Seniors club shuts down


The Canning Bridge Senior Citizens is closing down after more than 40 years of continuous operation.
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Seniors club shuts down
The Canning Bridge Senior Citizens is closing down after more than 40 years of continuous operation.         d450408

As its final act, the club donated the remainder of its savings, a total of $27,000, to Ronald McDonald House.

Founded in 1973, the club boasted in excess of 300 members as recently as last decade.

But membership has dwindled drastically since the City of Melville’s 2013 decision to sell the Kishorn Road site that housed the Canning Bridge Senior Citizens Centre, according to long-time club president Jean Cousins.

“When they closed us down we had to get rid of three snooker tables, our carpet bowls, our darts – everything,” she said.

“For the past year we’ve met weekly at St David’s in Ardross but we can’t store anything.”

Ms Cousins said the Kishorn Road site had been open five days a week and enjoyed much stronger patronage than the weekly meetings the club had been forced to adopt since its closure.

“Now that we have fewer than 20 members we can’t even get a bingo licence so there really is no alternative but to shut the club down,” she said.