Walthamstow club moves to cheaper Redbridge venue

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The Forest Deaf Club are now located at Uplands Social Club The Forest Deaf Club are now located at Uplands Social Club

A club for deaf people has been forced to move to another borough due to high rent.

The Forest Deaf Club, previously known as Walthamstow Deaf Club, have been running a voluntary club for ten years in Waltham Forest, but is now located at Uplands Social Club in Green Walk, Woodford Bridge.

The club were being forced to pay £360 a month to Orford Social Club in Orford Road, which they could not afford.

Uplands Social Club however are offering a deal where the only expense is money taken behind the bar. 

Forest Deaf Club offer workshops, fundraising, a library, and free help to deaf people.

Club secretary Jackie Benson said: "Unfortunately, we have to leave our current premises and cannot find another venue within the borough.

"We are a successful club with over 100 members, but times are hard and there is nowhere to meet in Waltham Forest."

"Our new premises at the Uplands Social Club will offer our members our usual services plus a bar, free parking and a very comfortable place to come and meet friends old and new."

Their first meeting will be on March 19, with meetings every fortnight from then, 7pm until 10pm, with an entry fee of £2 for non-members and £1 for members.

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6:57pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

How short sighted on the Orford Road Club but well done the Uplands for coming to the rescue.
How short sighted on the Orford Road Club but well done the Uplands for coming to the rescue. Villagecranberry

8:13am Wed 19 Feb 14

Obstinate says...

I'm interested to know how exactly they were being 'forced' to pay...
I'm interested to know how exactly they were being 'forced' to pay... Obstinate

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