A HEREFORDSHIRE social club that once hosted Margaret Thatcher has plans for a potential revamp of the facade of its building.

The Rankin Conservative Club in Leominster, that hosted the former Prime Minister during a visit to the county in 1980, has submitted a proposal to Herefordshire Council involving external and roof repairs to the listed building in Corn Square.

The club serves as a site for community meetings, despite being a private members club, holding various events welcoming the public inside.


Above the club are the offices of Conservative MP for North Herefordshire, Sir Bill Wiggin.

The proposals include repairing the front facade and roof and form part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ).

This includes a grants programme to restore key historic buildings/shopfronts and bring under utilised buildings back into use.

The building sits in Corn Square, which is the town's biggest community gathering point and the main site of the HSHAZ scheme.

Repairs to the building aim to remove elements of the building from the mid 20th century such as the concrete tiles on the roof and the dormer windows and replace them with more suitable alternatives.

Guttering and down pipes will also looked to be upgraded to modern standards and the improvements will be made to the chimneys.

The proposal says that the impact of the proposals will be minor and are aimed at the future preservation of the building and its surrounding area.

Herefordshire Council has received the planning application and started consultation on the project this Wednesday, April 13.