Cockfield Workingmen's Club members reject call to leave Club and Institutes Union (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Cockfield Workingmen's Club members reject call to leave Club and Institutes Union
MEMBERS of a village workingmen's club have rejected a call to leave the Club and Institutes Union (CIU).
About 130 members of Cockfield WMC, at Cockfield, near Bishop Auckland, turned out for a special meeting to vote on a motion to leave the CIU and operate as a private club.
The motion was put forward by committee officials who in recent months have attempted to remove four other committee members from their positions.
One of those, Cyril Wallis, took his case to an arbitration hearing on Teesside and won full reinstatement as both a club and committee member.
Mr Wallis said: “The meeting was called because the committee officials would not accept the arbitration decision and wanted a vote to come out of the CIU.”
Some 61 members voted to stay in the CIU movement; 60 voted to leave and there were seven abstentions.
Mr Wallis said that with a two-thirds majority needed to leave the CIU, the motion was rejected.
He said the club secretary, Donald Metcalfe, indicated that nominations would now be sought to form a new committee.
“The situation is not that clear,” said Mr Wallis.
“He (Mr Metcalfe) said if they lost the vote they would pack in, so we don't know whether there is a committee at the moment.
“We will find out on Sunday, when the next committee meeting is due to take place,” he added.
“The four of us who were kicked off will be there, we will just have to see if anyone else turns up.”
In the meantime, Mr Wallis said he would be contacting CIU headquarters in London for advice.
Mr Metcalfe could not be contacted for comment.
It was help and advice from the CIU which helped to save Cockfield Club when it was placed into receivership in 2008 with debts of £71,000, much of which was owed to the Inland Revenue.
A CIU accountant was brought in to work with the club treasurer and they brought the debt down to £4,000.
A series of fundraising events then raised enough money to pay off the remaining debt along with the fees of accountants, solicitors and liquidators and the club came out of receivership in January 2010.
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