Customers gutted as popular Sheffield working men’s club won’t reopen after lockdown

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A popular Sheffield working men’s club known for giving local and visiting bands a stage will not reopen after lockdown.

Woodseats Working Men’s Club, which has been a popular part of the area’s community for more than 90 years, was last open in autumn 2020 before the most recent lockdown was announced.

Last week it emerged that it will not reopen as restrictions lift, with punters saying it suffered financially as a result of closure during the pandemic.

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Plans have also been approved for a residential block of flats to be built on the site currently occupied by the club.

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Thor – Gods of Rock – an band who were due to play at the venue later this year – praised the working men’s club and wrote online about their sadness at seeing it close.

They posted: “We’ve been informed that a venue we love to play, Woodseats Working Men’s Club, has fallen victim to the pandemic and will not be opening its doors when restrictions lift. Obviously, this is devastating news.

"Not only is it a great venue, stage and room, but Marie and her team that run it are fantastic.”

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And a number of local residents have also paid tribute to the staff who worked hard to make the club the popular community venue it was.

One wrote: “Sadly the Woodseats Working Men's Club will not be reopening and will be redeveloped as apartments I believe.”

Another said: “Well it is so sad to see that we have lost another club but unfortunately it’s a sign of the times feel really sorry for all the bands that have now lost another venue to perform at and up and coming artists.”

Plans for flats and townhouses to be built on the site of the working men’s club on The Dale were approved in June last year by Sheffield City Council.

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The plans include the demolition of the club to make way for six three-bedroom townhouses and a five-storey block of 20 two-bed apartments.

There will also be a basement car park and a private access road.

A planning officer's report accompanying the decision said: "The provision of these units would be a helpful contribution to Sheffield's housing land supply and would contribute to the diversity of the housing stock in the area."

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