GREGGS !!! smartie40
  • Score: 1

9:16pm Thu 10 Jul 14

smartie40 says...

PUT A NICE AFFORDABLE GYM THERE AND NOT ANOTHER TESCO ALDI OR GREGGS !!!
PUT A NICE AFFORDABLE GYM THERE AND NOT ANOTHER TESCO ALDI OR GREGGS !!! smartie40
  • Score: -1

9:54pm Thu 10 Jul 14

mikewelsh says...

riley91011 wrote:
Should hold the NATO thingy there it used to have a good sized room in the 60,s then Newport would get something out of it They could all stay at the Holiday Inn and visit some of our local combat zones for some first hand experience



its the way i tell em
Nick.Nick
[quote][p][bold]riley91011[/bold] wrote: Should hold the NATO thingy there it used to have a good sized room in the 60,s then Newport would get something out of it They could all stay at the Holiday Inn and visit some of our local combat zones for some first hand experience its the way i tell em[/p][/quote]Nick.Nick mikewelsh
  • Score: 4

9:57pm Thu 10 Jul 14

mikewelsh says...

Nice pay out for the remaining members, few hundred thousand divided by 200..... Not bad eh!
Nice pay out for the remaining members, few hundred thousand divided by 200..... Not bad eh! mikewelsh
  • Score: 4

10:04am Fri 11 Jul 14

sooty001 says...

Had many a good night out there, but sadly I think the age of the working mans club is at an end, with the smoking ban and the bingo halls dotted around places like this find it difficult to survive.
Had many a good night out there, but sadly I think the age of the working mans club is at an end, with the smoking ban and the bingo halls dotted around places like this find it difficult to survive. sooty001
  • Score: 4

5:17pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Limestonecowboy says...

mikewelsh wrote:
Nice pay out for the remaining members, few hundred thousand divided by 200..... Not bad eh!
Its what their entitled to.
[quote][p][bold]mikewelsh[/bold] wrote: Nice pay out for the remaining members, few hundred thousand divided by 200..... Not bad eh![/p][/quote]Its what their entitled to. Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 2

12:13am Sat 12 Jul 14

warneboy says...

Too many fraudsters on Club Committees .. No better than City Bankers
Too many fraudsters on Club Committees .. No better than City Bankers warneboy
  • Score: 4

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