Gunner's can't be bought
Although the Club was formed in 1928, it was 1935 before the Club managed to purchase the premises at 38 Elmbank Crescent.
The previous occupants were artists living in the Glasgow area and the large house was part of a block of six, occupying one side of Elmbank Crescent. It had several floors, the top being converted into a 3 apartment flat to accommodate a resident clubmaster and the remainder into clubrooms.
Many clubmasters were employed during the club's history, I feel it is only proper that a mention should be given to probably the first couple, Mr.Cyril Peline and his wife Celeste, they worked really hard to keep the club open, especially during World War Two.During the early nineties a move was made by the Regional Council to acquire the six properties in Elmbank Crescent for the purpose of building a new office block. Heron Corporation was contracted to complete the transaction, the value of each of the properties at the time was approximately £18K.
To secure a quick purchase Heron offered over £30K to each of the owners, all decided to sell with the exception of the Club, who put a counter proposal to the Corporation," Acquire premises in the City, renovate them into a Club, and the Club would agree to exchange properties". Heron said that they could not accept this proposition but they were prepared to increase the offer to £40K.
This offer was also rejected and Heron was informed that the members were perfectly happy with our present location, and would only sell if we were moving into property already converted into clubrooms.
As failure to complete a purchase was holding up the construction of the new Regional Council building, a final offer was made to the Club which Heron Corporation felt was more than adequate to purchase and renovate new premises, £60K. Unfortunately they failed to recognise that money was not the issue.
The offer was again refused and the Club restated their position to Heron, “offer other clubrooms and the Club will agree to an exchange", once again Heron stated that they could not consider this option.
As no agreement was going to be made, Heron decided that the project should go ahead without acquiring number 38; however they were prepared to make one final offer of £80K.
The Club once again rejected this as the members were perfectly happy to keep their Club where it was, this meant that the original plans for the Regional Council building had to be changed, it also meant that No.38 was not demolished.
In 1991 the membership of the Club had dramatically been reduced resulting in the Club being wound up and the premises being sold for £115K.
The Glasgow Quakers who were the new owners, opened up the premises in 1993 and are still situated there today and I hope will be for many years to come, if only to prove that despite the efforts of the mighty Regional Council and the large Heron Corporation , money doesn’t always get you what you want, having spent nearly 30 years in the club I always have a little smile when I pass No.38 and think, if it wasn’t for the R.A. members, you would not be there, but you are, and I am sure the Quakers appreciate it.