Warrington former school named best club in country

A former school which now sells beer and food and holds quizzes and music events, has been named the best club in the country.

The Appleton Thorn Village Hall near Warrington has won the accolade for the second time in a decade.

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) said the sandstone building is the hub of the local community, selling a range of beers from regional and micro breweries, and having a games room and bowling green.

Keith Spencer, Club of the Year organiser, said: “This club is the very hub of the community, from hosting pre-school events to yoga, dance, Guides and rehearsals for the Vale Royal String Orchestra.

“It is a very deserving winner of this year’s Club of the Year competition and a shining example of the intrinsic role that clubs can play in their local areas.”

Chris Massey, steward of the Appleton Thorn Village Hall, said: “We are a true community club and take pride in hosting a range of activities and events for our locals and serving great beers as well.”

Other finalists included the Real Ale Farm in Bargoed, Wales, the Canine Club in Accrington and the Egham United Services Club in Egham.