Proposed closure of Gotham Royal British Legion

15th December 2014

Public Notice – Proposed Club Closure

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that the Club’s present Committee have unanimously agreed that the Club can no longer continue operating mainly due to financial constraints and propose to cease trading at the end of January 2015. In accordance with the procedures a Special General Meeting is to be held on the 19th January 2015 at which a final decision will be made regarding this proposal.

legionPlease be advised that only fully paid-up members will receive a formal letter of invitation and they will be the only people allowed to vote on this issue.  

The financial constraints referred to above relate to the continued down turn in consumable sales, the liability for the maintenance and upkeep of the building. The situation has not been helped by the Club’s inability to attract new Committee Members, particularly in the positions of Secretary and Treasurer respectively.  

Whilst this was an almost inevitable outcome, given the policies adopted by previous regimes in not encouraging the younger generations, it is nevertheless extremely sad that another facility will be lost to the village and the surrounding areas.

The Committee would, however, like to take this opportunity to thank all of those members who have supported the Club over the years and would hope that you will continue to do so over the coming Festive Season as it will be business as usual until the final decision has been made.

To any non-members who may be interested in visiting the Club over the coming weeks please feel free to do so as you may not have another opportunity!

We should not forget that some 16 years ago the Club was pushed to the brink of bankruptcy following a period of unconstrained expenditure by the previous incumbent.

The fact that we survived that particular period and continued to trade was purely down to the unpaid voluntary work carried out by the few and whilst that still continues to this day it is, unfortunately, not enough to ensure survival.

Yours truly,

Mr. S. Kent

Club Treasurer

For and on behalf of the Club Committee