It’s goodbye but not the end for men’s social club

St Vincent's Catholic Men's Society, Solly Street, Sheffield.
St Vincent's Catholic Men's Society, Solly Street, Sheffield.
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An historic social club with ties to the Catholic community in Sheffield will have to find new premises due to its sorry state of repair.

St Vincent’s social club, on Solly Street, Netherthorpe, is rented out by the Catholic Men’s Society (CMS) and they have agreed to move out at the end of September.

The club is currently home to a monthly Irish night, Argentinian tango dance classes and regular open mic nights for members – St Vincent’s boxing club had already moved out at the start of 2015.

Anthony Fitzpatrick, vice president of the Catholic Men’s Society, said: “This is not the end of the club as we know it.

“We are continuing to search for another suitable site to carry on activities that we have now but at its current position.

“We will move out when the lease runs out in September this year.

“The building is literally falling down and the site is to be redeveloped so there is no point spending money on it.

“We are working with the Diocese of Hallam on future plans and the potential of having premises in the refurbished school on Solly Street.

“At this moment in time we don’t have a definitive date regarding the school.

“We will have a branch meeting at St Vincent’s Church and then look for other venues for our social activities to continue.”

The site is owned by the Diocese of Hallam and the school on the larger St Vincent’s site is also in a poor state of repair and has been empty since 1989.

The club has been used by CMS since the 1950s.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Hallam property department said that nothing has yet been discussed regarding the future plans for the site.