The Story behind the Willingale Sports and Social Club

WSSC was formed following the closure of our village pubs. In 2003 after a group of 4 people who were involved with the Village Hall Committee set up a sub committee to investigate the possibility of opening a bar for limited periods in the Cleminson Room & offer sporting and recreational games in the main hall.

There was a group of four people which included Barry Freeman, Brian Patient, Iain Ballantyne and Ian Kerwin who set about understanding what was required to get a licence to sell alcohol. Barry led on this and proposed the formation of a ‘private members club’, which met all of the requirements. Shortly afterwards Dave Gordon and Rod Hancock joined the team and began formulating plans to start the Club.
For various reasons it was concluded by the VHC and the WSSC that this should be a separate entity and operate as a hall hirer, rather than as part of the VHC which proved to be a strategically sound decision from both points of view.

The starting of the Club required significant financial investment and this was funded privately by the team themselves with the principle investment being the building of the cellar to house the stock and the mechanics of the draught beer and lager supply.

The Club finally opened on the Friday 27th June 2003:

The event was extremely well attended and the late Mrs Cleminson cut the ribbon. The Cleminson family had been very involved in the development of the hall and the Cleminson room was named in their honour.
Since then we have functioned as a private members club, which is very inexpensive to join. A membership form is available for download from this website. As villagers, we have collectively created a friendly and welcoming environment.
We are totally reliant on volunteers to run and staff the bar in addition, to planning organising and supporting a wide variety of events.

Both adults and children are welcome; we open on Friday evenings from 7 – 11pm and on a Sunday afternoon from 2-4pm. The Cleminson Room offers an adult only bar and social area and the main hall has plenty of space for children to play with facilities such as Xbox 360, pool table, table tennis table and a TV, plus other smaller items, all of which have been bought with club funds.

What are the Club’s objectives?
  • Providing a central social village focus
  • Trying to involve children in village life
  • Sustainability in the long term
  • Giving something back to the community
Who are the members of your current Committee?
  • Steve McFaul - Chairman
  • Gemma Crouchman - Membership Secretary
  • Vanessa Robinson - Club Secretary & Child Protection Officer
Some of the recent events have included a Diva Night, Christmas Dinner Party and Charity Auction and we are looking forward to:
  • Carol singing by torchlight followed by Mulled wine and mince pies
  • More small events on a Friday night such as a mini quiz and other child focused themes such as the ‘best dressed brussel sprout’.
  • From January 2012 we shall be starting a mid week bi-monthly supper club
  • From February we shall be having a Sunday morning ‘Big Breakfast’ each quarter.
  • In addition once again this year the club will be supporting the Village Pantomime which was started in 2010 and proved to be hugely popular.
  • There also some traditional events which take place annually such as:
    • Boxing Day lunchtime hosted by Barry Freeman and Jane Jackson with ‘hot goodies’
    • Annual Charity Event in conjunction with a local school.
    • New Years Eve Party
We are always keen to welcome new members and love to see some new faces down at the village hall.

If you’re interested, please do come and join in...!

If you haven’t been down before why not give it a try.

Just pop down and ask the volunteer bar staff to sign you in, and explain that you would just like to see what it’s all about.

We all look forward to seeing you!


Steve McFaul

Chairman - on behalf of the WSSC Committee