A SOCIAL club which faced financial ruin last year has handed over a vital cash boost to a hospice.

Members of Crookham Street Social Club presented a £1,000 cheque to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice following a successful firework night and monthly quiz.

Committee member Paula Clinch presented the cheque to Susan Crowe of the hospice.

Mrs Crowe thanked the club and gave a talk on the future plans for the hospice, in Farnham, stressing how important all donations are.

The bumper donation is a far cry from last year when members were forced to hold two extraordinary meetings in a bid to draw up a business plan to save the then ailing club.

They drew up a life-saving business plan, which included increasing membership fees, raising bar prices and resuming entertainment evenings.

“Although having had a difficult year, the club is still surviving and is now taking hall hire bookings for the coming year,” said social club chairman John Beagley.

“Membership fees are now due and new members are welcome, particularly from the newer parts of Crookham Village such as Zebon Copse.”

Mr Beagley also revealed plans are now in hand for the proposed extension to the club to form a village hall.

“This is being handled by the Crookham Village Parish Council, Crookham Village Residents Association, the WI and the social club,” he said.

“This project will only be possible thanks to the kind offer of land from the White family of Grove Farm.”

Mr Beagley added: “The chairman and committee would again like to thank the News and Mail for its assistance during the past year and look forward to celebrating the 90th anniversary of the club later in the year.”

The club was first started in the old Mission Hut, which used to be opposite Crookham Village Post Office.

Rooms at the club can now be booked with Maureen Beagley on 01252 664371.