Sadness at miners’ club closure

Committee members Cathy Arnott, Norma Stewart, Frank and Janice Graham, Willie and Gina Gardiner, Lorraine Horsburgh with members of the Coffee Morning Group. Picture by Fife Photo Agency.
Committee members Cathy Arnott, Norma Stewart, Frank and Janice Graham, Willie and Gina Gardiner, Lorraine Horsburgh with members of the Coffee Morning Group. Picture by Fife Photo Agency.

A live performance by singer Angel Kay marked the final curtain at the weekend for a well-known Levenmouth venue.

Decades of community history came to an end on Saturday with the closure of Denbeath Miners’ Welfare and Social Club.

The CISWO-owned facility had operated since 2013 from the former Scout Hall, next to its original home in Institution Street, which shut, after a near 90-year local presence, because of galloping repair and maintenance costs.

Since then, however, continual complaints about noise – mainly from one person, it was claimed – caused a drop in attendance among the 120 or so members, and led the club into conflict with the licensing authorities.

The committee hired mainly solo performers and took various steps to fit sound insulation, but eventually opted reluctantly for closure.

Committee chairman Frank Graham stressed the decision was not down to debt or unpaid bills.

Regular users, the Denbeath Coffee Morning group, the Co-operative Society Guild and the Denbeath Pensioners, will all have to find new bases for their meetings. They have been in talks with Methil Community Learning Centre, and other venues.

“It’s hard. It really is,” said Mr Graham.

“It’s been a good club. You could go there and have a good night – there was never any bother.”

“We’d like to thank everyone who helped during the move from the big club to the old Scout Hall two years ago,” he added.