The Constitutional Club in Castle Cary known locally as “The Consti” has been sold. Until fairly recently it was a successful venue for meetings, skittle games and many other activities enjoyed by local people.
Unfortunately due to poor management, debts were run up and the club was put into receivership and this in turn has led to a forced sale.
However because it has been a valued community asset, the new owners are obliged by law, to give the community an opportunity to buy it at a ‘reasonable price’. This is likely to be in the region of £350 to £400 thousand pounds.
Your Town Council would very much regret the loss of this community asset – particularly as the most likely outcome would be the building being demolished to be replaced by yet more housing. We as a Town Council do not have the money to buy and restore the building, nor do we have the manpower to run it. We would like to see it as a community space (as it was before), or perhaps a business centre – which would provide studios, offices and so on leading to jobs for local people, or possibly a Dance School, Restaurant, Auction House or …other ideas welcome. (We are very keen for it not to be the sort of shop which would drain our town centre of customers – such as a food supermarket).
To do any of these things requires someone/people of enterprise and means to seize this opportunity to do something which will have a positive benefit to our community.
As we understand it, there is substantial space in the building which includes a bar, two skittle alleys and a self-contained flat, not to mention plenty of off street parking.
Are you the person to take this on? Or do you perhaps know someone who might be interested? If so please contact the Town Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org