Up to 10 people fear they have lost their job after the sudden closure of a popular Parish Centre.
A campaign group has been set up to save the Blessed Sacrament Parish Centre in Moorside Avenue, Ribbleton, Preston, after it was locked up by the Diocese of Lancaster last Wednesday.
Mark Holderness, behind the Save Our Saccy appeal, said: “It happened all of a sudden without notice - the staff turned up and it was all locked.
“People are very shocked, because it’s the real heart of the community.
“It’s used for church events, by sporting teams, for family functions, and community events.
“My mum and dad go drinking in there, and as far as clubs like this go, it was well-attended.”
Mark added: “A lot of people in the area don’t have anywhere to go now, and I believe that the staff have been left without much information at all.”
The club, which is on the same site as Blessed Sacrament RC Church and primary school, was home to successful pool and darts teams.
Mark, captain of the pool team, said: “Our sports teams have been very successful, and although we don’t think any of them will fold because of this, it’s a shame that we’ll have to find a new home.
“There’s also people’s snooker cues and other possessions still in the club that we want to get back. You hear of other clubs that close down, and the liquidators sell everything in it.”
Mark and other members of the Save our Saccy group are hoping to meet with Diocese leaders to discuss how the club can be reopened on a community-run, not-for-profit basis.
He said: “A few people have been in touch with the finance people at the Diocese, and they seem quite open.
“We hope that we can come together as a community, I think it’s the only way, because the church would not want a big pub business on the site.”
The Diocese of Lancaster were asked to comment on the story, but declined.