Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Stone slabs stolen from village club

THIEVES stole about 50 York stone slabs worth thousands of pounds from Nettlebed Village Club.

THIEVES stole about 50 York stone slabs worth thousands of pounds from Nettlebed Village Club.

The stones, which had been in place since the venue opened in 1913, were taken during Wednesday night last week.

Club steward Malcolm Jackson locked up the club at 10.50pm and discovered the theft when he arrived at 11.30am the next day.

Treasurer Sue Worth said the theft was ?sickening?, especially as the club is trying to raise £200,000 for roof repairs.

She said: ?The thought that anybody could do that when we?re striving to raise money is gutting, it?s beyond belief. People here are absolutely astounded. We think there must have been two or three people involved.?

She said the club, which is run by volunteers, would now have to consider investing in CCTV. It has reported the theft to its insurer, NFU, and the police.

The club and land is owned by the Nettlebed Estate, which is thought to want to replace the stones as soon as possible.

The venue was commissioned as a working man?s club in 1911 by Robert Fleming, grandfather of James Bond author Ian Fleming, and was designed by C E Mallows.

It was built in 1912 and officially opened in February 1913 with a dinner given by Mr Fleming for the whole village.

It provides the venue for a wide range of village activities, including quiz shows, musical evenings, plays, dances, gymnastics, rifle shooting, leisure classes and a cinematograph.

It was only in the middle of the 20th century that the rules were changed so that women were allowed into the bar other than on Christmas Eve.

Anyone with information about the theft should call Thames Valley Police on 101.

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