Wells club set to open hearty bank to help community

Published:
4:51 PM October 24, 2022



A North Norfolk club committee is offering their building as a ‘warm bank’ this winter so people don’t have to get cold.

The Wells War Memorial Institute Club committee voted unanimously to offer the space as a ‘hot bank’ on October 21, meaning people can use the space to keep warm despite soaring energy costs.

The Theater Road club normally charges non-members a small fee to enter, but they have announced that this will be reduced to allow anyone access to the heat – as well as subsidized hot drinks.


Wells Memorial Institute Club
– Credit: IAN BURT

Matthew Clarke, club secretary, said a date for the opening of the “hot bank” would be announced shortly.

“There is public housing in the Wells area and we know people will struggle, especially if it’s a cold winter,” he said.

“We know people are going to struggle now and if we have a harsh winter it will be virtually impossible for some people to turn on the heating and we wanted to do our little bit to help people.


John Troup, Treasurer, Dave Shepherd President, Matthew Clarke Secretary, Wells War Memorial Institute Club

(Left to right) John Troup, Treasurer, Dave Shepherd President, Matthew Clarke Secretary, Wells War Memorial Institute Club
– Credit: Matthew Clarke

“Nobody should choose between eating or warming up.”

Mr Clarke said the club committee had been talking about the idea of ​​a ‘hot bank’ for several weeks.

Committee members are now looking to see if funds are available to support the “hot bank”. Mr Clarke said the club’s bills had quadrupled due to soaring prices and inflation.

They planned to approach City Council, North Norfolk District Council, government and local businesses to see if they could access funding to help the initiative.


John Troup, Treasurer, Dave Shepherd President, Matthew Clarke Secretary, Wells War Memorial Institute Club

(Left to right) John Troup, Treasurer, Dave Shepherd President, Matthew Clarke Secretary, Wells War Memorial Institute Club
– Credit: Matthew Clarke

Mr Clarke said the “warm bank” had itself been warmly received in the Wells community.

He said, “It’s very nice.

“The club is at the center of the community and we have been overwhelmed with the positive feedback, not only from club members but also from the general public, businesses and people who live outside the area.

“We were even offered to make us a poster to advertise it.”