Save Westcott Sports & Social Club

Save Westcott Sports & Social Club

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Jen Judge started this petition to Westcott Venture Park

Please help us save Westcott Sports and Social Club.  On 29th October 2019, our current landlords - The Westcott Venture Park have informed us that they will not be renewing our lease.  They have not given us a reason why nor given us a reasonable timescale in which to respond. 

Westcott Sports and Social Club has been in this location now for 25 years on its own and long before this with the Ministry of Defense, still supporting the local community – long before our current Landlord.   As a club and public amenity we serve both the workers of the venture park and local villagers from lots of surrounding villages as well as many visitors from further afield.  This decision  will directly make at least 10 members of staff unemployed.  In addition to this, many Sports clubs will become homeless.   These include the following:-

Westcott Bowls Club, Westcott Archers, Westcott Darts Club, Westcott Snooker Club, Westcott Pool Club, Grendon Rangers Football Club (this one is 5 teams consisting of over 100 children),  Westcott Air Rifle Club,  Westcott Dominoes Club, Westcott Bridge Club

There are a number of children’s groups that run from the club including dance classes, Brownies and Guides groups.  Local schools that use the club and its grounds for curriculum based activities including Westcott CofE School and Waddesdon C of E School. 

Further to this we have over 350 active members of the social club that will no longer have a local club to frequent each week.  Many of these members are ex and current workers of the Westcott Venture Park businesses, Waddesdon Manor and the Waddesdon Estate.  It is the only facility for the surrounding villages within a three mile radius.  The current Committee, Trustees and staff have worked tirelessly to return the club to its former popularity which has been massively successful over the last two years. We have many large and small scale events booked for 2020 and 2021 including local weddings, Christenings, Birthday parties, Children’s parties and charity events as well as visiting club meets and functions.  

All of those members value the club whole heartedly as it provides a warm social environment for them and their families.  This will be heartbreaking to all of them to see the club close.  Unlike other businesses, we simply do not have anywhere else to go, if we do not have our lease renewed we have to close. 

With this petition, we want to urge Westcott Venture Park to reconsider their decision and renew our lease allowing us to continue to provide these growing and developing facilities for all those that use them on a daily basis.  

Your support is greatly appreciated.

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