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Devastated Port Talbot residents hope club will be re-opened

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 17, 2014

Doug Rees, front, with other Velindre residents outside Trefelin Club.

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DEVASTATED club-goers in Port Talbot are hoping that their beloved meeting place will be reopened.

Last week Trefelin Workingmen's Club in Velindre was closed, leaving residents disappointed.

Benita Baker, secretary of the ladies section, said they had been meeting at the club for decades.

The section has raised thousands for charity and is enjoyed by pensioners who take part in quizzes, darts and musical exercises.

"The club has been going for years," said the 76-year-old.

"I had to go on a waiting list when I wanted to join in 1979 because I wasn't from Velindre. There are just 22 of us now.

"The club is like a community centre to us. There is nothing else in Velindre that we can hire and people won't travel. We are hoping and praying it will be reopened so we can hire the room."

Eric Rees runs the bingo at the club every Friday night, which has been running for 60 years.

"It is a place to go for people. We just don't know what is happening now," he said.

Justin Sollis said all the three pool teams that were based at the club are now looking for a new home.

"Finding an alternative place is quite difficult," he said. "It is devastating. Last year I organised the county cup finals at the club. It brought in 150 people."

Heineken UK spokesman David Jones said: "The new company that has been operating from the club premises (Trefelin Club Ltd) recently went into liquidation and the licence lapsed. It was therefore necessary for the appointed receivers to secure the premises and they have temporarily closed the club whilst they seek a buyer for the property in order that the club can be reopened at the earliest opportunity."

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