Club says cheers to the Shears as old bar is given a new home

Members from the Conservative Club, Victoria Hall have moved a bar from the The Shears, West Vale, to Ripponden. Lyndon Rhodes, Tony Palmer and Dennis Habergham.
Members from the Conservative Club, Victoria Hall have moved a bar from the The Shears, West Vale, to Ripponden. Lyndon Rhodes, Tony Palmer and Dennis Habergham.
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Members of a Ripponden club are celebrating after they bought a new bar from a West Vale pub.

Ripponden Conservatives Club have moved the bar that used to stand in the Shears Inn to the Victoria Hall in Halifax Road.

Members from the Conservative Club, Victoria Hall have moved a bar from the The Shears, West Vale, to Ripponden. Lyndon Rhodes, Tony Palmer and Dennis Habergham.

Members from the Conservative Club, Victoria Hall have moved a bar from the The Shears, West Vale, to Ripponden. Lyndon Rhodes, Tony Palmer and Dennis Habergham.

Lyndon Rhodes, a member of the club, said he and his fellow members had decided to save the bar, which cost them just £850, before it was thrown in a skip.

“We decided to try and buy the bar because the one we had before was not really big enough,” he said.

“It used to limit the kind of events we had and we used to get big queues of people trying to get to and from the bar.

“Some of the members agreed to go and rescue this one after we heard they were getting rid of it because it was going to end up in a skip ready to be firewood,” he said.

The main section of the bar was cut in half and the rest broken down into small pieces before being transported to the Victoria Hall.

Once there it took joiners and builders several weeks to reassemble it, with many doing it in their spare time.

“Getting it out of The Shears and into place here has been a real team effort,” said Lyndon.

“When it arrived it was just a big pile of wood and it was hard to see how it could return to its former glory.

“Peter Meakins is a joiner and Gary Walton is a builder and they did a great job in putting it together, but it would be wrong to single anyone out because everybody rallied round and played an important part.

“People with all sorts of different skills have been involved and it’s a great credit to members of this club that we’ve been able to achieve getting it here.”

The bar was recently opened by club members and has been christened the Victoria ahnd Albert bar –a fter the hall it currently stands in and the former Albert Hall which was nearby until it was turned into flats.

Dennis Habergham, secretary of the club, said the bar had confirmed the hall as a vital part of the local community.

“The hall is already well used by many groups in the village. We have zumba and aerobics classes in here and the hall hosts badminton match too,” he said.

“But now the bar is in it means we can do bigger functions and we’ve already got wedding parties booked in.

“Hopefully now it’s going to become a really big part of the community.

“The brewery have been really helpful in getting all the taps fitted and sorting us out with the equipment so we’re absolutely delighted,” he said.