New owner of South Shields club says ‘exciting times’ are ahead

Rob Mackins has taken over as the new manager of the Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare.
Rob Mackins has taken over as the new manager of the Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare.

A new manager is hoping to turn around the fortunes of a South Tyneside club.

Rob Mackins has recently taken over at Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare, in Low Lane, South Shields.

Rob Mackins has taken over as the new manager of the Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare.

Rob Mackins has taken over as the new manager of the Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare.

But already his mind has been working overtime as he thinks up new ways to increase footfall and breathe new life into the venue.

Mr Mackins said: “This place has so much potential and we want to hear from the local community what they would like us to provide.

“Already specialist music nights on the last Friday of every month have been put in place and the bar is now open every night for people to call in and have a drink.

“Next year is set to be an exciting year for us with lots of things planned as well retaining all the sport.

Our biggest job is telling people we are here.

Rob Mackins

“But our biggest job is telling people we are here.”

In the run-up to the end of 2015 a number of events have been planned including a punk and heavy metal night on November 27 featuring two bands; an adults’ Christmas party on December 11 with a comedian and pie and peas supper for £10, and a children’s Christmas party on December 21.

The switching on of the welfare’s Christmas tree lights will take place on December 4.

Weekly playgroups are now held on Monday morning from 10am until 11.30am and Messy Play on Fridays between 10am and 11.30am for little ones.

Rob Mackins has taken over as the new manager of the Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare.

Rob Mackins has taken over as the new manager of the Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare.

Mr Mackins added: “We want to make the venue accessible for all and have lots planned for the future.”

Tickets for the Christmas events are available by calling 0191 456 6166.

People can also visit www.facebook.com/hartonwestoe.minerswelfare