Social club appeals for new blood

Members of The Sons of Rest senior citizens social club based at Bulwell Forest, are looking to recruit  new members
Members of The Sons of Rest senior citizens social club based at Bulwell Forest, are looking to recruit new members

A Bulwell social group for senior citizens which was formed nearly eight decades ago is looking for new members to ensure its long-term stability.

The Sons of Rest, who are based on Bulwell Forest, currently have 15 members but are keen to increase this number.

The organisation was formed in 1936 by a group of men who sheltered from the rain in a pavilion on the Forest and hit upon the idea of forming a club. They were granted free use of the pavilion and drew up a list of rules, including no swearing or gambling.

Captain and treasurer Bill Brooks, 61, of Saxdale Drive, said: “Through the summer we play bowls and the rest of the time we play dominos, cards, darts, snooker and pool.

“I have been a member for nearly ten years. It’s somewhere sociable to go and you make friends there. We still stick to the rules. It is quite old-fashioned in a sense. My father was a member and he was captain and treasurer as well for about 20 years.

“Most of our members are in their 80s and 90s. We need the numbers to keep going.”

Initially an all-male group, the Sons of Rest now have two women members who say it does not need to change its name.

Anyone wishing to join the Sons of Rest or obtain further information should get in touch with Bill Brooks on 0115 8497761